Aachen, Germany

Energy Performance of Buildings & Districts

when 16 July 2023 - 29 July 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1990

In this Summer School, you explore the energy efficiency of buildings on a micro-level, and consider districts on a macro-level. You learn about building performance simulation and district supply systems.

You master the fundamentals of modeling and simulation to carry out dynamic building simulations. Apply your knowledge in a practical manner: Work on a case study featuring energy efficient technology. Succeed in a business simulation game on energy trading and power plant management.

This course is highly interactive and contain a lot of intensive and fun teamwork. Get an insight into Energy Performance of Buildings & Districts with the following hands-on topics:

✓ Lectures & tutorials
✓ Exercises
✓ Dynamic building simulations
✓ Plant operation simulations
✓ Micro- and macro level understanding
✓ Intercultural exchange & social events

Registrations are open now! Apply before April 1!

Course leader

The Short course is jointly conducted by the e3D, EBC and the iPE. All three Institutes are part of the RWTH University and are integrated in the SmartQuart Project which is the center of this Summer School.

Target group

Every year we welcome students from all over the world. You can become part of our international student community if you:

- are at least 18 years old
- in your Bachelor's, Master's, in between or recently graduated
- are proficient in the English language

Desirable is basic understanding of power generation and power systems, electrochemical systems or electricity systems and its components.

Please note: Interested students should be studying electrical engineering and show strong interests in sustainable technology, especially in the context of energy and buildings. Basic skills in any discipline with a strong focus on energy are beneficial.

No English certificate is required. Our courses are all in English and therefore a proficient knowledge of English is important.

Course aim

A district from the living lab project SmartQuart serves as a use case. SmartQuarts core technological element is the exchange of energy and intelligent networking within and between the smart districts.

Credits info

3 EC
Have a look at the workload of our Short Courses:
(1 hour = 45 minutes)

2-week programs | about 75 hours
3-week programs | about 100 hours
4-week programs | about 120 hours

Please note: All Short Courses are full time programs! Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how many credits may be awarded. For details, please speak to your home institution’s Study Abroad Adviser.

Fee info

EUR 1990: With our all-inclusive package we provide our participants a carefree stay in the charming historic city of Aachen. The program fees of each on-campus program contain for example:

- Accommodation (usually 3-or 4-bed rooms)
- Breakfast and lunch on weekdays
- A local public transportation ticket
- Broad supporting program
- Personal support from local mentors
- Emergency contact
- Certificate from RWTH Aachen University


Our team is glad to announce that we award scholarships for selected on-campus Summer School programs every year. Check out our website for details and see if you are a scholarship candidate.