Summer School | Sustainable Buildings and Green Cities

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. SmartQuart's 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 14 - July 27, 2024
On campus
Credit Points:
3 ECTS (about 75 hours)
Course fees:
2,250 €
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10% Early Bird Discount*: Complete your registration before March 1 and save 225 €!
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*The discounts are not combinable.

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


Would you like to have credits accredited at your home university? A detailed module description is available here upon request.

Exploring SmartQuart – a model of sustainable living

In times of energy transition, new technologies are emerging faster and faster. We are therefore proud that our region is also playing its part in shaping a sustainable future. We are delighted to be working with SmartQuart. Do you want to experience the future of energy management up close? Then take the chance!

Click here to learn more and see how our participants experienced their company visit!

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 Sustainable Buildings and Green Cities?

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

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

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

50% Scholarships available for highly qualified students - Only until April 1!

Students enrolled at a university located in one of the listed countries are eligible for a scholarship worth 1,125 €. Check out the conditions here.

Further Information & Downloads

Download the info package, including:

  • Exemplary Weekly Schedule
  • Program Flyer & Brochure

In case you have any questions, feel free to send us an email or contact us via WhatsApp.

Learning in Aachen has been one of the most formidable experiences I have ever had. It will for sure help me to diversify my skills, furthermore, I think getting the opportunity to meet people from all around the world is the cherry on top of the cake! I will definitely miss all of my friends and professors so much.

Felipe Escudero Juárez, Mexico

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