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

Degree programme: Master Sustainable Energy Systems
Type of degree: FH Master´s Degree Programme
Summer Semester 2021

Course unit title Building and System Simulation
Course unit code 072722020601
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Tobias HATT

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

Overview of available simulation environments for building and system simulation with a focus on the reproducibility of HVAC systems. The course should also demonstrate the potentials and limits of simulation using standardized libraries.

  • Simulation in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technology as a means for system optimisation and analysis.
  • Simulation environments for buildings and plant simulation.
  • Basics of building modelling.
  • Models of thermal storage, thermal solar systems, heat pumps, photovoltaics and battery storage.
  • Standard load profiles, as well as synthetic and measured profiles for load profiles and consumption profiles.

Learning outcomes

Students are familiar with typical building simulation environments and can thus map typical HVAC building technology system configurations. They are able to prepare and evaluate the simulation results in a targeted manner. The students

  • can sketch typical approaches for the generation of synthetic load profiles and consumption profiles and name existing solutions
  • know several simulation environments and can reproduce pros and cons as well as application domains
  • can sketch the functionality of existing models for HVAC systems
  • are able to map simple example plants as well as classical control strategies in typical simulation environments on the basis of specifications and data sheets

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture with integrated exercise

Assessment methods and criteria

    Preparation and submission of exercise examples
    Seminar work



Recommended or required reading
  •  Hensen, Jan; Lamberts, Roberto (Hrsg.) (2019): Building performance simulation for design and operation. Second edition. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge.
  • „EnergyPlus | EnergyPlus“ (o. J.): EnergyPlus | EnergyPlus. Online im Internet: URL: (Zugriff am: 30.07.2019).
  • „IDA ICE - Simulation Software | EQUA“ (o. J.): IDA ICE - Simulation Software | EQUA. Online im Internet: URL: (Zugriff am: 30.07.2019).
  • „TRNSYS : Transient System Simulation Tool“ (o. J.): TRNSYS : Transient System Simulation Tool. Online im Internet: URL: (Zugriff am: 30.07.2019).
  • Clarke, J. A. (2001): Energy simulation in building design. 2nd ed. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Presence course. Students will be informed of the lecturer's attendance requirements before the start of the course.