Carolina Espinoza

Energy Efficiency for Better Buildings: Unlock the energy-saving potential of your buildings

Blog Post created by Carolina Espinoza Partner on 18-Jul-2017

About this Specialisation

Flexible and based on real-life scenarios, this course (starts in october, 2017) gives you the skills and knowledge you need to implement effective energy-saving strategies across all your buildings and premises.

Buildings of all ages and all sizes are some of the largest energy consumers in Europe. They account for 40 per cent of primary energy consumption and 36 per cent of CO2 emissions.


By improving the energy efficiency of our buildings the EU’s total energy consumption could be reduced by at least six per cent, and CO2 emissions lowered by five per cent.


If you want to play a key role in reducing your organisation’s energy use, minimise your energy bills, and contribute towards a wider reduction in carbon emissions, this is the course for you. It is split into four modules that cover the basic concepts and tools of energy management in buildings; building systems; the development of energy management practice; and the standards and regulations that apply.


By learning how to develop and implement energy-management processes in office buildings, and acquiring detailed knowledge of traditional and new best practices in energy management, you will be able to select and implement the best available tools for your own premises.

Strategic objectives

  • To provide building and energy managers with the tools and skills needed to manage their energy consumption more effectively.
  • To provide building and energy managers with specific advice relating to their own facilities)both during the course and after its completion. 
  • To give building and energy managers the knowledge they need to access potential investment options to meet their own requirements, needs and constraints.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand basic energy concepts and tools
  • Understand energy management systems
  • Understand fundamental energy systems used in buildings
  • Be able to access energy-related investments, and understand the regulatory constraints, incentives and other financial incentives) in buildings

Methodology and assessment               

This course brings together the best learning content with a user-centric approach to deliver high-quality training for developing essential skills in today's built environment.

The course consists of 70 units that are spread over four modules. Each module comprises four or five topics that are divided into between four and six units.

For each unit there will be a video and a multiple-choice quiz
For each topic and module there will be an exercise to be evaluated.

In addition to online training, students participate in laboratory activities including: measuring energy consumption in real time; interacting with and assessing data from an energy management system; control devices; and measuring energy generation. All course participants will also be able to access professional advice after completing the course to help put newly acquired knowledge into practice.


This course is designed for:

  • Facility or energy managers in the public and private sector, including those in hotels and hospitality, business and light commercial sectors, retail, leisure and more.
  • Professionals at energy services companies and utilities that provide energy-efficiency services to customers
  • Students in higher education (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level)


In order to get the best from this course, you should have the following:

  • Good English and/or proficiency in Portuguese or Spanish
  • Basic mathematical knowledge
  • An internet connection

No prior technical or specific knowledge is needed, although a basic knowledge of the energy sector is a plus.

This course has a medium level of difficulty, however all those who are interested are encouraged to take part. You will start with an introductory module to energy basics, and be given extensive support materials for every level.


More information: Energy Efficiency for Better Buildings: Unlock the energy-saving potential of your buildings - ISE by InnoEnergy