Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Smart Buildings - Selected Topics

Degree programme Sustainable Energy Systems
Subject area Engineering Technology
Type of degree Master
Winter Semester 2023
Course unit title Smart Buildings - Selected Topics
Course unit code 072722030601
Language of instruction German, English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2023
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Christian BAUMANN, Peter KEPPLINGER
Requirements and Prerequisites


Course content

The course provides insight into selected current research topics in the field of intelligent buildings. Typical topics can be:

  • Demand Side Management and Demand Response in buildings.
  • Potential of permanent measures to increase plant efficiency.
  • Increased added value of storage and generation through neighbourhood considerations such as local energy communities.
  • Comprehensive considerations of mobility, heat and electricity for sector coupling in buildings and neighbourhoods.
  • Home automation systems as a means of intelligent plant operation.
  • Market-based approaches as means for optimized plant operation.
Learning outcomes

After the course, the students will be familiar with individual current technical developments in the field of intelligent buildings. As a result of the course, they have obtained a detailed assessment of their advantages and disadvantages. The students

  • can present the specific technological developments presented and describe how they work
  • recognise the need for the development of new technical solutions at the level of buildings and residential areas for the successes of the energy revolution
  • can evaluate the technologies considered in the course and the concept of sector coupling in terms of their advantages and disadvantages
  • can critically reflect individual approaches and technologies with regard to their effects on the building, the neighbourhood and higher-level systems (such as energy networks)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Assessment methods and criteria

Final Examination



Recommended or required reading
  • Castilla, María del Mar u.a. (2014): Comfort Control in Buildings. London: Springer London (= Advances in Industrial Control). 
  • Pereira, Pedro F.; Ramos, Nuno M.M.; Delgado, João M.P.Q. (2019): Intelligent Residential Buildings and the Behaviour of the Occupants: State of the Art. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Servatius, Hans-Gerd; Schneidewind, Uwe; Rohlfing, Dirk (Hrsg.) (2012): Smart energy: Wandel zu einem nachhaltigen Energiesystem. Heidelberg: Springer.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Presence event. No obligation to attend.