Air Distribution: Commercial Design and Architecture

The purpose of this course is to educate building owners, architects and developers on modern, innovative commercial building air-conditioning systems that use water as the primary medium to transfer heat energy to and from the building interior efficiently. It will also focus on the consideration for occupant comfort and health.

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Case Study: Incorporating Low-Energy Ventilation Solutions - Acacia Building Washington, DC

Natural ventilation is cost-effective, uses low-energy and aesthetically pleasing. Read how the architects and engineers responsible for the upgrade of several Washington, DC buildings incorporated a natural ventilation system into their plans.

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Case Study: University Sports Arena

Engineers overcome 55 year old venue’s HVAC equipment space limitations and design/installation challenges with new 60 inch diameter fabric duct. The consulting engineer/architecture firm spearheading the HVAC portion of the $72 million renovation found that fabric duct, which was 90% lighter than metal duct, was the solution to both the project’s roof load-bearing limitations along with the many added advantages of fabric compared to the metal alternative.

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SkeleCore Pull-Tight Fabric HVAC Ductwork

SkeleCore Pull-Tight is a suspension/retention system for fabric ductwork utilizing a combination of internal hoops and tensioning baskets to help maintain fabric shape. SkeleCore's Pull-Tight technology supports the fabric with 360 degrees of tensioning eliminating noise, sagging, and wrinkles. SkeleCore Pull-Tight can be suspended from either a tension cable or track suspension system and is tensioned "externally" utilizing a tension cable lock. Pull-Tight improves startup performance and aesthetics when compared to multiple row, horizontal suspension systems.

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Specifying the Right PTAC/PTHP System May Lead to Higher Guest Satisfaction Scores (Print Course)

As the hospitality industry continues to evolve, there is a greater focus on the guest experience. With increasing customer expectations for comfortable, quiet rooms, the Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pump (PTHP) play a vital role in overall guest satisfaction. This CEU demonstrates the level of quality that PTAC/PTHP systems offer the hospitality environment. You will also learn the benefits of the product, why it offers maximum efficiency, what factors and accessories help the system operate more effectively, and what makes PTAC/PTHP systems so reliable.

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Advanced Heating Technology: Applying VRF in Cold Climates (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of advanced heating technology used in Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems and their application and use in cold climates for commercial and residential buildings. The course will cover the performance capabilities, functions, benefits, and energy efficiencies of VRF heat pumps with advanced heating technology.

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Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs – Using High Efficiency Propane Systems as a Compliance Strategy

Nothing is driving greater change in the home building industry than energy efficiency, but prior to 2015 the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) didn’t address mechanical equipment such as furnaces and water heaters. The 2015 IECC now includes a new compliance path called the Energy Rating Index allowing builders more choices in how to meet the energy code. This course will take a closer look at how high efficiency propane equipment such as furnaces and water heaters provide flexibility in meeting 2015 IECC standards and help reduce a home’s HERS Index, in addition to helping projects gain points in above-code programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard.

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Higher Performance and Lower Costs with HVLS Fans (Print Course)

This article explores how HVLS fans increase the efficiency of heating and cooling systems by balancing air movement, reducing a building’s carbon footprint and energy output, and enhancing occupant comfort and productivity. Also covered are fan selection, placement, and operation guidelines, as well as strategies for cutting costs while boosting performance through all seasons.

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Designing with Variable Refrigerant Flow HVAC Systems – Maximizing Aesthetics, Occupant Comfort, and Energy Efficiency (Print)

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems provide more precise comfort control and energy efficiency to buildings of all shapes and sizes, when compared to traditional HVAC systems. Design flexibility, personalized comfort, and energy efficiency are the foundations of the variable refrigerant flow cooling and heating system. This course will cover the basic technology and components of VRF systems, and will examine the design benefits and energy efficiency of these systems.

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Water Source Heat Pump Systems: A Proven High Energy Efficient Technology

This course will provide the student with an introduction to water source heat pump (WSHP) systems. Students will be able to explain the WSHP concept and explore the various different features and benefits of WSHP usage in commercial buildings.

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