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Submitter's Information


Kay Dee Yarbrough


Administrative Curriculum Coordinator


Inland Empire/Desert


San Bernardino Valley College

CTE Dean

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Patty Quach

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Program Details

Program Title

Zero Net Energy

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Energy Systems Technology (094610)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

The Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Certificate is designed to offer the students a broad overview into the energy conservation industry and includes cross-disciplinary courses in Energy Systems, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Architecture, Computer Information Systems, and Building Inspection Technology. Completion of the ZNE Certificate is especially beneficial for support staff currently working in the energy sector, such as an Energy Auditor, Energy Consultant, ZNE Technician, Green HVAC Technician, Facility Management, Construction Management and Solar Residential Technician.

Enrollment Completer Projections
Course Course Title Annual # of Section Annual Enrollment Total Annual # Sections Annual Enrollment Total
CIT 101 Introduction to Computer Literacy 18 408 16 451
ELEC 050 Zero Net Energy Building Science New Course
ELEC 021 Blueprint Reading for Building Energy Systems New Course
INSPEC 017 California State Energy Regulations for Residential Buildings 1 8 0 0
TECALC 087 Technical Calculations 6 110 5 105
WKEXP 099 General Work Experience 6 176 7 204

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal

Program Goals:

1.      Fulfill the requirements for anentry-level position in their field

2.      Apply critical thinking skills toexecute daily duties in their area of employment

3.      Display the skills and aptitudenecessary to pass (Industry Recognized Credentials) certification exams intheir field

4.      Exhibit effective written, oralcommunication and interpersonal skills


1.       Describe theenvironmental impacts of producing and distributing electricity.

2.       Explain theimportance of site design, building orientation, and climate regions.

3.       Identify a varietyof basic materials and components used in the construction, electrical and HVACindustries and their blueprints drawing equivalents.

4.       Interpret andexplain drawings and Blueprints from the construction, electrical, and HVACindustries as well as new Title 24 energy efficiency requirements.

5.       Solve commonbusiness problems using appropriate Information Technology applications andsystems.

6.       Understand thespecific residential mandatory measures of the CA Green Building Standards Codeand energy efficiency including the compliance with title 24.

7.       Analyze, interpret,and solve applied problems from different technical characteristics

8.       Demonstrateproficiency in practices and/or procedures newly learned in the workplace.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

The goal of the Zero Net EnergyCertificate is to provide students a foundational understanding of energyefficiency as it relates to building energy systems and energy efficiency.  With this certificate, students can enter thebuilding, construction, and utilities industries with the most up to dateknowledge of recent codes and regulations, as well as specific requirements forTitle 24 compliance. This certificate also represents a core requirement forthe Building and Energy Systems Professional (BESP), a broader regionalcollaboration with other programs to align energy related certificate programsto meet Title 24, Zero Net Energy, and industry standards under a single degreeprogram.  This certificate, as a common corerequirement, will provide a framework for the coordination of industrysupported work experience, internships, and apprenticeships with theconstruction, heating and Air conditioning, architecture, and buildinginspection industry.

Program Requirements
Course Course Title Units Sequence
CIT 101 Introduction to Computer Literacy 3 Y/1 S/1
ELEC 050 Zero Net Energy Building Science 4 Y/1 S/1
ELEC 021 Blueprint Reading for Building Energy Systems 3 Y/1 S/1
INSPEC 017 California State Energy Regulations for Residential Buildings 3 Y/1 S/2 
TECALC 087 Technical Calculations 4 Y/1 S/2 
WKEXP 099 General Work Experience 1-4 Y/1 S/2 

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Submission Details

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02/19/20 - 09:28 AM



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Diann Thursby Super User   ·  04/13/20

Received regional recommendation at 04-13-2020 IEDRC Deans Meeting.


Melody Graveen   ·  03/25/20

I have the same question for this course. Were there business members on the advisory and was there a vote on the program? I can't tell from the minutes.