A Comparative Analysis of Residential Heating Systems

Builders, contractors, and homeowners today face a myriad of options for home heating systems. Furnaces, heat pumps - both air-source and ground-source, and even hybrid furnace-heat pump combination systems are all options. Sorting out the best choices requires taking a close look at system costs, efficiency levels, energy prices, comfort impacts, the severity of the climate, and any applicable incentives. This course summarizes the key findings from an extensive technical analysis of the energy, economic, and environmental results of using various heating systems in different locations throughout the U.S., and updates the prior study from 2013 with more current energy pricing, system specs, and modeling data.

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Introduction to Net Zero Energy Homes and Opportunities to Leverage High Efficiency Propane Systems

This course provides an overview of residential zero net energy (ZNE) homes and gives designers a sense of key issues and strategies for ZNE projects. It explores how ZNE projects may be defined along with the implications of the different definitions of "zero". The course also characterizes the current ZNE housing market, the general design approach to ZNEs and the opportunities to integrate mixed-fuel home designs in ZNE projects.

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An Architect's Perspective: The Advantages of Incorporating HVLS Fans into Modern Building Design

Sarah Marshall, principal architect at Napa Design Partners, relied on Entrematic HVLS fans to provide both an aesthetically pleasing look and cost-effective performance in her design for the Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley’s newest building. Here are the 4 top reasons Entrematic fans became so integral to her design.

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The Benefits of Radiant Gas Heat Fireplaces

Gas fireplace systems that take advantage of radiant heat technology provide a greater degree of comfort, control, efficiency, and design flexibility compared to standard gas fireplaces. This course will explore best practices in radiant heat gas fireplace design as well as benefits and safety features. It will also address how architects and designers can have design flexibility when specifying for a range of applications including new construction and renovations.

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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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Variable Refrigerant Flow: A Versatile HVAC Solution for K-12 Educational Facilities (Print Course)

This course aims to provide architects in the education sector with the knowledge to design with VRF HVAC systems. VRF provides educational facilities control over personal comfort while reducing energy usage and costs, and addresses strict IAQ requirements. VRF’s quiet operation is the ideal solution for educational environments, requires minimal maintenance, and can meet the varying load needs of educational buildings, from larger gymnasiums and cafeterias to individual classrooms.

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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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Solving For ASHRAE 62.2 Indoor Air Quality Standards

It is critical to consider indoor air quality when designing or building a home to avoid health/safety issues for home occupants, or legal/project issues for architects and builders. This course will help you know how to meet the ASHRAE 62.2 indoor air quality standards for residential structures. Topics include the basic components of ASHRAE 62.2, and methods to meet the requirements for whole house ventilation, local ventilation, and outdoor air.

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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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