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RPA Education Track at CONNECT 2019

The Radiant Professionals Alliance is joining PHCC's CONNECT 2019 Conference and Exhibition in Indianapolis, IN on October 2 - 4, and will host a radiant/hydronics education track. PHCC's "formula" of the best ideas, innovations and initiatives are sure to get you the inside track to racing past your competition and finishing in Victory Lane. Featuring two exciting keynoters: Richard Tretheway of "This Old House" and its spin-offs and, back by popular demand, economist Connor Lokar of ITR Economics!

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Below is a preview of the courses being offered on October 2.

Radiant Heating Do's and Don'ts | 9:30 AM
Steve Swanson, National Trainer at Uponor
Want to know what makes a radiant heating system work terrific? Join us to examine some of the work done by hacks that leave a terrible taste for radiant in the minds of customers as well as some work done by real professionals that leave customers smiling and comfortable. This is a real skill-building course that will give you real tools to keep you on course for a professional installation.

Benefits of Manifold Flow Meters in Modern Design | 10:30 AM
Bill Werthman, Hydronics Business Development Manager West at Legend Valve
This seminar will explore the design options that manifold flow meters make possible by controlling output through precise flow delivery to radiant panels.

Maximizing System & Pump Efficiency of Hydronic Systems with Air/Dirt Separation | 11:30 AM
Dino Pioli, Regional Sales Manager - Northeast at Spirotherm
Air and dirt in a hydronic system have negative effects and diminish the system's efficiency. Learn how to maximize system & pump performance in a hydronic system by utilizing air and dirt separators.

The BEST Way to Compare HVAC Systems in the Early Project Design Phase | 1:00 PM  
Greg Cunniff, Director of Applied Solutions at Williams Comfort Products
The Building Efficiency System Tool (BEST) tool 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.

Plastic Piping Systems for Geothermal / Geoexchange | 2 PM
Lance MacNevin, Director of Engineering at Plastics Pipe Institute
Plastic piping materials used for geothermal ground loop piping must provide corrosion & chemical resistance, flexibility, impact resistance, and long-term hydrostatic strength (pressure capability). Piping materials must withstand wide swings in operating temperature, and are expected to perform in buried environments for decades. Only a few materials are qualified for ground loop piping, and this presentation will describe the types of HDPE, PEX, PE-RT and PP which are recommended. Design techniques and multiple installation methods will be explained. Finally, the latest industry standards will be introduced, as well as future changes to mechanical codes that affect geothermal systems.

Radiant System Design — Best Practices | 3 PM
Bo DeAngelo, Manager, Technical Training at Viega
Radiant heating systems are forgiving enough to be dangerous, which is why good design strategies are paramount to delivering the comfort and efficiency that radiant offers. In this workshop you will learn key design strategies that will ensure your radiant system will deliver as promised. Learn the best approach to projects based on building type, the best design temperature differences, tubing layouts that install fast and perform well, zoning strategies that ensure maximum comfort and efficiency, and control strategies that maximize your physical plant.

IAPMO Seeks USHGC Hydronics Task Group Members

IAPMO® is accepting applications and seeking technical experts to participate in a task group relating to hydronics.

The scope of the Hydronics Task Group is to review all hydronics proposals submitted as published in the 2019 Uniform Solar, Hydronics and Geothermal Code (USHGC) Report on Proposals (ROP) monograph and develop public comments for technical committee consideration.

Task group members will participate via conference call or web meeting, provide their perspective on the code, and assist in drafting recommendations for action by the USHGC Technical Committee. Applicants are not required to be members of the USHGC Technical Committee.

Those interested in participating in the Hydronics Task Group can apply at the following URL: http://forms.iapmo.org/iapmo/committee/app_task_group.aspx

The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

Developed and subsequently republished at the conclusion of each three-year code cycle, the Uniform Codes are designed to provide consumers with safe plumbing, heating, and mechanical systems while, at the same time, allowing latitude for innovation and new technologies.

Interested individuals may contact Taylor Costea at (909) 218-8126 or by email at taylor.costea@iapmo.org.

Technically-Oriented Project Articles Needed (Showcase Your Project!)

If you would like to showcase your radiant project in the Radiant Comfort Report, we need to hear from you. This publications is bundled with Plumbing & Mechanical with a circulation of 49,000. A great way to show off your project. Please send your submissions to les.nelson@radiantpros.org.

View recent member projects in the publications below.


Introducing the latest upgrade to the BEST (Building Efficiency System Tool)software, available for download here.

  • BEST is a quick, easy and reliable way to compare the energy and life cycle costs of up to four HVAC systems at one time. It allows one to evaluate and compare various HVAC system candidates early in the conceptual design phase, before final design and construction, in order to save time and money and complete projects more efficiently.
  • The latest upgrade features the new Simple Building Types Wizard. Just pick from 11 different building types and see how the four most common HVAC systems stack up based on your location and building size. It doesn't get any faster than this!
  • We have also updated all of the fuel cost data and climatological data from across the US, Canada and Mexico. 
  • Tap into the BEER (Building Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratio. Recent industry research has shown the importance of modelling the energy efficiency of complete systems vs relying on equipment ratings and the significant impact it can have on total life cycle costs.  Don't get locked into the wrong system and end up paying the penalty for it the entire life of your building. Use BEST to help make more informed decisions early in the project – before you're locked into an HVAC system choice.
  • We have added new video training tools to help you get started or become an advanced user. Get started today by checking out all the videos here.

4th Annual Service World Expo

The 4th Annual Service World Expo is the #1 event for HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, and Remodeling contractors to get the best business insights, marketing strategies, moneymaking practices, & more.  You don't want to miss it. Discounted registration price of $369 thru September 13. For Show information and to register, go to https://sweshow.com/.

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FaceBook: www.facebook.com/radiantprofessionalsalliance/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4379924
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Radiant_Panel

As always, we value your feedback. Please let us know what you would like to see in the monthly newsletters. Are they too long or too short for your liking? Any and all comments are welcome. Please send them to les.nelson@radiantpros.org.

HR Question of the Month

Interview Questions - What Can Employers Ask?


We want to make sure we're not asking any interview questions we shouldn't or aren't allowed to be asking of candidates. Specifically, can we ask how much a candidate was earning at his/her last job(s)? What if we've heard that someone has a history of harassment (or making claims of harassment) at a prior place of employment -- can we inquire about that?


Generally employers should refrain from asking any questions -- whether on an application, during an interview, or otherwise during the hiring process -- that require candidates to disclose, or could elicit unintentional disclosure of, information about their membership in a protected class (i.e., a class that is protected under federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws).

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Fire Prevention Not a Once-a-Year Responsibility

How often do you think about fire prevention? Weekly? Monthly? Yearly? On the off chance you come across an article on the subject?

Unless your answer to that question is "daily," you have some work to do.

That might sound dramatic, but the U.S. Fire Administration received more than 100,000 reports of nonresidential building fires each year from 2014–20161. In those incidents, about 90 deaths, 1,350 injuries, and $2.4 billion in property damage costs were reported. That last figure is about 20 percent of the total dollar loss from all fires.

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Using Annuities to Fund the Gap Before Claiming Social Security

Planning for retirement can be a complex web, with a dauntingly large number of variables that affect your income. What's the best age to retire? How much should I save? When should I file for Social Security?

No one has all the answers, but a little understanding about Social Security can go a long way toward helping you answer some of those questions.

For people born in 1960 or later, the full retirement age for Social Security benefits is age 67. If you elect to file for Social Security at that age, you will receive your full benefit, which is based on your highest 35 years of earnings. If you file early (as early as age 62), your monthly benefit will be reduced, but if you delay filing, your benefit will be increased by 8 percent per year up to age 70. So, if your full benefit at age 67 will be $2,000 per month, at age 62, it would be reduced to $1,400 (a 30 percent reduction). And if you wait until age 70, would be increased to $2,480 (a 24 percent increase).

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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)
All Star Plumbing & Heating LLC
Derek Veen
Kensington Plumbing and Heating CO.
Matthew Fett
Nexus Valve, Inc.
Radiant Cooling Distributors
Rhomar Water
Robur Corp.
Spirotherm, Inc.

Advanced Radiant Design Inc.
Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating
All Island Radiant Inc.
Allred's Plumbing & Radiant Inc.
Aries Engineering
Aspen Solar Inc.


Bennett's Plumbing Inc.
Bill's Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.
Boiler Supply Company
Broomhall Brothers Mechanical Contractors
Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.
Colorado Heatmeister
David G. Woycio
Endless Summer
Energy 1 LLC
F.W. Behler Inc.
Hammer Mechanical
Holism Energy
Horizon Design International
Indoor Air Technologies Inc.
Intermountain  Sales & Mktg Inc.
John Barbara
Ken Mailey
Launstein Hardwood Floors
LMS Consulting Group
Midwest Radiant Heat Inc.
Milne Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Radiant Floor Company
Radiant Floors, Inc.
Scott Horseman Heating & Air Conditioning , Inc.
Sponge Cushion Inc., A Leggett & Platt Co.
Stack Heating & Cooling
Taco Inc.
TJ's Plumbing & Heating Inc.
Verde Sol-Air Services
Watts Radiant