Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency MBA

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.

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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.


Prof. Dr. Julian Wékel, Academic Director
Phillip Hebert, Supervisor
Laura Lehmann, Administration and Service


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 2018 for the next academic year 2018/2019 starting in October 2018. Please send PDF files only.

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: