Daniel Thompson April 21, 2018

For the last few decades, Engineers, Architects, Building and Mechanical Contractors and Building Inspectors have been mandated to get continuing education in order to maintain their licenses. The reason for this is to protect society with a standard level of education and professionalism throughout these given fields.

However, continuing education mandates are not just standard in these industries. In fact, almost all licensed professionals in the country are required to get some form of continuous training to ensure their level of education and professionalism are maintained.

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All continuing education classes for each licensed professional field are designed to help further the education and knowledge of people in their given fields. The knowledge is meant to enhance their capability to serve the public with more advanced and current educational practices in their given field. For Engineers, Architects, Building and Mechanical Contractors and Building Inspectors, most of the continuing education is surrounded by current information on buildings standards and building and mechanical codes. This includes any new codes and standards that arise and change over time. This is the case with the ASHRAE version 90.1 classes for continuing education requirements.

The ASHRAE Manual

ASHRAE stands for: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. This is a global professional association that was founded in 1894 in New York City for the advancement of the design and construction of: heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. The society is involved in: continuing education, development of technical and professional standards, funding research projects and improving all aspects of professionalism in these fields. They focus on providing new information for the industry and developing new advances in sustainable energy use, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and improving building services engineering.

Their manual and professional guideline known as the ASHRAE 90.1 (Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings), was originally published in 1975. There have been many updated versions over the years as technology has advanced substantially since it was first published. The new version of the educational and professional guideline ASHRAE version 90.1 was established in 2001. This manual has been updated to include new technology, design and safety guidelines in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. It includes newer versions that address any substantial changes in energy technology and energy pricing within each new manual output.

The ASHRAE version 90.1 Continuing Education Seminar

The seminars for this manual, have been designed into a continuing education platform. These seminars allow professional engineers and architects to use this course to fulfill 6.5 PDHs continuing education hours for professional licensed engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for professional licensed architects.

Attendees for this seminar will receive their certificate of completion after they attend the entire seminar. The focus is to offer attendees a comprehensive understanding of the development of energy efficiency programs, codes and standards including the development and current guidelines for the 2016 ASHRAE version 90.1 manual.

This is a great manual that is cram packed with powerful information about the current standards and improvements for design and construction of: heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. It is a vital course for all Architects, Building and Mechanical Contractors and Building Inspectors who wish to have the highest level of knowledge in the field for these issues in the industry today.