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BPEM 2500 - Computer Modeling & Analysis of Building Efficiency

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: BPEM 2400  

BPEM 2500 explores the fundamental relationship between the various building systems and energy.  Building performance modeling is used as an investigative tool to improve overall energy efficiency of the building.   

Billable Contact Hours: 6

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the need for and importance of building energy evaluation.


  1. Describe global energy trends
  2. Describe and explain building energy usage and its challenges
  3. Explain energy policy and its impact

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe an energy assessment. 


  1. Describe and define related energy equipment
  2. Identify sustainable materials
  3. Describe and define building systems
  4. Describe simulation tools, types, and capabilities

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to model building performance using energy simulation software. 


  1. Interpret simulation results and troubleshoot errors
  2. Measure building energy data to calibrate simulation model
  3. Evaluate energy efficiency measures
  4. Perform analysis to identify optimal solutions

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

  1. Energy trends, crisis & milestones
  2. Importance of and need for Building Energy Evaluation
  3. Weather & Climate Characteristics
  4. Exam #1
  5. Building Energy Analysis
  6. Building Energy Standards
  7. BEA Evaluation Tools
  8. Exam #2
  9. Building Envelope
  10. Internal loads
  11. Interpretation and validation of results
  12. Exam #3
  13. Troubleshooting
  14. Energy Efficiency Measures
  15. Presentations
  16. Exam #4

Primary Faculty
Richter, Lisa
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Pawlowski, Timothy
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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