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Controls Project CESA 5920

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Course

Course details

​This course is the final project course for the Controls and Energy Management Program. Students will apply the knowledge they have learned of building energy efficiency, automation systems, commissioning, and data analytics to propose solutions to optimize the system operation of a real building. Students will work in groups for this project to assess a building and determine controls related performance improvement measures. The deliverable for this course is a report that presents the findings of the assessment, budget, and recommendations of improvement strategies, including anticipated cost savings. A short final presentation will be delivered to the class to outline the project and recommendations.






Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of CESA 5920 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 44170


Tue Oct 03 - Tue Nov 28 (9 weeks)

  • 9 weeks
  • CRN 44170
  • $631.99
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 03 - Nov 28 N/A N/A Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Please contact the Program Head at ca for approval. Note: A computer with speakers and a web camera is required for this course. Students must be logged into the Learning Hub from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Tuesdays on: October 4, 18; November 1, 15, 29


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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply knowledge of building automation systems and energy efficiency to solve a real-world problem and improve building energy performance.
  • Document the relevant technical information required to make educated decisions about automation systems optimization or upgrades.
  • Apply best practices and audit techniques to uncover deficiencies or opportunities for improvement to building control systems.
  • Document findings from an investigation of a building control systems and prepare recommendations to address deficiencies.
  • Conduct basic energy savings calculations to identify the impact of proposed recommendations.
  • Identify organizational roadblocks to implementing upgrade projects or sustaining energy savings, and provide practical recommendations.
  • Prepare a clear technical report outlining the project purpose and scope, summarizing findings and recommendations, and providing supporting technical information to demonstrate how recommendations were determined, and the steps for implementation.

Effective as of Fall 2021

Related Programs

Controls Project (CESA 5920) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Building Controls & Energy Management
    Advanced Certificate Part-time


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