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Energy Audits And Sustainable Engineering

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Conference

2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Sustainability in Engineering Curricula

Tagged Division

Environmental Engineering

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

14.533.1 - 14.533.7

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https://peer.asee.org/5352

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Jess Everett Rowan University

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Peter Mark Jansson Rowan University

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Krishan Bhatia Rowan University

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Chris Moore Rowan University

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William Riddell Rowan University

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Chris Baralus Rowan University

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Energy Audits and Sustainable Engineering Abstract

Undergraduate Engineering majors are introduced to Sustainable Engineering by conducting energy audits at farms, office buildings, and industrial facilities. These projects provide real world experiences where the students are called upon to use all their book knowledge, common sense and resourcefulness to make a significant contribution to project goals. Work is conducted in an experiential learning course required by the engineering curriculum. When appropriate, students also work outside of class for pay, e.g., during the summer. Students work in multidisciplinary teams. They are responsible for interacting with clients, conducting audit inventories, simulating building performance with computer models, making recommendations, producing engineering reports, and making presentations. Typical recommendations focus on lighting, equipment & appliances, and HVAC systems. Students also assess the appropriateness of solar energy at many sites. The projects introduce student to the triple bottom line, i.e., projects must work at environmental, economic, and social levels. Students determine the costs, savings and payback periods associated with their recommendations. Though done in a less formal manner, they also consider the appropriateness of their recommendations at a social level. The purpose of this paper is to describe the experiential education program that supports these activities, and evaluate the use of energy audits to teach students about sustainable engineering. Evaluations are based on observation and student deliverables.

Introduction

Undergraduate Engineering majors are introduced to Sustainable Engineering by conducting energy audits at farms, office buildings, and industrial facilities. These projects provide real world experiences where the students are called upon to use all their book knowledge, common sense and resourcefulness to make a significant contribution to project goals. Work is conducted in an experiential learning course required by the engineering curriculum. When appropriate, students also work outside of class for pay, e.g., during the summer. Students work in multidisciplinary teams. They are responsible for interacting with clients, conducting audit inventories, simulating building performance with computer models, making recommendations, producing engineering reports, and making presentations. Typical recommendations focus on lighting, equipment & appliances, and HVAC systems. Students also assess the appropriateness of solar energy at many sites. The projects introduce student to the triple bottom line, i.e., projects must work at environmental, economic, and social levels. Students determine the costs, savings and payback periods associated with their recommendations. Though done in a less formal manner, they also consider the appropriateness of their recommendations at a social level.

The purpose of this paper is to describe the experiential education program that supports these activities, and evaluate the use of energy audits to teach students about sustainable engineering. Evaluations are based on observation and student deliverables. Two energy audits are described in the paper: conducted for the Fort Dix National Guard Headquarters and the Atlantic County Utility Authority. Both are located in New Jersey.

Everett, J., & Jansson, P. M., & Bhatia, K., & Moore, C., & Riddell, W., & Baralus, C. (2009, June), Energy Audits And Sustainable Engineering Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5352

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