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  • Energy Management - Built Environment

    Energy Management - Built Environment

Program Code:EMB
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change.
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Cetificate

Program Description

Turn your training in engineering and life sciences into a successful career.

Energy Management – Built Environment is a program designed to help you succeed in Canada’s environmental sector. Through eight months of intensive environmental training in building systems and energy management, you will be prepared for a career in the environmental sector.

The Built Environment:

Business priorities are changing as companies become more aware of green issues. There’s now a growing demand for professionals who can help businesses and individuals to reduce their environmental impact, carbon footprint, and energy use and costs. Seneca has created two leading–edge certificate programs to train these professionals – one focused on the Built Environment, and the other on the Natural Environment. The Built Environment can have a big effect on a company’s CO2 emissions and operating costs. As a graduate of EMB, you will be able to examine building structures and systems, create operating strategies for energy demand and supply, minimize operating costs and environment/energy impacts, and work within a building sciences engineering team to achieve new levels of energy efficiency.

Program Learning Outcomes:

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Analyze and solve complex technical problems related to the energy efficient design, operations and maintenance of buildings and their respective systems.
  • Design and analyze mechanical systems, processes, and building comfort systems utilizing knowledge of related conventional and electronic technologies.
  • Assemble and analyze relevant information, data, and materials using advanced energy modeling software to present in technical review documents, CAD drawings and client‐focused communication reports.
  • Use advanced energy modeling and building design software, as well as stand-alone and network-based building system and control/automation hardware to complete individual and team projects.
  • Describe information technology processes and their intended performances as they relate to the integration of building operating functions.
  • Apply knowledge of materials and engineering principles to building HVAC design, operation and maintenance processes through a comprehensive design project which includes energy performance, system selection, and a complete set of building and HVAC AutoCAD drawings and control strategies.
  • Use current knowledge of component equipment, building design, software tools and operation processes to identify solutions and retrofit information technology processes as appropriate.
  • Specify, coordinate, and conduct quality control and quality assurance procedures, including assessment of environmental aspects and impacts of building operating processes and procedures.
  • Recognize the environmental, economic, legal, safety, and ethical implications of mechanical engineering projects through studies of the interrelationships among technology, society, the environment, politics, the economy, and mechanical engineering projects.
  • Use and maintain documentation, inventory, and records systems through comprehensive building information databases within, and as an adjunct to, state‐of‐the‐art energy modeling software.
  • Participate in the management of an engineering project by identifying the comprehensive stages and determining realistic criteria necessary for timely completion.
  • Solicit constructive feedback to enhance the development of strategies and plans to improve job performance and work relationships.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree from an accredited institution in Engineering Technology or Life Sciences; OR 
  • A three–year post secondary diploma with a minimum of 3 years documented, related work experience; OR
  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field. Relevant references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the college level.


  • Although not required for admission, the following would be considered assets:
    • Good computer literacy and ACad skills;
    • Superior communication.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

The Built Environment Business

In addition to an Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Energy Management – Built Environment, graduate will receive the BES Class II Certificate upon successful completion of this program. As a graduate of this program, you'll:

  • Have a thorough understanding of the design of intelligent buildings to meet or exceed current energy and environmental standards;
  • Have a complete understanding of the impact and integration of the various systems that condition our buildings;
  • Apply state–of–the–art comprehensive integrated building design tools;
  • Apply intelligent and integrated systems throughout the building’s life cycle;
  • Perform detailed energy audits and facility condition assessments to identify energy and cost saving initiatives;
  • Use comprehensive simulation tools to model building performance, and calculate energy savings and environmental benefits from savings initiatives;
  • Understand the emerging marketplace for carbon trading, environmental impact verification;
  • Create a more energy–efficient and environmentally sustainable built environment;
  • Leveraging the energy savings from buildings.

Important Academic Dates

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Level 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BES701 Heating 3
BES702 Air Conditioning 3
BES703 Air Handling 3
BES704 Electrical 3
BES905 Intelligent and Integrated Building Control Systems 3
EMG001 Green Building Project 4
Level 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BES706 Water Treatment 3
BES715 Energy Efficiency and EM & V in Large Buildings 3
BGN461 Energy Technologies 3
BGD361 Building Systems Computer Aided Design 4
BES915 Energy Auditing and Energy Efficient Large Building Design 3
EMG002 Energy Modeling Project 6

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Anne Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: June Lewis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26038
Program Coordinator: Filimon Tsionas
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22113
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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