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M339
HVAC Tips for Green Buildings

A. Bhatia, B.E.

Buildings as they are designed and used today, symbolize unrestrained consumption of energy and other natural resources with its consequent negative environment impact. According to the Department of Energy, in 2005, commercial buildings accounted for 35 percent of total electricity consumption. Roughly 40-50% of the total electricity consumption is accounted for by HVAC system, followed by lighting system (20%). Other loads (pumps, equipment etc.) contribute to balance 20- 30%. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the energy savings potential in commercial buildings is more than 35 percent by adopting proper design and energy-efficient upgrades.

This 10 - hour course discusses some of the proven energy efficiency HVAC concepts for the new building projects. The course focuses on the design of energy efficient building architecture, building construction materials, HVAC equipment design considerations, energy, refrigerants, construction practices, indoor environment quality and commissioning practices.

The course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.


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