April 13, 2021

MOOC announcement: Deep renovation for energy efficient residential buildings

As European buildings are responsible for 36% of CO2 emissions, the subject of deep renovation has become central to attain a climate-neutral EU by 2050. Hence, there is a compelling need for a new set of skills and knowledge to deliver deep renovation projects, that this course attempts to offer.

Organiser: Politecnico Milano

Classes Start: Apr 12, 2021
Classes End: Sep 19, 2021
Length: 6 weeks
Estimated Effort: 2-3 hours/week
Language: English
Course Number: REB101


This course introduces the basics of deep renovation in residential buildings, though some modules apply to any kind of building. The student will be able to get a grasp of energy efficiency in buildings, and how to achieve a deep renovation project based on passive and active technologies.

This course is intended to teach and form a new generation of skilled practitioners for a sustainable built environment. It welcomes students of any built environment discipline and overall, to any professional in the construction sector (designers, engineers, architects, developers, contractors, facility managers).

To impact the uptake of the practice of deep renovation, the course has been framed within the European multilingual classification of Skills, Competences and Occupations ESCO, to ensure that the skills and knowledge on energy efficiency and deep renovation acquired in this course are identifiable across the European construction sector.

The course is delivered in video format, and the audios have been transcribed (in English) to facilitate learning accessibility and to allow flexible learning methods (ref. Universal Design for Learning principles).


The course is structured in 6 weeks, with the following titles.

  • Week 1 – Towards 2050 Carbon Neutrality: the role of energy efficiency in buildings
  • Week 2 – Building envelope: prefabricated multifunctional façade
  • Week 3 – Building performance calculation and data analysis: definition, procedure, data flow and results representation and analysis
  • Week 4 – Deep renovation process: supporting decision
  • Week 5 – Integration of renewables: early design methodology for renewables
  • Week 6 – Lessons learnt from case studies


At course completion, the student will achieve different intended learning outcomes (ILOs).

  1. Demonstrate energy efficiency intending both energy savings and indoor environmental quality in buildings
    ESCO: thermodynamics ESCO: energy performance of buildings ESCO: energy efficiency
  2. Envision and formulate a deep renovation strategy
    ESCO: design buildings ESCO: analysing and evaluating information and data ESCO: developing objectives and strategies
  3. Identify passive and active technologies and to judge their potentials and limits in deep renovation projects
    ESCO: types of photovoltaic panels ESCO: renewable energy technologies ESCO: construction methods
  4. Apply methodologies and tools to achieve a deep renovation project that responds to requirements in the five following areas: energy, comfort, costs, implementation time, and environmental impact
    ESCO: energy efficiency ESCO: zero-energy building design ESCO: monitoring environmental conditions
  5. Interpret knowledge gain from case studies and discuss the geo-contextual specificities of deep renovation projects
    ESCO: relationship between buildings, people and the environment

More information and the link to register here.