Energy Audits and Energy Management in buildings

Lesson Planning

Course Description: Energy Audits and Energy Management in buildings

Course Credits: 7.5 Credits includes:

  • Lectures: 4.0 Credits
  • Projects: 3.5 Credits, Group Base
  • Examination (Summative assessments Formative assessment)


Teachers and Course Manager

Jafar Mahmoudi, PhD (Stockholm School of Energy)



Course administration for SSE_IRAN:

Monireh Noohian:



The basic language will be in English/Persian (could be translated to other languages based on request- using Google Translator).



10 weeks including lectures and project


The purpose of this course

The objective is that the student after completion of the course shall be:

  • To Improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings
  • Design of Energy-Efficient Lighting Systems
  • To set up an energy balance in a building and manage different methods with which the calculations and with the computer programs. 
  • To be able to evaluate an existing building savings potential for energy losses, rank of improvement measures and describe the consequences on the indoor climate, the risks of moisture damage and profitability calculations.
  • User-adapted, smart building performance management
  • High-Performance Energy HVAC installation and control
  • Analysis tool of energy flows – optimized energy use in buildings


Course content and implementation

The theoretical part includes:

  • Introduction to Energy Management and Conservation
  • Barriers to Energy Conservation
  • Economics Methods and Risk Assessment
  • Energy Audits for Buildings (Energy Audit Procedures, Energy Management Programs, Energy Conservation Measures)
  • Electrical Energy Management in Buildings
  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Control Systems
  • Energy-Efficient Lighting Technologies and Their Applications in the
  • Commercial and Residential Sectors
  • Design and Simulation (Project in Design Builder Software)



  • Project:

Case study based on hand calculation and simulation.

In the case study, students drawing geometry, define the walls and ceilings, as well as calculating the U-value, energy balance and find the optimal solution for the energy consumption, indoor air quality and HVAC system (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). This will be an important part of the course as a whole.

The simulation is a mathematical modeling tools that help the student to solve complex mathematical equations around the Heat and Mass Transfer and energy balance. The students will need to be very skilled in this area.


Educational results

By the end of the course the student to know and understand:

  • Interpretation of the Drawings
  • Energy Management and Conservation
  • Energy Management Programs
  • Economics Methods
  • Strategies for Electricity End-Use Management
  • Control System Design
  • Energy Technologies
  • Measuring and testing technology
  • Energy rationalization measures
  • Utility for Calculations


The course is conducted through lectures and computer base simulation. It contains an extensive work (case study). In addition to the scheduled lectures and project required self-study. The work with the case study is mainly carried out by means of self-studies and in group (up to a maximum of 4 students). Project Report on case study will be an important part of the final examinations.


Course books

  • Energy Management and Conservation Handbook, Frank Kreith, D. Yogi Goswam, ISBN: 9781420044294
  • Energy Management Handbook, WAYNE C. TURNER, ISBN: 0-88173-361-x
  • Lecture notes will be distributed in PDF format.


All books are available to buy from Student Literature AB. Older corresponding course books can be used.



How the exam will be implemented:

  • Written Examination (4.0 HP)
  • Project: The examination form for project work (3.5 HP)


The exam and project reports from the case study. The project report should include:

  • The geometry of the building
  • The design of the building (Material, U-value).
  • Energy Balance
  • Environmental impact (indoor air quality)
  • Action proposals for optimal solution based on the design, construction, HVAC installation, energy consumption and climate impacts (internal environment and the impact on the external environment).


Rating step

  • G Grade: Criteria for the grade “approved” (G), 60-80% of the total grade (100 p)

For the grade ‘approved’ requires that the student through surveys and case study should be able to produce basic knowledge of the building’s physical shape on the transfer of heat and moisture and to identify and analyze easier building physical problems. The student should be able to set up an energy balance in a building and be able to manage the different methods including calculations by hand and with computer programs. The student must also have knowledge of loads and design principles for building construction.

  • VG Grade: Criteria for rating well approved” (VG), 80-100% of the total grade (100 p)

For rating ‘well approved’ requires that the student will be able to assess an existing building savings potential for energy losses, rank improvement measures and describe the consequences on the indoor climate, assess the risks for the Moisture damage and to be able to perform calculations of profitability.

  • FX Grade: The criteria for “FX grade- Needs complementary work” (FX) 50-60% of the total grade (100 p)

Further work is required in order to meet the objectives of education and training.

  • IG grade: The criteria for “Non-approved” (IG) 0-50% of the total grade (100 p)

The student shows the inadequate results in relation to the requirements for this course.