The Hydronics Institute (HI) Division of GAMA recently reintroduced its I=B=R schools with six sessions in four states. The courses were held during November 2003 in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Minnesota, and drew 218 students.

Instructor Dan Almeida lead the two-day sessions by teaching the fundamentals of hydronic system design, heat loss calculations, pipe sizing and installation, indirect water heating, and several related topics. BNP Media's Conferencing Group promotes and manages the courses.

HI Education Committee chairman Joe Coppola said he was very pleased with the turnout and with the revamped I=B=R classes. “The overall feedback was excellent,” Coppola said. “We received a number of very positive comments, plus additional requests for content that will allow us to expand and refine our courses in the future.”

Student comments included: “…a very good seminar - I would return again,” “…interactive,” and “…well presented.” Students also lauded the class instructional book, the I=B=R Guide to Residential Hydronic Heating…Installation & Design, noting it as “an excellent reference tool.”

I=B=R schools resume in the spring and fall of 2004 with 20 locations currently under consideration. For details on the upcoming class dates and locations, visit For more information on the Hydronics Division of GAMA, visit