ASHRAE Examines HVAC in High Performing Buildings

June 10, 2011
Attendees receive a copy of Standard 189.1

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is organizing a design essentials workshop for those interested in broadening their understanding of the newest HVAC essentials. "Essentials of HVAC Design for High Performing Buildings" will take place August 15-17 at ASHRAE Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

The three-day, intensive workshop focuses on fundamental and technical aspects of HVAC design. It's the second time the worship will be held. The first workshop held in May sold out.
Design Essentials addresses the skill set that will be required by designers of today’s high performing buildings. It presents techniques to interact effectively with all design partners in an integrated design team, reviews the economics of sustainable buildings, and describes the skills needed to design high-performance buildings.

“I really enjoyed my experience at the HVAC Design Essentials workshop,” says Samuel Frenette, an application specialist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who attended May’s workshop. “The course was a great review of known concepts and a great way to learn about new subjects outside of my field of work. I also enjoyed the variety of participants in the workshop; it was a great opportunity to network with different people in our industry. The workshop was very beneficial at many levels and I will recommend it to my coworkers,” Frenette says.

The course is led by ASHRAE members Julia Keen and Joel Primeau; both are licensed engineers and ASHRAE Certified High Performance Building Design Professionals. Keen is associate professor of architectural engineering and construction science at Kansas State University. Primeau is an independent high-performance building consulting engineer who resides in Ontario, Canada.

In addition to course materials, attendees receive a copy of Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential, and the 189.1 User’s Manual. Many states and professional organizations recognize the workshop for Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Units.

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ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of 55,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

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