TEP4235 - Energy Management in Buildings


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Semester project 3/10
School exam 7/10 4 hours H

Course content

The main goal of the course is to build up the right attitude to the use of energy in buildings considering also all environmental consequences. The intention is to develop a multidisciplinary approach to the energy supply and use in new and existing buildings taking advantage of knowledge from architecture, building technology, applied thermodynamics, electrical power engineering, heating, refrigeration, air-conditioning, control engineering, economics, management and data processing. The course is based on an overall assessment where outdoor environment, building and technical systems are seen in connection with energy supply, energy use and indoor environment. The objective is to develop multidisciplinary knowledge and understanding of system solutions that provide optimal indoor environment in buildings in an environmentally and cost-effective way. Lectures are dealing with indoor environment, profitability of measures, energy prices and tariffs, building physics, heat loses and gains, building installations, automatic controls, energy use analysis, practical work with energy efficiency measures, potential for energy conservation, energy monitoring and building operation.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEGDE: The course provides the student with knowledge about:

  • Holistic and multi-disciplinary solutions that provide optimal indoor environment in a resource-wise and economically sound manner.
  • Calculation and evaluation methods for profitability assessments of measures.
  • Indoor environment - standards and recommendations, building hygiene, health and quality of life.
  • The interaction between the outdoor climate, building, energy supply and technical installation.
  • Heat losses and heat gains in buildings and what affects the building's heat balance in the short and long term.
  • Thermal energy supply by means of combustion and electric boilers, heat pumps, solar heating systems, and district heating.
  • Technical installations for heating, cooling, ventilation, domestic hot water, lighting, heat recovery.
  • Control and building automation.
  • Measurement techniques and instrumentation.
  • Management, operation and maintenance.

SKILLS: The course should enable the student to:

  • Calculate building energy demands based on external and internal loads.
  • Calculate the required air flow to achieve a satisfactory indoor environment.
  • Calculate the profitability of energy efficiency measures.
  • Select energy efficiency measures for new constructions and upgrading of existing buildings that are optimal for both economy and environment.

GENERAL COMPETENCE: After ended course:

  • The student should have competence to calculate and evaluate buildings energy demands and achieved indoor environment.
  • The student will be able to apply this expertise to selected solutions for building construction, energy supply, and technical installation that provide an optimal indoor environment in a resource-wise and economically sound manner.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, calculation exercises, simulation laboratories, laboratory assignment, and one project assignment. Term project assignment will be conducted as a problem based group work and each group must obtain more than 60 points of 100 points to get access to the exam. The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. If the teaching is given in English, the Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Some of the calculation exercises require use of building simulation tools such as SIMIEN and Excel. To work in the project assignment it is required to use SIMIEN and other simulation tools together with Excel or MATLAB.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory exercises

Further on evaluation

Requirement to get admission to the written exam is approved mandatory exercises. The mandatory exercises can only be transferred from the previous academic year if the program was not significantly changed. In case of re-take of the examination, all assessments of the course must be repeated. In case of a re-sit examination (continuation exam), the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Required previous knowledge

Mathematical and Natural Sciences foundation from 1st and 2nd year courses of engineering studies or equivalent prior knowledge.

Course materials

Enøk i bygninger - effektiv energibruk (Energy Conservation in Buildings - Efficient Energy Usage), Gyldendal undervisning, Oslo, 2007.Kompendium - Oversettelse av den samme fagboken til engelsk.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO7035 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Building Technology
  • Architectural Design, History and Technology
  • Architectural Design and Management
  • Energy and Indoor Environment
  • Energy and Process Engineering
  • Applied and Industrial Mathematics
  • Industrial Mathematics
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 7/10 H 2023-12-07 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 50
SL310 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 48
SL228 Sluppenvegen 14 7
Autumn ORD Semester project 3/10
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 7/10 H 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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