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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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12th Edition
20 ECTS (180 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.
Start date
Classes start: 13/03/2024
Classes end: 28/06/2024
Programme ends : 20/09/2024
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 postgraduate course?
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
  • Principles of Bioclimatic Design
    • Architecture and climate.
    • Comfort parameters.
    • Projecting with the sun.
    • Projecting with the wind.
    • Projecting with energy.
    • Guidelines and design strategies.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • LEED Certification: Credit Categories
    • Location and transport.
    • In-depth development of each LT category credit, focusing on sustainable strategies to achieve each point.
  • Sustainable plots
    • In-depth development of each SS category credit, focusing on sustainable strategies to achieve each point.
  • Efficiency in the Use of Water
    • In-depth development of each WE category credit, focusing on sustainable strategies to achieve each point.
  • 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: eQUEST and DesignBuilder.
    • Automation and energy saving.
    • Renewable energy in-situ. Explanation and calculation.
  • 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.
  • 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
Application Project. Case study
  • 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.
Postgraduate qualification issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued by virtue of the provisions of art. 7.1 of Organic Law 2/2023 of 22 March, concerning the University System, and art. 36 of Royal Decree 822/2021 of 28 September, which establishes the organisation of university education and the procedure for ensuring its quality. A prior official university qualification is necessary to obtain it. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the course issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. Lifelong learning studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are approved by the University's Governing Council on an annual basis. (See details appearing on the certificate).

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
  • 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.
  • Folch Hernández, Marc
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    Architect from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Master's degree in Architecture from the Barcelona School of Architecture at the UPC. He completed his studies at the Lund Teknisker Högskolan at Lunds University in Sweden. Awarded the Ajac Prize to Young Architects in 2004 and 2012 by the COAC and the Spanish International Architecture by the Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España (CSCAE). He is currently involved as a lecturer in numerous Masters in Architecture and Sustainability at various Universities. He is co-director of the Postgraduate in New Construction Systems (Escola Sert) and also participates as a professor in the nZEB Building Course (Escola Sert).
  • Gallego Moras, Guillermo

    Architect. Project Management of the Institut Català del Sòl. Generalitat of Catalunya.
  • González Casado, Jose Antonio
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    Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Master in Business Administration from the School of Industrial Organization (EOI). Founder and CEO of ARQUIMA. He accumulates 20 years of experience in the wood construction sector, and 15 years ago created the embryo of the current ARQUIMA construction system for the industrialized construction of passive, sustainable and healthy buildings, leader in the Spanish market.
  • Herrera Garin, Marcela
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    Doctor in Human Learning Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Master in Sports Psychology (UAB). Trainer of high performance coaches, managers and engineers. Coach psychologist accredited by the Official College of Psychology of Catalonia (COPC). Founder and CEO of She is currently a member of the Grup d'Investigació de Activitat Física of the University of Vic. Experience of more than 20 years as a teacher in universities and a specialist consultant in groups, leadership, relational intelligence and mindfulness.
  • Ibañez, Yanina
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    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.
  • Pastor Navarro, Ana
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    Technical architect from the Polytechnic University School of La Almunia (EUPLA) of the University of Zaragoza (UZ). She specialized in energy efficiency in construction by the CIRCE Foundation (Center for Research on Energy Resources and Consumption) and in the design of low-energy buildings and passivhaus (PHPP Designer and PHPP Expert). Since 2019 she has been part of the Energiehaus certification and consulting department, developing audits under the Passivhaus standard.
  • Pauwels, Emmanuel
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    Sustainability consultant and Regenerative Practitioner with 15 years of experence in the application of sustainability and regeneration in the built environment.
  • Pérez Cobos, Sergi
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    Graduated in Architecture from the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura del Vallès (UPC). Currently, he occupies the position of Product and Innovation Manager at Inergy with the purpose of contributing his experience in the formulation of new services and products, the development of software functionalities for energy management. Throughout the last 12 years he has developed his professional activity in the field of energy efficiency in buildings. He is a trainer in university master's and postgraduate degrees, as well as an author of specialized publications.
  • Silva Potí, Bieito
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    Architect, specialist in sustainability and MBA. Director at ACSOS - Sustainable Action. I have developed my career around national and international projects of sustainability and wellness certifications, bioclimatic architecture and urban ecology. Extensive experience in WELL, LEED, BREEAM and LBC certifications and accredited as WELL Faculty, LEED AP BD+C and FITWELL & LBC Ambassador.
  • 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.
  • Villagrasa Álvarez, Andreu
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    Technical Architect and Building Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, with a Master's Degree in Renewable Energies and Bioclimatic Architecture. Specialized in Energy Simulations and Energy Certification of buildings. Since 2019 he has been part of the Energiehaus team as Passivhaus Designer and develops his work focused on offering building solutions under the Passivhaus standard with almost zero consumption nZEB, sustainable, efficient and durable.
  • 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

  • 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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