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CESA 5300 - Energy Systems

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 39384

Tue Sep 17 - Fri Dec 13 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 17 - Dec 13 Online



Course Outline





  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 17 October 1, 15, 29 November 12, 26 December 3, 10

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