2019 Summit
Session descriptions

Long-time hydronics and plumbing columnist Steve Goldie will emcee the 4th Modern Hydronics Summit.

10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
John Siegenthaler/Robert Bean
Hydronic cooling in custom residential and light commercial/municipal applications.
“Small scale” hydronic cooling is an emerging market opportunity for HVAC professionals. Learn the essentials of load estimating, and develop an understanding of the difference between sensible and latent cooling and dewpoint. Physical system configurations to be explored include: basic (a single chilled water air handler), to multiple zoned wall air handlers, to radiant panels for sensible cooling with small air handler for latent cooling and ventilation air handling. There will be a review of multiple source equipment: geo water-to-water HPs; air-to-water HPs; dedicated chiller; chilled water recovery from high DHW heating load; and possible free cooling from large lake.

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Lance MacNevin

What do you need to know about CSA B214-16 before 2020?
In this session Lance discusses CSA B214 and how it applies to hydronics, radiant heating/cooling, and snow and ice melting. The latest 2016 edition of B214 had many updates, but it is still largely unknown. However, the 2020 National Building Code will refer to CSA B214-16, so it is important to become familiar with B214-16 before 2020.

Curtis Bennett

The onset of wireless controls-what does this mean for contractors?
Wireless technology has come a long way and can be found in all of our homes in one form or another. Some examples include wireless Wifi, wireless telephones, appliance remote controls, security, and HVAC control systems and components. Despite a strong upwards trend many seasoned tradesmen and women are somewhat unsure about the reliability of the technology and continue to run wires where wireless technology could easily take its place. It is time that we comfortably move forward with this technology, as we have done with others in the past.

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Rob Waters

Dealing with the products of combustion: Venting challenges and options; Condensate challenges and options.
Contractors in the field continue to see venting and condensate as major challenges on retrofit installations. Issues such as lot restrictions and access to drainage are just a few of the challenges to making new technology work in existing homes and buildings. This is an area where the good, the bad and the ugly applies. There are solutions available that will keep the systems running as they should and your clients satisfied.

4:30-5:45 p.m.
John Siegenthaler

Future proofing hydronics systems-designing systems today that are relevant for 50+ years
Well-designed, correctly installed, and properly maintained hydronic distribution systems can last for many decades. Most will easily outlive their original heat source. Some might even outlast their second or third heat source. What will those future heat sources be? Will the distribution systems you design at present be easily adaptable to them, or will a major “tear out” be necessary 20+ years from now to achieve that compatibility? At a time when the word sustainable is being used as a desirable attribute for a wide range of products, concepts, and actions, does it apply to your current hydronic system designs? This year’s Hydronics Summit keynote will describe why it’s important to consider the future as we design in the present. It will bolster the case that the future of hydronic heating is all about low water temperatures. It will describe design concepts that help ensure long system life and compatibility with future heat sources. It will also show how existing high temperature systems can be modified for low water temperature operation.