Learn practical approaches to today's complex building mechanical
systems, such as site visits, actual equipment operations, and
demonstrations of plant machinery. This introductory overview is
intended for entry-level candidates considering further studies in
This is a compulsory course in
the Building Environmental
Systems Operator - Class 2 and
Class 1 certificate programs.
It is recommended that this
be the first course completed
in the program.
|Building Env. Sys. Operator-C2
||Program Coordinator: Roberto Cordovado
This course is an
introduction to building
operations and technology.
It attempts to present the
subject in a holistic way -
recognizing the interactions
that exist among building
systems, and encouraging
building operators to be
conscious of the "big
picture" as well as the
details of system operations.
|Building Environmental Systems
||Program Coordinator: Roberto Cordovado
Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able
1. Discuss what is involved in making a building sustainable.
2. Identify heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems within
a building complex with emphasis on safety practices.
3. List and briefly describe the main components of the building
4. Describe the basic refrigeration cycle, chiller operation,
including evaporators, condensers and cooling towers.
5. Describe the operation and components of an air handling unit,
illustrating the types of AHU's in various systems.
6. Identify various heating systems with emphasis on boiler
operation, safety, heat transfer equipment and hydronic systems.
7. Describe the operation of the various building system controls,
including electric, electronic and pneumatic systems.
8. Develop knowledge of basic electrical distribution in buildings,
with discussion of transformers, panels, diesel generation,
transfer switches and emergency power.
9. Identify the water services in large buildings, with discussion
of water supply, waste systems and cross contamination of water
10. Describe the importance and necessity of the fire protection
system with a discussion of fire safety principals, detection
devices, sprinkler systems and suppression agents.
11. Analyze the basic computer equipment for control of a building
environment to maintain comfort conditions and energy
12. Identify various ways by which you can optimize the efficiency of
your heating, air-conditioning, air-handling, electrical and
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
Project Outline 5%
Final Project 25%
Mid-Term Test 30%
Final Examination 40%
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards
reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work.
Written assignments should be well organized and grammatically
correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Late assignments are
subject to penalties.
Full participation and attendance is recommended for this course.
Students who miss a class are responsible for any information
discussed, assigned or distributed in that class period.
To attain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete
and obtain a passing grade on all combined assignments and tests
(term work) and also a passing grade on the final exam.
Note: Continuing Education students may withdraw up to the 3/4 point
of the course duration without academic penalty. For example, if
your course is 14 sessions, you may withdraw (in writing) up to the
11th session without academic penalty. If you withdraw after this
point, you will receive the grade earned. This policy applies only
to courses and not seminars or workshops.
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:
||Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):
||Not Eligible for PLAR
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Effective term: Fall 2015
Professor: Multiple Professors
BES700 Building Systems: A Practical Overview, Seneca College
Publishers, most recent edition. ISBN/Sku #:0-00011-713-B. Available
from the Sheridan College bookstore.
Applicable student group(s): Building Environmental Systems Operator program students.
The following topics will be covered, however, the order in which
they are delivered may change. Students will be advised in the first
class if changes are to be made.
Week 1 - SUSTAINABLE BUILDING
- Sustainablity in the Urban Environment
- How Can Buildings be "Sustainable"
- Sustainable Design Criteria
- LEED Certification of Buildings
- Health, Safety and Indoor Air Quality
Week 2 - BUILDING AS A SYSTEM
- Introduction to "Systems"
- An Inventory of Building (Sub) Systems
- The Building Envelope
- The HVAC System
- Electrical Systems
- Building Control Systems
- Water Systems
- Fire Protection Systems
Week 3 - BUILDING ENVELOPE
- Heat Transmission through the Building Envelope
- Air Flow Into and Out of the Building
- Air Sealing
Week 4 - SPACE HEATING
- Introduction to Heating Systems
- Distribution Systems
- Heating Terminals
- Alternative Heating Systems
Week 5 - AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION
- Introduction to Refrigeration
- Mechanical Refrigeration Systems
Week 6 - AIR HANDLING SYSTEMS
- Introduction to Air Handling Systems
- System Layouts
- System Components
- System Maintenance and Efficiency Issues
Week 7 - MID-TERM TEST
- PROJECT OUTLINE DUE
Week 8 - ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
- The Building Electrical Distribution System
- Lighting Systems
- Electric Motors
- Other Building Electrical Systems
Week 9 - BUILDING CONTROL SYSTEMS
- Introduction to Control Systems
- The Components of Control Systems
- Computerized Control Systems
Week 10 - WATER SYSTEMS
- Overview of Building Water Systems
- Domestic Water Systems
- Water Treatment
- Water Efficiency
Week 11 - FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS
- Introduction to Fire Protection Systems
- Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems
- Smoke Exhaust Systems
Week 12 - FINAL PROJECT DUE
- COURSE REVIEW
Week 13 - FINAL EXAM
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