GSHP Design is a 12-hour course (covered in three 4-hour modules) and is built for Architects, Engineers, Designers, Contractors, Building Owners and Developers, and those mechanical contractors who want to consider adding a geo-side to their business.   The three modules can be purchased independently of one another or group-purchased at a discount.  Each of the three modules carried 3.5 hours of AIA Learning Units for those who desired it.

Module 1: Overview of Ground‐Source Heat Pump (GSHP) Systems  

     COMPLETED ON 11/17/20

A complete GSHP system includes both the ground loop and the building system.  One should be able to understand the trade-offs in design decisions which affect the performance of a building and hold an understanding of how design decisions affect construction costs and have a sense of the percentage of the total mechanical system costs.  Content examples include pump selections and annual pump energy, ground loop design temperatures and the effect on the ground loop size (and cost), basic heat pump system controls as compared to building management control systems.   Instructors Steve Kavanaugh, Lance MacNevin and Chad Martin

Module 2: Design of Ground‐Source Heat Pump Systems

     COMPLETED ON 12/1/20

A Thirteen‐step design process, including instruction using provided software for Ground Heat Exchanger Sizing, Pump Calculations, AHRI test data corrections to design conditions, and more. Design for closed‐loop vertical ground heat exchanger and closed‐loop surface water heat exchanger connected to a commercial building. It is assumed that the attendee has gone through Module 1 or already has a basic understanding of GSHPs.  Instructors Steve Kavanaugh and Tyler Harbeck.

Module 3: Design of Ground‐Source Heat Pump Systems in California and Other Special Topics

     COMPLETED ON 1/26/21

Design considerations for open loop (well) systems, cold regions, and things to know when designing any ground‐source heat pump system in California. It is recommended that attendees participate in the previous modules; however, it is not mandatory. Module 3 presents special and related topics that were not developed during the main design module, Module 2. Instructors Steve Kavanaugh, Ed Lohrenz, and Lisa Meline.