Course Overview

  • The Interdisciplinary Project Design course (BMEEPTCEP01) for exchange students is a 2-times half-semester design course in English, organised by two Departments – a design department and an engineering department. The special objective of this practical course is to explore the interaction between architectural design and the corresponding energetics and services disciplines.
  • Credits: 8 points, Announced: Autumn and Spring Semesters



  • Lectures are on Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 – 12:00 in room K 222 according to the time table, consultations are after the lectures.
  • Timetable, poster
  • Completition requires a written analisys of a contemporary building in Hungary (example)
  • Independent work, with weekly consultations
  • Szt. Imre site plan (pdf), site plan in .dwg format


Introduction (Zoltán Schrammel)

Introduction to Human-Centered Sustainable Building Design (Zsófi Bélafi)

  • Sustainable building design: buildings’ impact on the environment, aspects to consider during design
  • Traditional linear design process vs integrated design process (IDP)
  • Net zero energy concept of a Hungarian office building (case study introduction)
  • Occupant comfort in buildings, aspects of comfort
  • Introduction to occupant behaviour (OB) research, quantifying the impact of OB on the building’s energy use
  • Human and nature-centered architectural trends
  • Introduction to biomimicry (Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus, 2002)

Daylighting (Levente Filetóth)

  • Introduction to daylighting (visual comfort definition, daylighting vs. artificial lighting, conceptual design principles)
  • Daylighting sources (characteristics of the direct sunlight, diffused skylight and the light reflected from exterior surfaces)
  • Openings (windows, skylights, special daylighting systems)
  • Shading devices (homogeneous and inhomogeneous surfaces, diffusion characteristics)
  • Case Studies, recommended books

Comfort in Buildings (Zoltán Magyar)

  • Comfort in buildings (relationship of building energy, occupants, architectural design, thermal, visual, acoustic and indoor air quality comfort characteristics)

Building Energy Simulation (Norbert Harmathy)