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District Cooling for Designers and Owners (MENA)

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Course Length: 6 hours

This course presents practical guidance contained in two NEW ASHRAE publications: District Cooling Guide, Second Edition and Owner’s Guide for Buildings Served by District Cooling. District cooling systems, when designed and operated properly, can be an energy-efficient alternative to conventional in-building chilled water plant adding to an owner’s sustainability portfolio and allowing the building owner to focus on their own business, rather than operating and maintaining a chilled water plant. District cooling systems can provide buildings in a particular area with chilled water for comfort and process cooling with the benefits to the building owner of greatly reduced or eliminated maintenance cost, much lower space requirements, and no concerns as to plant capacity or load growth. This 6-hour course covers what designers and owners need to know about district cooling to enable it to provide energy efficiencies and reliable operation. Topics covered include Planning, Central Plant Design, Distribution System Design, Building Interfaces, Thermal Energy Storage, and Operation and Maintenance from both the designer and owner perspectives. The instructors will take attendees through the guidance provided in these new tools made available from ASHRAE to advance the successful applications and use of district cooling technology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize different types of central plant systems and understand their uses and applications
  • Understand benefits of central plant vs. stand-alone systems
  • Understand the basic components of a district cooling system (DCS) and how these components interact
  • Appreciate the complexity of the planning process for a DCS and the players that must be involved for success
  • Grasp the fundamental processes and equipment of the DCS central plant and the basic options
  • For the chilled-water distribution system, know the basic construction materials used for piping and appurtenances and their advantages and disadvantages
  • Know the important factors for building owners to understand when considering DCS to serve their buildings
  • Understand the basic methods by which a building may interface with the DCS and learn the major components involved and how they are controlled
  • For the HVAC equipment of the building, know what provisions must be made for a successful interface with the DCS
  • Review how “low ΔT” may come about and what can be done to correct it
  • Understand the basics of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) for DCS

Who Should Attend:
Designers who are responsible for specification, design or installation of district cooling systems as well as owners of district cooling systems and others who manage and operate district cooling systems. Owners and Operating staff who are responsible for the decision to transition to district cooling or properly maintain and manage systems.

Course Instructors

Gary Phetteplace, Ph.D., Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE

Brian Kirk

Steve Tredinnick, P.E., Member ASHRAE

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Additional Information

Courses may be periodically scheduled in-person in Dubai or as Online Courses Series. All courses are available for onsite and online Chapter and In-Company Programs.

Chapters or Companies: Contact Ayah Said, Manager of ASHRAE Global Training Center, Dubai (asaid@ashrae.org), to schedule a GTC seminar or course at your organization or event.

Availability: Check the various offerings listed here Professional Development > All Instructor-Led Training under “Global Training Center – Dubai” to see if this course is being offered in the MENA region.