Architecture and Energy Saving: Software Tools for Design and Evaluation

Postgraduate course. Online.


UPC School


The course is divided into four areas, based on the analysis of climatic variables, through computer programs to calculate solar radiation, lighting, thermal performance and energy, fluid aerodynamics, etc..

Subject of each graduate will follow a logical order of learning and practice to achieve optimal knowledge of each of the tools:

- Explanation and clarification of concepts and the physical parameters and software building utiliza.
- Learn step by step and use the program.
- Preparation and understanding of results.
- Implementation of specific regulations.
- Preparation of reports and assessments of different energy cases.


Bioclimatic Design Basis
3 ECTS. 26 teaching hours.
  • Definition of thermal comfort.
  • Introduction to passive cooling strategies.
  • Generation and study of psychometric charts.
  • Sunpath study.


  • Generation of climate data and data bases for any location.
  • Get files in different formats for weather analysis.


  • Visualization and analysis of meteorological variables.
  • Application example: study of the Mediterranean climate.

Adjusting variables

  • Meteocat, EERE, MICT: Importing climate data from reliable sources.
  • Interpretation and correction of climatic variables obtained from other sources .dat, .wea.

Presentation of climatic charts.

  • Treatment and presentation of climatic data.
  • Excel Data Management: Definition of ranges, dynamic graphs, basic functions and macros.
  • Data import .csv
  • Final presentation and preparation of the basis for the energy report.
Radiación Solar e Iluminación
6 ECTS. 54 teaching hours.
  • Class introduction to physical and architectural concepts.
  • Radiation, types and effects.
  • Solar radiation.
  • Filters for reflection and transmission types.
  • Shading factor, sunscreen and modified solar factor.
  • Thermal effects and lighting effects of solar radiation


  • Lighting parameters, visual comfort and lighting levels according to use and daylighting factors.
  • Generation of images for the study of light levels.
  • Optimization of thermal building performance considering solar models.
  • Renewable energy (photovoltaic, solar thermal, etc.)
  • Case studies and methodology for the energy report.

Software ECOTEC *

  • Solar geometry, radiation, solar charts and shadows study.
  • Calculation and quantification of solar radiation in the building.
  • Solar access to the building.
  • Dimensioning, verification and optimization of sun protection.

* Due to the constant evolution and development of new tools, Ecotect can be replaced in the next edition of the course.

Building Thermal Analysis
7 ECTS. 64 teaching hours.


  • Introduction of the physical parameters and natural and artificial HVAC
  • The energy balance of the human being. The hygrothermal comfort of a local
  • The RITE: partial and simultaneous maximum hygrothermal loads. Sensible and latent. The psychrometric abacus.
  • External conditions, basic parameters.
  • Interior destabilizing factors of a local thermal comfort (summer, winter).
  • Formulas for loads calculation.
  • Transmittance (Resistance to conduction and convection), solar factor, convection and radiation effect on opaque and transparent surfaces.


  • Introduction to EnergyPlus and "green building" format: building and zoning.
  • DesignBuilder models: status, hierarchy, shapes and elements
  • Parameterization: Surround properties, thermal bridges, space installations, facade obstacles and shadows, etc.
  • Dynamic thermal simulations without facilities.
  • Virtual design of heating systems.
  • Parameterization for the building heating and cooling.
  • Dynamic thermal simulations of the facility. Energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
  • Strategies to reduce demand with active systems and improving energy rating.
  • Equivalent to CO2 emissions, primary energy and Tep
  • Economic consumption and amortization
  • Demand reduction with passive strategies.
  • Dimensioning, verification and monitoring of performance of the building with/without thermal installations.
  • Rapid development of comparative reports drawing conclusions and decision making
  • Editing results. Energy and economic consumption and amortization.

Software THERM

  • Heat transfer analysis 2D (two dimensional) through construction materials.
  • Draw the cross sections of the windows, walls and other building elements
  • Generate analysis mesh and heat transfer algorithms for finite element.
Aerodynamics and Ventilation Efficiency
4 ECTS. 36 teaching hours.
  • Introduction to the Rite and performance standards for renovation and air treatment.
  • The density and air stratification.
  • Ventilation systems: natural, mechanical and mixed
  • The logic of air movement. Fluid dynamics.
  • Natural ventilation, thermal draft and dynamic pressure. Consequences of changes in outside air temperature (daily and seasonal).
  • Ventilation and air conditioning. Heat recovery (sensible and latent) of the exhaust air. Controlled and uncontrolled ventilation. Control procedures.
  • Ventilation and energy consumption. Ventilation and noise.
  • Maintaining indoor air quality.


  • DesignBuilder simulation based on the thermal calculations of surfaces and indoor temperatures.
  • CFD Engine: interior and exterior aerodynamic analysis of buildings
  • Study of velocity, temperature and pressure of the indoor air.
  • Verification of passive systems related to solar radiation: Trombe wall, solar chimney, wind towers and ventilated facades.
  • Passive systems, geothermal air tubes pretreatment and wind towers.
  • Strategies for the reduction in consumption with air renewal strategies.
  • Comparison of aerodynamic properties between proposals.
  • Comparative study of PPD index (% of dissatisfied) and PMV.
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(180 teaching hours)

Start date:
Classes start:16/02/2017 Classes end:01/06/2017Programme ends: 01/07/2017
Thursday  16:00 to 20:00Friday  16:00 to 20:00Saturday  10:00 to 14:00

Registration fee:
2.500 €

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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.

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