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Smart HVAC Solutions for Climate Design

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Course Length: 3 hours

This course is based on the new ASHRAE Cold-Climate Buildings Design Guide, 2nd edition, and the forthcoming ASHRAE Hot-Climate Buildings Design Guide. It also references the work and guidance of ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force and Task Force for Building Decarbonization.

There are several special considerations for very cold and very hot climates: remoteness, HVAC function (the need for maintenance, repairs - frost bite in cold, heat stroke in hot), reliable supply of fuels, high energy use (heat in winter, coolth in summer), low to high humidity, freeze protection, equipment overheating and the need to consider how impending climate change will increase these requirements in the future. Engineers must design HVAC systems which can operate effectively and reliably throughout these conditions whilst ensuring system efficiency, energy efficiency, low GHG emissions; while adhering to the new guidance that has been published to reduce risks of airborne infection during pandemic threats; and while meeting net zero energy targets and carbon reduction goals. Guidance on what provisions should be made now will be covered. 

 Passive systems and applications (such as natural ventilation in places where external air will range from subzero to extremely hot), hybrid passive and mechanical heating and ventilation applications, and common pitfalls for cold and hot climate design will also be discussed.

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 ( 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.