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:
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
Design and Installation of Hydronic Snow and Ice Melting Systems to Optimize Performance and Efficiency – Lance MacNevin P.E., Plastics Pipe Institute
The BEST™ Way to Compare HVAC Systems– Greg Cunniff, P.E., Taco Inc.
The Effects of Radiant Heated Windows on the Overall Designs of a Supporting Physical Plant – Mark Eatherton, Chairman, Radiant Professionals Alliance Technical Committee
Radiant Cooling in the Windy City – Max Rohr, Academy Manager, REHAU
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
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.
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