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ASHRAE Tech Hour brings you the latest technical content presented by some of ASHRAE’s brightest minds. Tech Hour videos are just one hour, worth one PDH*, and conveniently available through the ASHRAE 365 app. Download ASHRAE 365 on the App Store or Google Play.

*PDHs are available for 12 months from a Tech Hour’s release date.


New! Tech Hour #7: Building Decarbonization (Electrification) for Hydronic Systems

November 14, 2023 

Presented by 2021-2022 ASHRAE President Mick Schwedler

Tech Hour: Building Decarbonization (Electrification) for Hydronic Systems

Many people have been educated on what decarbonization is, as well is its goals. This presentation delves into how hydronic systems using heat recovery chillers, heat pumps and chiller/heaters can be designed, piped, optimized and controlled in order to provide heat efficiently. Also covered are the impact of hot water and outdoor air temperatures, methods to simplify system design and operation, the importance of ensuring building operators and facility managers can operate the systems as intended. The goal is to reduce environmental emissions and make the system as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Resources:
  • Building Decarbonization (Electrification) for Hydronic Systems PowerPoint Presentation

Read Mr. Schwedler​'s Bio


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Tech Hour #6: Emotional Intelligence

May 23, 2023 

Presented by Karine Leblanc

Tech Hour: Emotional Intelligence

Join Karine as she discusses how to use EQ to become a better person professionally and personally. This Tech Hour will cover why emotional intelligence (EQ) is so important, the four core EQ skills, and strategies to improve your EQ.

Resources:
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Dr. Travis Bradberry and Dr. Jean Greaves
  • Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman, PhD
  • How to be human in a technical world by Karine Leblanc

Read Ms. Leblanc's Bio


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Tech Hour #5: Decarbonizing Healthcare

February 23, 2023 

Presented by Walter Vernon, PE, LEED AP, EDAC, FASHE

Tech Hour: Decarbonizing Healthcare

When decarbonizing healthcare it is important to understand the unique rules and regulations that come along with it. This Tech Hour will review both the ‘why’ and ‘how’ to decarbonize healthcare, what challenges may arise, and what different entities are doing to lead the way.

Resources:

Read Mr. Vernon's Bio


PDHs are no longer available for this Tech Hour.

Tech Hour #4: Building EQ

June 16, 2021 

Presented by Doug Cochrane, P.Eng., LEED AP, MASHRAE

Tech Hour: Building EQ

Go beyond benchmarking with ASHRAE's Building Energy Quotient! Building EQ provides in-depth energy analysis to benchmark energy performance, actionable energy efficiency recommendations, and information on a building’s Indoor Environmental Quality. This program empowers building, campus, and installation users on how their buildings contribute to their energy resilience and independence plan.

Resources:

Read Mr. Cochrane's Bio

PDHs are no longer available for this Tech Hour.

Tech Hour #3: Commissioning

April 1, 2021

Presented by Jay Enck, CxAP, HBDP, BEAP, CPMP, LEED Fellow, LEEP AP, and Reinhard Seidl, P.E.

Tech Hour: Commissioning

When it comes to commissioning for new or existing buildings, it’s important to analyze the impact of climate change and evolving technology. This Tech Hour will dive into evaluating building characteristics and usage patterns that affect building energy footprint and occupant productivity, in addition to data presentation and communications to facility managers and O&M staff.

Resources:

Read Mr. Enck's Bio

Read Mr. Seidl's Bio

PDHs are no longer available for this Tech Hour.

Current Tech Hour Videos

Tech Hour #2: Where Have All The Ethics Gone?

February 25, 2020

Presented by Richard H. Rooley, FREng, Rooley Consultants

Tech Hour: Where Have All The Ethics Gone?

Each individual has a different approach to ethics, colored by their education, training, culture, trade, profession and nationality. Learn about the commercial and cross-discipline drivers which have a great effect on ethics and evaluate scenarios that challenge you to determine what’s ethically right and what contravenes good ethical practice.

Resources:

Read Mr. Rooley's Bio

PDHs are no longer available for this Tech Hour.

Tech Hour #1: Optimize Occupant Health, Building Energy Performance and Revenue through Indoor-Air Hydration

November 19, 2019

Presented by Stephanie Taylor, M.D., M. Arch., Taylor Healthcare Inc., CEO

Tech Hour: Occupant Health, Building Energy Performance and Humidity

Understanding the powerful influence of indoor-air on humans is not just theoretically interesting; it has become an urgent topic for all of us. Get ready to be totally amazed by the power of proper humidification and learn actionable steps to improve your own health, productivity and learning.

Resources:

Read Dr. Taylor's Bio

PDHs are no longer available for this Tech Hour.

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