April 2017

Heat Pump Applications: De-Centralized Heat Pump Systems Applications and Key Considerations for Successful HP Systems Design, Modeling and Operation

Status: Advanced online registration is now closed. Please contact Jennifer Chan at [email protected] to inquire about space availability. Thank you.
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Heat Pump Technology Basics and Heat Pump Applications • Dis
Location: Dunsmuir 1 Auditorium, BC Hydro Building 333 Dunsmuir Street Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Mechanical Design Sessions:
Vladimir Mikler, M.Sc., P.Eng., LEED®AP, Principal, Integral Group

Energy Modeling Sessions:
Eoghan Hayes, P.Eng.,BEMP, LEED®AP BD&C, Director, Ions Engineering Ltd.

Operation Sessions:
Desmond Pattrick, Sales Account Executive, Johnson Controls and Ivan Holdo, HVAC Sales Engineer, Trane Northwest
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $200.00 + GST = $210.00 until Apr 6, 2017

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $250.00 + GST = $262.50

Non-Member Price: $250.00 + GST = $262.50

Student Member Price: $125.00 + GST = $131.25
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by April 06, 2017 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Jennifer Chan | Senior Professional Development Coordinator
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The April 20 and April 27's education seminars, hosted by APEGBC and BC Hydro, are developed to demonstrate the correct methods and common pitfalls of design, sizing, energy modeling, installation, operation and maintenance of various heat pump systems. The intent of these education seminars is to provide a technical overview of proper applications of heat pump technologies and to bridge the gap between heat pump design, energy modeling and operations as these topics do not seem to be consolidated and offered in the various educational programs. As a result, the majority of practicing engineers designing these systems learn by trial and error in real life application, which can cause building owners to have a negative perception of this technology.

Key Topics

  • Common design, sizing, and heat pump integration concepts.
  • Guiding principles of selection the most suitable heat pump system in different building types/applications.
  • The energy impacts various operational parameters and set points have on heat pump systems. 
  • The design parameters mechanical designers use to select heat pump systems. 
  • The typical ancillary equipment required to run the heat pump systems.
  • The typical operational parameters of these systems in the Lower Mainland. 
  • Typical seasonal heat pump COPs for heating and cooling. 
  • Typical pump and fan energy consumed by these systems.
  • Operation and control sequences of heat pump systems. 
  • Overview of emerging heat pump technologies.


As part of BC Hydro’s New Construction Program, BC Hydro, along with APEGBC, is organizing and sponsoring regular technical education seminars and workshops focused on providing technical information and tools necessary for the design, energy modeling, application of solutions, and technologies for energy efficient buildings. The main objective of these seminars is to improve understanding within the building consulting industry of design, sizing, modeling, and operation of different heat pump systems. 

Target Audience

  • Energy modelers, mechanical engineers, energy managers, government, public, and institutional technical staff. 
  • For non-technical staff that want to attain a basic understanding of heat pump systems a scaled down version of the presentations (two half-day sessions) will likely be offered at a later date.   

April 20, 2017 Seminar: De-Centralized Heat Pumps

Session 1A Design: Heat Pump Technology Basics

  • Vapour-compression refrigeration cycle.
  • Heat source and heat sink.
  • Heat pump temperature “lift”.
  • Heat pump performance efficiency (COP, EER).
  • New Technologies.

Session 1A Modeling: Key Modeling inputs

  • Inputs required prior to starting to simulate heat pump systems in your model.
  • Controls sequences and operational parameters required correctly simulate the heat pump in the modeling software to reflect how the unit will operate in reality. 
  • Bin frequency and weather data charts and why they are important when it comes to energy modeling. 
  • How to de-rate and calculate heat pump system efficiencies for cold outdoor weather and Glycol mixtures. 
  • Typical pump flows and developed head calculations to determine pumping energy used by heat pump systems.
  • Overall heat pump system COP’s. The effect on pumps and other factors that determine the overall heat pump system COP.

Session 1A Operation and Maintenance: Selection and Performance of Heat Pumps (Non-sales Presentation)


Session 1B Design: Heat Pumps Applications – Distributed Heat Pump Systems (De-centralized)

  • Packaged W-A HPs.
  • Split A-A HPs.
  • VRF Systems – Air Source.
  • VRF Systems – Water Source.
  • New technologies.

Session 1B Modeling: Distributed Heat Pump Systems

  • How to simulate a Packaged W-A HPs example in IESVE and eQuest (with an overview of software limitations and workarounds).
  • How to simulate a Split A-A HPs example in IESVE and eQuest (with an overview of software limitations and workarounds).
  • How to simulate VRF Systems – Air Source example in IESVE and eQuest (with an overview of software limitations and workarounds).
  • How to simulate VRF Systems – Water Source example in IESVE and eQuest (with an overview of software limitations and workarounds).

Session 1B Operation and Maintenance: Operations and Controls of Distributed Heat Pump Systems (Non-sales Presentation)

April 27, 2017 Seminar: Centralized Heat Pumps

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Session 2A Design: Heat Pump Applications – Centralized Heat Pump Systems

  • Geo-Exchange (extended range) W-W HPs.
  • Heat Recovery W-W Chillers.
  • Heat Recovery A-W HPs.
  • New technologies.

Session 2A Modeling: Centralized Heat Pump Systems

  • How to simulate Geo-Exchange (extended range) W-W HPs example in IESVE and eQuest (with an overview of software limitations and workarounds).
  • Hot to simulate Heat Recovery W-W Chillers example in IESVE and eQuest (with an overview of software limitations and workarounds).
  • How to simulate Heat Recovery A-W HPs example in IESVE and eQuest (with an overview of software limitations and workarounds).

Session 2A Operation: Selection and Performance of Centralized Heat Pumps (Non-sales Presentation)


Session 2B Design: Key Considerations for Successful HP Systems Applications

  • Examples of commonly occurring mistakes.
  • Examples of successful HP systems configurations.
  • New technologies and concepts.

Session 2B Modeling: Examples of HP Systems Modeling

  • Examples of commonly occurring mistakes Example in IESVE and eQuest (with an overview of software limitations and workarounds).
  • Examples of successful simulated HP systems configurations Example in IESVE and eQuest (with an overview of software limitations and workarounds).

Session 2B Operation: Operations and Controls of Centralized Heat Pump Systems (Non-sales Presentation)


Vladimir Mikler, M.Sc., P.Eng., LEED®AP
Principal, Integral Group

Vladimir has a passion for designing energy-efficient and environmentally responsive buildings. With over 29 years of experience, Vladimir is well-versed in all aspects of sustainable building design and renewable energy technologies. As a recognized industry leader, he has completed numerous successful projects. His broad experience extends from fundamental and applied university research, through practical design and project management in both consulting engineering and design-build environments, to “hands-on” construction management and field system installations.

A recognized leader in application of renewable energy solutions and technologies, Vladimir has designed a number unique and innovative systems. He is one of the two original authors of the Geo-Exchange System Design Guidelines for applications in British Columbia and he is the engineer who developed and coined the "Ambient Temperature" District Energy System concept. Vladimir is also one of the first engineers who pioneered applications of low-intensity radiant slab heating and cooling systems in North America. He is the Engineer-of-Record for Gleneagles Community Centre in West Vancouver, BC—the first “constant temperature building” in North America and the Creekside Community Centre, part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Village, featuring one-of-a-kind solar absorption cooling system. In addition, Vladimir developed the City of Vancouver’s Passive Design Best Practices Guide, has served as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, as well as on the City of Vancouver's Urban Design Panel.

Eoghan Hayes, P.Eng.,BEMP, LEED®AP BD&C
Director, Ions Engineering Ltd.

Eoghan’s work has included the mechanical and energy modelling design for new construction and existing buildings, in addition to managing large and small scale geo-exchange designs and installations and energy modeling  new building and energy upgrade retrofit projects.

Some of Eoghan’s career highlights include, completing the full mechanical design and energy modelling of the first living building challenge building in the City of Vancouver, VanDusen Gardens. Designing and energy modelling the first LEED platinum high-rise office tower in Burnaby, Metrotower 3. The mechanical design of the tallest building in Surrey, 3 Civic Plaza currently still in the construction phase and energy modeling and designing the first geo-exchange retrofit of an existing building, 777 Dunsmuir (KPMG Building) in the city of Vancouver. 

Desmond Pattrick
Sales Account Executive, Johnson Controls

Desmond has over 34 years of progressive experience starting in aeronautical design, mechanical design, project management, involved in aircraft, underground mining, surface plants as well as the heating ventilation and air-conditioning industry ranging from small renovations through shopping centers, office building, complex cyclotron, Bio Containment 3 laboratories as well hospital projects including Public Private Partnership (P3) models.

As a consultant he brought varied experience in different fields to the project team and was innovative in providing solutions to many complex mechanical design challenges.

His knowledge of mechanical systems has allowed him to be a team participant in the final outcomes of the projects.

Ivan Holdo
HVAC Sales Engineer, Trane Northwest

Ivan Holdo has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires, Argentina (graduated in 1997). He has worked as a Sales Engineer for the Trane Company since 1998 after completing the Trane Graduate Training Program, a 5-moth intensive course on HVAC fundamentals and equipment specialization. Ivan is dedicated primarily to assisting mechanical consulting engineers with equipment selections and applications.

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