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Presenter: Howard Alderson, P.E.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Syracuse, NY

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

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):      12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 - 4:30 pm

The Geothermal Heat Pump Concept and the Refrigeration Cycle

   Examining system components
   Understanding the vapor compression cycle
   Typical pressures and temperatures
   Other definitions and information

Understanding Earth Loop Systems

   Architecture of closed loop systems
   • Horizontal
   • Vertical
   • Directional
   • Pond
   • Hybrid systems
   Open loop systems
   • Well systems
   • Pond/lake
   Standing column wells

Designing Geothermal Systems

   Siting the system
   Making heat loss calculations
   Sizing the unit
   Sizing the loop

Case Study #1

Choosing System Components

   Water-to-air systems
   Water-to-water systems
   Domestic hot water options
   Pumps, heat exchangers, expansion tanks, etc.

Evaluating the Benefits of Geothermal Systems

   Measuring performance
   Calculating efficiency, savings and cost
   Environmental benefits
   Tax credits, incentives and rebates

Maintaining Geothermal Systems

   Performing routine maintenance
   Troubleshooting problems

Case Studies of Existing Residential, Commercial and Institutional Systems

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
   6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

   6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
   6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

   Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey architects. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

The New York State Education Department considers courses as approved for New York State mandatory continuing education for professional engineers if the sponsor’s courses are approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System and/or the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System and are in approved subject areas.

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

This event offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. 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.


Howard Alderson, P.E.

President of Alderson Engineering, Inc. – Southhampton, PA

Mr. Alderson is the owner, chief mechanical engineer, and certified geoexchange designer of his company. He has owned and worked for mechanical contracting firms prior to becoming a consulting engineer, giving him insight and experience in the actual construction of mechanical systems. Prior to forming Alderson Engineering, Inc., in 1990, he worked at a Philadelphia-based consulting engineering firm for 10 years. He is frequently a guest speaker at various conferences, with expertise in the area of ground source heat pump systems. He served as the national director of the Consulting Engineering Council (CEC) of Pennsylvania after having served as president of the organization.

Mr. Alderson’s projects range from geothermal projects for health care facilities, office buildings, industrial projects, retail projects, government facilities, university campus facilities, hotels and motels to residential projects. He has been responsible for the design of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of mechanical, plumbing, and electrical building systems.

Mr. Alderson received his B.S.M.E degree from Drexel University, with a specialty in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. He is a member of the Consulting Engineers Council (CEC) Philadelphia Chapter (past chapter president), the Consulting Engineers Council of Pennsylvania (CEC/PA) (board of directors, past president, national director); the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE); the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA); the International Code Council (ICC); and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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.