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CESA 0100 - Introduction to Zero Energy/Low-TEDI Buildings Design Process (Part 3 Buildings)

Centre for Energy Systems Applications 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

This interactive, online course will focus on detail options to mitigate thermal bridging and achieve an airtight envelope. The course will explore the following topics: Overview of the BC Energy Step Code for Part 3 Buildings; Thermal bridging review and examples; Design strategies to achieve zero energy ready buildings; Related considerations, including costing, constructability, and site quality control. The online course includes an asynchronous course space (BCIT Learning Hub) with preliminary and supplementary resources, and a discussion forum and synchronous online sessions including presentations, discussion, and breakout activities. This course is meant to simulate the design and construction process of real life projects where the design team must deal with the owner's requirements, building code requirements, budgets, supplier constraints, construction management, and commissioning activities.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 47700

Tue Oct 05 - Thu Oct 14 2 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 05 - Oct 14 Tue/Thu 11:30 - 13:30 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. .2 week course with live lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30-1:30 October 5, 7, 12, 14, 2021. Instructional sessions are delivered through a live interactive web-lecture through online course portal (BCIT Learning Hub) by industry subject matter expert instructors.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain what is the BC Energy Step Code and performance metrics for Part 3 Buildings
  • Explain how thermal bridging through the building envelope and air-tightness affect energy use.
  • Describe the process for reviewing detail design options at critical design stages and be aware of several available resources (e.g. BETB Guide, Low TEDI guide, Building Pathfinder,
  • Compare solution details for specific construction considerations (e.g., mitigating thermal bridging, cost, constructability, etc.)

Effective as of Fall 2020


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