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Designing for Cold Climates

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Course Length: 3 hours

This course is based on the new ASHRAE Cold-Climate Buildings Design Guide, which enables engineers to develop design strategies and solutions that can be successfully applied in cold climates. There are several special considerations for cold climates: remoteness, HVAC function (the need for maintenance, repairs, etc.), fuels, high energy use, low humidity, freeze protection, and more.

Net zero energy and sustainability goals also pose special challenges for engineers in cold climates. Net zero energy can be especially difficult in an environment that requires large amounts of heating energy. Sustainability is tough to plan in the face of a delicate and shifting landscape; plans may be affected by climate change and other man-made influences.

This course focuses onto applications in cold climates and deals with the specific issues relevant to this climate. The material covers health and safety in cold climates and how to achieve energy-efficient and net zero design in these environments. Also discussed are passive systems and applications (such as natural ventilation in places where external air is subzero) and hybrid passive and mechanical heating and ventilation applications.

Course Instructor:

Frank Mills, C.Eng., Member ASHRAE

Recommended Publication

Cold-Climate Buildings Design Guide, 2nd Edition

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Additional Information

All courses and webinars are available for Chapter and In-Company Programs. They may be periodically scheduled for the Winter and/or Annual Conference Education Programs, as well as the Online Courses Series.

Chapters or Companies: Contact Karen Murray, Manager of Professional Development (kmurray@ashrae.org or 678-539-1146), to schedule an ALI seminar, course, or webinar at your organization or event.

Availability: Check the various offerings listed under Professional Development > All Instructor-Led Training to see if this course is being offered at an upcoming event or as a webinar.