0.2.2 Course structure of Efficient HVAC Systems
Module 0: Introduction to Efficient HVAC Systems
This course consists of 6 modules, see the schedule above. Each module will cover a different topic concerning efficient HVAC systems, building upon each other. In this section, we will explain what you can expect from each module.
Module 0: Introduction
In module 0, the introduction module, you will get familiar with the course structure, the learning environment, the course team and your colleagues.
Module 1: Essential knowledge
During module 1, a summary of course 1 (Energy Demand), course 2 (Energy Supply) and course 3 (Health and Comfort) is given, in such a way that your level of knowledge will be sufficient to enjoy the present (and final) course. In case you already have followed (one or more) of these courses, this module will help you refresh your knowledge. If you have not followed them, it will give you an impression of the main concepts in the previous courses.
Module 2: Humid air: (de)humidification and air handling units
During module 2, you will learn about the properties of humid air, which processes can be used to humidify and dehumidify air, and how to make estimates of the energy needed for these processes using equations and psychrometric charts. Finally, you will discover how air handling units function.
Module 3: Distribution of heat, cold, and air in buildings
This third module is devoted to the distribution of heat, cold, and air in buildings. Which systems can be used and how to design and combine them to ensure comfort? Which parameters influence energy consumption and how can you cope with them? You will learn about room units and centralized systems and their distribution ducts.
Module 4: Sizing and control of simple systems
At the end of module 4, you will be aware of the basic control systems used in simple HVAC systems, and how to use them for an energy efficient and stable design. Amongst others, you will learn about CAV and VAV systems, load curves, and variable set point temperatures.
Module 5: Design and control of integrated sustainable systems for NZEB
In the final module of content in this course, you will learn about more complex HVAC system combinations and their relationship with (nearly) zero energy buildings (NZEB). You will understand how to collaborate with the architect, and you will practice making informed decisions about the sizing of such systems and their different control modes, leading to energy efficient, low carbon and affordable concepts for sustainable buildings’ energy systems.
Module 6: Closing
Module 6 is the closing module. In this module, no new content will be presented to you. This module is meant for you to reflect on what you have learned, finish working on the previous modules if need be, and look ahead to how you can continue your education!
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