I am a second generation business owner mainly specializing in residential and light commercial but I would like to start doing more commercial work. Only problem is the controls seem to be more complicated. My question is what classes do I need to take or how do you become familiar with ddc or pneumatic controls. Thanks!
University of Wisconsin, Madison has some good DDC courses. Pretty generic as in not a specific line.
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A good (if not old) starting point is a book called
"The Business of Energy Management", Doing it right and making money at it.
Search Amazon for a old copy as it is out of production.
It covers the entire DDC business cycle, and I use it as a training tool for
the business owners that I mentor. Some of the stuff is out dated, but the concepts are valid, and tons of samples relating on how to get started in this business.
Be prepared to step into a very agressive business climate, and you may want to make sure you, or your staff are very computer and network savy, your're going to need to be.
Many HVAC commercial contractors dable in this field, and drive project pricing sometimes to below cost because they are clueless on how to execute and this makes for a interesting market place.
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We have used a company called Tempcon many times. Just google them. Jim is a great instructor.