Summit 2017 Agenda

September 14, 2017 Thursday

9 am Registration open
10:00 am – 10:45 am Trade show open and networking
10:45 am – 11:45 pm John Siegenthaler and Robert Bean (Siggy and the Bean)
20/20 Hydronics Hindsight
Three things Robert Bean and John Siegenthaler would each do differently based on their experiences in the hydronics industry.
11:45 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch and trade show open
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Mike Miller and Steve Goldie
Bling or bland? Are integrated control systems (plug & play) the answer or are simple/separate controls the better way to go. With other system components having more strength and longevity, chances are the controls will have to be replaced-in 10-15 years; will replacements be available for those integrated systems? Miller and Goldie will look at what’s on offer and the pros and cons of each.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Robert Bean
The Root of All Evil: Illiteracy in Integrated Design
Use free online design tools to convince architects, owners and builders that comfort and efficiency is an integration of the enclosure, interior design and hydronic-based HVAC system. Learn this very simple stuff, show it to your clients and you shall be hailed a hero of hydronics.
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking break
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Lance MacNevin
Design and Installation of Hydronic Snow and Ice Melting Systems to Optimize Performance and Efficiency
This introduction to hydronic snow and ice melting (SIM) systems includes a discussion of the benefits, applications, installation, performance and costs. In congested cities with outdoor public surfaces, and with aging populations in private homes, the safety, convenience and savings provided by a hydronic SIM system are more beneficial than ever, especially as changing weather patterns increase snowfall in many regions.
4:15 pm – 5:45 pm John Siegenthaler, Keynote Address
Distribution Efficiency: The Under-appreciated Godsend of Hydronics
The North American hydronic industry prides itself on high efficiency heat sources. Thermal efficiencies of 95 per cent are often touted for condensing boilers, and seasonal COPs of 3.0 or higher are claimed for geothermal heat pumps.
Still, our industry has been apathetic about promoting the virtues of delivering thermal energy using water rather than air. Water has a “huge” and irrefutable advantage. It is an often “untold” story that should be at the forefront of efforts to promote hydronics, especially to those interested in low-energy themed buildings.
This session will discuss the science of water-based thermal energy delivery, compare it to forced air, show how to improve it, and how it can be inadvertently squandered. It will help you communicate the concept of distribution efficiency in ways average consumers will understand.
5:45 pm – 8:00 pm Tradeshow open, networking reception, dinner