About the Commercial Green Building Program

What is Commercial Building Energy Performance Technology?

The Commercial Building Energy Performance Technology program applies technology to commercial building performance in energy use and environmental impact. The process includes assessing buildings in terms of cost and environmentally sound possibilities.

Program graduates will be prepared to become energy managers or consultants, and with more advanced skills and education will have a wide range of job opportunities.

The Residential and Commercial Building Performance Technology programs fall under the umbrella of the Sustainable Communities Institute (PDF-97kb).

Forming Partnerships with the Community, Industry and Education

  • Texas A&M University (TAMU) has been an active supporter, providing advisement, workshops and curriculum review for its development. TAMU’s Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) has been developing the most advanced technologies in the industry of building energy systems management and optimization, called Continuous Commissioning®.*
  • The North Texas Association of Energy Engineers (NTAEE) is another strong partner. Several members have also served on the Residential Building Performance Technology advisory board and serve on the new program’s advisory board.
  • Cedar Valley College is a member of the Texas Renewable Energy Education Consortium, a group of community colleges with programs in energy conservation and alternative sources. 
  • The program is exploring partnerships with local independent school districts, focusing on dual technical credit and Career Pathway transfers. 

* Continuous Commissioning® is a registered trademark of Texas Engineering Experimental Station at Texas A&M University and refers to “an ongoing process to resolve operating problems, improve comfort, optimize energy use and identify retrofits for existing commercial and institutional buildings and central plant facilities.” Cedar Valley College is partnering with Texas A&M University’s Energy Systems Laboratory to develop this industry-supported technical program to meet workforce need.

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

Related Programs

Check out other programs in Green/Energy or Construction.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a >chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.​​

Developing Skills for Success

The entire Commercial Building Energy Performance Technology program is offered online, as is the residential program. Cedar Valley College also offers several noncredit courses that complement both of its green building programs. 

A state-of-the-art Energy Learning Lab at Cedar Valley features simulator training systems for energy optimization. The lab is financed through a grant from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office.

The lab’s centerpiece is an advanced system for energy management metering and verification. Solar and wind energy systems form a small-scale renewable power distribution system that also allows for comparative data analysis. The lab can monitor the energy efficiency of the building and will also be available to students in other technical programs.

Faculty Profiles

Commercial Building Energy Performance Technology faculty members not only have advanced degrees but also have industry experience. Instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job. See profiles of some of our Commercial Building Energy Performance Technology faculty.

Transferring Information

Commercial Building Energy Performance Technology courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Commercial Building Performance Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.