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

Degree programme: Master Sustainable Energy Systems
Type of degree: FH Master´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2022

Course unit title Smart Buildings - Selected Topics
Course unit code 072722030601
Language of instruction German / English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Christian BAUMANN, Peter KEPPLINGER

Prerequisites and co-requisites


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.