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Building Energy Performance BSCI 9130

Building Science Course

Course details

The course is presented as lectures and assignments, with a term project to be conducted in parallel with lectures. The course is broken into seven segments: 1. Building Thermal Demand Analysis – heating and cooling loads (includes envelope transmission losses and gains, solar gains, internal gains, lighting and appliance loads, and climatic and operating considerations). 2. Passive Solar Design Concepts in Building Application – solar heating and cooling, thermal mass, natural ventilation, daylighting, building orientation. 3. Building HVAC System – various types of heating, cooling and ventilation system and components. 4. Energy-efficiency Measures – high-efficient building mechanical, service hot water and lighting systems, improved envelope thermal properties, smart energy management and control. 5. Whole-Building Energy Models – simulation of building thermal behaviors and energy system performance characteristics. 6. Analysis of Simulation Results – building energy profiles and drivers, GHG emissions reduction opportunities analyses, simple and complex payback, life-cycle costing and present-value analyses. 7. Regulatory and Voluntary Programs – BC Energy Step Code, ASHRAE 90.1 and 90.2, Model National Energy Codes, LEED, CBIP. Each week's lesson includes a two-hour lecture session, and a one-hour lab session. In addition, a bi-weekly preparatory session of active learning (reflection of key readings) will be scheduled.






Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of BSCI 9130 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 79243


Tue Jan 10 - Tue Apr 11 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 79243
  • $1737.29
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 10 - Apr 11 Tue 14:30 - 17:30 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 216


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Please contact Program Assistant, at for approval to register for this course. Please include your A#.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Use appropriate analytical and numerical methods/tools to carry out the analysis of building mechanical, service hot water and lighting systems energy performance.
  • Apply appropriate analytical and numerical methods/tools to conduct building thermal load/demand calculations.
  • Assess the interaction of the building envelope with HVAC systems including examining the impact of different envelope systems on building thermal behaviors and energy performance.
  • Making engineering judgement autonomously including identifying the most applicable energy saving solution(s) for a given building by investigating the effectiveness of potential energy-conservation measures on energy saving and GHG emission reductions.
  • Determine the economic implications of each proposed energy conservation measure:
    • Discuss various economic evaluation tools (e.g., life-cycle costs, simple and complex payback).
    • Perform engineering economic analysis of energy-efficiency measures proposed in the study.
    • Evaluate and recommend passive design solutions for a given building under a given climate.
    • Discuss the relative merits of various assessment criteria.
  • Interpret simulated results to, and communicate the key findings/conclusions with personnel of other disciplines in building design.
  • Present simulation results and findings in a clear and understandable manner, in both a written and public presentation.

Effective as of Fall 2021

Related Programs

Building Energy Performance (BSCI 9130) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Building Energy Modelling
    Graduate Certificate Part-time
  2. Building Engineering/Building Science
    Master of Applied Science Full-time/Part-time
  3. Building Science
    Master of Engineering Full-time/Part-time


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