Building Energetics (ENG-455)

The course presents the main methodological topics of energy management in the building by emphasizing on the thermal energy requirements for the comfort of users. Technical installations such as boilers, heat pumps and thermal solar systems are discussed as well. The case study includes energy analysis of the building by using LESOSAI software. Finally, economic and environmental evaluation methods for buildings are presented.

Thermodynamics of Comfort in Buildings (CIVIL-450)

The comfort and well being of occupants of buildings have become the central values of the modern built world. Therefore, engineering of the human-centered indoor environment and understanding of the key parameters influencing on it is a crucial skill for students to learn in order to be able to face the current challenges of the society and building industry.

This course focuses on:

  • Subjective and objective evaluation of the thermal comfort
  • Thermodynamics of heat flows that an occupant is exposed to
  • Thermodynamic processes occurring within the mechanical HVAC system
  • Overall performance and energy analysis of the mechanical systems providing indoor thermal conditioning along with the exergy analysis as the measure of the energy use

ARC-HEST – Architecture for Human Environment with Smart Technologies

Swiss-Korean Academic Exchange Program for master students of EPFL, HEIA-FR and UNIFR: Study of the synergy of architectural design, human factors, and technologies in the office buildings and their combined effect on the indoor environmental quality and human-building interaction in the context of the local culture and architecture.

This ARC-HEST joint pedagogical program in the framework of two-week long Exchange Schools, a Summer School 2019 in South Korea, and Winter School 2020 in Switzerland, will consist of lectures, workshops, and studios. The essential part of each Exchange School is the visit of 3 case study buildings by students and the analysis of the current state of the building design, operation, indoor comfort, occupant’s satisfaction, and behavior by different student groups. The main task of the student groups is to design a building assessment method, and to collect, process, and evaluate data from the existing buildings. Based on the findings, the groups will need to develop innovative solutions for the improvement of the built indoor environment, the satisfaction of the occupants with the building, and human-building interaction in the context of the diversity of occupants and architectural design across Switzerland and South Korea.