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Basics & Theory

ASHRAE BC: Overview Of Radiant Systems
American Society of Heating Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers online slide show presentation describes theory and applications for radiant heating systems in commercial and residential buildings. (PDF)

Healthy Heating: History Of Radiant Heating
Healthy Heating provides a chronological history of radiant cooling and heating.

Healthy Heating: Radiant Theory
Healthy Heating describes 20 points every architect, engineer, contractor and their clients should know about radiant theory.

HPAC: Seven Radiant Heating & Cooling Myths
HPAC magazine says radiant energy and radiant systems myths continue and have expanded.

PM Engineer: 2011 Radiant Flooring Guide
2011 Radiant Flooring Guide provides information on various types of systems, and how to make proper choices on flooring over radiant heating systems, plus an updated directory of radiant floor product manufacturers.

Radiantek: Types Of Hydronic Floor Heating Systems
Radiantek, a system supplier, gives a good overview of hydronic systems including closed, indirect, open direct, with boiler and solar source options.

RPA: Basics Of Radiant Heating
Radiant Professionals Alliance offers radiant basics like definition, location, temperature, heating methods, controls, construction, thermal mass, response time, energy savings, and cooling.

RPA: Types Of Radiant Heating
Radiant Professionals Alliance describes different types of radiant floor heating systems.
Education & Training

RPA: Online Webinars On Radiant Heating
Radiant Panel Association offers online webinars on a wide range of topics relating to radiant heating design, installation, and business management.
Industry Information

RPA: Annual Radiant Heating Industry Conference
Radiant Professionals Alliance holds an annual radiant heating industry conference.
Industry Sectors

RPA: Radiant Professionals Alliance
Radiant Professionals Alliance is the North American trade association for industry members involved with various types of radiant heating.
Information Sources

Healthy Heating: Bibliography Of Radiant Heating & Cooling Resources
Healthy Heating provides a list of research and technical resources citations on radiant based HVAC systems for industry use.

Healthy Heating: Online Radiant Flooring Guide
Healthy Heating provides access to the Radiant Flooring Guide from the Radiant Professionals Alliance that provides all the information for making proper choices on flooring over radiant heating systems as well as an understanding of radiant heat, product options, design issues, and more.

Healthy Heating: Resource Site On Radiant Heating & Indoor Environment
Healthy Heating is an educational resource site with a wide range of information and news on radiant heating, indoor environmental quality, and HVAC industry.

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

Journal of Indoor Environmental Quality: Weblog On Industry Resources
Journal of Indoor Environmental Quality in conjunction with Healthy Heating serves as a technical interpreter and consolidator of academic research done within the building sciences. It provides professional development programs based on its analysis to application professionals such as architects, engineers, interior designers and related technicians. Topics include: air quality, comfort quality, sustainability, interior design, industrial design and product ergonomics as it relates to man machine interfaces for HVAC and building components.
Issues & Performance

CMHC: Thermostat Settings With In-Floor Heating Not Lower
CMHC research shows that homeowners with radiant in-floor heating systems do not set their thermostats significantly lower than homeowners with other types of heating systems. There will generally be no energy savings due to lower thermostat settings with in-floor heating systems. (PDF)

Contractor Magazine: Radiant Is More Efficient Than Forced Air
Contractor magazine says based on the results from energy simulations of different home types, in six regions of Canada, ICF Marbek reported this last January that annual energy savings of up to 18% could be realized with radiant heat.

John Siegenthaler: PM Magazine Article: Plateless In Radiantville
John Siegenthaler, a well-respected industry expert explains his concerns about problems that are surfacing with poorly designed plateless staple-up systems, especially in colder climates. (PDF)

PM Magazine: RPA Refutes Canadian Radiant Study
Plumbing & Mechanical magazine article covers Radiant Panel Association comments refuting a CMHC study that showed homeowners with radiant in-floor heating systems do not set their thermostats significantly lower than homeowners with other types of heating systems. Included are responses from CMHC. Free registration required.

Reeves Journal: Why Radiant Is Greenest Of Green Comfort Delivery Technologies
Reeves Journal says radiant heating provides the best alignment of the three invisible comfort-determination factors of mean radiant temperature, air temperature and relative humidity.
Procedures

Healthy Heating: Architectural Guide to Radiant Based HVAC Systems
Healthy Heating offers the Architectural Guide to Radiant Based HVAC Systems, a sectional drawing detailing the architectural/ mechanical interfaces for a health, wellness, and comfort system. $35 Donation Required

Healthy Heating: How To Avoid Radiant Heating Mistakes
Healthy Heating describes six common radiant heating and cooling mistakes and how to avoid them.

Healthy Heating: Radiant Based HVAC Design
Healthy Heating summarizes a literature review that mapped the impact of low temperature heating systems on thermal comfort, indoor air quality, and safety. Low temperature supply elements turned out to have many advantages over their high temperature counterparts.

Healthy Heating: Radiant Heating & HVAC Design Software Reviews
Healthy Heating provides a review of some of the more common and capable software programs available for designing HVAC and radiant systems.

Watts Radiant: Guide To Selecting Floor Coverings
Watts Radiant provides a good overview of things to consider when selecting tile, hardwoods, or carpet floor coverings for placement over radiant floors.
Product Supply

Radiant & Hydronics: Baselines For Residential Radiant Heat Efficiency In Canada
Radiant & Hydronics magazine says Beautiful Heat, Canada’s not-for-profit association dedicated to educating Canadians about the option of residential radiant heat, recently engaged ICF Marbek to complete an Energy and Comfort Study, measuring energy consumption of radiant heat vs. forced-air systems. Based on the results from energy simulations of different home types in six regions of Canada, annual energy savings of up to 18% could be realized with radiant heat.
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