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Sustainable Interior Design of Buildings (EPK)

HOU > Sustainable Interior Design of Buildings (EPK)
Subject – Purpose
Learning Outcomes
Admission requirements
Academic Supervision Committee

Subject of the programme

  • Sustainable Development Targets
  • Basic parameters of Sustainable Development and interactions
  • The impact of buildings and the built environment on the environmental problem
  • Natural ventilation
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Ventilation and interior environment quality with rational use of energy
  • Thermal comfort
  • Passive heating
  • Natural and low-consumption building cooling
  • Incorporation of RES on the building envelope
  • Heat/cooling/cogeneration systems
  • Distribution systems, terminal units
  • Heat recovery/cooling systems,
  • Automation
  • Sources of chemical air pollution and indoor biological pollution
  • Indoor air pollution reduction through design, management, and use of devices
  • Exposure to interior space pollution
  • Specialized interior space pollution applications
  • Acoustics
  • Lighting

Objective – Description

The PSP aims to produce graduates with specialized, interdisciplinary knowledge on interior environments, the rational use of energy, energy conservation, as well as the health and well-being of the occupants (or the users).

Students will be trained in theoretical and applied approaches to sustainable interior design, learning strategies to reduce the consumption of energy, materials and resources, mitigate the health risks posed by buildings, and improve user productivity. The Program also focuses on techniques of recording data regarding interior environments, in addition to the methods of analyzing and evaluating field data, their presentation, and the selection of viable techniques.

ECTS Credits Programme of Studies

The total number of ECTS required for the acquisition of the Master’s degree is 90 ECTS.

Characterization of the Postgraduate Program

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Classification according to the UNESCO ISCED-2011 code

Based on the level of study: 7

Classification according to the UNESCO ISCED-2013 code

Based on the field of Education and Training:

0788 Inter-disciplinary programmes and qualifications involving engineering, manufacturing and construction in the following sectors:

0712 Environmental protection technology

0731 Architecture and town planning

0732 Building and civil engineering

Language of instruction

The language of instruction of the program, as well as of the Postgraduate Thesis, is Greek.

Duration of study

The minimum duration for the completion of the programme. The minimum duration of study is one and a half (1 ½) academic years, i.e. three (3) semesters.


Quality Policy

Quality Target 2025

Upon successful completion of the PSP, students will be able to:

  • Know the wider fields of indoor environmental quality, ventilation, thermal comfort, the building envelope, indoor air quality, lighting and acoustics.
  • Develop high-level skills in the wider fields of Indoor Environmental Quality, ventilation, thermal comfort, the building envelope, indoor air quality, lighting and acoustics with focus in the analysis, recording and selection of appropriate actions to improve the health and well-being of the building users.
  • Propose, plan, depict and document actions and ventilation systems, thermal comfort, building envelope, indoor air quality, lighting and acoustics systems by implementing modern techniques and technologies.
  • Contribute meaningfully to the improvement of interior built environments
  • Develop the skills needed in the field of sustainable interior design, for both newly built and existing constructions, and balance strategic preferences that promote rational energy use, energy conservation, ventilation, heating, cooling and lighting system effectiveness, as well as the health and well-being of the occupants.

Admission requirements

The Post-graduate programme accepts graduates or higher institution diplomas of related disciplines. The programme is offered in Greek. 

The knowledge of a foreign language and good computer-Internet skills would be useful for the successful participation in the programme.


Holders of a degree or diploma of higher education means graduates of Greek Universities or Polytechnics or Higher School of Fine Arts or Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education or Higher Technological Educational Institutions (ATEI) or those who hold academically equivalent first cycle degrees from recognized foreign educational institutions with the degrees awarded by the Greek Higher Educational Institutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 304 of Law No. 4957/2022 (Government Gazette 141/21.07.2022, vol.)


For the evaluation of the application to the Postgraduate Studies Programme, it will be examined whether the candidate’s institution of study is or may be included in the National Register of Recognised Higher Education Institutions of Foreign Countries and whether the candidate’s degree is or may be included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognised Institutions of Foreign Countries.

The Hellenic Open University, if the degree is included in the list of article 307 of Law No. 4957/2022, must request a “Certificate of Place of Study”, which is issued and sent by the foreign university. If the place of study or part of the studies is confirmed as the Greek territory, the degree is not recognized, unless the part of the studies that took place in the Greek territory is in a public higher education institution or in a recognized foreign educational institution within the meaning of paragraph b) of article 299 of Law No. 4957/2022.

The PSP «Sustainable Interior Design of Buildings» is structured in three (3) academic semesters, which include five (5) Course Modules (CM), five (5) Laboratory Course Modules (LCM) and a Postgraduate Thesis (DE).

The minimum period of study is three (3) academic semesters. The total number of credits (ECTS) required to obtain the Master’s Degree is 90 ECTS.

1st Semester


Introduction to sustainable design

(M¹, 10 ECTS)


Natural and Mechanical Ventilation

(M, 10 ECTS)


Building Envelope

(M, 10 ECTS)

2nd Semester


Heating – Cooling

(M, 10 ECTS)

EPK54 (T.L.U.)

Sustainable Design of Interior Space Air Quality

(M, 10 ECTS)


Research methods in the indoor environment

(M, 10 ECTS)

3rd Semester

EPK60 (T.L.U.)

Measurements, analysis and interpretation in Building Acoustics

(E², 10 ECTS)

EPK61 (T.L.U.)

Measurements, analysis and interpretation in Building Lighting

(E, 10 ECTS)

EPK62 (T.L.U.)

Heat / cooling systems

(E, 10 ECTS)

EPK63 (T.L.U.)

Comfort Conditions and Energy performance of A Building

(E, 10 ECTS)


Postgraduate Thesis

(M, 10 ECTS)





M¹: Mandatory

E²: Elective


Instructions for the selection of Course Module (CM) and Laboratory Course Module (LCM)

You can choose from one (1) to three (3) CMs/LCMs for each semester (30 ECTS).

The selection of the CM and LCM is suggested to be followed in the order that the program structure follows.

During the CM enrollment process, the CM of the previous semester it is suggested to be completed first and then the CM of the next semester should be selected.

The preparation of the Master’s thesis (EPK DE) presupposes the successful attendance of five (5) CMs and the LCM of 1st and 2nd semester.

The viva exam of the Master’s thesis presupposes the successful completion of all CMs and LCMs of the Program.

The minimum duration of study in the Master’s Program is three (3) academic semesters. To complete the program in three (3) academic semesters, the successful completion of all CMs and LCMs must completed in each semester (30 ECTS) along with the Master’s thesis.

In order to obtain the Master’s degree, the successful completion of five (5) CMs, three (3) LCMs as well as the successful completion and presentation of the Master’s thesis, is mandatory.

Academic Supervision Committee:

Doulos Lampros, Associate Professor of HOU (President of the ASC)

Zerefos Stylianos, Professor of HOU

Zervas Efthimios, Professor of HOU

Balaras Konstantinos, National Observatory of Athens

Karellas Sotirios, Professor of NTUA

Pallis Platon, LTS of NTUA

Theodosiou Theodoros, Professor of AUTH

Tsagrasoulis Aris, Professor of UTH

Student tuition fees for the Postgraduate Programme: 300€ per Course Module, 400€ per Laboratory Course Module and 400€ the Postgraduate Thesis. The total cost is 3.100€.

Student Registration Department:

Tel: +30 2610 367315. E-mail: epk@eap.gr    

Γραφείο εξυπηρέτησης φοιτητών:

Students’ Service Office:

Tel.: +30 2610 367600. E-mail: info@eap.gr

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