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New Refrigerants Course Counts Toward Credential

From eSociety, March 2018

ASHRAE’s Global Training Center for Building Excellence—Dubai has scheduled three courses designed to specifically help building professionals who live and work in the Middle East/North Africa region.

One of the courses, “The Future of Refrigerants: Challenges and Opportunities (MENA),” is new and will address current practices and what to expect in the future for refrigerants.  

The training includes information on: the transition towards non-ozone depleting (ODP), low global warming potential (GWP) substances; proposed refrigerants and how they can be used in different HVAC&R applications; and the challenges and opportunities associated with the refrigerants.

The workshop will end with a discussion on the system’s perspective and how to best understand the opportunities for energy efficiency improvements along with hands-on experience with free software such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Life Cycle Climate Performance web application and the ORNL Heat Pump Design Model.

Omar Abdelaziz, Ph.D., Member ASHRAE, and Karim Amrane, Ph.D., Member ASHRAE who is a former senior vice president at AHRI, are the instructors. The course is scheduled for May 9.

The Global Training Center will host its most popular course, “HVAC Design Essentials (MENA),” from May 6–8.

The course provides intensive, practical training for HVAC designers and those who work with HVAC systems in the MENA region. Hassan Younes, Member ASHRAE, and Samir Traboulsi, Ph.D., P.Eng., Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE, are the instructors.

Bundle pricing is available for the combination of the HVAC Design Essentials and the Future of Refrigerants Course.

The third newly scheduled course, “Commercial Building Energy Audits (MENA)” is scheduled for April 1. The seminar will discuss best practices and other information relevant for building owners, managers and government entities. It will include a summary of materials essential for performing ASHRAE Level 1, 2 and 3 audits; time-saving tips for every auditor; how to hire an auditor; what to ask for in a comprehensive audit report; and how to build a successful energy efficiency retrofit team.

Younes, a certified energy manager, is the course instructor.

Those who attend these courses can earn the Building Excellence Credential. The credential designates people who are trained in the correct application of ASHRAE Standards and new technologies through real-world experience and performance. The ASHRAE training is customized, scalable and accounts for climate, culture, suppliers, energy sources, prices, codes and construction practices for the MENA region.

“The credential program is important to the Middle East and Northern Africa region because it addresses the challenges unique to this area,” says Farooq Mehboob, P.E., ASHRAE Region-At-Large Director and Regional Chair. “This is the only program that provides real world application of ASHRAE standards and concepts to professionals who are actively involved in providing the latest facility operational strategies and technologies to this region.”

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