Architecture and Energy Saving: Software Tools for Design and Evaluation

Postgraduate course. Online.


UPC School


Bioclimatic Design Basis
6 ECTS. 52 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
3 ECTS. 26 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
8 ECTS. 80 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
3 ECTS. 24 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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(182 teaching hours)

Start date:
Start date:February 2018 End date:July 2018
Friday  09:00 to 14:00  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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