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Engineering Professional Development

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

See photos from a recent offering of this course!

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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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Course Outline

MONDAY (8 AM to 4:45 PM)

Download the agenda in PDF format here.

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.

Past dates