HTS-U Advanced: A Building Systems Design Series for Engineers

About this event

HTS-U Advanced is a 9-module series designed for experienced Engineers who have completed the HTS-U 101 Series or have 5 + years of experience. This program will provide more in-depth coverage of the topics covered in HTS-U 101, providing participants with advanced technical knowledge of HVAC system design.
There will also be a 1-hour product specific webinar on the 4th Wednesday of each month which will tie in with the most recent technical session focus topic. More details to come.

This Series will begin in January 2022 and end in November 2022.


Details of Each Module

Module 1: Central vs. Decentralized – System Selection

Date: Wednesday, Jan 12th, 2022

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

This introductory module is a continuation of Module 10 – System Selection of HTS-U HVAC 101. The purpose of this module is to introduce a more in-depth analysis of different HVAC systems, while drawing important differences and presenting aspects of centralized and decentralized systems. We will review code and design implications of each system and how it applies to different building types, schools, office towers, condos, etc. We will also review common and uncommon designs of centralized and decentralized solutions, while exploring how these designs can change to adopt increased energy efficiency and future carbon reduction measures.

Module 2: Hot Water Heating

Date: Wednesday, Feb 9th, 2022

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

Water is a relatively inexpensive fluid and an efficient vehicle to transport heat throughout a building. Hot water is used extensively in many buildings for space heating as well as heating potable water for domestic purposes. In this module, we will be exploring the various technologies available to heat water for both space heating and portable applications. Scenarios are explored which weigh the pros and cons for certain technologies, such as fuel heating of hot water vs heat pump heating of hot water as building owners are beginning to consider transitioning and electrifying their heating systems.

Module 3: Indoor Air Quality

Date: Wednesday, Mar 9th, 2022

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

This module will focus on achieving and maintaining healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) for various building types. We will investigate code and application specific requirements followed by a deep dive into technologies such as passive vs active filtration, ionizers, and UV-C. This discussion would not be complete without touching on infectious diseases and humidification as it relates to IAQ.

Module 4: Terminal Units

Date: Wednesday, Apr 13th, 2022

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

Terminal units are used for localized heating and cooling of individual zones within a building. Some examples of terminal units include VAV boxes, fan powered boxes, fan coils, heat pumps, chilled beams/sails, radiant and trench heating. The type of terminal device used depends on the system type, level of control needed, and relevant architectural requirements. In this module, we will evaluate various types of terminal devices – their advantages, disadvantages, and design considerations when choosing a specific type of terminal unit.

Module 5: Hydronic Pumping Systems

Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

When it comes to maintaining space heating and cooling requirements, hydronic pumping systems represent the beating heart and bloodlines of many buildings at which people work, live, and play every day. This module explores various hydronic pumping system arrangements and analyzes the challenges that each brings when it comes to ensuring reliable building operation. Among other things, some key topics will include a discussion of minimum useful system volume, maintaining equipment minimum flow requirements, branch-to-riser ratios, and sensorless pumps. Participants will gain a detailed understanding of how various equipment and application types affect hydronic system design and operation.

Module 6: High Temp Cooling and Low Temp Heating

Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

This module will focus on the design of high-temperature cooling and low-temperature heating systems, which are often crucial when using heat pumps and heat recovery chillers or finding ways to reduce energy consumption in a building. The module will include details on system layouts, types of equipment used to generate high-temperature chilled water and low-temperature hot water, and details on equipment operating temperature ranges and efficiencies. The challenges associated with high-temperature cooling systems will be presented along with the tools to understand dew point control, indoor air quality, and primary air volume. Students will be presented with an overview of high-temperature cooling terminal units such as chilled beams, and low-temperature heating terminal units, and will be armed with the necessary information to confidently incorporate them into a design.

Module 7: Air Handling

Date: Wednesday, Sept 8th, 2022

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

The purpose of this module is to expand on AHU design principles covered in HTS-U 101, we will focus on non-traditional Energy Recovery strategies, we will discuss AHU size optimization by looking at centralized vs non centralized AHU design. We will also cover the impact of Energy sources on AHU Performance and life cycle. Finally, we will conclude with a few application considerations.

Module 8: Chillers, Heat Pumps, and Refrigeration

Date: Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2022

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

Refrigeration gives us the ability to make it cold when it’s hot (and hot when it’s cold outside), and this training module will dive into the advanced details on how to use it. Compressors and refrigerants will be explained, along with why to use one vs. another. We will go over all types of air-air, air-water, water-water, and water-air machines, where to use them, and what their limits are. Time will be spent on how to apply these systems correctly into buildings, along with the hydronic, and controls integration of different types in a single system.

Module 9: Building Automation Systems (BAS)

Date: Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2022

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM

For any given building, there are many ways to design, install and commission a BAS. Each way has its advantages and disadvantages which may be important, or insignificant, from the perspective of the consultant or building owner. Leaving the choice to the BAS contractor could put your building at risk. This module will focus on specifying a building automation system and creating documents to ensure that you get the system that is right for your project.


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