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ENGR 485 (3) Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning

Contact Information
Instructor: Ehsan Samiei, Ph.D. Candidate
Course supervisor: Dr. Ali Ahmadi
School of Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
EME 4221, Tel: 250-807-8631, Email: ehsan.samiei@ubc.ca
Class meeting time and office hours

Office Hours

Mon Thu

3:30-5:00 pm LIB 305

10:30-13:00 (starting on Sept. 15) or by appointment

Academic Calendar Entry

Properties of moist air, air conditioning systems, heat transmission in building systems, heating and
cooling load, refrigeration, pumps and piping design, fans and building air distribution. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: All of APSC 253, APSC 258, ENGR 385.
Course Format

Three lecture-hours per week

The students performance will be assessed based on assignments, one design project, one
midterm and one final exam.

Course Overview

HVAC systems are the most important engineering systems in buildings. This course will cover basic
principles of HVAC systems including psychrometric chart, heating and cooling load calculations,
indoor air quality and air distribution systems. This course will also discuss design factors, industry
standards and design practices.
Course Content and Objectives
The objective of this course is to present students the principles of HVAC design used in commercial and
residential buildings. Major topics include
Thermodynamics and Psychrometrics
Basic air-conditioning processes: heating, cooling, humidification
Ventilation and indoor air quality
Heat transfer through the building envelope: conduction, convection and radiation
Space heating load
Solar radiation and the cooling load
HVAC systems

Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify various HVAC systems and their components
Explain the fundamental principles that govern the performance of an HVAC system
Describe the sources and modes of heat gains and losses in buildings
Extract HVAC design requirements from ASHRAE standards
Formulate design parameters, establish design specifications, and evaluate various design
Design an HVAC system by using simulation software

Evaluation Criteria and Grading

Five assignments will be distributed throughout the term and their solutions will be posted. Late
assignments will not be accepted except for legitimate reasons (e.g., medical condition etc.).
In addition to assignments, one design project which integrates fundamentals and practical applications in
HVAC will be assigned to students. Students will work in teams towards the completion of the project,
and each team will submit one formal report.
The overall course grade will be determined by evaluating the assignments, design project, midterm and
final exams:
Design project:
Final exam:
Required Readings
Principals of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning by R.H. Howell, W.J. Coad and H.J. Sauer,
Jr., 7th edition, ASHRAE, 2013
Recommended readings
ASHRAE standards from https://www.ashrae.org/
The following handbooks are available in Knovel
2013 ASHRAE Handbook - Fundamentals (SI Edition)
2012 ASHRAE Handbook - Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Systems and Equipment
(SI Edition)
2009 ASHRAE Handbook - Fundamentals (IP Edition)
2008 ASHRAE Handbook - Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Systems and Equipment
(I-P Edition)

Course Schedule

Overview of HVAC systems and fundamental concepts (1 lecture)

Moist air properties, psychrometric chart and conditioning processes (5 lectures)
Heat transmission in building structures (3 lectures)
Space heating load (3 lectures)
Solar radiation (2 lectures)
Cooling load (3 lectures)
Fans, air distribution and duct design (2 lectures)
HVAC systems and equipment (1 lecture)
Midterm review (1 lecture)
Final review (1 lecture)

Final Examinations
The examination period for Term 1 of Winter 2015 is Dec 7 to 22. Except in the case of examination
clashes and hardships (three or more formal examinations scheduled within a 24-hour period) or
unforeseen events, students will be permitted to apply for out-of-time final examinations only if they are
representing the University, the province, or the country in a competition or performance; serving in the
Canadian military; observing a religious rite; working to support themselves or their family; or caring for
a family member. Unforeseen events include (but may not be limited to) the following: ill health or other
personal challenges that arise during a term and changes in the requirements of an ongoing job.
Further information on Academic Concession can be found under Policies and Regulation in the
Okanagan Academic Calendar http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/okanagan/index.cfm?tree=3,48,0,0 .
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students are expected to know, understand, and follow the codes of conduct regarding academic
integrity. At the most basic level, this means submitting only original work done by you and
acknowledging all sources of information or ideas and attributing them to others as required. This also
means you should not cheat, copy, or mislead others about what is your work. Violations of academic
integrity (i.e., misconduct) lead to the breakdown of the academic enterprise, and therefore serious
consequences arise and harsh sanctions are imposed. For example, incidences of plagiarism or cheating
may result in a mark of zero on the assignment or exam and more serious consequences may apply if the
matter is referred to the Presidents Advisory Committee on Student Discipline. Careful records are kept
in order to monitor and prevent recurrences.
A more detailed description of academic integrity, including the Universitys policies and procedures,
may be found in the Academic Calendar at

Disability Services
The Disability Resource Centre ensures educational equity for students with disabilities, injuries or
illness. If you are disabled, have an injury or illness and require academic accommodations to meet the
course objectives, please contact Earllene Roberts, the Diversity Advisor for the Disability Resource
Centre located in Commons Corner in the University Centre building (UNC 227).
UBC Okanagan Disability Resource Centre:
UNC 227A 250.807.9263
email earllene.roberts@ubc.ca
Web: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/drc

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UBC Okanagan Ombuds Office:
UNC 227B 250.807.9818
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UBC Okanagan Equity and Inclusion Office:
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email: equity.ubco@ubc.ca
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