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Environmental Engineering MA, Energy and Material Flows in the Built Environment, 7.5 credits

General data

Code: MÖ016A
Subject/Main field: Miljöteknik
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1F - Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 4/11/2017
Date of change: 6/7/2017
Version valid from: 11/1/2017


The aim of the course is to deepen the understanding of the students in the subject of system analysis with emphasis on the built environment system. The course provides in-depth knowledge about the environmental impact of such systems with focus on energy and material flows from natural resources to end-use products and services. During the course, several integrated tools will be introduced to analyse such systems with respect to building design, energy production technologies, end-use technologies, energy utilization patterns and post evaluation of buildings.

Course objectives

After completing the course, the students should be able to:
- perform energy balance on buildings.
- understand and describe concepts related to system analysis.
- apply methods for analysing systems.
- model energy systems, with particular focus on bioenergy systems in the built environment.
- analyse the environmental impacts of material flows in the built environment.
- compare the environmental effect of various building designs.
- compare the environmental effect of various energy production and energy utilization technologies.
- distinguish between different energy policies.


The course covers the following parts:
• Fundamental aspects of energy use.
• Energy balance in residential buildings.
• Analysis of energy chains.
• Economic analysis of energy systems.
• Environmental effects of building materials.
• Energy policies and evaluation.

Entry requirements

Environmental Science MA, Integrated Environmental Assessment, 7.5 credits.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching consist of workshops, field measurements, computational modelling, and scientific literature surveys. Project assignments may occur.

Examination form

The examination of the course includes modelling assignments, written assignments, presentations and written final exam.

Grading criteria for the subject area can be found at

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Björn Berge
Title: The Ecology of Building Materials
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publisher: Architectural Press

Author: Kornelius Blok
Title: Introduction to Energy analysis.
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publisher: Routledge
Comment: Optional

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