Swegon offers architects AIA-approved courses for professional development.

Above: Radius, Whistler BC


Passive House Ventilation: Cooling with Ventilation Air

AIA-approved course # SAA 1802
1.0 LU|HSW

A benefit of airtight Passive House buildings is a lower cooling load in the building than a typical code-compliant building. Opportunities result to take advantage of more free cooling, smaller mechanical equipment and centralized cooling. This course educates on the basics of cooling Passive House Buildings, and includes case study.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the key features of building ventilation devices: energy recovery air handling units, Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV).

  • Examine the impact on building energy use from cooling with ventilation air in case studies.

  • Learn basic concepts about cooling loads.

  • Explore post-cooling: the use of ventilation air as a means of cooling a building.

Above: Hanac Corona, New York

Passive House Ventilation: Humidity Considerations in Multifamily Residential Buildings

AIA-approved course # SAA 1801
1.0 LU|HSW

Passive House buildings benefit from airtight construction. Minimizing winter infiltration directly lowers energy consumed heating the building. Airtight construction also hinders airborne moisture from escaping the building through the building skin. Multifamily residential projects are at greater risk of moisture buildup. This course examines the causes and solutions to humidity buildup in Passive House buildings.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the impact of airtight construction on heating energy use.

  • Understand the sources of indoor humidity in multifamily residential buildings.

  • Understand the different types of systems used to ventilate airtight buildings.

  • Understand methods of determining the best method of managing humidity in airtight buildings.

Above: Cornell University – Gates Building, Ithaca

Chilled beams: Comfort, Energy Savings and Control

AIA-approved course # SAA 1001
1.0 LU|HSW

Explore the application and benefits of chilled beams, with emphasis on comfort and energy savings.

Course Objectives

  • Understand functions and benefits of chilled beam systems

  • Select energy-efficient types of air-water devices for room conditioning

  • Understand the sustainable design elements of chilled beam systems: saves energy, allows for less construction material via lower building height

  • Understand the Health, Safety and Welfare elements of chilled beam systems: inherent comfort advantages, link between good indoor comfort and workplace productivity and safety

“Everyone who attended your lunch thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot. We all sit through plenty of lunch n’ learn sessions that are pretty awful. So it is refreshing to hear one that is actually interesting and informative. Great job.” – Stephen E, Architect, St. Louis MO

Decentralized DOAS Design: Dedicated Outside Air System Benefits and Components

AIA-approved course # SAA 1007
1.0 LU|HSW

Advance your knowledge of air handling system application, with emphasis on occupant wellness associated with the concepts of Dedicated Outside Air Systems (DOAS) and demand control ventilation (DCV), life-cycle cost savings, occupant comfort, sound control and system integration.

Course Objectives

  • Understand DOAS functions, benefits, components and impact on occupant Health, Safety, Welfare

  • Understand DCV design impact on life cycle cost

  • Understand the impact of ventilation system sound on building design

  • Understand the benefits of simplified air handler system integration

“I’ve already heard back from several associates that they found the presentation most instructive!” – Thomas, Architecture firm, New York NY

Ventilating the Passive House Project

AIA-approved course # SAA 1601
1.0 LU|HSW
PHIUS-approved course code 66124 

Passive House projects have very specific ventilation requirements, offering both challenges and opportunities. This course intends to train specifiers on the benefits and limitations of Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) used on Passive House certified projects.

Course Objectives

  • Properties of energy recovery ventilators that are most valuable on Passive House projects.

  • Benefits of energy recovery ventilators in general, with special focus to the Passive House project.

  • Limits of energy recovery ventilators when applied on Passive House projects.

  • Integration of energy recovery ventilators in the Passive House design.

Chilled Beam Design Considerations

1 PDH Credit accredited by AIA
Duration: 1.5 Hours

This course is intended to educate design engineers on the basics of active chilled beam system design including primary air system design. It shows how design conditions impact annual energy usage so the design engineer can appreciate the impact of design conditions. The course includes demand control ventilation design as means of improving energy efficient and comfort.

Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems Design

1 PDH Credit accredited by AIA
Duration: 1.5 Hours

This course is intended to educate design engineers on a range of design considerations for Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS) and their impact on the HVAC system performance. It is based on an ASHRAE Journal Article published in March 2016.