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New online course highlights the power of radiant design

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 08:28

Dave Yates is passionate about the positive impact that radiant heating can have - so much so that he's teaching a course on it. As one of the most experienced teachers in the heating realm, he's decided to take his expertise and use it to enlighten professionals on the subject of radiant design in an online class. "Fundamentals of Radiant Design" will combine readings, video lessons, homework assignments and discussions among classmates for a dynamic experience.Yates partnered with the Radiant Professionals Alliance to develop the course. The RPA, which was established in 1994, is an organization that is dedicated to spreading the word about radiant heating as an energy-efficient and healthy option. Yates himself has served as an executive board member of the RPA, and he has also been a member of the Green Mechanical Council as well as the Radiant and Hydronics Council with ACCA."Education has always been a top priority of the RPA, and it will continue to be a focal point of the organization," RPA Executive Director Mark Eatherton said, as quoted by Supply House Times. "What makes this offering unique is that the students can learn at their own pace while also getting lots of stories and tips from the instructor. Who wouldn't want to pick Dave Yates' brain?"Delving into radiant design
So what exactly will participants be learning? Of course, some may already have a fundamental understanding about radiant systems. However, this class combines hands-on techniques and a broad overview of different systems that will allow these students to apply their knowledge to the real world. First, students will get a grasp on the basics, such as how radiant heating works. Then they'll be taught how to design and install high-quality systems effectively, as well as how to properly integrate radiant heating into both interior and exterior environments. Most importantly, they'll become well-versed in the advantages of these systems, including improved comfort and reducing environmental impact. Participants will even get a deeper look into the specific materials that are used in radiant heating, and begin to understand the difference between system design methods that work well versus those that don't. Yates will also point out common mistakes that students should avoid in their endeavors.The course, which begins Jan. 13, is broken down into six weeks. The first week is a brief introduction, which includes a lesson on the history of radiant panel heating, as well as eight complete case studies. In the second week, students will gain a glimpse into hydronic radiant panel systems while learning about plate systems, board systems, suspended tube systems, staple-up systems, the sandwich method, ceiling heating, wall heating and wall panels. Then participants will get into more complex topics in the third week, which covers installation methods and components, including circuit layout considerations and distribution piping. Week four involves lessons on the more technical aspects of radiant panel systems, as well as insight into ventilation and air quality, radiant cooling and hybrid solutions. After that, participants will study design elements for wood flooring, ceramic tile, carpet and other related considerations. In the sixth week, students wrap up the class by reviewing key concepts and take a final exam for their certificates.Students needn't be worried about their work schedules or other obligations, either. The course is self-paced, which means they can log in whenever is convenient. Participants should expect to set aside about five hours per week for coursework. Plus, anyone who takes the class can continue to access the online materials for an entire year after it's over."It will be a pleasure to pay back a bit of what the RPA has done for me while paying it forward to assist designers and installers who have an interest in ramping up their knowledge," Yates said, according to Supply House Times.

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