Online educational resource on achieving indoor environmental quality with radiant based HVAC systems
 


Robert Bean
ASHRAE Fellow & Distinguished Lecturer
Retired Registered Engineering Technologist In Building Constriction Engineering and Retired Professional Licensee in Mechanical Engineering

Wall Street Journal Interview
Why Your Office Feels So Cold


Have you ever wondered why people will spend more time and money researching veterinary services for their pets, health service for themselves and others than on their own home? They will spend countless hours looking into the details before buying a bicycle, car, boat or plane. They will look into consumer reviews before buying an appliances or service. Yet their home is likely the biggest asset they have and the place they will spend the most amount of time. In under two hours you can learn the key points of what I have learned over 40 years.

Two hours for a lifetime of benefits...think about that then text us a message indicating your interest to discuss your project.

(403) 560-5769


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Residential Samples

Featured Projects:
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I love sharing my knowledge and have a career of professional public speaking experience in front of audiences of all types all over North America and Europe.

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Video sample from a round table discussion.

Audio sample from a radio interview.

 

 

Private client services:

If you need private project counselling send me a text message at 403.560.5769. Provide a brief description of your project including location. If you have drawings send them as well. We'll agree on a day and time and I'll set up an invoice for one of the three options below, payable securely through PayPal or interact. I'll send you a zoom link prior to the meetings. Feel free to have your team on the call as well.

Project Counselling

Effective January 1st 2019, I have retired our project engineering and design review services from Indoor Climate Consultants Inc. as I wind down to spend more time with my fishing rod, skis and guitar.

However, every successful project I worked on started with a 1.5 to 2 hour project counselling session and that service is still available for a fee.

Based on my 40+ years of experience in the design and construction of buildings and engineering indoor environments through an informative process... we will discuss these subjects depending on your needs:

1. Project Objectives
a. Retirement Property
b. Transitional Property
c. Investment Property

2. Human Factor Design & Indoor Environmental Quality (with emphasis on ageing and consideration for homes being a space for health, healing and end of life care)
a. Sound Quality
b. Thermal Comfort Quality
c. Indoor Air Quality
d. Lighting Quality
e. Odour Quality
f. Vibration Quality

3. Architectural Design
a. Passive vs active solutions
b. Impact on all sensory systems (see 2 above)
c. Impact on mechanical and electrical systems including simplicity vs complexity
d. Impact on energy preservation and conservation
e. Impact on energy efficiency of systems and equipment
f. Impact on resiliency
g. Impact on sustainability
h. Framing styles and impact on mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems
i. Landscaping (hardscapes and softscapes) considerations for property accessability, air quality, thermal comfort and sound (yes landscaping matters!).

4. Enclosure Design
a. Window selection for light, sound, natural ventilation and thermal comfort
b. Effect of solar radiation on artifacts, collectibles, paintings, musical instruments
c. Framing styles & insulation types to reduce thermal bridging and sound transmission
d. Air tightness for conservation of energy and thermal comfort and air quality
e. Foundation and soil characteristic considerations for air quality, thermal comfort and energy conservation and efficiency includes discussion on radon and under slab insulation.

5. Interior Design (not to be confused with interior decorating)
a. Effects on indoor air quality, sound, thermal comfort and energy efficiency
b. Hygiene and interior finishes for reduced outgassing
c. Outgassing and particle generation from materials and finishes

6. Mechanical Design

a. Heating options (radiant and convective systems)
b. Cooling options (radiant and convective systems)
c. Conditioning air for air, sound and thermal quality (humidity, particles and gasses)
d. Conditioning surfaces for thermal, air and sound quality
e. Domestic water heating options
f. Central vacuum system consideration for exhaust considerations
g. Exhaust air from pollution sources and intake air requirements
h. Kitchen ventilation for gas and induction ranges including hood designs and make up air options
i. Ventilation options including HRV or ERV's and filtration.
j. Special spaces (spas, steam rooms, pools, gyms etc)
k. Snow and ice melt system considerations
l. Drying rooms in laundry spaces (alternative to dryers)
M. Heat and cooling of outdoor spaces.

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Past and present clients.
Over the years I have worked with many of the industries leading organizations in various capacities from distribution, strategic planning, product development, engineering support and education; some of these clients are listed below:

  • Armstrong

  • B.A. Robinson

  • Boone Plg & Htg.

  • Booz Allen Hamilton

  • Charlton & Hill

  • Clorius

  • Dahl Brothers (Canada)

  • Danfoss

  • Daikin

  • Expanflex (H & G)

  • Ferguson

  • FlatPlate

  • Honeywell

  • IMI Group

  • ISTA

  • JAGA

  • Mckinsey & Co. (Europe)

  • Myson

  • Regent Group

  • Rehau

  • Rocky Mountain Properties

  • SGL Group

  • Spirotherm

  • Taco Canada

  • Therma-Stor

  • Tour & Andersson

  • Uponor

  • Watts/Heatway

  • Weil McLain

  • Winters

  • Wolseley
     

  • ARUP

  • ACI/HPC

  • ACCA

  • AHAC

  • ASCC

  • AMCA

  • ANHWP

  • ASHRAE

  • ASID

  • ASPE

  • Building Science Corporation

  • Building Knowledge Canada

  • BC Building Envelope Council

  • BC Housing

  • Branch Pattern

  • Building, Design, Construction (BDC)

  • Business Information Group

  • BNP Media

  • CCTech

  • CIPH/CHC

  • CHBA

  • COHA

  • Commercial Building Products

  • Delos (WELL)

  • ECW (Seventhwave)

  • Eden Energy

  • GeoExchange BC

  • Gov't of Alta.

  • HeatSpring Learning Institute

  • HRAI

  • IAPMO

  • Kitchen & Bath Business

  • Penton Media

  • Positive Energy

  • Passive House (Austin)

  • Passive House (NW)

  • RPA

  • Rogers Media

  • TECA

  • Various consultants and consumers in the process of strategic planning or resolving issues.

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