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Introducing the free Building Efficiency System Tool

A diverse group of commercial manufacturers from the United States, Mexico, and Canada — supported by IAPMO and members of the Hydronics Industry Alliance, a Committee of the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) — has taken on the challenge of delivering a total commercial building HVAC system efficiency comparison tool that is now available online at no charge.

The free, interactive Building Efficiency System Tool (BEST) solves a long-standing industry issue of being able to accurately compare different styles of HVAC systems, which are all tested to different standards, with various efficiency ratings (EER, IEER, SEER, COP, HSPF), as they are applied in an actual building. The BEST was created to better inform prospective builders, consulting engineers, and design-build professionals about their selection options for HVAC systems during the early design process, and to make it free, fast, and easy to understand.

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RPA AHR Education Track

The 2018 AHR Expo is nearing, and the RPA has space for a number of educational offerings from exhibiting members. RPA's Education Track at the 2017 AHR Expo earlier this year drew a record 337 attendees on a variety of radiant and hydronic-related topics. Next year's event, to be held at Chicago's McCormick Place, promises to be equally well-attended. Please contact Les Nelson at (909) 218-8112 if you will be exhibiting and have an educational track topic.

IAPMO/ASSE/ANSI 19210 Hydronic Installer Training and Certification

Register for an upcoming ASSE Standard 19210 Training and Certification class. RPA training to this standard shows that your knowledge of industry best practices, state of the art installation techniques, and compliance with applicable codes and standards has been tested and certified – helping you stand out in a competitive market.

Upcoming classes:

CAL-STEAM/Ferguson, San Leandro (San Francisco), CA September 18 - 20

CAL-STEAM/Ferguson. Reno, NV September 25 - 27

Legend Valve, Auburn Hills, MI October 24 - 26

Take your skills to the next level and demonstrate your knowledge to your customers!

Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine: Hydronic vs. VRF - Which, When and Why?

Mechanical contractors, specifying engineers and building owners have many options when it comes to heating and cooling buildings. Maintenance and life-cycle costs are important factors to consider when selecting which system to install, especially when seeking to control costs and improve the reliability and efficiency of an HVAC system.

An apples-to-apples comparison of hydronic systems and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems is beneficial in selecting the best system for a building. While VRF is attractive for its ductless technology and claims of superior energy efficiency, industry studies demonstrate how hydronic systems outperform VRF systems in terms of energy use.

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IAPMO Board of Directors Releases More Expedient Development Timeline for 2021 Editions of Uniform Codes

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) Board of Directors has announced a significantly earlier timeline for the development of the 2021 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®) than previously employed. Whereas past practice was for IAPMO to publish the codes early in the edition year, the 2021 UPC and 2021 UMC will be available in the first quarter of 2020.

The IAPMO consensus development process is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), gathering the largest assembly of plumbing and mechanical experts in the world at its annual education and business conference and technical committee meetings, and enabling anyone — members and non-members alike — to have a voice on new proposals to the code. The 2021 editions of the UPC and UMC will mark the seventh time these codes have been developed under this ANSI-accredited process.

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IAPMO Makes Two Tentative Interim Amendments (TIA) Available for Public Comment

In accordance with the IAPMO Regulations Governing Committee Projects, IAPMO would like to announce that two Tentative Interim Amendments (TIA) to the 2015 edition of the Uniform Mechanical Code® (UMC) have been submitted for public comment.

TIA UMC 006-15 would amend Section 1105.1 Human Comfort to add in the body of the code that cooling equipment used for human comfort in dwelling units shall be selected to satisfy the calculated loads determined in accordance with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Manual J.

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Employment Insights − The Hidden Dangers of Oversharing

Complimentary webinar hosted by Enquiron®, provided by Federated Insurance

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m. ET 60 minutes | Advance registration required
This webinar will explain some of the dangers of oversharing at work or with employees, and the potential claims that result when employees overshare with employers, co-workers, customers, and vendors.

This activity meets HR Certification Institute's® criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

Recommended Participants:
Owners/Operators, Operations Managers, HR Professionals, Risk Managers

Register Now!

You may access this and other webinars on federatedinsurance.com.

NABCEP Adds Solar Heating System Inspector and PV System Inspector Certifications to its Industry-Leading Programs

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announced the addition of Solar Heating System Inspector (SHSI) and Photovoltaic System Inspector (PVSI) Certifications to its industry-leading programs. Unlike many of NABCEP's other certifications, there are no specific pre-requisites for taking a NABCEP PV or Solar Heating System Inspector Exam, and the test can be taken online from anywhere that has a stable internet connection.

Inspectors play a critical role in ensuring quality renewable energy installations. These new credentials are meant to provide a mechanism for inspection professionals to demonstrate their knowledge of PV and Solar Heating systems.

NABCEP PV and Solar Heating System Inspector certifications are intended for individuals performing system inspections for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ's), utilities, incentive programs, investors, and others involved in quality assurance and code compliance of PV and Solar Heating system installations.
To become a NABCEP System Inspector and maintain the credential, applicants must have knowledge of applicable codes and ordinances, be able to identify all system components and understand how to assess the safety and operation of a system. Interpretation of design plans and building documents, conducting on-site inspections, and reporting results will each be part of  System Inspector examinations.

For more information click here: www.nabcep.org/pv-and-solar-heating-system-inspector-certification-programs.

Service World Expo

At the RPA, we are always working on your behalf to bring ideas, meetings and resources to help you improve your business.

  1. As an affiliate partner with Service Roundtable, we can make a special offer to each of you to attend Service World Expo in Las Vegas on September 7 & 8 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. As an associate member, you are invited to a special party for Service Roundtable and Service Roundtable associate members. After all work and no play, is not the Vegas way. The attached flyer provides details on the party and all other work and play events at Service World Expo.
  2. The work begins on September 7th at a full-day conference followed on September 8th with another full day of innovative, fresh, exciting, profitable ideas and tips from both industry and non-industry speakers.
  3. This is the largest residential contractor focused conference in the industry meaning you have a chance to network and share great ideas with other like-minded contractors. Many past attendees say this is the best part because they form long-lasting relationships that can be business transforming.

For more details or go to www.serviceworldexpo.com for details and registration.

Attention RPA Members: If You Have Not Yet Done So, Start Taking Advantage of Your Service Roundtable Benefits.

RPA members now receive a FREE Associate Membership with Service Roundtable. Your free Associate Membership with Service Roundtable includes:

Cash rebates from over 100 participating vendors Free Marketing and Business tool downloads Discounted registration to Service Roundtable conferences and seminars

For more information about your Service Roundtable membership, please e-mail Amanda McCarty or call (877) 262-3341.

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Pregnant new hire – terminate employment?

Question: : We hired a new employee about a week ago and now she is telling us that she is 4 months pregnant. She did not disclose this during the hiring process. The manager wants to terminate her employment. What are the possible ramifications if we terminate her? It looks as if she was seeking employment for health insurance benefits only.

Response: It is unlawful to discriminate against employees on the basis of their membership in a protected class, and this includes gender and pregnancy.  In fact it is an express violation of federal law (and your state's law is similar) to take adverse employment action, which would include the termination of employment, because of a woman's pregnancy or even her failure to disclose that she is pregnant -- no law requires a woman to do so. Accordingly, we strongly advise against terminating the employment of the new employee based on the fact that she is pregnant or because she did not advise prior to her hire that she was pregnant.

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It's Back to School Time
When you were a kid, going to school and getting passing grades was not optional—it was expected. And if you did not score well on assignments and quizzes, it would most certainly show up on your report card. Reflecting on all the classes and assignments, it's evident now that your teachers were training you for something you would probably need later.

Never Stop Learning
The sage advice that “it's never too late to learn something new” can apply to work-related learning (a.k.a. training) just as well as daily life. Learning something new may help us not only do our jobs better, but often, more safely. The consequences, though, of not taking advantage when educational opportunities present themselves could result in a bad report card of another kind: costly mistakes, lost profits, fines, accidents, injuries, or even fatalities.
School is starting soon for the kids—how about for the grown-ups as well? This may be a good time to plan and carry out employee training, whether for new information or for a refresher.

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Join the RPA

More to offer than ever! Joining the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) is one of the best business moves you can make. If you're looking to grow, gain new customers, solve heating problems more quickly than ever before, tap into some of the brightest minds in the hydronic-heating business, and have a great time along the way, the RPA is for you.

Find out some of what we have waiting for you!

THANK YOU for supporting our industry initiatives with your ongoing support.

NEW MEMBERS (since last newsletter)

Pipelining Technologies Inc.

RENEWED MEMBERS (since last newsletter)

Aspen Solar Inc.
Common Ground
Dane Malmberg
Dennis Supply Company
F.W. Behler, Inc.
Hickenbottom Inc.
John Barber
K & K Dairy Supply Inc.
Midwest Radiant Heat Inc.
Mountain West Plumbing Inc.
MP Global Products
MP Metal Products
Rogers Radiant Heating & Plumbing
Schaible's Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Sponge Cushion Inc. a Leggett & Platt Co.
Stack Heating & Cooling
Warmboard Inc.

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