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HVAC Design Training: Tools for High Performance Building Design


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HVAC Design Training: Tools for High Performance Building Design

  • 01 Feb 2021 – 05 Feb 2021
  • Virtual | Level l
    8:30am – 12:30pm EST


Course Description

Virtual | 1 – 5 February 2021

ASHRAE offers HVAC Design Training: Tools for High Performance Building Design, February 2021

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  • Fees

    Registration Fees

    (Register 30 days prior to training date, for Early Bird pricing)

    Level I – Essentials Member Non-Member
    Early Bird $883 $1,104
    Standard $926 $1,157

    Fee Covers: Course admittance, course materials and publications.
    Training recordings are not available.

    Company Discount Fee: Enroll 3 or more participants from the same company at the same time and save. Email Tewana Parris, Professional Development Coordinator at tparris@ashrae.org for group registration assistance.

    Cancellation Policy

    Registration fees will be refunded in full if cancellation is received by ASHRAE Learning Institute at least 30 days prior to the training date. Cancellations received 15–29 days prior to the training date are subject to a $150 cancellation fee. Registrants who do not attend the training or who cancel less than 15 days prior to the training date are liable for the entire registration fee. A substitute registrant may be enrolled at any time by contacting Tewana Parris at tparris@ashrae.org, or by phone at 678-539-2121. Member/Non-Member rates will apply to the substitute registrant.

  • Level I

    HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials

    ASHRAE’s HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials training provides participants with instruction that accelerates their transformation into effective members of a design, construction or facilities maintenance team. Developed by industry-leading professionals selected by ASHRAE, the training provides attendees with the fundamentals and technical aspects of HVAC design. Attendees will gain practical skills and knowledge to design and maintain HVAC systems that can be put to immediate use.

    In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge and understanding, attendees will receive real-world examples of HVAC systems based on the renovated ASHRAE Headquarters building. The training also teaches a systematic approach to guide a design team to a solution that optimally meets the client’s expectations. Engineered drawings of the ASHRAE Headquarters renovation will also be discussed so participants are exposed to plan reading and visual understanding of system design.

    Who Should Attend

    • Engineers new to the HVAC industry, including recent engineering graduates lacking practical experience
    • Facilities managers involved in new construction or major renovation projects
    • Technicians who would like to gain design knowledge
    • Architects who want to understand HVAC system design
    • Sales engineers and HVAC equipment suppliers who want to gain a broad knowledge of HVAC systems

    How Your Firm Will Benefit

    The training helps attendees understand:

    • The need to improve overall building performance
    • The technologies that lead to improved building performance
    • The economics of sustainable buildings and the roles of the designer and facilities manager
    • The basic skills needed to design high-performance buildings
    • The skill set that will be required by designers of the future
    • Techniques to interact effectively with all design partners (architects, owners, other engineering disciplines) in an integrated design team
    • The capacity to participate in the design of high-performance buildings

    Primary References (Not included or required with the course.)

    ASHRAE Handbooks – Applications, Fundamentals

    Standard 62.1 – Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality

    Duct Calculator

    Bonus – Free Copy of ASHRAE Duct Size Calculator (I-P and SI Units)

    Attendees each receive a free copy of Duct Size Calculator (I-P & SI). 

    Learn more about this valuable tool

  • Level l: Outline

    Day 1

        8:30                 Introductions

        8:35                 Fundamentals

        9:35                 Load Calculation

        10:20               Break

        10:30               Load Calculation (cont.)

        11:50               Codes and Standards

        12:20               Adjourn


    Day 2

         8:30                Psychrometrics

        10:40               Break

        10:50               System Selection

        11:50               Commissioning and Standard 180

        12:20               Adjourn


    Day 3

        8:30                 Design Process

        9:30                 Basic Design of Air Systems

        10:30               Break

        10:40               Basic Design of Air Systems (cont.)

        12:20               Adjourn


    Day 4

        8:30                 Basic Design of Hydronic Systems

        10:00               Break

        10:10               HVAC Equipment

        12:20               Adjourn


    Day 5

        8:30                 HVAC Systems

        10:30               Break

        10:40               HVAC Systems (cont.)

        11:20               BAS Controls

        12:20               Adjourn

  • Instructors


    Joel Primeau-150x180.jpg

    Joel Primeau, Eng., ASHRAE Member, HBDP, LEED® AP

    Joel Primeau, P.Eng., ASHRAE Member, HBDP, LEED®AP, is a consulting engineer with over 30 years of HVAC experience. He has led and assisted teams of engineers and technicians in the design and construction of high-performance, sustainable facilities.

    Primeau’s experience spans a wide range of engineering design and construction projects. His expertise is in the design of high-efficiency HVAC systems that enhance indoor air quality and comfort. Primeau frequently trains engineers, architects, and facility managers on the design process, central heating and chilling plant optimization, high-performance HVAC systems, and heat recovery applications.

    Primeau earned a Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON, Canada. After a brief career as an army engineer, Primeau has since worked in the HVAC industry in consulting, facilities management, and technical sales.



    Dennis Wessel, P.E., Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE, LEED® AP

    Dennis Wessel, PE, Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE, retired as a Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing with Karpinski Engineering, and has more than 45 years of consulting engineering experience. Dennis was an ASHRAE Director-at-Large (2012–2015) and past chair of the Planning Committee, Conferences & Expositions Committee and Handbook Committee. He was also past chair of both TC 9.1 Large Building HVAC Systems and TC 9.12 Tall Buildings.

    He is currently a member of the ASHRAE Foundation, Development Committee and of the Technical Activities Committee and is a TC Section Head. He received ASHRAE's Distinguished Service and Exceptional Service Awards and was named Outstanding Engineering Alumni 2004 by Cleveland State University and Engineer of the Year 2003 by the Cleveland Technical Society Committee.

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