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International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This course presents an overview of various conventional energy dependent building systems, conventional active and alternative passive systems, and their interaction with each other, including lighting, heating, cooling, and ventilation. (Active: HVAC & R, pumps, fans, motors, boilers, lighting, non-lighting such as computing, and Passive: thermal mass, natural ventilation, shading, ground source and solar for pre-heating/pre-cooling, daylighting ). Students will examine non-mechanical building systems, such as building envelope, insulation, windows, glazing, as well as building systems controls. Strategies for existing buildings will be differentiated from those for new construction, with focus on energy management in existing buildings. Building performance improvements, including energy performance, through building recommissioning or continuous commissioning, will be examined. The course introduces energy performance simulation (computer modeling) as a tool to establish baselines and change scenarios for energy reduction strategies. This course also presents an overview of various industrial systems such as: compressed air, process equipment, pumps and material handling equipment. The building systems mentioned above will be elaborated upon for industrial buildings. An introduction to the components of and the advantages and disadvantages of various alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, district energy, biomass, and heat recovery will also be presented.


  • 50% in CESA 5100 ( may be taken concurrently)



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Assess the type of building structure and building envelope to determine the relative energy demand.
  • Outline energy systems integration and interaction, including active and passive systems.
  • Assess the various opportunities for active and passive systems to increase energy efficiency of buildings.
  • Differentiate between strategies implemented during routine maintenance, those requiring capital upgrades, and those implemented only during new construction.
  • Outline the various automation and control technology for both building systems and industrial systems.
  • Analyze the need for, and the process, methods, and benefits of energy performance simulations.
  • Identify systems whose performance can be modeled with various computer simulation model programs / tools.
  • Illustrate the components of and the advantages and disadvantages of various alternative energy sources such as wind, solar (thermal and electric), geothermal, biomass, and heat recovery.
  • Illustrate the components, advantages and disadvantages of connecting various sources and customers to district energy systems.

Effective as of Fall 2012

Related Programs

Energy Systems (CESA 5300) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Sustainable Energy Management
    Advanced Certificate Part-time


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