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Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency (MBA)
TU-Campus EUREF / Technical University of Berlin


Address TU-Campus EUREF gGmbH, Torgauer Straße 12-15, 10829 Berlin (Germany)
Tel. No. + 49 (0) 30 – 74684550
Fax. No. + 49 (0) 30 – 74684552
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Course Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency (MBA)
Type of course Full-time
Length of course 3 semesters (one and a half years)
Date of commencement 1st October
Class size Max. 30 students
Accommodation Although Technische Universität Berlin does not itself provide student accommodation, the "Studentenwerk Berlin" (a local non-profit agency for students affairs) offers a number of accommodation options for students enrolled at educational institutions in Berlin. In general, programme participants have found affordable accommodation in Berlin without difficulty.
Cost/Fees Tuition fees: 5,000 € per semester (incl. registration/enrolment fees and ticket for using the public transportation service)
Student grants / financial assistance Regular students of Technische Universität Berlin who are duly enrolled and have relocated their primary residence to Berlin not prior to 6 months before first-time registration for studies will receive a one-time welcome benefit payment (‘Begrüßungsgeld’) of € 50 from the State of Berlin. The welcome benefit payment is paid only within 2 years after first registration for studies in Berlin.
During the application process, the MBA team also assists all candidates to apply for scholarships.
Admissions requirements • 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
• Application deadline: May 31, 2016
Course directors Prof. Julian Wékel
Contact for application Karoline Karohs


About the Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency (MBA)

Programme background

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. Being one of the primary areas of energy consumption, energy-efficient buildings are therefore one of the key factors for a successful Energiewende.

This implies most of all re-directing from a mainly fossil-fueled energy supply towards renewable energies and much more energy-efficient use of energy in buildings and urban area. This is one of the largest and most urgent challenges of current urban development and other social disciplines.

Finding solutions to such a complex challenge means that a multitude of actors from business, society, and public administration take part in the process and influence it with their differing and often conflicting interests. Resulting from this is the need for skilled workers who both understand all stakeholders and are able to work with them.

Building Sustainability

Strategic concepts for communication and cooperation in large-scale projects are crucial for their success. Whereas “simply” building a house has become a manageable task, things become much more complicated when taking into account the urban environment and wider interests such as energy efficiency. The Master program in Building Sustainability focusses therefore not only on technical and economic perspectives but also aims at imparting basic knowledge in other relevant disciplines. This means that the scope of the program is both broad and specific at the same time. The combination of technology, management, and sustainability-related topics is therefore a unique opportunity for young professionals to extend their skills.

The MBA program in Building Sustainability – Management Methods for Energy Efficiency will teach students skills, methods, and concepts to consider different approaches, to understand them, and to align them for reaching sustainable solutions. Such competences are not only important in the context of the Energiewende but they are indispensable in every building, construction and real estate project that takes energy efficiency and other sustainability criteria into account.

The idea is that sustainable project results that consider economic, ecological and social aspects can only be achieved in extensive cooperation of all stakeholders. Managing and moderating such a cooperation is one of the major challenges of implementing sustainability in building projects of all scales. The program aims therefore on enabling students to understand the complexity of planning and management processes and to develop according solutions. This will happen in modules with different approaches: some will teach facts and numbers, others will facilitate connections between different fields and the softer skills of mediating between them, and some are designed to apply these competences to practical projects.

The TU-Campus EUREF is located at the EUREF (European Energy Forum) area in Berlin-Schöneberg. The former industrial area is developed into a laboratory for energy efficiency, renewable energies and smart grids. Students will get insights into the numerous real-life examples of building sustainability without having to leave the campus.

Students and graduates

The program addresses a broad group of professionals with varying academic background, mostly in engineering, technology, management, economics, architecture, and urban or environmental planning. However, if you have another academic background but working experience in a related field, you should still apply because your motivation counts for us. The diversity of the class is one of the greatest assets, as students will not only learn from teachers from science and business but also from each other.

Graduates will be able to moderate and manage complex projects in the construction, real estate, and planning sector. They will be able to assess the project from technical, ecological and economic perspectives and find solutions to take all stakeholders into account.


1st semester
Energy Performance of Buildings
Project Management
Sustainable reorganization of building and urban structures
Introduction project

The first semester focusses on the basis for successful and sustainable projects. Two comprehensive modules in the fields of building technology and project management will allow students to work on their first, closely guided group project. A lecture series about the sustainable reorganization of building and urban structures with special regard to energy management and the energy market accompanies these modules.

2nd semester
Real Estate Economics
Energy-Efficient Societies
Interdisciplinary Project
Specialization: Innovation and Technology Management I / Integration of Renewable Energies

The second semester focusses on the interdisciplinary aspects of building sustainability. It addresses real estate economics and the issue of energy-efficient societies in a global context. Together with the knowledge and skills attained in the first semester, students will conduct a comprehensive and interdisciplinary group project. At the same time, specialization starts and students can choose between deepening their knowledge in either technology and innovation management or in integration of renewable energies.

3rd semester
Life Cycle Analysis
Specialization: Innovation and Technology Management II / Smart Buildings
Master thesis

The specialization continues in the third semester, either by completing the technology and innovation module or the technical module with the follow-up course in Smart Buildings. All students take a module in Life Cycle Analysis to complete the holistic approach of sustainability and write their Master thesis. Graduates will hold a degree by Technische Universität Berlin.

About EUREF and the Technical University of Berlin

The internationally renowned Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) is located in Germany's capital city at the heart of Europe. The academic activities are focused on achieving sharply-defined goals: building a distinctive profile for our university, ensuring exceptional performance in research and teaching, providing our graduates with excellent qualifications and a modern approach to university administration.

The TUB strives to promote the dissemination of knowledge and to facilitate technological progress through adherence to the core principles of excellence and quality. Strong regional, national and international networking with partners in science and industry are an important aspect in these endeavors.

TUB is an internationally renowned research-intensive university dedicated to promoting science and technology for the benefit of broader society and committed to the principle of sustainability. The challenges and problems facing modern societies cannot be met on the basis of findings from individual disciplines. TUB is addressing these challenges with the aid of transdisciplinary collaborative projects. The establishment of important research partnerships in the context of the Excellence Initiative, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and European Institute for Innovation and Technology, in addition to constantly increasing third-party funding for the research projects, demonstrate the dynamic developments in this area.

Prestigious science prizes and awards make these successes even more obvious; these include Alexander von Humboldt Chairs, Einstein Chairs, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes, and numerous grants from the European Research Council. Research for Innovation - a credo that TUB impressively implements. Its extraordinary profile as a technical university in association with its humanities, social, planning and economic sciences programs is indeed an excellent breeding ground for strong interdisciplinarity. By combining basic and applied research endeavors, and with close links to partners in science and industry, university researchers tackle societal issues and develop forward-looking solutions.

In close cooperation with EUREF AG, a new TUB campus has emerged on the property of the former Gasometer in Berlin's Schöneberg district and was inaugurated in October 2012. Three advanced Master's programs dealing with the issue of "City and Energy" are offered here, and more are developed. The course offerings are fully integrated into the overall structure of the European Energy Forum (EUREF).

Companies and research institutes addressing the topic of "Intelligent city for work, research, education and living" are finding homes here. Through close cooperation between science and teaching on the one hand, and research and practical applications on the other, the EUREF Campus serves as a powerful test platform for a sustainable model city.

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