Testing, Adjusting and Balancing

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Course Overview

Please Note: The November 2020 and May 2021 course dates have been cancelled due to campus limitations on use of the venue (classroom/lab space). We are still planning to run the September 2021 course as scheduled. Please check back for updates.

Anyone with an interest in efficient operation of commercial HVAC systems will benefit from a working knowledge of TAB. Reduce your operating energy costs and improve the comfort of your building occupants by properly balancing your HVAC air and water systems.

Learn how to:

  • Balance air and water systems to achieve energy efficiency and comfort
  • Verify performance of equipment and controls
  • Select and use appropriate test instruments
  • Report balancing results
  • Identify common problems and solutions

Who Should Attend?

  • Consulting engineers 
  • Building owners and facility managers
  • Building operating staff 
  • Commissioning authorities
  • Service organizations desiring balancing experience 
  • Contractors interested in operation and service of all building environmental systems

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Course Outline

MONDAY (8 AM to 4:45 PM)

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Registration/Check-in (7:30 to 8 AM)

Welcome and Overview

Introduction to TAB

Test Instruments

Plan Reading

Pitot Tube Measurements

Grille and Diffuser Measurements

Daily Questions and Adjourn

 

TUESDAY (8 AM to 4:45 PM)

Duct Design and Pressure Measurement

TAB Forms and Reports

Fans

VAV Systems

Multizone Systems

Water Systems

Terminal Units and Controls

Daily Questions and Adjourn

 

WEDNESDAY (8 AM to 4:45 PM)

Air Balance Procedures

Grille and Diffuser Balancing Procedures

VAV Balancing Procedures

Pump and Control Valve Applications

Water System Balancing Procedure

Flow Measurement Devices in Hydronic Systems

Daily Questions and Adjourn

 

THURSDAY (8 AM to 4:45 PM)

Group Workstation Introduction and Walk-through

    • Small groups will rotate through 7 workstations

Group Workstations 1-6

Adjourn

 

FRIDAY (8 AM to Noon)*

TAB Certification, Cost of Balancing, and Review of Questions

Group Workstation 7

Discussion and Q&A

*Please note that lunch is not included on Friday.

Testimonials

“The guys were excellent to work with. Very professional and personal with the entire class.” ---Brandon Yacu  

“The instructors were very willing to answer questions and had a great positive attitude.”  ---Charles Chladil 

"Presenters were very knowledgable in their field and were able to explain things in a way that everyone could understand."  ---Gerald Clark

“I enjoyed the presentations… the speaker has obviously a lot of experience… the instrumentation and lab are state of the art. Thumbs up.”  ---Luis Lopez

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Instructors

Matt Bond

Matt Bond, NEBB CP, operates Badger Balancing LLC as a NEBB Certified Professional and Co-Owner. He is responsible for the supervision of all work performed by his firm and employees with an emphasis on engineering principles, system design and system equipment and procedures. Matt has extensive experience utilizing instrumentation and procedures to troubleshoot both air and hydronic systems.

His clients include architects, engineers and building owners spanning healthcare, industry, education and other facility types.

He is a member of NEBB (National Environmental Balancing Bureau), specializing in Air and Water testing and balancing policy and procedures for the industry. He is also an associate member and Silver Sponsor of WHEA (Wisconsin Healthcare Engineers Association).

Joy Altwies

Joy Altwies, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP+, is a program director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Engineering Professional Development (EPD).

For over 15 years, Dr. Altwies has developed and taught continuing education courses emphasizing high-performance building design and construction, mechanical system design and operation, energy efficiency, and commissioning. She also develops and teaches graduate courses in the Master of Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) degree program.

Prior to joining the University, Joy worked as a consulting engineer focusing on green building projects and commissioning. She is an active member of ASHRAE and the US Green Building Council. Joy holds a Bachelor and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and earned her Doctorate in Environment and Resources at UW-Madison. Her interdisciplinary research investigated the impact of building energy code policies on technology adoption in the commercial and residential building sectors.

Dave Anderson

David Anderson, NEBB CT, is a NEBB certified technician and is currently employed at Badger Balancing, LLC.

David got his start in the HVAC industry when he joined the United States Air Force in 1981 and worked as a heating technician in Alaska and Boiler/EMCS operator in Washington.

David continued his career in the HVAC industry for the next 38 years, obtaining Associate Degrees in Instrumentation and Electrical Power Engineering.

David enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 dogs. David also enjoys sports, golf and working on projects around his house.

Tj Mlodzik

TJ Mlodzik, NEBB CT, has been working with Badger Balancing LLC as a NEBB Certified Technician since 2012. He is responsible for multiple projects, including balancing air and water systems to engineering specifications and NEBB requirements. Along with new and existing building projects, he does annual hospital ACH reporting throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Prior to Badger Balancing LLC, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.

Upcoming dates (1)

Sep. 13-17, 2021

Madison, WI
$1,695
RA00263-U327
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