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Free Training: High Performance Residential HVAC System and Building Envelope Design & HERS Diagnostic Testing

October 8, 2019 from 8:30 AM 4:30 PM

North Coast Builders Exchange

1030 Apollo Way

Santa Rosa, CA 95407

• HVAC & Building Envelope Design
• HERS Testing
• Learn about the FREE Tool Lending Library

Date: October 8, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
North Coast Builders Exchange, 1030 Apollo Way, Santa Rosa
Lunch will be provided for class participants.

Register for one or both sessions!

For more information and to register:

You may also RSVP by contacting our office directly at or 707-565-6470.

Residential HVAC System Design Basics and Performance Testing
Morning Session: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Instructor Russ King will introduce Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system design basics and best practices, common problems with HVAC system design and HERS diagnostic testing to ensure high quality installation and that installed systems operate as designed. Russ will describe diagnostic testing equipment and procedures used for verifying: duct leakage, static pressure, air flow, fan watt draw, refrigerant charge, equipment sizing and air balancing. 

Residential Envelope Improvement and Performance Testing
Afternoon Session: 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Instructor Russ King will describe HERS Quality Insulation Installation basics and requirements for new construction and additions, and best practices for alterations air sealing, including ducts, attic venting and radiant barriers.  Russ will introduce HERS building envelope diagnostic testing equipment and procedures using a blower door and IR camera.

Russ King is a professional mechanical engineer and Senior Director of Technical Services at CalCERTS.  He is a licensed mechanical engineer with 30 years of experience in HVAC design, energy codes, energy ratings, building science, and training. He is the author of the book Introduction to Residential HVAC Systems – HVAC 1.0. He is one of very few licensed mechanical engineers that specialize in HVAC and energy design in residential buildings.

Tools from County of Sonoma Energy and Sustainability Division Tool Lending Library used for these measurements will be available for participants to explore.

These free trainings are sponsored by the County of Sonoma Energy and Sustainability Division and Bay Area Regional Network (BayREN) in partnership with the Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA).

Contact Information

Jane Elias

Division Manager

Energy and Sustainability Division

General Services Department

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
La Plaza A
2300 County Center Drive
Suite A105
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.46242, -122.725426

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The Tool Lending Library is a unique program that loans building measurement and diagnostic equipment free of charge to qualified Sonoma County professionals working on short term energy efficiency and demand reduction projects.