The 6th biennial Foothills Hydronics Conference and Tradeshow was held in Edmonton, Alberta, April 18-19. This was the premier event for hydronic heating aficionados in Canada.

Canadian wetheads listen as Hot Rod Rohr delivers the keynote address at Foothills 2007.


The 6th biennial Foothills Hydronics Conference and Tradeshow was held in Edmonton, Alberta, April 18-19. This was the premier event for hydronic heating aficionados in Canada. It provided two solid days of training seminars, as well as plenty of time to “kick the tires” in the tradeshow.

Hot Rod Rohr of Show Me Radiant Heating provided the keynote address, showing the results of infrared thermography testing on a variety of panel radiator and floor heating installations.  The images provided convincing proof of the performance difference among a variety of systems.

Without a doubt the biggest hit was Hot Rod’s radiant dog - a beautifully detailed concrete sculpture of a hunting dog complete with embedded hydronic tubing. It now serves as a garment-warming radiator in the Rohr household.



One of the hydronic systems assembled by NAIT student during the Foothills event.

Another feature of the Foothills event was the system installation competition, in which students of the hydronic heating technology program at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) installed piping and controls for a specified system.

It was evident they had all been taught well. Their work was meticulous in every detail.