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Building Sustainability

Course Description

This Master programme is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary course for those who plan a career in real-estate project management and planning with a focus on implementing sustainability.
In addition to their own engineering, planning, architecture or economics studies, participants will gain technical, economic and management skills tailored to the building sector, and will be prepared for a management career in leadership positions across the boundaries of their own fields. In addition to sector-specific fundamentals, the programme includes project and life cycle management modules as well as a global perspective regarding different approaches to energy-efficiency.

Energy Performance of Buildings (9 cr)
Physics of the building envelope, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Hydraulic Systems, Power Generation, Distribution and Use, Building Automation, Calculation Methods for Energy Balance

Project Management (9 cr)
Project Management standards, Building Information Modelling, Soft Skills

Introduction Project (6 cr)
Dependencies of various factors and the order of processing steps in an existing building project

Lecture series “Building and Urban Area Structures: Modifications for Sustainability and Energy Management” (6 cr)
Technological, social, and ecological dimensions regarding challenges in planning and building/construction processes

Real Estate Economics (6 cr)
Feasibility study, Market and site analysis, Basic financial mathematics, Investment appraisal, Developer calculation, Sensitivity analysis

Energy-Efficient Societies (6 cr)
Understandings of energy efficiency and their consequences for project managers, other building and energy experts, users, and society.

Interdisciplinary Project (9 cr)
Dependencies of various factors and the order of processing steps in a new building project

Life Cycle Management (6 cr)
Strategic Facility Management , FM Standards, FM Business Processes during Building Life Cycle, Sustainability and Building Certification Systems, Service Level Agreements and Key Performance Indicators in FM, Building Information Management and Computer Aided Facility Management, Case Studies

Compulsory elective: Integration of Renewable Energies (6 cr)
Basics of various renewable source for heat, cold, and electricity, Integration of these sources into existing and new buildings, Combination of different systems, hybrid systems of renewable and conventional energy sources, Integration of urban and rural areas, Application areas, limits and alternative system configuration, Concepts for measurement and control

Compulsory elective: Smart Buildings (6 cr)
Basics of software and communication and their application in smart energy buildings – system ar-chitectures, protocols, bus-systems/IP, modelling of smart buildings, State of the art in intelligent building management systems – monitoring, control, automation, Smart Buildings as building blocks of smart grids and cities – successful integration of future build-ings into the technical, economic and regulatory environment

Compulsory elective: Innovation and Technology Management, (12 cr)
Innovation management, technology management, IP management, project management, team building; application of this knowledge to a real project by developing a prototype in interdisciplinary teams based on a given problem

Master thesis (18 cr)

Visit the Building Sustainability page on the Technische Universität Berlin website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

University degree(s) recognized by German universities (at least 210 ECTS),Working experience of at least one year (preferably in the relevant working areas of energy) after completion of studies,English skills equal to level B2 (or higher) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – not required for high school graduation with English language

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