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Presenter: Jay Egg

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Columbia, MD

Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 410-730-3900

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

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

Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 4:30 pm

Applying the Laws of Thermodynamics to Geothermal 
Heat Pumps and Indoor Thermal Comfort

   Applying the laws of thermodynamics to HVAC systems
   Understanding the refrigeration cycle Calculating heating and cooling loads
   The effect of air flow and insulation 
   How comfort is measured
   Understanding efficiency

Understanding Earth Loop Systems

   The hidden assets of geothermal technologies
   Solar Energy in the Earth
   Architecture of closed loop systems
      • Horizontal ground loops 
      • Vertical ground loops
      • Direct exchange systems 
      • Thermal load sharing
      • Mini-grids
   Applications for open loop (class V thermal exchange) 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
   Writing a request for proposal (RFP) 
   Writing a driller specification
   HS2 hydronic design software

Choosing System Type

   Distributed GHPs or chiller plants
   Basic components of geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems:
   Pumps, condenser water piping, heat pump, heat exchanger
   Forced air systems 
   Hydronic systems
   Domestic hot water options 
   Geothermal swimming pool heaters

Evaluating the Benefits of Geothermal Systems

   Incentives to use geothermal 
   Geothermal utilities
   Measuring performance 
   Calculating savings and cost
   Environmental benefits 
   Tax credits, incentives and rebates
   Property assessed clean energy (PACE)
   State based legislation

Maintaining Geothermal Systems

   Performing routine maintenance on GHPs
   Loop maintenance (automatic or periodic)
   Pump maintenance/monitoring

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW LUs/CE Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Maryland engineers.

This course offers 6.5 HSW LUs/continuing education hours to architects in all states. Courses approved by the American Institute of Architects are accepted in Maryland.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this seminar for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor number J885). Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org to view complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

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

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education credit.

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.


Jay Egg

Founder and Consultant with Egg Geothermal

Mr. Egg founded Egg Geothermal in 1990 to provide renewable energy systems to the public. As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Mr. Egg wrote two books for McGraw-Hill Education, and Egg Geothermal entered into a new age of acceptance. Mr. Egg currently focuses his professional efforts as a renewable energy expert on renewable and sustainable energy, solar and geothermal exchange implementation. Among his clients are international, federal, state and local governments, developers, associations, and private entities.

EggGeothermal is a voting member on the IGHSPA Advocacy Committee, the Uniform Solar Energy & Hydronics Technical & the Uniform Mechanical Code Committee for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Professionals (IAPMO); training and curriculum writer/facilitator for IGSHPA and for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and past technical advisor to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) & the Province of Ontario, Canada on renewable heating and cooling.

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: Geothermal Heating and Cooling: Technology and Applications.

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture course covers the how the laws of thermaldynamics apply to geothermal heat pumps, earth loop systems, design of geothermal systems, system type selection, the benefits of geothermal systems, and geothermal system maintenance.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe geothermal heat pump theory, including how the laws of thermal dynamics apply to geothermal heat pumps, the refrigeration cycle, calculating heating and cooling loads, how comfort is measured, and efficiency.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain the benefits of geothermal heat pump systems, including performance, cost savings, environmental advantages, and available incentives.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe how site conditions impact geothermal heat pump design, including site topography, soil conductivity, and site usage.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to differentiate closed loop systems and open loop systems, determine which system is appropriate for particular projects, size the unit and the loop, make heat loss calculations, write a Request for Proposal, and write driller specifications.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with HVAC systems.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/06/2022

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.