Credits: 3


Prerequisite: ENES232.
Corequisite: ENME332.
Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Mechanical Engineering department.
Fundamentals and design calculations of heat and moisture transfer in buildings; evaluation of cooling, heating and power requirements of buildings; building energy consumption simulations, use of alternative energy and energy conservation measures in buildings; fundamentals of fans/pumps and air/water distribution in buildings; introduction to refrigeration and energy systems for data centers and other mission-critical facilities.

Semesters Offered

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024

Learning Objectives

The students will be able to understand and use requirements for proper design and operation of building mechanical systems as prescribed by standards and guidelines. Furthermore, the students will be able to evaluate energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and sustainability of building systems through rigorous engineering calculations and recommended best practices.

Topics Covered

  • Review of Fundamentals, Introductory Definitions & Concepts
  • Thermodynamic Properties of Moist Air
  • Processing of Moist Air/Air Conditioning Processes
  • Air Conditioning Processes
  • Heat Transfer in Building Structures
  • Moisture Transfer in Building Structures
  • Solar energy fundamentals as applied to building energy design
  • Solar energy fundamentals; Design Heating Loads
  • Cooling Load components and their calculations
  • Cooling load Design; Intro. to building energy estimation methods
  • Introduction to bldg energy simulation
  • Principles of refrigeration
  • Pumps and Water Distribution Systems
  • Fans/Pumps and air/water distribution systems
  • Field trip visit to a data center on campus
  • Course Overview & Project Discussions


Additional Course Information


Srebric, Jelena


T.H. Kuehn, J.W. Ramsey, and J.L. Threlkeld, Thermal Environmental Engineering, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-9172203.

F.C. McQuiston & J.D. Parker, Heating, Ventilating & Air-Conditioning, 6th ed., John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 0-471-47015-5.
ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Atlanta, GA, 2009.

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • Two 75 min lectures per week
  • The Software Package EES will be used extensively during class. Also some familiarity with spreadsheets and drawing programs is expected
Last Updated By 
Dr. Jelena Srebric, June 2017