Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

HVAC Systems: Overview and Design Issues for Sustainable Buildings

Successful sustainable design for HVAC systems is grounded in an understanding of the basic principles of how buildings interact with the environment, as well as hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of new technologies and materials. In this seminar Integral Group’s Geoff McDonell P.Eng. LEED AP will provide up-to-date information on human comfort systems for low energy green buildings.  Topics to be discussed include:

Basic Building Physics and Human Comfort

  • “All-air systems” versus hydronic energy transport;
  • De-coupling room temperature control from ventilation;
  • Radiant comfort and human comfort engineering; and
  • Building envelope issues: glass, solar, wall construction, basic HVAC calculations.

Hydronic Radiant Systems Design and Application

  • Radiant heating and cooling systems types;
  • Ventilation systems with radiant systems;
  • Humidity control for radiant cooling;
  • Radiant applications: floors, ceilings, types of equipment; and
  • Geo-exchange systems with hydronic radiant systems.

Putting It All Together – Low Energy, Sustainable Buildings

  • High performance/low energy building envelope criteria;
  • Glazing and window performance;
  • Swiss Batiso (constant temperature) Building overview;
  • Local case studies with costing examples; and
  • Going beyond LEED – next steps.

It takes place Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre, 711 West Broadway, Vancouver. To register, go online to

3.25 Core LUs

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