Building Science & Energy Management (AS)

Western Technical College

Date Posted: April 12, 2018
Submitted by: Jade Chalkley
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Buildings
Content Type: Academic Programs
Discipline: Technology & Trades
Program Type: Associate (2-year) degree


This program facilitates students to make decisions incorporating the importance of sustainability in an area representing one of our country’s biggest energy consumers. Students examine the built environment and how it relates to energy using the latest research, tools, and technology available. Students gain hands-on experience working with community projects and in living laboratories in Western’s state-of-the-art facilities, including Western’s Passive House Instructional Facility. Study topics include energy auditing, energy management, renewable energy systems, and integrated design. The focus of the program is to prepare students for entry-level work in the growing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and building systems industry. Course outcomes include: recommend energy efficiency solutions as well as advocate for sustainable building practices.