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Presenter: Don Steeby

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Toledo, OH

Radisson Hotel at The University of Toledo Medical Center
3100 Glendale Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614
Phone: 419-381-6800

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 4:30 pm

Geothermal Heat Pumps and Indoor Thermal Comfort

   Understanding the refrigeration cycle
   The effect of air flow and insulation
   How comfort is measured
   Understanding efficiency

Understanding Earth Loop Systems

   Architecture of closed loop systems 
      • Horizontal ground loops 
      • Vertical ground loops Applications for open loop systems 
      • Single well 
      • Two-well systems
   Evaluating topography 
   Measuring soil conductivity 
   Environments for ground-loop systems: 
      beneath yards, fields, parking lots, and buildings

Designing Geothermal Systems

   Determining loop type 
   Making heat loss calculations 
   Sizing the unit 
   Sizing the loop 
   Alternate geothermal designs

Choosing System Components

   Basic components of geothermal heat 
      pump systems: pump, compressor, heat exchanger 
   Forced air systems 
   Hydronic systems 
   Domestic hot water options

Evaluating the Benefits of Geothermal Systems

   Incentives to use geothermal 
   Measuring performance 
   Calculating savings and cost 
   Environmental benefits 
   Tax credits, incentives and rebates

Geothermal Case Studies

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 CPD Hours/PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 CPDs/PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

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.


Don Steeby

Don Steeby is an associate professor of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration at Grand Rapids Community College and has taught full time with GRCC since 2007. He has also taught as an adjunct professor for Ferris State University in Construction Management. He received his bachelor of science degree in HVAC/R Applied Technology from Ferris State University, and his master’s degree in Career and Technical Education also from Ferris State University.

Mr. Steeby has worked in the HVAC field since 1985. He has held positions in many areas of the industry including installation, service, sales, and project management. Mr. Steeby has worked for a local manufacturer of HVAC equipment for over five years, and he was employed by Honeywell for 11 years.

He holds a mechanical contractor’s license with the State of Michigan, and he has several nationally-recognized certifications including installation and service of geothermal equipment with North American Technician Excellence (NATE). He is also a certified trainer and installer of geothermal heat pumps through the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA). Mr. Steeby has been actively involved in the geothermal industry for many years including writing software to size loop links and working on several commercial geothermal installations. In 2011, he published his book Alternative Energy – Sources and Systems through Cengage Learning which includes chapters on geothermal systems.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

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