HVAC System Testing for Energy Efficiency (Parts 1 & 2), March 12 & 14, 9-11:30 am PT

  • 12 February 2024
  • Start time : 09:00 AM
  • End time : 11:30 AM
  • Event Host : Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
HVAC System Testing for Energy Efficiency (Parts 1 & 2), March 12 & 14
Event Description

This class presents the relevant issues and available methods for field testing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and explores and explains the use of specific testing and data acquisition instruments.

There are several goals of testing air conditioning systems:

- To test air conditioning systems for efficiency
- To test air conditioning systems for excessive wear
- To determine if there are economically viable ways to implement Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM)

The main goals of this class are to:

- Identify the components of a central plant system
- Learn the characteristics and operation of control devices, such as valves, dampers, and actuators
- Understand how to establish a plan for testing, including:
- Determining testing criteria and constraints
- Acquiring operating data and conducting analysis
- Building a usage trend
- Learn what testing methodology and operating data to employ when testing systems and equipment
- Understand how to build a usage trend from operating data
- Identify testing methodologies to employ when testing air handling systems, chillers, and cooling towers
- Identify specific tools to utilize to conduct tests for efficient operation
- Understand what Title 24 dictates for energy efficiency testing


The objective of this course is that at the conclusion, participants will be able to:

  • Test air conditioning systems for efficiency
  • Test air conditioning systems for excessive wear
  • Determine if there are economically viable ways to implement integrated demand side management (IDSM)
  • Name and describe the key factors that affect system efficiency
  • Describe HVAC testing tools and how to use them
  • Implement data collection strategies and understand how those are used in sample calculations
  • Utilize a system testing checklist to evaluate equipment in their own buildings and operations


  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
  • Agenda
    • Part 1 of 2 - March 12, 2024 (9am - 11:30am)


      Introduction and safety message
      Integrated demand-side management (IDSM)
      The purpose of HVAC system testing
      Types of air conditioning systems –
      Components of a central plant system
      Overview of data acquisition and analysis
      Testing criteria and constraints
      Designing the testing to meet the need
      Can EMS be used for data acquisition?
      Central plant air conditioning case study
      Overview of typical tool configurations
      Temperature sensing elements
      Humidity and dew point sensing
      Air and water flow sensing elements
      Pressure sensing elements

      Part 2 of 2 - March 14, 2024 (9am - 11:30am)


      Introduction and safety message
      Tool calibration issues
      Data loggers
      Types of measurements
      Package units
      Assess testing air handling systems
      Enthalpy control of economy cycle
      Assessing economizer performance
      Functional testing
      Analyze testing chilled water systems
      Measuring chiller efficiency
      Chiller test procedure standard protocol
      Case study: chiller with variable speed drive
      Question & answer
      Recap and review
      Using the system testing checklist
      Course wrap-up
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Rick Bennett

      Rick has over 25 years of experience in the HVAC industry as a service technician, supervisor, instructor, designer and Commissioning Engineer. His areas of expertise include high- and low-pressure chillers, large DX systems, DDC controls, pneumatics, hydronics, air make up, computer room systems, process equipment, steam high and low pressure, and frequency drives.
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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