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US Air Force Disallows VRF Systems

In March of this year the US Army Corps of Engineers issued an Engineering and Construction Bulletin regarding HVAC systems. In this Directive, it was announced that "VRF Systems will no longer be permitted in Air Force facilities. The Army will allow VRF Systems; however, they will be strongly discouraged." The reasons given for this change in policy are as follows:

  • Refrigerant Concentration – "A typically sized VRF system contains enough refrigerant to asphyxiate occupants (of office spaces where refrigerant lines run overhead) in the event of a refrigerant leak."
  • Long Refrigerant Line Runs with Frequent Branches – "A refrigerant leak would be difficult to locate and once found very difficult to repair as there is other piping and ductwork installed in dropped ceilings."
  • Proprietary VRF Control Systems – Unlike proprietary VRF systems, an Open Direct Digital Control "system is characterized by the ability for any qualified entity to readily modify, operate, upgrade, and perform retrofits on the DDC system."

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ASSE 19210 Hydronic Heating and Cooling System Installer

Let the RPA help take your radiant and hydronics business to the next level. Increase your skills, expertise, and marketability by getting certified to the ASSE 19210 Hydronic Heating and Cooling Installer Professional Qualification Standard. During this twenty-four (24) hour training and certification program, participants will learn about hydronic and radiant heating and cooling systems and installation in a systematic way that mirrors how systems are installed in the real world. Planning projects, understanding and selecting critical system components, proper installation techniques, code requirements, system commissioning, project documentation and more will be covered, ending with a 100 question examination.

Sign up now to get trained and certified, and set yourself apart from your competition.

Class schedule:
July 18-20, 2017
IAPMO Chicago Office – Mokena, IL

August 29-31, 2017
Viega Training Center – Nashua, NH

September 18-20, 2017
CAL-STEAM – San Leandro, CA

October 24-26, 2017
Legend Valve – Auburn Hills, MI

Locations coming soon:
Reno/Tahoe, CA

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Update on Development of the 2018 Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code

Work has been underway on the fifteenth edition of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials' (IAPMO) Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code (USEHC) since early 2016. The process started with a "Call for Proposals" period from April 5th to July 1, 2016. These proposals can be submitted by any interested party, and are compiled into a "Report on Proposals Monograph," listing each of the proposals in a consistent format.

In October 2016, the USEHC Technical Committee (TC) met to evaluate each of the 136 proposed amendments to the 2015 USEHC. The TC can make one of three decisions regarding each proposed change; Accept, Accept as Modified, or Reject. This deliberative process is detailed and time-consuming, and requires a general consensus of the TC members on each proposal.

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IAPMO Standards Council Issues TIA UPC-004-15, Rejects TIA UPC-003-15

The IAPMO Standards Council on June 12 issued one Tentative Interim Amendment and rejected another affecting the 2015 edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®).
TIA UPC-004-15 revises some values in UPC Table 501.1(1) pertaining to water heater first hour ratings. The rejected TIA UPC-003-15 proposed new language be added to Section 710.6 Backwater Valves in the 2015 UPC.
Both TIAs were balloted through the Plumbing Technical Committee in accordance with the Regulations Governing Committee Projects to determine if there existed the necessary three-fourths majority support on technical merit and emergency nature to establish the recommendation for issuance. In the case of TIA UPC-004-15, the letter ballot passed on both accounts. TIA UPC-003-15 failed on both accounts.

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National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo set for January 8-11, 2018

IAPMO is the proud technical programs sponsor for Building Innovation 2018 – The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo set for January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

As a long-time member, IAPMO is happy to support the Institute's mission to bring together stakeholders from the entire building industry to discuss relevant issues, share ideas and explore ways to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure our built environment.

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IAPMO Acquires National Standard Plumbing Code

On June 1, 2017, the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials® (IAPMO) and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) executed an agreement transferring ownership of the National Standard Plumbing Code (NSPC) to IAPMO. The transfer encompasses all editions of the NSPC, including the 2018 edition.

New Jersey and several locations in Maryland are the primary adopters and users of the NSPC. Once the 2018 NSPC is published for adoption, IAPMO will provide all code support services to all jurisdictions utilizing the NSPC. PHCC and IAPMO will work together to develop co-branded educational services such as code update classes, code workshops, and other training and educational programs for the NSPC. These educational programs shall be offered to PHCC, IAPMO members, and to the industry. 

Read the full press release: http://www.iapmonline.org/Documents/archive/20170612_NSPC.aspx

RADIANT LIVING | Digital Edition
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Your Radiant Living Must-Reads:

  1. Industry Cooperation Produces the Best Results
  2. Building Confidence in Hydronic Systems
  3. Barn House Radiant
  4. Rock Solid Radiant
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We hope you enjoy the digital edition of Radiant Living Magazine.

Inaugural 'Commercial Construction Index' Indicates High Revenue and Employment Expectations for 2017

Commercial construction is in high demand across the country and contractors are confident in the trajectory of the industry, according to the USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index ('Index'), launched today. Nearly all contractors surveyed – 96 percent – expect revenues to grow or remain stable this year compared to 2016, with 40 percent expecting an increase and only 3 percent expecting a decrease in revenue.

The Index is a new quarterly economic indicator designed to gauge what drives the commercial construction industry and its leaders, including specific issues like backlog of work, new business pipeline, revenue projections, workforce issues, and access to financing. Given the sector's importance to the U.S. economy and the outsized role it could play in years to come, the data contained in the Index will be vital to better understanding trends, challenges and opportunities. The research was developed with Dodge Data & Analytics (DD&A), the leading provider of insights and data for the construction industry, by surveying commercial and institutional contractors.

Read the full article: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/inaugural-commercial-construction-index-indicates-high-revenue-and-employment-expectations-for-2017-300474327.html

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Exempt employee on intermittent leave – pay hourly?

Question: : We have an employee who is out on FMLA leave and now has been cleared to come back to work on an intermittent basis. Due to his serious health condition, he will be placed on intermittent FMLA leave. The employee was a salaried manager and now will only be able to work around 20 hours per week. Do we still need to pay him his entire salary or can we break that salary down into an hourly rate?

Response: When leave is taken intermittently (or on a reduced schedule basis) under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the employer can, in fact, prorate an exempt employee's salary commensurate with the time worked. This is one of only a few very limited cases where an exempt employee's compensation can be prorated based on hours worked without destroying the salary basis of pay that is otherwise required for exemption classification. The other two scenarios where this is allowed is during the first and last weeks of employment. See the paragraph titled "Circumstances in Which the Employer May Make Deductions from Pay" at www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/fs17g_salary.htm

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