|Radiant Professionals Alliance attendees talk in roundtable sessions about industry topics at its meeting Sept. 18-20 in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of RPA|
Members of the Radiant Professionals Alliance gathered Sept. 18-20 in Philadelphia for their annual conference and membership meeting. The national convention was the second since RPA was acquired early last year by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.
RPA’s education track included workshops on radiant cooling by Robert Bean, solar thermal system design by Tom Lane and infrared imaging technology by RPA Executive Director Mark Eatherton. Members engaged in roundtable discussions led by the chairmen of various RPA committees such as technical (Eric Aune), education (Max Rohr), membership (Matt Michel), codes and standards (Randy Knapp) and Hydronics Industry Alliance (Todd Romig).
Eatherton delivered a state of the organization address in which he recapped RPA’s activities since it became a unit of IAPMO and its participation at industry trade shows.
“The current task at hand is the development of the 2015 Uniform Solar Energy Hydronics Code,” he said, noting the process already had begun via conference calls and a face-to-face meeting of an IAPMO working group in June in Mokena, Ill. “Once the information from the code begins coming together and being produced, the workload for RPA’s education and technical committees will increase significantly to ensure that when the code becomes available for application and enforcement that the members of the RPA will be thoroughly trained, certified and prepared to do business under the new code.”
A code technical committee was scheduled to review recommended additions and changes to the Solar Energy Hydronics Code in late October at IAPMO’s headquarters in Ontario, Calif.