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Efficient HVAC Systems

Laure Itard

In this course you will start by identifying the different steps a HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) engineers need to follow to come to a proper design while collaborating with the architect.

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In this course you will start by identifying the different steps a HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) engineers need to follow to come to a proper design while collaborating with the architect.

You will then learn how to distribute heat and cold using air and water systems, what temperature levels to use in both and how that relates to the type of energy supply and to the thermal quality of the building construction. You will further deepen your knowledge on air handling units and how to humidify and dehumidify air when needed and what that does mean for the energy consumption. As ventilation systems are often responsible for local thermal discomfort, you will also discover how different distribution systems lead to different comfort experiences and different indoor air qualities and you will know which simple control techniques can be applied.

Finally you will study a modern complex system consisting of an aquifer thermal storage, heat pump, boiler, solar collector, PV-cells, air handling unit, water and air distribution systems. This will allow you to develop skills to catch the complexity of such HVAC systems and to understand the basic rules of how to control them to get the best out of them and how to use data from the Building Energy Management System to help you in this task.

This course is part of the PCP Buildings as Sustainable Energy Systems. In the other courses in this program you can learn how to design buildings with low energy demand, how to choose low carbon energy supply and how to determine if this will lead to a comfortable indoor environment.

The development of this course is supported by Climate-KIC.

What's inside

Learning objectives

  • How air is processed in an air handling unit, and how to distribute it to ensure thermal comfort.
  • How to distribute heat and cold with an air system, and what the associated pressure losses are.
  • How to distribute heat and cold by using a water system or a mixed air-water system.
  • What temperature levels to choose in both types of systems, taking into account efficiency and thermal comfort.
  • How to make complex combinations of (renewable) energy equipment manageable and controllable.

Good to know

Know what's good
, what to watch for
, and possible dealbreakers
In-depth look at designing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems for buildings
Explores topics such as heat and cold distribution, air handling units, and energy consumption
Examines both air-based and water-based systems, providing a comprehensive understanding of HVAC design
Emphasis on thermal comfort and indoor air quality, ensuring the well-being of building occupants
Taught by experts in the field of HVAC engineering, ensuring the accuracy and relevance of the content
Requires some background knowledge in engineering or architecture, as it delves into technical aspects of HVAC design

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Learners who complete Efficient HVAC Systems will develop knowledge and skills that may be useful to these careers:
HVAC Engineer
HVAC Engineers design, install, and maintain HVAC systems. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to design, install, and maintain them. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to select the right system for a particular application.
Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineers design, build, and test mechanical devices, including HVAC systems. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to design, install, and maintain them. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to select the right system for a particular application.
Building Engineer
Building Engineers operate and maintain buildings, including HVAC systems. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to operate and maintain them. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to troubleshoot and repair them.
Energy Auditor
Energy Auditors assess the energy efficiency of buildings and make recommendations for improvements. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to assess their energy efficiency. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to identify and correct inefficiencies.
Sustainability Consultant
Sustainability Consultants help businesses and organizations reduce their environmental impact. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to design and implement sustainable HVAC systems. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to select and install them in a way that minimizes their environmental impact.
Project Manager
Project Managers plan and execute projects, including HVAC projects. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to manage HVAC projects. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to plan and execute HVAC projects on time and within budget.
Sales Engineer
Sales Engineers sell HVAC systems. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to sell them. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to identify and meet the needs of your customers.
Technical Writer
Technical Writers create technical documentation, including documentation for HVAC systems. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to write clear and concise documentation. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to write documentation that is easy to understand and use.
Educator
Educators teach students about HVAC systems. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to teach them to others. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to develop and deliver effective lesson plans.
Researcher
Researchers conduct research on HVAC systems. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to conduct research. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to design and conduct research studies.
Consultant
Consultants provide advice on HVAC systems. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to provide advice to clients. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to identify and solve HVAC problems.
Policy Analyst
Policy Analysts develop and analyze policies related to HVAC systems. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to develop and analyze policies that affect them. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to develop and analyze policies that promote energy efficiency and sustainability.
Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurs start and run their own businesses, including HVAC businesses. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to start and run a successful HVAC business. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to develop and implement a business plan.
Marketing Manager
Marketing Managers develop and implement marketing plans for HVAC products and services. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to develop and implement effective marketing plans. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to identify and reach your target market.
Product Manager
Product Managers develop and manage HVAC products. This course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of HVAC systems and how to develop and manage HVAC products. You will learn about the different types of HVAC systems, how they work, and how to develop and manage products that meet the needs of customers.

Reading list

We've selected 14 books that we think will supplement your learning. Use these to develop background knowledge, enrich your coursework, and gain a deeper understanding of the topics covered in Efficient HVAC Systems.
Provides comprehensive guidance on the design of HVAC systems for hospitals and clinics. It covers all aspects of HVAC design, from load calculations to equipment selection.
This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of HVAC systems and equipment. It valuable reference for HVAC engineers and designers.
Provides a clear and concise introduction to HVAC principles and applications. It good choice for students and professionals who are new to the field.
Provides a comprehensive overview of air conditioning engineering. It good choice for students and professionals who are interested in learning more about air conditioning systems.
Provides a comprehensive overview of solar thermal systems. It good choice for students and professionals who are interested in learning more about this field.
Provides a comprehensive overview of thermal energy storage.
Provides a comprehensive overview of building energy management systems.

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