Solar energy, hydronics code in the works
The RPA Codes and Standards Committee is partnering with the International Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials to create an ANSI-accredited Solar Energy and Hydronics Code.
The RPA Codes and Standards Committee chaired by Tom Meyer, Director of Technical Programs for the National Environmental Balancing Bureau, will have an impact on the hydronics and radiant industry. First up on the committee’s agenda is the creation of an ANSI-accredited Solar Energy and Hydronics Code. When properly implemented, it will help expand national, regional, and international markets; help reduce costs and the time to market for products and services; and will allow code users to achieve a competitive advantage over those who misguidedly choose not to follow the standard of performance set forth in the code. It also will serve as a sound basis for education and greatly needed certification programs.
In creating this code, the RPA will partner with the International Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), publishers of the Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Mechanical Code and numerous other codes and standards. The two organizations have already agreed to the development of the code, and the action items are being planned. One of the first steps is to obtain the participation of everyone who desires to assist in the creation.
“This will be a true consensus code, where everyone has a voice and a vote,” Meyer said. “Anyone who desires to participate in the creation of this document, which is important to the future of the industry and businesses, needs to contact the RPA.”
The RPA is made up of a network of professional and dedicated manufacturers, designers, suppliers, distributors, and contractors who desire to advance the understanding and acceptance of all types of hydronics and radiant heating and cooling.
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