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PLHE 2060

ACCA System Load Calculations

Credits: 2

Description: This course is designed to give the learner an extensive understanding of the Air Conditioning Contractor of America (ACCA) manuals, J, D, T, and S which are recognized as the main books of the bible for heat and cooling load calculations. These manuals will provide the learner with a thorough understanding of all aspects needed to properly size and select equipment, ductwork, and other components of an HVAC system. Prerequisite(s): None

Credit Breakdown: 2/0/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.

Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate effective communication/interaction skills.
  2. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.
  3. Demonstrate technology skills.


  1. Recognize how ductwork size and shape affects air flow
  2. Break down each room in a building to determine its heat/cool needs
  3. Adapt equipment size to match building load
  4. Classify building types and materials used in construction
  5. Determine building load
  6. Diagnose heat/cool problems

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with the Learning Services Director in the Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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