The course focuses on the environmental systems in buildings. Lecture discussions include building electrical systems, natural and artificial lighting, and building telecommunications.

Reducing operational loads and integrating high performance energy systems into buildings offers solutions towards achieving a sustainable and secure energy future. Engineers must understand the interrelationship between a building and its subsystems, and need sufficient knowledge of building systems and design alternatives to recommend appropriate solutions that suit the site, climate, building type, and occupants. They must coordinate the work of the engineering disciplines that carry the sustainability concept forward through building design, construction, commissioning, operation and, ultimately, demolition, recycling and reuse.