A Path to Zero Net Energy: A Hands-on Approach


Course Information

ABT 212-001 – Path to Zero Net Energy

Term: Spring Quarter 2020
 Kurt Kornbluth

Contact: Devon Schmidt deschmidt@ucdavis.edu

Units: 4 units, letter graded
Schedule: TBD
Prerequisites: None, must be a graduate student in good standing or undergraduate with permission.

Get your hands dirty learning about energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate neutrality on-site and in the lab.
  • Work in groups to solve energy issues in and around campus such as:
    • The UC Davis campus district heating and cooling systems
    • Energy feedback and behavior analysis
    • Building energy audits
    • Feasibility study and analysis of renewable systems
    • HVAC systems engineering and design
    • Campus transportation emissions and mitigation strategies
    • Development of carbon neutrality action plan for UC Davis
    • Development of investment strategy for energy efficiency
  • Gain exposure to and work with students from different disciplines (Engineering, Economics, Design, Ecology, Business, etc.)
  • Offered by Program for International Energy Technologies at the Energy Efficiency Institute in West Village, in partnership with the UC Davis Energy Conservation Office.

Course Description

The UC Davis Program for International Energy Technologies in collaboration with the UC Davis Energy Conservation Office, have developed a multi-disciplinary course to educate and engage students in issues of energy use, demand, energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate neutrality as well as their associated technical, economic, social and political challenges.

Through lectures, field trips, and a hands-on project, students will understand the concepts behind zero net energy buildings and communities, and the associated climate and economic issues.

A brief overview of energy use in the US and the world will be presented as well as current trends and innovations for Zero Net Energy in the commercial, residential, and transportation sectors. Students will engage in weekly participatory labs and lectures, listen to guest speakers, and make field trips, all designed to promote a further depth of understanding in particular energy issues.

Multidisciplinary student focus group teams will be formed, working for an actual client and projects that will inform on-going efforts on energy and climate issues. Teams will present their findings and recommendations to a review panel for feedback.

2019 Projects

2018 Projects

Archived Projects

Course materials: PowerPoint presentations, handouts, problem sets, and additional reading materials will be available on Canvas.

Grading: Participation (20%), Lab Assignments (25%), Project (55%)