MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMES505
Course Unit Details
Number of ECTS credits allocated6
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Explain the background of energy conscious design of buildings.
  2. Identify the role and the impact of the parameters determining the energy performance of buildings.
  3. Describe the balance between architectural design, building services, operational patterns and the users’ attitudes.
  4. Describe the balance between architectural design, building services, operational patterns and the users’ attitudes.
  5. Describe the legislative, regulatory and normative framework.
  6. Implement solutions for improving the buildings’ energy performance, both of new and of existing buildings.
  7. Apply energy design simulation software tools.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents1.  Climatic conditions, urban microclimate, solar radiation and daylight analysis
2.  Energy balance of buildings
Heat transfer phenomena in buildings, Solar and internal loads, Daily, monthly and annual energy demand for heating and cooling
3.  Thermal insulation
Insulation materials and their properties, Insulation solutions for the various building elements
4.  Passive solar systems
Direct gain, Thermal storage walls, Attached Greenhouse, Sun protection, Natural lighting
5.  Indoor air quality
Natural Ventilation and passive cooling, Thermal, Acoustic  and Visual Comfort
6.  Integration of the building's shell, the buildings' services and the indoor environmental quality requirements.
Thermal inertia of the building elements, Thermal transmissivity and diffusivity of building materials
7.  Operational principles of heating and air-conditioning systems
Operational principles of passive systems
8.  The impact of the user
9.  Energy design and simulation software tools
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Building, Energy and the Environment, (Kosmopoulos P., ed.), 2008, University Studio Press, Thessaloniki
  • Solar Thermal Technologies for Buildings - The state of the art, (Santamouris M. ed.), James and James, London, 2003, ISBN 1-902916-47-6
  • Energy Simulation in Building Design, Clarke J.A., Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001.
  • Papadopoulos M. (1987) "Thermal insulation of buildings", Kyriakides, Thessaloniki, (in Greek), ISBN: 9789603432524
  • Papadopoulos M., Axarli K. (1992) "Energy Design of Buildings", Kyriakides, Thessaloniki, (in Greek) ISBN 978-960-343-330-9
  • Casals X.G. (2006) "Analysis of building energy regulation and certification in Europe: Their role, limitations and differences", Energy and Buildings, vol.38, pp.381-392
  • Miguez J.L., Porteiro J., Lopez-Gonzalez L.M., Vicuna J.E., Murillo S., Moran J.C. and Granada E. (2006) "Review of energy rating of dwellings in the European Union as a mechanism for sustainable energy", Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol.10, pp.24-45
  • Papadopoulos, A.M., Oxizidis, S. and Kyriakis, N. (2003) "Perspectives of solar cooling in view of the developments in the air-conditioning sector", Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol.7, No.5, pp.419-438.
  • Panayiotou G.P., Kalogirou S.A., Florides G.A., Maxoulis C.N., Papadopoulos A.M., Neophytou M., Fokaides P., Georgiou G., Symeou A., Georgakis G. (2010), The characteristics and the energy behaviour of the residential buildings stock of Cyprus in view of Directive 2002/91/EC, Energy and Buildings, Vol. 42, 11, 2083-2089
  • Anastaselos D.A, Oxizidis S. and Papadopoulos A.M. (2011), Energy, environmental and economic optimization of thermal insulation solutions by means of an integrated decision support system, Energy and Buildings, 43 686-694
  • Papadopoulos A.M. (2007), Energy cost and its impact on regulating the buildings' energy behaviour, Advances in Building Energy Research 1, 105-121
  • Selected article readings will be handed in class
Planned learning activities and teaching methodsThe course is presented through theoretical lectures in class. The lectures present to the student the course content and allow for questions. The material is presented using visual aids (i.e. PowerPoint presentation slides, documentaries, etc.). The aim is to familiarize the student with the different and faster pace of presentation and also allow the instructor to present related material that would otherwise be very difficult to do. The learning process is enhanced with the requirement from the student to carry in-class discussions and tackling of hypothetical scenarios in small-group exercises. A final project, which is required as part of the students assessment for the course, allows students the opportunity to carry out independent research, synthesize basic concepts presented in class, as well as hone their writing and presentation skills. Besides from the notes taken by students in class, all of the course material is made available through the class website which is available through the University’s E-learning platform (“Moodle”). The instructors are available to students during office hours or by appointment in order to provide necessary guidance.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam70%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO