2023-2024 / MECA0034-1

Energy flexibility in buildings


26h Th, 26h Pr

Number of credits

 Master of Science in Energy Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Electromechanical Engineering5 crédits 


Vincent Lemort

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

- Thermal exchanges between human and ambient. Calculation of comfort conditions. - Analysis of the microclimate. - Calculation of heating, ventilation and cooling demands. - Air circulation in ventilated spaces, local ventilation through suply/extraction ; global ventilation by dillution. - Local and global heating, heat emittors (water-based ; air-based ; radiating ; accumulating). - Electrical heating and heat pumps. - Air-conditioning systems: central control, terminal units, fan coils, induction units. - Control strategies - Use of solar energy - Use of geothermal energy - Combines heat and power (CHP) - Air-conditioning of vehicles.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The main objective of the course is to give to the students the required elements to design and operate air conditioning equipments applied to buildings as well as to vehicles. The course is also an illustration and an integration of matters like applied thermodynamics, heat and mass transfers, fluid mechanics and thermal systems

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Similar organisation as for the workshops of MECA0002-1 et MECA0006-1: exercises performed on computers using EES software and laboratories

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

  • 12 sessions made of 2h of theory and 2h of practice
  • 1 session of laboratory ou 1 visit of a commercial building equipped with a HVAC plant (presented in a report to be sent before the date of the exam)

Recommended or required readings

Slides sent to the students

The assessment of the lecture will be based on a theory and exercises exam and a project of building energy simulation.
The theory and exercises exam will consist of a set of theory questions and short exercises to be solved with a calculator.
The project will be conducted in the course of the year by groups of students and presented individually at the end of the lecture.
  The weighting is the following. The exam will count for 25% of the final note an the project for 75%. The second session exam is organized in an identical way as during the first session

Work placement(s)

No training

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Vincent Lemort Thermodynamics Laboratory Energy Systems Research Unit Tel: +32 4 366 48 01 vincent.lemort@ulg.ac.be

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