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The 2019 Modern Hydronics Summit offers sneak peek at the future of the hydronics industry

October 1, 2019 | By Megan Hoegler

This year’s Modern Hydronics Summit offered a glimpse into the sustainable, tech-forward future of the hydronics industry.

A record number of attendees, including exhibitors, speakers and delegates headed to the 2019 Modern Hydronics Summit at the International Centre in Mississauga, ON on September 19. Between presentations, attendees explored the 70+ booths set up around the perimeter of the room and in the lobby.

John Siegenthaler and Robert Bean kickstarted the day with an insightful presentation on the emerging market of ‘small scale’ hydronic cooling, highlighting the various opportunities this technology offers to HVAC professionals.

Norm Power of Mica Energy is the happy winner of a test 300 combustion analyzer. Robert Bean (c) and John Siegenthaler made the announcement.

The ever-dynamic duo wrapped up their presentation with the presentation of a golden pipe wrench to a “trailblazing woman in the HVAC industry,” none other than Kerry Turner, editor of HPAC magazine. Turner, who is leaving the magazine, will be replaced by Doug Picklyk, currently the editor of Canadian Consulting Engineer and Megan Hoegler, both of whom were introduced to attendees by Siggy and the Bean.

Lance MacNevin, director of engineering for the Plastic Pipe Institute (PPI) Building and Construction Division, focused on What you need to know about CSA B214-16 before 2020 in his session. MacNevin addressed the new provisions in the latest Installation Code for Hydronic Heating Systems.

“Wireless smart technology isn’t going anywhere,” was the statement echoed throughout Curtis Bennett’s tech-savvy presentation on the onset of wireless controls and what it means for contractors. Bennett, who is a certified engineering technologist and project development manager for HBX Controls, provided examples of how the Internet of Things is being integrated into hydronic heating and cooling systems, allowing users to control heating and cooling systems from a smart phone.

Matt Purves (l) is off to the ball game. He is the winner of two Blue Jays tickets presented by Howard Cohen of Amvic.

Rob Walters, president of Solar Water Services Inc., spoke about the challenges, options and solutions to deal with products of combustion, offering a particular focus on government regulations and trends around the globe. By examining the challenges, solutions and options before government mandates are enforced, Walters believes contractors will better serve their customers and reduce callbacks.

The presentations ended following Siegenthaler’s keynote address, Future proofing hydronics systems- designing systems today that are relevant for 50+ years, which echoed the theme of the day– when it comes to modern hydronics, it’s better to be prepared than surprised.

Roger Lebeuf is the happy winner of a second set of Blue Jays tickets courtesy of Amvic. Speaker Curtis Bennett (second from left) looks on

Attendees were then treated to a dinner and time to network with exhibitors, other attendees and speakers.

With attendees from across North America, interactive exhibits and compelling presentations, the fourth Modern Hydronics Summit delivered. See you in 2021!



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