AUGUST 2017 RPA NEWS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 activity meets HR Certification Institute's® criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.
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.
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.
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