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How to improve the energy performance of cities? This is the kind of question many of us are interested in. 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 / researcher in energy-, building- engineering or related disciplines. No prior knowledge of urban energy systems is necessary.

Program (tentative)

Day 1:    Introduction to urban energy systems analysis and data mining.

Day 2:    Solar and renewable energy assessment.

Day 3:    Demand forecasting and building retrofit potential assessment.
Day 4:    Supply system optimization and Life cycle assessment (LCA).

Day 5:    Parametric urban form generation.

Day 6:    Field Visit.


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.

Prof. Dr. François Maréchal,
Chair of Process Engineering at EPFL


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 & more participants - Government 20% - Academics 40%


For students, there is a limited number of scholarships available covering the course fee. To apply, please submit your CV, proof of matriculation, and a 500 words 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.

More info:

Dr. Amr Elesawy
Dr. Jimeno A. Fonseca

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




30 places available in a first come, first served basis.

Registration open until 15.Feb.18 or until the event is full.

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