ENT-265: Energy Systems Design

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Energy Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Energy Technology
Course Number
Course Title
Energy Systems Design
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENT-101, ENT-104, ENT-105, ENT-106, ENT-108, or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Examines the design principles of heating, cooling, and hydronic systems. Topics include both residential and commercial heat loss and gain, equipment selection, duct design, piping design, and air terminal selection.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Heating/cooling system design.
  2. Heat loss and heat gain calculations.
  3. Selection of heating and cooling equipment.
  4. Duct design layouts meeting industry duct design standards.
  5. Selecting grilles. registers and diffusers.
  6. Drawing building floor plans related to mechanical requirments.
  7. Air balancing methods.
  8. Use of friction charts related to mechanical installions.
  9. Proper location of heating and cooling equipment on property according to mechanical codes and ordinances.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Calculate heat loss/heat gain for residential buildings HVAC systems.*
  2. Compare and select the appropriate heating and cooling equipment for a specified need.*
  3. Demonstrate lay out an effective duct design that will meet all current design standards and codes.
  4. Distinguish between and select registers, grilles, and diffusers by their cfm, spread, and throw requirement.*
  5. Calculate the flow rate for a building, individual rooms and the main trunck lines for supply and return ducts, branch lines and terminals.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Assignments/projects are 50% of the total grade.
    • Load estimations completed by using Manual J.
    • Worksheet J-1 assignment.
    • Manual J and Manual D worksheets.
    • Floor plan of a home showing registers, hot and cold, location of basement plan/location of heating unit.
    • Main duct plan, with supply and return, branch lines, balancing dampers/sized for the required cfm.
    • Location of the A/C unit on the property with the correct cooling capacity related to the required cfm capacity requirements.
  2. Final exam is 25% of the total grade.
  3. Attendance and class participation accounts for 25% of the grade.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date