On September 11 & 12, ACCA, the nation’s largest organization of indoor environment and energy services contracting businesses and its Radiant & Hydronics Council (RHC) held its first-ever Hydronics Roundtable at the Providence Downtown Marriott in Providence, RI.
The new event drew contractors from across the country to spend two days learning from some of the top radiant and hydronics professionals in the country. The event kicked off with an opening session with Richard Trethewey of This Old House fame, talking about the need for contractors to incorporate radiant and low-temperature hydronics technology in their designs. He shared his experiences of being a fourth generation contractor and how he has used his time on This Old House to spread the benefits of hydronics to the country, while promoting emerging technologies.
Following the opening session, attendees had a choice of learning labs that covered both introductory and intermediate/advanced topics. There were 12 sessions held over the day and a half event.
The event closed out with a panel discussion about the future of hydronics in America. The panel was moderated by Dan Foley of Foley Mechanical and panelists included Greg Jannone of William Jannone & Sons, John Siegenthaler of Appropriate Designs, Robert Bean of Healthy Heating, and Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr of Caleffi. This was a lively discussion between panelists and attendees about what they think the future will hold for the “wet” side of the business.
Those in attendance indicated that this new event was well worth the investment, because they were able to learn from some of the top industry experts and network with other contractors who work in the radiant and hydronics field.
“This meeting was very informative, I learned a lot and was glad to see some of the best manufacturers around,” said Chris Erdle of Sovereign Service in Laurel, MD. “It was a good experience for me.”
“Hydronics is my business; I’m new to ACCA and was very impressed,” said Dennis Frazier of D&L Customer Services in Cherry Hill, NJ. “I’m very glad I attended and I am excited for next year.”
“There was excellent attendance at the Hydronics Roundtable and it was great to see so many contractors and vendors supporting the inaugural RHC event,” said Foley, chairman of the Radiant & Hydronics Council. “We look forward to growing the RHC’s events and hope to see everyone at the ACCA Annual Conference in Orlando in February 2013, where we are working on putting together an entire educational track focused on hydronics. “
The event also included a sponsor showcase that allowed attendees to learn about new and innovative solutions to challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. The Hydronics Roundtable sponsors were: Daikin; Federated Insurance; Grundfos; IBC Condensing Boilers; Rehau; Taco; Tekmar; Uponor; and Viega.
The ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the HVACR community, who work together to promote professional contracting, energy efficiency, and healthy, comfortable indoor environments for all Americans. For more information, visit www.acca.org.