Texas A&M University

Department of Construction Science

COSC 674: Facility Energy Management

Section: 600,  Time T 5:30 - 8:20pm, Langford C307

Fall, 2003

Instructor: John A. Bryant, Ph.D., P.E.

Office: Langford, Bldg. C, Room 305C

Phone: 458-1058

Email: jbryant@esl.tamu.edu

Office hours: 11:00 – 13:30 TTR or by appointment at the instructor’s convenience

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduce major technologies, including human comfort, Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), and piping systems, that help define the functionality of constructed facilities. Describe system terminology, engineering design characteristics, components, and materials. Stress construction and installation methods and procedures. Discuss contractual relationships and coordination requirements during project execution between owners, design firms, and general as well as specialty contractors.  Asses operation and maintenance criteria for facility energy systems.  Evaluate operating and life-cycle costs of facility energy systems. 

Today's manufacturing, sites in health, education, governmental, and other areas are complex, dynamic, and high tech, requiring facilities to be maintained in a manner that maximizes the facility's full potential, while minimizing operation costs. Well-trained, professional facility maintenance management personnel are needed to accomplish this. This course should provide you with an excellent overview of the topic and will demonstrate that you have been exposed to and have gained a grasp of essential skills and knowledge related to energy management in modern buildings. Your successful completion of the course requirements illustrates your dedication to becoming more knowledgeable of your field and valuable to the facilities industry.

PREREQUISITES:  You should have a basic COSC 325 and 326 (or equivalent) course background. Knowledge of statistics and economic analysis would be helpful.

TEXTBOOK: Guide to Energy Management, Capehart, Turner, Kennedy, 3rd ed. (Required)

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING: Students will be graded based on class participation, field trip reports, and group projects that include a report and a presentation. As the semester progresses, I will assign design projects to you.  At least two and maybe more will be assigned. Details (program) for each project will be announced at the time the projects are assigned. Projects are based on research, conducted by students individually or in teams of two. Students will present their work in class at times to be determined during the semester.

GENERAL NOTES: Things happen.

  1. This syllabus is my best estimate as to the content of the class for the semester. IT WILL CHANGE!! It will change because that is the nature of the material.  If questions are raised concerning a particular subject, it is likely that we will "fall behind" the schedule.  I am more concerned with the quality of what we learn in class than the breadth of what we cover in class.
  2. The percentages for your grade in this class are stated below. I assume you have the math pre-requisite for this class and can calculate your current grades as well as I can. Please Do not expect weekly updates on your grade standing in this course. Every effort will be made to return your work in a timely manner. Homework problems will be assigned and discussed in class, but not always collected (keeps you on your toes). One homework problem will be selected from the assigned problems as part of each exam. All exams are open book and open notes. However, I urge you not to use the "Yellow Pages" method of problem solving.

Departmental Policies: As you may know, the Department of Construction Science has policies in effect concerning attendance, academic honesty, attire in class, and ethics. Please refer to my web page as well for a copy of these policies.


Course grades will be determined as follows: (this is subject to modification, usually extreme modification)

EXAMS                - 20%

Design Project/s   - 60%

Homework            - 15%

Final Exam           - 15%

Proposed, Tentative, If we can get to it, Schedule of Topics: (Also check TAMU calendar and finals schedules)

Week of



September 1


Why should the Facility Manager be concerned with these systems?
September 8


The Energy Audit:  Prelim to Detailed
September 15


Energy Audit continued
September 22


Energy Sources and Rate Structures
September 29


Economic Evaluation
October 6   EXAM I
October 6


Electrical Systems and Lighting
October 13


October 20


October 27


Combustion Processes and Energy Reclaim
November 3


Steam Generation and Distribution
November 3   EXAM II
November 7   Last day for Q-Drop
November 10


Facility energy management and control systems (EMCS)
November 17


December 1


Matters Arising
December 9, redefined day, students attend Thursday classes   Last Day of Classes, dead day
December 10 - 11, Reading days, no classes    
December ?


Final Exam ?

I look forward to my 9th semester with the Department of Construction Science, and working with you in this course.

The following references may be used in this course as needed;


I assume that you have found this sentence because you have gone through the course syllabus above and have read and understand it.  Please take time, now!, to email me to confirm that you have read and understand the syllabus.  Feel free to include any thoughts, concerns, or suggestions concerning the class.  Your email allows me to generate an email list for the class and ensures that you got this far on my web site (good for a grade).  See you in class!