Radiant Heating Leads Discussion at
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Sept 09, 2005., Delta Resort, Halliburton, Ontario. Just
two weeks after an international conference call between
housing researchers from NRCan1 and 40 registered
callers from the North American housing and HVAC2
industry, 26 representatives from the RHWHA3 ,
AHAC4 , HPO5 , HRAI6 , HMG7
, and CHC/CIPH8 met to discuss the Canadian
hydronic (radiant) heating industry, identifying four
equally important target areas:
Leadership from all organizations agreed unilaterally to
continue prioritizing Canada wide design and installation
certification as a key objective to establishing a strong
foundation for future growth of radiant based HVAC systems.
The Canadian Standards Association CSA B214 Installation
Code for Hydronic Heating System is at the forefront of the
certification objective and is steadily establishing a
presence as a reference document for inspectors, building
officials, educational institutes, contractors and
designers. Both CHC/CIPH and HRAI are running 16 to 30 hour
professional development courses anticipating NAIT’s9
soon to be launched 180-hour program for installers and
designers with RHWHA in conjunction with BCIT10
continuing is popular certification program.
Evident at the forum was a unanimous emphasis on
collapsing any fragmentation amongst industry groups, which
might detract from a single industry voice; concluding that
a cohesive industry would be better at communicating the
message that hydronic (radiant) based HVAC systems can be a
key factor in total indoor environmental quality with
recognition that both indoor air quality and indoor comfort
quality must be present to satisfy the indoor environmental
quality definition. Emphasized was a need to establish a
common identity and message that consumers could recognize
as a trust mark. This would be supported by a membership
that displayed a nationally recognized logo representing
such requirements as certification and association support
to differentiate from those who operate below industry
codes, standards and guidelines.
There was a heavy weighting in favor of initiating
efficiency and comfort research in radiant based HVAC
systems particularly in commercials applications such as
warehouses, manufacturing, and service type facilities.
Representatives acknowledged data emanating from such
research is needed to support current and future messages
for the continued marketing efforts of industry.
It was acknowledged and supported by the representatives
at the forum that targeted marketing supported by industry
membership is essential to a successful public relations
campaign; delivering the message that water based HVAC
systems will meet or exceed current and future consumer
demands for therapeutic and energy efficient interior
environmental conditioning systems.
There were a number of other issues that will be
addressed by the various committees in the upcoming months
to support these four target areas.
The meeting concluded with a letter from the Ministry of
the Environment encouraging and supporting the efforts of
Conference Call Reference:
Home Comfort Surveys and Letter from the Ministry of the
List of Participants (Alphabetical Order):
Robert Bean,R.E.T., Professional Services
Jason Bourque CIPH: Canadian Institute of Plumbing and
Roy Collver,B.A, Mechanical Systems 2000 Inc.
Barry Cunningham, Triangle Supply Ltd.
Louis-Philippe Dube, IPEX Inc.
Scott Duncan, P.Eng. Honeywell
Simon Feddema, Grundfos Canada Inc.
Sean Giberson, Taco
Steve Goldie, Noble-Trade Plumbing Supplies Inc.
John Goshulak, P.Eng, Weil-McLean Canada Sales Inc.
David Heath, Wolseley Inc.
David Hughes, B.Ed., NAIT: Northern Alberta Institute of
Jack Keon, Retired Industry Professional
Hans Kircher, Armstrong (S.A.) Ltd.
Michael Kotyck, P.Eng Kotyck Bros. Ltd.
Martin Luymes, HRAI: Heating Refrigeration Air Conditioning
Institute of Cda. Doug McDonald, Uponor Canada Inc.
Mike Miller, tekmar
David Morden, ECR International Ltd.
Peter Peroff, EMCO Corporation
Frank Stempski, Aqua Tech Sales & Marketing
David Treharne, Stelrad Canada
Leo Vaillancourt, Watts Radiant
Bob Villeneuve, SIE: Steam & Industrial Equipment Inc.
Kenneth Webster, Viessmann
(apologies to missing professional designations, please
advise RB with corrections).
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