Energy Management (EGM)

EGM 100. Engineering And Architectural Graphics. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce the student to the digital communication methods used in architecture, engineering and energy industry related fields. This includes explanation of the principles of orthographic projection, drafting conventions and dimensioning utilized in industry tools that facilitate communication of a variety of building performance related information. Topics may include existing and emerging energy modeling tools such as ECOTECT, ENERGY 10, REM Rate, eQUEST, Energy Pro or equivalents. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092,RDG 098, or placement.

EGM 104. Renewable Energy Sources. 4 Credits.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of renewable energies including solar energy, wind power, hydropower, fuel cells, biomass, and alternative transportation options. Students will learn the principles of solar home design, solar hot water, pool, and space heating and solar cooling for both new and existing construction. Students will learn how to assess the viability of a wind power, hydropower, or biomass system for a given site. Students will also learn about the impact of government regulations on the use of renewable energies. Students will analyze these renewable energy systems and will calculate savings fractions, backup energy needs, financing options, and economic analyses. They will investigate the potential of renewable energy technologies to help solve environmental and economic problems within society. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

EGM 105. Introduction to Energy Management Principles. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the principles of energy management and provides an overview of the energy industry. Students will learn about the history of energy production and costs, the dynamics of worldwide energy consumption and growth, the principle methods by which energy is used, and its environmental and financial impacts and consequences. Objectives and components of an effective energy management program are discussed. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

EGM 106. Energy Efficiency and Conservation Methods. 3 Credits.

Students will identify and explain all of the energy efficiency/conservation methods available for energy use reduction. Energy-consuming facilities, both domestic and commercial, will be analyzed by the students for energy efficiency opportunities. Students will calculate energy savings and environmental impacts for most energy efficiency methods in order to identify and assess energy conservation opportunities. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

EGM 110. Electrical Lighting And Motors. 3 Credits.

The course covers the components of lighting systems and motors. Students will learn about the history and advances in lamp technologies such as incandescent, arc, mercury, fluorescent, sodium, metal halide and light emitting diodes. Energy efficient fixtures will also be explored and the concept of night pollution mitigation and basic principles of lighting design that can maximize daylight and minimize energy usage. Prerequisites: EGM 105, EET 103 (or co-requisite).

EGM 115. Sustainability and the Built Environment. 4 Credits.

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of sustainability. The core emphasis is on understanding natural systems and their interaction with the built environment. Also explored will be the role of financial, social ecological, ethical, philosophical, political, cultural and psychological issues on the decision making process of facility and energy managers, engineers, architects and project managers. Through lectures and interactive dialogue with sustainability industry experts, the course builds literacy in sustainability as related to the built environment in local, regional and global spheres. In addition, the course encourages students to think from a variety of perspectives and to learn of the benefits of a collaborative approach to sustainability management. Through a combination of selected case studies, group discussion and analysis, students will explore the environmental influence of buildings and discover the economic benefits of reduced operating costs and research increased comfort of the occupants. Students will also be exposed to the concept of life cycle costing and integrated approach to the challenges inherent with sustainable building design, operations and maintenance. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098 or placement.

EGM 125. Energy Analysis And Auditing. 4 Credits.

The student will perform critical examinations of energy consuming facilities (residential and commercial) for the purpose of identifying energy conservation opportunities. In addition, the student will identify and recommend various energy conservation measures that reduce overall energy usage. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

EGM 130. Energy Control Strategies. 3 Credits.

This course pertains to all devices that are used to regulate energy use in buildings: from pneumatic and electric to electronic; from manual to automatic; from simple switches to microprocessors. An emphasis is placed on identifying and solving control/calibration problems and improving energy efficiency through redesign and energy control strategies. Prerequisites: EGM 115 or co-requisite.

EGM 140. Energy Project Costs And Funding Solutions. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of the costs associated with going green and available funding mechanisms for sustainability related building projects. Students will examine cost premiums for a variety of sustainability measures and budgeting strategies for pursuing energy efficiency in a world of diminishing revenues. Selected case studies include college dining halls, laboratories, student centers, athletic facilities and dormitories. Real world examples illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of various funding mechanisms including federal and state incentives, specialized loans, utility provider incentive programs and performance contracts. Prerequisite: EGM 105 or corequisite.

EGM 220. Heating And Cooling Systems. 4 Credits.

The first half of this course will summarize gas, fuel oil, and electric furnaces as well as heat pumps. Steam and hot water heating systems for residential and commercial applications will also be described along with energy conservation and efficiency options, potential savings for new and existing systems and environmental impacts of specific heating systems. The second half of the course will summarize residential and commercial cooling systems and include discussion of the impacts of temperature, humidity, air filtering and air movement on system performance. Prerequisites: EGM 105, EGM 106, EET 103 or co-requisite.

EGM 280. Sustainable Building Operations And Maintenance. 4 Credits.

This course provides an overview of establishing ongoing building operation and maintenance procedures and sustainable best practices that help to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings over their functional life cycles. Topics include exterior maintenance programs, water and energy use, environmentally preferred products and practices for cleaning and alternations, sustainable purchasing policies, waste stream management and indoor air quality. Prerequisites: EGM 105, EGM 106, EGM 115.

EGM 290. Energy Industry Internship. 3 Credits.

This course provides relevant field and/or research experience that integrates theory and practice while providing opportunities to develop skills, explore career options and network with professionals and employers in the energy management related fields. Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Energy Management Program and have a minimum of 10 credits in EGM courses.