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Integrated Design Course: The Interaction and Connection between Buildings, HVAC System, and Indoor Environmental Quality


North American Professional Mechanical Trade Associations

ACCA
CIPH
COHA
HRAI
IAPMO (RPA)
MCAA
MCAC
TECA

North American Professional Engineering and Design Associations

AIA
ASHRAE
ASID
IDCA
RAIC

2014 Professional Development - Continuing Education Programs
Here's where I'll be in 2014 - and how you can participate - hope to see you out!

January, 2014

Course #1: ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. ASHRAE New York City Conference, ASHRAE Learning Institute Short Course:  January 21, 2014, Tuesday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Javits Center, Room: 1C04

Based on ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, this course covers the theory and principles of the standard. It is intended to bridge the gap between the design practitioner’s knowledge of the built environment and its thermal relationship to the occupant’s physiology and psychology. Using examples, the course illustrates how to achieve compliance with the standard for the purposes of satisfying the requirements of various building performance programs such as LEED.


Seminar #1 Radiant Heating and Cooling System Fundamentals and Applications
ASHRAE New York City Conference, Tuesday, January 21, 8:00 AM-9:30 AM. Room: Mercury. Seminar 33 (Intermediate), Optimized Control Strategies for Chilled Beams and Radiant Panels, Track: Systems and Equipment

In-slab radiant heating and cooling systems continue to gain momentum on high performance buildings. A radiant design strategy embodies the integration of architectural design and HVAC systems design with overall energy efficiency and comfort in mind. This seminar explores the fundamental concepts of how in-slab radiant systems work, how they are designed, constructed and controlled, and how they can be used as part of an energy efficient design solution to maximize energy performance. Download slides.
 


HRAI of Canada: Radiant Hydronic Design Certification Course. Winnipeg, January 21, 22, 23 & 24

This 4-day certification program covers the design of basic residential boiler systems and radiant hydronic heating systems. Topics covered include: converting heating load calculations into water flow rates and fluid temperatures, pipe sizes, flow velocities, head losses, surface temperatures, floor coverings, tube spacing and controls. Equipment selection includes boilers, circulators, valves, air separators and expansion tanks. This course will be invaluable to persons installing and designing new or modifying existing hot water radiant heating systems in residential buildings. HRAI strongly recommends that individuals interested in attending this course have prior knowledge of Residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations and experience in calculating friction losses in ducts or pipes.


February, 2014

HRAI of Canada: Radiant Hydronic Design Certification Course. Victoria, February 10, 11, 12 & 13

See course description above


March, 2014

Better Buildings: Better Business Conference (download brochure)

Seminar #1, Human Factors in HVAC: Thermal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality for Lifetime Housing, Thursday, Mar 6th, 1:30–2:45 pm, Portia Room.

The expression, "long term care" rarely invokes thoughts of a non-institutional healthcare facility, such as one's own home; toss in phrases such as, "Aging in Place" or "Universal Design" and most people think of devices or aids for daily living and wheel chair accessibility. Very few housing programs consider the indoor environmental ergonomics needed for a maturing population. This presentation will prepare designers, manufacturers and trades people to consider the human factors in HVAC for a growing population of elders.

1. Discover how age related physical and cognitive challenges conflict with “modern” HVAC systems.
2. Discover how age related physical and cognitive challenges fit in with naturally ventilated buildings and adaptability.
3. Discover how age related physical and cognitive challenges affect maintenance of HVAC systems.
4. Learn what to consider and advise client s for HVAC equipment and systems in Lifetime Housing.


Seminar #2, The Interaction and Connection between Buildings, HVAC System, and Indoor Environmental Quality, Thursday, Mar 6th, 3:15–4:30 pm. Aralia/Marula Rooms

In reviewing literature representing thermal comfort, indoor air quality, building performance and HVAC, it is apparent that a central temperature of 77.5F+/- 22.5F (25C+/- 12.5C ) is common to the highest performing buildings delivering the highest indoor environmental quality. This range captures temperatures of the human body whilst enabling peak efficiency from mechanical systems. Within this zone there are improvements to thermal efficacy, a reduction in entropy and a facilitation of exergy efficiency with renewable resources; and a reduced breakdown of building materials, and improved perceptions of thermal comfort and air quality. A new graph will be presented to show how elements within indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and the building and HVAC technologies that control or otherwise affect it are interactive and connected.

1. Discuss building performance, HVAC exchanger surface areas and temperatures.
2. Explain the relationship between, energy, exergy, efficiency, entropy and efficacy.
3. Understand the concepts around low temperature heating and high temperature cooling.
4. Explain the sustainability risk to society when conserving energy is the exclusive goal.
 


Mar 31st, 2014, Monday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm EDT

ASHRAE Learning Institute Short Course: ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, Halifax, NS Canada, March 19th, 2014. Location TBA

ASHRAE Learning Institute Short Course: ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, Webinar, Mar 31st, 2014, Monday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm EDT

See course description above.


April 7th and 8th, 2014

ASHRAE High Performance Building Conference, San Francisco


April 23rd and 24th, 2014

Radiant Cooling, Uponor Sales Meeting & Convention, Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. 


June 22 to July 3rd, 2014

ASHRAE Annual General Meeting, Seattle, WA


Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 11:00 am Eastern time

Host: Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating

Topic: CSA B214 What you need to know about Inspection and Enforcement Webinar

http://www.ciph.com/en/news/comments/CSA-B214-What-you-need-to-know-about-Inspection-and-Enforcement-Webinar
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern time

Host: Building Design and Construction and Uponor

Topic: The Interaction and Connection between Buildings, HVAC, and Indoor Environmental Quality

https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1039370
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Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 12: Noon Eastern time.

Host: IAPMO/RPA

From the Boiler Room with Mark Eatherton and Dave Yates

Contact Mark Eatherton (
Mark.Eatherton@iapmo.org ) to request an invitation (limited seats available)

Guests: Siggy and the Bean (John Siegenthaler, P.E. and Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L.(Eng.))

Topic: Dispelling radiant heating and cooling myths.
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September 22 - November 28, 2014

Host: Heat Spring and BNP Media

Integrated HVAC Engineering: Mastering Comfort, Health, and Efficiency. 

Topic: ASHRAE 55 addresses comfort. ASHRAE 62 addresses ventilation. ASHRAE 90 and 189 address efficiency. LEED and others attempt to address the entire universe. You cannot understand these dogmatic systems without truly understanding first how to integrate comfort, health, and efficiency to the maximum benefit of the building occupants. This course is crafted for the select few who thirst for comprehensive knowledge. Those who desire a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles of designing great indoor environments, buildings, and HVAC systems. Includes numerous field-ready calculators and design tools. 
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October 1st to 4th, 2014

Host: HRAI of Canada

Radiant Hydronic Design Certification Course.

Calgary, Alberta

Topic: This 4-day certification program covers the design of basic residential boiler systems and radiant hydronic heating systems. Topics covered include: converting heating load calculations into water flow rates and fluid temperatures, pipe sizes, flow velocities, head losses, surface temperatures, floor coverings, tube spacing and controls. Equipment selection includes boilers, circulators, valves, air separators and expansion tanks. This course will be invaluable to persons installing and designing new or modifying existing hot water radiant heating systems in residential buildings. HRAI strongly recommends that individuals interested in attending this course have prior knowledge of Residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations and experience in calculating friction losses in ducts or pipes.
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Thursday, October 9th, 2014 all day

Host: ASHRAE Minneapolis Chapter

Energy Expo

http://mnashrae.org/meetinginfo.php?id=52&ts=1398694011

Topic: The 8th annual Energy Expo is just around the corner! Building on the success of last years well received layout, we have reserved even more space at the beautiful Saint Paul River Centre. Technical sessions will be given throughout the day - Check back for an updated schedule. We also plan to continue the open attendee/vendor atmosphere for lunch without a formal keynote speaker. A tour of the District Energy plant - which provides heating and cooling to downtown Saint Paul - will also be set up and a separate email will be sent out for registration closer to the event. The number of tour participants will be limited, so make sure you register early to secure a spot.
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October 27th and 28th, 2014

Host: IAPMO

Topic: Solar Energy & Hydronics Technical Committee meetings

http://www.iapmo.org/Documents/2015_USEC_USPSHTC_Timeline.pdf

Ontario, California
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November 5th and 6th, 2014

CIPHEX West 2014, Calgary, Alberta, November 5 & 6, 2014.

Seminar #1, Building Science 101: Enclosures as a filter, sponge and capacitor

Description: Today's heating contractor by necessity is transforming into a building and systems advisor. This is an introductory course on the science of buildings including a study of materials and moisture and heat flows through the enclosure; the role of high performance building techniques on energy, thermal comfort and indoor air quality.

Target audience: This seminar is for those who might be considering the building/energy auditing field or for those design practitioners who find themselves struggling to find answers to client questions related to new building performance program.

Seminar #2, Updated ASHRAE Design Methodology for Snow Melting Systems

Description: Although the Class Method is still used by many in industry, the Percentile Design Method was introduced into the ASHRAE handbooks shortly following the release of the 2001 ASHRAE Research Project 1090 Development of a Two-Dimensional Transient Model of Snow Melting Systems. The course is an introduction to this methodology and includes a study of storm characteristics and the effect on control strategies and slab surface performance.

Target audience: This seminar is for those who already hold industry design certifications in radiant heating from CIPH/CHC, COHA, HRAI and TECA; and recent grads of HVAC technology and engineering programs; or for the practicing engineer or technologist who wants to prepare for in-depth studies in snow melting systems.
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November 20th, 2014

Hosted by Thermal Environmental Comfort Association. Members of ASHRAE, BCIT, UBC, UofVic, AIBC, MCA, CHBABC all welcome.

Registration

Seminar #1, ASHRAE Standard 55 - Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy

The seminar takes designers through a short history of thermal comfort research; describes the human physiological responses to the thermal environment and identifies the compliance criteria in ASHRAE Standard 55.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the milestones in thermal comfort research
2. Explain heat transfer from and to the human body.
3. Explain human physiological responses to the thermal environment
4. Describe the 4 general factors, 4 localized factors and two personal factors and how they are described in
ASHRAE Standard 55

Seminar #2, E^5: Energy, Exergy, Efficacy, Entropy and Efficiency

This presentation is an introduction to 2nd law exergy efficiency and why the exclusive reliance on 1st law energy conservation is detrimental to society and in conflict with the philosophical definition of sustainability.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain how buildings are transforming and why that has an impact on operating temperatures.
2. Explain the relationship between u values, surface areas and temperatures used for space heating
3. Explain the relationships between energy, exergy, efficiency entropy, and efficacy
4. Describe why it is important that while society moves to greater energy efficiency there must also be a corresponding increase in exergy efficiency.

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December 8th to 11th, 2014

Host: HRAI of Canada

Radiant Hydronic Design Certification Course.

Edmonton, Alberta

Topic: This 4-day certification program covers the design of basic residential boiler systems and radiant hydronic heating systems. Topics covered include: converting heating load calculations into water flow rates and fluid temperatures, pipe sizes, flow velocities, head losses, surface temperatures, floor coverings, tube spacing and controls. Equipment selection includes boilers, circulators, valves, air separators and expansion tanks. This course will be invaluable to persons installing and designing new or modifying existing hot water radiant heating systems in residential buildings. HRAI strongly recommends that individuals interested in attending this course have prior knowledge of Residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations and experience in calculating friction losses in ducts or pipes.
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