Indoor Air Quality and Role of HVAC System (0.7 CEU's)





Everyone prefers staying well. Still building occupants are getting sick, and more of them are blaming their illness on the indoor air quality (IAQ) where they work, attend school, or receive medical or dental attention.

This seminar will enable the participant to gain knowledge of IAQ and develop skills in how to assess ventilation and HVAC systems, how to recognize IAQ problems and what type of corrective action can be taken quickly. The course will also provide participants with practical guidelines for the operation, maintenance and evaluation of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. A discussion of various HVAC components required to improve IAQ and enhance the performance of ventilation systems will be explored.


You will learn:

¨ An assessment of ventilation and HVAC systems

¨ Recognize IAQ problems in the workplace and may rectify problems economically

¨ Will learn that corrective action can be taken easily and it is less time consuming

¨ Understand the importance of HVAC systems related to IAQ

¨ Specifics of design and the intended functioning of HVAC Systems

¨ Will learn the role and function of individual HVAC components

¨ Workshops


Engineers, HVAC contractors, engineering consultants, industrial hygienists, health and safety personnel, facility operators, building managers/owners, maintenance personnel/ supervisors and those individuals that perform IAQ evaluations. This course will also be of interest to anyone seeking a better understanding of some of the most popular tools used in improving indoor air quality (IAQ).


Each participant will receive a certificate of course completion indicating 0.7 CEUs. CEUs are universally recognized nationally and internationally. One CEU is equivalent to ten (10) professional development hours (PDHs)/units (PDU).

Rishi Kumar

Rishi Kumar, M.Sc. Eng., P.Eng., PMP, CMC, GSC is an approved education provider by the Engineering Institute of Canada, (EIC) and International Association of Continuing Education and Training, Washington, DC (IACET). Rishi obtained his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1976 from University of Calgary, Alberta. Since 1976, he has held many senior positions in utility, auto industry, research development, services, manufacturing and consulting sectors in project, program and portfolio management of various capital projects. Since 1996, he conducted 475+ public and in-house seminars all over the globe through various universities, construction associations and other professional organizations and published/presented 25+ technical, business and management papers in various publications/conferences throughout the globe.

Mr. Kumar is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Ontario, and holds various professional certifications {Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Certified Quality Auditor}. He obtained his Gold Seal Certification (GSC) from the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) in 2011.

Mr. Kumar has served as a Chair, President, Sr. Vice-President-Operations and Director-Marketing and Professional Development portfolios for PMI Lakeshore chapter and presently serves in the Ethics Review Committee (ERC) of PMI Global, providing caching and mentoring to PMI members. Mr. Kumar is actively involved with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) since 1996, and serves in various committees and boards (Discipline, Equity Diversity and Experience Requirements). Since 2007, Rishi is providing coaching and mentoring services to PEO Mississauga as a Chairperson. He supports the mentorship programs offered by various non-profit organizations (CESO, Ontario Works-Peel Region, Skills for Change, ACCES Employment, DBNS and CMC) in GTA since 1994.


Unit 1 Introduction & Facts

Unit 2 Evaluation of the Ventilation System


Review of Occupants’ Complaints

Review of Design Documentation

Measurement of Outdoor Air Quantity

Outdoor Air Quantity & HVAC System

Other Pathways

Unit 3 Role of HVAC System and IAQ


Role of HVAC System in IAQ

Functions of HVAC System

Control of the HVAC System

Ventilation during Construction

Unit 4 HVAC Components and IAQ

Outdoor Air Intake

Mechanical room

Outdoor Air Dampers

Mixing Plenum

Filter Banks

Face and Bypass Dampers

Cooling Coils

Condensate Drain Pan

Heating Coils

Supply air Fans


The Distribution System

Terminal Equipment

System Controls

Room Partitions

Return Air Plenum

Building Exhausts


Cooling Towers


Unit 5 Air Filtration



Filters Ratings

ASHRAE Standard

Filtration System

Cost of Operating Issues

Filter Selection

Unit 6 How to Manage IAQ

Potential Savings

Sick Building Syndrome

IAQ Concerns


Effects of Poor IAQ

Design Considerations

Green Products

Workshop 1

Participants will meet in small groups to discuss and suggest the best possible solution to the each case study problem. A representative from each group will present the solutions to all participants. A discussion will follow.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations. Please click here for complete policies.

Education @ Your Desk. A Live Webinar Class means that you will attend the class via the web using your computer. There are scheduled breaks for coffee and lunch. You use a microphone, headset, or your phone and are able to interact with the instructor and other students while following notes while watching the presentation slides online just as you would in a live classroom. Notes are posted online. For an extra cost a hard copy can be requested.

The virtual classroom is becoming more and more popular, and we have a lot of experience teaching in this format. The only real difference between a live in-class and live via webinar is where you sit and what you look at. You can learn from the comfort of your own home or office. You pay less for the live webinar format than you would for the in-class format, and you do not have to travel to another city to attend the class. Please contact us at for Special Group & Corporate Rates for one or more participants.

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PC-based attendees
OS: Windows XP, 2003 Server, Vista, 7, 8
Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer
Google Chrome 5.0 or newer

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
Safari 3.0 or newer
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer
Google Chrome 5.0 or newer

iPad 1 or newer, iPhone 3GS or newer, iPod Touch (3rd generation) or newer
OS: iOS 6 or newer

OS: Android 2.2 or higher

Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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