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HVAC Systems

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This session explains why and how to provide heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to buildings. Beginning with a discussion of various efficiency metric and ending with an examination of thermal energy storage, additional topics in this session include COP, SEER. and EERs, heating systems, heat pumps, load calculations, ventilation air, water heating science and technologies, and controls.  

Course expires 03/05/2025

Learning Objectives


Define the various efficiency metrics for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems


Interpret the science behind heating sources used in buildings and how heat is distributed


Discern the differences between types of hot water heating systems and explain why their design matters


Discuss the basics of building automation systems and the role they play in making buildings smarter and more efficient

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