Understanding and Optimizing HVAC Systems in Commercial and Institutional Buildings

Regular price $395.00

Earn 6 PDH | .6 CEU 

About Course 

This easy-to-understand course is for facility managers, maintenance, energy managers, HVAC and indoor air quality professionals, and any anyone interested in knowing how heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems work, save energy and how to optimize them.

Course Learning Objectives:                                                                                                                                                                       

1. Attendees will be instructed on and should learn about the various types of HVAC systems - single zone and multi-zone constant air volume systems, water to water, water to air, air to water, air to air, variable air volume systems, package systems, split systems, electric heat pumps, variable refrigerant flow systems, and variable water volume systems.

2. Attendees will learn about additional HVAC equipment & systems including fossil fuel and electric boilers, furnaces, chillers, refrigerant coils, heating and cooling water coils, electric duct coils, air filter, volume control dampers, fans, and pumps.


  1. How to optimize HVAC equipment and systems to provide an acceptable level of occupancy comfort or process function while maintaining good indoor air quality and holding overall cost and energy requirements to a minimum.
  2. Conduct basic math calculations - heat power (Btuh), air changes per hour, volume of air flow, brake horsepower for constant and variable volume systems, and energy savings for optimized equipment.


  • The Goal of HVAC Systems 
  • The 5 Ts of HVAC Optimization 
  • Heat and Humidity Fundamentals 
  • HVAC Equipment
  • Central HVAC System 
  • Air Distribution 
  • Air Movement 
  • Air Volume Control 
  • Sensible and Total Heat Transfer 
  • Air Volume and Air Changes per Hour 
  • Single Zone and Muti-zone Constant Air Volume Systems and Air Economizers
  • Pressure Dependent and Independent Variable Air Volume Systems 
  • Package Systems and Split Systems 
  • Heat Pumps and Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems 
  • Variable Water Volume Systems and Water Economizers


SAMUEL C. SUGARMAN, C.T.A.B., C.E.M., C.D.S.M., C.I.A.Q.M., is an internationally recognized HVAC and TAB consultant, instructor and author. He has consulted on projects for testing and balancing, performance evaluation, design, retrofit and commissioning of HVAC systems for cleanroom facilities, corporate headquarters, government facilities, office complexes, hotels, hospitals, fume hood labs, major retail establishments, military installations, nuclear power plants, private and public schools, colleges and universities.   Mr. Sugarman was an adjunct professor at San Diego City College, and has also instructed over 250 HVAC, TAB and energy management training programs and seminars for various organizations, including AEE, ASHRAE, and the National Energy Management Institute. He has authored several books and training manuals on topics in the areas of his expertise and has received numerous awards and special recognition for his accomplishments. He currently serves as Board Chairman of the International Registry of CTAB Professionals.

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