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BSCI 9130 - Building Energy Performance

Building Science Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

The course is presented as lectures and assignments, with a major design/evaluation project to be conducted in parallel with lectures. The course is broken into seven segments: 1. Energy Loads in Buildings – 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 – solar heating and cooling, thermal mass, natural ventilation, daylighting, building orientation. 3. Operation of HVAC Equipment – various types of heating, cooling and ventilation equipment and controls. 4. Energy-efficiency Measures – appliances and fixtures, lighting, envelope modifications, window performance. 5. Whole-Building Energy Models – simplified calculations, peak-load calculations, annual energy models. 6. Evaluation of Results – simple and complex payback, life-cycle costing and present-value analyses. 7. Regulatory and Voluntary Programs – ASHRAE 90.1 and 90.2, Model National Energy Codes, LEED, CBIP. Each week's lesson will comprise a preparatory learning session (online), including one ½-hour lecture, and a two-hour lab period for project work. The sensitivity of the design to local climate will be discussed during the course.


BSCI 9000 and, BSCI 9110 or BLDC 3050** (**may be taken concurrently)



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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

BSCI 9130 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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