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MJ2518 Energy Demand and Supply Distribution Systems in the Built Environment 6.0 credits

This course aims to bring students in-depth knowledge of the demands of buildings and how to estimate these using modern simulation tools. A central part of obtaining efficient buildings is to have efficient distribution systems, as in-efficient distribution systems cannot provide adequate comfort and indoor air quality the occupants of the building requires. The impact of design selections on the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) are discussed. Hence, the detailed construction of distribution systems is incorporated in the analysis. In addition, any system will not be effective over the entire year unless the control systems enables to optimally control the system. At the end, effective systems controlled smart leads into the concept of smart buildings and are briefly discussed. 

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MJ2518 (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course intends to give the students basic knowledge of the needs of buildings, what is driving these needs, how these can be estimated, how relevant distributions systems can be designed, and use of modern modellings tools for assessments for the built the environment.

  • The requirements of the buildings and how these can be estimated by means of modern simulation tools.
  • Design of the effect of the different choices of system on the indoor environment quality (IEQ)
  • Variations in the efficiency of chosen systems during the year and its effect

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify energy engineering needs in the built the environment, choose and use relevant tools for detailed simulation, considering relevant boundary conditions from the different actors in the built environment.
  2. Evaluate outcome and suitability for different choices of technical systems in built environment and how these can be controlled and monitored.
  3. Explain function and behaviour of components and systems at inspection of real systems and the implications that these can have on the indoor climate.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Energy in the built environment, 9 credits (MJ2509)
Applied Thermodynamics, 9 credits (MJ1112)
Fluid Mechanics for Engineers, 6 credits (SG1220)
Heat Transfer, 6 credits (MJ1401)
Renewable Energy Technology, 6 credits (MJ2411)
Energy Systems for Sustainable Development, 6 credits (MJ2508)

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Home assignments, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Lab exercise, 0.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web MJ2518

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Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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