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Trade Associations Agree To Collaborate On Hydronics, Radiant Initiatives

December 9, 2011
ACCA, AHRI and HARDI will collaborate on educational initiatives to benefit the industry’s hydronics and radiant panel sectors.

The three leading trade associations in the indoor environmental industry announced today they will collaborate closely on educational initiatives to benefit the industry’s hydronics and radiant panel sectors. The three associations are the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, which represents contracting businesses; the Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute, which represents manufacturers; and, the Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International, which represents wholesalers and distributors.

These three organizations have a longstanding history of collaboration and partnering for the betterment of the air conditioning and heating industry.

“Hydronics is of growing importance to our industry, as contractors are now being expected to understand a wide variety of different technologies in order to serve their customers, from air to water to ground and back again,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “The three legs of our industry - contractors, manufacturers and distributors - all recognize this importance. We understand we need to work together to ensure that systems are properly designed, installed and maintained.”

Through the collaboration, AHRI will continue to update basic hydronics training and curricula. This material will be used by HARDI to encourage its distributor members to provide hydronics training in their local areas. ACCA also will use this material to develop online education for contractors and their employees, and encourage members to take advantage of HARDI member training where available. The ACCA Radiant & Hydronics Council will develop advanced online training modules for contractors that need to go “beyond the basics” in hydronics design and installation.

In addition, the ACCA RHC and HARDI will be represented on the AHRI committees responsible for developing or revising hydronics training materials. The ACCA RHC will join AHRI, HARDI and many others in the North American Council on Hydronics, a USA-Canadian alliance group.

“Working together, our three organizations will provide a higher level of service and professionalism than we could on our own to the entire hydronics industry,” said Stephen Yurek, AHRI president & CEO.

Talbot Gee, HARDI executive vice president and COO, added, “There are tremendous possibilities for future projects that will pay great dividends for those who specialize in hydronics, an area where industry-specific education is sorely needed.”