BES701 - Heating

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Subject Title

Subject Description
In this course you will review the fundamental physics and thermodynamic principals behind heat transfer, the key factors creating heating load in buildings, combustion equipment, hydronic and steam boilers, distribution systems and terminal devices. You will look at the impact of advancing technology in the design, operation and control of heating systems. It includes additional studies in the properties of water and steam, boiler chemistry and the environmental impact of heating system operation.

Credit Status
One subject credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Identify both verbally and in writing the major means of heating distribution in a building and develop solutions to prevent energy waste.
  2. Describe the maintenance and operation of gas and oil burners and the storage of fuels in a safe and energy efficient manner.
  3. Analyze the dangers of incomplete combustion and recommend means to ensure complete combustion leading to safe, energy efficient, and environmentally responsible operation.
  4. Draw and explain the function of the components of a basic hydronic heating circuit.
  5. Describe the safe and energy efficient operation of a standard hot water system and steam boiler.
  6. Describe the operation of system controls and the maintenance required for different control valves.
  7. Describe the use of solar air heating, heat pump and combined heat and power as technology options for building heating.
  8. Identify the basic types of heating terminals used in buildings and explain their operating principles and describe the procedures for proper adjustment and maintenance of the terminal units.
  9. Identify the components of the building envelope and identify the measures related to the building envelope that can improve energy efficiency.

Essential Employability Skills
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Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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