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2015 - 2016 Catalog
Program: Commercial Building Performance Technology


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Commercial Building Performance Technology -- Continuous Commissioning Advanced Technical Certificate
Commercial Building Performance Technology -- Energy Management, Energy Efficiency, and Commissioning Certificate
Commercial Building Performance Technology -- Green Energy in Buildings Certificate

COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY - CONTINUOUS COMMISSIONING

Gainful Employment Information

(Advanced Technical Certificate)

Cedar Valley only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: ATC.CBPT.COMMISS

The Advanced Technical Certificate provides additional knowledge, training, and skills for those students holding a B.S. degree in a related field or for those electing to enhance their skill sets in energy management and energy efficiency commissioning. Higher levels of employment and responsibility can be attained after completion of this certificate. Students will have a heightened awareness of the role of energy conservation in maintaining the value of a building's assets. They will be able to integrate their skills, capabilities, and values within a growing industry. Completion of this certificate can lead to positions such as building weatherization technician, measurement and verification technician, LEED compliance technician, or building commissioning service technician. This certificate provides two specialization options: Energy Management and Energy Efficiency Commissioning.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

ENER 1375 Mechanical Systems in Commercial Buildings 3
ENER 2371 Indoor Environmental Quality 3
ENER 2370 Energy Conservation Codes and Standards 3
ENER 2377 Building Automation and Control Systems 3
12

SEMESTER II

SPECIALIZATION ELECTIVES+

++HART 1451 Energy Management AND 4
++ENER 2372 Engineering Economics, Accounting, and Analysis 3

OR

+++ENER 2378 Energy Conservation Measures AND 3
+++ENER 2373 Fundamentals of Building Commissioning 3

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

RBPT 2345 Onsite Power Generation and Renewable Energy OR 3
ENER 2374 Building Energy Systems: Boilers, Chillers, Combined Heat, Power, Solar, and Thermal Storage (3)
ENER 2379 Energy Auditing 3
12-13
Minimum Hours Required 24-25

+Specialization Electives - Students must complete all courses in ONE specialty track option:

++Energy Management Option
+++Energy Efficiency/Commissioning Option

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY - ENERGY MANAGEMENT, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, AND COMMISSIONING


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(Level II Certificate)

Cedar Valley only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C2.CBPT.ENGR.MGMT

This Commercial Building Performance Technology Program provides students with the opportunity to learn skills and acquire knowledge in the area of energy management, energy efficiency, and commissioning. Students will gain skills in all of the areas related to building commissioning which is the process of ensuring, in new construction, that all the building mechanical, electrical and other systems are operating as the design intends. Students will learn the process of improving building and central plant performance by optimization of the facility's energy using systems. This certificate addresses the requirements of those occupations that require entry-level course work and/or skill-based knowledge at the technician or specialist level. This certificate provides two specialization options: Energy Management and Energy Efficiency Commissioning.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

ENER 1373 Fundamentals of Building Energy Technology 3
ENER 1370 Building Electrical and Lighting Systems 3
ENER 1374 Load Calculation in Commercial Building 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (3)
12

SEMESTER II

ENER 1375 Mechanical Systems in Commercial Buildings 3
ENER 2371 Indoor Environmental Quality 3
PHYS 1405 Elementary Physics I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
13

SEMESTER III

ENER 2370 Energy Conservation Codes and Standards 3
ENER 2376 Measurement and Verification 3
ENER 2377 Building Automation and Control Systems 3
ETWR 1302 Introduction to Technical Writing 3
12

SEMESTER IV

SPECIALIZATION ELECTIVES+

++HART 1451 Energy Management AND 4
++ENER 2372 Engineering Economics, Accounting, and Analysis 3

OR

+++ENER 2378 Energy Conservation Measures AND (3)
+++ENER 2373 Fundamentals of Building Commissioning (3)

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

RBPT 2345 Onsite Power Generation and Renewable Energy OR 3
ENER 2374 Building Energy Systems: Boilers, Chillers, Combined Heat, Power, Solar, and Thermal Storage (3)
ENER 2379 Energy Auditing 3
12-13
Minimum Hours Required 49-50

+Specialization Electives - students must complete all courses in ONE specialty track option:

++Energy Management Option
+++Energy Efficiency/Commissioning Option

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY - GREEN ENERGY IN BUILDINGS

Gainful Employment Information

(Level I Certificate)

Cedar Valley only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C1.CBPT.GREEN.ENGR

The Commercial Building Performance Technology Program provides students with the opportunity to attain skills and knowledge necessary to enter into the growing industry of energy conservation where these skills can be used to curb consumption, sustain growth, and move toward a less energy intensive society. The implementation of green jobs will promote energy efficiency in commercial buildings where there is a huge consumption of electricity usage. As our demand for electricity is estimated to grow by over 25% in the next two decades, it is expected that current and emerging technologies in energy efficiency will have a positive impact on usage. The data clearly indicates the need for energy conservation and the demand of a trained workforce as green jobs in the commercial buildings sector continues to grow.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

ENER 1373 Fundamentals of Building Energy Technology 3
ENER 1371 Sustainable Sites/Water Efficiency 3
ENER 1372 Sustainable Materials and Resources 3
9

SEMESTER II

ENER 1375 Mechanical Systems in Commercial Buildings 3
ENER 2371 Indoor Environmental Quality 3
ENER 2375 LEED Rating 3
ENER 2379 Energy Auditing 3
12
Minimum Hours Required 21

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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