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