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7:30 – 8:00 am CDT
Morning Session
8:00 – 11:15 am CDT
11:15 – 11:45 am CDT
Afternoon Session
11:45 am – 3:30 pm CDT


Presented by
Bart Bales, PE MSME

Introduction to Residential Space Heating
Applying the laws of thermodynamics to HVAC systems
Calculating heating and cooling loads
The effect of air flow and insulation
Understanding efficiency
Overview of systems to be covered

Combustion-Based Heating Systems
Boiler fundamentals and operation
How to optimize heating performance
Different rules for different boiler technologies
Right-sizing boiler stages for optimal operation
Biomass boilers

Heat Pumps Overview
How they work: heat pump process cycle, terminology, measures of performance
COP (coefficient of performance)
Performance in cold climates
Air-source and ground-source heat pumps
Water to air, and water to water systems

Utilizing Air-Source Heat Pumps for Space Heating
Split systems, mini-splits, and ducted systems
Products and manufacturers
Examples and case studies
Proposed improvements to rating metrics for air-source heat pumps
Regional cold climate system specifications
New construction and retrofit case studies
Lessons learned

Utilizing Ground-Source Heat Pumps for Space Heating
Ground-source and ground water heat pump configurations
Closed loop, open loop, and standing column heat pump systems
High-performance equipment options and recent developments
Water to air and water to water heat pumps
Residential case studies
The importance of controls and control strategies on optimized energy performance
Lessons learned

Solar-Assisted Space Heating
New construction – residential solar thermal space heating systems
Rooftop solar thermal panels and radiant floor heat delivery systems

Determining Which Type of System is Best for Your Project


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Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Energy)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects 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) and North Carolina (S-0130). 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 HalfMoon Education as a sponsor of continuing education (Sponsor No. J885). This course has been approved by the AIA CES for 6.5 LU| HSWs.  AIA CES  Only full participation is reportable to the AIA CES.

The International Code Council has approved HalfMoon Education as a Preferred Provider of continuing education (No. 1232). Course is approved for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Energy.

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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).


Bart Bales PE MSME

Principal and Professional Consulting Engineer at Bales Energy Associates in Massachusetts.
Bales Energy Associates provides energy analysis, design, and implementation of high-performance, energy-efficient and renewable energy systems for buildings and facilities with an emphasis on a “whole-systems”, building science-based approach. Mr. Bales’ studies include detailed investigations and recommendations for temperature controls and building automation system optimization and improvement.

Bales Energy Associates provides study services for whole building energy analyses; high-performance mechanical design; and solar energy and wind energy systems analysis & design services. Mr. Bales is the principal of Bales Energy Associates and has effectively delivered energy engineering and HVAC design services for thirty years.
In recognition of the critical importance of heating systems in high-performance, energy-efficient, green buildings, Mr. Bales developed the following workshops: 

High-Performance, Energy-Efficient ‘Green Heating’ Systems
Cold-Climate Heat Pumps, Pellet Boilers, & Other Renewable Thermal Heating Systems
 Air-Source Heat Pumps, Mini-Splits and Heat Pump Water Heaters

 Mr. Bales is a registered professional mechanical engineer in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. His energy analysis experience and expertise includes comprehensive facility energy audits and feasibility studies for energy efficiency measures; combined heat and power (cogeneration) systems, solar electric, solar thermal, and windpower systems.

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: Efficient Residential Space Heating

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5-hour course closely examines different residential space heating methods, how they work, their efficiency, optimal uses, and how to incorporate them into a residential structure. Heating methods include combustion-based, air-source heat pumps, and solar-assisted systems.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to understand the laws of thermodynamics and apply them to HVAC systems, calculate heating and cooling loads, and discuss the effect of air flow and insulation.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to analyze and optimize combustion-based heating systems through a discussion of boiler fundamentals, operation, and technologies.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to understand how air-source heat pumps work: the process cycle, terminology, measures of performance, and coefficient of performance (COP). Operation and performance in cold climates is also discussed.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to to utilize ground-source heat pumps, including closed loop, open loop and standing column heat pumps, and maximize their efficiency.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to utilize solar-assisted space heating systems in new construction through solar panels and radiant floor heat.

Learning Objective 6:
Learners will be able to determine which type of system is best for their project.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with HVAC systems

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 

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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.