Education/Training on Using Building Controls Strategies to Maximize Energy Efficiency


Energy management is the practice of energy efficiency, while meeting the goals of comfort and production.

The presentation will be about BCIT’s new Advanced Certificate in Building Controls and Energy Management (BCEM), which is a fully online distance education program that will supply industry with graduates who can use controls and building automation systems to improve energy efficiency.  This program fills the need for education about controls, building automation, and energy management as a combined field. Graduates will integrate this knowledge in all phases of a building’s life: design, construction, commissioning, and ongoing operation.

This presentation will also include a quick summary of the Sustainable Energy Management Advanced Certificate (SEMAC) program that focuses on the technical aspects of energy management along with the business aspects and human behaviour aspects.


Kerly Acosta Hitchcock, P.Eng.
Program Head for Sustainable Energy Management
British Columbia Institute of Technology

I have 18 years of engineering work experience in automotive, alternative energy generation, demand side management, environmental consulting, and teaching. These avenues have helped me understand the wide array of environmental impacts that occur through human actions. My mission is to steadily and collaboratively work towards a sustainable future.

In 2004, I earned my Masters in Sustainable Development. My thesis was on Sustainable Community Energy Planning. Since then energy management and planning as a field has grown. Now I enjoy guiding/advising people on this growing field.

I am the Program Head for three Energy Management certificate programs at BCIT.  The programs I manage are predominantly online and include courses such as building systems, energy demand side management, building controls, community policy & reporting, and change management. I also manage weekend courses that are primarily focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.