7Y700 - Sustainable building and systems modeling


Building, systems, heat pump, heat exchanger, floor heating, control, operation, modeling, simulation, input, output, parameters, differential equations, verification, analytical solution, validation, limitations of models. MatLab/SimuLink is used as modeling and simulation tool.

Learning objectives

Learning objectives

The students learn to apply modeling and simulation tools, to find optimal solutions and designs for sustainable building systems,

Furthermore, the students gain experience in:

  • developing of models and simulating them using MatLab/SimuLink,
  • evaluating the simulation results by estimated values.

Assessment criteria

The application learning goals are examined by two case studies.

The reports of the case studies are examined with grades, using for each performance criteria a-d: +: excellent; 0: sufficient; -: insufficient; as follows:

a) Quality of the models: mathematical modeling, implementation, modeling parameters, boundary values.

b) Quality of the (modeling) results: validation of the simulation results, graphical representation.

c) Quality of the (academic) discussion of the results: interpretation of the results, relation with the model, discussion of uncertainties.

d) Quality of the report: conciseness, accurateness, readability , layout.


Students gain knowledge in the basic principles of:

modeling (n), simulation (n), verification (n), limitations of models (n), sustainable building systems (n), solar energy systems (n), heat pump systems (n), thermal energy storage (TES) systems (n).

Prior knowledge:

Basic differential equations (n) Course 7S801 Computational Building Physics and Systems using MatLab (h)

Course 7S815 Design of sustainable energy systems for the built environment (h)

(n=noodzakelijke, h=handige, p= parate, n/p=noodzakelijke en parate kennis)