Asee peer logo

Teaching Energy Efficiency Fundamentals in Construction Education: Project REDUCE

Download Paper |


2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

New Teaching Methods in Construction Eduction

Tagged Division


Page Count


Page Numbers

22.1388.1 - 22.1388.7



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Thomas M. Korman Ph.D., P.E. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

visit author page

Dr. Korman is a graduate of the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and Stanford University with an M.S. and Ph.D. in Construction Engineering and Management. Dr. Korman is an Associate Professor at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo with faculty responsibilities in the construction management, civil and environmental engineering, and the recently approved fire protection engineering accredited degree programs. Dr. Korman has worked for several public agencies, consulting engineering firms, and construction companies before joining the faculty at Cal Poly in 2005. Dr. Korman is a licensed professional engineer in the State of California and holds several certifications from the American Concrete Institute. He has designed civil infrastructure projects with an emphasis on capital improvement projects for roadways, parks and recreation facilities, and water and sewer infrastructure. His experience includes development of contract documents in all project phases with subsequent use of those documents in the construction phase. In addition, Dr. Korman is an active member of the American Society for Engineering Educators. He has instructed courses on Construction Drawings & Specifications, Concrete Technology and Formwork, Heavy Civil Construction Methods, Residential Construction Methods, and Building Systems.

visit author page

Download Paper |


Teaching Energy Efficiency Fundamentals in Construction Education: Project REDUCEAbstractIn recent years, energy efficiency has resurfaced as an important topic in construction education.Finding the appropriate location in the curriculum can be challenge for construction educators asother topics prevail through requirements previously set forth by accreditations review boards.To increase knowledge of energy efficiency fundamentals, the Reduction in Energy Demand andUtility Consumption Exercise (REDUCE) was developed as part of a specialty constructionmanagement course. The project-based learning effort requires student teams to identify abuilding/facility in that is in need of energy efficiency improvements. Student teams thenconduct a facility energy audit for the building, identity projects to save energy, prepare a costestimate to perform the work, and calculate the project financial feasibility of the proposedprojects. This paper demonstrates how Project REDUCE can be used to teach students aboutenergy efficient fundamentals at the same time as providing them with hands on experience. Inaddition, the paper will cover the teaching methodology used, project milestones scheduled tomotivate students, and the criteria used to assess of student learning.

Korman, T. M. (2011, June), Teaching Energy Efficiency Fundamentals in Construction Education: Project REDUCE Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18440

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2011 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015