RPA annual conference, trade show to promote green theme

LOVELAND, COLO. With the country focusing on less dependence on foreign energy and healthier indoor environments, the Radiant Panel Associations conference and Radiant Expo has adopted the theme s good to be green ... Radiant Green. The event will be held May 8-11 at the Cincinnati Convention Center. The conference includes seminars, workshops, schools and panel discussions, as well as the REX trade

LOVELAND, COLO. – With the country focusing on less dependence on foreign energy and healthier indoor environments, the Radiant Panel Association’s conference and Radiant Expo has adopted the theme “It’s good to be green ... Radiant Green.”

The event will be held May 8-11 at the Cincinnati Convention Center. The conference includes seminars, workshops, schools and panel discussions, as well as the REX trade show. A full schedule appears on page 34.

Alexis Karolides, team leader of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services, will set the tone of the event as a featured speaker.

May 8 will be designated as Industry Opportunity Day. Manufacturers will conduct training and orientation sessions throughout the day. The RPA will be conduct its Radiant Basics and Radiant Precision one-day schools.

Seminars and panel discussions on May 9 and 10 will include topics such as “Making a Greenhouse Green,” “The Whole Comfort Solution,” “Adventures in Chilled Water,” “Scaling Up for Bigger Jobs,” “Three Trucks or Less,” “Solar and Radiant Floors” and “The Water and Electric Package.” In all, 31 industry experts will present more than 25 different sessions.

The morning of May 10 will feature an American Institute of Architects continuing education four-hour course on radiant heating for those who design and construct buildings. It will be followed by a presentation by builders experienced in using radiant in “healthy homes” and “green buildings.”

May 10 also marks the annual System Showcase Awards dinner, which will recognize radiant professionals who have done outstanding work.

After the classes and seminars are concluded May 8-10, the REX exhibit hall will be opened and 160 booth spaces will display radiant heating technology, products and services. During REX hours, hands-on workshops will be conducted adjacent to the exhibit hall. Demonstrations of equipment and software will be ongoing. Winning projects from the System Showcase contest also will be on display.

RPA’s annual meeting will be held May 11. Action groups will tackle the goals of the RPA’s Strategic Plan such as establishing an Installer Certification Program and installation standards. This is a time when the RPA members get directly involved in planning the future of the organization. Non-members are also welcome to participate.

More information and registration can be found online at www.rpaconference.com. Or, contact the RPA at PO Box 717, Loveland, CO 80539-0717, phone 800/660-7187, fax 970/613-0098 or e-mail info@rpa-info.com for more information.