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HVAC Energy Analysis

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are among the largest energy users in commercial buildings.  This series introduces students to commercial HVAC equipment, and helps them understand how these systems work, how they are controlled, and how to operate them more efficiently. Fundamental HVAC principles are discussed, and HVAC systems are analyzed and evaluated both theoretically and in real world settings. 


Course EGMT 1110
Title Introduction to HVAC Optimization for Energy Efficiency

Course introduces HVAC fundamentals as applied to residential and light commercial HVAC systems. Topics include an overview of the refrigeration cycle, HVAC functions, air duct design, units and measurements, thermodynamics, and the physical properties of air. Students will perform load calculations for heat transfer through ventilation, infiltration, and building envelope.

Recommended Pre-Requisite(s): MATH 1010 or 1050; PHYS 1010

Course EGMT 1210
Title Advanced HVAC Optimization for Energy Efficiency I
Prerequisite EGMT 1110 or instructor or program manager approval

Introduction to large commercial HVAC systems/energy use with site visit and follow-up discussions to help students identify system types and conservation opportunities. Topics include waterside HVAC system types, review of the refrigeration cycle, fluid flow in piping and ducts, system tuning, operations and maintenance, problem solving using psychrometrics and energy conserving retrofit options.

Recommended Pre-Requisite(s): MATH 1010 or 1050; PHYS 1010

Course EGMT 1220
Title Advanced HVAC Optimization for Energy Efficiency II
Prerequisite EGMT 1210 or instructor or program manager approval

Course further explores large commercial HVAC systems and energy use with emphasis on energy management calculation methods using computerized spreadsheets, focusing on energy conversion factors, dimensional analysis, and documentation standards. Fundamental effective calculations practiced for combustion motors and refrigeration.

Recommended Pre-Requisite(s): MATH 1010 or 1050; PHYS 1010


Training highlights basic concepts of thermodynamics and applies them to heating and cooling systems. After completing this certificate, you will be able to estimate annual energy consumption using temperature bin analysis as well as identify factors affecting energy performance for HVAC components and perform calculations to analyze common energy conservation measures for commercial HVAC systems.

Instruction incorporates both classroom lectures and hands-on activities outside of the classroom.

Please check the Tuition & Fees Schedule. Each course is equivalent to 2 credit hours.

The Energy-Efficient Lighting Certificate consists of four courses, each course runs for 10 weeks. EGMT 1210 – HVAC Energy Analysis II and EGMT 1220 – Commercial Air Conditioning Systems Analysis run concurrently. Please visit the Energy Management AAS Program Schedule to see when these classes are offered.

Once the four courses are completed your certificate will be mailed to you at the address you provided at registration. Please contact the Program Manager if your address has changed. If you are seeking an Energy Management AAS degree, a certificate will not be issued unless you request one from the Program Manager.