BCIT launches residential heat pump installation course
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The course builds on the experience and theoretical knowledge of residential HVAC contractors.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) recently completed a pilot of its new Residential Air Source Heat Pump Installation Skills course, with eight students taking part in the one-week hands-on program offered at BCIT’s High-Performance Building Lab in Burnaby.
The students had backgrounds in fields such as gas fitting, plumbing and sprinkler installation. The course introduces practical skills and provides hands-on experiences required for single-family residential air source heat pump installation.
The BCIT High-Performance Building Lab hosts two different central heat pumps, a dual fuel system, and a multi-zone heat pump with a wall-mounted mini split, a slim duct indoor unit, a ceiling cassette, and a vertical central air handling unit.
The course builds on the experience and theoretical knowledge of residential HVAC contractors, who are predominantly plumbers, gas fitters, and sheet metal workers.
The program is part of the BCIT Zero Energy/Emissions Buildings Learning Centre (ZEBLC) which supports the local construction industry as its transitions to the BC Zero Carbon Step Code and City of Vancouver Zero Emissions Building bylaws.