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The Time Has Come For the RPA Annual Meeting and Social Event at AHR 2017
The RPA annual membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 31st from 5-6 p.m. in room N238/240 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The annual social event will be taking place that evening. The Social Event will be held in Ballroom D at the Westgate Las Vegas (connected to the convention center) from 7-9 p.m. Please RSVP for both of these events to denise.voorhees@radiantpros.org.

Click here to download the conference brochure

Register for AHR

The RPA Education Committee, chaired by Max Rohr, and staff have put together another great slate of educational offerings at AHR. All of the RPA classes will be held on Monday, January 30th and the RPA/HIA-C Committee class will be held on Tuesday, January 31st.  

For a full list of free educational offerings at AHR, click here: http://ahrexpo.com/education-overview/#education-free

PM Live Symposium Tickets Available
Be sure to visit booth N7506 on Monday, January 30 during day one of the 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas for chance to win two (2) complimentary tickets to the PM Magazine Live Symposium on Tuesday, January 31.

Click here to REGISTER & view the PM Live Symposium agenda


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DOE Issues a Final Rule Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Packaged Boilers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial packaged boilers. (December 28, 2016).

  • This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5
  • The effective date of this rule 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register.
  • Find more information on the rulemaking, including statutory authority; current standards and test procedures; waivers, exceptions, and exemptions; and contact information. 
  • All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this rulemaking are included in Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-STD-0030.

Legislative Updates — US Agrees to Pay Billions to Marines Affected By Toxic Water.
Good news for veterans who trained in North Carolina this past week. After years of waiting, soldiers who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion.  Beginning in March, the cash payouts from the Department of Veterans Affairs may supplement VA health care already being provided to eligible veterans stationed at the Marine base between 1953 and 1987. Outgoing VA Secretary Bob McDonald determined that there was "sufficient scientific and medical evidence" to establish a connection between exposure to the contaminated water and eight medical conditions for purposes of awarding disability compensation. The estimated taxpayer cost is $2.2 billion over a five-year period. The VA estimates that as many as 900,000 service members were potentially exposed to the tainted water. Documents uncovered by veterans groups over the years suggest Marine leaders were slow to respond when tests first found evidence of contaminated ground water at Camp Lejeune in the early 1980s. Some drinking water wells were closed in 1984 and 1985, after further testing confirmed contamination from leaking fuel tanks and an off-base dry cleaner. The Marine Corps has said the contamination was unintentional, occurring when federal law didn't limit toxins in drinking water.

This is just one of the articles of information in the RPA Washington Update.  As an RPA member, you should be receiving weekly updates on the recent activity of our legislature.  If you are not receiving these updates, please let us know. 

Member Benefit – Service Roundtable
As a member of RPA you are receiving an Associate Membership at no cost to you. If you haven't heard of Service Roundtable yet, let me start by introducing who we are and what you can look forward to as one of our Associate Members.

Service Roundtable is the world's largest private residential contractor alliance group. We are dedicated to providing service contractors with an affordable means to drive new business and get higher sales. We work with business owners, contractors and consultants in the HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical fields to help them grow their business through our 3 key components:

Marketing, Mentoring and Money- the Three M's of Success

Our dedicated marketing and design team bring you marketing pieces and business tools that you can download to your computer and customize instantly for your company.

Join Service Roundtable at our contracting events, training, and meetings at Service Roundtable member discount pricing.

The most important aspect for many companies is the money you make. Why not help increase those profits with our Roundtable Rewards program? With our Roundtable rewards you are able to get money back for purchases of goods and services from our library of over 100 Preferred Partners.

Did You Know?
RPA members have exclusive access to previously recorded HydroniX Talk shows. There are now nearly 30 videos of us interviewing numerous manufacturers, industry icons and other items of interest to our contracting and manufacturing partners. You can gain access through the RPA Members Only portal of the RPA web site, www.radiantpros.org

If you've forgotten your access codes to the Members Only site, contact Alan Wald at alan.wald@iapmo.org
The more you know, the better off you are.

Plastic Pressure Pipe Design Calculator -- BCD Plastic Pressure Pipe Design Calculator
To assist with proper sizing of PEX, PE-RT and CPVC plastic pressure pipe and tubing, the BCD Plastic Pressure Pipe Design Calculator is designed for hydronic heating and cooling, snow and ice melting, plumbing, fire protection and geothermal applications. Developed by PPI's Building & Construction Division (BCD), this free online tool performs calculations for pressure and head loss, thermal expansion and contraction, surge pressures, plus pipe weight and volume. It can even help designers determine the lengths of expansion arms or loops, especially important for larger diameter piping systems. Users can select the pipe type, size and length; flow rate; fluid characteristics such as temperature and antifreeze content; add in fittings; and calculate results. Calculation details may be shown and results can be printed or emailed. Access the Calculator directly at www.plasticpipecalculator.com

Member Benefit - Spotlight
The RPA would like to “spotlight” members in our monthly newsletter. If you have something new to promote, a current project you are working on, etc. please send the information to denise.voorhees@iapmo.org and we will place it in our monthly newsletter. We will need the particulars: Who, What, When, Where and Why and limit it to 200 words or less and 6 photographs. We want to Publish Your Project Photos! This is your opportunity to garner additional exposure. Tell us about your company and its accomplishments, and provide us with some HD pictures so we can show the world your excellent work. This is not limited to contractors only. If you are a wholesaler, or a distributor or a manufacturer, this program is open to you as well. Help us to help you promote you and your business.

The Value of Being Certified
ASSE International is widely recognized for its professional certifications in the specialized segments of backflow prevention, fire protection, blood-borne/water-borne pathogens and service plumbing. In 2016, ASSE introduced the ANSI-approved Standard 19210 Hydronics Heating and Cooling Installer Professional Certification. The benefits that come with achieving professional certification to Standard 19210 include increased credibility, peer recognition and marketing value, thereby giving certified professionals a competitive advantage over other non-certified hydronic contractors. In cooperation with ASSE, the Radiant Professionals Alliance provides a rigorous 24-hour training course tailored to address all subject areas addressed in the Standard. See what the experts are saying here.

ASSE Certification is the ultimate validation of experience and knowledge in the growing hydronics and radiant heating and cooling industries, and only ASSE Certified individuals are allowed to use the ASSE Certification seals in their marketing and outreach. Smart professionals choose ASSE Hydronic Certification, and knowledgeable consumers choose certified professionals.

WSI 2016


RPA Twitter Corner



RadiantProsAlliance @Radiant_Panel Jan 20

Catch @davidholdorf @tacocomfort, @ellenrohr @Caleffius, @WesSisco @uponor at the RPA Educational Classes #AHRexpo http://goo.gl/0fwv1A  


RadiantProsAlliance @Radiant_Panel Jan 19

Visit booth N7506 on day 1 of #AHRExpo for chance to win 2 tickets to @PnMmag Live Symposium. REGISTER here ---> http://goo.gl/7A2GvW


RadiantProsAlliance @Radiant_Panel Jan 19

Click below to read "Inadvertent code violation" by E.D. Mark Eatherton in the @contractormag Jan. issue #legionella http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc78ffae#/bc78ffae/23

RPA on Social Media
Be sure to follow the RPA on our social media channels:

FaceBook: www.facebook.com/radiantprofessionalsalliance/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4379924
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Radiant_Panel 

Tip of the Month
Word of Mouth advertising. W.O.M. advertising is the most effective, least expensive method of advertising that a company can employ. First off, the customers are paying for ALL advertising, assuming you understand how to do business. Secondly, if you look back at what it costs you to maintain an ad in the Yellow Pages, and again, assuming you are doing due diligence and tracking where your sales are coming from, you will find that a $50 spiff to the referring customer is less expensive than the cost of Yellow Page advertising per customer sold. To get the ball rolling, create a small printed informational ad that you can leave behind with each customer, and explain to them that you value their business, and that if they refer you to a neighbor or a friend or relative, that you will give them a gift certificate worth $50 to use as they please. Visa has gift cards available for a nominal fee that you can use to fulfil this commitment. You will be amazed at how well this works, and you end up with a prequalified new customer, who then also becomes a proponent of your business. Work smarter, not harder...

Faces of the RPA
Please take a look at the RPA website and click on the "Faces of the RPA" button to see some famous faces of the industry discussing the benefits of belonging to the RPA. One of the videos is from our social event that was held in Orlando. Make sure you do not miss next year's event in Las Vegas. The AHR show runs from January 30 – February 2, 2017. Mark your calendars now. AHR has opened their housing and travel site for discounted hotels in Las Vegas.

RPA Member Profile on the Website
As a member of the RPA, you are listed on the RPA website when a customer is looking for a contractor in their area. We are starting something new where you, the member, can add to your member profile by giving us a little history on your company and/or provide us a few pictures of your work. If you are interested in updating your member profile, please send an email to denise.voorhees@iapmo.org and she will send you out the appropriate form that will need to be filled out.  The website is www.radiantpros.org

Historic Archives
For your personal education, we are providing some historic documents showing how hydronic and radiant has progressed since its inception many years ago. Our materials, manners and methodologies have advanced significantly since its inception many years ago. This information should not be construed as a "How To" guide, but rather provides an historical perspective on our trade. Special thanks to RPA members Dan Holohan and Lance MacNevin of PPI, for allowing us to present you with these historic documents. As an RPA member, we show you the current state of the art materials and methods used today to deliver what is arguably the most comfortable and efficient method known to mankind for providing excellent human comfort."  Please follow this link to take a look back at some historic manuals about your craft.  http://www.radiantprofessionalsalliance.org/Pages/AntiqueRadiantApplications.aspx   


Employee Suspensions – When and How?

Question: We received a question regarding unpaid FMLA leave and holiday pay.  An employee has requested unpaid FMLA leave. There are paid holidays during the leave period.  Is the employee entitled to holiday pay?

Response: In determining whether an employee on FMLA leave is entitled to holiday pay for a holiday that falls during the leave period, the employer's policy governs. The FMLA Regulations provide specifically that "[a]n employee's entitlement to benefits other than group health benefits during a period of FMLA leave (e.g., holiday pay) is to be determined by the employer's established policy for providing such benefits when the employee is on other forms of leave (paid or unpaid, as appropriate.)" See 29 CFR 825.209(h).  In other words, the employer's policy relative to holiday pay eligibility and whether FMLA leave affects it should be uniformly enforced for all types of leaves to avoid potential discrimination or retaliation claims. If employees on other types of leaves of absence, whether protected by the FMLA or not, are eligible for holiday pay, employees on FMLA leave should be, too.

If your policy does not specifically address holiday pay eligibility under these circumstances, we recommend that you consider revising your policy to ensure it addresses this issue in a manner that comports with your company's objectives while remaining compliant with applicable law. Any policy that is changed should be communicated in advance of its implementation, and uniformly enforced to avoid discrimination concerns. From an employee relations standpoint, if this is the first situation of its kind and your policy is silent, you may want to consider paying the subject employee for the holidays until such time as the policy is changed (and then move forward consistent with the new policy), even though strictly speaking this is not a statutory requirement.

Want to learn more about how to handle issues like this?  Click here to listen to our Podcast about FMLA and holiday pay.

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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)
Matthew Ruffer (Pacific Construction & Radiant Heat
HeatLink Group, Inc.

RENEWED MEMBERS (since last newsletter)
Joseph Maybie
Broomhall Brothers
Ameco Solar
Ramer Mechanical LLC
Lakes Region HVAC
Wilson Service Inc.
ATI Systems Inc.

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