BT207 Choosing the Best HVAC System
21st Century Building Expo & Conference

BT207 Choosing the Best HVAC System

October 3, 2023  |  8:00AM - 12:00PM

Room: Fairway A
Track: Building Technology
Session Code: BT207
Session Type: NCBI
CE Credit: 4

There is nothing more frustrating to a builder than selecting the best HVAC contractor. The entire topic is fraught with confusion, claims, and controversy, cloaked in incoherent jargon. Selecting the best HVAC system can be a simple and reasoned process. This course shows the builder “how to” navigate through the maze. The curriculum provides an overview of the ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) professional design process. Required by NC Building Code. Designations: AB, AA, AR, ARS


Danny Gough

Energy Solutions, Inc.

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Almost 45 years ago, Danny Gough was moving toward a career in medicine, when microbiology and biochemistry inspired a change to engineering. Fortunately human structure & function came in handy studying the effects of thermal comfort on physiology and psychology. Adding building science physics, fluid mechanics and psychometrics, Gough became a certified nerd with a mechanical engineering degree and a contractor’s license by age 30.

Since then, Gough has engineered and managed hundreds of projects from single-family homes to 4-story buildings. Investigating and diagnosing numerous building failures, comfort complaints, high-energy bills and building related illnesses, he claims to have seen hundreds of creative ways to do things wrong.

Working with Energy Solutions, Inc., in Winston Salem, NC, Gough provides professional HVAC design across North Carolina, placing the homeowner in the center of the process. He’s also a Residential Energy Service Network (RESNET) accredited Home Energy Rater (HERS) and a verifier for the EPA’s Energy Star Homes program as well as the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Homes Program (ZERH).

As a certified instructor with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), The Comfort Institute and Carrier Enterprises, Gough has trained contractors, inspectors and owners how to improve the quality of homes thus improving the quality of life for the occupants. He is an entertaining and engaging speaker, investigator and instructor with nearly 40 years of relevant experience and knowledge.