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This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree in Architecture and the Environment: Urban Space, Light and Integration of Energy in Architecture.


1st Edition
15 ECTS (90 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 09/01/2020
Classes end: 28/05/2020
Programme ends : 18/06/2020
Thursday: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Taught at
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649
Why this programme?
Environmental control in Architecture by natural means is possible using either passive means or active means. Passive systems are directly related to the design of the Architecture, taking full advantage of the output of the energies around them. Active systems turn natural energies into energy in order to achieve a result in Architecture. This applies to renewable energies such as solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind and geothermal energy, which will be covered in this module.

The presence of items generating energy from renewable sources and their integration in the design ensures energy is supplied to the project whenever this is necessary. The postgraduate programme will cover the Architecture project from the point of view of climate, to obtain an appropriate result which requires the least amount of energy to be operational.

  • To train technical specialists with a knowledge of natural and artificial conditioning techniques in architecture, who are able to select the most suitable energy systems for specific cases of buildings and their surroundings, design the general specifications of those systems, and integrate them formally and technically in the overall concept of the architectural project
Who is it for?
  • Architects, technical architects and engineers interested in obtaining a high degree of specialisation in the application of renewable energies in architecture.
  • Other university professionals that need to broaden their knowledge in this field.

Training Content

List of subjects
15 ECTS 90h
Renewable Energy in Architecture
  • Renewable Energy in Architecture.
    • Climate by country and pre-existing conditions.
    • Assessment of thermal behaviour.
    • Special natural air conditioning systems. Capture, solar protection and ventilation.
    • Principles of solar, thermal, photovoltaic, geothermal and wind energy.
    • Optimisation of resources through community systems.
  • Integrating renewable energies in architecture.
    • Integrating renewable energies.
    • Types of collectors and their construction specifications.
    • Architectural examples: Active systems.
    • Workshop: designing a simple and composite habitable module.
    • Workshop: design and assessment of the building in an urban area.
  • Façades and envelopes.
    • Functions of the envelope.
    • Tasks to be performed by solar systems.
    • Energy exchange through the envelope.
    • Façades, roofs and filters.
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.
Range of modules
This postgraduate course is part of the training track for the master's degree in Architecture and the Environment: Urban Space, Light and Integration of Energy in Architecture .
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.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
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

Academic management
Teaching staff
  • Alonso Montolío, Carlos
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    Doctor Architect. Department of Architectural Technology I of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Coch Roura, Helena
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    Architect PhD. Department of Architectural Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Corbat Diaz, Enrique
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    Architect. Department of Architectural Technology of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Garrido Torres, Pablo
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    Architect. Department Teacher of Architectural Technology of the UPC.
  • López Besora, Judit
    Architect. Department of Architecture Technology of the UPC.
  • Lorenzo Gálligo, Pedro
    PhD in Architecture. Department of Projects University of Catalonia (UPC).
  • Marín Herrera, Juan Antonio
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    Architect. Department Teacher of Architectural Technology of the UPC.
  • Navés Viñas, Francesc
    PhD in Architecture. Department of Architectural Structures (UPC).
  • Serrasolses Domènech, Jaume
    Biologist. Plot Engineering Founder Tecnoambiental.

Career opportunities

  • Technical Consultant on Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in Construction.
  • Specialist in the integration of Renewable Energy Installations.
  • Specialist in Energy Rehabilitation.

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To start the enrolment process for this programme you must complete and send the form that you will find at the bottom of these lines.

Next you will receive a welcome email detailing the three steps necessary to formalize the enrolment procedure:

1. Complete and confirm your personal details.

2. Validate your curriculum vitae and attach any additional required documentation, whenever this is necessary for admission.

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Once the fee has been paid and we have all your documentation, we will assess your candidacy and, if you are admitted on the course, we will send you a letter of acceptance. This document will provide you with all the necessary information to formalize the enrolment process for the programme.

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