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BSCI 9130 - Building Energy Performance

Building Science Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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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:

  • Select appropriate analytical and numerical tools to assess the energy performance of buildings.
  • Characterize energy-load categories in any given building.
  • Assess the interaction of the building loads and mechanical equipment including examining the impact of air-based, water-based and direct heating and cooling systems on the envelope and evaluating the effect of various types of heating and cooling loads on the performance of HVAC equipment.
  • Assess annual energy consumption (heating and cooling) and peak-load using both simplified and whole-building energy-simulation software to characterize building energy use.
  • Evaluate energy-efficiency options and suggest appropriate options for a given building:
    • Identify practical energy-saving measures for a given building.
    • Quantify energy-saving potential of the measures identified.
  • Determine the economic implications of each energy-efficiency option:
    • Discuss the various economic evaluation tools (e.g., life-cycle costs, simple and complex payback).
    • Perform cost analysis of energy-efficiency measures identified in earlier analysis.
    • Evaluate and recommend passive design solutions for a given building under a given climate.
    • Discuss the relative merits of various assessment criteria.
  • Present the results of the analysis in a clear and understandable manner, in either a written or public presentation.

Effective as of Fall 2011

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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