ATLANTA — ASHRAE has announced that it will be offering 13 online courses this spring through its ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) to enable HVACR professionals to keep up with the latest industry trends.

Participants can access these instructor-led courses from anywhere with an Internet connection, and earn continuing education units/professional development hours for each course completed.

New this spring is the short course “Significant Changes to Standard 90.1-2010,” on May 14. This course provides an in-depth overview of the standard and answers questions about changes from previous editions in the envelope, lighting, and mechanical sections.

“90.1-2010 represents the biggest change in the standard since it became a code document in 1999,” said Mack Wallace, course instructor. “The 2010 standard contains over 100 changes from the 2007 version and decreases energy use in buildings by around 30 percent as compared to buildings built to the 2004 standard.”

In addition, 90.1-2010 was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as the new national energy standard, meaning that numerous jurisdictions are beginning to adopt the standard.

“Each of the states will be required to adopt some form of 90.1 for use on commercial buildings” Wallace said. “The focus of these government organizations will now move to compliance with the standard. All building design professionals will need to be familiar with the new standard as it becomes law.”

The course also is part of ASHRAE’s Career Enhancement Curriculum, which focuses on IAQ Practices and Energy Savings (ES) Practices. The program is a new way to help professionals expand their knowledge in specific areas of HVACR.

The courses offered this spring cover a variety of topics, including:


“Commissioning Process in New and Existing Buildings, Parts 1 & 2” (March 26, April 2)

Environmental Quality

“IAQ Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning” IAQ Practices (May 1)

“Troubleshooting Humidity Control Problems” IAQ Practices (March 24)

Energy Efficiency

“Commercial Building Energy Audits, Parts 1 & 2” (April 28, 30)

“Basics of High-Performance Building Design” (May 8)

“Energy Modeling: Best Practices and Applications, Parts 1 & 2” (May 5, 12)

New - “Evaluation Methods for High-Performance Green Buildings” (May 7)

HVAC Applications

“Introduction to BACnet®” (April 14)

“Designing High-Performance Healthcare Facilities” (April 23)

Standards and Guidelines

“Complying with Standard 90.1-2013, Parts 1 & 2” ES Practices (April 7, 9)

“Fundamentals and Application of Standard 55” IAQ Practices (March 31)

“Fundamental Requirements of Standard 62.1-2013” IAQ Practices (March 12)

New - “Significant Changes to Standard 90.1-2010” ES Practices (May 14)

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Publication date: 2/24/2014 

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