AAR4926 - Integrated Energy Design - Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 100/100

Course content

To achieve the operational energy performance of a Net Zero Energy Building, designers must implement numerous strategies coherently. Renewable energy sources are required to meet energy demands while also providing occupants with a high level of thermal comfort. Further, the constraints of the energy targets should consider the contribution of embodied energy and not diminish the creation of excellent architecture.

To deal with the outlined complexity, designers can utilise integrated energy design. This technique is an iterative approach that employs extensive interdisciplinary collaboration from an early project phase. This method differs from traditional sequential design, which relies on design tables and can lead to overdesigned and underperforming outcomes.

This course will introduce the theory of integrated energy design, focusing on essential knowledge of building systems for energy generation and occupant comfort.

Learning outcome


The course scope has a strong emphasis on the fundamentals of building energy systems while including interaction with structural and architectural domains. The course objective is to provide knowledge on fundamentals and principles in the following areas:

  • Occupant thermal comfort
  • Ventilation systems
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Energy generation systems
  • Internal lighting systems
  • Building performance simulation
  • Interdependences of building energy systems, structures and architecture.


The students will develop the following skills in relation to the concepts and strategies for sustainable building projects:

  • Identify suitable active and passive approaches in relation to building energy systems
  • Discuss the benefits of selected approaches with design team members
  • Analyse the initial performance of the selected approaches.

General competence

At the course completion, the graduates will understand the challenges and technical aspects involved in developing solutions for sustainable buildings. The overall ambition is to support architects and engineers in overcoming the challenges encountered to achieve a 100% renewable energy society.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures: Delivering knowledge on the fundamentals and principles. Reinforcing the presented theories using design examples.

Group exercises: Participatory learning activities to support student engagement.

Simulation-based tutorials: Introduction to building performance simulation of active systems.

Further on evaluation

Examination arrangement: Approved report

For postponed evaluations based on project assignments a new or revised assignment in the course must be delivered within the deadline set by the course instructor.

Postponed examinations are usually scheduled for the next regular exam period.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)
Architecture (MAAR2)
Sustainable Architecture (MSSUSARC)

Required previous knowledge

The course requires that students have followed and passed previous courses within the master programme in Sustainable Architecture at NTNU, i.e. AAR4832, AAR4532, AAR4546, and AAR4817, or equivalent.

Course materials

Case studies; research articles and other literature; lecture notes

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Architectural Design, History and Technology
  • Energy and Indoor Environment
  • Building Science
  • Architecture
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: Approved report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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