Energy Efficiency and Sustainability online short course

Course starts 23 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
17 November 2020
Course Starts:
23 November 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
8–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R13,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


The sustainable use of energy in buildings has become an imperative – it’s key not just to tackling climate change, but to improving the performance of facilities and the competitiveness of businesses too. Consequently, it’s important that anyone involved in construction projects today is well-versed in the field of energy efficiency.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Energy Efficiency and Sustainability online short course offers a holistic overview of the energy conservation landscape and the economics of this field. Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll explore the latest developments and regulations in the energy industry, and investigate energy use in commercial and industrial contexts. You’ll also learn how to verify energy savings using industry-accepted techniques, examine how to assess the financial viability of energy-efficiency projects, and build a strong business case for interventions.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • A grasp of energy efficiency concepts, and the skills to evaluate, recommend, and implement energy-saving strategies in new and existing buildings
  • Insight into sustainable building design principles, considerations, and best practices
  • The ability to analyse energy flows, participate in energy audits, and compile and present findings to the relevant stakeholders
  • The skills to apply the Measurement and Verification (M&V) methodology to collect data, quantify energy savings, and inform decision-making
  • An understanding of how to develop an energy management system that aligns with global standards

Is this course for you?

This course, which is certified by The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for CPD points, is suited to practicing and consulting engineers, facility managers, architects, building designers, energy managers, energy auditors, and environmental consultants. In essence, it’s designed for all professionals looking to learn how to identify energy conservation opportunities to promote efficiency in buildings and businesses. As students will be asked to apply formulas and perform calculations, basic competence in mathematics is required in order to complete this course.

Course curriculum

Familiarise yourself with energy-efficient technologies as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to energy efficiency: Importance, strategies, and challenges
  • Module 2 Energy metrics, economics, and the business case for energy efficiency
  • Module 3 Energy-efficient and sustainable buildings: general considerations and regulations
  • Module 4 Energy efficiency management and technologies in buildings
  • Module 5 Energy efficiency management and technologies in the industrial sector
  • Module 6 Energy auditing
  • Module 7 Measurement and verification
  • Module 8 Energy management systems

This course is certified by The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for CPD points. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning and South African engineering professionals can earn up to eight CPD credits.*

International students need to consult their national professional engineering bodies to check whether this course is recognised for points towards maintaining professional status.

* Should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The University of Cape Town and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and can’t be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points. The ECSA validation number is UCTEES20.

Learn how to effect cost-saving energy measures

This University of Cape Town online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you develop the practical skills to achieve energy conservation in your organisation. 

Your Teaching Team

These professionals guide the course design and delivery, and may appear in a number of course videos.

Richard Larmour


Course Convenor
Research Officer, Energy Research Centre, UCT

Larmour has a Master of Science in engineering (energy studies) from UCT. He has expertise in the areas of measurement and verification, energy efficiency, pump systems optimisation, and motor-driven systems optimisation, and has worked at the UCT Energy Research Centre since 2010. Larmour has published several articles in Energy Management News and co-authored a chapter in Measurement and Verification Practices.


Mascha Moorlach


Course Convenor
Member of the Measurements and Verification Team, Energy Research Centre (ERC), UCT

Moorlach obtained a Master of Science degree in architecture, systems, and planning from the University of Technology in Eindhoven. After graduating in 1996, she worked as a consultant engineer with Sweegers en de Bruijn in the Netherlands. She relocated to South Africa and worked as an architectural draughtsperson before joining the UCT Energy Research Centre as an energy-efficiency engineer.


Kevin Bennet


Head Tutor, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Bennett completed his PhD in 1977 – covering energy utilisation in South Africa, and was subsequently involved in research projects that included alternative liquid fuels and renewable energy. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an associate professor for thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and was subsequently promoted to professor in 1992.

In 2000, Bennett took over as director of the Energy Research Institute. After the merger between the Energy Research Institute and the Energy for Development Research Centre, he was appointed as the director of the newly formed, Energy Research Centre.

Guest Lecturers


Christian Skosan

Electrical Manager, V&A Waterfront

Iekraam Kariem

Utility Analyst, V&A Waterfront

Andrew Hibberd

Former member of the Measurement and Verification team, Energy Research Centre (ERC) at UCT


Warwick Hayes

Technical Lead, Engage Energy and Engineering

Bryan Maytham

Project Lead, Engage Energy and Engineering

Michelle Ludwig

Director, Ludwig Design Consulting (Pty) Ltd


Manfred Braune

Managing Executive: Sector Development and Transformation, Green Building Council South Africa

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Enhance your knowledge of energy efficiency and sustainability best practices and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 23 November 2020.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.