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Zero Energy Building Mechanical Systems (for Residential Buildings) CESA 1140

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Course

International Fees

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

Course details

This course has been replaced by XZEB 1140 Introduction to Residential Mechanical Systems for Zero Energy/Emissions and Passive House Buildings. This course will assist builders, contractors, and designers to advance their understanding of the design, installation, and verification practices needed to realize performance of HVAC mechanical equipment and meet the requirements of the Upper Steps of the BC Energy Step Code including the Passive House standard. The focus of course is to develop understanding of applying best practices and the unintended consequences associated with poorly selected, designed, installed, and verified systems. Through case study work completed under the guidance of industry expert instructors, you will learn best practices in mechanical HVAC systems for Part 9 homes with ability to apply your learning on the job. Topics covered included: proper system selection to fit with design and performance expectations, business practices for builders and mechanical contractors to ensure design, tender specifications, installation, and verification practices meet best practices to ensure project performance and owner satisfaction. The course will introduce high performance ventilation, space heating, cooling, and domestic hot water principles and solutions to achieve the BC Energy Step Code requirements.


  • CESA 1001 or equivalent is strongly encouraged but not mandatory



This course has been retired and is no longer offered. Find other Flexible Learning courses that may interest you.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain how an Integrated Design Process can lead to achieving efficient mechanical systems performing as intended.
  • Demonstrate understanding of application of best practices during the design and tender stages of mechanical systems.
  • Learn and apply best practices for equipment selection and sizing of mechanical systems.
  • Explain the value of various high performance heating, ventilation and cooling strategies (passive and active) and interactions between systems in air-tight buildings.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with use of standard High Performance Construction checklists in a construction environment.
  • Be aware of the importance of planning and coordination from design through to construction and testing to meet the Part 9 requirements of the BC Energy Step Code.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2020


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