Integrated HVAC Engineering

Online

Length: 14 weeks

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

Subjects: Renewable HVAC: HVAC Design, Green Building: Building Science

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Description

Learn from a seasoned design integrator Robert Bean to get to the heart of indoor climate and energy engineering.

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.

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 radiant based low temperature heating and high temperature cooling systems.

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 radiant based 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.

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Included: Over a Dozen Excel Calculators

This course includes over a dozen Excel tools for performing critical calculations, such as: the inside surface temperature of walls, ventilation rates for the current and previous version of ASHRAE Standard 62.2, exergy, and much more.

This Course Goes Beyond ASHRAE, LEED, HERS, and BPI

At most workshops you don't have time to get into this level of detail. This course is comprehensive and challenging. You'll walk away with a new perspective and the skills to harmoniously combine knowledge from different disciplines into an integrated final design.

Self-Paced Online Course

You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. The course will not officially begin until the scheduled start date, but students are encouraged to work ahead when possible.

Access Information and Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Earn a Certificate of Completion

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Self Report with Certificate: 24 AIA LU/HSW Credits

This course is a game changer. The materials presented represent a solid core understanding from which you can expand your expertise, career and impact outward in many directions. By putting the material in context—both historically and from the perspective of the occupant's experience of an indoor environment—Robert Bean makes the path forward obvious and even inspiring. The next steps are for each of us in the industry to present the view and the logic of integrated design to our clients and communities, and to make high performance designs mainstream.

- Kristof Irwin, Positive Energy

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 learned more about heating and air quality from 1 hour listening to Robert than I did in university.

- Lloyd Alter, Managing Editor, TreeHugger

Anybody that is serious about energy efficiency should take this course. Thanks for doing this.

- Alvin Miller, HVAC maintenance, Kendal-Crosslands Retirement Communities

The knowledge provided in this course is a must have for today's HVAC designer. It was refreshing for a course to provide such detail into the background and nuts and bolts of integrated HVAC design.

- Michael Reimer, AME Group

This is truly a one-of-a-kind course for the following reasons: 1) it deals with the issue of "integration" in building design in a systematic manner; 2) it demonstrates a unique approach to design that is sustainability and occupant centered; 3) it brings a good balance of science, fundamental theory, and practice; and 4) it is taught by an inspirational and charismatic leader in the field.

- Rodrigo Mora, British Columbia Institute of Technology

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"

This course is excellent! For those of you who want to increase your expertise in HVAC and integrated design, this course is for you. From the building professional to the designer and the architect, you'll all learn lots which will help break down the design silos in your firm.

- Brad Pederson, Interwest Mechanical

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Instructor

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

Pres., ICC INc.

Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L.(Eng.) is a registered engineering technologist in building construction and a professional licensee in mechanical engineering. He is president of Indoor Climate Consulting Inc. and director of www.healthyheating.com. He serves the ASHRAE Learning Institute and ASHRAE TC's 2.1, 6.1, 6.5, 7.4 and SSPC 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human...[more]

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Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can complete the material whenever is convenient and work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. The course discussion board is a great place to interact with other students and ask questions. Expect to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the course. This session runs for the posted dates and you will receive weekly emails to keep you on pace. Course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after the course ends. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.

  • Introduction to HeatSpring (1 minute) (Video) preview
  • Credits (Text)
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Join the Alumni Network: Add education to your LinkedIn profile in one click (Resource)
  • Webinar recording: "Relationship Between Building Performance, Thermal Comfort, and Indoor Air Quality" (1 hour, 16 minutes) (Video) preview
  • Lecture slides (Download .pdf)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Week 1 - Introduction + Thermal Comfort + IAQ

In this first week, we'll introduce ourselves and the key concepts and teams that we'll be using throughout the course. Included are the human factors behind thermal comfort and indoor air quality.

  • Pre-Introduction Assignment 1: Watch, "The Cog" (2:01 ) Defines the world of engineering and consumer expectations. (Resource)
  • Pre-Introduction Assignment 2: Watch Bruno Bozzetto Animation, "Neuro" (2:40) Illustrates the stress created by poor environmental factors. (Resource)
  • Pre-Introduction Assignment 3: Download and browse: Galton, D. (c. 1896) Observations on the construction of healthy dwellings: namely houses, hospitals, barracks, asylums, etc. Oxford Press (Resource)
  • Lesson 1: Watch Lesson 1 Slide Presentation (61:00) Course "housekeeping" and Introduces concept of human factor design, relationships between building scientists and health scientists, conflict between codes and standards. (Video) preview
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 2: Download and browse for familiarity: Auliciems, A., Szokolay, S.V. (2007) Thermal Comfort. Passive and Low Energy Architecture International (PLEA Note #3), Design Tools and Techniques. Department of Architecture, University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072 (Resource)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 2: Download and browse for familiarity, “Huizenga, C., Zhang , H., Mattelaer, P., Yu, T., Arens, E., Lyons, P. (2006) Window Performance For Human Thermal Comfort. Final Report to The National Fenestration Rating Council.” (Resource)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson Two Download and read for familiarity, "Modeling the comfort effects of short-wave solar radiation indoors" (Resource)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 2: Read, "Bean, R. 2012. Thermal Comfort: Indeed a Condition of Mind (in simple terms)" (Resource)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 2: Download, "Thermal Comfort, The Foundation of People’s Well-Being" (Thermal Comfort - Instrumentation Brochure) (Download .pdf)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 2: Browse, "Ekici, C., Atilgan, I. 2013. A comparison of suit dresses and summer clothes in the terms of thermal comfort. Journal of Environmental Health Sciences & Engineering" (Resource)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 2: Browse, "Hedge, A. 2004. Linking Environmental Conditions to Productivity. Cornell University, Dept. Design & Environmental Analysis NYS College of Human Ecology. Eastern Ergonomics Conference and Exposition, New York." (Resource)
  • Lesson 2: Watch Lesson 2 Slide Presentation - Part 1 of 4 (24:00) History of thermal comfort research and ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. (Video)
  • Lesson 2: Watch Lesson 2 Slide Presentation - Part 2 of 4 (13:50) Physiological systems for regulating heat in the human body. (Video)
  • Lesson 2: Watch Lesson 2 Slide Presentation - Part 3 of 4 (49:18) Overview of ASHRAE Standard 55 and compliance tools. (Video)
  • Lesson 2: Watch Lesson 2 Slide Presentation - Part 4 of 4 (36:13) Determining Mean Radiant and Operative Temperature for compliance with ASHRAE Standard 55. (Video)
  • Post Lesson 2: Download Excel Spreadsheet Download Excel Spreadsheet “Inside surface temp calculator V4” and make comparisons by changing the available options. You will receive an expanded version of this tool for your Capstone Project. Password to open file is: "healthyheating2" (Download .xls)
  • Post Lesson 2 - Interactive Exercise: Explore the online CBE Thermal Comfort Tool - manipulate each of the metrics and observe the results. You will use this tool in your Capstone Project. (Resource)
  • Post Lesson 2 Reading Assignment: Read, "Peffer, T. Thermostat wars and other tales from the field. California Institute for Energy and Environment. BECC 2012, Nov. 14, 2012" (Resource)
  • Post Lesson 2 Reading Assignment Read for general knowledge, "English, T. (2015) Comparison of Standard Comfort Ranges in Healthcare Settings. CH-15-C019, ASHRAE Transactions. Chicago 2015" (Resource)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 3 Download and browse for familiarity, "ASHRAE Position Statement on Indoor Air Quality" (Resource)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 3: Download and browse for familiarity, ASHRAE Position Statement on Airborne Infectious Diseases" (Resource)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 3 Register, download and browse for familiarity the ASHRAE Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning (Resource)
  • Download and browse for familiarity, “ASHRAE Position Statement on Legionellosis" (Download .pdf)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 3: Download and browse for familiarity, ASHRAE Position Document on “Filtration and Air Cleaning" (Download .pdf)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 3: Download and browse for familiarity, “ASHRAE Position Statement on Limiting Indoor Mold and Dampness in Buildings" (Resource)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 3: Download and browse for familiarity, “ASHRAE Position Statement on Unvented Combustion Devices and IAQ " (Resource)
  • Preparation Reading Assignment for Lesson 3 Download and read for understanding, "Air filters and air cleaners: Rostrum by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Indoor Allergen Committee" (Download .pdf)
  • Preparation for Lesson 3: Watch video, "Jessica Green: Are we filtering the wrong microbes?" (5:25) (Resource)
  • Lesson 3: Watch Lesson 3 Slide Presentation Part 1 (31:32) Introduction to indoor air quality, standards, and sample of papers published in health journals to illustrate that the building and health professionals are connected by the needs of the occupant. (Video)
  • Lesson 3: Watch Lesson 3 Slide Presentation Part 2 (13:40) Moisture and microbial. (Video)
  • Lesson 3: Watch Lesson 3 Slide Presentation Part 3 (14:32) Volatile organic compounds (VOC's). (Video)
  • Lesson 3: Watch Lesson 3 Slide Presentation Part 4 (18:56) Gases and particulate. (Video)
  • Lesson 3: Watch Lesson 3 Slide Presentation Part 5 (23:42) Respiration and contamination. (Video)
  • Post Reading Assignment for Lesson 3: Read for understanding, “Bean, R. (2012) Part I Source Control: Using the National Research Council of Canada's IA-QUEST VOC Emission and Simulation Tool” (Resource)
  • Post Lesson 3: Download and Read for Familiarity, Wyon, D.P., Wargocki, P. (2013) "Effects of indoor environment on performance". REHVA Journal (Resource)
  • Post Lesson 3: Download Software (PC based) (You will need to unzip a ZIPX file) Download NRC's IA-Quest VOC Simulation Software. Note this is an archived and unsupported PC based software tool developed by the Government of Canada NRC-IRC program. It is not a prerequisite to use it and some may not be able to successfully download it (Download .zipx)
  • Post Lesson 3: Download Excel Spreadsheet Download Excel Spreadsheet ASHRAE 62.2 2011 vs 2013 and make comparisons by changing the available options. Note the differences in differential pressures and duct sizes between the two versions. Password to open file is: "healthyheating1" (Download .xls)
  • Recommended Student Resource: Familiarize yourself with IAQ Radio and its archives of past interviews with leading IAQ researchers (Resource)
  • Additional IAQ Software Resources: Familiarize yourself with this EPA page and if you have time, download the tools. I've not used the EPA software so can't comment on it but feel free to let us know your thoughts if you decide to try them. (Resource)
  • File structure for IA-Quest (temporary - not course curriculum) This is what the file structure should look like... (Download .pdf)
Week 2 - Heat Transfer Theory, including Exergy, Entropy, Efficacy

In this module we’ll explore the fundamentals of heat transfer as it applies to building systems and how the flow of mass and energy affect thermal comfort, indoor air quality, energy efficiency and sustainability.

  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Watch Animation 1 Science Photo Library: Conduction (< 2:00) (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Watch Animation 2 Science Photo Library: Radiation (< 2:00) (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Watch Animation 3 Science Photo Library: Convection (< 2:00) (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Watch Video 1 Autodesk Sustainability Workshop: Heat Transfer (4:32) (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Interactive Animation 4 Passive Heat transfer: Radiation, Conduction and Convection (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Read for Understanding Anatomy of an Electromagnetic Wave (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Watch for Familiarity Photons of Energy (NAAP) (appx 5:00) (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Interactive Demonstration Play with the Hydrogen Atom Simulator (NAAP) (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Interactive Demonstration Play with the Seasons Simulator (NAAP) (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Interactive Demonstration Play with the Blackbody Curves & UBV Filters (NAAP) (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Interactive Demonstration Play with the Blackbody Curves of Melting (NAAP) (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Interactive Demonstration Play with the Sun Motions Demonstrator (NAAP) (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Read for Understanding Floor Coverings: thermal and thermo-optical properties (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Download Excel Tool: Wien's displacement law - Wave Length Calculator for High and Low Temperature Surfaces. Play with input surface temperatures and observe the wave length. Open as a "Read Only" file. Password to open file is: "healthyheating3" (Download .xlsx)
  • Preparation for Lesson 4 Watch Video, "Bernoulli Principle" (Resource)
  • Excel tool for calculating energy required or released in air or water due to change in temperature. Password to open file is: "healthyheating3" (Download .xlsx)
  • Excel tool for calculating interstitial wall temperatures and weighted R value. Useful for understanding potential problem surfaces and for correcting R values due to framing factors. Password to open file is: "healthyheating3" (Download .xlsx)
  • Watch lesson 4 Watch Lesson 4 Slide Presentation Part 1 (29.58) Introduction to radiation, convection and conduction, adding and removing heat spreadsheets. (Video)
  • Watch lesson 4 Watch Lesson 4 Slide Presentation Part 2 (39:29) Radiation, emissivity, reflectivity, transmissivity & absorptivity; electromagnetic energy - infrared, visible and UV; includes Wien’s Displacement Law spreadsheet. (Video)
  • Watch lesson 4 Watch Lesson 4 Slide Presentation Part 3 (29:49) Conduction conductivity, conductance, resistance, and convection. (Video)
  • Watch lesson 4 Watch Lesson 4 Slide Presentation Part 4 (49:00) Heat loss calculation overview, wall profiler, thermal bridging, soil types, soil moisture, slab losses, and slab insulation. (Video)
  • Watch lesson 4 Watch Lesson 4 Slide Presentation Part 5 (37:00) Infiltration/exfiltration, stack effect, neutral pressure plane, conclusions (Video)
  • Read for familiarity, Lindstrom, P.C., D.E. Fisher, C.O. Pedersen. 1998. Impact of Surface Characteristics on Radiant Panel Output, ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 104, Pt. 1, pp.1079-1089." (Resource)
  • Post Lesson 4 Video Watch, Morrison Hershfield video on, "Thermal Performance of Building Envelope Details for Mid- and High-Rise Buildings". (Resource)
  • Read for Familiarity, "Thermal Performance of Building Envelope Details for Mid- and High-Rise Buildings (1365-RP)" (Resource)
  • Read for Familiarity, "Kehrer, M., Pallin, S. Hygrothermal Material Properties for Soils in Building Science, Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences. October, 2013." (Resource)
  • Post Lesson 4 Watch Video, “Canam Stack Effect” (Resource)
Week 3 - Catch up Week

Week 4 - The E5: Energy, Exergy, Efficiency, Entropy, and Efficacy

In this module we'll look at each of these key components as they relate to conditioning people and how the W5 should guide choices in architecture, mechanical systems and energy sources.

  • Preparation for Lesson 5 Read for Understanding: Bean, R., (2013) The Interaction and Connection between Buildings, HVAC System, and Indoor Environmental Quality. ASHRAE IAQ2013 Conference Proceedings, Vancouver, Canada. Password to open = healthyheating.com.ASHRAE.IAQ2013 (Resource)
  • Reading Assignment Download free ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides. Browse for familiarity. (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 5 Read for Familiarity, Perez, R., Perez, M., A Fundamental Look at Energy Reserves for the Planet, Draft (2009). (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 5 Read for familiarity, Prek, M. (2005) Thermodynamic analysis of human heat and mass transfer and their impact on thermal comfort, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 48 731–739. Try to understand the concept of exergy and human comfort (igno (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 5 Read for familiarity, Exergy Analysis of Residential Heating Systems: Performance of Whole System vs Performance of Major Equipment (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 5 Read for Familiarity, Annex 28 Low Energy Cooling Systems (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 5 Read for Familiarity, Annex 37 Low Exergy Systems for Heating and Cooling (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 5 Read for Familiarity, Annex 49: Low Exergy Systems for High Performance Buildings and Communities (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 5 Read for Familiarity, EA EBC Annex 59 High Temperature Cooling & Low Temperature Heating In Buildings (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 5 Read for Familiarity, EBC Annex 64 LowEx Communities - Optimised Performance of Energy Supply Systems with Exergy Principles (Resource)
  • Preparation for Lesson 5 Read for Understanding, Optimized Performance of Community Energy Supply Systems with Exergy Principles (Resource)
  • Student Resources Download documents for personal interest. At the very least read the Summary report, Annex 49: Low Exergy Systems for High Performance Buildings and Communities (Resource)
  • Student Resources Go to lowex.net and download Excel file at bottom of resource list called, “Analysis Tool For The Exergy Chain”. Play with tool for familiarity. (Resource)
  • Read for understanding, Brockway, P.E., Barrett, J.R., Foxon, T.J., Steinberger, J.K. (2014) Divergence of trends in US and UK, Aggregate Exergy Efficiencies 1960-2010, Sustainability Research Institute, Paper No. 64 (Resource)
  • Excel file: Exergy versus Energy Efficiency (Download .xlsx)
  • Watch Lesson 5 Slide Presentation Part 1 (18:23) Introduction to E^5 (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 5 Slide Presentation Part 2 (20:00) Introduction to the Integrated Design Graph (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 5 Slide Presentation Part 3 (10:45) Energy, Exergy, Efficiency, Entropy, Efficacy (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 5 Slide Presentation Part 4 (19:11) Low Temperature Heating and High Temperature Cooling (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 5 Slide Presentation Part 5 (24:28) Sustainability: Risk to Society When Conservation is the Exclusive Goal (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 5 Slide Presentation Part 6 (6:16) Review of the Integrated Design Graph and Conclusions (Video)
  • Student Resource Download new Excel exergy tool, "Exergy vs Energy Efficiency". Password to open = healthyheating3 (Download .xlsx)
  • Background for Excel exergy tool, "Exergy vs Energy Efficiency". Not a course requirement - provided for those interested in source formulas. Exergy 101 Kilkis (Download .pdf)
Week 5 - Building Science for Cold Climates + Heat Terminal Units

We'll be going more deeply into topics that you've learned before in order to understand the foundations of good construction and HVAC practices as they relate to Standards; plus we’ll introduce various means of condition people and spaces including the introduction of basic dedicated outdoor air equipment for dehumidification, deodorization and decontamination of outdoor air.

  • Pre Lesson 6 Reading Assignment Read for Understanding, "Quirouette, R.L.; The Difference Between a Vapor Barrier and an Air Barrier; Building Practice Note 54, Division of Building Research, National Research Council of Canada, ISSN 0701-5216, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 1985." (Resource)
  • Pre Lesson 6 Reading Assignment Read for Understanding, Lstiburek, J., (2006), BSD-109: Pressures in Buildings, Building Science Digests (Resource)
  • Pre Lesson 6 Reading Assignment Read for Understanding, Straube, J. (2008) BSD-014: Air Flow Control in Buildings, Building Science Digests (Resource)
  • Pre Lesson 6 Reading Assignment Read for Understanding, Straube, J. (2014) BSD-040: Airtightness Testing in Large Buildings, Building Science Digests (Resource)
  • Pre Lesson 6 Reading Assignment Read for Understanding, Manning, M.M.; Elmahdy, A.; Swinton, M.C.; Parekh, A.; Szadskowski, F.; Barry, C., Summer and winter field monitoring of high and low solar heat gain glazing at a Canadian twin house facility. National Research Council Canada (Resource)
  • Interactive Assignment Use for familiarity, Window Facade Design Tool, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Resource)
  • Watch Lesson 6 Slide Presentation Part 1 (34:28) Introduction: The outside world - geography, climatology, geology, and hydrology (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 6 Slide Presentation Part 2 (24:02) Materials of construction – microscopic images for understanding material characteristics including porosity. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 6 Slide Presentation Part 3 (1:08:02) Heat: Slabs, walls and windows (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 6 Slide Presentation Part 4 (13:48) Air and air barriers (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 6 Slide Presentation Part 5 (45:10) Moisture and vapour barriers (Video)
  • Read for Familiarity, "Straube, J., Grin, A. (2010) Building America Special Research Project: High-R Roofs Case Study Analysis Building America Report - 1006 30 November 2010" (Resource)
  • Read for Familiarity, "Straube, J., Smegal, J. Building America Special Research Project: High-R Walls Case Study Analysis Building America Report - 0903 (Resource)
  • Read for Familiarity, "Straube, J., Smegal, J. (2010) BA-1003: Building America Special Research Project—High-R Foundations Case Study Analysis (Resource)
  • Read for Familiarity, O'Connor, J., Lee, E., Rubinstein, F., Selkowitz, S. (2013) Tips for Daylighting (2nd edition w/ 2014 updates), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Resource)
  • Download Student Resources Read for interest, Commercial Windows Fact Sheets, Windows for High Performance Commercial Buildings, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Resource)
  • Post Lesson 6 Reading Assignment Student Resource - Read for Interest & Familiarity, Whole Building Design Guide (Resource)
  • Post Lesson 6 Reading Assignment Student Resource - Read for Interest & Familiarity, Building Science Corporation (Resource)
  • Watch Lesson 7 Slide Presentation Part 1 (41:48) Heat exchange considerations including LMTD, surface area, flow, HYU characteristics and effectiveness. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 7 Slide Presentation Part 2 (53:12) Types of heat terminal units and typical equipment associated with hydronic systems. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 7 Slide Presentation Part 3 (19:21) The good, bad and ugly in boiler rooms. (Video)
  • Project Assignment Download and Complete the Table, Answer the Question: IEQ Perspective vs Energy Perspective (Download .xlsx)
  • Upload your completed assignment (Submit File)
  • Framing Factor and Window Area Effects on Wall R-Values Spreadsheet (Not part of the course curriculum - for general interest only) (Download .xlsx)
Week 6 - Components Modules Systems, Pressure Theory, Flow Theory, Velocity and Head Losses in Fluid-Based Systems

In this module you'll be running calculations and submitting some homework along with the lessons on fluid flow theory for radiant based HVAC systems. Budget some extra time this week because we're going to start launching into some of the more advanced material here.

  • Watch Lesson 8 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 1 (48:16) Components, Modules and Systems. Overview of assembling hybrid HVAC systems with an emphasis on hydronics. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 9 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 1 (43:33) Pressure Theory in Closed Loop Hydronic Systems; Static, Dynamic and Expansion. (Video)
  • Download Excel Tool Play for familiarity, air-water-flow-calculator (Download .xlsx)
  • Download Software Play for Competency, “System Syzer” you will be using this tool in your capstone project. If this new to you then follow the tutorials provided with the tool. (Resource)
  • Read for Familiarity Cavitation, Princeton University (Resource)
  • Watch for Familiarity Water Boiling at Room Temperatures, Under a Vacuum (Resource)
  • Watch for Familiarity Cavitation Theory - watch first 2.5 minutes. (Resource)
  • Watch for Familiarity Cavitation in a control valve - watch first 3:30 minutes (Resource)
  • Student Resource Download and familiarize yourself with the Dow Heat Transfer Fluids Handbooks (Resource)
  • Student Resource Play for competency the Dow Heat Transfer properties online calcualtor (Resource)
  • Student Resource Play for competency the Plastic Pipe Institute online calculator - specifically the water flow calculator for velocity and head loss. (Resource)
  • Reading Assignment Lesson 10 Read for Understanding, Cooling Coil Heat Transfer, Volume 31, Trane 1 (Resource)
  • Download Excel Tool Play for Competency, Calculating-LMTD-and-Coil-Outputs, password to open = healthyheating3 (Download .xlsx)
  • Watch Lesson 10 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 5 (16:47) Introduction to flow and fluid characteristics. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 10 Slide Presentation Part 2 of 5 (32:56) Introduction to selecting differential temperatures, and selecting pipe based on velocity and head loss. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 10 Slide Presentation Part 3 of 5 (21:00) Perils of improved building efficiency on flow rates and practical applications of flow in a heating coil, cooling coil, dehumidification coils. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 10 Slide Presentation Part 4 of 5 (18:53) Introduction to piping systems, zoning with valves versus circulators (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 10 Slide Presentation Part 5 of 5 (18:40) Introduction to mixing and injection flow, perils of using flow to solve problems. (Video)
  • Preperation for Lesson 11, watch video Characteristics of Laminar and Turbulent Flow, specifically watch minutes 12:00 to 14:00, For those with extra time and interest watch the entire video. (Resource)
  • Watch Lesson 11 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 1 (29:40) Selecting pipe for velocity and head loss plus turbulent versus laminar flow. (Video)
  • Read for familiarity from National Institute of Building Sciences Mechanical Insulation Design Guide - Design Objectives (Resource)
  • Read for familiarity from National Institute of Building Sciences Condensation Control Calculator for Horizontal Pipe, Mechanical Insulation Design Guide - Design Objectives (Resource)
  • Read for familiarity TIAC Mechanical Insulation Best Practices Guide (Resource)
  • Read for familiarity Patterson, J.E., Miers, R.J. (2010) The Thermal Conductivity of Common Tubing Materials Applied in a Solar Water Heater Collector. Western Carolina University (Resource)
  • Read for familiarity Copper Tube & Fittings Publication No. 28E, Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association, Second Edition, 2000 (Resource)
  • Read for familiarity Handbook of PE Pipe, Second Edition, Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) (Resource)
  • Use for competence, PPI online calculator Design and Engineering Calculator for Polyethylene Piping (Resource)
  • Read for understanding Water Flow Characteristics of Thermoplastic Pipe, Plastic Pipe Institute (Resource)
  • Read for familiarity R-Value and Thermal Conductivity of PEX and PE-RT, TR-48/2014, Plastic Pipe Institute (Resource)
Week 7 - Catch up Week

Week 8 - Control Valve Theory, Head Loss, Fluid Expansion and Pressure Control, and Air Separation for Fluid-Based Systems

This week you’ll start to see how various elements of fluid based cooling and heating systems affect system performance including system efficiency and thermal comfort.

  • Student Resources Download and read briefly for familiarity all available docuements from IMI Hydronic Knowledge. (Resource)
  • Student Resource Download all 8 chapters from, 8 Steps - Control of Heating Systems, Danfoss, 2000 (Download .docx)
  • Download Excel spreadsheet Play for Competency, Calculating-mixed-temperatures. Password to open = healthyheating3 (Download .xlsx)
  • Watch Lesson 12 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 5 (39:56) Introduction to the control loop, control valves, and valve coefficient (CV). (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 12 Slide Presentation Part 2 of 5 (28:29) Control valve characteristics, coil characteristics, heat terminal unit characteristics, and characteristics distortion. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 12 Slide Presentation Part 3 of 5 (48:21) Valve rangeability and control valve authority. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 12 Slide Presentation Part 4 of 5 (20:40) Controlling pressure in multi riser, multi branch and multi zone systems. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 12 Slide Presentation Part 5 of 5 (33:00) Master temperature control valves and mixing. (Video)
  • Student Resource Download, "Copper Tube Handbook - Copper Development Association" (Resource)
  • Student Resource Download Chapter 6 and 13 from the, "Plastics Pipe Institute® Handbook of Polyethylene Pipe " (Resource)
  • Student Resource Download, "Hydronic System Design with the Bell & Gossett System Syzer" (Resource)
  • Student Resource Download, "Grundfos Technical Guide" (Resource)
  • Student Resource Download, "Engineering Cookbook, A Handbook for the Mechanical Designer" (Resource)
  • Watch Lesson 13 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 4 (28:52) Review of head losses and calculation example of a simple system. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 13 Slide Presentation Part 2 of 4 (43:04) Head loss example #2, multi zones of the same load; example #3 multi zones with different loads. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 13 Slide Presentation Part 3 of 4 (37:53) Unbalanced vs balanced direct return system. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 13 Slide Presentation Part 4 of 4 (24:50 Unbalanced vs balanced reverse return system. (Video)
  • Student Resource Use online or download one or more expansion tank sizing tools. Embedded links in Word doc. (Download .docx)
  • Watch Lesson 14 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 1 (18:08) Fluid Expansion and Expansion Tanks (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 15 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 1 (10:36) Air Separation Theory and Air Separators (Video)
Week 9 - Circulator Theory, Low Loss Headers, Control Logic Theory

During this week we’ll explore the fundamental of circulators and pressure for optimizing energy associated with moving fluid in hydronic systems; plus we’ll explore the fundamentals in control logic including an introduction to fuzzy logic.

  • Watch Lesson 16 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 4 (25:23) Introduction to circulators and curves. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 16 Slide Presentation Part 2 of 4 (15:31) Introduction to circulators curves and dynamic (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 16 Slide Presentation Part 3 of 4 (34:24) Affinity Laws, Curve types and fluid characteristics. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 16 Slide Presentation Part 4 of 4 (15:39) Circulator, system and distribution efficiency. (Video)
  • Reading Assignment lesson 16 Read for Familiarity: Wire-to-Water Efficiency of Pumping Systems (Resource)
  • Reading Assignment lesson 16 Read for Familiarity: Sizing, selecting pumps and circulators (Resource)
  • Reading Assignment lesson 16 Read for Familiarity: Engineers put control valve to the test: Web exclusive, Pressure independent control valve solves instability problems, saves energy, and reduces equipment maintenance. (Resource)
  • Download Document Links to Circulator Manufacturers Selection Software (Download .docx)
  • Watch Lesson 17 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 1 (51:23) Introduction to Low Loss Headers (Video)
  • Reading Assignment lesson 17 Read for Familiarity: Best Practice: Low Loss Headers - CIBSE Journal February 2014 (Resource)
  • Reading Assignment lesson 17 Read for Familiarity: Primary/Secondary Pumping…Low Loss Headers (Resource)
  • Reading Assignment lesson 17 Read for Familiarity: Hydraulic Separation, idronics Issue 1 (Download .pdf)
  • Watch Lesson 18 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 3 (19:45) Introduction to Control Logic. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 18 Slide Presentation Part 2 of 3 (33:01) Introduction to Discontinuous Signals plus P, PI and PID Logic (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 18 Slide Presentation Part 3 of 3 (44:44) Introduction to Continuous Signals plus P, PI, PID and Fuzzy Logic (Video)
  • Reading Assignment lesson 18 Read for Familiarity: Fundamentals of HVAC Controls (Resource)
  • Watch Video lesson 18 Watch for Interest: PID Math Demystified (Resource)
  • Download Homework Design Project 1 Schematic. Fill in the blanks - use design project 1 spreadsheet to solve for answers. (Download .pdf)
  • Download Homework Design Project 1 Spreadsheet. Fill in the blanks - use answer tab to check your values. (Download .xlsx)
  • Reading assignment See document page 32 and 33 figure 5 for more info on design project. (Download .pdf)
  • Reading assignment Download and read for understanding design project (Download .pdf)
Week 10 - Catch up Week

Week 11 - Radiant Cooling & Heating & Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS), Part 1 Introduction

Radiant with DOAS isn't as exotic as most people think. By keeping some key fundamentals in mind, and things that you've learned through this course, you'll find radiant cooling and heating to be a nice option for many of your projects. This week we’ll present the fundamentals of radiant cooling and heating with a discussion on heat transfer within the panel and from the radiant surface. We’ll look at heat transfer coefficients, back losses, commercial slabs on and above grade and a number of principles to prepare you for Part 2.

  • Watch Lesson 19 Slide Presentation Part 1 of 9 (43:41) Global history of radiant heating and cooling; radiant theory and application. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 19 Slide Presentation Part 2 of 9 (26:05) Development of flux and heat transfer coefficients for cooling and heating panels. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 19 Slide Presentation Part 3 of 9 (43:45) Slab on grade, back losses, insulation; steel deck systems, hollow core and structural slabs w/ or w/o toppings; walls and subfloor systems; ceiling systems. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 19 Slide Presentation Part 4 of 9 (20:07) Effects of tube depth, spacing and patterns on cooling and heating surface temperature efficacy. (Video)
Week 12 - Radiant Cooling & Heating & Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS), Part 2, Application

We’ll take you through an integrated calculation example when given sensible and latent loads how to evaluate ventilation flows, dehumidification loads, and coil section in a dedicated outdoor air unit; plus how to select radiant floors, walls and ceilings for cooling and heating. This will give you the confidence to design radiant based HVAC systems.

  • Watch Lesson 19 Slide Presentation Part 5 of 9 (1:30:06) Radiant heating design process using ASHRAE Figure 9 nomograph. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 19 Slide Presentation Part 6 of 9 (48:39) Radiant cooling design process Part A: Ventilation, dehumidification, sensible and latent cooling; radiant cooling with floors, walls and ceilings. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 19 Slide Presentation Part 7 of 9 (45:11) Part B: DOAS cooling coil, calculating injection flow rates and controlling system fluid temperatures. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 19 Slide Presentation Part 8 of 9 (23:54) Part C: Control and balancing valve selections; specify valve Cv, authority and characteristics. (Video)
  • Watch Lesson 19 Slide Presentation Part 9 of 9 (39:06) Architectural and interior design considerations (Video)
  • Download Course Slides (386 mb) Available from Dropbox. Very large file - save to computer before opening! Password to open file, "healthyheating.Integrated.2014" (Resource)
Week 13 - Catch up Week

Week 14 - Putting it all Together + Capstone Project

This week is completely dedicated to your capstone project. You'll be running thermal comfort calculations, submitting designs for a radiant-based HVAC system with DOAS, and integrating the learning from the past nine weeks.

  • Download Capstone Introduction, Schematic, Problems and Solutions Part 1 of 2 Capstone.Intro.Tasks.Schemat.Fig9 (Download .pdf)
  • Download Capstone Problems and Solutions Part 2 of 2, Spreadsheet Capstone.worksheets.prob.and.solutions.RB.V3.22.12.2014, password to open = hh.Dec.27.2014.cap (Download .xlsx)
  • Upload your capstone file(s) for review (Submit File)
  • Capstone File for MAC users no password required (.xls file) (Download .xlsx)
  • Capstone File for Mac users no password required (.pdf project description) (Download .pdf)
  • Watch Capstone orientation from Spring 2015 (May 20th, 2015 recording) Recording File (needs WebEx Player) (Download .arf)
After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year). Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.

  • LinkedIn: Indoor Environmental Quality (Journal) / Healthy Heating (Resource)
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
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