Building Efficiencies: Low Carbon and Renewable Energies

Quarter Academic Credit

Examine the energy issue from the macro perspective of the built environment to the micro approach of how heat flows throughout a building. Using the "whole building" perspective, discover some of the natural and mechanical means of heating, cooling and ventilation for improved indoor air quality and cost savings. The breakdown of how energy is used in its final stage is a critical component of a successful sustainable environment. Examine how conservation and the effectiveness of renewable energy sources, such as solar and solar thermal power, biomass, wind power, hydroelectric and photovoltaic are key elements to achieving energy efficiency. Learn to analyze energy use as an effective strategy to promote energy conservation in the built environment, including solar panels, exterior shades, lighting a space, painting a roof white and the issues and technology of bio fuels. 

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