Friday, October 30, 2020

Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.
Log into Webinar:                8:00 – 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session:                8:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT
Break:                                 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
Afternoon Session:             1:00 – 4:30 pm EDT

Regional Energy and Climate Initiatives Favoring Heat Pumps

Buildings’ green house gas contribution
Regional energy and environmental goals, policies and laws
Building electrification impacts to regulated utilities
• Electric utilities
• Natural gas utilities
Important trends from recent utility rate cases

Introduction to Electric Heat Pumps

A brief history of heat pumps (not a new technology)
Major types of heat pumps
• Air source, ground source and water source
How a heat pump works
Operating cost comparisons with conventional systems
How to calculate annual carbon and site energy savings

Focus on Refrigerants Used in Heat Pumps

Understanding global warming potential of refrigerants
What comes around goes around
Today’s commonly used refrigerants
Next generation refrigerants: pros and cons
Phase outs and regulations related to refrigerants

Design Principles for Heat Pump Systems

Importance of hourly energy modeling
Selecting the best type of heat pump and distribution system
Impact of building envelope and ventilation upgrades
Required formation thermal conductivity (FTC) testing
The magic of simultaneous heating and cooling
Electrical requirements, rate structures and grid impacts

District Thermal Infrastructure as an Alternative to Natural Gas

Three (3) conditions favoring a district approach
Thermal energy sources, sinks, and storage
Why campuses will lead the way
Issues of ground loop ownership and regulation
Ground loop utility models / existing and projected

Pulling It All Together

Incentives and financing available for heat pump systems
Training and workforce development opportunities
Yes – heat pumps are ready!
No – heat pumps are not ready!

Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

Certified Planners
CM | 6.5

International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Energy)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects licensed in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

This course is approved by the American Planner Association AICP for CM | 6.5 for Certified Planners.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Energy (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


John Ciovacco

Aztech Geothermal, LLC

President, Aztech Geothermal, LLC
Mr. Ciovacco is the president of Aztech Geothermal, LLC., an engineering-driven, design-build contractor of innovative clean heating and cooling systems. While running Aztech Geothermal, he often serves as a resource to building owners, developers, construction companies, engineers, architects and investors regarding the latest renewable and energy efficiency technologies, government incentives and financing options. Most recently Mr. Ciovacco has been a registered party to four public utility rate cases (i.e., National Grid, Central Hudson, O&R, & ConEd) representing the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO).
Mr. Ciovacco is an IGSHPA accredited geothermal installer, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified contractor, and a certified green professional with the NAHB. He also serves on the Board of NY-GEO and is a former board member of the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association (CRBRA). He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Are Heat Pumps Ready to Replace Fossil Fuels in Buildings?

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines heat pump technology, types of heat pumps, how heat pumps work, design principles for heat pump systems, and district thermal infrastructure as an alternative to natural gas.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss buildings green house gas contributions and regional energy and environmental goals, policies, and laws.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify the three types of heat pumps and how they work, and they will be able to compare operating cost with conventional systems and calculate annual carbon and site energy savings.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify commonly used refrigerants in heat pumps and their global warming potential. They will be able to discuss the pros and cons of the next generation of refrigerants.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe design considerations for heat pump systems, including the best type of system, building envelope and ventilation upgrades, required formation thermal conductivity testing, and electrical requirements, rate structures and grid impacts.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to discuss the conditions favoring district thermal infrastructure as an alternative to natural gas, and they will be able to explain in which ways heat pumps are and are not completely ready to replace fossil fuels in buildings.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with HVAC systems and heat pump technology

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 09/15/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $279.00