Starts Sep 22, 2020
Price €1200  €1390
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Professional Certificate

Develop the proficiency and expertise that employers are looking for with specialized training and professional education.

4 courses
in program
4 - 5 weeks
per course
3 - 4 hours
per week

People spend more than 80% of their time in buildings, therefore a good thermal comfort and quality of the indoor environment are essential for people's wellbeing. At the same time, buildings and their energy systems are responsible for around 40% of the worldwide energy consumption and carbon emissions.

In this program you will learn how to design energy efficient and more sustainable buildings whilst improving the thermal quality of their indoor environment.

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This Program consists of four courses.

In order to consider how to increase the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings, you will discover the energy needs and thermal behavior of buildings. You will learn to answer questions like: how does solar radiation impact the heating and cooling needs? Is there something like an optimal window size, or optimum insulation or orientation? What is the impact of ventilation on the energy needs? Why do architects sometimes design fully glazed atria oriented to the north?

A building not only has energy needs, but also energy supply. Therefore the second course takes you on a journey through the world of energy conversion and related carbon emissions. You will discover how to convert natural resources into the needed heat, cold and electricity. This course will give you the skills to choose energy systems for low carbon buildings and building stocks.

During the third course you will learn how to master a good indoor thermal comfort and how that closely relates to buildings' energy systems. You will be able to answer questions like under which conditions is floor heating comfortable, or why does a comfortable temperature also depend on the chosen ventilation system. Or why there will always be comfort complains even in the building design.

Finally, you will discover how to combine energy supply and (ground) storage systems and how to distribute heat, cold and air in buildings. You will know why and when to apply an all-air system, radiators, floor heating or a cooled ceiling. You will understand the processes in air handling units and know how to maximize comfort while making sure the carbon emissions are the lowest possible. You will also discover the basics of how to optimally control all these systems.


What will you learn

After taking this program you will be able to:

  • Analyze fundamental aeroacoustic sources of noise and their aerodynamic origin.
  • Evaluate sources of noise in different mechanical systems.
  • Discuss and decide upon the most relevant acoustic parameters to be monitored and measured for a specific aerodynamic system.
  • Design a strategy to work within noise regulations without compromising aerodynamic performance.
  • Get acquainted with fundamental and advanced measurement techniques for aeroacoustics.
  • Design a simple experimental setup for investigating or isolating sources of noise.
  • Identify the most important aerodynamic parameters that affect noise generation (e.g. performance of the system and operating regimes) and the noise uncertainties in wind‑tunnel and in‑field measurements for aeroacoustics.
Job Outlook
  • Many countries aim to build and renovate buildings in a way so they become energy efficient. The low amount of energy, that such buildings require, comes from renewable resources too.
  • To meet these new targets, high investments in energy efficiency improvement in the building stock will be needed.
  • Potentially this could lead to may new direct and indirect jobs.
  • This creates not only new jobs but also adapting those currently employed to understand building's energy system dynamics and alternatives to optimize technologies and requirements.
  • Building energy professionals, managers, planners in government, property owners, housing associations, building sector, construction industry, energy service companies, system operators, regulatory authorities and consumer organization.
Real Career Impact

"The built environment grows more complex every day in terms of connectivity, attention to personal comfort and working with the ever-changing energy grid. People in the production chain therefore need a better understanding of the different fields of technology and psychology involved. Linearity in building design and installation are things of the past. Now, the design, construction, commissioning and operation of a building are all interrelated. This certificate program provides a basic awareness to start with, but adds a depth of understanding at the strategic level of the various aspects of modern day building design and operation. As a result, it makes our job easier."

- Dr Ir Jan Westra - Strategic Business Developer - PRIVA


If you successfully complete this program you will earn a Professional Program Certificate.

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