October Chapter Meeting

October 19, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Twisted Fork
1191 Steamboat Pkwy
Reno, NV 89521


Alan Niles 

Western Region Commercial Sales Manager-WaterFurnace International, Gig Harbor, WA


Alan Niles is a mechanical engineer with over 29 years of experience working for manufacturers of commercial water source heat pumps (WSHPs) and ground loop heat pumps (GLHPs) concentrating on commercial tower/boiler system design and commercial geo-exchange system design. Since 2009, he has been at WaterFurnace International, a manufacturer of commercial 6 Pipe Modular Heat Recovery Chillers and commercial Water Loop and Ground Loop Heat Pumps. 

Alan Niles is currently in his second two year term as a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE, speaking on two topics: Net-Energy Water Loops: a Clear Path to Net Zero Energy Buildings; and the Economics and Design of Commercial Ground Loop Systems. In 2013, Alan Niles’ article “Net-Energy Water Loops,” published in the August edition of HPAC (Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning) Engineering, introduces the use of the water loop systems as the integral building block for a building-wide net zero energy system. And in March 2015, cosponsored by HPAC Engineering, Alan held a nation-wide webinar on the use of the net energy water loop combined with simultaneous chilled water/hot water production using 6 pipe heat recovery chillers to achieve net zero energy goals.



“Net Energy Water Loops – A clear path to net zero energy buildings”

This presentation examines the design path concepts for achieving a Net Zero Energy Building by examining: the characteristics required in HVAC Systems for energy transportation and system scalability; efficiency optimization strategies to reduce off-site energy consumption; the integration of HVAC systems to non-HVAC systems within the building to improve system efficiencies while reducing first costs; and the requirement to easily connect to on-site renewable energy systems.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and compare net energy loops (air, refrigerant and water) within a building

  2. Implementation of various types of net energy water loops

  3. Strategies in optimizing net energy water loops

  4. Importance to include non-HVAC systems to reduce the cost of on-site renewable energy systems


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