Zero Energy Buildings


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

A BSc degree (Bachelor) in Architecture and Design or similar.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim of the course is to enable students in a professional way to develop and document Zero Energy Buildings using both passive and active energy technologies.

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge of the political strategy at national as well as international level for saving energy in the building sector
  • Must have knowledge of energy optimisation of existing buildings
  • Must have knowledge of intelligent and dynamic climate shields
  • Must have knowledge of active energy technologies


  • Must be able to apply indoor environmental systems and technologies
  • Must be able to analyse, simulate and apply passive energy technologies in buildings
  • Must be able to simulate and analyse the dynamic behavior of a building regarding indoor environment and energy use taking all relevant parameters into account
  • Must be able to apply advanced mathematical models to the analysis of passive energy technologies and the interplay between building design, building use and outdoor climate


  • Can discuss and reflect on the influence of the chosen indoor environmental level on the buildings total energy use
  • Can use a professional and interdisciplinary approach to the design of zero energy building
  • Can use a professional and interdisciplinary approach to energy optimisation of existing buildings
  • Can choose proper modeling of single zone and multi-zone buildings and discuss inherent model limitations

Type of instruction

See general description of the types of instruction described in the introduction to Chapter 3.



Name of examZero Energy Buildings
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
Without aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleEnergineutralt byggeri
Module codeAODAPM2K151
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture & Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design