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Academic Year 2024/2025

Energy Systems in Buildings II (MEEN40200)

Mechanical Engineering
Engineering & Architecture
Mechanical & Materials Eng
4 (Masters)
Module Coordinator:
Assoc Professor James O'Donnell
Mode of Delivery:
Internship Module:
How will I be graded?
Letter grades

Curricular information is subject to change.

This module examines core concepts and systems associated with the management and provision of thermal energy in buildings and introduces students to a range of technologies for creating comfortable indoor environments.
The module builds upon fundamental engineering principles, including: fluid dynamics, heat transfer, psychrometrics and thermodynamics; to analyse and understand energy, ventilation, air conditioning and comfort in buildings. An overview of building occupants� thermal comfort requirements is followed by a discussion on how design variables and material properties can impact heating, cooling and lighting loads. Performance characteristics of conventional building elements (walls, windows, HVAC systems) as well as emerging technologies are also discussed.
The energy-conscious design of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems in buildings is a core topic of the module, based on a thorough understanding of component and system performance. The topics cover load calculations, distribution equipment and systems (e.g., fans, pumps, heat exchangers), and primary equipment and systems (e.g., chillers, cooling towers, boilers).
In addition, students are introduced in the use of state-of-the-art dynamic building simulation programs. By the use of computer simulation tools they perform modelling and analysis of building energy systems including calculation of heating and cooling loads in buildings, integration of equipment and building loads in simulation of complete building systems. The module project allows students to evaluate the financial and energy-related pros and cons of energy systems in buildings.

About this Module

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Apply the principles of: fluid dynamics, heat transfer, psychometrics and thermodynamics, in the analysis of building energy systems.
2. Understand and master the art and science of buildings systems design
3. Analyze core technologies associated with building energy systems
4. Evaluate the pros and cons of a range of technologies for creating comfortable indoor environments
5. Appreciate the role of buildings from an energy demand and CO2 footprint perspective
6. Critically discuss/present the environmental concept of a building

Student Effort Hours:
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Formative assessment and learning during project exercise that reinforces the material delivered during lectures.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

It is required that students have taken introductory undergraduate modules in: fluid mechanics, heat transfer and thermodynamics.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Exam (In-person): End of Trimester Exam End of trimester
2 hr(s)
Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Group Work Assignment: Group renovation project Week 12 Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes



Carry forward of passed components

Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 

Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Formative feedback during renovation project exercise.

Name Role
Alireza Etemad Tutor
Divyanshu Sood Tutor