MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMES521
Course Unit DetailsMSc Sustainable Energy Systems (Electives Courses) - MSc Energy Systems and the Built Environment (Electives Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Understanding the theoretical foundations of sustainability in the built environment.
  2. Identifying the role and the impact of the main parameters determining the environmental performance of buildings.
  3. Understanding the legislative, regulatory and normative framework.
  4. Implementing solutions for the improvement of buildings’ energy and environmental performance, both of new and of existing buildings.
  5. Implementing solutions for the improvement of buildings’ energy and environmental performance, both of new and of existing buildings.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

         The impact of buildings on the ecosystem and on the urban environment.

o   The effects of current designing, planning and construction practice.

         Urban microclimate and its impact on the energy performance and indoor environmental quality of buildings.

o   Microclimate, urban climate, and their interactions

  Urbanisation and the heat island effect

  Street canyons and their impact on cooling loads

         Sustainability in the built environment: Use of materials and resources.

o   Environmental impact of building materials

o   Ecological footprint of cities

o   Water and domestic waste management infrastructures and schemes

o   Demolition practices and waste management schemes

         Energy and environmental performance of buildings: Measuring energy efficiency, evaluating environmental performance.

         Energy audits, energy and environmental certification of buildings.

o   Residential buildings

o   Non-residential buildings (Hotels, office and commercial buildings)

         Utilization of renewable energy sources in the urban built environment.

         Sustainability policies

o   The European legal framework

o   Legislation on the management of the building stock

o   Legislation on building materials

o   Strategies and aims for future developments.

         Energy renovation strategies

o   Effective renovation policies for the building stock

o   Incentives, barriers and the utilisation of the energy conservation potential

o   Optimizing the use of restricted resources

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Building, Energy and the Environment, (Kosmopoulos P., ed.), 2008, University Studio Press, Thessaloniki
  • Environmental design of urban built environment, M.Santamouris (ed.), 2003, James and James, London, UK
  • J. Yang, Peter Brandon, A.C. Sidwell, Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 2005, Wiley Blackwell
  • Peter Graham, Building Ecology: First Principles for a Sustainable Built Environment, , 2002, Wiley Blackwell
  • Papadopoulos A.M. and Giama E. (2007), Environmental performance evaluation of thermal insulation materials and its impact on the building, Building and Environment 42, 5, 2178-2187
  • Papadopoulos A.M. (2007), Energy cost and its impact on regulating the buildings’ energy behaviour, Advances in Building Energy Research 1, 105-121
  • Papadopoulos A.M., Oxizidis S., Papandritsas G. (2008), Energy, economic and environmental performance of heating systems used in Greek buildings, Energy and Buildings 40, 224-230
  • Oxizidis S., Dudek A.V. and Papadopoulos A.M. (2008), A computational method to assess the impact of urban climate on buildings using modeled climatic data, Energy and Buildings 40, 215-223
  • Oxizidis S. and Papadopoulos A.M. (2008), Solar air conditioning: A review of technological and market perspectives, Advances in Building Energy Research 2, 123-158
  • Papadopoulos Α.M. and Giama E. (2009), Rating systems for counting buildings’ environmental performance, International Journal of Sustainable Energy 28, 01-03, 29-43.
  • Anastaselos D., Giama E. and Papadopoulos A.M. (2009), An assessment tool for the energy, economic and environmental evaluation of thermal insulation solutions, Energy and Buildings 41, 1165-1171
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Assessment methods and criteria
Written exams70%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO