Energy Efficiency Studies and Research

Learn about energy efficiency in the built environment and help society by finding more sustainable ways to design, construct, and use our buildings and cities.

Solar energy research and education have over two decades of history at Dalarna University. In contrast, research on the energy and environmental performance of buildings only became consolidated as an independent field at the University some ten years ago and resulted from the increasing number of related projects and faculty with appropriate expertise. Acknowledging the growing importance of achieving greater efficiency in both embodied and operational energy in our built environment, the University established a new one-year master's programme in this field.


In 2017, Dalarna University introduced a new international One-Year Master's Programme in Energy Efficient Built Environment. The programme has been developed in cooperation with the construction industry and will provide you with the essential knowledge and hands-on skills necessary for this field.

The courses cover subjects such as advanced building physics, life-cycle assessment, passive solar design, building rating systems, and building energy modelling with IDA ICE. The programme concludes with a 15-credit thesis, which is often conducted in collaboration with industry.

Our faculty are highly qualified and have diverse backgrounds and wide expertise. They are both dedicated to the advancement of science and committed to assisting students achieve their maximum potential. You can learn more about their respective areas of expertise on the faculty webpage.

The new Master's Programme in Energy Efficient Built Environment (60 credits) focuses on the energy efficiency of buildings and associated infrastructure. At the undergraduate level, we offer three fields of study that relate to energy efficiency: Construction Engineering (Byggteknik), Energy Engineering (Högskoleingenjörsprogram), and Urban and Regional Planning (Bygg- och samhällsplanerarprogrammet). These programmes are taught in Swedish.

In addition to the One-Year Master's Programme in Energy Efficient Built Environment, we have two additional graduate programmes with a focus on solar energy: the One-Year Master's in Solar Energy Engineering and the Two-Year Master's in Solar Energy Engineering. All three of these master's programmes are taught in English.

We are also academic partners with the industry-based research school REESBE (Resource Efficient Energy Systems in the Built Environment). REESBE is a research-based collaboration between a number of Swedish universities and industrial partners. The aim of the research school is to identify ways to improve energy efficiency in district-heating connected residential and public buildings. To learn more about REESBE, see Research Schools (webpage).

Research and Industry Collaboration

As a field of Energy and Built Environments research, the focus of our projects is the environmental and energy performance of buildings and the associated infrastructure. Our research is characterised by a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, and is commonly conducted in collaboration with various government organisations and private businesses. To learn more about our research profile and to see the list of ongoing projects, please visit the department’s main research page (Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment) and the website above (Energy and Built Environments).

All faculty are engaged in research in their areas of expertise. Our active involvement in national and international research ensures that you will be taught state-of-the-art knowledge and learn about the most pressing global challenges in the classroom. ByggDialog Dalarna (Swedish website) is our main partner in the university-industry collaboration. They provide us with connections to many local construction companies and frequently deliver timely research topics that you may choose for your thesis project.

For more information on the respective research profiles of the faculty, please visit the faculty webpage.


For more information about the programme in Energy Efficient in Built Environment the ongoing research projects within the field of Energy and Built Environments, please contact Csilla V. Gál.

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