Start Date

12 February 2018


2 weeks


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The course forms parts of the Specialization on Energy Efficiency for Better Buildings: Unlock the energy-saving potential of your buildings.

This course introduces the basic economic and legal aspects of applying energy efficiency in buildings. It introduces the different components that impact on energy prices, the main legal and regulatory frameworks applied to buildings, the methodologies to evaluate energy efficient projects in buildings, and the financial mechanisms used to support energy investments contracts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

In particular, the intended learning outcomes of the course are:

  • Understand the energy prices components and different pricing mechanisms;
  • Know the main European and National Legal Frameworks (namely Energy Performance of Buildings Directive  (EPDB) Energy Efficiency Directive  (EED);
  • Calculate the investment worthiness of basic energy related investments and perform project evaluation for energy efficiency projects;
  • Know how to finance energy efficiency investments using legal/regulatory compliance, incentives and other financial tools;

To do that, the course is divided 4  modules:

  1. “Energy Prices   ”, where we introduce the main market elements, such as pricing components and mechanisms.
  2. “European Regulations”, where  we  introduce the main legal frameworks, namely in the EU, as the EED and EPDB;
  3. “Project Evaluation”, where we provide an overview of the financial indicators and its internal mechanics;
  4. “Energy Contracts, where we present the main elements of energy (services) Contracts, namely Energy Performance Contracts (EPC)

Methodology and assessment

Each week, a set of videos related to the multiple units will be released, and, for consolidating the presented concepts, there will be a quiz after each video. A Mid-term evaluation is taken after the conclusion of each module. Additional material is suggested to deepen the knowledge around each topic.

When you succeed in the 4 modules course, there will be a final evaluation to conclude your participation.

  • Quiz: 30% (total quizzes)
  • Midterm: 30% (midterm per module)
  • Final Evaluation: 40%
  • For a positive final grade a student should get more than 60%

Target audience

This course is designed for:

  • Facility or energy managers in the public and private sector, including those in hotels and hospitality, business and light commercial sectors, retail, leisure and more.
  • Professionals at energy services companies and utilities that provide energy-efficiency services to customers
  • Students in higher education (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level)


In order to get the best from this course, you should have the following:

  • Good English (subtitles in Portuguese and Spanish are available)
  • Basic mathematical knowledge
  • An internet connection

No prior technical or specific knowledge is needed, although a basic knowledge of physics and thermodynamics is a plus.


Energy Prices
Energy Efficiency Project Evaluation
Energy Contracts
Energy Regulation and Standards
Final Evaluation