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EENG 8220 - Foundations of Sustainable Energy

Environmental Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

Sustainable urban planning increasingly demands the conservation of energy and pursuit of renewable and alternative energy options for buildings and infrastructure. This course identifies state of practice standards for various energy uses, and sources, as well as strategies to reduce energy consumption and costs. Conventional and renewable energy sources are discussed. Strategies for energy conservation, fuel switching and changing to passive systems are examined. Behavioural changes as a conservation strategy are introduced. The rationale for sustainable energy management within existing buildings is explored. Alternative energy systems that minimize the use of natural resources will be explained together with underlying social, economic and environmental considerations. The course provides relevance to the importance of energy conservation and of utilizing innovative energy generation opportunities for buildings, infrastructure design and operations. The importance of declining fossil fuel energy sources and its impact on approaches to environmental engineering technology projects will be covered.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the nature of energy, its forms, modes of transfer, and applications. Quantify the relationship between methods of measurement, units of energy, and cost.
  • Identify the driving factors and need for energy management, including greenhouse gas and air contaminants, costs, and occupant comfort.
  • Advocate for innovative energy generation technologies such as wind, micro-hydro, PV, passive solar, biomass, geo-exchange, waste-to-energy as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen and nuclear.
  • Evaluate emerging strategies and technologies in sustainable energy systems and renewable energy applications for buildings and community infrastructure.
  • Analyze the economic, social and environmental aspects of different energy sources, including fossil fuels.
  • Outline issues and components of an alternative energy development project.

Effective as of Winter 2012

Related Programs

EENG 8220 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Technology Management
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Technology


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