Sustainable Energy Studies

Certificate of Achievement
Career/Technical (Major Code: 02471)

Introduces the student to the study of the growth of the human population and its effects on energy and climate demands with an emphasis on landscaping and the built environment. Studies the relationship between human biology and the environment as applied to building design. Emphasizes sustainable building design, passive energy strategies, and the application of appropriate heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. A hands-on study of energy auditing methods of existing homes as they are now constructed, analysis of residential design and strategies for energy efficiency. Prepares the student to take the California Home Energy Rater System (H.E.R.S). level 1 certification exam.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Student will demonstrate by written report how a home can be energy efficient with the natural and build environment.
  • Student will convert text examples into hands on experience providing written documentation to substantiate findings.
  • Student will investigate and analysis a given problem and then provide a solution that fits a given set of criteria demonstrating his finding in a written report.
  • Student will demonstrate knowledge of natural and man-made environmental issues that affect the global warming and world economy, analysis and assess those issues as they apply to the local and economic environment organized in a graphic and written report.
  • Student will perform site analysis/reconnaissance, home energy audit and energy code compliance to evaluate the energy efficiency of a given building, assessing the outcome of the study in comparison to given set data/criteria employing the use of a written and graphic report.

Gainful Employment

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Program Requirements
SES/LNT 101INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STUD IES3
SES/CI 105CALIFORNIA GREEN CODE AND SUSTAINABLE T ECHNOLOGIES3
SES 110INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING SCIENCE3
SES 120THE ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDING3
SES/ARCH 201BEGINNING BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING3
SES 205BUILDING ENERGY ANALYSIS USING BIM3
Total Units18