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CESA 5300 - Energy Systems

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 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.


CESA 5100





Fall 2021

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

CRN 39384

Tue Sep 21 - Fri Dec 17 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 21 - Dec 17 Online


Iram Green

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Please contact the Program Head at for approval. Co-requisite for CESA 5300 is: CESA 5100 Note: a computer with speakers and a web camera is required for this course. Students must be logged in onto the Learning Hub from 6:00 - 8:00pm on Tuesdays on: September 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30 December 7, 14
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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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

CESA 5300 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Sustainable Energy Management
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate


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