Wednesday, September 6

Holiday Inn Eau Claire South I-94
4751 Owen Ayres Court
Eau Claire , WI

Thursday, September 7

Lunda Center, Western Technical College
319 7th Street North
La Crosse , WI

As a result of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the basic building science concepts relevant to mechanical systems in high performance housing.
  • Explain sizing adjustments, calculations and commissioning process for low load residential HVAC systems and how to choose the proper system.
  • Describe the main causes of indoor air quality concerns and mitigation.
  • Discuss the selection process and role of electronic control systems.

Who should attend?
Builders, remodelers, HVAC contractors, HVAC system designers, code officials, architects, home design professionals, building performance professionals, energy auditors, students, educators, apprentices and anyone with knowledge and interest in high performance mechanical systems in homes.


"I highly recommend this course—it is fantastic! Gord is extremely engaging in his presentation and makes the content easy to understand and follow. We have applied some of the HVAC concepts learned at High Performance Mechanicals and have been happy with the results! As an HVAC contractor and having the opportunity to work with many forward-thinking builders, the concept of locating the mechanicals for best performance to increase efficiency has been greatly rewarding for both parties." —Ryan Black, Residential Project Manager, Dave Jones Inc.

"Great content and great presentation—engaging and informative."

"Gord is excellent. Very knowledgeable, experienced and a wonderful speaker."

"Great workshop—I’ve been building single and multi-family for 40 years. Attending workshops by knowledgeable people beats trial and error in field."

"This stuff is the really interesting part of being a builder."

Residential mechanical systems have grown in complexity and scope over the past several years. Codes have mandated higher insulation levels, better windows and tighter construction. Now is the time to rethink and redesign HVAC, hot water heating and electronic home control systems. Through lecture, case studies and group exercises; we’ll zero in on the compelling opportunities to simultaneously create comfortable, durable, safe, healthy and efficient homes while managing costs.

We’ll review the key building science concepts that have changed the way houses are currently built, as well as relevant changes to mechanical systems. We’ll also cover proper sizing and selection of appropriate mechanical equipment for high performance, lower load homes.

7:30 am: Registration and continental breakfast
8 am–4:30 pm: Program (lunch and breaks provided)

The registration fee for attending this full-day course is $99, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.

Special offer—Two for the price of one
Get the most out of this course, builders and HVAC contractors who work together are strongly encouraged to attend as a duo. Email registration for details.

General information
Site information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. If you have any special needs (e.g. dietary, physical), please let us know at the time of registration. All requests will be kept confidential.

Photo and video rights
We reserve the right to use photographs taken during the event for promotional purposes. Also, this program may be video taped for future publication.

Course outline


The relevance of mechanical systems in high performance homes

Defining comfort

Heating and cooling systems—sizing

Sizing calculations exercise

Heating and cooling systems—equipment

Heating and cooling systems—duct designs

  • An understanding of air movement and resistance of duct systems
  • The importance of duct sealing
  • Strategies to ensure all ducts are in conditioned space
  • The basics of air distribution of air within rooms to ensure proper mixing and comfort, pressure balancing of return air systems and designing for acceptable noise levels

Hydronic heating systems

  • Design standards
  • Comfort considerations
  • Flooring choices
  • Combination systems that use hot water air handlers

Domestic hot water heating systems

  • Tankless water heaters
  • Condensing boilers
  • High efficiency, condensing gas fired tan water heaters
  • Heat pump water heaters

Designing for different hot water heating systems

The relevance of indoor air quality and ventilation in high performance homes

  • Outline of the ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation standard

Proper sizing and selection of ventilation systems

  • Sizing for whole house continuous ventilation
  • Ventilation strategies and equipment options—exhaust, supply and balance systems
  • Design considerations for each type of ventilation strategy
  • Requirements for intermittent specific room purpose ventilation

Integrating ventilation into high performance homes

  • Impact of ventilation on heating and cooling loads
  • Impact of ventilation on building pressures and combustion safety
    • Testing houses for depressurization and backdrafting
    • Strategies for managing house pressures

Building science and moisture control

Moisture control options

Filtration systems

Lighting, appliances and plumbing systems

  • Relative impact of lighting loads on overall energy use
  • Lighting designs and technologies that can optimize performance
  • Appropriate appliance choices to simultaneously minimize energy and water use and noise
  • Effectiveness of plumbing fixtures to reduce water usage without compromising customer expectations
  • Opportunities for optimizing pipe routing to reduce water use and decrease hot water wait times

Lighting, appliance and water use solutions

Control system opportunities and options

Solar opportunities

  • Sizing in near zero and net zero energy homes
  • Technologies, design, installation and maintenance requirements
  • Solar limitations and investment evaluation
  • Case study

Verification and commissioning

Tools, programs and working with partners

  • Installation and verification checklists from Energy Star
  • Tools and test equipment that can be readily found and used
  • Mechanical contractors and energy raters trusted partnership

Wrap up

Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given.

AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 8 LU/HSW.

BPI This course is BPI recognized for 4 CEU credits.

ICC Attend and receive 0.8 Preferred Provider Education Units towards ICC certification renewal.

MN DLI The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has approved the course for 1.0 Code/Energy Hours and 6.0 Other Hours for Building Officials and Residential Contractors.

NATE This course is approved for 8 CEHs.

RESNET This course has been approved by RESNET for 5 professional development credits.

WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 7 CEUs for the following credentials: Dwelling Contractor Qualifier, UDC-Construction Inspector, UDC-HVAC Inspector

Credits for this course are being administered by EEBA.

Our education sponsors:

We EnergiesWisconsin Public ServiceXcel Energy
Alliant EnergyMadison Gas and ElectricWPPI Energy

Interested in sponsoring an event? Contact us.

Hosted by

Xcel Energy

In partnership with:

Energy & Environmental Building Alliance

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Call 608.210.7114 or email our registration contact.