Upcoming Webinar for CEU Credits - Are Heat Pumps Ready to Replace Fossil Fuels?

John Ciovacco, the President of Aztech Geothermal has been asked by Halfmoon Seminars to present a full day session entitled “Are Heat Pumps Ready to Replace Fossil Fuels in Buildings” on October 30th from 8:30 to 4:30 PM as a Live Interactive Webinar.

For tickets and more information go to Halfmoon Seminars Event Page.

See Agenda Below

Are Heat Pumps Ready to Replace Fossil Fuels in Buildings

Friday, October 30, 2020

Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.
Log into Webinar:                8:00 – 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session:                8:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT
Break:                                 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
Afternoon Session:             1:00 – 4:30 pm EDT


Regional Energy and Climate Initiatives Favoring Heat Pumps

   Buildings’ green house gas contribution
   Regional energy and environmental goals, policies and laws
   Building electrification impacts to regulated utilities
      • Electric utilities
      • Natural gas utilities
   Important trends from recent utility rate cases

Introduction to Electric Heat Pumps

   A brief history of heat pumps (not a new technology)
   Major types of heat pumps
      • Air source, ground source and water source
   How a heat pump works
   Operating cost comparisons with conventional systems
   How to calculate annual carbon and site energy savings

Focus on Refrigerants Used in Heat Pumps

   Understanding global warming potential of refrigerants
   What comes around goes around
   Today’s commonly used refrigerants
   Next generation refrigerants: pros and cons
   Phase outs and regulations related to refrigerants

Design Principles for Heat Pump Systems

   Importance of hourly energy modeling
   Selecting the best type of heat pump and distribution system
   Impact of building envelope and ventilation upgrades
   Required formation thermal conductivity (FTC) testing
   The magic of simultaneous heating and cooling
   Electrical requirements, rate structures and grid impacts

District Thermal Infrastructure as an Alternative to Natural Gas

   Three (3) conditions favoring a district approach
   Thermal energy sources, sinks, and storage
   Why campuses will lead the way
   Issues of ground loop ownership and regulation
   Ground loop utility models / existing and projected

Pulling It All Together

   Incentives and financing available for heat pump systems
   Training and workforce development opportunities
   Yes – heat pumps are ready!
   No – heat pumps are not ready!

For tickets and more information go to Halfmoon Seminars Event Page.

About the Presenter:

John P. Ciovacco is the President of Aztech Geothermal, LLC., an engineering driven heat pump design, installation and consulting company based in New York’s Capital Region. While running Aztech Geothermal, he often serves as a resource to building owners, developers, construction companies, engineers, architects and investors regarding the latest renewable and energy efficiency technologies, government incentives and financing options. He also chairs the educational sessions at NY-GEO’s annual heat pump conference which is widely regarded as the largest and most comprehensive in the nation. He has been a registered party to seven public utility rate cases (i.e., National Grid [Upstate], Central Hudson, O&R, ConEd, National Grid [Long Island], NYSEG/RG&E, and Corning Gas) representing the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO) as a board member. Recently he was appointed to the Department of Public Service’s Strategic Advisory Group for Building Electrification to help guide policy and regulations needed to meet energy and climate goals for NYS. He is an IGSHPA Accredited Geothermal Installer, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Contractor, and a Certified Green Professional with the NAHB. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College.