Three trade associations will work with each other on educational initiatives that will benefit their hydronics and radiant panel sectors.

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America; the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute; and the Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International will partner with each other to support the hydronics field.

“Hydronics is of growing importance to our industry, as contractors are now being expected to understand a wide variety of different technologies in order to serve their customers, from air to water to ground and back again,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “The three legs of our industry - contractors, manufacturers, and distributors - all recognize this importance. We understand we need to work together to ensure that systems are properly designed, installed and maintained.”

Through the collaboration, AHRI will continue to update basic hydronics training materials. This material will be used by HARDI to encourage its distributor members to provide hydronics training in their local areas. ACCA also will use this material to develop online education for contractors and their employees, and encourage members to take advantage of HARDI member training where available. The ACCA’s Radiant and Hydronics Council will develop online training modules for contractors that need to go beyond the basics of hydronics design and installation.

In addition, the ACCA-RHC and HARDI will be represented on the AHRI committees responsible for developing or revising hydronics training materials. The ACCA-RHC will join AHRI, HARDI, and others in the North American Council on Hydronics, a USA-Canadian alliance group.

“We are delighted about this new collaboration,” said Stephen Yurek, AHRI president and chief executive. “Working together, our three organizations will provide a higher level of service and professionalism than we could on our own to the entire hydronics industry.”

Talbot Gee, HARDI executive vice president and COO, agreed, saying that HARDI members are excited about the opportunity to collaborate.

“There are tremendous possibilities for future projects that will pay great dividends for those who specialize in hydronics, an area where industry-specific education is sorely needed,” he said.