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CESA 5920 - Controls Project

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This course is the final project course for the Controls and Energy Management Program. Students will be asked to apply the knowledge they have learned of building energy efficiency, automation systems, commissioning, and data analytics, to propose solutions to optimize building system operations for a real-world case study. The course will be structured around producing a report that recommends improvement strategies, including budget costs of implementation and anticipated cost savings. Students will be expected to work independently. In working towards this final report, the students will prepare a proposal for their area of study and interest, provide a preliminary summary of findings and recommendations, and provide a finalized list of improvements with budget costs and savings. A short final presentation will be delivered to the class to outline the project and recommendations.


CESA 5100 AND CESA 5320 AND CESA 5420 AND CESA 5500 AND CESA 5620 AND CESA 5700 AND CESA 5800 AND CESA 5820 or equivalent from SEMAC program previous format offering





Fall 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 44170

Tue Oct 06 - Fri Dec 04 9 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 06 - Dec 04 Online Online Delivery


David Gallagher

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Please contact the Program Head at ca for approval. 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: October 6, 20; November 3, 17; December 1;

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply knowledge of building automation systems and energy efficiency to solve a real-world problem and improve building energy performance.
  • Prepare a succinct technical proposal based on a preliminary high-level review.
  • Document the relevant technical information required to make educated decisions about automation systems optimization or upgrades.
  • Apply best practices and audit techniques to uncover deficiencies or opportunities for improvement to building control systems.
  • Document findings from an investigation of a building control systems and prepare recommendations to address deficiencies.
  • Prepare reasonable budget costs from costing sources or through quotes from contractors.
  • Conduct basic energy savings calculations to identify the impact of proposed recommendations.
  • Identify organizational roadblocks to implementing upgrade projects or sustaining energy savings, and provide practical recommendations.
  • Prepare a clear technical report outlining the project purpose and scope, summarizing findings and recommendations, and providing supporting technical information to demonstrate how recommendations were arrived at, and the steps for implementation.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

CESA 5920 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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