Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am – 12:05 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:05 – 12:50 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:50 – 4:15 pm

Geothermal Certifications, Building Science and Thermodynamics

   Geothermal national certifications and Colorado-specific certification standards

   Hydronic versus air thermodynamics

   Vapor compression refrigeration heating and cooling

   Using a psychrometic chart to determine comfort parameters

   Calculating GHP and overall HVAC system heating and cooling efficiency

   Heat load calculations – ACCA Manual J, D, and S, and equipment sizing

   IAPMO/ANSI 2015 Solar Energy and Hydronics Code Contractor Requirements

Ground Heat Exchanger (GHEX) Considerations and Design Requirements

   Advantages and disadvantages of closed and open loop GHEXs

   Types and specification criteria for closed loop GHEXs

   Best Practices for GHEX Design (loads, pressure drop, manifolds)

   Project conditions where thermal conductivity testing is recommended

   Colorado Department of Water Resources GHEX requirements and resources

   Considerations for GHEX antifreeze requirements and options

   Geothermal GHEX design software demonstration – GHEX-specific modeling

Ground Source Heat Pump Components, Operation, Unit Sizing, and Zoning

   Types of GHPs, components, functionality, and specification requirements

   Manufacturer performance specifications for equipment sizing

   Best practices for GHEX design (loads, pressure drop, manifolds)

   GHP system configurations – forced air, hydronic, and domestic hot water

   Intelligent zoning for air systems and considerations for comfort and code compliance

   Technology update – high temperature vapor injection water-to-water GHPs

   Technology update – variable speed (VS) GHP compressors and VS flow centers

Advanced Concepts for GHP Integration – Radiant, Boiler, Snow Melt, Pool Heating

   How integrated design can dramatically affect overall systems efficiency

   GHP and radiant system configurations, components, and code requirements

   Specific heat exchanger requirements for heating domestic hot water with GHPs

   Best practices design methods for integrated hydronic systems

   High temperature GHP challenges for boilers with baseboard radiant and fan coils

   Unique design requirements for large custom homes and commercial applications

   Specialty integration with GHPs and boilers for pool heating and snow melt

   Design Considerations for integrating Pool Heating with Radiant In-Floor or Snow Melt

   Commercial Control Options available for Radiant Heating, Boilers, and Snow Melt

Radiant Floor Cooling (RFCTM) Design Considerations and Best Practices

   Radiant floor cooling capabilities, limitations and system requirements

   Passive radiant floor cooling designs at 50 times the efficiency of forced air cooling

   Zoned load calculations for RFCTM applications and extrapolating latent design loads

   Setpoint GHP and RFCTM controls for hot/cold tank, and radiant floor temperature

   Dew Point Reset and outdoor reset for radiant floor cooling and heating systems

   Dehumidification controls using variable speed and two stage GHP compressors

Environmental, Comfort and Financial Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps

   Environmental benefits and energy efficiency considerations for GHPs

   Comfort and energy advantages decoupling air systems from controlled ventilation

   Savings possibilities using GHPs with energy and heat recovery ventilators

   RREMP and EcoBuild Fee offsets enabled by geothermal integrated hydronics

   Financial analysis examples for commercial and residential GHP installations



     6.0 HSW PDUs/Contact Hours
     6.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers

     6.0 Continuing Ed Hours


     Non-Mandatory Cont. Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.0 HSW continuing education hours (CO PDUs) to architects and 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Colorado.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This seminar offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been reviewed by any state contractor licensing board for contractor continuing education purposes.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Al Wallace

Energy Environmental Corporation

President, Energy Environmental CorporationMr. Wallace is President of Energy Environmental Corporation. He specializes in integrating systems using geothermal, solar thermal, and radiant hydronic heating and cooling with patented controls Mr. Wallace is a Certified GeoExchange Designer (CGD) and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers; a Certified Trainer and Installer by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA), certified by the Colorado Division of Water Resources and has earned the LEED for Homes Accredited Professional designation from the U.S. Green Building Council.  Al served on the technical committee which created the 2015 Uniform Solar Energy & Hydronics Code through the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). Mr. Wallace holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in California, and dual Master’s degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture with Certificates in Design/Build and Historic Preservation from the University of Colorado at Denver.