Building Systems

Course Number: GT 108
Transcript Title: Building Systems
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: April 3, 2015
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default)
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode: online


Course Description

Students learn basic principles of building science to assess building energy efficiency and monitor health and safety conditions, with an emphasis on a system analysis approach to inspection. Inter-connected system analysis includes the building's envelope, foundation, walls, roof, doors and windows. Students learn how to use diagnostic equipment to analyze the effectiveness of the building systems to maximize energy performance, comfort, efficiency, safety and durability. Students will learn about using the HVAC ducting and digital controls (DDC) system as an aid in troubleshooting and promoting energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. In order to legally do electrical wiring and some types of electrical troubleshooting, the State of Oregon requires that a person hold an appropriate Electrical License or Electrical Apprentice Card. Prerequisites: GT 101.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Analyze the efficiency of a building upon its construction and control systems.
  2. Use appropriate diagnostic equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a building.
  3. Complete and analyze indoor air quality surveys.
  4. Determine how to maximize the energy efficiency of a building based on the results of analysis.
  5. Use the HVAC ducting systems and digital controls (DDC) system as an aid in troubleshooting and promoting energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.
  6. Troubleshoot control systems.
  7. Perform various tasks to maintain buildings and reduce energy waste.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Intelitek on-line activities including end of section tests and final evaluation.
  2. Instructor generated evaluation including tests and projects.
  3. Hands on lab activities.
  4. Hands on evaluation.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Systems thinking
  • Open and closed systems
  • Basics of energy and energy efficiency
  • Introduction to HVAC control systems
  • Indoor air quality
  • Operation and maintenance of commercial building systems
  • Maximizing systems operations for efficiency