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MARCH 2017 RPA NEWS

IAPMO Seeks USEHC Geothermal Piping and Photovoltaic Task Group Members

USEHC IAPMO, publisher of the Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code (USEHC), is accepting applications and seeking technical experts to participate on task groups relating to geothermal piping and photovoltaic systems.

The scope of the Geothermal Piping Task Group is to review Items 97, 98, 99, and 100 from the 2016 USEHC Report on Proposals (ROP) regarding testing of u-bends and headers in Geothermal Systems, Section 703.4.2. [Read more]

RPA Hydronics and Radiant Training and Certification Program
The RPA has developed a course designed to prepare experienced piping professionals for the ASSE 19210 Hydronic Heating and Cooling System Installation Professional Certification. RPA can help take your radiant and hydronics business to the next level. Increase your skills, expertise, and marketability by getting certified. 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. [Read more]


Mark Eatherton Receives Award of Recognition
On March 30th, during a training session at RPA's Mokena, IL offices attended by a number of RPA members, Mark Eatherton was presented with an Award of Recognition in appreciation of his work and dedication over the past 4 years in his capacity as RPA's Executive Director. Mark has worked single-mindedly to increase the value of RPA for its membership, through the development of services designed to increase business for RPA's members, and by making his decades of experience in hydronics and radiant technologies available. Mark plans to return to private practice as a hydronics and radiant consultant. The RPA appreciates all he has done, and wishes him well in his next endeavor.


DOE Issues a Notice of Further Delayed Effective Date for Recently Amended Test Procedure Final Rule Affecting Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
On February 2, 2017, the United States Department of Energy (“DOE”) temporarily postponed the effective date of its final rule amending the test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps published in the Federal Register on January 4, 2017. See 82 FR 8985. The February 2 rule temporarily postponed the effective date of the final rule by 60 days, starting from January 20, 2017. The temporary 60-day delay in effective date was necessary to give the newly appointed Secretary of Energy (Secretary) the opportunity for further review and consideration of new regulations. However, the Secretary was not confirmed and did not begin work in his position until March 3, 2017. As a result, the Secretary was unable to accomplish the review and consideration during the original postponement of the effective date of the regulation establishing test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps. Therefore, DOE hereby further temporarily postpones the effective date of that test procedure regulation to allow the Secretary the opportunity to accomplish this task. The effective date of this test procedure is postponed until July 3, 2017, the date on which the statute requires compliance. 82 FR 14425

This service is provided to you by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).


ASPE, AWE, IAPMO, PMI, and WPC to Present Sixth Emerging Water Technology Symposium in Ontario, Calif. 

Against the backdrop of a new U.S. federal government that will no doubt impact the future of the plumbing and water efficiency industries, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), in cooperation with the World Plumbing Council (WPC) will convene the sixth biennial Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS) in Ontario, Calif., in May 2018. A Call for Abstracts for this highly respected event has been issued and is available for download here. [Read more]


Legislative Updates — Celebrating Fix a Leak Week
March 20th-26th was EPA's 9th annual Fix A Leak Week. The average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. Across the nation, these leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually. That's equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. Most of these leaks are easily fixed. Check out the EPA's website for more details: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html

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. 


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   


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Keep unqualified applicants under tightened screening process?

Question: We post jobs and include the minimum requirements for applying for vacant positions. Based on the job description and when applicable, we also ask for proof of training or coursework. This information is derived from the job description. In the past, the screeners were more liberal and screened in unqualified applicants who either did not meet the minimum requirements and/or did not attach the appropriate documentation. Moving forward, the employer has aligned and posted the jobs accordingly. Is the employer obligated to screen in previous applicants who were screened in from the past?

Response: From an employment law standpoint and barring industry-specific qualification obligations, or implication under affirmative action and/or government contract compliance issues, we are not aware of any federal or state law that governs this particular issue. Most employers enjoy the discretion to determine qualifications and eligibility criteria for positions in their organizations. Employers are also typically free to establish lawful recruitment and hiring techniques and protocols designed to ensure that they are able to hire individuals who meet them (and ideally, are the most qualified for the position). [Read more]

 
 

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