Online educational resource on achieving indoor environmental quality with radiant based HVAC systems
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Programs from 2005 to 2013 have been archived. If you wish to have access to them please contact us.


Course Titles

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Indoor Air Quality & the Built Environment (60 min.): Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is the sum of five key elements of which air quality is one. Learn how each step in the construction process, from land selection to construction systems to HVAC maintenance influences the occupant’s respiratory systems. (Focus is on residential construction) 

Indoor Comfort Quality & the Built Environment (60 min.): Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is the sum of five key elements of which thermal comfort quality is one. Learn how the built environment influences the occupant’s thermal sensory systems.

Indoor Environmental Quality (60 min.): Learn “why” IEQ is importantan introductory  course on human physiology and the built environment - for students or recent grads of engineering, architectural and interior design programs or for contractors and other field staff looking at upgrading their knowledge.  

Building Science for the HVAC student (60 min): An overview of thermal, pressure and moisture forces which affect the building envelope, occupant comfort and indoor air quality. 

Human Factors in HVAC (60 – 90 min.): A look at demographics and socioeconomic factors in relationship to conditioning aging occupants with radiant and dedicated outdoor air systems.
(An ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Series Program)

Keeping it Simple (60 min.): Applying the principles of industrial design and ergonomics to HVAC systems for reducing carbon emissions whilst making systems simpler and more affordable. For anyone involved in public relations, marketing, manufacturing and distribution. 

Radiant Cooling and Heating Systems (60 min.): Overview of radiant systems including a look at thermal comfort, ventilation and dehumidification with dedicated outdoor air systems, and electrical and thermal efficiencies. Case studies include the radiant cooled Bangkok Airport and Manitoba Hydro Building projects. (An ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Series Program) 

Flooring as a Heat Exchanger (60-90 min.): A look at the properties and characteristics of floor coverings which influence floor heating and cooling designs. Discussion will be around emissivity, reflectivity, absorptivity, transmissivity, conductivity, coefficient of expansion and out-gassing. 

Snow Melting Systems (60 min.): A look at good design principles based on the 4C’s (client, control, construction, and calculation), a study of how storm characteristics influence design, performance and operating costs. (An ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Series Program) 

History of Radiant based HVAC Systems (60 min.): A 12,000 year pictorial overview of mankind’s use of radiant based heating and cooling systems. From Korea, China, Rome, Iraq, Alaska, and the Civil War this is an illustrated presentation from around the world.  

Fundamentals of Hydronic Series (45 - 90 min. each):

•           Air Separation and Fluid Expansion

•           Control Signals

•           Control Valve Theory

•           Differential Pressure Control

•           Fluid, Flow and Velocity

•           Zone Valves vs. Zone Circulators

•           Inspecting Hydronic Heating System 

Introductory Hydronics (3 hours): Overview of the basics in fluid, flow and velocity, heat transfer, air separation and fluid expansion, control valve theory, and differential pressure control. This course is well suited to anyone from the air side of the business that may be considering fluid based systems such as those used in solar, heat pumps, fan/coils or radiant based cooling and heating systems.

Achieving LEED’s IEQ through Integrated Design (3 hours): This program pulls together the fields of building and health sciences to create indoor environmental quality with high performance buildings. The course covers indoor comfort, air quality, materials choices, building and mechanical systems. 

Industry Leadership Workshop (8 hours): This full day non technical program is for industry leaders holding positions in public relations, marketing and sales, for those involved in product design, managers of design departments or educators in the field of health and building science. It explores the macro and micro challenges industry faces in growing the value of radiant based HVAC systems through improvement demands in indoor environmental quality.  

Required Skill Sets For Leaders, Managers and Technicians Working In the Radiant Based HVAC Business. (60 min.):  Wearing blinders and being the fastest to run around the track may have worked for the last 20 years but this is a new era in business and you’ll need more than endurance and a whip to get you through.  Robert will point out the 11 skill sets leaders, manager and technician must develop to stay in the race. 

Sustainability (60 min.): Sustainability is a branch of philosophy that corrals engineering principles which can be used to measure ones earth stewardship. Learn how radiant based HVAC systems are positioned to become recognized as an important design element within sustainable developments. 

E5 = Energy, Efficiency, Entropy, Exergy and Efficacy (60 min): This one hour program is an introduction to the definitions and practical applications of five of the most important words in sustainable architecture. It explains why we can’t save energy, why when we use energy at a load we need to use all of it with no waste, why we need to match up source temperatures to load temperatures and why energy use is based on a system and not a component. 

Exergy and its Role in Sustainability (60 min.): Exergy is the ultimate measurement of energy use by asking such questions as, “why generate 1500C (2800F) temperatures through combustion when we only need to maintain 22C (72 F) space temperatures?”  Exergy describes the usefulness of energy and how effective society is at maximizing this usefulness. Learn how exergy analysis validates furnace and boiler efficiencies of 98% but reveals only 5% exergy efficiency. 

Inspecting Hydronic Systems (60 min.): A perfect course for those inspecting hydronic heating systems or those new to the business and want an introduction to the correct process of designing and specifying systems…we teach what is right so one may know what is wrong. 

Basic Drafting and Graphics Creation for Technical Presentations (Three days): Introductory course on using Autodesk’s AutoCAD Lt™ and Microsoft’s Visio™ to generate graphics and Adobe Pro to capture text, graphics and tables for importation into Microsoft’s PowerPoint™.  Includes instruction on how to set up master slide formats, use shading and animations to illustrate thermal and fluid flow as well as how to animate equipment such as circulators and valves.  Also covered is inserting video and external links to spreadsheets or design programs.

Healthy Heating Integrated Design Course: How to establish low energy allowances for delivering thermal comfort and indoor air quality in modern buildings.

This program covers the relationships between the building and health sciences with a focus on thermal comfort and indoor air quality; and energy and exergy efficiency in building and HVAC systems. Course has a heavy emphasis on radiant based HVAC systems including heat transfer principles between occupants and building enclosures; fluid flow and fluid hydraulics in low temperature radiant heating systems and high temperature radiant cooling systems; control valve, balancing and circulator theory for hybrid systems; expansion tank sizing and air separation theory; plus a look at the use of the psychrometric chart for moisture analysis and ASHRAE’s design nomograph for designing radiant cooling and heating and snow melt systems for medium to large buildings.

This is course is specifically for recent graduates of university or institute of technology programs in mechanical/HVAC engineering, architectural and interior design; design/build contractors, those in distribution and inspection who already have design certifications from TECA, HRAI or NAIT/CHC etc. It is also for educators and practicing professional engineers/technologists who want to increase their knowledge base in specialized but integrated topics related to the fields of conditioning people and buildings with hybrid mechanical systems.

Included with the fee is three days of instruction, a 500 plus page 11 x 17 color formatted course document with over 1900 slides plus industry software and other design documents and tools. All students will have access to the electronic version library for future updates and additional content.

Modules for three day program

Components- Modules-Systems

Association Courses and Programs: In addition to the above programs, Robert also teaches the HRAI of Canada’s four day Residential Radiant Hydronics Certification Course, the three day Residential Indoor Air Quality Awareness Course and ASHRAE’s Fundamentals of Panel Heating and Cooling Professional Development short course.  Contact HRAI or ASHRAE for details. 

All courses can be formatted for continuing education LUs  or PDH's – contact us for details.

"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." Christopher D. Cucco, B.Env.St., B. Arch., M.Eng., P.Eng.

Association Programs


  • Inspecting Hydronic Systems to CSA B214

HRAI of Canada

  • Residential Radiant Hydronics Design Certification Course

  • Residential Indoor Air Quality Awareness Course


Professional Development Program

  • Fundamentals of Radiant Cooling and Heating

  • ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy

Distinguished Lecturer

  • Human Factor in HVAC

  • Radiant Based HVAC

  • Snow Melting

AIA Continuing Education programs presented on behalf of Uponor, an AIA Registered Provider

  • Frost Prevention

  • Radiant Systems

  • Thermal Comfort

  • Snow Melting

Radiant Panel Association Webinars

  • Radiant Systems

  • Snow Melting

  • Air Separation

  • Fluid Expansion

  • Control Signals

  • Control Valve Theory

  • Differential Pressure

  • Fluid, Flow and Velocity

  • Valves vs. Circulators

  • Skill Sets for Leaders

  • Sustainability

  • Floor Coverings

  • Indoor Air Quality

  • Human Factors in HVAC

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