This course offers an overview of electrical and energy efficiency theory and strategies. There is an emphasis on electrical and electronic devices, alternative energy, building automation, energy audits and application. Students work as a team to conduct an energy audit of a building to identify energy-saving measures and potential improvements to building systems to enhance energy efficiency. Project activities require interactions with industry professionals, electrical contractors, facility managers, equipment vendors/suppliers, and other outside entities. Results of the energy audit and recommended improvements will be documented in a formal report for presentation to the facility managers, building owners, and other stakeholders, as well as at IIT’s Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Day at the conclusion of the semester.
Students will be required to participate in facility site visits, which may take place outside of the scheduled class time. Students will work collaboratively with and as part of IIT’s NECA Student Chapter in order to participate in the NECA Green Energy Challenge, an annual national competition for university students.
There are many old, energy inefficient buildings that need upgrading, but due to construction and regulations restraints there are not always viable, cost-effective solutions. These buildings pose an adverse conditions to environment and especially disabled people (poor or outdated access), and costly energy usage and expenses. The objective of this project is to work with the IIT Office of Energy & Sustainability and Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) and conduct an energy audit that offers maximum Return on Investment (ROI) and most viable green, cost and energy efficiency for improvement (following the guidelines of the 2019 NECA Green Energy Competition).