Search Close


The nZEBRA project aims to develop an intensive blended learning course in the form of a summer school, on climate neutral buildings, to meet new requirements for complex conditions and nearly zero energy buildings, which means that the buildings should have nearly zero energy consumption required. The course will be at a graduate level and be based on micro-credentials.

Interdisciplinary and challenge-based in its nature, the course seeks to empower master students in architecture, civil and energy engineering and the like, to design innovative solutions for climate neutral buildings. It will address the labour market demand for high-qualified professionals in the field, thus contributing to the global actions towards mitigating climate change.

A course methodological framework will be co-created based on field study, including online surveys, focus groups, interviews, and design-thinking sessions. The course content will include theory and challenge- and project-based learning scenarios (CBL, PBL) to activate students. A train-the-trainer toolkit will be designed to address the needs for training in BIM/BEM software and CBL pedagogy. Learning and teaching activities will validate the innovative blended learning course among research, businesses, and learners.

The nZEBRA project hopes to result in creating an intensive blended course on climate neutral buildings. It will be composed of a methodological framework, which outlines an innovative course syllabus, blending in-class education with virtually facilitated individual and group assignments. The course is divided into theoretical content and a course booklet with challenge-based & project-based learning scenarios, and based on micro-credentials. A train-the-trainer toolkit will tackle students’ educational needs.

About the project

Project period

  • 2023-09-01–2026-08-31

Project manager

Collaboration partners

  • Technische Universität Hamburg
  • LTH, Lund Faculty of Engineering, Lund University
  • Three o'clock Paris
  • HEP ESCO Zagreb
  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


  • Erasmus+