The SDC-Energy (SDC-E) track includes courses on design and construction of buildings and infrastructure systems to produce, distribute and consume energy sustainably.
SDC-E prepares students for careers in design and construction of building energy systems, renewable power generating systems and smart power grids connected to smart buildings and infrastructure. Other topics available to explore include cleantech entrepreneurship, sustainability-focused public policy, green real estate development, and sustainability management positions within organizations.
SDC-E offers courses across multiple programs within and outside of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, covering topics such as:
- Building information modeling
- Energy efficient building design and technology, including Zero Net Energy structures
- Small- and large-scale HVAC design and construction
- Energy modeling of building performance (theoretical and actual)
- Sustainable facilities management
- Project finance
- Sensing and control technologies to link integrated smart grids with intelligent buildings, data centers and infrastructure systems
- Public policy incentives for green buildings
- Environmentally-friendly material resourcing
- Planning, design and construction of renewable power systems
SDC-E class requirements are:
- Energy Efficient Buildings (CEE 176A)
- Life Cycle Assessment (CEE 226)
- Managing Fabrication and Construction (CEE 241A)
- Building Systems or Energy Efficient Building Design (CEE 256 or CEE 226E)
- Global Projects Seminar (CEE 241C)
- Watson Seminar (CEE 258)
Additional related course work is available from other schools in the university such as Earth Sciences, the Graduate School of Business, and the Public Policy School. The Energy track allows students substantial flexibility to tailor their program of study for careers with energy consultants, general contractors, specialty contractors, real estate or infrastructure developers, or facility owners and operators. It also prepares them for serve as technically-inclined workers in the fields of policy and advocacy, or as internal consultants for businesses looking to improve their environmental profile.