Department of Urban & Regional Planning | Illinois

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

UP494-BD - Energy and the Built Environment

Course Schedule

Date

 

Topic

19-Jan

1
  Course Introduction
 Energy Systems in the US
 Discussion: Review syllabus, introductions and overview presentation

Due: Course Survey
24-Jan

2
  Climate Change and Expected Impacts
 Lecture - Climate Science Basics
 Discussion: What are the actual impacts of climate change? How do the readings compare to your previous perception of the issue?
 Readings:
  • Midwest Regional Climate Impacts
  • An Introduction to Global Warming Impacts - Hell and High Water
  • An Illustrated Guide to the Latest Climate Science
  • A Stunning Year in Climate Science
  • Royal Society Special Issue
  • Sandia Lab - Long-term Economic Impacts of Climate Change induced Drought
26-Jan

3
  The Oberlin Project and David Orr
 Lecture - Climate Plans and Oberlin
 Discussion - Why is Oberlin worth emulating?
 Readings:
  • Oberlin College Climate Action Plan
  • The Oberlin Project

Note: Class will end early at ~ 5:30 followed by a reception and talk by David Orr.
Attendance is Required.

Black Swans and the Challenge of Resilience: Climate Collapse, Mitigation and Planning
31-Jan

4
  Climate and Energy Use
 Lecture - iCAP and University of Illinois energy use
 Discussion - How does the University compare to the US as a whole? Where do we use energy on  campus?
 Readings:
  • EIA - US Energy Outlook 2011
  • A Climate Action Plan for the University of Illinois
2-Feb   Lecture Cancelled - Snow Day
7-Feb

5
  IRB and eQuest / Building Modeling
 Readings:
  •eQuest Overview
  •eQuest Training Presentation by Scott Jasinsky
  •EUI Research Abstract
Due: Response Paper #1 on “Energy and Climate and Buildings” - 3 pages
9-Feb

6
  Campus Energy Use and Efficiency Costs
 Lecture - Energy on Campus and Return on Investment
 Discussion
 Readings:
  • Campus Building Energy Use
  • Financial Analysis
  • Wind Turbine Payback Analysis
14-Feb

7
  HVAC Systems #1 - Energy and Heating
 Lecture - Heating and Cooling #1
Due: HW #1 - eQuest Test Simulations: Modeling a Simple Building
16-Feb

8
  HVAC Systems #2 - Cooling and Ventilation
  Lecture - Heating and Cooling #2
 Readings:
   • Chiller Plants
   • Determining Air Conditioner Capacity
   • Demand Controlled Ventilation with CO2 sensors
   • Energy Efficiency and ASHRAE 90.1
21-Feb

9
  Advanced HVAC, Geothermal Systems and District Energy Systems
  Lecture - Energy Recovery and Geothermal Energy
 Readings:
   • Fume Hoods
   • Labs 21 - Ventilation and Energy Recovery
   • Regeneration at Stanford University
   • Deep Lake Cooling at Cornell University
   • Geothermal at Ball State
23-Feb

10
  The Building Envelope: Insulation and Infiltration
  Lecture 10: Envelopes and Insulation
 Readings:
   • Importance of Insulation
   • Insulation Materials Chart
   • Airtightness of Commercial Building in the US
   • Impact of Infiltration on Heating and Cooling Loads in US Office Buildings
 Additional Resource:
   • High R-value Walls
28-Feb

11
  Windows and Roofs
  Lecture 11: Building Fenestration
  Readings:
   • Window Performance and Building Energy Use
   • The Future of Window Technology
   • Zero Energy Windows
 Additional Resource:
   • Technical Report on Windows
   • High Performance Facades
2-Mar

12
  Lighting and Computer Use
 Lecture: Lighting and Plug Loads
 Readings:
   • EPA Lighting Fundamentals
   • LEDs
   • Lighting Levels
   • Do New Bulbs Save Energy if they don't work?
 Additional Resource:
   • Linking Energy to Health and Productivity in the Built Environment
   • Wattage and Efficiency Guide
   • Lighting Reference Guide
7-Mar

13
  Renewable Energy Systems
 Lecture: Renewable Energy Systems
 Readings:
   • Wind Energy Introduction
   • Intro to Solar Energy
   • Rooftop Wind
   • Building Integrated PV
 Additional Resource:
   • Solar PV Roadmap - International Energy Agency
   • PV Watts - Solar Calculator
  • Renewables Cost Data
   • The Open PV Project
   • US Solar Resource Map
  • US Wind Resource Map
Due: Group Assignment Checkpoint #1 - Preliminary Building Analysis
9-Mar

14
  Energy Auditing and the Site Visit #1
 Lecture: Energy Auditing 1
 Readings:
   • Energy Auditing Basics
   • Analyzing Energy Use Graphs
Additional Resource:
   • Energy Auditing Forms
   • Energy Auditing Question List
14-Mar

15
  Energy Auditing and the Site Visit #2
 Lecture: Energy Auditing 2
 Readings:
   • Energy Savings Opportunities at Colleges and Universities
  • CBECS 1995- A Look at Education Buildings
  • CBECS 1999 - Education Buildings  Building Energy Use Data
  • AASHRAE - 10 Common Problems with Energy Audits
16-Mar

16
  RetroCommissioning at Illinois
 Lecture: Campus RetroCommissioning
 Readings:
   • Commercial Building Retuning
   • Retrocommissioning at Illinois
18-Mar   Due: Group Assignment Checkpoint #2 - Characterization and Site Visit
EUI Materials:
 General Consent Form
 General Consent Form w/ Confidentiality Waiver
 Email Consent Form
 Survey Consent Form
 Online Survey Consent Form
 Spring 2011 Conference Application
 Counselling Center Referral
21-Mar   Spring Break
23-Mar   Spring Break
28-Mar

17
  Industrial Process Energy Use
 Readings:
   •Sustainable Principles: Common Values for Sustainability
   •True Cost of Water Case Study
   • Reducing Brewery Waste
30-Mar

18
  Whole Systems Design
 Readings:
   • Natural Capitalism - Tunelling through the Cost Barrier
   • Principles of Factor 10 Engineering
   • Autodesk Case Study
   • ASHRAE - Energy Auditing in Large Commercial Buildings
1-Apr   Due: Group Assignment #3 - Energy Simulation Results
4-Apr

19
  Case Studies and Presentations
 Readings:
   • Empire State Building
   • Byron Rogers Building
   • Retail Facility
   • Lovins Home
6-Apr

20
  Net-Zero Buildings
 Readings:
   • Soaking Up the Sun to Squeeze Bills to Zero
   • Net Zero Buildings - Cluster Analysis
   • Podcast: Paul Pourier - The California Net-Zero Alliance
Due: HW #2 - Problems on Building Energy Systems
Berkeley Problem Solution Set
11-Apr

21
  Building Energy Codes and LEED
13-Apr   Climate Action Plans
18-Apr   Municipal Policy and Green Building
20-Apr   State Energy Efficiency Programs and Financing
25-Apr   Class Presentations
27-Apr   Class Presentations
3-May   Charette on FAA Energy Plan
5-May   FAA Energy Plan Presentation and Wrapip
11-May   FAA Energy Plan and Critiques Due


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