ATLANTA - The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Learning Institute announced that it is presenting an intensive, three-day workshop focusing on both the fundamental and technical aspects of HVAC design in commercial buildings, providing practical strategies for HVAC designers and others involved in the delivery of HVAC services. “HVAC Design Essentials: Tools for High Performance Building Designers” takes place May 18-20 at ASHRAE headquarters in Atlanta.

According to ASHRAE, the workshop addresses the skill set that will be required by designers of the future; techniques to interact effectively with all design partners in an integrated design team; the economics of sustainable buildings; as well as the skills needed to design high-performance buildings.

“HVAC Design Essentials is ideal for engineers looking to learn about the latest tools and technology in the high-performance building industry, but is also beneficial for those new to the field who want to give themselves an edge,” said Filza Walters, professional development committee chair. “Facilities managers involved in new construction or technicians who would like to gain design knowledge are also encouraged to attend.”

The course is led by ASHRAE members Julia Keen and Joel Primeau; both are licensed engineers and ASHRAE Certified High Performance Building Design Professionals. Keen is associate professor of architectural engineering and construction science at Kansas State University, Manhattan. Primeau is director of sustainable design at Genivar, in Ontario, Canada.

In addition to updates on the latest green HVACR tools and technology, attendees receive a copy of Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential, and the 189.1 User’s Manual. Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Units are also available.

Advance conference registration is $1,189 ($939 member price) and $1,239 after April 15 ($989 member price). A company discount is available for $889 per person when three or more from the same employer enroll at the same time. More information can be found at

Publication date:04/11/2011