Biography

Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L. (Eng.)
Professional Services
Industry Development
Building Technologies
347 Willow Ridge Pl.S.E.,
Calgary, Ab., T2J 1N2

 

 

Robert Bean is a graduate of the Building Construction Engineering Technology program from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, a Registered Engineering Technologist holding membership with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta as well as a Professional Licensee in Mechanical Engineering holding membership with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. In addition to his training and professional practice in building construction engineering technology and HVAC engineering, he is a graduate of the Alberta School of Drafting (AutoCad) and The University of Calgary, Business Owner Transition Program. 

He serves on the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standing Standard Project Committee 55 - Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, ASHRAE T.C. 2.1 Physiology and Human Environment, T.C. 6.5 Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems, ASHRAE T.C. 6.1 Hydronic & Steam Heating Equipment and Systems, T.C. 7.04 Exergy Analysis for Sustainable Buildings and ASHRAE's Residential Building Committee. He is an instructor for the ASHRAE Learning Institute, The Heating Refrigeration Air Conditioning Institute of Canada and Radiant Professionals Association and a guest lecturer for many other organizations.

Robert also has over 2000 hours as a geotechnical engineering lab and field technician sampling and testing concrete, soils and asphalt, 1000 hours in commercial foundation work and an additional 12,000 hours in wood frame construction, cribbing and formwork, and hydronic systems

ASHRAE Publications and Presentations (partial list):

Thermal Comfort: Designing for People

JOURNAL

Thermal environmental quality is fundamental for human occupancy. This article focuses on raising awareness of thermal comfort analyses and standards that help optimize peoples environments.

Vertically Integrated Systems in Stand-Alone Multistory Buildings

JOURNAL

The term district energy typically is considered horizontal municipal heating/cooling and domestic piping systems linking thermal production to consumption. An alternative approach is to take the system and rotate it 90 to service stand-alone multistory buildings.

Residential Applications: Introduction to Residential IEQ

JOURNAL

The author makes a case for why HVAC folks should know a bit about anatomy, physiology and psychology as they relate to the designed and built environment.

History of Radiant Heating & Cooling Systems, Part 1

JOURNAL

Radiant floor heating began thousands of years ago, with ancient texts showing Asia to be the earliest known developer of these systems. This two-part article describes the main historical milestones in the global evolution leading up to modern embedded radiant heating and cooling systems.

History of Radiant Heating & Cooling Systems, Part 2

JOURNAL

Radiant floor heating began thousands of years ago, with ancient texts showing Asia to be the earliest known developer of these systems. This two-part article describes the main historical milestones in the global evolution leading up to modern embedded radiant heating and cooling systems.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDING

Seminar 54 -- Modeling Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems: Tools and Analysis

Seminar 30 -- It's Official: ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy Is for Residential Buildings

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Seminar 30 -- It's Official: ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy Is for Residential Buildings

Seminar 31 -- Feedback: The Essential Ingredient for High Performance Green Homes

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Seminar 26 -- Dos and Don'ts for Residential Radiant Systems for Heating and Cooling

Seminar 33 -- Optimized Control Strategies for Chilled Beams and Radiant Panels

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Seminar 47 -- Radiant heating and Cooling System Design 101: A Step-by Step Approach

Seminar 50 -- Flex Ducts, Hard Ducts and No Ducts: Migration Patterns for Duct Hunters (or not) in the Land of Thermal Comfort

SEMINARS

In the land of comfort, educated home owners are changing their thermal expectations from HVAC systems, and contractors are on the front line hunting for the best solutions. Regardless of ducts or pipes, the migration of heat takes a basic understanding of what works and what doesn’t. It is not easy to figure out the right design for the application, especially as homes get more efficient. Low-cost ducted systems may not always work right or be the best fit. This seminar looks at best practices for distributing heat in residential air and hydronic systems, including ducted and radiant design options.

Seminar 31 : Feedback: The Essential Ingredient for High Performance Green Homes

SEMINARS

In high performance homes, comfort drives design, design drives energy use and careful design choices drive actual energy performance and occupant satisfaction. However, thermal comfort standards don’t include energy efficiency compliance requirements, leading to mismatches between comfort and energy efficient designs. This seminar explains why and how to use the vocabulary of thermal comfort as the first solution in solving residential energy problems. It also describes how feedback tools can be useful in calibrating modeling inputs to verify and ensure that actual performance outcome are achieved by design. The cost of poor design choices is also discussed.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDING

Seminar 54 -- Design of Energy Efficient Hydronic Heating Systems

Seminar 14 -- Energy Efficient Snow Melt System Design

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Seminar 25 -- Radiant Cooling in High Humidity Environments

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Seminar 38 -- The Fundamentals of Radiant Cooling System Design and Construction

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Seminar 49 -- Net Zero Energy with Large Radiant Surface Heat Exchangers

TRAINING MATERIAL

Fundamentals and Application of Standard 55

Fundamentals of Panel Heating and Cooling

CONFERENCE PROCEEDING

The Interaction and Connection between Buildings, HVAC System, and Indoor Environmental Quality

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