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ASHRAE's Fundamentals of HVAC Design and Operations
September 9 - 11, 2019
8:00am - 4:30pm (Daily)
Sheraton Music City Hotel
Tuition: $1,049
NOTE: Participants will be offered breakfast, morning refreshment break, lunch and afternoon refreshment break daily.
This course is AIA and GBCI approved for 18 hours.

Registration will begin on June 3, 2019

APPA is partnering with ASHRAE to offer training that provides participants with instruction that accelerates their transformation into effective members of a design, construction, operations or facilities maintenance team. Developed by industry-leading professionals selected by ASHRAE, the training provides attendees with the fundamentals and technical aspects of HVAC design. Attendees will gain practical skills and knowledge to design and maintain HVAC systems that can be put to immediate use.
Who Should Attend
- Facilities managers responsible for managing building operations staff
- Facilities managers involved in new construction or major renovation projects
- Technicians or front line supervisors who would like to gain design knowledge
- Architects who want to understand fundamental HVAC system design
How Your Institution Will Benefit
The training helps attendees understand:
- How to improve overall building performance
- The technologies that lead to improved building performance
- The economics of sustainable buildings and the roles of the designer and facilities manager
- The basic skills needed to design and/or operate high-performance buildings
- The skill set that will be required by designers and operators of the future
- Techniques to interact effectively with all design partners (architects, owners, other engineering disciplines) in an integrated design team


Bill Nelson, PE, President Emeritus, GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc.
William Nelson is president emeritus of GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc. and has used his nearly five decades there to promote a philosophy of innovative and energy-efficient design. In the 1970s he developed and implemented the firm's first energy management program, Systematic Analysis of Vital Energies (SAVE). GLHN encourages sustainable concepts and value engineering, promoting LEED accreditation in its disciplines and proactive involvement in the development of wind and solar energy. Nelson serves an adjunct instructor for the University of Arizona AME Department and is involved with the Pima Community College Curriculum Board. He also initiated an in-house scholarship program at GLHN. As an instructor with the APPA institute for over 18 years, Nelson teaches courses on refrigerants and chillers, basic HVAC systems, and utility master planning. He has also written and delivered over 15 papers and presentations on utility development planning. Twice a year, Nelson is the principal facilitator and organizer of symposiums held for facilities and central plant personnel at universities in the Southwestern United States. Nelson has been actively involved in education his entire career. He is also a veteran passionate about supporting other veterans. He has guided work (as both project principal and mechanical engineer) on VA projects and audited mechanical systems at over 100 VA medical centers, identifying opportunities for energy conservation. Nelson is a current board member for the Catalina Council Boy Scouts of America and the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. He has been married to his lovely wife Dianne for 47 years.

Joel Primeau, P.Eng., ASHRAE Member, HBDP, LEED AP

Joel Primeau is a sales engineer with over 27 years of HVAC experience. He has lead and assisted teams of engineers and technicians in the design and construction of high-performance, sustainable facilities. Joel's experience spans a wide range of engineering design and construction projects. His expertise is in the design of high-efficiency HVAC systems that enhance indoor air quality and comfort. Joel frequently trains engineers, architects and facility managers on the design process, central heating and chilling plant optimization, high-performance HVAC systems, and heat recovery applications. Joel is a Licensed Professional Engineer, ASHRAE Certified High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP), and a LEED Accredited Professional. He earned a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Canada. After a brief career as an army engineer, Joel has since worked in the HVAC industry in consulting, facilities management and technical sales.