Cabrillo College


Steve Murphy
Construction and Energy Management


CEM 162:
Sustainable Buildings, Home Performance, and the Environment

COURSE SYLLABUS: April 15, 2013

LECTURE NOTES [pdf docs]
Week 1 (Feb 11): Welcome
Week 2: (Feb 18) HOLIDAY
Week 3 (Feb 25)
INTRO to Sustainability; Green Glossary
Week 4: (Mar 4): WHOLE BUILDING DESIGN- Site Selection/Building Envelope; MATERIALS of Sustainable Construction
Week 5: (Mar 11): CALGreen overview; CALGreen Residential Companion Guide; Material VOC limits; see Energy Upgrade California links on right side of web-page
Week 6: (Mar 18): CALGreen Non-Residential Companion Guide
Week 7: (Mar 25): BuildItGreen Construction Guide; LEEDv3 NC Checklist; LEEDv3 NC Guidebook; Build-It-Green presentation
(Nathan Krantz)
Week 8: (Apr 1): SPRING BREAK, Quiz #2 (Takehome)
Week 9: (Apr 8):
Week 10: (Apr 15): MIDTERM

Week 11 (Apr 22): True Zero Energy Homes; Green Homes- Logically Mandated;
EarthBound Homes- Randy Potter
Week 12 (Apr 29): Sun Powered Electric Vehicles-
Rick Corcoran; Home Performance & Building Science; Van Meter Construction- Mark Van Meter
Week 13 (May 6): Takagi Tankless Water Heater; Radiant Floor Heating; Watts Radiant Heating Guide
Week 14 (May 13): Refrigeration Cycle; Groundwater Heat Pumps; Sustainable HVAC Systems; Lighting Systems
Week 15 (May 20): Energy Economics
Week 16 (May 27): HOLIDAY...NO CLASS!

Takehome QUIZ #4 is here

Week 17 (June 3): Small Group Presentations

For "Current Event" article papersinclude where article came from, date of publication and 1 page CRITICAL ANALYSIS of the article and how it affects you.

See attached document for requirements

For all "FIELD TRIPS" turn in "TOP 10 LIST" of sustainable/green features discussed during the time spent on site. You must also include a photograph of yourself at front entry of field trip site.

Possible locations for independent, extra-credit field trip locations are:



Thermal Bypass Guide & Checklist [pdf]
Air sealing TechTips [pdf]
Air sealing Verification Checklist [pdf]
Ductwork TechTips [pdf]
Ductwork Verification Checklist [pdf]
Framing TechTips [pdf]
Framing Verification Checklist [pdf]
Insulation TechTips [pdf]
Insulation Verification Checklist [pdf]

BuildGreenNow/Stop Waste

Home Energy Rating System (HERS)

California Home Energy Efficiency Rating System (CHEERS)

Green Home Guide

Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)

California Solar Initiative (CSI)

California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA)
Hotline (888) 352-2722

Efficiency First- national home performance workforce development



About Steve Murphy

Steve Murphy is Director of MEP/Integrated Energy Services for Blach Construction Co, a general contractor with offices in Santa Clara, Monterey and Stockton. Blach specializes in the construction of sustainable buildings for schools, offices, datacenters and laboratories located in the Bay Area, Monterey Bay and the Central Valley.

Steve is a licensed professional Mechanical Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a Masters of Science degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University. He is an adjunct instructor for Cabrillo College in the Construction Energy Management (CEM) program and also teaches Energy Management classes at DeAnza College in the Environmental Studies department; he has also previously taught classes for UC Berkeley Extension in Engineering and for the local Sheetmetal and Pipefitters Union Apprenticeship programs.

Steve is active in the USGBC-Northern Californa Monterey Bay Chapter; he is currently the co-chair for the Northern California Chapter's "Green Schools committee". Steve also participates on Cal Poly's Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board and the "HVAC Industry Advisory Council".


USGBC-NCC MBB (Northern California Chapter- Monterey Bay Branch) meetings
EVENT SCHEDULE: (meetings start @ 5:30, end @ 8 pm)
March 6th
- Transforming Neighborhoods: LEED for Neighborhood Development; Hartnell College- Salinas
April 3rd- Waste Management; Castroville Recycling Facility
May 6th- Carbon Sequestration; Santa Cruz location TBD
June 5th- Sage Ridge Project; Carmel Valley house tour

Center for Green Schools/Community Green website

Cabrillo College Sustainability
Cabrillo "GreenSteps"
Green Careers
Cabrillo Sustainability Alliance
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Green Building Guide
Green Directory

Insulation Workshop- Santa Cruz; Tuesday 3.26.13
Window Workshop- Marina; 4.16.13


2010 CALGreen Code
Companion Guide- RESIDENTIAL
Companion Guide- NON RESIDENTIAL
CALGreen/LEED Comparision

  • Energy Upgrade California (need more Rachel Difranco/Ecology Action 831.515.1302)

2013- Program Summary

BASIC Program Upgrades

ADVANCED Program Upgrades

Glossary of Terms

City Council Presentation [pdf]

Appendix C City Guidelines[pdf]

Appendix A Checklist [pdf]

Appendix B Checklist [pdf]

LEED BD + C 2009/v3 Checklist [XL spreadsheet]

LEED BD + C 2009/v3 Guidelines [pdf]

LEED Existing Building Checklist [XL spreadsheet]

LEED Existing Building Checklist [pdf]

LEED for Homes Checklist [XL spreadsheet]

LEED for Homes Guidelines [pdf]