What you will learn
- How to make estimations of buildings energy needs by applying the balance principle and using simple public meteorological data; to be able to make informed decisions on how to increase the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings.
- About the energy supply in buildings and possible combinations to increase efficiency with e.g. heat pumps, gas burners, cogeneration, solar, fuel-cells, geothermal and aquifer thermal storage.
- To design building energy systems be designed accounting for the mismatch between demand and supply in order to ensure low primary energy usage, low carbon emissions or even enable zero carbon buildings and building stocks.
- How to master a good indoor thermal comfort and how that closely relates to buildings’ energy systems, in order to size the energy and comfort equipment of the building, which is a must from costs point of view.
Courses in this program
DelftX's Buildings as Sustainable Energy Systems Professional Certificate
- Job Outlook
Meet your instructors from Delft University of Technology (DelftX)
The built environment grows more complex every day in terms of connectivity, attention to personal comfort and working with the ever-changing energy grid. People in the production chain therefore need a better understanding of the different fields of technology and psychology involved. Linearity in building design and installation are things of the past. Now, the design, construction, commissioning and operation of a building are all interrelated. This certificate program provides a basic awareness to start with, but adds a depth of understanding at the strategic level of the various aspects of modern day building design and operation. As a result, it makes our job easier.
Bradford J Black
I am older architect learning how to respond to our world's energy demands as they affect the built environment. Each of the courses in the professional certificate teaches how to qualitatively and quantitatively seek out better solutions in how we can be better stewards of this world's gifts to all. If I had previously known the depth of this knowledge, our clients would have better, responsible buildings. I have taken several online MOOC concerning sustainable energy. DelftX offers many outstanding MOOCs covering this broad subject. I recommend they all for being insightful and skill-oriented.
This was one of the best experiences I had in online learning, the course content is clear with a professional hierarchy in delivering the knowledge and in teaching, the assignments were helpful to apply what we have learned and the tutors are interacting and helpful. Through this professional certificate, I have gained a lot of knowledge about Energy supply and demand in Buildings, I understood the calculations behind the energy and HVAC systems and how to uses them efficiently.