Viega will have two radiant training seminars in 2015 for design-build contractors and engineers. The manufacturer is collaborating with the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California, Berkeley to present the one-day training course, “Energy and Comfort Performance of Radiant Slab Systems.” The course is co-presented by Fred Bauman, a prominent scientist at CBE, and Jason McKinnon, director of training at Viega.

Viega recently announced a partnership with the CBE. Educating the industry on new and more efficient technologies for commercial integrated hydronics systems was one of the initial goals of the association between the two organizations.

The radiant training seminars are scheduled for May 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C., and Nov. 3, 2015, in San Francisco. The seminars will teach how radiant systems work, heat transfer fundamentals, energy use and thermal comfort in comparison to conventional all-air systems. Project examples and design guidance also will be covered.

“These radiant seminars provide a wealth of industry knowledge,” said Mark Parent, Viega’s director of product management. “There is a lack of industry knowledge when it comes to radiant heating and cooling. Our hope is to help educate the industry on newer and more efficient technologies when designing commercial integrated hydronics systems.”

The CBE is leading a research program on advanced integrated systems with a focus on radiant slab cooling, also known as thermally activated building systems. It recently accepted a $3 million grant over the next three years on radiant slab systems to research methods for optimizing radiant systems for energy efficiency and comfort.

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