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Richmond: HVAC

Fortis College's Richmond Learning Resource Center connects students with the resources and help they need, both on campus and at home.

Web Resources

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Guide- common sense tips on maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing a variety of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. Also, service tips and training guide.

BTU Calculator - provided by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). This worksheet, adapted from a printed version published by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers for the continental U.S, can help you estimate how much cooling capacity you need.

FreeCalc- applications for everyday mathematics, engineering, economics, and scientific calculations

International Mechanical Code 2012- second printing.  E-book from the International Code Council (ICC).

Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES)- training resource for HVAC professionals


Underflow Air Technology - from the Center for the Built Environment (CBE). Timely unbiased information on promising new building technologies and design techniques.

Government Resources

U.S. Department of Labor- HVAC/R statistics and basic information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) - Current OSHA standards and information on rulemaking process used to develop workplace health and safety standards.

Online Journals and Databases

Appliance Magazine
Serving the appliance industry worldwide

Building Design & Construction

ASHRAE Journal
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 54,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry.

HVACR Business Magazine
Critical topics covered include leadership, management, strategy, finance, sales, marketing, training, education, staffing, operations, human resources, legal issues, customer service and more.

Supply House Times
the No. 1 media brand serving wholesale distributors and manufacturers reps of plumbing, bath & kitchen, industrial PVF, radiant & hydronics, and HVAC products.

HVAC on Youtube

Trade Organizations

Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Making life more comfortable for contractors and their customers.
Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute
Ensuring human comfort, productivity, and safety, while practicing environmental stewardship.
HVAC Web Connection
Online Communities for HVAC/R & Plumbing Professionals. Contains free trade magazines, daily-updated directory, newsletters, and job search.
ICC - International Code Council
A professional membership association dedicated to providing its members and building industry professionals with the tools they need to ensure the public's safety in the built environment.
Association of Energy Services Professionals
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association - SMACNA
An international association of union contractors which has 1,834 members in 103 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Brazil.
Plumbing - Heating - Cooling Contractors Association
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association is dedicated to the advancement and education of the plumbing and HVACR industry for the health, safety, and comfort of society and the protection of the environment.
The Indoor Air Quality Association
National Fire Protection Association
The authority on fire, electrical, and building safety. Publishes the NEC electrical coding standards.

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Environmental Issues

Energy Star - Resource for making energy efficient decisions

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - environmental information on refrigerants

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) - green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

Consortium of Education Affiliates Libraries