ENV225 Energy in Buildings
[3–0, 3 cr.]
Buildings are reported to share more than 40% of the global energy consumption, and emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change and global warming. Buildings are the highest electricity consuming sector, especially residential buildings that are occupied 24/7, consuming electricity mainly for lighting, air conditioning, and water heating purposes. The course presents the concept of energy conservation in buildings and the role it plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It illustrates the different green building design systems and shows the economic and environmental benefits behind efficient building design and operation.