Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology

Nova Scotia Community College

Date Posted: June 10, 2022
Submitted by: Lillian Makhoul
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Energy
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Associate (2-year) degree
Completion: 2 years


This program prepares students to meet the growing needs of employers in the rapidly expanding field of alternative energy, sustainability and energy systems management. Students are involved in energy auditing and modelling of existing conventional heating and lighting systems, as well as specifying energy efficiency improvements for residential and commercial buildings. Students learn how to analyze site characteristics, client needs and to advise on improving energy efficiency through building design/renovation, HVAC system improvements and the addition of renewable energy.

Learning Outcomes

Collecting and analyzing site-specific data for energy audits and renewable resource assessments Analyzing energy consumption in building systems and processes, including building envelope, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and lighting Developing models to optimize energy use and minimize greenhouse gas emissions for any building or process Sizing and selecting equipment for various systems including energy generation and energy monitoring Researching and evaluating technology and best practices related to energy efficiency and emissions reduction Preparing and delivering recommendations to clients based on their specific needs energy sustainability engineering technologists develop technical proficiency in building science, process equipment and renewable energy systems, as well as a strong understanding of how society consumes and produces energy in our built environment