The Air Conditioning Contractors of America has launched the Radiant & Hydronics Council to provide services to this segment of the HVACR industry.

“Radiant contractors have been seeking a dynamic, contractor-focused organization for some time, and many have asked ACCA to expand an emphasis into that sector,” said Joe Nichter, the ACCA’s 2011-2012 chairman. “The RHC will provide first-class representation and services for radiant and hydronics professionals that wish to be the best in their field.”

The first chairman of the advisory council will be Dan Foley. Foley is president of Foley Mechanical, a hydronics company in Lorton, Va., and a past chairman of the Radiant Panel Association.

In addition to Foley, others serving on the committee that will oversee the council are: Greg Jannone of William Jannone & Son in Bound Brook, N.J.; John Abularrage of Advanced Radiant Design in Stone Ridge, N.Y.; Brian Stack of Stack Heating & Cooling in Avon, Ohio; John Siegenthaler of Appropriate Designs in Holland Patent, N.Y.; Mark Hottel of Harvey W. Hottel Inc. in Gaithersburg, Md.; Dave Yates of F.W. Behler Inc. in York, Pa.; Bob Rohr of Caleff in Milwaukee; and Bill Shady of Sustainable Design and Product Management in Santa Cruz, Calif.

“As a longtime active member of associations in both the air and radiant field, I am excited to see ACCA create this new organization,” Foley said. “It is definitely time for the many different elements of the indoor environment industry to come together under one umbrella for the betterment of all contractors. ACCA offers us an incredible opportunity to do just that. Since it is an organization of, by, and for the contractor, it gives us one strong voice in advocacy, while providing services specific to radiant professionals through the council.”

The RHC will add a new radiant and hydronics educational track at the 2012 ACCA conference March 5-8 in Las Vegas. It will also launch a new monthly e-newsletter, “Radiant Trends,” specifically for RHC members.

Development of a new two-day educational meeting, the Hydronics Roundtable, will be held in fall 2012 as part of ACCA’s annual Contracting Week. The new section will also have a section on the ACCA website featuring webinars and articles.