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Basics & Theory

Heating Help: Q & A On Gravity Hot Water Heating
Heating Help from Dan Holohan offers this in depth Q & A on gravity hot water heating systems and radiators.

PM Engineer: Panel Radiator vs. Radiant Panel
PM Engineer magazine covers designing with panel radiators and compares their attributes to radiant floor heating.

RPA: Hydronic Comfort In 20th Century
Radiant Professional Alliance describes how hydronic systems changed when electricity became available to the cities. (PDF)
Education & Training

Career Tap: Career Information For Plumbing & Hydronic Heating Industries
Career Tap highlights the wide range of career paths, co-op education opportunities and potential employers within Canada's plumbing and hydronic heating industry.

CHC: Certification For Hydronic Heating
Canadian Hydronics Council certification program includes Certified Hydronic Installer, Certified Hydronic Designer or Registered Hydronic Designer courses.
Industry Information

HPAC: Trends That Mean Good News For Hydronic Industry
HPAC magazine highlights some of the encouraging and more positive trends in the Hydronics industry.
Industry Sectors

CIPH BC: Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating BC Region
BC Region of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating represents companies that manufacture, sell and distribute, plumbing, hydronic heating, Industrial PVF, waterworks products and services.

CIPH: Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating represents companies that manufacture, sell and distribute, plumbing, hydronic heating, Industrial PVF, waterworks products and services.
Information Sources

BNP Media: Purchasable Hydronics Know How II CD Or DVD
BNP Media sells the Hydronics Know How II CD that contains all the columns and articles John Siegenthaler has written for Plumbing & Mechanical and PM Engineer magazines. IT contains over 200 articles and columns covering everything from heat loss to hydraulic separation. $99 USD

CHC: Resource Site On Hydronic Heating
Canadian Hydronics Council provides information and resources on hydronic heating systems and suppliers.

Heating Help: Resource Site On Hot Water Heating
Heating Help site from Dan Holohan considered a guru in the hot water and steam heating industry, is loaded with information about heating systems, as well as a blog, find a contractor area, heating museum, forum and store.

HydroniX Talk: Internet Talk Show From Radiant Professionals
HydroniX Talk is an Internet-based talk show hosted by Radiant Professionals Association that brings together experts and professionals from the radiant and hydronic industry to discuss trends and issues facing contractors, designers and builders.

IAPMO: Books On Radiant & Hydronic Heating
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials sells books on radiant and hydronic heating systems.

IE3: Industry Articles On Hydronics
Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency provides industry articles on hydronics technology, products, issues and procedures.

PHC: Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor News Magazine
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor magazine provides news and information to the plumbing and Hydronic heating industry.
Issues & Performance

CAN/CSA-B214-12 - Installation Code For Hydronic Heating Systems
CSA Group published this Code to establish uniformity in the installation of hydronic heating systems. The B214 Code also provides a reference point that proper installation of heating systems will lead to good performance, serviceability and longevity. $168 CDN

CIPH: Links To Information On Water & Heating Codes & Standards
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating provides links to information and resources on codes and standards relating to water systems and hydronic heating.

HPAC: Corrosion & How Water Behaves
HPAC Magazine says designers of modern hydronic systems strive for two important objectives: a reliable system and an energy efficient system. Achieving these requires proper equipment selection as well as attention to water quality. Unfortunately the latter is often overlooked, or left to the discretion of the installer, who may or may not appreciate its importance.

HPAC: Factors Affecting Hydronic System Effieciency
HPAC magazine explains why determining the efficiency of a hydronic heating system is not a simple procedure.

HPAC: Silencing Noisy Hydronic Systems
Heating Plumbing & Air Conditioning magazine describes how to identify and fix the primary culprits behind a noisy hydronic system.

HPAC: Updates to CSA B214 Installation Code for Hydronic Heating Systems
HPAC Magazine the 2016 edition of B214 Installation Code for Hydronic Heating Systems has been updated for improved clarity, including reorganization of several sections. Several new requirements, written in specific and enforceable language, have been added.

Mechanical Business: Hydronics, Is That My Heat I Hear?
Mechanical Business says it takes some thought and planning to pipe a noise-free system hydronic heating system.

PM Engineer: Hydronic Systems Provide Better Energy Efficiency
PM Engineer says with the use of new variable-speed chillers and heat pumps and variable-speed pumps, hydronic systems provide the most efficient method of generating and distributing Btu in a building.
Procedures

Alberta Standata: Hydronic Heating Systems Design Requirements
Alberta STANDATA clarifies design requirements of hydronic heating systems, so that an acceptable level of performance may be maintained for all installations. (PDF)

Chapters/Indigo: Purchasable Book On Modern Hydronic Heating 3rd Edition
Chapters/Indigo sells Modern Hydronic Heating for Residential & Light Commercial, 3rd Edition. Heavily illustrated with product and installation photos,and hundreds of new, full-color, highly detailed schematics, this 744 page edition is a one-of-a-kind comprehensive reference on contemporary hydronic heating. $191 USD

CIPH: Hydronics System Maintenance Tips
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating provides tips to make sure your hydronic heating system is ready to function efficiently when you need it.

CIPH: Purchasable Heatloss Calculation Guide From Hydronics Institute
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating sells the Hydronics Institute book, Heatloss Calculation Guide. The 80-page book covers residential heat loss, using hand-held calculator. $80 CDN

Comfortable Heat: 12 Commandments Of Comfort For Hydronic Heating
Comfortable Heat describes 12 commandments of comfort when designing and installing hydronic heating systems. (PDF)

HPAC: A Look Ahead At Hydronic Controls
HPAC magazine describes some evolutions in controls for hydronic systems.

HPAC: Design Simple But Sophisticated Hydronic Systems
HPAC magazine says as the North American hydronics industry has grown, so has the complexity of its systems.

HPAC: Hydronic Heating System Simplification
HPAC magazine says systems do not have to be complex to be sophisticated, and offers some tips for simplification.

IAPMO: Canadian Handbook On Hydronic Heating Systems
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials sells Canadian Hydronics Council new Handbook on Hydronic Heating Systems which is intended to assist installers, designers and inspection authorities with information about hydronic heating systems for residential and commercial buildings of three or less storeys with a building area of less than 600 m2. $106 CDN

P&M: 10 Hydronic Lessons Learned
Plumbing and Mechanical magazine article by John Siegenthaler Here describes 10 lessons he has learned over the last 20 years. All have influenced the way he designs systems, and deals with clients.

PHC News: Hydronic Retrofit Of Forced Air System
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor News describes hoe a contractor approached retrofitting a forced air system with hydronics-based heating along with an upgraded AC system.

PHC: Hydronics Troubleshooting
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor magazine describes one contractors approach to troubleshooting a hot water heating system on a renovated house.

Plumbing & HVAC: Performing A Hydronic System Rehab
Plumbing & HVAC magazine describes how a professional contractor fixes somebody else’s mess.

PM: How Flow Rate Affects Heat Output
Plumbing & Mechanical magazine says one of hydronics nonproportional relationships is how the heat output and temperature drop across a heat emitter is affected by the flow rate through it.

PME: Do's & Don'ts Of Hydronic System Design
PM Engineer magazine describes some do's and don'ts of hydronic system design including fluid mechanics, electricity, heat transfer and control theory, along with architectural issues.

Radiant and Hydronics: Purchasable Book On Modern Hydronic Heating
Radiant and Hydronics sells Modern Hydronic Heating For Residential Light-Commercial Buildings, by John Siegenthaler. Geared to the heating contractor rather than the engineer, this book walks you through every phase of heating from sizing and selecting boilers to laying out distribution, zoning, and control systems. Radiant slab systems are covered in depth, along with new high-efficiency boilers, Euro-style radiators, and entrapped air problems. $200 USD

Raypac: Anti Freeze In Hydronic Systems
Raypac technical article for the heating trades, discusses anti-freeze types, properties, water quality, maintenance, testing, flushing, disposal, and design tips.

TECA: Purchasable Book - Hydronic Systems Design Manual
Thermal Environmental Comfort Association, a BC hydronic heating trade association, provides online order form for it's Hydronic Systems Design Manual: a Guide to the Design and Installation of Hot Water Heating Systems. $270 CDN (PDF)

US DOE: Balancing Hydronic Systems In Multifamily Buildings
US Department of Energy report Balancing Hydronic Systems in Multifamily Buildings explores cost-effective distribution upgrades and balancing measures in multifamily hydronic systems, providing a resource to contractors, auditors, and building owners on best practices to improve tenant comfort and lower operating costs. (PDF)

US DOE: Hydronic Heating Retrofit In Multifamily Buildings
US Department of Energy report Hydronic Heating in Multifamily Buildings discusses cost-effective controls and distribution retrofit options for hot water and steam space heating systems in multi-family buildings. (PDF)

US DOE: Optimizing Hydronic System Performance In Residential Applications
US Department of Energy report Optimizing Hydronic System Performance in Residential Applications summarizes modeling and monitoring that sought to determine the optimal combination(s) of components (pumps, high efficiency heat sources, plumbing configurations and controls) that result in the highest overall efficiency for a hydronic system when baseboard convectors are used as the heat emitter. (PDF)
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