Renewable Heating, Cooling Training for Pros and Students

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is sponsoring a series of day-long continuing education credit trainings on renewable heating and cooling technology throughout the state. The trainings are designed for architects, engineers, building owners, facility managers and students in relevant fields to learn more about geothermal heat pumps and the State’s rebate program. NYSERDA’s sponsorship includes discounts for students.

The heating and cooling of residential and commercial buildings is responsible for about one-third of the greenhouse gas emissions in New York. Increasing the use of geothermal systems will play a major role in achieving Governor Andrew Cuomo’s clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

Earlier this year, NYSERDA announced the availability of $15 million in rebates for the installation of ground source heat pump systems for residences, businesses and institutions. Renewable heating and cooling technologies such as ground source heat pumps not only provide environmental benefits but also provide energy bill savings, increased comfort levels and health benefits compared to conventional heating and cooling technologies. The technology replaces existing inefficient electric, oil and gas-fired heating and cooling sources, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The course is a comprehensive, high-level overview of what is needed to understand how geothermal heating and cooling might work for a given building. Topics include a geothermal design overview, variations in ground source heat pump ground loop systems, how to choose the right geothermal HVAC system and evaluating the benefits of geothermal systems.

For those in need of continuing education credits, each session will provide five AIA, PDH or BPI credits.

SOURCE: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority