Mastering Hydronic System Design

Online

Length: 10 weeks

Instructor: John Siegenthaler

Subjects: Renewable HVAC: Hydronic Heating, Renewable HVAC: HVAC Design

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Description

Learn how to design state-of-the-art systems for residential and light commercial buildings that deliver unsurpassed comfort, efficiency and reliability.

Learning Objectives

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Your Instructor Wrote the Book on Hydronic Systems (Literally)

John Siegenthaler is one of the most respected hydronics experts in the world. He has decades of experience with hydronic system design and wrote "Modern Hydronic Heating," the book that accompanies this course.

This is Hands-On Learning for Designers

This course is challenging and hands-on. We're going to get into more detail than is possible in a seminar or at a conference. If you put in the time, you'll learn a staggering amount in 10 weeks and leave with the concrete skills you need to design world-class hydronic systems.

Book - "Modern Hydronic Heating" (Not Included)

You'll need access to a copy of John's "Modern Hydronic Heating" textbook for this course.

Software - Hydronic Design Studio

You'll use a downloadable version of John's Hydronic Design Studio software for this course. The software runs natively on PCs or can be run on Macs using a virtualization program like VirtualBox. (Although the software is handy, you may also take the course without using it.)

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 for as long as the course is offered on the HeatSpring.com marketplace, with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. 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: 26 AIA LU/HSW Credits

This class was fantastic. It was extremely challenging. I've got to say, I did not realize this whole course would challenge me as much as it did nor did I think it would take up as much of my time. I'm walking away with A LOT of ammo for all my future designs.

- Adam Mailhot, Shelton Winnelson

This was a great class and money well spent. I have learned a lot, and I would highly recommend this class to anyone in the hydronic industry.

- Keith Ouimette, Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning

This was one of the best courses I have ever taken. It covered everything from soup to nuts, from the basic component level all the way through theory and formulas, leaving nothing out. The future of hydronic heating is coming and I am well prepared for it.

- Dan Miller, New York Office of General Services

I am so glad I was able to take this course! I was excited to take MHSD, but apprehensive of the format as I've not taken online education before. I'm happy to report that I've not learned more in 10 weeks of my life. It is quite something to now be able to "see" inside of a hydronic system that you've been installing for years. This has been a real eye opener to what "designing" a hydronic system should be. I am so very thankful to John and to all of those at HeatSpring for presenting this excellent course.

- Dave Turbovsky, Turbo Construction

I found this course very comprehensive. I have been involved with designing and troubleshooting hydronic systems for nearly 15 years and I learned a great deal from the course. I was hoping it would go into some of the finer details of hydronic systems and it certainly did.

- Mark Armstrong, Armco Solutions

Siggy's course exceeded my expectations. It was hugely enjoyable and informative, incorporating the latest best practices and technology. It has given me the tools and confidence to move our business to the next level, completing the picture with provision of heating and cooling distribution.

- John Managh, Hellbent Geothermal

I liked the layout of this course. The lecture, coupled with discussions on real life issues, rules of thumb, practical drawings and images, all worked in unison. The questions at the end were important for a good re-cap of what we learned in 10 weeks. It has been a wonderful course and every minute spent on it has been valuable.

- Majid Shafiq, Xylem

This course is very challenging and will test your limits. Stay focused and give it your all as you will not be disappointed. John does a great job of presenting the material and supporting you through the course as do the folks at HeatSpring. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone involved with hydronic heating system design.

- Jim Martini, JMartini Design

If you want to learn and interact with the expert "who wrote the book" on hydronic heating, this is a convenient way to do it!

- Harry Voorhees, Stellar Science

Mastering Hydronic System Design presents both engineering concepts and installation details in a way that both engineers and installers will appreciate.

- Robert Morrison, October Engineering

Instructor

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John Siegenthaler

Principal, Appropriate Designs

John Siegenthaler, P.E., is a mechanical engineer and graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a licensed professional engineer, and Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. “Siggy” has over 32 years of experience in designing modern hydronic heating systems. He is a hall-of-fame member of the Radiant Professionals Alliance...[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 get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Typically access is extended for much longer.

Week 1 - Welcome & Fundamentals

This week we'll provide a course overview and review the benefits of hydronic heating, including: superior comfort, ability to zone, low distribution energy use, minimally invasive installation. I'll discuss why we might opt for water versus air, and where the most common mistakes are made by hydronic designers.

Week 2 - Hydronic Heat Sources

In this module we'll lay a foundation and explore the characteristics of various heating sources. Topics include: Conventional boilers (efficiency and boiler protection), Mod/con boilers, Electric boilers (when are they applicable?), Hydronic heat pump characteristics, Capacity & COP versus operating temperatures, Solar thermal collectors (design considerations, practical combisystems), and General heat source design considerations (head loss, buffering, protection against temperature extremes, and safety).

Week 3 - Pipes, Fittings, and Valves

Good designers need to know the resources available to them. In the context of hydronics, there are thousands of available options for piping, fittings, and valves. This module discusses specific types of pipe and fittings that are appropriate for hydronic systems. It also covers both standard and specialized valves use in hydronic systems. Design tips are provided that help you avoid selection and placement errors. The knowledge this module provides on the "building blocks" will be used to assemble complete systems in later modules.

Week 4 - Fluid Flow Through Piping

This week has a lot of content about the nature of fluid flow through piping. These are the building blocks of the calculations we'll be funning in subsequent modules.

Week 5 - Circulators

In this module you'll learn: Common types of circulators (PSC, ECM), Review of circulation performance (pump curve), Design techniques to avoid circulation cavitation, Hydraulic separation, Applying variable speed circulators (constant and proportional delta P control), and Circulator selection.

Week 6 - Expansion Tanks & Air Elimination

Heat emitters and the distribution systems that feed them are at the heart of hydronic design. In this module you'll learn to master low temperature heat emitter options: Panel radiators, Radiant floors, Radiant ceilings and walls, Homerun distribution systems, 2-pipe distribution systems.

Week 7 - Heat Emitters

Heat emitters and the distribution systems that feed them are at the heart of hydronic design. In this module you'll learn to master low temperature heat emitter options: Panel radiators, Radiant floors, Radiant ceilings and walls, Homerun distribution systems, 2-pipe distribution systems.

Week 8 - Control Concepts and Hardware

Controls are critical to overall system efficiency. This week we'll discuss: Control terminology, Temperature setpoint control, Differential temperature control, Outdoor reset control, Mixing strategies (3-way and 4-way motorized valves, and injection mixing), and Using relays and switches to create logic.

Week 9 - Distribution Systems

This week we will go through a complete system design for a basic residential system using panel radiators, indirect water heater, mod/con boiler, buffer tank. Schematics, calculations, layout, controls.

Week 10 - System Examples

This week we will look at a more advanced system from start to finish for a residential system with radiant ceilings supplied from a geothermal heat pump, inputs for solar thermal collectors, auxiliary boiler. Schematics, calculations, layout, controls. You will see how all the previous materials covered in the course come together to produce an efficient design.

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). Typically access is extended for much longer without any action needed. If access is removed, contact us for an extension. 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.

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