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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.
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 Magazine: 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

ACCA Now: Industry Articles On Hydronics
ACCA Now provides industry articles on hydronics technology, products, issues and procedures.

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

CIPH: Hydronics Publications
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating sells a wide range of hydronics publications for the industry.

H2O Accepted: Hydronic Heating Resource Site
Radiant Professionals Alliance and Hydronics Industry Alliance have launched the H2O Accepted website that is designed to showcase the advantages of water-based (hydronic) commercial building space heating and cooling technologies.

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.

PHCP Pros: Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor News Magazine
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor magazine provides news and information to the plumbing and Hydronic heating industry.

PM Engineer: Modern Hydronics Done Right Volume 3
Plumbing & Mechanical and PM Engineer free eBook, Modern Hydronics Done Right, is a collection of columns and articles from John Siegenthaler, the well-respected hydronics expert. The topics in Volume III include focus on hydronic heat emitters, including articles on garage warming, panel radiator vs. radiant panel and future trends in thermal mass and more.
Issues & Performance

CAN/CSA-B214-16 - 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. $173 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 Magazine: 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 Magazine: Factors Affecting Hydronic System Effieciency
HPAC magazine explains why determining the efficiency of a hydronic heating system is not a simple procedure.

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

HPAC Magazine: 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.

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: 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)

Heating Help: Pumping Tips for Hot Water Heating Systems
In this excerpt from his Classic Hydronics seminar, Dan Holohan shares his knowledge about pumps in hot water heating systems.

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

HPAC Magazine: Basics of Purging Hydronic Circuits
HPAC Magazine says nearly all modern hydronic systems rely on two methods to get air out and move water into the system. Together these methods can get the system up and running quickly and ensure that it remains essentially air-free over its full service life.

HPAC Magazine: 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 Magazine: Heat Metering Technology Gains Traction
HPAC Magazine says heat metering represents a significant and broad emerging market in North America. It is a niche that is ideally suited to those working with hydronic heating and cooling systems.

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

HPAC Magazine: Perfecting Hydronic System Design
HPAC magazine says system designers should imagine a building with heat loss characteristics such that the rate of heat loss always matched the rate of internal heat generation from sunlight, people, and equipment.

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.

P&M: Back to Hydronics Basics
Plumbing and Mechanical describes how to apply a few of the basics to every hydronic system you work with.

P&M: Dos& Don’ts of Hydronic System Design
Plumbing & Mechanical describes 10 lessons learned about hydronic system design.

P&M: Flow x Pressure drop = Energy
Plumbing & Mechanical magazine says with the exception of systems with electrical boilers or heat pumps as their primary heat source, few heating pros give much thought to the electrical energy used in their systems.

P&M: 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.

P&M: Purchasable Book On Modern Hydronic Heating
Plumbing & Mechanical 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

P&M: Troubleshooting Hydronic Systems
Plumbing & Mechanical says piping layout in hydronic systems is often confusing.

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

PHCP Pros: 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.

PM Engineer: 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.

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, sells it's Hydronic Systems Design Manual: a Guide to the Design and Installation of Hot Water Heating Systems. $221 CDN

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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