American University of Beirut

Building Energy Systems (Online Graduate Diploma)

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  • ​Curriculum: 4 courses​ (12 credits)​

The BES diploma aims to provide engineers and architects with integrated renewable energy solutions to optimize building systems.

Through our customizable online program, you will gain the analytical tools and understanding needed to design low-energy buildings through an integrative design approach, which is increasingly demanded in this era of global warming.​

After completing the program, you will be able to:

  • Determine energy demands in buildings and processes for meeting needs of power, cooling ventilation, and heating for different climates and building functions,

  • Identify how mechanical systems for heating and cooling can be greatly reduced or eliminated through an integrated building design approach that considers building envelop material, construction process, and orientation, 

  • Recommend high-performance solutions for meeting energy demands and air quality requirements in buildings and systems,
  • Assess approaches to building standards, economic incentives, and policymaking that can expand renewable energy utilization.

Your learning journey

The online diploma requires successful completion of 4 courses, as shown below:
Core courses
Elective course
Total number of credits required for graduation12


Required Core Courses  ​Credits
MECH 674EEnergy Economics and Policy
​MECH 682E
Principles of Integrative Building Design, Construction, and Operation for Sustainability
Elective Courses (choose 2)​Credits
MECH 671ERenewable Energy Potential, Technology, and Utilization in Buildings
MECH 672EModeling Energy Systems

Energy Efficient, High Indoor Air Quality Buildings 
MECH 677ERefrigeration and Heat Pumps
MECH 680EInnovation and Knowledge Transfer In Renewable and Building Services Systems3

Download the in-depth courses​ desc​ription.

Tuition Rate

Pay as you register!

  • Base price per credit: $487.
  • Total tuition fees: $5,844​(based on 12 credits)​

​* not including registration and technology fees

Contact us for information about corporate tuition rates.

Admissions Requirements

To join our program you should have an undergraduate bachelor's degree in engineering (BE or its equivalent) with an average of at least 75/100 in the last two years of study or equivalent. This requirement may be waived for applicants with strong work experience.

Credit Transfer to Master's Degree Programs​

You​​ can transfer up to 12 credits (four courses) successfully completed for the diploma towards AUB’s master’s degree programs in mechanical engineering.​​​

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