Heatspring Learning Institute, in partnership with the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and Plumbing & Mechanical Hydronics Editor John Siegenthaler, will soon launch a new “lite” version of its 10-week online course: “Hydronic-Based Biomass Heating Systems.” The new course will focus specifically on residential and light commercial building systems that use high-efficiency/low-emission wood-gasification and pellet-fired boilers. The one-week course provides 7 AIA continuing education hours.

The self-paced course, which runs May 11-18, 2015, focuses on system design. It shows how to use modern hydronic heating technology to enhance the performance characteristics of wood-gasification and pellet-fired boilers, while providing safe, comfortable and efficient operation.

It covers fuel sources, energy cost comparisons, boiler sizing and selection, venting, thermal storage, auxiliary heat source integration, control concepts, and low-temperature hydronic distribution systems. It pulls these design elements together into several complete and fully documented combisystem designs.

Students can post questions to Siegenthaler on a Facebook-style bulletin board. They also can interact with other students, download PDF files of all course materials for future reference, and test their level of understanding.

After completing the course, heating professionals will be equipped with the knowledge needed to design and install efficient, safe and reliable heating systems fueled by an abundant and fully renewable fuel source.

For more information and to register, go to https://www.heatspring.com/courses/hydronic-based-biomass-heating-systems-for-residential-light-commercial-buildings.