ACT-109: Residential Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Architecture/Construction Tech
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Residential Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the principles of energy consumption and the sustainable design and construction of residential structures. Focuses on evaluating the energy efficiency and sustainability of a traditionally constructed home using current design analysis software and, upon reviewing the data, recommending a new sustainable design strategy and evaluating the impact on the home’s performance. Examines a variety of current and proposed energy sources with regard to residential construction, geographical location, efficiency, and sustainability. Also covers standard and sustainable construction materials, methods, and residential terminology.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Types of Energy
  2. Residential Energy Consumption
  3. Sustainability of Resources
  4. Traditional Construction Materials and Methods
  5. Energy Efficiency, Green Constructoin, and the Healthy Home
  6. Sustainable Construction Materials and Methods
  7. Energy Codes
  8. Energy Analysis
  9. Sustainable Design
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Explain the different types of energy produced for use by a common residence.
  2. Describe energy consumption of a typical residence.
  3. Discuss the efficiency and sustainability of different sources of energy.
  4. Identify traditional construction materials and methods.
  5. Explain the difference between sustainable design, energy efficiency, and the healthy home.  (What is green?)
  6. Discuss various energy codes and their application to residential design.
  7. Identify sustainable and energy efficient construction materials.
  8. Discuss the difference between sustainable and non sustainable construction materials.*
  9. Analyze an existing residence for energy efficiency. *
  10. Demonstrate the ability to improve the energy performance of a residential structure.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Units Tests
  2. Assignments
  3. Lab Projects
  4. Final Exam

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

  • Provide, in writing, a request to the department indicating the proposed rationale for requesting credit and describing (via portfolio) the type of college level learning upon which the request is based.
  • Schedule an interview with the appropriate instructor(s) to discuss the request and review a portfolio of work.
  • Approval Dates

    Effective Term
    Fall 2015
    ILT Approval Date
    Curriculum Committee Approval Date
    Review Semester
    Fall 2015