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MAY 2017 RPA NEWS

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.

Next class will be in Mokena, IL July 18-20, 2017

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WaterSense Provisions Included in Senate Infrastructure Bill
Kicking off the fifth annual Infrastructure Week, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jon Boozman (R-AR) on Tuesday introduced The Clean Safe Reliable Water Infrastructure Act, bipartisan omnibus infrastructure legislation seeking to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to add provisions relating to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, including the formal federal establishment of the U.S. EPA's WaterSense program, which would extend the vastly successful water efficiency product labeling program in perpetuity. IAPMO has been a vocal proponent of WaterSense since its inception more than a decade ago.

A poll commissioned by the Value of Water Campaign revealed that 67 percent of Americans believe rebuilding the nation's infrastructure is an extremely or very important priority — the highest percentage of any other national issue by a double-digit margin. Infrastructure Week (www.infrastructureweek.org, #timetobuild) brings together 280 affiliate organizations for a national week of events, media coverage, education, and advocacy efforts to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans.

"Infrastructure is a priority of the Trump Administration and this Congress, and we are thrilled that Congress recognizes the importance that demand-side water contributes to our nation's overall foundation," said Dain Hansen, Senior Vice President of IAPMO Government Affairs. "We look forward to working across all parties and both chambers of congress to settle on language that can be signed into law officially recognizing the WaterSense program."

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ASSE International Calls for Scald Awareness Task Group Members
The ASSE International Scald Awareness Task Group, reforming to develop a white paper concerning recommended procedures for replacing residential water heaters to reduce the danger of scalding, is now accepting applications.

This white paper will follow the Task Group’s four previous publications, "Guidelines for Temperature Control Devices in Domestic Hot Water Systems," "Adjustment of Automatic Compensating Valves to Prevent Potential Scald Hazards," "Understanding Potential Water Heater Scald Hazards," and "Scald Hazards Associated with Low-Flow Showerheads."

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Radiant Professionals Alliance Advisory Group Appointed
The RPA is pleased to announce that the newly formed RPA Advisory Group has been appointed by IAPMO CEO Russ Chaney. The following individuals have committed to provide ongoing support for the RPA, representing a diversity of viewpoints and areas of technical expertise:

Dale Arndt, Owner, Arndt & Son Plumbing
Mark Chaffee, VP Governmental Affairs & Sustainability, Taco, Inc.
Lance MacNevin, Director of Engineering, Building & Construction Div., Plastics Pipe Institute
Ingrid Mattsson, Director, Brand Management, Uponor
Steve Swanson, National Trainer, Uponor North America

The Advisory Group will meet on a regular basis to provide guidance to RPA staff regarding ongoing and future business development and membership services enhancement activities of the RPA. Members who would like to apply for a position on the Advisory Group should contact Les Nelson at (909) 218-8112 or les.nelson@radiantpros.org for more information.


Legislative Updates... Tesla CEO Says Company to Start Selling Solar Roof Tiles
Tesla announced this week that its solar roof tiles are now for sale. Tesla CEO Elon Musk first made the announcement on early Wednesday by tweeting that ordering would begin later in the day. The tiles will be sold worldwide. They'll go to U.S. customers first this year and to other countries next year. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla, which makes electric cars, announced last fall that it would produce the tiles with solar power company SolarCity Corp. Tesla and SolarCity completed a merger in November. The glass tiles are designed to look like a traditional roof, with options that replicate slate or terracotta tiles. They contain photovoltaic cells that Tesla says are invisible from the street. The energy from the tiles can power a home when combined with Tesla's Powerwall energy storage unit.

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.


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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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Question: : We hired an employee last year. The company was looking for someone with a certain background. However, since then, our company has changed directions and will no longer require someone of this caliber. We will be keeping the position but changing the rate and experience to less than what the current employee is at. Can we terminate for these reasons? If not is there another way that we can handle this?

Response: The employer is well within its rights to restructure any one or more positions within the organization to better meet the needs of the company. You indicate that although the employer hired an employee last year with a certain background, since then the company has changed directions and will no longer require someone of that caliber. Essentially, you advise that the employer is looking to lower the requirements of the position, and with it, the rate of pay. There is no law that prohibits the employer from proceeding with this course of action if there are legitimate business justifications for its decision.

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