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RPA Co-Sponsors the PHCC CONNECT 2018 Conference

For the first time, the RPA partnered with the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors of North America to co-sponsor the PHCC's CONNECT 2018 tradeshow and conference. Held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in early October, the event included an education track with RPA member educators. CONNECT 2018 had over 800 attendees and and 96 exhibitors. CONNECT 2019 will be held at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis, IN on October 2-4.

Radiant Living, Radiant & Hydronic Report and Radiant Comfort Guide Online

We are pleased to announce that the RPA is making the online editions of these three magazines available at no charge. These magazines are published through a cooperative agreement with the publishers, and feature articles about RPA member projects. We are always looking for authors of such articles, so if you have a project you'd like to showcase nationally, let us know at info@radiantpros.org.

RPA at the AHR Expo in Atlanta

Once again, the RPA will be exhibiting at the AHR Expo January 12 – 14, 2019. This year's Expo is expected to exceed the 2018 event, where nearly 50,000 visitors and 2,155 exhibitors were in attendance. RPA's Education Track will feature the following members:

Boiling Down to the Best Boiler Solution – Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr, Caleffi Hydronic Solutions

The Benefits of Manifold Flow Meters in Design and Installation for Radiant – Bill Werthman, Legend Valve

Providing Safety, Efficiency, and Value with Hydronic Snow Melting – Lance MacNevin, Plastics Pipe Institute and Bo DeAngelo, Viega

The BEST Way to Compare HVAC Systems in the Early Project Design Phase – Greg Cunniff, Applications Engineer and Mark Chaffee, Taco Comfort Solutions

Distribution Efficiency: The Often Overlooked Advantage of Hydronics Technology – John Siegenthaler, Appropriate Designs

We hope to see you there!

Hydronics Industry Alliance – Commercial Releases BEST 2.0

The HIA-C, a committee of the RPA, has announced the release of a new version of the free Building Efficiency System Tool (BEST). The BEST solves a long-standing industry issue of being able to accurately compare different styles of HVAC systems, which are all tested to different standards, with various efficiency ratings (EER, IEER, SEER, COP, HSPF), as they are applied in an actual building. The BEST 2.0 allows designers to easily comply with ASHRAE 209 Early Box Modeling requirements with the inclusion of real cost, budget and comparative energy efficiency predictions. This results in better decision-making information for prospective builders, consulting engineers, and design-build professionals about their selection options for HVAC systems during the early design, pre-build process. Get your FREE copy of BEST at www.BESThvac.org.



Attention RPA Contractor Members: If You Have Not Yet Done So, Start Taking Advantage of Your Service Roundtable Benefits.

RPA members receive a FREE Associate Membership with Service Roundtable. Learn about the benefits of the Association Membership, and the the benefits of upgrading to a Service Roundtable membership by watching the video below:

For more information about your Service Roundtable membership, please e-mail Vicki LaPlant at vicki.laplant@serviceroundtable.com or call (903) 327-3002.

Service Rountable Success Day: November 28

Ready to take your business to the next level? Tired of working in your business rather than "on" it? Wonder how other company owners manage to take family vacations and spend time away, but you can't? We can show you how our members grow their profit by 30% each year!

Make plans now to find out how our members create their own success when you join us for this business building seminar for owners of contracting business companies. On November 28th, we will be at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in San Diego, California! Valued at $749, this meeting is FREE for invited guests.

See how some members double their business in two years, or grow their profit by 200% in a very short period of time by using systems and processes built by successful contractors and experts. Success Day brings industry leading marketing, sales and business experts together to help contractors, like you, learn to make your business more profitable, faster.

Think you can't make it? If a single day would make the difference in your success or failure...why would you miss it?

You must be registered to attend: https://www.serviceroundtable.com/events/?eventId=266&preview=true

Event subjects:

  • Success by Design: Service Nation Alliance – Service Nation COO and HVAC Industry Influencer | David Heimer
  • Leadership Principles – Contracting Business Hall of Fame Member | Matt Michel
  • Marketing to Women – Service Roundtable VP of Strategic Alliances I Liz Patrick
  • Profile in Prosperity – Justin Holmquist of Cool Air Solutions

Drawings for prizes, free breakfast & lunch. Learn from industry experts and owners who've created success.

Call 877.868.5902 to get more details.

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HR Question of the Month

Concurrent or individual FMLA Leave for Spouses?


We have two employees who are husband and wife. One is requesting FMLA due to needing surgery and recovery. The other spouse is requesting FMLA for the surgery and then shortly after to care for her and then intermittent leave to transport her for follow-up visits. Are their leaves handled as individual employees each eligible for the 12 weeks?


As explained below, each employee is entitled to a full complement of FMLA leave if he or she is otherwise eligible.

While spouses who are eligible for FMLA leave and are employed by the same covered employer can be limited to a COMBINED total of 12 weeks of leave during any 12-month period when the leave is taken to bond with a newborn, adopted or foster care child, or to care for an employee's parent with a serious health condition, the same is not true when one spouse/employee has a serious health condition and the other is needed to provide him or her with care. See Leave for Pregnancy or Birth for more information.

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Estate Planning Awareness

Since 2008, the third week of October each year has been designated National Estate Planning Awareness Week. This event, held October 15–19 this year, promotes estate planning and reinforces its importance to individual and family financial wellbeing.

According to a 2017 Caring.com survey, only 42 percent of U.S. adults currently have estate-planning documents, such as a will or living trust.* For those with children under the age of 18, just 36 percent have a plan. Whether or not an individual has a will varies significantly by age, with younger generations being the least prepared in the event of a premature death.

Percentage of adults without a will:

Baby Boomers (ages 53-71): 40%
Generation X (ages 37-52): 64%
Millennials (ages 18-36): 78%

So what is estate planning and why is it so important?

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Join the RPA

More to offer than ever! Joining the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) is one of the best business moves you can make. If you're looking to grow, gain new customers, solve heating problems more quickly than ever before, tap into some of the brightest minds in the hydronic-heating business, and have a great time along the way, the RPA is for you.

Find out some of what we have waiting for you!

THANK YOU for supporting our industry initiatives with your ongoing support.

NEW MEMBERS (since last newsletter)
Advanced Performance Plumbing & Heating Inc.
Chiaramonte Construction & Plumbing
Done Right Radiant Inc.
Evus Inc.
F&T Mechanical, Inc.
Horizon Design International
Ildefonso Gonzalez
Jon A Swanson
Onagaro and Sons
Outlaw Mechanical
Steven Torres
Williams/Phoenix Manufacturing

Advanced Radiant Design Inc.
Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating
All Island Radiant Inc.
Allreds Plumbing & Radiant Inc.
Aries Engineering Inc
Arndt and Son Plumbing
Aspen Solar
Axiom Industries LTD.
Bennett's Plumbing Inc.
Bill's Heating and Air Conditioning
Boiler Supply Company
Bornquist, Inc.
Broomhall Brothers Mechanical Contractors
Cloverdale Plumbing Company Inc.
CN Engineers
Colorado Heatmeister
Common Ground
Dane Malmberg
Dennis Supply Company
Emerson Swan
Endless Summer
Energy 1 LLC
Energy Environmental Corp
Enyq Corp
E-Travis Mechanical LLC

F A I Mechanical Contractors Inc
F.W. Behler, Inc.
Federated Insurance
G.C. Reliable Service, Inc.
Hammer Mechanical
Hickenbottom Inc.
Holism Energy
Howe Heating & Plumbing Inc.
Illinois Association of PHCC
Indoor Air Technologies Inc.
Intermountain Sales & Mktg Inc.
John Barber
Joseph Maybie
K&K Dairy Supply Inc.
Kentwood Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Lake County Heating & Cooling
Launstein Hardwood Flooring
Legend Valve & Fitting
LMS Consulting Group
M.J. Moran Inc.
M.P. Metal Products, Inc.
Mark Eatherton
Matthew Ruffer
Mechanical Air Service Inc.
Midwes Radiant Heat, Inc.
Mike Leahy
Milne Plumbing and Heating Inc.
Mountain West Plumbing, Inc.
MP Global Products
Multiaqua Inc.
Patriot Water Heater Co.
Patterson Pump Company
Pelican Wire Company
Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI)
Pro H2O Heating & Plumbing Inc.
Professional Radiant Systems LLC
Radiant Design & Supply, Inc.
Radiant Floor Company
Radiant Floors Inc.
Rams Bookstore
Resolution Energy Inc.
Robert "Hot Rod" Rohr
Rogers Radiant Heating & Plumbing
Schaible's Plumbing & Heating
Scott Horseman Heating & Air Conditioning
Sponge Cushion Inc. a Leggett & Platt Co.
Stack Heating & Cooling
Taco Inc.
Thornton Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Tindall & Ransom Inc.
TJ's Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Uponor Inc.
Verde Sol-Air Services
Warmboard Inc.
Watts Radiant
William Jannone & Sons P&H


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