Course code BūvZ3117

Credit points 3

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours49

Date of course confirmation23.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Civil Engineering and Wood Processing

Course developer

author lect.

Arturs Lešinskis

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

Fizi2009, Physics

Ķīmi1026, Chemistry

Mate1031, Mathematics I

Mate2036, Mathematics II

Course abstract

The course is designed to introduce the principles and fundamentals of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems as a part of any building or manufacturing processes for high quality product manufacturing in a properly controlled environment. HVAC systems are major energy consumers in the building industry. Course will develop an understanding: of how HVAC systems function in controlling temperature, moisture content in a conditioned space

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After course acquisition students must be able to make right decisions in assembling heating, ventilation and air conditioning system elements, calculations of them, to assess an consequences of wrong operation of systems, planning of right sequence of works, safety and quality control of works. Test1 • Knowledge about microclimate systems for residential buildings, their structure, components and preconditions for proper functioning; Test2 • Skills to calculate simple engineering systems , selection and calculation of main equipment and energy resources; Test3 • Competence in field of water, steam, air, gas, electric and heat pump heating systems of the buildings and ventilation. Test4

Course Content(Calendar)

1 Characteristics of dry air / water vapor mixture. 2 Output data for a building heating, ventilation and air conditioning project. 3 Air cooling, heating, humidification and drying processes. 4 Possible directions of air condition changes in space. 5 Quantity of air exchanged and its effect on system parameters. 6 Room heat and humidity load. 7 Air handling units. 8 Exhaust air heat recovery. 9 Types of room coolers. 10 Criteria for Comparing Air Conditioning Systems. 11 Three basic types of building cooling systems. 12 Location of chillers in a building. 13 Principal solutions for hydronic systems. 14 Use of Adiabatic Processes in Air Treatment. 15 Heat pump systems. 16 Absorption Type Cooling Equipment. Industry news.

Requirements for awarding credit points

During the semester, the student should prepare a report on the topic received at the beginning of the semester.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

After receiving the topic of independent report, students have to prepare a table of contents of the report. Developing the report, students must acquire skills in collecting information available in the library and in Internet resources.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

At the end of the semester, students present and defend the reports, answers to the questions and the lecturer. Students' ability to develop presentation presentation, report quality, answers to questions and 4 test results are assessed.

Compulsory reading

1. Akmens P., Krēsliņš A. Ēku apkure un ventilācija. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 1995. 2 sēj. 2. Ķigurs J. Ventilācija. Rīga: Liesma, 1976. 213 lpp. 3. Borodiņecs A., Krēsliņš A. Būvniecības siltumfizika ēku projektētājiem. Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte. Siltuma, gāzes un ūdens tehnoloģijas institūts. Rīga: Rīgas Tehniskā Universitāte, 2007. 131 lpp. 4. Krēsliņš A. Gaisa kondicionēšana rūpniecības un sabiedriskajās ēkās. Rīga: Liesma, 1975. 250 lpp.

Further reading

1. Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems and equipment American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. SI ed. Atlanta, 2000. 751 p. ASHRAE handbook . ISBN 1883413818.
2. Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning applications. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. SI ed. Atlanta, 1999. 837 p. ASHRAE handbook . ISBN 1883413729. 3. Jayamaha Lal. Energy-efficient building systems: green strategies for operation and maintenance. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007. 288 p. ISBN 9780071482820.

Periodicals and other sources

1. ASHRAE Journal. Published by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). ISSN: 0001-2491.
2. Hall F., Greeno R. Building services handbook. Roger. Amsterdam ... [etc.] : Elsevier, 2007. 560 p. 3. Wang, Shan K., Lavan Z., Norton P. Air conditioning and refrigeration engineering. Boca Raton [etc.]: CRC Press, 2000. 174 p.


Elective course for the Professional higher education bachelor study programme "Civil Engineering" (full time); for the First level Professional Higher Education Study Programme "Civil Engineering" (part time); for the Second Level Professional Higher Education Study Programme "Civil Engineering" (part time)