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Training Platform - Building Energy Retrofit. Basics and Design Process

Updated Version: Jan, 2018

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 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 experience of the Academy’s team in development of energy retrofit programs for hospitals, universities and other facilities in Canada.

Many educational programs provide generic information about building energy conservation technologies. This information is not sufficient to work as an energy engineer or energy analyst. 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 program. The course will teach you energy conservation measure conceptual design, measure energy modeling and cost benefit analysis, and other procedures involved in the energy retrofit project development. The level of the project development conforms to the ASHRAE’s investment-grade audit requirements that is sufficient for making financial decisions.

Video Tutorials

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Training Resources:

The best way to learn the rational and procedures of building energy retrofit project development is to develop your own project for a real building. Our training resources will provide you with this opportunity. The resources include the following items:

  1. Design guide ‘Building Energy Retrofit. Basics and Design Process’. The guide will lead you step-by-step through the project design. It includes all required reference tables gathered from many handbooks and standards that otherwise you would need to acquire
  2. Report template ‘Energy Retrofit Concept Report,’ also referred to as ‘RT.’ The template mimics a real concept 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 filled with the headings of sections, tables and figures as well as common textual contents. In the course of training, you will place the information of your project in the designated section placeholders
  3. Sample project input datasets: building drawings and input database ‘Project Ledger’. In order to practice the project development process, you will need a set of mechanical and controls drawings for a building, as well as specific information about the building. If you are working through the course independently, you may choose a building from the file “Project Ledger” that provides key parameters (building location, occupancy type, etc.) and a set of associated drawings from the drawing library. The library includes full set of HVAC drawings for educational, office and retail buildings. If you are taking the course in class the instructor will provide you with the drawings and building data
  4. Microsoft Excel spreadsheet ‘Building Energy Retrofit Workbook’ (EWB). The spreadsheet is coded with all project-related calculations arranged in a form of line-by-line calculation tables that explain the input, interim and output data of each calculation procedure. Complicated and routine computations are automated to save your time and to minimize your errors. The EWB houses all tables required to complete the concept report
  5. Energy simulation software tool, ‘Hourly Analysis Program’ (HAP) developed by Carrier Inc. The tool will be provided to simulate the hourly and annual energy performance of the building systems in your project. The tool will be available to you only during the training period (4 months)

During the training, you will follow the guide’s instructions and use the training tools to gradually fill the RT section placeholders with the information of your own project.

After you have completed all the RT’s sections, the template automatically acquires a new status - it becomes the energy retrofit program concept report of your own design. The report is a document demonstrating your skills, a valid merit point at your future job interviews.


The Training Benefits

For you, the successful completion of the project means that you have gained 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 efficient HVAC controls sequences
  • Develop energy savings measurement and verification plans
  • Optimize measure scope based on the simple payback cost benefit analysis method

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