A recent Plumbing & Mechanical survey finds the I=B=R Schools remains a well-known brand name in hydronic education.

We sent surveys to 1,500 respondents, split basically down the middle between PM subscribers and contractors who had attended an I=B=R seminar in the past year.

Regardless of actual attendance, almost 100 percent of respondents recognized the “I=B=R Schools” name for hydronic heating education. Likewise, a strong majority indicated that the I=B=R designation would influence their likelihood of attending an I=B=R course. Knowing that the Hydronics Institute Division of the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association developed the I=B=R Schools also got high marks in influencing decisions to attend a course.

The survey indicated that control selection and boiler sizing; wiring; and zoning were popular topics. The months of February, March, April and May were the best months to attend. A two-day course - which is how long each I=B=R School lasts - were the ideal length of time. Weekends and nights were not popular times to attend.

Here are the dates and locations for I=B=R Schools in March and April. To register, go online to www.bnpmedia.com/conferences or call 888/530-6714:

  • March 1-2, College Park, Md.

  • March 3-4, Alexandria, Va.

  • March 8-9, Philadelphia

  • March 10-11, Edison, N.J.

  • March 15-16, Bridgeport, Ct.

  • March 17-18, Springfield, Mass.

  • April 5-6, Grand Rapids, Mich.

  • April 7-8, Saginaw, Mich.

  • April 19-20, Utica, N.Y.

  • April 21-22, Buffalo, N.Y.
In related news, contractor Dennis Sommers, Scaran Heating & Cooling in Staten Island, N.Y., won a free registration to an I=B=R School. Sommers' name was picked at random from those who responded to the survey.