Summer School | Energy Performance of Buildings and Districts

In this Summer School, you explore the energy efficiency of buildings on a micro-level, and consider districts on a macro-level. You learn about building performance simulation and district supply systems.

A district from the living lab project SmartQuart serves as a use case. SmartQuarts core technological element is the exchange of energy and intelligent networking within and between the smart districts.

Study format:
Short Course | Summer School
2 weeks: July 16 - July 29, 2023
On campus
Credit Points:
3 ECTS (about 75 hours)
Course fees:
1,990 €
RWTH Aachen University Certificate

Early Bird Discount: Complete your registration before March 1 and save 10% of the program fee!

Friends & Peers Discount: Convince a friend to participate with you and you both get 15% off the program fee!

Simulate a campus building and optimize its energy performance

  • Understand the mathematical and physical basics to work with dynamic building simulation and plant operation simulations
  • Implement models using computer-based numerical methods and the object-oriented modeling language Modelica
  • Identify influential factors on CO2 emissions and costs in the operation of a power system through a sensitivity analysis
  • Simulate a single zone of a building for a complete year

Building Performance Simulation

District Supply Systems

Feasibility Study & Profibility


Benefit from excellent teaching of RWTH Aachen University

Our Summer Schools are uniquely designed for international students who want to gain insights into German engineering, management, and innovation at RWTH Aachen University – one of Europe’s leading science and research institutions. Benefit from high-value academic content, excellent hands-on classes and a strong network of industry partners.

This course works in cooperation with SmartQuart.

What makes RWTH Summer Schools special?

Excellent learning environment

Through the variety of lectures, tutorials, case studies, and lab work RWTH pursues an integrated learning approach, in which students are the active drivers of knowledge discovery and application.

Academic and social supporting program

Get in touch with both research and industry at institute, lab and company visits. Besides that, enjoy city trips, sing karaoke, and have a BBQ with the other interational students your age.

Comfortable stay in the historic city of Aachen

Benefit from an all-around comfortable stay. Besides the course, your accommodation, transportation ticket and catering is included so that you can fully focus on learning and enjoying your time.

Official RWTH certificate with credit points

Stand out in the global job market and boost your career with a certificate from one of the most highly recognized technical universities in Germany, Europe and worldwide.

Are you interested in Energy Performance of Buildings and Districts?

Every year we welcome students from all over the world. You can become part of our international student community if you are:

  • at least 18 years old
  • in your Bachelor's, Master's, in between or recently graduated
  • proficient in the English language

It is beneficial if your study degree is related to this program.

Desirable is basic understanding of power generation and power systems, electrochemical systems or electricity systems and its components.

What's in for you?

  • 2 weeks RWTH classes
  • Supporting program with social activities
  • Comfortable stay including accommodation & meals
  • RWTH Certificate with 3 Credit Points (ECTS)
  • Highly international environment

Regular fee: 1,990 €

Friends & Peers: 1,690 €

Early Birds: 1,790 €

50% Scholarships available for highly qualified students - Only until March 15!

Students enrolled at a university located in one of the listed countries are eligible for a scholarship worth 995 €. Check out the conditions here.

Further Information & Downloads

If you want to learn more about all relevant processes and check our scholarship opportunities, make sure to read through our formalities page. Do you have any other questions? Feel free to get in touch with us via email.

My two weeks in Aachen passed by so quickly, however, I gained a deeper understanding and knowledge about structural engineering as well as many great friends from all over the world. The courses were well-organized and the professors had a really high level. The social activities were fun too, it was a perfect combination of leisure with work. I really want to visit Aachen again in the future.

Chu Kaiyang, China | Summer School 2019

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