Original air date May 22, 2024

HVAC and controls: What are the basic design approaches?

1 AIA CES approved LU available for attendees upon successful completion of an exam.

The design of HVAC system controls is generally based on the engineer’s philosophy and experience level. The HVAC system itself, its control components and the building in which it is installed should all be considered together as parts of a single, whole design.

Designers should remain flexible in providing the best possible system that can control, to various degrees of comfort required, different applications within the same building. The system should provide this control with reasonable costs at the least possible energy use. The designer may also be tasked with providing a control system that conforms with the building owner’s requirements for integration to a supervisory control system, or an existing control system in the case of a building renovation project.

Learning objectives:

  • Assess basic design approaches for building automation systems (BAS) and HVAC system controls.
  • Interpret codes and standards that guide BAS design requirements.
  • Understand key equipment for integration and cybersecurity.
  • Review examples of designing control systems for HVAC systems.

Presented By:
John Hanes, PE, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Department Manager, Dewberry
Jason Gerke, PE, CxA, LEED AP BD+C, Practice Area Leader, MEP, Principal, GRAEF

Moderated By:
Amara Rozgus, Content Manager, CFE Media and Technology