Spring 2020 RPA NEWS
Coronavirus and Permitting/Inspection
Many Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) including towns, cities, and counties around the nation have determined to close their public walk-up functions for permitting activities, sometimes by cancelling the activity altogether until the situation improves at some impossible-to-define future date.
The same can be said for construction inspections – many jurisdictions have curtailed or ended in-person site inspections for some or all trades, essentially grinding projects to a halt, especially where progress inspections are required by code or by law, despite the fact that construction industry operations in general, and plumbing professionals in particular, have been categorized by many jurisdictions as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” as defined in the Department of Homeland Security advisory in Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response. This designation is based on the acknowledged need to continue these operations during otherwise “stay at home” directives in order to protect the health and safety of the public. However, this still leaves the dilemma for AHJs of how to permit and inspect projects in these circumstances.
“No Touch” Permitting and Inspections
How Could This be Accomplished?
RPA at AHR 2020
The Radiant Professionals Alliance attended the AHR 2020 EXPO in Orlando, FL, February 3-5, 2020, and in conjunction hosted the RPA Reception at the Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, where the semi-annual transfer of the 2020 Carlson-Holohan Industry Award of Excellence took place.
Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr, Caleffi was this year's recipient (pictured at left).
Pictured below are past Carlson-Holohan Awardees: Dan Holohan, HeatingHelp.com; Mark Eatherton, Advanced Hydronics; Dave Yates, F.W. Behler (retired), Ingrid Mattsson, Uponor; John Goshulak, Weil-McLain; Robert Bean, Indoor Climate Consultants; John Siegenthaler, Appropriate Designs. Not pictured, past recipients include John Barba, Taco Comfort Solutions, and Ken Webster, Viessman Canada (retired).
The RPA also hosted a radiant/hydronics education track. Over 450 people attended the five sessions. Below is a list of classes that were offered.
Key Factors for a Successful Snowmelt Design
Comfort, Health, and Energy Efficiency with Low Mass Radiant Panels and Active Chilled Beams
Radiant Heating Do's and Don'ts
Separation Anxiety in The Hydronic World
Advantages of Hydraulic Separators in Design, Installation, and Performance
The BEST Way to Compare HVAC Systems in the Early Project Design Phase
RPA Contractor Members
Since the coronavirus pandemic is impacting businesses across the country, we think the following article published in Contractor Magazine by Informa may have some useful insights regarding contracting and construction contracts in the age of COVID-19: Coronavirus and Construction Contracts
Additionally, IAPMO recently published a guidance for plumbing professionals working under the threat of COVID-19 authored by Peter DeMarco, Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Research for The IAPMO Group. That white paper may be viewed at https://www.iapmo.org/media/23453/coronavirus_guidance_for_plumbers.pdf.
White House Updates ‘Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce’ List to Encompass Full Supply Chain of the Plumbing and Mechanical Industry
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has updated its “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list to more accurately define the plumbing and mechanical industry, a list that now includes language for which IAPMO advocated.
"Workers who support the supply chain of building materials from production through application/installation, including cabinetry, fixtures, doors, cement, hardware, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling, refrigeration, appliances, paint/coatings, and employees who provide services that enable repair materials and equipment for essential functions” have been added to the list, which may be read at: www.iapmo.org/media/23610/dhs_critical_workforce_20.pdf.
Workers such as builders, contractors, HVAC technicians and landscapers were added to the Public Works sector heading, which was changed to “Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services,” and the list has been expanded to include “... workers at distribution facilities, workers who transport basic raw chemical materials to the producers of industrial and consumer goods, including hand sanitizers, food and food additives, pharmaceuticals, paintings and coatings, textiles, building materials, plumbing, electrical, and paper products.”
IAPMO recently published a guidance for plumbing professionals working under the threat of COVID-19 authored by Peter DeMarco, Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Research for The IAPMO Group. That white paper may be viewed at www.iapmo.org/media/23453/coronavirus_guidance_for_plumbers.pdf.
“This is big news not only for IAPMO, but the entire plumbing and mechanical industry,” IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney said. “By explicitly citing the entire supply chain for plumbing products as essential, the federal government has clarified how important each facet of the industry is, from manufacturer to distributor to plumber.”
For more information on IAPMO and its proactive initiatives in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, direct your web browser to https://www.iapmo.org/ibu/whats-new/coronavirus-resources.
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The Hydronics Industry Alliance – Commercial (HIA-C) Committee of the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) has released Version 2.2 of the BEST (Building Efficiency System Tool)™ software.
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