How can we improve the energy performance of cities? We want to know which resources, technologies and overall strategies are needed to supply the future demand of cities in a sustainable and economic manner. 

The 2018 executive course on Urban Energy Systems at the Future Cities Laboratory  will provide an introduction to the  analysis of urban energy systems with the City Energy Analyst (CEA). The CEA is one of the first open-source tools for the analysis of energy efficiency strategies in districts. In both theoretical and hands-on exercises, the participant will learn how to use advanced numerical methods in CEA to estimate and optimize the performance of a real district in Singapore. The participants will examine strategies ranging from building retrofits, renewable energy integration, district energy and modifications of urban form.


The executive course is intended for practitioners, students, and researchers in energy, building engineering or related disciplines. No prior knowledge of urban energy systems is necessary.

Program (5 and a half days)

Day 1 (full day):    Introduction to urban energy system analysis and data mining.

Day 2 (full day):    Demand forecasting and building retrofit potential assessment.

Day 3 (full day):    Solar and renewable energy assessment.

Day 4 (full day):    Supply system optimization and Life cycle assessment (LCA).

Day 5 (full day):    Parametric urban form generation and scenario analysis I

Day 6 (half day):  Scenario analysis II


The executive course will be tutored by the core team of the City Energy Analyst.

Keynote speakers

The executive course will count with key experts in the area of urban energy systems analysis.

Dr. Jimeno A. Fonseca,
Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore.

Prof. Dr. Arno Schlueter,
Chair of Architecture and Building Systems at ETH Zurich.


The course fee is SGD 3,000. It includes workshop materials, morning coffee and afternoon tea breaks.

The following discount scheme applies for academics and participants from government entities, tiered by the number of registered participants by institution:

  • 1 Participant - Government 10% - Academics 20%

  • 2 Participants - Government 15% - Academics 30%

  • 3 or more participants - Government 20% - Academics 40%


For students, there is a limited number of scholarships available covering the course fee.

To apply for the scholarshop, please register in the form below, then submit your CV, proof of matriculation, and a 500 word letter of motivation after registration to  Dr. Amr Elesawy

Credit Points
After the successful completion of the executive course, students of partner universities can obtain 1 ECTS credit point.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 12:00pm

More info:

Dr. Amr Elesawy
Dr. Jimeno A. Fonseca

in collaboration with:


The Venue

The Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) of ETH Zurich in Singapore is a vibrant and highly interdisciplinary setting where researchers from all over the world have joined forces to address key challenges of urbanisation, among them, energy management.

For more info:

Future Cities Laboratory
01 Create Way #01-06


Registration (CLOSED)