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An Introduction to HVAC Systems for Buildings

COURSE NO: M04-020
An Introduction to HVAC Systems for Buildings
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents an introduction to the design of heating and cooling distribution systems outside of buildings.  It provides information about system selection, distribution media selection, and general distribution system design. It discusses distribution systems in trenches, pre-engineered underground systems, prefabricated underground heating and cooling distribution systems, and aboveground heat distribution systems. The information provided is applicable to high temperature hot water, low temperature hot water, low pressure steam, high pressure steam, and chilled water systems.


This course also provides a basic introduction to air conditioning system design so you can better understand the technology, concepts and terminology in the design of air conditioning systems. It addresses the issues, technologies and strategies encountered in the building design process on actual projects.


This 4 PDH online course is intended for engineers, architects and construction professionals who are seeking an introduction to HVAC Design. This course will help you to be a better partner in the building design and construction process. This course is a compilation of Course No. M02-021 and Course No. M02-024.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning how to calculate heating and cooling loads
  • Learn about the different types of air conditioning equipment
  • Familiarizing with some important concepts of air distribution ductwork design
  • Knowing the rules-of-thumb for estimating heating and air conditioning capacity
  • Knowing the rules-of-thumb for estimating chilled, hot and condenser water requirements
  • Knowing the rules-of-thumb for determining steam and condensate requirements
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to HVAC Systems for Buildings".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Introduction to HVAC Systems for Buildings (3.15 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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