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Advanced Energy Efficient HVAC LEED CE Course

Advanced HVAC courseHeating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are critical to buildng operations, but they can also represent the most significant use of energy in the built environment.  HVAC systems typically make up about 40% of a building’s energy use. As such, energy efficient HVAC systems are essential to green building development and operations, because such systems have the potential to not only reduce carbon production, but also save a lot of money over time.  This course is designed for current and/or aspiring green building professionals who want to gain an advanced understanding of energy efficient HVAC technologies and how they may contribute to a building's energy use and costs. This course fulfills 1.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours for LEED CMP.

This course will describe how HVAC systems contribute to a building's overall energy usage and operational costs.  It will also cover the basics of conventional HVAC systems before exploring the types of advanced energy efficient HVAC technologies available on the market, such as variable air volume (VAV), chilled beams, and liquid dessicant air conditioning.

“Advanced Energy Efficient HVAC” will also discuss how energy efficient HVAC technologies can help to achieve various credits in the LEED rating systems.  It includes real world case studies, including the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences' chilled beams system and Pacific University's VAV system.


  • CE Hours: 1.5 (90 Minutes)
  • Level: 100

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how HVAC systems work and their importance to energy efficiency in buildings
  2. Analyze energy efficient HVAC systems and their return on investment (ROI)
  3. Evaluate various energy efficient HVAC systems
  4. Discuss how energy efficient HVAC technologies can assist in earning various LEED credits

About the Instructor:

Dave PrattDavid Pratt is a Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of Texas, and also a Certified Energy Manager and LEED AP. He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. David has over 12 years of experience in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Construction and Sustainable Design and is a frequent contributor to Green Buildings Online.


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