Sustainable Energy in Buildings and Built Environment

Already today, a great majority of the people are living in cities and urbanization is a continuing trend. Developing energy efficient buildings and cities is a huge challenge of today when at the same time all solutions should enhance to achieve healthy, comfortable and productive indoor environments. At the moment, buildings are responsible for 40% of the final energy consumption and about 50 % of the electricity consumption. For this reason, nations in Europe and beyond have awaken to the need to reduce the use of energy in buildings. In the short term target, all new buildings should be nearly zero energy buildings by the year 2020. In the next phase, the EU 2050 roadmap defines that by 2050, the equivalent CO2 emission from the building sector should be reduced by around 90% compared to the 1990 level.

The candidates with the study line will have specific knowledge on the sustainable energy technologies. The major offers theoretical basis and practical skills that are required in design projects and developing of novel technologies and services for energy efficient buildings and nearby. The major will offer advanced courses on an efficient use of energy in the fields of building technology and services, design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The specialization of the major includes specification of performance of the building HVAC systems and indoor environment quality.  The major prepares students for current and future challenges in construction and building service industries.  Upon completion of the Major, the student:

  • Has a understanding of interdisciplinary aspects of energy efficiency  
  • Has a understanding of the methods to improve energy efficiency
  • Is aware how to utilize renewable energy sources in buildings
  • Is able to optimize building systems and develop services to improve energy efficiency
  • Has a understanding of how the entity of building design, building physics and HVAC system influence on indoor environment
  • Has a understanding of design methods and appropriate simulation and optimization tools

Advance HVAC course package (40 cr.) provides the qualification to be a responsible designer of exceptional demanding HVAC- projects in Finland.