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Overcoming Installation Challenges with Heat Pumps

April 16 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am


Heat Pumps are a big part of the solution to meeting California’s climate goals in buildings. In plain terms, they’re reversible air conditioners and have been around for over 100 years. This session is designed for HVAC contractors, builders, and others who want to understand how to install heat pumps right. We will cover how heat pumps can add value to your business, how heat pumps work and various configurations, and how to overcome common installation hurdles. Hurdles covered include dealing with existing ductwork, filtration requirements, cold weather, sizing, and electrical requirements. We will also discuss first costs, operating costs, and incentives.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how focusing on heat pumps can add value to your business
  • Learn what energy code requirements apply to heat pumps and how variable capacity heat pumps (VCHPs) qualify for a significant compliance credit
  • Study various installation hurdles and how to overcome them
  • Learn typical first costs and operating costs, as compared to gas furnace split systems

Learning Units:

1.5 AIA LU approved for this course
0.15 ICC CEU approved for this course


Nick Brown, Build Smart Group

Bobby Hahn, Pacific Systems Group – Bobby is the principal at Pacific System Group with 32 years in the HVACR Industry. His experience includes VRF, Ductless, DX Systems, Chilled Water, Air Quality, Filtration and Controls. Bobby is a member of the CABEC, IHACI, ASHRAE, ACCA, MANNA and was a past board member of the Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industry.


April 16
9:30 am - 11:00 am

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