The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) has announced that it will hold its Annual Meeting and Conference in conjunction with the 2015 AHR Expo that takes place in Chicago from January 26-28, as well as significantly expand its overall presence at the world’s largest HVACR event.
A long-time supporter of AHR Expo and an integral part of the IAPMO Group, RPA is established for the purpose of providing superior leadership and fostering the awareness of innovative technology through comprehensive educational activities, products, codes and standards, and public awareness initiatives. It is RPA’s mission to serve as a clearinghouse of experience, ideas, and information to further the objectives and sustain interest on behalf of the RPA membership.
In addition to relocating its meeting and conference to AHR Expo, RPA will develop a training and education program and host a booth on the Show floor. Hundreds of radiant professionals are expected to attend RPA’s Annual Meeting & Conference, which will be held Tuesday, January 27th, at McCormick Place. RPA will also hold its Board Meeting in Chicago on Sunday, January 25th, the day before the opening of the Show.
“The Radiant Professionals Alliance has been an exhibitor at AHR Expo for many years and it has been very beneficial. Now we are thrilled to be working with AHR Expo to enhance education and training for the Radiant-Hydronic Industry,” said Mark Eatherton, RPA Executive Director.
Eatherton said the RPA has already assembled an Education Committee of experts who are developing a complete radiant and hydronic training and education program that will be available to all AHR Expo attendees. In addition, some of the topics that will be addressed at the RPA Annual Meeting include:
- Updates on the RPA Certification program for Contractors and Installers
- Preview of the new Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code for the United States
- A review of the RPA Education Committee’s priority list of programs and projects for the industry
- A presentation of legislative activity involving the Radiant-Hydronics industry by the Public Policy Committee, including their mission to expand rebate programs
- Market expansion programs for the Commercial Radiant-Hydronics segment, targeted specifically at the Manufacturer and Contractor, and a separate program for Residential Market expansion
RPA is one of nearly three-dozen industry-leading organizations that are Endorsing Associations of AHR Expo, many of which also offer educational programs at the Show. “Participating in AHR Expo enhances RPA’s status as one of the leading organizations in the industry, all of which are there,” said Mark Chaffee, RPA Chairman of the Board.
GP Russ Chaney, IAPMO CEO, echoed these sentiments, “IAPMO endeavors to always be a positive contributor to the Plumbing and Mechanical Industry and we are very pleased that RPA will be expanding its presence at 2015 AHR Expo to better meet the needs of the industry.”
“We are delighted RPA is relocating its annual Meeting and Conference to AHR Expo,” said Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company, which produces and manages the AHR Expo. “AHR Expo attendees who are interested in radiant heating and cooling will be able to stay at the cutting-edge of the technology, while RPA members will be able to discover new products and solutions from nearly 2,000 exhibitors and choose from more than 100 AHR Expo and ASHRAE educational sessions.”
Stevens said radiant heating and cooling has been a steadily growing segment of AHR EXPO for several years and features many exhibiting companies showcasing radiant products and solutions. “AHR Expo represents all segments of the HVACR industry so we are glad any time we can strengthen and grow a key sector of the Show.”