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Presenter: Bart Bales, PE MSME

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Syracuse, NY

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel
801 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-475-3000

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 - 4:15 pm

Overview of Systems to be Covered

   Air-source heat pumps
   Ground-source heat pumps
   Condensing boilers and furnaces
   Pellet-fired boilers
   Solar-assisted space heating and domestic hot water

Heat Pumps Overview

   How they work: heat pump process cycle, terminology, measures of performance
   COP (coefficient of performance)
   Performance in cold climates
   Air-source and ground-source heat pumps
   Water-to-air, water-to-water, and air-to-water systems

Air-Source Heat Pump Performance

   Cold-climate air-source heat pumps
   Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pump technology
   Split systems, mini-splits, and ducted systems
   Capacity as a function of outside air temperature
   Air-to-air and air-to-water heat pumps
   Outdoor condenser and indoor terminal equipment
   Examples and case studies
   Proposed improvements to rating metrics for air-source heat pumps
   Regional cold climate system specifications
   Results from air-source heat pump performance studies
   Air-source heat pumps in commercial and residential use
   Lessons learned

Ground-Source Heat Pump Performance

   Ground-source and ground water heat pump configurations for cold climates
   Closed loop, open loop, and standing column heat pump systems
   High-performance equipment options and recent developments
   Water-to-air and water-to-water heat pumps
   Commercial and residential examples and studies
   The importance of controls and control strategies on optimized energy performance
   Lessons learned

Combustion-Based Heating Systems

   Boiler technology fundamentals and operations
   How to optimize heating performance
   Different rules for different boiler technologies
   The importance of resetting water temperatures based upon load
   The importance of right-sizing boiler stages for optimal operation

Biomass Boilers Performance

   Equipment examples
   Modern, microprocessor-controlled wood-pellet boilers
   Equipment and case studies
   Vacuum and augur-fed pellet systems
   Ash management and disposal systems
   Microprocessor-based boiler controls
   Inside the pellet boiler
   Efficiency and the effects of ratings based on higher or lower heating values of fuel
   Case studies and examples for institutional facilities
   Lessons learned

Solar-Assisted Domestic Hot Water & Space Heating Performance

   Solar domestic hot water systems:
      Steam-back, closed loop and drain-back solar thermal system configurations
   Rooftop solar thermal panels, hot water storage and radiant floor heat delivery systems
   New construction - residential solar thermal space heating systems
   Lessons learned

Round-Up and Review

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     6.0 HSW Contact Hours
     6.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.0 PDHs

Building Performance Institute
     3.0 CEUs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.0 HSW continuing education/contact hours to architects and 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers in all states.

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for architects via its affiliation with the American Institute of Architects. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for New York engineers (NYSED Sponsor No. 35) and New Jersey engineers (Approval No. 24GP00000700).

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 6.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey and District of Columbia architects.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, and North Dakota.

The Building Performance Institute has awarded 3.0 CEUs for the completion of this seminar.

This event offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors, but it has not been approved by any state with a continuing education requirement for contractors.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Bart Bales, PE MSME

Bart Bales, PE MSME is the Principal and Professional Consulting Engineer at Bales Energy Associates in Massachusetts. Bales Energy Associates provides energy analysis, design, and implementation of high-performance, energy-efficient and renewable energy systems for buildings and facilities with an emphasis on a “whole-systems”, building science-based approach. Mr. Bales’ studies include detailed investigations and recommendations for temperature controls and building automation system optimization and improvement.

Bales Energy Associates provides study services for whole building energy analyses; high-performance mechanical design; and solar energy and wind energy systems analysis & design services. Mr. Bales is the principal of Bales Energy Associates and has effectively delivered energy engineering and HVAC design services for thirty years.  

In recognition of the critical importance of heating systems in high-performance, energy-efficient, green buildings, Mr. Bales developed the following workshops:

   • High-Performance, Energy-Efficient ‘Green Heating’ Systems
   • Cold-Climate Heat Pumps, Pellet Boilers, & Other Renewable Thermal Heating Systems  
   • Air-Source Heat Pumps, Mini-Splits and Heat Pump Water Heaters

Mr. Bales is a registered professional mechanical engineer in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. His energy analysis experience and expertise includes comprehensive facility energy audits and feasibility studies for energy efficiency measures; combined heat and power (cogeneration) systems, solar electric, solar thermal, and windpower systems.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $269.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $269.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $249.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.