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This course focuses on sustainable design and operation of HVAC systems used in Buildings. It covers: the basics by which HVAC systems operate, descriptions of many system and equipment options that can be selected, and many more.

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:
  • recognize the fundamentals of design and operation of HVAC systems in buildings
  • discover systematic procedures for selection of system and equipment options
  • develop an insight into sustainable designs of HVAC systems in buildings
  • become familiar with one of the most widely used HVAC computer software in the industry

The building industry is approaching general acceptance of sustainable design principles. Sustainable design means that engineers must interact with architects, owners, and facility managers in a team effort to provide high-quality, productive environment for people while considering the impact of their design on the environment. The LEEDTM (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating system is an excellent way to quantify the sustainability of buildings.

This course focuses on sustainable design and operation of HVAC systems used in Buildings. It covers: the basics by which HVAC systems operate, descriptions of many system and equipment options that can be selected, guidelines for selection of systems which might be appropriate in given applications, exercises and case studies to reinforce the material.

The course also includes an introduction and a workshop demonstrating the use of one of the best and widely used computer software in designing HVAC systems for commercial buildings in the industry. A demo version of the software will be provided. Participants will have a chance to gain a true hands-on experience with the software. All participants are encouraged to bring their laptops! Familiarity with this software is an essential asset and will definitely enhance your employability in the HVAC industry.

Topics are introduced to individuals who have little background on the subject while providing valuable information resource to personnel having more experience with HVAC systems in buildings.

  • To provide the basics of the operation of HVAC systems in buildings
  • To present descriptions of various system and equipment options
  • To offer guidelines for system and equipment selection
  • To introduce one of the best computer software for HVAC system design for commercial buildings in the industry
Who Should Attend
  • Architectures
  • Design
  • Project Engineers & Technologists
  • Facility Managers
  • Consultants
  • Mechanical Engineers & Technologists
  • Maintenance & Operation Personnel
  • Other Technical Personnel who need to upgrade / refresh their current knowledge of HVAC systems in buildings
  • Individuals who would like to enter the HVAC industry
Program Outline

Day I

Introduction: Sustainability and Economics

  • How mechanical systems affect building design
  • Sustainable design
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Commissioning
  • Evaluating design options
  • Economics of owning and buildings
Introduction to HVAC
  • Environmental comfort
  • Properties of air - water mixtures
  • Energy transport in HVAC systems
  • HVAC Load Estimation
  • Calculating heating loads
  • Calculating cooling loads
  • Ways to reduce building loads
  • Workshop I - calculation of heating design load under instructor guidance
Day II

HVAC Delivery Systems

  • Control of heating and cooling
  • Zoning
  • Controls and automation
  • Commonly used systems for zone control (for single and multiple zones)
Cooling Production Equipment and Systems
  • The vapor compression cycle
  • Direct expansion systems
  • Water chillers
  • Chilled - water plant design (configurations, sizing, pumping arrangements and energy features)

Heating Production Equipment and Systems

  • Types of heating systems
  • Furnaces and air heaters
  • Types of boilers (fire tube, water tube, condensing and electric)
  • Selection of medium and equipment
  • Operating and safety controls
Air - Handling Equipment and Systems
  • Air - handling equipment
  • Heat transfer coils (water, steam, electrical, and direct expansion coils)
  • Air cleaning and mixing (Filters - rating, testing, and application)
  • Fans and duct systems (performance and sizing)
  • Air eevices (diffusers, grills, etc.)
  • General guidelines for duct system design
Day IV

Piping Equipment and Systems

  • Piping systems and components
  • Pumps (performance and sizing)
  • Heat exchangers
  • Sizing of water piping systems
  • Workshop II - Design of a water piping system under instructor guidance
Introduction to the use of an HVAC Design Computer Program - you should bring your laptop
  • Participants will be provided with a demo version of the software.
  • Workshop III - under instructor guidance design an HVAC System using the computer software - you should bring your laptop!
Group discussion and Course wrap - up

Daily Schedule:

8:00   Registration and coffee (first day only)
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment

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


Dr. M. S. Hamed, P.Eng., is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the founding director of the Thermal Processing Laboratory (TPL) at McMaster University. Dr. Hamed has 25 years of industrial experience in the field of thermal engineering, five years of which as Director of Research and Product Development in Canada. Dr. Hamed has developed and presented numerous training courses and seminars in the field of HVAC and Refrigeration, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Conservation and Management, Boiling Heat Transfer, and Two-phase Flows. He has served as a consultant in many projects in Canada and abroad.  His industrial experience includes design, sizing, process development, troubleshooting, and maintenance of domestic and industrial HVAC systems, air washers, cooling towers, heat exchangers, water, oil, stream and gas piping systems, various types of metal heat treating furnaces, fluidized beds, water and gas quench systems, solid-gas separation systems, and furnace atmosphere generators. Dr. Hamed is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a member of various professional associations such as ASHRAE, ASM International, TMS, CSME, CFD Society of Canada, ASME, and a senior member of SME. He is also an editorial board member of the Transactions of the CSME, the International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties (IJMMP), and the International Journal of Computational Thermal Sciences.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.4 CEU / 24 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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