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This course covers the fundamentals of HVAC systems starting from psychometry, representation &calculations of air conditioning processes & cycles. Cooling & heating load calculations, design of air distribution systems, HVAC equipment & system selection

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:
• Apply key fundamentals in the design and operation of hvac systems.
• Perform air conditioning cycle, load and duct design calculations.
• Select procedures for efficient operation of various HVAC equipment and systems
• Recognize energy saving opportunities in hvac systems using the insight gained at the course into energy cost saving opportunities.
• Assess comfort conditions
• Design efficient controls for your HVAC systems

Description Mastering fundamentals, sizing, selection, and operation is a must for designers and operators of HVAC systems.

This course covers the fundamentals of HVAC systems starting from psychometry and representation and calculations of air conditioning processes and cycles. Cooling and heating load calculations, design of air distribution systems, HVAC equipment and system selection, controls, energy conservation and economics of HVAC systems are all covered in this course.

Manufacturer equipment performance data is provided with correction methods when conditions vary from rated values. Performance data are provided for packaged ACs, Roof Top Units (RTUs), air and water heat pumps, furnaces, chillers, compressors, cooling towers, hydronic coils, pumps, and fans. The course also provides many useful rules of thumb to aid the beginning individual in the design and sizing of HVAC systems. The experienced individual may find them useful for a quick design and operation check.

Topics are introduced for individuals who have little background on the subject while providing valuable information for personnel having experience with HVAC systems.


To provide a practical understanding of the theory dictating the design and control of HVAC systems.
To provide systematic sizing and selection procedures of various HVAC equipment.
To provide information on efficient operation, energy conservation, and economics of HVAC systems.

Who Should Attend

Design and project engineers and technologists, plant and facility engineers, consultants, mechanical engineers and technologists, maintenance and operation personnel and other technical personnel who need to upgrade/refresh their current knowledge of HVAC systems.

Instructor: Dr. M. S. Hamed, P.Eng

Program Outline

Day I

• Moist air properties
• The psychrometric chart
• Moist air processes

Air Conditioning Cycles
• Bypassed, return and outdoor air
• Capacity of refrigerating plant
• Effect of heat gains in ductwork
Space Conditions – Comfort

• Comfort-physiological considerations
• Environmental comfort indices
• Comfort conditions

Cooling/Heating Load Calculations
• Design temperature differences
• Quantity of heat to be removed
• Conduction heat gains
• People load
• Loads due to lights and equipment
• Infiltration load
• Ventilation load
• Radiant and solar heat gains

Day II

Workshop I
Calculation of design load for an HVAC system under instructor guidance

Design of Air Distribution System (Duct Design)
• Total, static and velocity pressures
• Changes in pressure in a duct
• Loss in static pressure due to friction
• Fan laws and fan performance curves
• System characteristic curves
• Fan selection
• Duct design

Workshop II
Design of a duct system under instructor guidance

HVAC Equipment and System Selection
• Unitary equipment
• Heat pumps
• Chilled water systems
• Selection procedure for chilled water coils, air conditioners, and heat pumps
• Selection procedures for unitary heat pumps and furnaces
• Cooling towers
• Economizers


Workshop III
Selection of an Air-to-Air Heat Pump under instructor guidance

Rules of Thumb (ROTs)
• Cooling and heating load ROTs
• Infiltration and ventilation ROTs
• Humidification ROTs
• Occupancy ROTs
• Lighting ROTs
• Equipment and appliances ROTs

• HVAC control component and circuits
• Unitary controls and circuits
• Central HVAC system controls

Energy and Costs
• HVAC system demand calculations
• Energy consumption and cost calculations
• Maintenance and replacement and system installation costs
• Energy conservation opportunities (ECOs) in HVAC Systems

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Daily Schedule:
   Registration and coffee (Day I only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.8 CEU / 18 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

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