High-Performance HVAC Design and Redesign - SCE

High-Performance HVAC Design and Redesign

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In this three-day educational experience, HVAC contractors will learn to accurately complete four stages of system design using NCI principles and Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Manuals J, S, D, and T using Elite RHVAC Software package for new and existing homes.

An NCI-trained contractor’s approach to heat pump system design from a high-performance perspective using ACCA manuals J, S, D, and T.

About this course:

  • Three days of instruction with seven 50-minute learning modules per day
  • Includes a live instructor, interactive discussion, power point, written and hands-on exercises
  • Includes full access to Elite RHVAC software for use during the class and 30 days beyond
  • Course content structured to work interactively with software
  • Windows-based laptop computers will be required
  • A limited supply of laptops will be made available on a first come, first serve basis
  • Receive a printed course manual including outlines, step-by-step procedures, and reference material
  • There is no certification or exam included with this course

Who should attend:

This class is for engineers, sales professonals, and in-house designers who own or plan to purchase Elite RHVAC software.  Recommended for HVAC professionals with prior design experience who design or redesign systems.


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High-Performance HVAC Design and Redesign Program Overview

Module 1 – The High-Performance Approach to Mastering Manual J

Heat loss and gain design principles and how they tie in with other NCI courses.

  • Prohibited practices
  • Data entry for a simple three room house
  • Redesign using real-world data in Manual J load calculations
  • Introduction to Drawing Board – A CAD approach to heat load design
  • Evaluating results of the three-room house
  • Extending basic principles to CAD layout of a 2000 square foot home
  • Module one recap


Module 2 – Right-Sizing Equipment with Manual S

How to Use Manual J Results to Properly Select the Right Capacity Heat Pump

  • The AHRI myth
  • Differentiating between Manual J loads and actual equipment performance
  • Equipment extended cooling performance secrets
  • How to use manufacturer website equipment calculators
  • Using the Extended Performance Interpolation Calculator – reality-based equipment selection
  • Correctly sizing equipment with design rules, not rules of thumb
  • Module two recap


Module 3 – Designing/Redesigning Ducts with Manual D

Improving duct system performance using software and NCI field duct sizing procedures to specify friction rate and velocity parameters.

  • Friction rate is not static pressure
  • 6-inch ducts don’t always deliver 100 CFM
  • Flex duct fantasies
  • Wye worry about cheese heads
  • Return duct myths
  • Module three recap


Module 4 – Selecting Performance-Grade Registers and Grilles with Manual T


  • Interpreting Manual D results to select replace-ment registers and grilles that improve performance



High-Performance HVAC Design and Redesign Training Fees

SCE Contractor Price: $1,295 $150*

*This special pricing is available exclusively to HVAC professionals who work in Southern California Edison's territory. Your final registration is subject to verification for discount eligibility

Continuing Education Credit

This class qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for NATE and BPI recertification, and for licensing CEUs in several states. CLICK HERE To learn more.

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