Sustainable Design and Operation of HVAC Systems in Buildings

Online /
Apr 24 - 28, 2023 /
Course Code: 13-0420-ONL23

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 5 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of the design and operation of HVAC systems in buildings.
  • Learn systematic procedures for the selection of system and equipment options.
  • Gain insight into sustainable designs of HVAC systems in buildings.


The building industry is approaching the general acceptance of sustainable design principles. Sustainable design means that engineers must interact with architects, owners, and facility managers in a team effort to provide a high-quality, productive environment for people while considering the impact of their design on the environment. The LEEDTM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is an excellent way to quantify the sustainability of buildings.

This course focuses on the sustainable design and operation of HVAC systems used in buildings.

It covers the basics of science by which the HVAC systems operate, descriptions of the many system and equipment options that can be selected, guidelines for which might be appropriate in given applications, and exercises and case studies to reinforce the material.

Topics are introduced to individuals who have little background on the subject while providing valuable information resources to personnel having more experience with HVAC systems in buildings.


  • To provide the basics of the operation of HVAC systems in buildings.
  • To present descriptions of various system and equipment options.
  • To offer guidelines for system and equipment selection.

Course Outline

  • Introduction: Sustainability and Economics
  • Introduction to HVAC
  • HVAC Delivery System
  • Cooling Production Equipment and Systems
  • Heating Production Equipment and Systems
  • Air-Handling Equipment and Systems
  • Piping Equipment and Systems
  • Group discussion and Course wrap-up

Who Should Attend

Architectures • Design and Project Engineers and Technologists • Facility Managers • Consultants Mechanical Engineers and Technologists • Maintenance and Operation Personnel and Other Technical Personnel Who Need To Upgrade/Refresh Their Current Knowledge of HVAC Systems in Buildings.

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Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day 1

  1. Introduction: Sustainability and Economics
  • Basics of Energy
  • Sustainable Design
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Commissioning
  • Evaluating Design Options
  • Economics of Owning and Operating Buildings
  1. Introduction to HVAC
  • Environmental Comfort
  • Properties of Air-Water Mixtures
  • Energy Transport in HVAC Systems
  • HVAC Load Estimation
  • Calculating Heating Loads
  • Calculating Cooling Loads
  • Workshop I – load calculation

Day II

  1. HVAC Delivery System
  • Control of Heating and Cooling
  • Zoning
  • Commonly Used Systems for Zone Control
  1. Cooling Production Equipment and Systems
  • Refrigeration Cycle
  • Direct Expansion Systems
  • Chilled-Water Systems
  • Heat Rejection from Cooling Systems to the Environment
  • Chilled-Water Plant Design
  • Workshop II – Sizing and Selection of a cooling system.


  1. Heating Production Equipment and Systems
  • Types of Heating Systems
  • Heating Energy Sources
  • Furnaces and Air Heaters
  • Boilers –Types
  • Selection of Medium and Equipment
  • Operating and Safety Controls.
  • Workshop III – Sizing and selection of a heating system

Day IV

  1. Air-Handling Equipment and Systems
  • Air-Handling Equipment
  • Air Cleaning - Filters
  • Fans and Duct Systems
  • Air Devices (diffusers, grills, etc.)
  • General Guidelines for Duct System Design
  • Workshop III – duct design – case study.

Day V

  1. Piping Equipment and Systems
  • Piping Systems and Components
  • Pumps – types and performance
  • Water-Piping Systems
  1. Group discussion and Course wrap-up


Mohamed Hamed, Ph.D, P.Eng

Dr. Mohamed S. Hamed, PhD, P.Eng

Mohamed is a Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the founding director of the Thermal Processing Laboratory (TPL) at McMaster University. & has more than 35 years of industrial experience in the field of thermal engineering. Dr. Hamed has developed and presented numerous training courses and seminars in the field of HVAC and Refrigeration Systems, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Conservation and Management, Boiling Heat Transfer, and Two-phase Flows. He has served as a consultant in many projects in Canada and abroad.

Dr. Hamed is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a member of various professional associations such as ASHRAE, ASM International, TMS, CSME, CFD Society of Canada, ASME, and a senior member of SME. He is also an editorial board member of the Transactions of the CSME, the International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties (IJMMP), and the International Journal of Computational Thermal Sciences.

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Fee & Credits

$2595 + taxes

  • 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 28 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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