The I=B=R Schools offered by the Hydronics Institute Division of GAMA for more than 50 years will be managed by PM’s parent company Business News Publishing (BNP) starting this fall. The new structure provides a blend of resources that ultimately will reward I=B=R class attendees, according to both groups.
“BNP is an excellent partner for promoting and managing the I=B=R Schools,” says Hydronics Institute Educational Chairman Joe Coppola. “BNP’s publications are well-known for their in-depth coverage of hydronics and related heating technologies. We are very excited about reaching thousands of heating professionals with our schools.”
I=B=R classes are held over two days and will be offered in several locations beginning in November. Anticipated locations include: New Haven, Conn.; Boston/Marlboro, Mass.; Saddlebrook, N.J.; New Brunswick, N.J.; Rochester, Minn.; and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
While equipment and technology have matured, Coppola explains, the basic fundamentals of hydronic heating have remained constant. The new courses explain how technological advances and fundamentals work together to provide ideal heating systems.
And with the use of its new, hands-on training manual, “Residential Hydronic Heating Design/Installation,” I=B=R offers more than 300 full-color illustrations with instruction and commentary.
“I’m so pleased to see the rebirth of The I=B=R schools, especially because they are using the terrific new text,” says Dan Holohan, hydronics speaker, consultant and Plumbing & Mechanical columnist. “That book makes the science of hot water and steam heating jump to life.”
Three expert instructors will be teaching the classes: Jim Roche, past I=B=R instructor and retired technical staff member for a boiler manufacturer; Jim Goins, author, engineer and former training instructor for boiler manufacturers; and Dan Almeida, a boiler installer and teacher with more than 20 years of industry experience.
The course fee of $395 includes the illustrated training manual, lunches and certificate of completion. To view the upcoming schedule of I=B=R classes, visit www.bnp.com/conferences, or contact Keri Wrobel at 248/362-3700.
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