June 2005 News Letter
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New Stuff for You
House keeping, new & free articles in Coast2Coast,
Divided and merged we stand
The harsh realities of hackers and spammers with less than
Feature: Barbara Kennedy, founder and President of
Changing Gears Inc., spent six weeks traveling between
Vancouver, B.C. and Oakville, Ontario organizing her 86 year
old mother's affairs...read her story here:Personal
experience set wheels in motion for Changing Gears by
a Halton Media Group Article
A few bursts of 'news' for you...
Website: Based on our readers
feedback (i.e. "your site needs work Bean" - we've always
encourage direct communication!) we’ve done some
house keeping …if you haven’t been by the site lately here’s
recent feedback: “Robert, seeing that the site was about
heating I first thought it would be boring and only for
heating professionals. But much to my delight I really
enjoyed reading through the information and found it very
interesting. It's a unique site with original content”.
To which we say - thanks...it just keeps getting better
with your suggestions. (direct or indirect - we take it all
Forum: Again, visitors
said it was too hard to find a
place to post, start a new thread or read comments so we’ve
divided and merged the forum to just one discussion group
plus a place to share industry links and info on the
Owners Guide to Indoor Comfort Quality. Our registered users
continue to climb - strength in numbers - will make sure you
get more value from your housing dollars! Each of you is
welcome to start a new thread, help others or just pick up
information that can help you make better decisions. We're
now over 75 registered users - tell your friends - tell your
family - everyone is welcome.
Blog: All I can say is I hope there were only a few of
you that literally were exposed to some nasty realties of
the web – hijacked by spammers with less than honorable
intents. We’ve permanently closed down the original blog and
have been up and running with a paid service provider which
allows us to lock out the bad people. Old stuff - is gradually
being moved over. We apologize and deeply regret if any of
you had to suffer the shock as we did when alerted by a
loyal visitor. We’ve moved on and up and hope you will
continue to follow us despite the embarrassment! Herein
Lesson Learned - (always learning).
Right Now -
At the Blog - Exposure Guidelines for Residential
Indoor Air Quality - A Report of the Federal-Provincial
Advisory Committee on Environmental and Occupational Health
Coast2Coast Comfort Reports Two new article for you -
from design specialist Geoff McDonell, P.Eng., LEED Ap. and
At the recent
American Institute of Architects / Continuing Education
Conference in Las Vegas I participated as a member and
student . If you haven’t been paying
attention to this show and surrounding activities - it
radiates All Green and All Good. Stay tuned – more to come.
Plus for those who carry pure
'technical' DNA in your blood (This is not for the weekend
a New and FREE Article published in the authoritative
ASHRAE Journal. This was a year’s project to coordinate with
Tim Doran of Uponor Wirsbo, Dr. Olesen from the Technical
University of Denmark and Dr. Simmonds of IBE Consulting
Engineers in California. After writing several drafts, a few
peer reviews, lots of grammatical corrections – its done!
NAHB news and are fascinated by the
informational tug o war over the housing bubble and pending
burst vs. the slow and steady camps…one thing is consistent
senior housing or the politically correct ‘housing for
older adults’ (someday I'll share with you what my 70 plus ex. C.A. dad
and his fishing buddies say about politically correct terms) is a hot topic and many are gearing up to meet
this ever growing demand. Just keep learning what we’re
teaching at www.healthyheating.com to make sure your health,
wellness and comfort is the center of focus.
Definitely sign up for
Barbara Kennedy's news letter at Changing Gears Inc.
promises to bring more developments
into the evolution of
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55, Thermal
Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy or what we
affectionately call the comfort standard. Plus read all
about the new proposed
Guideline 10P, Criteria for Achieving Acceptable Indoor
Why is this stuff
important? You don't need to be an engineer to understand
this stuff, at the very least you should know standards do
exist and they are here to help you obtain, healthy and safe
interior environments to make you comfortable year round.
Oct 11-12, Chantilly, VA
"Siggy and the Bean"
In a short few months members and guest of the
Washington Area Chapter of the Radiant Panel Association will come together to exchange ideas
and have their 'radiant' thoughts challenged in a two day
event in Chantilly, VA. I'm looking forward to seeing
my friends and industry colleagues John
Siegenthaler and Dave Yates. This will be an event you
will want to attend!
Avon Walk Fund Raiser
- Only 350 Tickets!
On October 5th,
at the Crowne
Plaza Hotel in Natick, Mass, Dan Holohan,
Tim Doran , John
Barba and yours truly
will take you on a
Hydronics Journey in support of the
AVON Walk for Breast Cancer.
Our Target is $50,000 and You Can Help
Out. What an honor to share the stage with these
remarkable men and for such a good cause. This is a
one time event - it doesn't get any better!
F*R*E*E* Seminar Slides
We've made all our 2005 seminar presentations available as
slide shows for free to our visitors. If you would
like a live presentation - we love to help you out. email us
Here are some
useful links that we have used in the past several weeks.
American Institute of Architects
National Association of Home Builders
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air
Conditioning Engineers http://www.ashrae.com/
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
The Alberta Hydronics Advisory Council
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating
Hydronics Marketing Group
Radiant Panel Association
Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association
Residential Hot Water Heating Association of British
Canadian Home Builders' Association
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America
That's it for now.
Tell your friends - tell your family - everyone is welcome -