The 2019 Executive Course on Urban Energy Systems at the ETH Zruich 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 Zurich. 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. Prior knowledge of urban energy systems is necessary, but not mandatory.

Dates and Location

This year, we will be meeting at the ETH Zurich for 3 days from the 9th of September to the 11th of September. We will also open an extra day 12th (optional) for carrying out a small project together. Please feel free to mention your availability upon registration.


Day 1:    Introduction to urban energy system analysis.

Day 2:    Demand forecasting and building retrofitting in CEA.

Day 3:    Thermal and electrical systems planning in CEA.

Day 4 (Optional):  Case Study


The executive course will be given by the core developers of CEA.

Dr. Jimeno A. Fonseca
Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore

Gabriel Happle
Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore

Shanshan Hsieh
Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore

Mr. Daren Thomas
ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Fazel Khayatian
Empa, Dubendorf, Switzerland


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

The following discount scheme applies for academics, students and government officials, tiered by the number of registered participants.

  • 1 Participant
    Government official 10%
    Academics 20%
    Students 30%

  • 2 Participants
    Government official 15%
    Academics 30%
    Students 35%

  • 3 or more participants
    Government official 20%
    Academics 40%
    Students 45%


There is a limited number of scholarships available to cover the course fee for students.

To apply for the scholarship:

  1. Please register to the course.

  2. Submit your CV and a 500 word letter of motivation, and proof of your matriculation to a learning institution (e.g., e-mail address, ID, official letter) to

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The Venue

The ETH Zurich - Hönngerberg Campus

Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zurich


A look to last year’s event


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