Two courses related to high-performance building design are being offered as part of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Learning Institute’s spring online series. Twelve online instructor-led short courses will run from late March through early May and are available to those interested in expanding their knowledge of the HVAC industry and keeping up to date with the latest technology. Many courses include updated material.

“Basics of High Performance Building Design,” being held April 27, focuses on the basic application of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, to achieve high-performance building design. The course focuses on the differences in purpose and requirements between the standards.

“Advanced High Performance Building Design,” being held May 4, focuses on advanced concepts involved in applying Standards 90.1 and 189.1 to achieve high-performance building design. More emphasis is placed on case studies to move beyond the minimum requirements of these standards.

Courses and dates are:

  • “Using Standard 90.1 to Meet LEED Requirements,” March 28
  • “Fundamental Requirements of ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality,” March 30
  • “Application of ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010: Multiple Spaces Equations,” April 6
  • “The Commissioning Process and Guideline 0, The Commissioning Process,” co-sponsored with the Building Commissioning Authority, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the National Environmental Balancing Bureau, April 11
  • “Avoiding IAQ Problems Using ASHRAE's New IAQ Guide,” April 13
  • “Understanding Standard 189.1 for High Performance Green Buildings,” April 18
  • “District Cooling & Heating Systems: Central Plants,” April 20
  • “Understanding Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Technologies and Applications,” April 25
  • “Basics of High Performance Building Design,” April 27
  • “Complying with Standard 90.1-2010 HVAC/Mechanical,” May 2
  • “Advanced High Performance Building Design,” May 4
  • “Complying with Standard 90.1-2010 Envelope/Lighting,” May 11

The three-hour courses are conducted from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. Either three professional-development hours or American Institute of Architects learning units or 0.3 continuing-education units are available for each course.

Those who sign up for courses before March 18 receive a reduced registration fee. A 20-percent discount is also available to participants who register for courses with related topics.

A full list of courses and registration information can be found at www.ashrae.org/onlinecourses.