Tuesday, September 27, 2016 · 8 am–noon (registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 am)
Beaver Dam Country Club, Beaver Dam, WI
Cost: $129


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

  • Discuss the basics associated with a sound hydronic heating system including the boiler and all interrelated component parts and their operation, as well as the boiler’s combustion venting system.
  • Describe the most popular piping systems for noncondensing, near condensing and full condensing boilers with emphasis on their unique differences and applications.
  • Define “hybrid hydronic heating system” and explain how it applies to the retrofit situation for installation and operational cost savings.
  • Discuss the proper hydronic heating control system and the features necessary for optimum system operation.

In order to get the most out of this course, please watch this Boilers: thermodynamics and combustion on-demand video series in advance.

Who should attend?
Mechanical engineers, HVAC contractors, facility engineers and managers, boiler plant supervisors and operators, and general maintenance staff responsible for boiler operations.

Through proper selection and control, the cost to operate a hydronic heating system can be substantially reduced. Join us to learn how to achieve efficient, safe and reliable hydronic heating systems.

The evolution from steam to hot water will be discussed, as well as the components of hydronic heating systems. This session advances quickly to the application of commercial and industrial boilers in hydronic heating system configurations. Noncondensing, near condensing and full condensing boilers along with piping systems will be reviewed. We’ll explore hybrid hydronic heating systems including their application during retrofits, as well as cost advantages—savings can be realized from a first cost and long term operational perspective. A discussion of hydronic control systems will tie everything together, including how to intelligently stage boiler operations.

7:30–8 am: Registration and continental breakfast
8 am–noon: Program

The registration fee for attending this half-day course is $129, which includes continental breakfast. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.

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 videotaped for future publication.

Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given. In order to receive IACET credits, you will also need to participate in the assessment that takes place at the training. You must receive a 70% or higher in order to receive a course completion certificate with IACET listed.

AFE This program supports a topic within the body of knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and should count as 0.375 CEUs (3.75 hours) toward re-certification.

AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 3.75 LU.

BOC This course offers up to 3.75 points for BOC certified operators

BOMI This course is approved for up to 3.5 continuing professional development points toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

GBCI Seventhwave is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 3.5 CE hours. Seventhwave is also a USGBC Education Partner.

IACET As an IACET Accredited Provider, Seventhwave offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Seventhwave is authorized by IACET to offer 0.4 CEUs for this program.

WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 3.5 CEUs for the following credential: Commercial Building Inspector Certification.

WI PE This course qualifies for up to 3.5 PDHs for professional engineers in the state of Wisconsin. The registrant must decide if this is a qualifying course as defined in the relevant Wisconsin Administrative Code (more information).

Program review and attendee polling for major points or issues to be covered

Boiler types (including noncondensing, near condensing and full condensing)

  • Low mass versus high mass construction
  • Understanding the condensing cycle
  • Firing rate or turndown versus efficiency

The hydronic heating system and its components

  • Evolution from steam to hot water systems
  • Piping
  • Valves
  • Expansion systems
  • Buffer tanks
  • Pumps
  • Hydraulic separators
  • Balancing valves
  • Combustion venting systems (including the stack categories)

Explore the most popular piping systems

  • Primary and secondary
  • Variable speed primary
  • Direct return versus reverse return
  • Boiler applications associated with these systems

Retrofitting existing systems

  • Hybrid boiler system
  • System application
  • Rationale and cost justification from initial capital investment through life cycle cost

Hydronic system control

  • Burner management system and its sequence of operation
  • Features necessary for optimum control
    • Central control master
    • Separate boiler controls
    • Outdoor reset
    • Proper boiler staging and rate control
    • Pump and/or valve control including variable speed drives
    • Outside air control and system water adjustment

Question and answer

Beaver Dam Country Club
W8884 Sunset Drive
Beaver Dam , WI

Our education sponsors:

We EnergiesWisconsin Public ServiceXcel Energy
Alliant EnergyMadison Gas and ElectricWPPI Energy

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