Building and Solar Energy

Momir Tabakovic

# Building and Solar Energy

# Overview

# Contents

  • Energy characterization and energy planning of solar building
  • Designing a building-integrated photovoltaic installation by software tools
  • Measurement and analysis of solar systems in the lab
  • Best practice of solar design (Excursion)
  • Overview of the market, legislative and drivers for solar energy and buildings

# Outcomes

Participants of this course will learn how to

  • Design preliminary concepts and design of energy efficient building supported by solar energy
  • Simulation of a solar energy system
  • Possibilities of building integrated photovoltaics and construction design
  • Overview of the market, drivers, stakeholders for integration of affordable renewable energy systems

# Methods

Project-Based Learning method. Combined with lectures and practical teaching on the remote laboratories. Supported by virtual learning environment and simulation.

Type Effort [h]
Independent (Group Work) 80
Practical 50
Lecture 20

# Materials

Author Title Publisher Year
Deo Prasad, Mark Snow Designing with Solar Power: A Source Book for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Routledge 2005
Jarek Kurnitski (Ed.) Cost Optimal and Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEB): Definitions, Calculation Principles and Case Studies Springer 2013
Andreas Athienitis (Ed.), William O’Brien (Ed.) Modeling, Design, and Optimization of Net-Zero Energy Buildings Ernst & Sohn 2015
Simon Roberts, Nicolò Guariento Building Integrated Photovoltaics: A Handbook Birkhäuser 2009

# Assessment

# Methods

Type Points/Percent
Project reports (group) 60%
Poster presentation (group) 30%
Small Assessments and activities (single) 10%

The presentations can be done virtually or on-site.

# Criteria

Grade Grade (letter) Scale
5 Nicht Genügend < 50 points
4 Genügend 50 to 62 points
3 Befriedigend 63 to 74 points
2 Gut 75 to 87 points
1 Sehr gut 88 to 100 points

# Requirements

# Skills

Basic knowledge at least in one or two of the following topics:

  • Building construction
  • Solar energy system
  • Energy planning of buildings

# Equipment

  • Windows OS for free Photovoltaic Emulation Software

# Attendance

The course starts with a compulsary 5-day attendance block in September (Calendar Week xx) including an excursion to a city development site. Afterwards, the course can be continued virtually.

Please ask your outgoing coordinator (International Office) for funding possibilities or write to

# Comments

The course participants will be both traditional incoming students and students of the StudyATHome program.

The course is setup according to project-based learning and is done in cooperation with a real city development project from the city of Vienna (MA20), the city of Korneuburg and the Master program Renewable Energy.

# Enrollment

Participation is free of charge. Student of partner universities can send applications to participate in courses.


# UAS Technikum Wien

UAS Technikum Wien Main Entrance at Night

UAS Technikum Wien was founded in 1994 and is Austria’s only University of Applied Sciences focused solely on technical subjects. UAS Technikum Wien offers high-quality teaching, research, and training. As of December 2018, around 4,400 students are studying in 12 bachelor‘s and 18 master’s degree programs, and the number of graduates is about 11,000.

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# Lecturers

Momir Tabakovic
Portrait of Momir Tabakovic

# Momir Tabakovic

FH-Prof. Ing. Momir Tabakovic PhD., MSc., get his PhD. degree in Renewable Energy from the Technical University in Bratislava and his MSc. degree in Renewable Energy from the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Technikum Wien. He is researcher and lecture at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien in the field of renewable energy, especially in the field of Building-integrated photovoltaics, thermoelectricity and Plus energy districts.

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