Energy Management & Building Science

It's Always Nice to Be Ahead of the Pack!

Imitation Is The Best Form Of Verification !

As others are trying to imitate our Facility and Sustainable Building Management Degree and Program, the State Chancellor's office is sponsoring a new "Building And Energy Systems Professional" AS Degree. De Anza College is once again ahead of the pack. We have had an AS Degree since 2015!

Our Energy Management and Building Science (EMBS) AS degree was vetted by both PG&E and our program Advisory Committee comprised of sustainable building and renewable energy companies and professionals. It has the same (if not more) components as the new degree the Energy, Construction and Utilities sector is just now announcing.

We have always had a focus on energy efficiency, sustainability in the built environment. Our program is managed out of the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies- the VERY FIRST LEED Platinum building in the California Community College System! It was commissioned in 2008. Energy Efficiency is in our DNA! What could be better than learning about energy efficient buildings in a LEED Platinum building?

We call it the "Building That Teaches" about energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. Check out our Degree and our Course descriptions! We not only offer what the Energy, Construction and Utilities Sector is offering- we offer more- AND we have a great track record of placing our program graduates in living wage careers within 3 months of graduating. Read what the State Chancellor's office had to say about us last year!

We don't just shake your hand when you earn your degree. We take an active role in helping you find your dream job!

Program Focus

Our Energy Management and Building Science Degree Program focuses on the technical aspects of making buildings sustainable and energy efficient. Buildings are one of the main sources of energy use, energy cost and energy waste. Urbanization is placing pressure on our cities, buildings, infrastructure and workplaces.

In the next 15 years, there will be 41 cities in the world with over 10 million people inhabiting them. With this explosion in population comes environmental challenges in the built environment. The more energy we use, especially from traditional fossil fuel based sources, the more environmental issues we create.

Energy and other critical resources will be in short supply based on these trends. At the current rate, we would need an increase in energy production of 45% in the next decade to service the projected increase in demand. Generating energy from traditional non-renewable sources, such as fossil fuels increases greenhouse gases which have a negative impact on climate change. Our options are to cut back on energy use by being more efficient and to offset the energy we use by implementing and adopting cleaner forms of energy such as solar, wind and fuel cells.

In the United States, we waste 84 percent of the energy available to us at a cost of roughly $300 billion each year. Companies pay well for employees who can identify and implement solutions that help reduce energy costs and eliminate sources of energy waste. We train you to not only make buildings more efficient, but to build a business case for sustainable building ROI that will make decision makers say "YES". In many instances. Saving a watt saves a lot!

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