HVAC Applications

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Course Overview

A new intermediate-level course to allow enrollees in the Fundamentals of HVAC course to return to EPD for more advanced training on issues of interest in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). This course is an alternate to, or in addition to, the other new course, which is more focused on design (HVAC Design and Analysis). It is recommended that students first take the Fundamentals of HVAC course, although the first few hours of this course will provide a review to bring everyone up to speed on the basics. 

The material covers many of the functions of HVAC systems to efficiently achieve comfortable, safe and healthy indoor environments, presented in the context of specific facility applications. For example, we will discuss resilience as related to IT equipment, de- and humidification systems in athletics facilities and for indoor plant growth, air quality and energy conservation in high-performance schools, air pressurization and water treatment in hospitals and laboratories, temperature and relative humidity effects on materials preservation, acoustics as related to the performing arts, smoke control in tall buildings, air filtration in treatment plants, etc. 

Learning objectives include: 

  • Apply the relevant codes and standards to the respective facility types 
  • Understand the changing design criteria, particularly as related to energy 
  • Compare and contrast HVAC systems typically specified for each application 
  • Gain confidence when asked to work on a different building type for your firm 

Who Should Attend?

  • Project engineers or managers working on projects in one of these specific facilities 
  • HVAC system designers interested in learning about a broad range of applications 
  • Mechanical, electrical, or civil engineers transitioning to HVAC from other disciplines 
  • General contractors and construction managers needing to collaborate with their clients
  • Facilities managers looking for more details than can be found in an introductory HVAC course

Additional Information

Offered In Person or Online; You Choose

This course will be recorded LIVE from the course location to be available to those who choose the online component. All students will have access to the online course.

Course Outline

Day 1

Review of HVAC Systems and Equipment 

  • Abbreviations and references
  • Survey of ASHRAE standards
  • Use of a psychrometric chart
  • Hot water and steam heating
  • Vapor compression refrigeration 
  • Chilled water system components 
  • Air handling units and distribution 
  • Terminal heating and cooling units

Data Centers

  • 2019 HVAC Applications - Chapter 20
  • ASHRAE thermal guidelines
  • ASHRAE Standard 90.4 vs. 90.1
  • Metrics on energy use 
  • Airflow configurations 
  • CFD modeling and analysis
  • Water cooled equipment
  • Resilience and redundancy
  • Air vs. water-side economizers 

Athletics and Recreation

  • Indoor Swimming Pools
    • 2019 HVAC Applications - Chapter 6
    • Temperature and humidity control 
    • Moisture and condensation issues
    • Integration with the building envelope 
  • Ice Skating Rinks 
    • 2018 Refrigeration - Chapter 44
    • Refrigeration system operation 
    • Surface conditions and variation 
    • Dehumidification requirements 

Indoor Plant Growth 

  • 2019 HVAC Applications - Chapter 25
  • Glazing and solar radiation
  • Ventilation requirements
  • Temperature and humidity
  • Air distribution and stratification
  • Outside air filtration systems
  • Lighting and lighting controls
  • Safety and security concerns
  • Controls and instrumentation 

Day 2 

Health Care

  • 2019 HVAC Applications - Chapter 9
  • FGI - Facility Guidelines Institute
  • NFPA 99 – Health Care Facilities Code 
  • Infection Control and Risk Assessment 
  • Indoor air quality and air filtration 
  • Air pressurization requirements 
  • ASHRAE humidity requirements 
  • ASHRAE Standard 170 – adiabatic humidification 
  • Water treatment and circulation 
  • Hospital surgical suites and support 
  • Patient rooms and nurse stations
  • Pharmacies and drug handling 
  • Clinics and outpatient facilities 
  • Nursing homes and residencies 
  • Emergency power generation 


  • 2019 HVAC Applications - Chapter 8
  • AEDG - Advanced Energy Design Guides 
  • Conditions in K-12 schools 
  • College and university utilities 
  • Energy conservation measures 
  • Siting, and daylighting controls 
  • Integrating natural ventilation 
  • Commissioning and operations 
  • Case studies at UW-Madison


  • 2019 HVAC Applications - Chapter 17 
  • Equipment requirements 
  • Laboratory ventilation 
  • Chemical fume hood testing 
  • Energy conservation measures 
  • Air disperson modeling

Day 3

Museums and Libraries 

  • 2019 HVAC Applications - Chapter 24
  • Temperature and relative humidity
  • Material preservation considerations 
  • Collection storage and display 
  • Exhibit lighting and controls 

Performing Arts Centers

  • 2019 HVAC Applications - Chapter 49
  • Acoustics and noise criteria 
  • Source - Path - Receiver model 
  • Ductwork and sound attenuation 
  • Airflow design recommendations 

Tall Buildings 

  • 2019 HVAC Applications - Chapter 4 
  • Stairwell pressurization 
  • Smoke and fire dampers
  • Vertical transportation 
  • Climate considerations 


Jeff Boldt


Jeff is a Managing Principal and the Director of Innovation and Quality at IMEG in Middleton Wisconsin, a 1,300+ person firm.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer with 40 years’ experience in HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, and acoustical design.  He has served as Project Manager and Design Engineer on many award-winning projects; including the Agronomy Laboratory, which won the ASHRAE International Technology Award for the best HVAC design of the year and appeared on the cover of the ASHRAE Journal.


Jeff is an ASHRAE Fellow, and chairs the Mechanical Subcommittee of the ASHRAE’s 90.1 Energy Standard and the working groups dealing with Hydronics, Elevators/Escalators, and Duct System Leakage.  Jeff is also a member of ASHRAE Guideline 36 (Standardized Control Sequences), SPC-215 (Duct Leakage), TC 8.6 - Cooling Towers, and TC 3.6 - Water Treatment.  Jeff is LEEDAP accredited and received ASHRAE’s High-performance Building Design Professional accreditation.

Craig Burg

Craig Burg is the Vice President of Engineering for Desert Aire LLC.  He has worked for Desert Aire for over 20 years designing and leading product development as well as application efforts.  He currently oversees research and development, custom system engineering, product testing, manufacturing engineering, and quality.

Craig attended Milwaukee School of Engineering for Mechanical Engineering.  He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), a voting member and former committee chair and current Standard Subcommittee chair for ASHRAE TC 8.10 – Mechanical Dehumidifiers and Heat Pipes, and currently is chairing ASHRAE SPC 198 Method of Testing for Vapor Compression Cycle Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems.  He is a member of AHRI Dehumidification Section Engineering Committee and is also active on the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) X653 standard writing committee.  

Craig has designed a wide variety of air conditioning and dehumidification systems from small residential to very large commercial units.  He currently holds two patents and additional patents are pending related to efficient vapor compression cycles and air reheating.

Mark Malkin

Mark P. Malkin, PE is a Program Director in the UW–Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development (EPD). He is a registered Professional Engineer with over 25 years of combined experience in university construction project management and HVAC systems design. His course offerings in the Facilities segment of EPD include HVAC and plumbing fundamentals, building and property maintenance code review, and design and operation of science labs, data centers, museums and libraries. Mark received his bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and his master's in Mechanical Engineering from UW–Madison.

Deanne Walz

A 16-year employee at Affiliated Engineers, a MEP engineering consultant with 16 offices, Deanne is a Project Manager and Mechanical Department Facilitator. Originally a member of the firm’s Washington DC office, Deanne provided mechanical engineering design services for several projects at the National Institutes of Health campus. After relocating to Madison, Deanne’s recent project work has been focused on the healthcare industry. She is currently leading the new, 332,000 sf hospital at Bay Area Medical Center (Marinette WI) and recently completed MEP/utility infrastructure planning on the Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee WI) campus and led the mechanical design of the 452,000 sf expansion of the Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington DE). Deanne is a registered engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Nov. 2-4, 2021

Madison, WI
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