Winners all around at Modern Hydronics-Summit 2015
By HPAC MagazineHPAC General Hydronics
A sell out crowd enjoyed a robust speaker program and a host of hydronics products at HPAC's September 10th flagship event.
Close to 400 people, including exhibitors, delegates and speakers, headed to the International Centre in Mississauga, ON on September 10 to be immersed in hydronics at Modern Hydronics-Summit 2015. In addition to the change in venue for the event, sessions were consecutive so attendees were able to take in all of the speakers, and have time to check out the more than 50 hydronics exhibitors.
Robert Bean and John Siegenthaler opened the show with their take on the top 10 trends in hydronics. Always entertaining and insightful, Siggy & the Bean was a filled-to-capacity event.
You have heard of BTU metering but what is it and what does it mean to your hydronics business? Mark Evans explained all that and more in his session BTU metering–Canada’s future opportunities for the downstream measurement of energy consumption at point-of-use.
An afternoon panel session titled Hydronics Training and Certification: Where do we go from here?, had representatives from the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), industry associations and other stakeholders. Bob Onyschuk and Royden Trainor of OCOT, Martin Luymes of HRAI, David Graeme of Belyea Bros. and Mike Wills, Canadian Hydronics Council Ontario Region chair, discussed where their organizations are at in terms of resolving who should do hydronics, and what training is required.
Your favourite hydronics problem solvers, Mike Miller and Steve Goldie took an in-depth look at distribution piping. The message delivered by Miller and Goldie was that smart design can save you time and labour, and deliver a top of the line system to the customer. The entertaining presentation showed delegates how to make that happen.
Balancing the needs and wants of your customer with good building practices is always a challenge. Achieving high performance when under high pressure from clients is possible and Robert Bean’s session: An Integrated Hybrid System for the Great Lakes Region, demonstrated this.
John Siegenthaler wrapped up the speaker portion of Modern Hydronics-Summit 2015 with Simplifying Hydronic Systems Without Sacrificing Performance. As Siegenthaler said, why build the space shuttle when our clients need a Cessna? Contractors and installers attending the session learned how they can ensure that consumers view hydronic heating as an affordable, efficient and understandable technology; something that they want in their home or place of business.
By all accounts Modern Hydronics-Summit 2015 was a hit, particularly for Rob Carmichael, a technician with Bray’s Fuels Limited of Newmarket and Brendon Aldridge, owner of Dr. HVAC Ltd. in Brampton, ON. Carmichael and Aldridge were the lucky winners of the tool draws during the event.
Look for more coverage of the Summit in HPAC October.