The magazine sent surveys to 1,500 respondents, split basically down the middle between PM subscribers and contractors who had attended an I=B=R seminar in the past year.
Regardless of actual attendance, almost 100% of respondents recognized the “I=B=R Schools” name for hydronic heating education. Likewise, a strong majority indicated that the I=B=R designation would influence their likelihood of attending an I=B=R course. Knowing that the Hydronics Institute Division of the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association developed the I=B=R Schools also got high marks in influencing decisions to attend a course.
The survey indicated that control selection and boiler sizing; wiring; and zoning were popular topics. The months of February, March, April and May were the best months to attend. A two-day course - which is how long each I=B=R School lasts - were the ideal length of time. Weekends and nights were not popular times to attend.
Here are the dates and locations for I=B=R Schools in March and April. To register, go to www.bnpmedia.com/conferences or call 888-530-6714:
- March 1-2, College Park, Md.
- March 3-4, Alexandria, Va.
- March 8-9, Philadelphia
- March 10-11, Edison, N.J.
- March 15-16, Bridgeport, Ct.
- March 17-18, Springfield, Mass.
- April 5-6, Grand Rapids, Mich.
- April 7-8, Saginaw, Mich.
- April 19-20, Utica, N.Y.
- April 21-22, Buffalo, N.Y.
In related news, contractor Dennis Sommers, Scaran Heating & Cooling in Staten Island, N.Y., won a free registration to an I=B=R School. Sommers name was picked at random from those who responded to the survey.