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CESA 5920 - Controls Project

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 is the final project course for the Controls and Energy Management Program. Students will apply the knowledge they have learned of building energy efficiency, automation systems, commissioning, and data analytics to propose solutions to optimize the system operation of a real building. Students will work in groups for this project to assess a building and determine controls related performance improvement measures. The deliverable for this course is a report that presents the findings of the assessment, budget, and recommendations of improvement strategies, including anticipated cost 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 2021

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

CRN 44170

Tue Oct 05 - Fri Dec 03 9 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Oct 05 - Dec 03 Online


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 5, 19; November 2, 16, 30;

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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 determined, and the steps for implementation.

Effective as of Fall 2021

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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