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CESA 5510 - Reducing Energy Use in New and Existing Buildings

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

This course provides an introduction to the role that buildings play in community energy planning and how buildings are categorized and rated for energy efficiency in Canada. Students will be able to identify the regulatory, policy and program approaches to reducing energy use and encouraging renewable energy in new buildings. Students will be able to explain the different regulatory, policy and program approaches required to address energy use and renewable energy in existing buildings.





Spring/Summer 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2020 term.

CRN 64688

Wed Apr 08 - Wed May 06 5 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 08 - May 06 Wed 19:00 - 20:30 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. • Internet delivery format. • Departmental approval needed • Please contact Program Head at for approval and submit a current resume for review. Note: ** A computer with speakers and a web camera is required for this course. Students must be logged in on to Learning Hub on Wednesdays, April 8 to May 6 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Differentiate between Part 3 and Part 9 buildings under Canada’s building regulatory system.
  • Outline how codes and standards, policies and program each have a different role to play in improving energy performance.
  • Interpret how codes and standards, policies and programs differ when they are applied to new and existing buildings.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

Effective as of Winter 2017


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