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OCTOBER 2017 RPA NEWS

IAPMO Technical Committee Meetings Second Step Toward Development of 2018 Uniform Solar/Hydronic and Swimming Pool Codes

On October 25th, the 2018 Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code (USEHC) Technical Committee (TC) met at the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) world headquarters in Ontario, CA.  The technical committee, consisting of a broad coalition of industry experts — installers, inspection officials, contractors, engineers, and manufacturers — considered public comments to amend the USEHC in advance of the release of the 2018 edition. Over the course of the day-long proceeding the TC considered dozens of comments set forth in the 2017 USEHC Technical Committee Meeting Monograph, covering the following topics:

  • Insulation and fasteners provisions for radiant and heating cooling systems
  • Snow and ice melt system controls
  • Slab penetration tube and joint protection used in hydronic systems
  • Listing requirements for ground coupled and water source heat pumps
  • Certification of DX heat pumps
  • Testing of vertical boreholes
  • Heat transfer mediums for geothermal systems
  • Provisions for ground heat exchanger testing
  • Provisions for geothermal system start-up
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems

After balloting concludes later this year, a Report on Comments will be issued early in 2018, and the 2018 edition will be published later in the year. To keep up on the latest news about the USEHC development process, visit http://codes.iapmo.org/home.aspx?code=USEHC


RPA at AHR EXPO in Chicago – January 22 -24, 2018

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.

RPA Education Track

During next year’s AHR EXPO in Chicago, the RPA will again be sponsoring an education track through the kind contributions of several members:

Radiant Cooling – William Werthman, Senior Technical Advisor, Legend Valve
Dry panel systems can be a good option for many installations, you just need to know when to use them. During this learning lab, Bill will discuss the differences between wet and dry panel systems, when dry panel systems should be installed, control strategies, and combination systems. If you are looking to add radiant cooling to your service offerings then you need to be at this session.

Design and Installation of Hydronic Snow and Ice Melting Systems to Optimize Performance and Efficiency – Lance MacNevin P.E., Plastics Pipe Institute
From congested cities with limited outdoor public spaces to aging populations in private homes, the safety, convenience and savings provided by hydronic Snow and Ice Melting systems are more beneficial than ever, especially as changing weather patterns increase snowfall in many regions. This introduction to hydronic snow and ice melting systems (SIM) includes discussion of benefits, applications, installation techniques, design considerations, control options, and estimating operating costs.

The BEST Way to Compare HVAC Systems– Greg Cunniff, P.E., Taco Inc.
The Building Efficiency System Tool™ (BEST) software was designed to help prospective buyers, consulting engineers, and design/build professionals analyze real-world HVAC options to pinpoint the best system that meets budgetary and performance requirements. BEST solves the challenge of accurately comparing different styles of HVAC systems early in the design process by bringing EER, IEER, SEER, and COP data together to compare the performance, life cycles, and costs for any type of HVAC system, apples to apples. It is a significant time-saver.

The Effects of Radiant Heated Windows on the Overall Designs of a Supporting Physical Plant – Mark Eatherton, Chairman, Radiant Professionals Alliance Technical Committee
Radiant windows have been on the European market for 30 years. They are starting to make their way across the pond and will most probably be making an appearance on a job site near you. Find out what their applications are, how they work, and the net effect on sizing of the physical plant supporting these buildings.

Radiant Cooling in the Windy City – Max Rohr, Academy Manager, REHAU
This seminar introduces radiant cooling as a technology for reducing operating costs and lowering carbon footprints while increasing occupant comfort in commercial applications. You will learn what radiant cooling is and what benefits it has to human comfort. Case studies will be presented that cover design considerations to effectively utilize radiant cooling technology, including an award winning project in Chicago.

High Mass or Low Mass - Which Radiant Solution is Best for Your Project? – Devin Abellon, Business Development manager, Uponor Michael Matzura, National Business Manager - Radiant, Zehnder Rittling
Radiant heating and cooling solutions are being incorporated more and more on commercial applications as a means to provide optimum occupant comfort while reducing overall system energy usage. One solution is to embed tubing in the concrete slab to create a high-mass radiant surface. Another approach utilizes low-mass manufactured panels to manage heating and cooling loads. Which system approach is right for your project? This session will explore the benefits and challenges associated with each strategy. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how these systems work and how to design and specify the right system for the right application.


Have You Watched the BEST Tutorial?

The Building Efficiency System Tool (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. To learn more, watch the overview.

The BEST uses the Building Energy Efficiency Ratio (BEER), which takes certified AHRI data, manufacturers’ published performance data at multiple performance points, as-applied correction factors, performance curves for components, pipe and duct required in a typical system, and combines them to bridge the gap between certified equipment efficiencies and real-world building system efficiencies. To learn how to put this powerful tool to use for your business, start by watching the tutorial.


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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.
To become a NABCEP System Inspector and maintain the credential, applicants must have knowledge of applicable codes and ordinances, be able to identify all system components and understand how to assess the safety and operation of a system. Interpretation of design plans and building documents, conducting on-site inspections, and reporting results will each be part of  System Inspector examinations.

For more information click here: www.nabcep.org/pv-and-solar-heating-system-inspector-certification-programs.

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HR Question of the Month: Employee Dying to Make Our Workplace More Colorful

Question: We have a staff member who has dyed her hair bright blue, purple, red, yellow (up to and including her eyebrows). How acceptable is this in the work place?

Response: Whether or not "rainbow-colored" hair and eyebrows are acceptable in the workplace is generally a matter of individual employer preference. For some more casual employers, different-colored dyed hair may not be an issue, particularly if employees do not interface with the public at large and/or if it is otherwise not a distraction. Other employers, however, may not find such styles to be compatible with, or suitable for, their professional image. Employers generally have the right to establish reasonable grooming and dress codes for employees, including reasonable rules on hairstyles, though nothing in the dress code should impose a greater burden on a protected class, such as a particular race, gender, etc. And while there is nothing expressly prohibiting an employer from banning outlandish hair coloring in particular, keep in mind that some employees wear or style their hair a certain way for religious reasons. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers are required to accommodate the sincerely held religious beliefs and practices of employees (including allowing shaved heads or long hair or changing grooming requirements, etc.), unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer.

If the employer wishes to address employees' or applicants' hair to be consistent with a company policy that requires employees to maintain a professional, neat, clean or similar appearance, the best practice is typically to provide more general guidelines in the policy, which gives the employer greater flexibility, rather than precluding a particular hair style or color. In other words, in this situation, we are not aware of any reason the employer could not simply inform the staff member of its standards with regard to professionalism and expectations when it comes to appearance and presentation of oneself, and that her hair and eyebrow color in its present state does not comport with the employer's expectations. In either case, the employer should address professionalism, appearance, and dress code issues, if any, in its Employee Handbook.


Don’t Let Your Business Go Up In Smoke
Fires that hit businesses come in all sizes. They can occur anytime, anywhere, and from a variety of causes. They don’t discriminate. Spontaneous combustion, heating and electrical systems, smoking, poor housekeeping, the storage of flammables, and mechanical equipment failure continue to be the most frequent fire causes across all industries, and are often the result of missed opportunities to recognize and remove the hazard. But sometimes, hazards can be easy to miss:

  • A company employee was doing some cleaning with a mop and cleaning chemicals. Those two things in combination spontaneously combusted.

The point is, business owners need to be ready for almost anything. There’s no doubt that fires are devastating and have implications far beyond property damage.

Fires create chaos
Businesses are vital to a community’s well-being and survival. A fire at a business leaves the community wondering if the company will survive.

Fires create uncertainty
Employees are a business’s most valuable asset, and a fire can leave them with a lot of questions: Do I still have a job or do I need to move on? Will I get a paycheck—even for the short-term? What can I do to help? If the company shuts down, then what?

Fires create stress
Customers rely on businesses to be operational to fulfill their needs. When customers see a business destroyed, they can’t help but wonder how it will affect them. How will their needs be met? Today’s just-in-time business transactions may require customers to go elsewhere to get the products and services previously provided them by the damaged supplier. Will that be short- or long-term?

Fire prevention is an important enough topic to take the proper time and effort to put into action. It’s not just a “one and done” risk management activity; it should be done at least daily. Investigations reveal that most fires can be prevented if businesses consciously pay attention to a few, very specific hazards. Federated provides an industry- and business-specific, customizable fire risk evaluation checklist to use during facility inspections.

The sample checklists are intended to help employees, supervisors, or managers recognize potential fire hazards so they can fix the problem. However, checklists can do only so much. Employee training and proper fire prevention safeguards, procedures, and equipment may help prevent a fire from taking over control of your company.
For more information on the checklist and employee training, visit https://www.federatedinsurance.com/ws/fi/InsuranceResources/FIRE-PREVENTION


Don’t Take a Chance – Valuation Methods for Buy-Sell Agreements

A Buy/Sell Agreement helps a business owner “lock in” a value for the business. The Agreement does this by
using a “valuation formula.” The formula you use could mean the difference between receiving liquidation value
or fair market value. Does your valuation formula lock in fair market value?

Common Valuation Formulas for Buy/Sell Agreements
Option 1 – Book Value
The book value method (also known as net worth or owner’s equity) is simply the total assets minus the total
liabilities as shown on your financial statement. This method is sometimes referred to as the “liquidation”
method. This method usually understates the true fair market value of your business, as it does not account for
goodwill, profitability, or recapture of accelerated depreciation.

Fair Market value of ABC Inc. = $1.4 million
Book Value
Book Value = $450,000
Loss in value = $950,000

Option 2 – Agreed Value Method
With this method, owners periodically meet and set the value of the business in writing. This new value is then
amended in the Buy/Sell Agreement. If you utilize this type, how long has it been since you documented a new
value? If you have not adjusted the value to reflect today’s current value, you can lose.

Fair Marketing Value of ABC Inc. = $1.4 million
Last Documented Value (2003) = $800,000
Loss in Value = $600,000

Option 3 – Appraised Fair Market Value Method
This method has a stated process to formally or informally appraise the business. To arrive at fair market value,
it factors in several things, such as the current value of assets, liabilities, goodwill, and profitability. This method
ensures all interested parties receive the full value they deserve.

Appraised Fair Market Value of ABC Inc. = $1.4 million
Loss in Value = $0

Make sure your valuation method locks in the fair market value of your business. Take advantage of Federated’s
Agreement EvaluatorSM to receive an informal review on the strengths and weaknesses of your valuation formula
along with the other terms of your Buy/Sell Agreement.

 

 

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American Heating & Refrigeration
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Mike Leahy
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