Health concerns have residents focused on the air they breathe at home. With the construction of energy-efficient multifamily properties leading to tighter building envelopes, indoor air quality has become increasingly important to todayâ€™s apartment residents.
Buildings and the environment have a symbiotic relationship: not only does the environment impact the materials, design, and lifespan of a building, but buildings play a role in climate change. This puts architects, engineers, designers, and others in the AEC industry in the unique position of being able to contribute to sustainability initiatives, helping to mitigate climate change through sustainable practices, including adopting innovative HVAC technologies that will positively impact future generations.
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.
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.
This course will examine the ways in which Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology can provide the hospitality industry with benefits beyond conventional HVAC systems. Key topics include identifying the unique challenges hospitality designers face when specifying HVAC systems, technology behind VRF systems, the performance and design benefits of VRF systems, and ways VRF systems were used to maximize occupant comfort and design flexibility.
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.
Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs â€“ 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) didnâ€™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 homeâ€™s HERS Index, in addition to helping projects gain points in above-code programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard.
The Mitsubishi Electric VRF zoning system exceeded efficiency expectations in the redevelopment of this Silver high-rise.
Every indoor space is unique, and interactions between people and the systems that control any indoor environment they occupy, such as HVAC, lighting, and acoustics, are dynamic and complex. These relationships have the ability to positively or negatively impact health and wellbeing. This course explores the ways in which HVAC systems can contribute to wellbeing and focuses on indoor environmental quality (IEQ), holistic HVAC system solutions, and the WELL concepts of Air, Thermal Comfort, and sound.
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