Online educational resource on achieving indoor environmental quality with radiant based HVAC systems
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Integrated Design: Mastering Comfort, Health, and Efficiency
Online course hosted by HeatSpring Learning Institute in conjunction with media partners.
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Dates: October 3, 2015 to January 12, 2017 (in session)

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Approved for 24 AIA LU/HSW

Full Curriculum Description
Capstone Project Description

Description (updated May 2016):
There is a correlation between health, buildings and energy for conditioning people and indoor spaces. Unfortunately, the traditional approach using segregated design disregards these relationships and in doing so has created illiteracy in the design of efficient and effective spaces for human occupancy. This self-directed fourteen (14) week program looks at key individual pieces found in best of class high performance buildings. It shows the student how to recognize good building DNA and systems and how to design and put them together. If you’re wondering how ASHRAE energy and indoor environmental Standards fit together or how programs such as LEEDtm or the Well Building Standardtm are changing client expectation this is the program for you.

Instructor: Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L. (Eng.)

Student skills:
This 14 week course is for today’s new design practitioner who should be a recent graduate from an architectural engineering or mechanical engineering/technology program or from the distribution and contracting professions holding senior level design certifications from institutes and associations within the mechanical and building sciences. Experienced professionals including instructors, trainers and seasoned professionals wanting to refresh or expand their knowledge base on indoor environmental quality, controls, radiant cooling with DOAS, and fluid hydraulics will also benefit from the program. This course requires an analytical mind with capacity to follow engineering concepts and design sequences.

Learning objectives:
The common denominators in best practice buildings is a good enclosure, natural low VOC interior finishes, dedicated ventilation systems and low temperature heating and high temperature cooling systems. So following the completion of the Capstone students will understand the relationships between the building and health sciences and be able to;

1. Develop concepts around high performance enclosures and healthy environments.
2. Develop concepts around source control of contaminants and air filtration.
3. Develop concepts around environments which enable thermal comfort.
4. Develop concepts around low temperature heating and high temperature cooling systems.
5. Understand the concepts and difference between energy efficiency and exergy efficiency.
6. Convert heating, cooling and ventilation loads into flow rates.
7. Design hydronic piping and control strategies based on the practical applications of fluid and thermal dynamics.
8. Understand the role of control valves and balancing in hydronic heating and cooling systems.
9. Understand the fundamentals and design application for a radiant cooling and heating system using a dedicated outdoor system for ventilation and dehumidification.
10. Use with understanding the CBE online Thermal Comfort Tool.

Additionally, the student will receive over 2100 illustrated slides; over a 100 hyperlinks to industry libraries, resources, design tools, manuals and Excel spreadsheets.

For those ready to take the next step, the full curriculum is described here.


Course Modules (also suitable for individual webinar topics)

  1. Introduction

  2. Thermal Comfort Quality

  3. Indoor Air Quality (sample slides)

  4. Heat Transfer Theory (sample slides)

  5. Energy, Efficiency, Exergy, Entropy, Efficacy (sample slides)

  6. Building Science for Cold Climates (sample slides)

  7. Heat Terminal Units (sample slides)

  8. Components Modules Systems (sample slides)

  9. Pressure Theory (sample slides)

  10. Flow Theory

  11. Velocity Head Loss Theory

  12. Control Valve Theory(sample slides)

  13. Application System Head Loss

  14. Fluid-Expansion Expansion Tanks

  15. Air-Separation Theory

  16. Circulator Theory Selection(sample slides )

  17. Low Loss Headers

  18. Control Logic Theory (sample slides )

  19. Radiant-Cooling-&-Heating Part 1 (sample slides)

  20. Radiant-Cooling-&-Heating Part 2

For a more detailed background on what this course covers see these free slide presentations:

Relationship Between Building Performance, Thermal Comfort, and Indoor Air Quality

Relationship between HVAC System Types and Energy and Exergy Efficiency, Entropy, Thermal Efficacy, IAQ and Thermal Comfort

"I learned more about heating and air quality from 1 hr listening to Robert @healthyheating than I did in university".  Lloyd Alter, B.Arch., O.A.A., Managing Editor, Editor of Design / Toronto, TreeHugger

"It is rare when such a course is as open ended as yours. It was better than most university level courses that I have taken. Our class discussions regarding radiant walls, floors, simplicity and systems were excellent."
C.D. Cucco, B.Env.St., B. Arch., M.Eng., P.Eng.

"I consider Robert Bean to be one of the most knowledgeable professionals in this field. Not just in North America, but globally. Robert presents the “big picture” of how indoor environmental quality affects human comfort, productivity, and health. He is adept at explaining that it’s not just room air temperature, but rather a complex interaction of room air temperature, humidity, mean radiant temperature, ventilation rate, lighting, sound, and even odors that determine the true quality of an interior environment. Robert explains complex topics in ways that are understandable, applicable, and entertaining. He doesn’t just share his opinions, but builds his points and recommendations upon solid research, extensive references, and scientific reason. An opportunity to learn the details of integrated system design from Robert is indeed one to be savored.”
John Siegenthaler, P.E., author of "Modern Hydronic Heating"


Past students said...

Fantastic course, really enjoying the blend of breadth and depth!

Thanks a lot for this one-of-a-kind course! It was worth the effort...

Thank you for a very educational class, I've learned a lot especially on how to calculate the Cv for control valves and Radiant cooling, thank you again for the class..."

My knowledge in heat transfer and building science principles is good. However, this week I learned the intricacies of integrating IEQ into the equation.

Fantastic course. Dense with info!

I am becoming more and more interested in this topic of exergy efficiency, mostly inspired by your graph and the readings in the course. Thanks!

Content is fantastic.

Overall, this is fantastic and timely material, I'm learning a lot and am thrilled I signed up.

I'm happy to be taking a class from you.

Thank you very much for accumulating all of this knowledge over the years and sharing it with us.

Thank you very much for assembling this strong mix of material in both lectures and links to outside resources. I started with an interest in improving the indoor environment for others and this course certainly reinforced that interest. It also equipped me with more tools than I had originally expected to gain.

Online registration is now open for the March 2015 course.

If you have any questions about the course you can talk with us directly at our Linked-In discussion group or though the HeatSpring Learning Institute.


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