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Training Platform - Building Energy Retrofit. Basics and Design Process

Updated Version: Dec, 2016

Dreaming of Boosting or Starting your Engineering Career in the Building Energy Retrofit Industry?

The Academy of HVAC Engineering team is pleased to offer you a new training platform developed in response to the building energy retrofit industry’ s demand for specialists proficient in creating energy retrofit and renewal projects for commercial and institutional buildings. The platform was prepared based on the unique experience of the Academy’ s team with designing energy retrofit programs for hospitals, universities and other facilities in Canada, as well as sharing our knowledge by teaching students in mechanical engineering programs. Many educational programs provide generic information about building energy conservation technologies. In contrast, our course provides a streamlined, interconnected sequence of practical design procedures, along with the tools and resources required to develop a comprehensive energy retrofit project. The course will teach you the energy conservation measure conceptual design, energy modeling, cost and benefit analysis, and cognitive principles involved in energy retrofit project development. The level of the project development conforms to the ASHRAE’ s investment-grade (Level 3) audit requirements, and is sufficient for making financial decisions.


Video Tutorials

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Training Resources:

The best way to learn the procedures, reasoning and milestones of building energy retrofit project development is to develop your own project for an industry size building. Our training resources will provide you with this opportunity.

  • Building Energy Retrofit – Basics and Design Process,’ also referred to as ‘ the guide’ you are currently reading. On a step-by-step basis, the guide will lead you through developing your own project. The guide includes all reference engineering tables gathered from many handbooks and standards that you will need to design your project. This guide was designed to be a reference book for in-class students working with an instructor, and a step-by-step guide for students who prefer independent learning.
  • A report template, ‘ Energy Retrofit Concept Report,’ mimics a real report that outlines the scope and benefits of the proposed energy retrofit project. The template will provide you with the project framework and output required. The template is a Microsoft Word document with typical sections’ , tables’ and figures’ names and textual contents. In the course of training, you will place the information of your own project in the designated placeholders. The guide’ s instructions correlate with the template’ s structure.
  • In order to learn and apply energy retrofit design knowledge, you will need a set of mechanical drawings for a building, as well as specific information about the building systems. If you are working through the course independently, you may choose a building from the file “Project Register” that provides key parameters (building location, occupancy type, etc.) and refers to a set of associated drawings from a drawing library that includes drawings for educational, office and retail buildings. If you are taking the course with an instructor, the instructor will provide you with drawings and building data. To illustrate the energy retrofit design process, the guide will refer to the drawings of ‘ Administrative Building B’ located in the drawing library.
  • A Microsoft Excel spreadsheet entitled ‘ Building Energy Retrofit Workbook.’ The spreadsheet is coded with the project-related calculations arranged in a form of line-by-line calculation tables that explain the input and output variables of each calculation procedure. Complicated and routine computations are automated to save time, and reduce human errors. The Workbook is the source of the tables required to complete the report.
  • A software tool, ‘ Hourly Analysis Program’ (HAP) developed by Carrier Inc. (http://www.carrier.com). You will be able to download the tool at www.carrier.com for no additional cost for you. The tool’ s cost was included in the cost of this training package. You will enjoy this powerful tool to simulate hourly and annual energy performance of HVAC systems during the training period. The software tool will be available to you only during the training period. The nearest training period ends on May 26th, 2017. The next training period will be announced.

During the training, you will follow the guide’ s instructions and gradually fill in the report template with the information of your own project; the outcome of your design activities will be based on your use of the resources listed above.

The Training Benefits

After you have completed all the report template sections, the template automatically acquires a new status - it becomes the energy retrofit program concept report of your own design! The report is a cohesive document providing all key elements of your energy retrofit program: scope, energy and monetary benefits, implementation cost, and return of investment. The report will be a document demonstrating your new skills, an invaluable merit at job interviews!

For you, the successful competition of the project means that you will gain a rare combination of skills highly beneficial for your career including the abilities to:

  • Complete conceptual design of efficient energy conservation measures
  • Model and analyze energy performance of HVAC systems with an industry standard energy simulation tool
  • Design advanced energy saving HVAC controls sequences
  • Develop energy savings measurement and verification plans compliant with the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol
  • Optimize program scope based on the simple payback cost benefit analysis method

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