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Building Systems and IAQ Sustainable Design

Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CCS, CCPR

Course Outline

This three hour online course discusses the basic sustainable design considerations for HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing Systems.  The course also discusses the relevance of indoor air quality, acoustics and building commissioning with respect to sustainable design.

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

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will learn about:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for mechanical engineers, energy engineers and commissioning agent engineers.

Benefit for Attendee

Attendee of this course will be learn about sustainable design as related to the building systems that can be designed to minimize energy use in the building.

Course Introduction

This course material provides guidance on types of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system components that will most effectively meet design goals and also examines lighting and other electrical systems for efficiency in products and practices.

Indoor environmental quality is also reviewed, with a focus on indoor air quality and acoustics as two aspects that can affect building occupants’ health and productivity. The course material  outlines strategies to achieve good IAQ through control of contaminant sources and occupant activity and through good ventilation and building maintenance practices. The course also discusses how desired sound control levels can be reached through design practices, construction techniques, and attention to mechanical systems and surface finishes.

Course Content

This course is based on the Sustainable Building Technical Manual – Green Building Design, Construction and Operations Part IV:  Building Design – Section B:  Building Systems and Indoor Environmental Quality,(Chapters 12 – 15 Only)

Building Systems and IAQ Sustainable Design

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Course Summary

Designing and installing environmentally sound and energy-efficient systems have a long-term impact on the cost-effective operations of a building and on the productivity of building occupants.   This course gives a good over view of multi-disciplined integrated design considerations.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites:

United States Green Building Council –
US Department of Energy –
National Renewable Energy Laboratory –


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.