Manual J in 15 Minutes?

Shelby Breger, co-founder of Conduit Tech, joins Bryan Orr on the HVAC School Podcast to discuss her company's innovative lidar-enabled design and sales software tool for HVAC contractors.

Conduit Tech's software utilizes lidar sensors in iPads and iPhones to scan homes and create 3D models and 2D floor plans. It overlays load calculations factoring in property data, orientation, cooling/heating degree days, and building materials. This allows contractors to perform detailed load calculations on-site in just 15 minutes or less while engaging homeowners visually.

Breger explains that the core goal is to empower contractors to deliver better-designed systems more efficiently while enhancing the customer experience. Homeowners get to see the level of work and customization involved, building appreciation for the contractor's services. The visuals help communicate potential comfort issues and how the proposed solution uniquely addresses their home's needs.

Breger emphasizes that Conduit Tech is focused on solving fundamental industry pain points identified through continuous feedback from their contractor user base. The software has evolved to provide more flexibility to adapt to the realities of home visits. New features like augmented reality equipment visualization further enhance the customer engagement capabilities.

Topics covered include:

  • How Conduit Tech's lidar scanning and modeling works
  • Using the software for room-by-room or whole home load calculations
  • Integrating data sources like property records, ASHRAE design conditions, etc.
  • Aligning with ACCA Manual J methodologies and certifications
  • Improving load calculation accuracy through real-world monitoring
  • Leveraging technology to streamline processes across sales, design, and installation
  • The value proposition for contractors and homeowners
  • Roadmap for adding features based on user feedback
  • How contractors can get started with Conduit Tech's software

Contractors interested in trying out Conduit Tech can visit, or they can email or to learn more and schedule a demo.

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