Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Course Descriptions for Green Courses at San Diego State University College of Extended Studies

Here are the five course descriptions from San Diego State University College of extended studies:
1. Fundamentals of Green Building Design and Construction
2. Green Building Commissioning
3. Introduction to Renewable Energy
4. Energy Efficiency, Evaluation and Design
5. Overview of Sustainability

ENGR 0036 Fundamentals of Green Building Design and Construction
The purpose of this course is to give the student an overview of design and construction delivery systems for high performance green buildings. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) will be reviewed in some detail along with sustainability evaluation systems, the vocabulary associated with green buildings, and an understanding of the physical limitations of the materials studied.

ENGR 0040 Green Building Commissioning
This course studies techniques to achieve the goals of green building standards during and beyond the construction of the building. It reviews the make-up of smart buildings and the incorporation of commissioning throughout the building lifecycle. Students will learn to identify and understand the objectives of integrated systems into building automation and the use of commissioning to verify the system performance. Focus is placed on understanding the interrelationship between the systems and monitoring for peak performance. Please note: This course replaces the Building Information Modeling (BIM) course that is no longer offered.

GE 0001 Introduction to Renewable Energy
This course will provide a top-level overview of the history, policy, jobs and economic issues driving the emerging renewable energy field. Students will learn the basics of key technical areas in the renewable field including solar energy, wind and wave energy, bio-algae energy, and energy issues and opportunities in careers related to retrofitting the built environment.

GE 0008 Energy Efficiency, Evaluation and Design
This course presents the key concepts and methods of energy efficiency. It explores how energy is converted into useful services and the role of increased efficiency in providing those services with less energy. The different forms of efficiency improvements and conservation are introduced, drawing upon examples in transportation, buildings, and industry. The practical implications of public policies, behavior, and economics are interspersed with technical and theoretical aspects. Key concepts include how to convert and design efficient solar energy designs.

SP 0001 Overview of Sustainability
This course provides an overview of sustainability and its history as it relates to the built environment from the economic, environmental, and social-equity development perspectives. Learn how researchers and analysts define sustainability, as well as how they measure and track progress. Gain knowledge of the three areas of importance: commercial and business, community leaders, and society. Study the triple bottom line, best practices, review policies, laws, codes, and standards. Understand AB 32 and its impact. A project which can be applied to the work environment will be developed. Learn about new trends and what kinds of green jobs are being developed.

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