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Presenter: John Ciovacco

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Albany, NY

Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport
800 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211
Phone: 518-464-6666

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

Why Heat Pumps? Why Now?

   Buildings’ green house gas contribution
   New York clean heating and cooling goals and policies
   Benefits and challenges to regulated utilities
      • Electric utilities
      • Natural gas utilities
   Important trends from recent utility rate cases

Introduction to Heat Pumps

   A brief history of heat pumps (not a new technology)
   Evolution of refrigerants used in heat pumps
   Major types of heat pumps
      • Air source, ground source and water source
   How a heat pump works
   Design principles for heat pump systems
   Operating and environmental comparisons with conventional systems

Heat Pump Conversions of Existing Buildings

   Selecting the best type of heat pump
   Potential changes to HVAC distribution systems
   Electrical requirements
   Do I need building envelope upgrades?

Heat Pumps In New Construction

   Approaches for single family, multi family and commercial developments
   Understanding installation and operating costs
   Design for low temperature heating distribution system
   How to achieve a net zero development

Innovative Applications of Heat Pumps

   Ground loop utility model
      • Single family and townhouse developments
      • Large commercial developments
   Simultaneous heating and cooling with VRF systems
   Campus heat recovery potential study
   Airport lake plate heat exchanger
   Large apartment complex with domestic wastewater energy recovery
   Sewage water cooled hockey rink chiller

Finding Heat Pump Resources for Your Project

   State and utility incentive and financing programs for heat pumps
   Identifying design and installation partners
   Heat pump manufacturers as sources of information
   Training and workforce development opportunities

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

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

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)).

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org to view complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

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.


John Ciovacco

President, Aztech Geothermal, LLC

Mr. Ciovacco is the president of Aztech Geothermal, LLC., an engineering-driven, design-build contractor of innovative clean heating and cooling systems. While running Aztech Geothermal, he often serves as a resource to building owners, developers, construction companies, engineers, architects and investors regarding the latest renewable and energy efficiency technologies, government incentives and financing options. Most recently Mr. Ciovacco has been a registered party to four public utility rate cases (i.e., National Grid, Central Hudson, O&R, & ConEd) representing the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO).

Mr. Ciovacco is an IGSHPA accredited geothermal installer, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified contractor, and a certified green professional with the NAHB. He also serves on the Board of NY-GEO and is a former board member of the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association (CRBRA). He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College.

Tuition Costs:

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

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

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Heat Pumps: The Centerpiece of Clean Heating & Cooling in Buildings.

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines the major types of heat pumps and how they work, installing heat pump systems into existing buildings, and heat pump applications for single-family homes, townhouses and large commercial buildings.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to distinguish the three main types of heat pumps, and how they work to provide indoor comfort, reduce carbon-based energy usage, and provide financial savings for the owner/occupants.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the selection criteria for converting existing homes from traditional HVAC systems to heat pump systems in order to achieve owner/occupant goals of renewable heating and cooling and indoor comfort.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe the processes for utilizing heat pump technology in different applications, including new single-family homes, townhouses, and large commercial developments.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to compare the operating and environmental costs of conventional heating and cooling systems and heat pump systems with project owners so they can make informed decisions on selecting systems that benefit themselves or the occupants of the building.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with HVAC system technology.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/02/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.