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Renewable Energy in Buildings

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Description and contextualization of the subject

The course is focused on renewable energies and their design, installation and connection to building HVAC systems. The selection and correct sizing of renewable energy systems for buildings will be learned, based on the local weather conditions, building orientation, building use and others. The course will include solar heating and cooling systems, biomass heating systems and geothermal/aerothermal heating and cooling systems. Special attention will be paid to the combination of these three technologies to maximize the energy performance of the building. The connection of these renewable technologies to conventional HVAC systems is another key point of the course. In addition, a specific part devoted to solar PV systems and their integration in buildings will be included.

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
ANTXUSTEGI BENGOETXEA, MIREN MIRARIUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorBilingualChemical
DIARCE BELLOSO, GONZALOUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorBilingualThermal Motors and
GARCIA ROMERO, ANE MIRENUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado PlenoDoctorBilingualMaterials Science and Metallurgical
URRESTI GONZALEZ, AITORUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorBilingualThermal Motors and


Que los estudiantes posean y comprendan conocimientos del comportamiento energético de la edificación de forma integrada y que, con ellos, sepan aplicarlos con el objetivo de ser originales en el desarrollo y/o aplicación de ideas en un contexto de investigación e innovación.100.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours
Applied classroom-based groups203050

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Exercises10.0100 %
Expositive classes20.0100 %
Student's personal work30.025 %
Text analysis30.00 %
Working with it equipment30.025 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Attendance at classes15.0 % 15.0 %
Practical tasks30.0 % 30.0 %
Works and projects55.0 % 55.0 %

Learning outcomes of the subject

The course applies a practical approach to explain how renewable energy systems can be installed in the building and connected to HVAC systems.

LO1. Developing general knowledge about the following renewable technologies: solar thermal, biomass and heat pump based technologies.

LO2. Acquire notions about the possibilities that exist to integrate renewable energies in new and existing buildings, taking into account their interaction with conventional heating and conditioning systems.

LO3. Acquire modeling and simulation skills for renewable energy technologies in building energy simulation environments.

Ordinary call: orientations and renunciation

The evaluation will be based on practical works/deliveries related to each block of contents of the subject. They will be divided into work to be done in class and work to be performed outside the classroom.

Class work accounts for 30% of the final grade, while the work to be performed out of the classroom accounts for 55%. Class attendance is scored up to 15%.

Extraordinary call: orientations and renunciation

The evaluation will be carried out in the same way as the ordinary call.


0. Introduction to renewable energy systems in buildings


1. Solar thermal systems

2. Solar collectors

3. Accumalation and auxiliary system

4. Hydraulic circuit

5. Regulation, control and behaviour

6. System sizing

7. Frío solar

8. Solar systems in district heating


1. Types of Biomass for buildings

2. Types of boilers for buildings

3. The logistics of biomass supply

4. Large-scale biomass systems for district heating


1. Introduction to heat pump technology

2. Heat pumps as renewable energy system

3. Heat system classification. Geothermal/Aerothermal

4. Integration of heat pumps in buildings and district heating. Characteristics



Compulsory materials

Basic bibliography

- IEA. Technology Roadmap: Solar Heating and Cooling (2012)

- Solar engineering of thermal processes / John A. Duffie, William A. Beckman. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey : 2006.

- Guía Técnica. Diseño de sistemas de bomba de calor geotérmica. IDEA

- Planning and Installing Bioenergy Systems, German Solar Energy Society (DGS) and ECOFYS, Earthscan (2009)2

- Chemical Energy Storage, Robert Schogl (Editor). Ed. Walter de Gruyter (2012). ISBN. 9783110264074.3. Robert Schlögl

In-depth bibliography


- Energy and Buildings

- Energy Policy

- Building and Environment

- Applied Energy

- Renewable Energy

- Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

- Solar Energy


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