John Vastyan, a journalist whose work focuses on the plumbing and mechanical and radiant heat industries, owns Common Ground, a trade communications firm based in Manheim, PA. He can be reached at (717) 664-0535, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, with rapidly increasing energy rates, building and facility owners are pushing the need for high-efficiency systems. In response, engineers and system designers must consider overall specifications, budget, boiler options, controls and heat distribution, because after all, a high-performance, high-efficiency system is the sum of many parts.
If you'd dial your transporter beam back to, say, 1991, and aim your arrival for the hydronics industry, you'd quickly find a sad and forlorn marketplace. Just 15 years ago, manufacturers were barely treading water, cranking out replacement boilers at a slower pace each year. The burgeoning new construction market wouldn't have anything to do with hydronics. It was a pretty dismal scene.