Yesterday I had the please of being a guest lecturer at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). This was the second time I have talked with students this school year to discuss energy engineering and auditing. The first time was to a group of students that belong to a student chapter of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
This time I discussed Energy Audits and Case Studies of Audits to their Sustainable Systems class. I was able to teach about energy audits in general and went into some case studies of past projects I have done. Afterwards I met with two groups from the class who had questions to help them with class projects. Their projects are:
- Energy Auditing & energy competition- They are auditing two “Greek Buildings” on campus, trying to figure out how to save energy and then create a competition for further savings. I heard great questions about what areas to focus on, possible vendors to use and how to show savings potentials.
- Geothermal Wells- Looking at putting a house or building on geothermal cooling for energy efficiency. They had some good questions about the type of well fields, how to calculate savings and how to figure the costs of the system installation.
During both the class and project discussion time I answered many questions and helped guide the students to better understand Energy Engineering. The graphic below is where I started the training. It goes over an example building and the main areas of energy auditing. (The image is blurry and small on purpose because I will go into more detail about each area in future posts.)
I would like to thank Dr. Sara K. McMillan, PE for coordinating my visit, she is a member of The William States Lee College of Engineering faculty.
Sharing Knowledge at UNCC,
Samuel Carrara, PE, MBA, LEED GA