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Start   >  Master's & postgraduate courses  >  Education  >  Postgraduate course in Bioclimatic Architecture and Certifications: LEED, BREEAM, PASSIVHAUS and CTE
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9th Edition
20 ECTS (180 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
€2,500  €2,250 (10% discount if you enrol before 15th September
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: 17/03/2021
Classes end: 02/07/2021
Programme ends : 24/09/2021
Wednesday: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm | 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Taught at
EPSEB - Escola Politècnica Superior d'Edificació de Barcelona
Av. Doctor Marañón, 44-50
Why this programme?
The postgraduate course in Bioclimatic Architecture and Certifications: LEED, BREEAM, PASSIVHAUS and CTE is done in person in Barcelona, but also offers the possibility of being completed online by students who prefer it.

Globally, buildings are responsible for more than 33% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and 40% of raw material consumption. Both energy efficiency and corporate social and environmental responsibility are some of the catalysts that are transforming the international real estate market at this time.

Investors and developers have incorporated this sensitivity, not only for compliance with increasingly demanding regulations, but also because the economic and environmental benefits are quantifiable in terms of investment, demand and valuation of assets. Currently, investing in a green building or applying for it as a user is part of the strategy of many building promoters.

This postgraduate course offers a comprehensive introduction to sustainable urban planning practices, green buildings, energy efficiency, passive and active solar strategies, renewable energy, NZEB, as well as three of the most widely used certifications for green buildings around the world.

In the international market, there are more and more needs of professionals with a good training in the field of evaluation and certifications for high performance buildings.

The postgraduate course will allow you not only to rethink the building and its impact on the environment, but also to improve your skills and your professional future, preparing you for the new challenges ahead. All our speakers are accredited professionals working on each of the subjects they teach. The vision of the course is professional. We intend to give you the specialisation that will open different job opportunities.

It is increasingly essential:

  • Have computer tools to design the ideal architectural solutions.
  • Obtain certifications that guarantee the sustainability of buildings.
  • Evaluate both the energy consumed in the construction process and that used during the operation of the building.

Consult us the possibility of doing internships in high level companies and application exercises where real cases are simulated.

We train students to pass the LEED exams and become accredited professionals.


The main purpose of the activity is to contribute and strengthen the technical skills of professionals in a sector that clearly moves in the direction of savings and energy efficiency. Under this premise, the following general objectives are included:

  • To train energy performance technicians who will manage energy audits and certifications. At the same time, enhance the possibility of a specific and highly demanded job now and in the future.
  • Become familiar with the parameterization, analysis, comparison, calculation and application of the results in real life.
  • Clarify the theoretical aspects through direct practical application, auditing and studying specific projects of Spanish energy certification, LEED certification, PassivHaus and BREEAM.
  • Strengthen the ability to handle a large number of technical aspects and data that are considered in all phases of the project.
  • To have full control of the architectural project from the pre design phases to its conclusion.
  • Energy references, "Benchmark" and energy reports.
  • Use the certification references (LEED, Passive House, BREEAM) to evaluate and propose improvements in the projects, which make them much more efficient and respectful with the environment.
  • Know and handle different bio-environmental design strategies. Design with the weather and the sun.
  • Incorporate active and passive design strategies. Understand the operation and application of different renewable energies.
  • Study Sustainable Urbanism and how to generate healthier communities.
  • Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB).
  • Train technicians capable of designing or working with passive buildings and their certification (PASSIVHAUS).
  • Understand and apply the Spanish Energy Certification (CTE) and its different IT tools.
  • Acquire new skills that will be essential in project teams, competitions, research groups and even in leadership tasks.
  • Promote the exchange of knowledge among multidisciplinary groups from different sectors.
  • Training and training for the LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE and LEED AP exams organized by the Green Building Council.
Who is it for?
  • Architects.
  • Building Engineers and Technical Architects.
  • Engineers and technical engineers of various specialties.
  • Students of the last courses of these degrees.
  • Professionals from the productive sectors of construction, industry, economy, energy and sustainability.

Training Content

List of subjects
3 ECTS 27h
Introduction to Sustainable Architecture
1. Principles of Bioclimatic Design.
  • Architecture and climate.
  • Comfort parameters.
  • Projecting with the sun.
  • Projecting with the wind.
  • Projecting with energy.
  • Guidelines and design strategies.

2. Sustainability and the City.

  • Sustainable urbanism.
  • The responsible city.
  • Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB).
  • Towards a city of almost zero consumption.
  • Net balance.
  • Self-production.
  • Case studies: applied urban planning projects.
4 ECTS 36h
Green Buildings Certification
1. The Energy Certification for Buildings in Spain.
  • CTE: Technical Building Code. Basic Document of Energy Saving-DBHE.
  • The energy evaluation: energy audits in existing buildings.
  • Methodologies, data collection, procedures and reports.
  • Application software: Leader - Calener - C3X.

2. GREEN RATING: European Certification.

  • Evaluation of existing buildings; the 6 objective and tangible indicators:
    • Energy.
    • Carbon.
    • Water.
    • Transport.
    • Waste.
    • Wellness.
  • Development of each of the indicators. Data collection of the building to be evaluated: use of the spreadsheets, conclusions and writing of the report.

3. BREEAM Certification: Design and Evaluation Methodology for Sustainable Buildings.

  • General aspects of the certification, environmental impact indicators.
  • Energy.
  • Management.
  • Health & wellness.
  • Transport.
  • Water.
  • Materials.
  • Waste.
  • Pollution.
  • Land use.
  • Ecology.
  • Development of each indicator and strategies related to each one.
  • Case study.
6 ECTS 54h
LEED Certification

1. Bases of Green Building: New way of seeing, thinking and living architecture.

  • Introduction to green buildings and communities. Sustainable thinking.
  • New processes to build green (define Green Building, describe the Approach of the Whole Building, describe the Integrated Provision of Projects, definition of the Triple Bottom Line).
  • LEED certification: explanation of the structure of the certification, its categories and credits.
  • Alliances of the USGBC, GBCI and certification process.

2. LEED Certification: Credit Categories.

  • Location and transport.
  • In-depth development of each LT category credit, focusing on sustainable strategies to achieve each point.

3. Sustainable plots.

  • In-depth development of each SS category credit, focusing on sustainable strategies to achieve each point.

4. Efficiency in the Use of Water.

  • In-depth development of each WE category credit, focusing on sustainable strategies to achieve each point.

5. Energy and Atmosphere.

  • In-depth development of each EA category credit, focusing on sustainable strategies to achieve each point.
  • Commissioning process. CXA.
  • LEED for existing buildings.
  • Energy simulation: equestrian, DesignBuilder.
  • Automation and energy saving.
  • Renewable energy in-situ. Explanation and calculation.

6. Materials and resources.

  • In-depth development of each MR category credit, focusing on sustainable strategies to achieve each point.
  • Life cycle analysis of materials. SIMAPRO software.

7. Interior Environmental Quality.

  • Pre requirements.
  • Monitoring of outside air.
  • Maximized ventilation.
  • Management plan for indoor air quality during construction and before employment.
4 ECTS 36h
Passivhaus Certification
  • Analysis of design, operation and evaluation strategies for winter and summer.
  • Decomposition and study of the structure and the thermal envelope of the building.
  • Learning and practices of the methodology through its calculation sheets.
  • Practices of the methodology through them their calculation sheets. PHPP.
  • Application examples.
  • Visit to a passive house.
3 ECTS 27h
Proyecto de Aplicación. Caso de Estudio
  • From a real executive project, a building built by INCASOL (or selected by the student for a particular interest) make the necessary modifications to achieve a LEED Certification. The objective is to apply the LEED referential, and with it its complete design methodology, in order to obtain as a result an environmentally preferable building than the original one. They can modify design, facilities, equipment, materials, etc. to this end.
  • From a group and/or individual tutorials this Work will be corrected until the final delivery date.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
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.

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.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
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.
Assessment criteria
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
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
  • Amado Pousa, Martín
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    Passivhaus building certifier accredited by the PHI, Passivhaus designer, technical architect and civil engineer specializing in energy design, renewable energy development and almost zero energy consumption buildings (NZEB). During the last years I have been developing my activity as head of the Passivhaus certification and consulting department at Energiehaus Arquitectos.
  • Amat Guasch, Elisabet

    Telecommunications Engineer by the UPC. Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from the UAB. DEA in Sustainability, Technology and Humanism by the UNESCO Chair of Sustainability of the UPC. Currently responsible for certifications in sustainability at TECNALIA R & Y CERTIFICACIÓN. Expert in life cycle analysis, environmental product declarations and sustainable materials.
  • 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.
  • Ferrer Prat, Núria

    Architect. Master in Architecture and Sustainability: Design Tools and Environmental Control Techniques.
  • 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.
  • Ibañez, Yanina

    Architect by the National University of Buenos Aires. Master in Architecture and Sustainability by the UPC School of Professional and Executive Development. Certified expert in LEED Certification, Spanish Certification and Green Rating.
  • 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.
  • Linares Iglesias, Elisa

    Industrial Engineer by the UPC. Environmental and Energy Consultant in ERF - Estudi Ramon Folch i Associats, S.L.
  • Menéndez Fernández, Miguel Ángel
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    Architect (building specialty) by the UDC. Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) by ESADE (URL). Director of Special Projects of IBERDROLA INMOBILIARIA. Accumulate an experience of more than 20 years in the direction of projects in companies, leading teams of high added value in multinational companies.
  • Ricart Ulldemolins, Josep
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    Architect and professor at the ETSAV-UPC, where he also carried out research work with the FPU grant from the Ministry of Education. He has been a guest lecturer and lecturer at universities and American institutions (TEC Monterrey, UT Austin, UT Dallas) and Europe (Marne la Vallée in Paris). Founding partner of HARQUITECTES. His work has earned the recognition of several prizes for both built and in ideas contests, and the publication in national and international media.
  • Style, Oliver
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    Master in Science (Architecture and Environment) from the University of East London, United Kingdom. Passivhaus consultant, and founding partner of Progetic, an engineering company based in Barcelona. Specialized in energy efficiency in building, energy simulation, building physics, and Passivhaus design and consulting. Member of the Board of Directors of the Passivhaus Building Platform - PEP
  • 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.
  • Tricas Costa, Xavier

    Telecommunications Engineer and Master in Building and Sustainable Construction. Expert in Telecommunications Infrastructures and Control and Regulation Systems.
  • 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.
  • Wadel, Gerardo
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    Doctor Architect. Specialist in Technology and Production of the Habitat. Soci founder of l'assessoria ambiental Societat Orgànica. Professor and researcher at the School of Architecture La Salle, Ramon Llull University, Trenque Lauquen Regional School of the National Technological University (Argentina). Acreditat appraiser of the GREEN GBCe environmental quality system. Director of Constructiva magazine, between 1999 and 2005, Assistant Professor and General Secretary of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the National University of La Plata, Argentina, between 1994 and 1998.
  • Wassouf, Micheel
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    Architect. Pioneer with more than 20 years of experience in the design of low-energy buildings. Honorary member / founder of the Spanish Official Association Passivhaus. Director of the company Energiehaus Arquitectos in Barcelona. Since 2003, it has developed projects under the Passivhaus and nZEB standard in different countries: Germany, Spain, Syria, Mexico, Turkey, China, New Zealand, Chile, etc. Passivhaus Designer and first certifier in Spain of the Passivhaus Institut. As a teacher, collaborate and participate actively in courses and conferences around the world.

Career opportunities

  • Advisor-Consultant in sustainable building.
  • Green Building Consultant.
  • Adviser in LEED Certification projects.
  • Specialist in energy efficiency for building.
  • Passivhaus passive building specialist.

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