Greetings One & All!


Past News Letters
June 2005
July 2005

August 2005
September 2005


What a Month!

Calgary to Boston, to New York to Washington to Toronto to Niagara Falls to Toronto to Kingston to Kitchener to Toronto to was great meeting all the new faces and seeing old friends.

Special Thanks

On October 5th

Dan Holohan, John Barba and yours truly,

along with Joe W from JV Mechanical, the folks from the Portland Group and a room full of great contractors raised $20,000  for the AVON Walk for Breast Cancer.

Thanks Mr. Tim Doran from Wirsbo for coming up with the idea.

Way to go guys!

Changing Gears - Great Site With Awesome Resources

Click Here to See What's New With Barbara.

Quotable Quotes

"The hospital's physician CEO, Dr. Steven M. Altschuler, wanted to create an environment that would provide an ideal patient experience," says project manager and Karlsberger architect John Plappert. "So all of the drivers for this project were oriented toward creating welcoming, healing spaces that would support such an experience." excerpt from

High-touch Healing
By Jean Nayar, Contract News Letter, 2005 VNU eMedia Inc., All rights reserved


"It was really nice to attend your seminar in Kingston. As always, very informative and very enjoyable. I was just reflecting on the 166,000 sensors embedded in the skin and when I looked up the list price for a floor sensor, it priced out at $51.00 each. That's a whopping $8,466,000 or $423,300 per sq. ft."
Mike Lampkin

166,000 thermal sensors covering a nominal 20 sf of skin surface area.

That's why we can't emphasis enough that we do not condition buildings we condition people ... 

hmm healing spaces ...

Dr. Steven M. Altschuler understands.

Interior designer Rosalyn Cama, FASID understands.

Seniors get it.

How about you?

Talk with us at our online forum.







October/November  2005 News Letter

Scroll down for all the latest including an article from Mark Eatherton one the most recognized industry specialist here to share his first of several bits of wisdom.

Web Stuff: The Nuts and Bolts of Indoor Environmental Quality.  We have started to add content to the Nuts & Bolts section of our website.  This material is for those who have zippy machines connected to high speed servers who love the technical aspects of design.  Click Here (Caution: Patience is required for the file loads ( 20 to 60 seconds ) so grab a cup a coffee or a tea and sit back and enjoy).

Forum Stuff
Thanks again to our contributors who have been helping out with great advice to our visitors.  Were up to 165 plus registered users. Right now our own Geoff McDonell, P.Eng. is working with contractor extraordinaire Mike Lamkin on using radiant with high velocity air systems.

Blog Stuff
New Titles:

  • 150 Year Old Civil War Radiant System In America
  • Survival of the Fittest
  • The Energy Pig Will Make You...
  • The Benefits of Radiant in a Natural Disaster
  • Trust the students and teachers when it comes to...
  • Just a short note...
  • Sounds Perfect Radiant Royals
  • Builders Using Radiant Are Heroes!

Ongoing Special 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 her story here:Personal experience set wheels in motion for Changing Gears by Wilma Blokhuis a Halton Media Group Article

...of recent note:

Hi Robert:
On behalf of our Board of Directors, I am pleased to advise you that at
a board meeting last night, your joining the Advisory Council was
approved! We are very excited to have you as part of our team!!
Karen Somerville
Canadians for Properly Built Homes (CPBH)
CPBH was established to effect necessary and meaningful positive change to the building and renovation industries in Canada.

....and I look forward to serving along with Karen and the fine folks at CPBH. RB

Karen has a message for all readers at the forum. Click here.

New Guest Contributor

Mark Eatherton
A Consumers Guide to Purchasing Radiant Heating Systems.

New Special Report by Jeffrey C. May, B.A., M.A.
The Little Girl and Her Couch

New Coast2Coast  Article by Geoff McDonell, P.Eng., LEED AP
The Complete Comfort System

New Article by Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council
Home, Solar Home

New Seminars
Inspecting Hydronics Heating Systems
The Role of Interior Design on Indoor Comfort Quality

New Article
Heat Loss to Head Loss, A 12 Step Process for Designing Radiant Systems.

Dave Yates and Gary Hayden will be back in the New Year with more fun material.

Recommended Websites

Search Design Research OnlineInformeDesign(R): Where Research Informs Design Current research findings are being translated into practitioner-friendly information for use by interior designers, architects, facilities managers, industry, clients, educators, students, researchers, designers in related professions, code officials, legislators, and the public at large. The goal of InformeDesign is to facilitate practitioners’ use of current, research-based information as a decision-making tool in the design process, thereby improving the quality of design solutions and enhancing the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Literature from more than 145 scholarly journals is transformed into easy-to-read Research Summaries accessible for free via Educational Web Cast presentations, a monthly newsletter titled Implications, a calendar of events, and research tutorials are some of the other exciting features of the site. Register at no cost to receive Research Summaries on topics of your choosing emailed directly to you each week. Check out InformeDesign today! For more information, email Dr. Caren Martin, Director at Search Design Research Online


National Radiant Design Center
The National Radiant Design Center (NRDC) is a consulting engineering firm specializing in the design of radiant heating systems for residential and light commercial projects. A subsidiary of Monterey Energy Group, NRDC has worked with thousands of architects and owners throughout the country on projects of every size and varying architectural character. As a national leader in hydronic radiant floor heating design, NRDC has designed over five thousand custom residential and commercial systems.

Seniors Housing Council Is Now the 50+ Housing Council

The NAHB Seniors Housing Council is changing its name to the 50+ Housing Council to better reflect the council's membership and the wide range of housing types currently being built.

This new, inclusive name mirrors the diverse membership the council serves, including active adult, assisted living, independent living, continuing care retirement communities and other seniors housing. It also will position the council, which has nearly 1,200 local and at-large members across the country and abroad, for continued growth in the future.

"Today’s mature home buyers simply don’t identify themselves as ‘seniors,’ and the 50+ Housing Council wants to be in touch with our members and the dynamic consumers they serve," said Randy Rinehart, CBG, CAPS, chairman of the 50+ Housing Council and a custom builder from Charlottesville, Va. "The new name is more marketable and will allow the Council to reach builders, developers and other professionals involved in the 50+ market."

The NAHB Board of Directors approved the name change during the Fall Board of Directors Meeting in Reno, Nev. While the grand unveiling and launch of the new name will not occur until the 2006 International Builders’ Show in January in Orlando, Fla., the new name and logo is popping up on the NAHB Web site, in marketing material and here in Nation’s Building News.

In addition, Seniors' Housing News will relaunch as 50+ Housing Magazine with its Winter 2006 issue and Seniors Housing e/Source, the council’s e-newsletter, will soon reach desktops as 50+ Council e/Source.

The new name is only part of the effort to increase value and benefits for members, including the new online membership directory and research exclusive to 50+ Housing Council members only.

For more information about the name change and council benefits, visit on the NAHB Web site.

That's it for now.

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