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Rethinking Hydronic Systems to Enable Building Electrification

August 30, 2022

The ASHRAE Position Document on Building Decarbonization was recently approved and announced. Building decarbonization addresses a building’s entire life cycle: its construction and energy use as well as methane and refrigerant leaks, which are the primary sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A primary means for reducing building GHG emissions includes reducing building energy use through energy-efficient electrification while also removing emissions from the electrical grid.

This webinar will explore solutions for electrification of thermal systems using site sourced, site recovered and compressor-based heating. Air-to-water and water-to-water heat pump system benefits, limitations, and best practices will be discussed as well as cold climate strategies.

Explore solutions for electrification of thermal systems using site sourced, site recovered and compressor-based heating

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the electrification landscape
  • Understand heat pump capabilities and limitations
  • Identify key considerations for selection and sizing 
  • Compare electrified system types
  • Discover cold climate variations
  • Unlock energy storage for both heating and cooling

Meet the Speakers

Susanna Hanson

Susanna Hanson, CEM, DGCP
Senior Principal Engineer
Trane Commercial North America

Susanna Hanson is an HVAC systems development engineer for Trane. Her specialties are chilled-water systems and energy codes. During her 25 years with Trane, Susanna has served in technical roles with diverse responsibilities, from TRACE development and support to chiller and system development. She is a Certified Energy Manager who helps the company achieve its science-based targets on sustainability and climate action and advises product development teams on future energy codes.

She speaks and writes primarily on HVAC systems, energy storage, energy codes, and systems applications. She is currently serving ASHRAE as chair of Standards committee and as Director and Chair of Region VI. She was a 12-year member of ASHRAE 90.1. She earned her engineering degree from the University of Florida, focusing on energy auditing, energy management and building energy and simulation techniques. Susanna holds six patents in the areas of HVAC system and control for chilled-water systems with thermal storage and geothermal elements.

Dan Gentry

Dan Gentry
Applications Engineer
Trane Commercial North America

Dan Gentry is an Applications Engineer based in La Crosse, WI.  He joined Trane in 2018 after 8 years at another local WI based chiller manufacturer. Dan first interned at Trane in the Technology Lab while attending school through 2008.  His areas of expertise revolve around chiller plants, heat recovery and heat pump systems and their reliable and efficient design and operation. 

He graduated from Ferris State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in HVAC Engineering Technology and is an active member of ASHRAE. Dan enjoys spending time with his family on the river and relaxing time at the family cabin up north.

Lukas Glaspell

Lukas Glaspell
Account Executive
Trane Commercial North America

Lukas is an account executive with the Trane Toronto team, holds a Bachelor of Applied Science with specialization in Environmental Engineering from Queen’s University, and is an active member of ASHRAE. Lukas works closely with clients to achieve their sustainability and energy goals by leveraging their BAS and upgrading equipment or optimizing HVAC performance. Specializing in electrification of heating and building environment optimization with smart building automation solutions, Lukas supports clients to create and design HVAC solutions and follows them through manufacturing, installation, and optimal operation. Lukas actively empowers others to take a step back and consider the holistic picture in every project. Lukas supports clients in Canada to achieve their sustainability goals with lasting results.

In his free time, Lukas hits the backcountry; canoeing and hiking in the summer, and cross country skiing in the winter.

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