• Introduction

    This Master program is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary course for those who plan a career in real estate project planning and management with a focus on implementing sustainability and acknowledging the relevance of different urban contexts.

    The concept of the German „Energiewende“ – literally, energy transition – has gained international attention. It includes a variety of measures that aim at making Europe’s largest economy free of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. In order to attain this, all areas of energy production and consumption will have to go through a transition process. Besides mobility and industry, buildings are therefore one of the key factors for a successful Energiewende.

    The MBA program in „Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency“ comprises skills, methods, and concepts to consider different approaches, to understand them, and to align them for reaching sustainable solutions. Such competences are indispensable in every building, construction and real estate project that takes energy efficiency and other sustainability criteria as balancing economic, social, ecological and cultural aspects in responsibility for future generations into account.

    In this regard, students will learn a lot from experts and from each other and hopefully enjoy the international, interdisciplinary teamwork as well as Berlin’s urban and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

    Prof. Julian Wékel, Academic Director

    Phillip Hebert, Supervisor

    Prof. Dr. Julian Wékel

    Prof. Dr. Julian Wékel, Academic Director

    Phillip Hebert

    Phillip Hebert, Supervisor

    Laura Lehmann, Administration and Service

  • Programme content

    In addition to their own engineering, planning, architecture or economics studies, participants will gain technical, economic and management skills tailored to the building sector, and will be prepared for a management career in leadership positions across the boundaries of their own fields. In addition to sector-specific fundamentals, the programme includes project and life cycle management modules as well as a global perspective regarding different approaches to energy-efficiency.



    Zsuzsa Besenyöi

    HTW Berlin

    Dr. Maren Borkert

    Research Associate
    Technische Universität Berlin

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Norbert Fisch

    Technische Universität Braunschweig
    Institut für Gebäude- und Solartechnik

    Daniel Freund

    Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
    Distributed Artificial Intelligence Labor
    Technische Universität Berlin

    Jan Herzberg

    Messe Berlin GmbH

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Holm

    Laborleiter Labor für Bauphysik
    Forschungsinstitut für Wärmeschutz e.V. München

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Krämer

    Informations- und Kommunikationssysteme im Facility Management,
    Informationsmanagement, Geschäftsprozessmanagement und Prozessmodellierung
    HTW Berlin

    Luise Kranich

    Leiterin FZI-Außenstelle Berlin
    FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik, Berlin

    Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer

    Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
    Technische Universität Berlin
    CfE Center for Entrepreneurship at TU Berlin

    Dr. Olga Levina

    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
    FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik, Berlin

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nicole Riediger

    Construction and Real Estate Management – International Project and Facility Management
    HTW Berlin

    Dr.-Ing. Carolin Schröder

    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
    Technische Universität Berlin
    Zentrum Technik und Gesellschaft

    Christoph Vornhusen

    Bencon Energies

  • Module description

    Energy Performance of Buildings (9 ECTS)

    Physics of the building envelope, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Hydraulic Systems, Power Generation, Distribution and Use, Building Automation, Calculation Methods for Energy Balance

    Project Management (9 ECTS)

    Project Management standards, Building Information Modelling, Soft Skills

    Introduction Project (6 ECTS)

    Dependencies of various factors and the order of processing steps in an existing building project

    Lecture series “Building and Urban Area Structures: Modifications for Sustainability and Energy Management” (6 ECTS)

    Technological, social, and ecological dimensions regarding challenges in planning and building/construction processes

    Real Estate Economics (6 ECTS)

    Feasibility study, Market and site analysis, Basic financial mathematics, Investment appraisal, Developer calculation, Sensitivity analysis

    Energy-Efficient Societies (6 ECTS)

    Understandings of energy efficiency and their consequences for project managers, other building and energy experts, users, and society.

    Interdisciplinary Project (12 ECTS)

    Dependencies of various factors and the order of processing steps in a new building project

    Life Cycle Management (6 ECTS)

    Strategic Facility Management , FM Standards, FM Business Processes during the lifecycle of a building, sustainability and building certification systems, Service Level Agreements and Key Performance Indicators in FM, Building Information Management and Computer Aided Facility Management, case studies

    Compulsory elective: Integration of Renewable Energies (6 ECTS)

    Basics of various renewable source for heat, cold, and electricity, integration of these sources into existing and new buildings, combination of different systems, hybrid systems of renewable and conventional energy sources, integration of urban and rural areas, application areas, limits and alternative system configuration, concepts for measurement and control

    Compulsory elective: Smart Buildings (6 ECTS)

    Basics of software and communication and their application in smart energy buildings – system architectures, protocols, bus-systems/IP, modelling of smart buildings, State of the art in intelligent building management systems – monitoring, control, automation, Smart Buildings as building blocks of smart grids and cities – successful integration of future build-ings into the technical, economic and regulatory environment

    Compulsory elective: Innovation and Technology Management, (12 ECTS)

    Innovation management, technology management, IP management, project management, team building; application of this knowledge to a real project by developing a prototype in interdisciplinary teams based on a given problem

    Master thesis (18 ECTS)


    Module Course Plan


  • Advantages & Opportunities

    The Master’s program in Building Sustainability is intended to give young engineers, architects, economists and planning scholars from universities, enterprises, planning offices and public authorities the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary specialist knowledge. The programme enhances their professional skills in the area of sustainable and energy-efficient building management while taking into account the urban context of buildings, thus preparing them for specific challenges resulting from urban development and climate change.

    In order to transfer the theoretical knowledge to practice, a strong focus will be on interdisciplinary group projects. The program is therefore particularly suitable for young professionals who seek a leadership position in international companies. It is extraoccupational and requires at least one year of postgraduate working experience.

    Learning and studying in small groups of up to 30 students allows for individual and excellent learning conditions.

  • Tuition Fees

    The tuition fees for the master program amount to 5,000 euros per semester, including the regular administration fees of currently 306.99 euros per semester.

    The administration fees include the so-called semester ticket for using the public transportation service in the city of Berlin.

  • Application

    The application deadline is May 31st of each year for a start in October of the same year.

    You can send us your application documents from February through May 2017 for the next academic year 2017/2018 starting in October 2017.

    Required application documents:

    • Motivation letter in English (max. 1 page A4)
    • Tabular Curriculum Vitae with information about educational and professional background
    • University degree(s) recognized by German universities (at least 210 ECTS)
    • Proof of working experience of at least one year (preferably in the relevant working areas of energy) after completion of studies
    • Proof of knowledge of the English language at level B2 (or higher) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – not required for high school graduation with English language


    The number of students is limited to 30 per year. An admission committee will decide about selection based on results of former studies, the study profile, and further relevant qualifications that were attained outside university.


    If you have any questions regarding the application procedure,
    please contact us: contact@master-in-energy.com