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CESA 5320 - Energy Systems & Controls

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course provides an overview of best practices for energy efficient control strategies in building systems. The course will include controls strategies for HVAC, Pumping, Low Voltage Lighting, and security systems. Control strategies will include variable flow air and water strategies, heating and cooling lockouts, real time demand and occupancy based control, predictive algorithms, load based control, intelligent response and dynamic reset. Students will explore the energy impacts of these strategies in order to prioritize alternative controls approaches. The course will also provide a general introduction to and overview of all topics in the BCIT Controls and Energy Management Program. Co-requisite: CESA 5100 or equivalent from SEMAC program previous format offering.





Fall 2021

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

CRN 43565

Tue Sep 21 - Fri Dec 17 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 21 - Dec 17 Online


Johnson Shen

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Please contact the Program Head at for approval. Co-requisite for CESA 5320 is: CESA 5100 Note: ** A computer with speakers and a web camera is required for this course. Students must be logged into the Learning Hub from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesdays on: September 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 7, 14 Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify the basic features of controls technologies, their relationship with building systems and the controls impact on energy use.
  • Outline a variety of control strategies used to obtain high levels of energy efficiency in buildings.
  • Define the function of a wide range of energy control strategies, how they work, and identifying the key components and control variables for each approach.
  • Evaluate the value of pneumatic to digital controls upgrades for efficiency and comfort benefits.
  • Quantify the impacts of different control strategies both in energy and comfort.
  • Assess the pros and cons of control strategies as applied to different kinds of building systems.
  • Evaluate aspects of control strategies for their ability to improve the performance of condensing boilers, free cooling infrastructure, chillers and heat recovery systems.
  • Calculate the anticipated monthly energy usage for a facility with a defined set of HVAC systems both with poor and advanced control strategies.
  • Identify types of user feedback and how it can be used to refine control variables for persistent long term energy performance.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

CESA 5320 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

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


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