Mark Chafee 2013-07-03 06:35:01
Stay active in your association through education and networking. In the last year, the Radiant Professionals Alliance has reestablished itself as an effective organization of professionals who share the desire to advance the understanding and acceptance of radiant and hydronic technologies. It is a strong and functioning association supporting a network of manufacturers, designers and architects, suppliers and distributors, builders, and contractors and installers. These member categories are represented on the board of directors and various committees who work tirelessly to assure that the goals and objectives of the RPA are relevant to the members and are accomplished in a timely manner. The most significant activity underway right now, which involves three full committees, is RPA’s collaboration with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials to develop the Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code. The code — which will standardize the design, installation, methods and materials in plumbing, mechanical, solar and hydronic systems in homes and businesses — will immeasurably benefit the industry. In addition to this Radiant Heating Report edition showcasing the newest technology, products and information for radiant heating/cooling professionals, upcoming issues will assist the RPA in educating the industry about the code. Mark Eatherton, RPA’s new executive director, along with committee members working on code development, will offer articles explaining code provisions. They will provide background information, insights and strategies to meet the minimum requirements set forth in the code. They also will share their expertise with regard to applying the code in the field. This publication will be an even more valuable resource to you than it is right now. Fresh ideas are flowing through RPA and I encourage you to involve yourself.In fact, three easy opportunities come to mind as I write this message. 1. You can give us input about how the RPA website can be improved by completing a brief questionnaire posted on the site. 2. You can share your knowledge and skills by submitting an awardworthy project for the System Design Showcase Competition. Whether it’s Simple, complex, new or retrofit, we want you to share it. The entry deadline is Aug. 1. Download an application at www.radiantprofessionalsalliance.org. 3. You can come meet me and other RPA members at the Annual Meeting Welcome Reception Sept. 17 in Philadelphia. Say hello … because if we don’t know you already, we want to know you! Then stay for RPA’s exceptional education track at Comfortech — radiant cooling, boiler controls, converting steam-heating systems, basic solar thermal design and using infrared imaging technology. You will expand your circle of contacts, learn something new and hear about new trends in technology. RPA members get a substantial discount.Details can be found online at www.radiantprofessionalsalliance.org. Thank-you for your continued support of the RPA. Together, we can broaden the recognition and acceptance of radiant and hydronic technologies. I hope to see you in September! Mark Chafee Chairman Radiant Professionals Alliance
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