Adiabatic Evaporative Cooling: Who, When, Where, and How

February 18, 2016
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time


Evaporative cooling is often used in arid climates as seen in states such as Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, and areas of California. The benefit of evaporative (adiabatic) cooling in arid climates is very low cost cooling without refrigeration. During this webinar, the presenters will explain the methods of calculating evaporative cooling, air pressure drop, water consumption, and energy savings using the Psychrometric Chart. The presenters will also share humidity monitoring information to illustrate where the future of evaporative cooling is heading and lessons learned from implementing evaporative cooling through various methods.

Attendees will:

  • Be able to identify where ideal locations are in the United States for evaporative cooling and the typical methods used to perform evaporative cooling.
  • Explore calculations for heat transfer and water consumption of evaporative cooling systems.
  • Review lessons learned with the various methods of evaporative cooling to be able to best evaluate media, controlling bacteria growth, maintenance, etc.
  • Review data on climate change impacts to evaporative cooling to examine where the future of evaporative cooling may be heading.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biographies

Sean T. Convery, P.E., is a mechanical principal at Cator, Ruma & Associates in Denver, Colorado, and a founding board member of the I2SL Colorado Chapter. His 20 years of mechanical design experience include energy-efficient mechanical systems for higher education campuses and research labs. Recent projects include the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder's Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (LEED® Gold) and Biotechnology Building (LEED Platinum), and Colorado State University's Bioengineering Building (LEED Gold).

Shannon Horn, P.E., LEED AP, is a founding board member of the I2SL Colorado Chapter and has a passion for reducing energy without compromising form, fit, and function. As a mechanical engineer for CU Boulder, her duties range from commissioning agent to supporting energy conservation initiatives campus-wide. She also has more than seven years of experience as a consulting engineer focusing on labs, data centers, and high-tech, industrial, and educational facilities, and 20 years of institutional experience.


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