Registration                     8:00 – 8:30 am
Morning Session             8:30 – 11:45 am
Lunch (On your own)      11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Afternoon Session           12:45 – 4:30 pm

Reviewing Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Principles

Purposes of HVAC systems

Examining sensible and latent heat

Principles of heat transfer

Reviewing heat transfer equations for liquids and gases

Conventional and Green Building Codes

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers standards and guidelines

State and local residential and commercial codes

LEED and other “green” rating systems

HVAC System Design Considerations

Building location and construction

Making HVAC load calculations

Unconditioned and conditioned spaces

Single and multiple zone systems

Sizing systems and using variable capacity systems

Evaluating HVAC Systems and Equipment

Heat pumps: air source and ground source

Chilled water

Variable refrigerant flow systems

Forced air systems

Radiant heat systems

Constant volume and variable air volume systems

Distribution systems: piping and ductwork

HVAC System Controls

Control system goals: maintain thermal comfort, reduce energy use, monitor performance

Control system options

Reviewing Equipment and Techniques for High Performance Buildings

Additional goals of high-performance HVAC: thermal comfort and improved indoor-air quality

Right-sizing equipment

Variable load performance

Shifting and reducing loads

Heat recovery


Operation and maintenance



6.5 HSW Contact Hours
6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs

Building Performance Institute
3.25 CEUs

Non-Mandatory Cont. Ed.

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in all states with continuing education requirements.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey architects.

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, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

The Building Performance Institute has approved this event for 3.25 CEUs.

This course offers a continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for required continuing education credit.

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.


Blair Richardson, P.E., CEM, CGD, CLEP, LEED

Mr. Richardson has over 12 years of experience in building design and construction. His focus has been bringing energy efficiency, sustainability, and resiliency together in every project. Reducing energy use through strategic and targeted energy conservation measures Mr. Richardson have been able to show clients how sustainability can improve their bottom line; utilizing tax credits, rebates, and incentives to reduce the cost of capital projects. He has a strong background in design-build and the integrated design process. Throughout his career he has worked with architects, engineers, contractors, commissioning agents, and owners to facilitate successful projects. Mr. Richardson earned his B.S. degree from the University of Maine in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in five states, a Certified Energy Manager, and LEED accredited professional (in addition to other certifications). He serves on the board of directors for the Connecticut Chapter of ASHRAE, as well as heading several committees; is an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers; Past Director for a regional non-profit; is a corresponding executive committee member for the Housatonic Boy Scout Council; and is an avid outdoorsman.