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This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree in Architecture and Sustainability: Design Tools and Environmental Control Techniques.


Information 2021-2022 edition
The 2021-2022 edition of the postgraduate course has already begun. Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.
17th Edition
34 ECTS (290 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 60 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
Notes 0,7% campaign

Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Next course
October 2022
Monday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Taught at
EPSEB - Escola Politècnica Superior d'Edificació de Barcelona
Av. Doctor Marañón, 44-50
Why this postgraduate course?
The postgraduate Architecture And Environmental Urbanism assumes that the architecture of the future will be subject to two types of influences: the Ecology and High Technology. Consistently with the principles of sustainable development, this posgraduate provides a training focused on understanding, awareness and knowledge to minimize the impact on their environment, buildings in particular and urban growth in general not exceeding the limits of ecosystems support, while maintaining at the same time comfort conditions. Theory and practice of Sustainable Architecture that controls the construction project from the beginning till the end: materials, passive solar strategies, energy efficient installations with active use of renewable energy, low waste generation and later its treatment. Besides from the lessons, there are also sessions with specialised companies, to show the products and their applications. There are also lessons to learn software for virtual simulation of physical phenomena and energy evaluation software. We teach the requirements for the new Technical Building Code and other current energy certificates. In the practical application exercises, the students use the theoretical concepts, design and calculation tools to incorporate in the project the learned bioclimatic design principles. During the course, there are organized multiple visits to real examples. At the end of the course, it is planned is a study tour in some European Union country to visit examples of eco-neighbourhoods and sustainable buildings built under the environmental criteria.

By using theoretical and practical instruction focused on applying general sustainability principles to architectural projects and their urban environments this Master's course seeks to:

  • Provide academic knowledge in sustainable architecture and urbanism.
  • Familiarise students with the latest technology and technical design and calculation tools.
  • Teach students about the innovative experiences in this field that have been developed in other countries and the rest of the world.
  • Promote the exchange of knowledge between multidisciplinary groups.
  • Boost students' knowledge in their professional areas.
Who is it for?
  • Architects and Engineers with advanced or associates degrees.
  • Graduates in environmental fields.

Training Content

List of subjects
3 ECTS 30h
Environmental Architecture History
  • Sustainable development: the size of sustainability.
  • Environmental tradition throughout architectural history.
  • Sustainable urban development.
2 ECTS 15h
Bioclimatic Design
  • Climate and architecture, the parameters of comfort.
  • Passive solar design and low energy consumption in tropical, Mediterranean and cold climates.
  • Natural lighting: design and calculations.
  • Bioclimatic urbanism.
  • Calculations for energy incorporated into materials and systems and CO2 emissions.
  • Sustainable landscaping.
  • Creating climatic graphs.
5 ECTS 44h
Bioclimatic Software
  • Software: useful tools for bioclimatic design and oversight:
    • Meteonorm.
    • Climate Consultant.
    • Archiwizard.
    • DesignBuilder.
4 ECTS 35h
Studies Cases
  • Visits to different buildings that are good examples of where the concepts explained and analysed in the theoretical classes have been applied and analysis of the examples presented by special professional guests.
3 ECTS 26h
Practice Exercises: Bioclimatic Design
  • A practice exercise that includes the development of a project that applies the knowledge and tools given to students during the course.
4 ECTS 30h
Introduction to Active Environmental Oversight Techniques. Classifying Installations. Consumption of Materials and Energy. Energy and Waste Products.
  • Introfuctions to active resources.
    • Passive and Active Resources.
    • Why Active Resources are used.
    • Regulation Criteria.
    • Installations: obligations and solutions.
    • Ways to minimise consumption. Options.
    • Security, performance and welfare.
    • Mandatory requirements, procedures used to comply with them.
    • The main working areas.
    • An optimistic view of the sustainability issue.
    • Terms, definitions, units and symbols.
  • Classification of installations.
    • Urban level, building level.
    • Air-conditioning installations and service installations.
    • Air-conditioning: ventilation, heating, refrigeration, humidity control.
    • Lighting.
    • Water, fuel, electrical installations.
    • Installation of solid, liquid and gas extractor systems.
    • Installation of protection, transport, telecommunications and special systems.
    • Land conservation, rights, layouts and organisation of architectural and urban installations.
  • Consumption.
    • Consumption of materials and energy.
    • Efficiency criteria in architecture and urbanism.
    • The water cycle in nature and in terms of human consumption.
    • Consumable water. Different types of water for consumption. The cost of water (service and tax concepts involved in construction and management of a service infrastructure, waste water treatment and sewers).
    • Collecting water and making it potable. Treatment (pre-oxidation clarification, tuning, membrane treatment, nano-filtration, inverse osmosis, pH correction and final disinfection).
  • Energy, consumption and supply.
    • Primary energy, final energy. Consumption values-efficiency.
    • The energy efficient label, energetic certification.
    • Metering and distribution of responsibility among consumers.
  • Waste generation and disposal.
    • Material waste by-products, energy by-products.
    • Materials: solid, liquid and gaseous waste.
    • Collection and removal of solid waste.
    • Collection: door to door, waste containers on the street (above ground, submerged), fixed and mobile pneumatic.
    • Liquid and solid waste removal with humidity.
    • Rainwater, sewage (grey and black water) and industrial waste water.
    • Water collection systems.
    • Treatment of solid and liquid wastes.
    • Eco-parks, wastewater treatment plants and controlled dumping.
    • Gas extraction.
    • Energy pollutants: heat release, noise pollution, light pollution, electromagnetic fields, high frequency microwaves, radioactivity and electrostatic charges.
    • Application methods in architecture and urbanism.
4 ECTS 35h
Loads, Demands and Air-conditioning Systems
  • Loads and heating demands in buildings.
    • Transferring heat in buildings.
    • Maintaining comfortable conditions efficiently.
      Destabilising factors.
    • Compensation levels (loads).
    • Criteria and formulas for applying load calculations.
    • Effects of the thermal oscillations and radiation on the parameters (opaque and transparent).
    • The thermal energy scale.
    • The effect of the energy scale on interior temperature variations.
    • Capacity and thermal distribution concepts.
    • Simple calculations for heating loads and thermal demands using improvements in insulation and ventilation.
    • Calculation of primary energy consumed by using improvements in system efficiency.
    • Calculations of the favourable elements that reduce demand.
  • Loads and refrigeration demands in buildings.
    • The higrothermic scale. Sensitive heat and latent heat.
    • Maintaining comfortable conditions efficiently.
    • Destabilising factors.
    • Compensation levels (loads).
    • Criteria and formulas for applying load calculations.
    • Review of the use of the Psychometric Abacus.
    • Procedures for manual calculations. Simple examples.
    • Simplified calculation program, step by step.
    • Complex calculation programs on the market.
  • Air-conditioning systems.
    • Heating systems and devices.
    • Cooling systems and devices.
    • Classes and description of different air-conditioning systems according to the RITE (Regulations for Thermal Installation in Buildings).
    • Ventilation systems. Conditions of ducted air (tempered, untreated, as part of an air-conditioning system).
    • Free cooling using ventilation.
    • Air-conditioning, distribution methods for heat exchange fluids.
    • Classification and description of air-conditioning installations according to cooling and/or heat distribution system and according to the method of production.
    • Applications in architecture and urbanism.
    • Different ways of planning an air-conditioning system.
    • Refrigeration and Heating with water in floors and ceilings.
4 ECTS 35h
Renewable Energies: Solar Thermal, Solar Photovoltaic, Geothermal, Wind Power, Biomass, Co-generation and Tri-generation
  • Solar thermal energy.
    • Different ways of collecting solar energy.
    • Applications.
    • Types of collectors and performance levels.
    • Electromagnetic radiation concepts and properties.
    • Loss in collection as a result of orientation, inclination and shadows.
    • Solar Heated Water heating system components that utilise solar panels.
    • Calculating the surface area for capturing solar energy.
    • Dynamic simulations.
    • Collection volumes.
    • Different installation variants for solar thermal systems.
    • Solar Heated Water installations and Heating.
    • Solar refrigeration.
  • Solar photovoltaic energy.
    • Methods for installing panels on architectural structures: general, superimposition, integration.
    • Different types of panels.
    • Examples of applications.
    • The Photoelectric and Photovoltaic effect.
    • Applications for the photovoltaic effect. Different types of installations.
    • The different parts that make up an installation.
    • Design schematics for autonomous installations connected to a network.
    • The Basic Document HE-5 of the CTE (Technical Building Code).
    • Description of the content.
    • Connection modes of the different modules.
    • The usefulness of diode by-passes.
    • Characteristic curves of photovoltaic cells.
    • Radiation received and collected, and electricity generated.
    • Peak Solar Hours.
    • Different types of photovoltaic cells.
    • Calculation criteria.
    • The calculations manual explained step by step.
    • Recommended open source calculations programs.
  • Geothermal energy.
    • Definition and types of geothermal energy.
    • Worldwide geothermal resources.
    • Systems and applications.
    • Very low temperature geothermal resources.
    • Geothermal gradients on the surface.
    • Geothermal collectors and heat pumps- Potential power exchange fluids.
    • Types of geothermal collectors: horizontal, panels, special wells.
    • Pre-sizing for cold and heat collectors connected to heat pumps.
    • Land characteristics.
  • Wind power.
    • Wind, its speed, its energy characteristics before passing through a rotor. Predicting wind behaviour.
    • Wind power machines, wind mills, turbines. Concepts, components and types.
    • Classification by power ratings.
    • Classification by the position of the rotor hub.
    • Sub-types and characteristics. Power curves.
    • Small wind power generators (≤ 50Kw).
    • Examples of the selection.
    • Commentary on the architectural location.
  • Biomass energy.
    • Biomass, concepts, its energy, photosynthesis, pyrolysis, fermentation and combustion.
    • The by-products of biomass consumption and its measurement in Kg of CO2.
    • Anaerobic digestion: biogas.
    • Biofuels and liquid biofuels.
    • Wood and solid fuels.
    • Biomass sources.
    • Advantages and disadvantages.
    • The most common transformation methods.
    • Examples of urban applications (districts and neighbourhoods) and architecture (buildings).
  • Cogeneration and trigeneration.
    • Concepts and types.
    • Using both heat and electricity.
    • Primary energies used.
    • Commentary about engines: external and internal combustion and turbines.
    • Application of heat to produce cold (its performance).
    • The legal framework. Viability. A case study.
5 ECTS 40h
Energy Simulation Software
  • Help tool for simulating the energy behavior of buildings. Computer program:
    • DesignBuilder.
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Range of modules
This postgraduate course is part of the training track for the master's degree in Architecture and Sustainability: Design Tools and Environmental Control Techniques .
The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.
Master's degree:
relation Postgraduate courses:

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Teaching staff
  • Aranda Moreno, Fernando
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    Member of the Technical Committee of the Congress of Almost Null Energy Buildings. Member of the working group on the sustainable energy objective of the Urban Agenda of Catalonia. Member of the Energy Group of the Committee of Experts on Innovation and Knowledge of the Catalan Soil Institute.
  • Barbeta Sola, Gabriel

    Doctor Architect (ETSAB 1992). Professor Ecoarchitecture Architecture Department of the University of Girona since 1996. Master's Director: Applied Bioconstruction and Ecoarchitecture UdG (V ed.); Construction in Terra UdG; and Holistic Master in Social Transformation; and Postgraduate Health and Harmony of Habitat (V ed.). Researcher.
  • de Bobes Picornell, Arcadi

    Architect. Professor of the Higher Technical School of Architecture of the Vallés of the UPC. He is part of the research group GAT (Architecture and Technology Group) of the UPC.
  • Folch Hernández, Marc

    Architect. Master's Degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic School of Architecture of Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He completed his studies at the Lund Teknisker Högskolan of the ULunds Universitet in Sweden. Co-founder of the Calderon-Folch-Sarsanedas study.
  • Gallego Moras, Guillermo

    Architect. Project Management of the Institut Català del Sòl. Generalitat of Catalunya.
  • Godoy Muñoz, Alfonso

    Architect by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). Master in Sustainability from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and doctoral student at the UPC. Specialist in energy efficiency and simulation of buildings. Trainer in energy certification, passive air conditioning strategies and simulation tools. Tutor professor in the master's degree in Sustainable Design and Bioclimatic Architecture and in the postgraduate course in Energy Simulation of Buildings jointly taught by the University of Barcelona (UB). Founding partner of arqbag cooperativa d’arquitectura.
  • Guillén Amigó, Carles

    Industrial Engineer by the Technical School Superior of Industrial Engineers of Barcelona (ETSEIB), Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master in Architecture and Sustainability: Design Tools and Environmental Control Techniques from the UPC School of Professional and Executive Development. He has 8 years of experience in building energy consultancy. Currently, he collaborates with the company Architecture & Sustainability Research Unit in Barcelona as an expert simulator in bioclimatic analysis software.
  • Labeur, Alejandro

    Architect and researcher from the National University of Buenos Aires. Expert in Bioclimatic Architecture. He currently works at the company GAC 3000 as director of Architecture.
  • Lacasta Palacio, Ana María
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    Doctor of Physical Sciences from the University of Barcelona. He is currently Professor of the Department of Technology of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He develops his activity at the Polytechnic College of Building of Barcelona (EPSEB). He is the person in charge of the GICITED research group and the EPSEB Laboratory of Fire.
  • Llop Torné, Josep Maria
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    Urban Architect by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Director of Urban Planning and Environment of Lleida (1979-1988 and 1991-2003). Urban Planning Director of the Barcelona City Council (1987-1991). Professor at the University of Lleida and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. First Prize of Planning of Catalonia for the General Plan of Lleida 1995-2015. Project Coordinator "Management and control of urbanization" of the Urb-AL Network on the "Instruments of redistribution of urban income". Director UNESCO Chair on "Intermediate Cities, Urbanization and Development" (2008 to 2023).
  • Riol Jurado, Ricard
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    Technical Engineer of Public Works, specialized in Transports and Urban Services, by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Currently, CT in the Department of Commuter Operations of Catalonia, at Renfe. Former President of the Association for the Promotion of Public Transport.

  • Silva Gandola, Laura
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    Civil Engineer from the University of Alicante (UA). Technical Engineer of Public Works by the UA. Master in Automation and Telecontrol for the Management of Water and Energy Resources from the Miguel Hernández University (UMH). She is currently technical staff of the Sustainable Construction department of the Institute of Construction Technology (ITeC) with more than eight years of experience in the field of training.
  • Tarrida Llopis, Marçal

    Architect for the Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB), Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master in Architecture and Sustainability by the UPC School of Professional and Executive Development. He has 6 years of experience in building energy consultancy. Currently, he collaborates with the company Architecture & Sustainability Research Unit in Barcelona as an expert simulator in bioclimatic analysis software.
  • Toral Paredes, Andrea Gabriela
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    Double Master's Degree in Science and Technology of Sustainability and Sustainable Intervention in the Built Environment by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Currently a pre-candidate for the Doctorate program in Architecture, Building and Urbanism Technology of the Polytechnic University de Catalunya (UPC). Former collaborator of the Laboratori d'Estudis Socials de l'Enginyeria Civil (UPC). He accumulates experience as a Municipal Architect in the Metropolitan District of Quito (Ecuador) and more than 3 years in project management for telecommunications infrastructures.
  • Viver Montsant, Josep

    Computer technicians, solar photovoltaic and experienced environmental measures (electromagnetic fields of high and low frequency and radioactivity among others) since 1987. She teaches workshops and conferences environmental issues since 1996.
  • Vives Rego, Javier

    Architect from the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB, 1972) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Retired architect. Author of Traditional Japanese Architecture (2019), Modern Japanese Architecture (2019), History and Art of the Japanese Garden (2014), Japanese Theater and the Plastic Arts (2010), all published by Satori Ediciones.
  • Vives Rego, José

    Doctor in Microbiology. Degree and Graduate in Biology. Master in Technology Management (ESADE). Professor of Microbiology (1991-2015) at the University of Barcelona. Philosophy Studies (1997-2015). Currently Honorary Professor since 2015. Between 1968 and 1997 he has been a consultant for companies in various sectors. Member of the Scientific Committees of the European Commission (1997-2006), Environmental forensic and expert in Crime against the environment (1992-2014) trials. Author of scientific articles in the field of microbiology, biotechnology, forensics, philosophical reflection, ethics and public management.

Career opportunities

• Specialist in energy rehabilitation of buildings.
• Specialist in sustainable urban planning and smart cities.
• Specialist in building energy simulation tools (BEST).

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