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CESA 1140 - ZEB Mechanical Systems: Part B, HRV Commissioning (for Residential Buildings)

Centre for Energy Systems Applications Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to ensure correct HRV commissioning in residential projects. Through interactive learning and hands-on commissioning activities, students will become familiar with different types of HRV’s and have the confidence to both commission equipment and provide expertise on system selection and installation. This course is aimed at Energy Advisors, HVAC contractors, and building inspectors requiring the knowledge and skills to take responsibility for HRV installation and commissioning.


CESA 1000; CESA 1130 is strongly encouraged but not mandatory



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Compare various HRV systems (life cycle costs, performance, space-saving strategies, installation requirements, commissioning, maintenance, etc.)
  • Explain best practices and challenges with equipment sizing calculation methodologies
  • Correctly size HRV for single family and multi-family applications.
  • Explain best practices for installation of HRV and air distribution systems (location, installation paths, performance, air sealing, access for maintenance)
  • Explain ductwork design best practices (sizing, fittings, air sealing, fir and smoke dampers, acoustics and vibration)
  • Predict construction challenges associated with various HRV systems (e.g. frost protection, maintenance access, fire safety).
  • Install and commission HRV and air distribution systems (install problem solving, air sealing, access for maintenance, balancing, commissioning and testing for confirmation)
  • Demonstrate construction coordination and checklist best practices specific to HRV commissioning.

Effective as of Winter 2018


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