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Energy for Buildings

The building sector make up above 60% of the global energy consumption. In particular in the MENA region a noteworthy part of this share can easily be reduce by simple indirect and direct measures, making the module Energy for Buildings essential to the Master of Energy engineering program. 

his module focuses on energy systems in buildings in order to understand the complex energy flows and media required in the context of sustainable aspects in the MENA region to comply with human needs. In terms of the physiology of people with respect to thermal comfort and air quality, the measurement of meteorological data such as solar radiation, air temperature, humidity and winds are crucial in respect of comfort. The goal is to enable students to understand the different energy flows in a building and to use calculation methods for planning and constructions with respect to different building purposes. 

This also includes the design of thermal heat insulation and the suitable materials. This will be explained using the primary energy consumption for the heating and cooling system. Comparisons between the annual energy needs for heat/cold generation as well as losses of transfer and distribution are discussed. The course provides examples of classical and solar heat supply systems in terms of primary energy consumption for ventilation and air conditioning. It also includes theoretical exercises to develop the learned methods, as well as practical experiments in specially designed test rooms e.g. for visualizing air flows.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Nytsch-Geusen, Institute for Building Supply Planning and Technology, Universität der Künste Berlin


Prof. Nytsch-Geusen conducted his diploma in energy engineering and his PhD on energy efficiency of buildings at the Technische Universität Berlin. With work experienve as an project engineer and as a research assistant at two diffrenet institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Prof. Nytsch-Geusen was assigned as university professor in the field of “Care Planning and Supply Technology " within a degree program in Architecture at the University of Arts in Berlin.

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