2013 - 2014 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Residential Building Performance Technology



This degree plan includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2013.
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RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY - RATER/BUILDING PERFORMANCE SPECIALIST

(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.RBPT.RATERSPEC

This program is designed to provide students interested in residential building performance as an option for training as a rater or building performance specialist.

The career path as a rater is designed to prepare students for careers as residential energy conservation code officials, home energy raters, and residential green raters and verifiers. The program uses a systems approach to evaluate and score the health, safety, comfort, durability, environmental quality, and energy efficiency of a home.

The career path as a building performance specialist is designed to prepare students for careers as consultants using a variety of diagnostic tools to identify health, safety, comfort, durability, environmental quality, and energy efficiency deficiencies in a home, make recommendations specifically addressing those deficiencies, verify the performance of installed improvements, and, above all, protect the health and safety of those who inhabit the home. Emphasis will be placed on making sound economic recommendations regarding the combination of building technologies, energy loads, and onsite power generation, to meet the qualifications of a net zero energy home.

Since not all courses in this program are transferable, students enrolling in this program who may plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult with an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements.

A student must complete all courses in ONE specialty track option (Rater or Building Performance Specialist) to be awarded the certificate.

RATER TRACK

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

RBPT 1300 Fundamentals of Residential Building Science 3
RBPT 1305 Residential Lighting, Appliances, and Plug Loads 3
RBPT 1310 Residential Mechanical Systems 3
9

SEMESTER II

RBPT 2320 Residential Energy Conservation Codes 3
RBPT 2325 Energy Rating Systems for Homes 3
RBPT 2350 Residential Retrofit Strategies 3
RBPT 2329 Residential Verification and Rating 3
12
Rater Track Minimum Hours Required 21
OR

BUILDING PERFORMANCE SPECIALIST TRACK

SEMESTER I

RBPT 2330 Advanced Residential Building Science and Systems 3
RBPT 2335 Residential Environmental Quality 3
RBPT 2340 Advanced Residential Mechanical Systems 3
12

SEMESTER II

RBPT 2345 Onsite Power Generation and Renewable Energy 3
RBPT 2350 Residential Retrofit Strategies 3
RBPT 2355 Sustainable Neighborhood Development 3
RBPT 2359 Residential Building Performance Consulting 3
12
Building Performance Specialist Track 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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RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY

(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

Cedar Valley only

CVC-Closed January 1, 2014.

  • 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: AAS.RBPT

The Residential Building Performance Technology AAS provides an opportunity for students to acquire knowledge using a systems approach to improve the health, safety, comfort, durability, environmental quality, and energy efficiency of a home. Students will use a variety of diagnostic tools to identify deficiencies in the home, make recommendations, verify the performance of installed improvements, and above all protect the health and safety of those who inhabit the home. The role of a rater or verifier in a variety of residential energy efficient and green rating systems will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on building site location and preservation, neighborhood sustainability, conservation of non-renewable resources, waste management, water quality, and air quality both inside and outside the building. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to make sound economic recommendations regarding the combination of building technologies, energy loads, and onsite power generation to meet the qualifications of a net zero energy home.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

RBPT 1300 Fundamentals of Residential Building Science 3
RBPT 1305 Residential Lighting, Appliances, and Plug Loads 3
RBPT 1310 Residential Mechanical Systems 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
15

SEMESTER II

RBPT 2320 Residential Energy Conservation Codes 3
RBPT 2325 Energy Rating Systems for Homes 3
RBPT 2315 Green Rating Systems for Homes 3
RBPT 2329 Residential Verification and Rating 3
+Elective MATH 3-5
15-17

SEMESTER III

RBPT 2330 Advanced Residential Building Science and Systems 3
RBPT 2335 Residential Environmental Quality 3
RBPT 2340 Advanced Residential Mechanical Systems 3
SPCH 1311 Intoduction to Speech Communication 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
15

SEMESTER IV

RBPT 2345 Onsite Power Generation and Renewable Energy 3
RBPT 2350 Residential Retrofit Strategies 3
RBPT 2355 Sustainable Neighborhood Development 3
RBPT 2359 Residential Building Performance Consulting 3
+++Elective Natural Science 4
16
Minimum Hours Required 61-63

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

++MATH Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Mathematics.

+++Natural Science Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Natural Science.

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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RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY - SPECIALIST

(Level II Certificate)

Cedar Valley only

CVC-Closed September 1, 2013.

  • 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.RBPT.SPEC

The Specialist Certificate prepares students for careers as consultants using a variety of diagnostic tools to identify health, safety, comfort, durability, environmental quality, and energy efficiency deficiencies in a home, make recommendations specifically addressing those deficiencies, verify the performance of installed improvements, and above all protect the health and safety of those who inhabit the home. Emphasis will be placed on making sound economic recommendations regarding the combination of building technologies, energy loads, and onsite power generation, to meet the qualifications of a net zero energy home.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

RBPT 1300 Fundamentals of Residential Building Science 3
RBPT 1305 Residential Lighting, Appliances, and Plug Loads 3
RBPT 1310 Residential Mechanical Systems 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
12

SEMESTER II

RBPT 2320 Residential Energy Conservation Codes 3
RBPT 2325 Energy Rating Systems for Homes 3
RBPT 2315 Green Rating Systems for Homes 3
RBPT 2329 Residential Verification and Rating 3
+Elective MATH 3-5
15-17

SEMESTER III

RBPT 2330 Advanced Residential Building Science and Systems 3
RBPT 2335 Residential Environmental Quality 3
RBPT 2340 Advanced Residential Mechanical Systems 3
SPCH 1311 Intoduction to Speech Communication (3)
12

SEMESTER IV

RBPT 2345 Onsite Power Generation and Renewable Energy 3
RBPT 2350 Residential Retrofit Strategies 3
RBPT 2355 Sustainable Neighborhood Development 3
RBPT 2359 Residential Building Performance Consulting 3
12
Minimum Hours Required 51-53

+Elective - student must take MATH 1314 or any higher-level MATH course.

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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