Credits: 3

Semesters Offered

Spring 2018, Spring 2021, Spring 2024

Learning Objectives

Students will gain hands on experience conducting actual residential and commercial energy audits, preparing professional reports, and presenting it to the client. Successful completion of this course will equip students with the terminology, knowledge and practical experience necessary to perform energy audits on both residential and commercial facilities.

Topics Covered

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform energy audit/analysis on commercial and residential buildings and facilities. Energy accounting procedures for electrical, mechanical and HVAC systems will be covered, along with relevant life-cycle cost analysis. Fundamental building science principles will be introduced in the context of energy auditing. Building energy simulation tools, such as eQuest, as well as other widely known commercially available software will be introduced.  Topics include:

Global Energy Resources:
  • World and national energy resources
  • Current status and future projections for energy and water
  • Opportunities now and projected 2050 needs
Understanding energy consumption costs
  • Analysis of power purchase
  • Utility rate schedules
  • Tariff, peak hour, electric load, electric billing calculation
Electricity supplier and pricing:
  • Electricity supplier
  • Tariff, peak hour, electric billing calculation, electric load etc.
Energy audit procedures for commercial and residential facilities:
  • Analysis of Energy Audit: ASHRAE levels I, II, and III
  • Site visit procedures
  • Building envelope analysis
  • Lighting and HVAC analysis
Introduction to Energy Management:
  • Energy management strategy
  • Energy management software (EMS)
Industrial systems power consumption and efficiency calculations:
  • Boiler
  • Compressor
  • Pump
  • Chillers
  • Cooling towers
Project Management:
  • Project Management theories, technique, and best practices
  • Time frame, framework, gene-chart, time management.
Distributed generation and combined heat and power systems:
  • Basic operation and advantages
  • Analysis of combined heat and power systems as applied to buildings
  • Case examples
Alternative energy utilization and performance analysis:
  • Alternative energy types and their potential energy contribution
  • Alternative energy for power production
  • Alternative energy for passive contribution to heating/cooling of buildings
  • Economics of alternative energy
Energy economics and life cycle cost analysis:
  • Profitability analysis
  • Risk management (Risk vs. Return)
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Present worth Calculation and ROI (Rate of Return)
  • Arbitrage and hedging


Learning Outcomes

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Additional Course Information


Ohadi, Michael



  • Energy Audit of Building Systems: An Engineering Approach, Second Edition, by Moncef Krarti, CRC Press, 2010. ISBN: 9781439828717

Supplemental Materials:

  • Handbook of Energy Audits 9th Edition by Thumann, Albert, Terry Niehus, and William J. Younger, The Fairmont Press, Inc., 2013.
  • Guide to Energy Management 7 Ed. by Capehart, Barney L., Wayne C. Turner, and William J. Kennedy. CRC Press, Inc., 2011.

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • One 160 minute lecture each week
Last Updated By 
Dr. Michael Ohadi, September 2017