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RPA Solicits Public Comments for 2015 Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code 

Mokena, Ill. (June 2, 2014) — The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA), a 20-year-old organization dedicated to the promotion of radiant heating and cooling as comfortable, efficient and healthy, is calling for public comments on the 2014 Report on Proposals for the 2015 edition of the American National Standard designated Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code™ (USEHC).

The public comment form, as well as instructions and background on the ANSI-accredited consensus process used to develop the code, can be found here. All comments should indicate the exact wording recommended as accepted as submitted, accepted as modified or rejected, as well as state the problem the recommendation will resolve and the specific reason for making the comment.

No comments will be accepted after the 5 p.m. PDT deadline on June 20. All public comments will be distributed to the Technical Committee members in September and reviewed at their meetings Oct. 27-28 in Ontario, Calif. Copies of the Report on Proposals will not be available in hardcopy. Interested parties are encouraged to download a digital version here.

Bear in mind that this code addresses the minimum standards of issues pertaining to the application of hydronic heating and cooling systems. The RPA intends to develop an Instructive Training Manual, along with a Best Practices Manual, for design and installation to act as companions to the proposed code changes.

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) first developed the USEC in September 1976. The provisions of this code apply to the erection, installation, alteration, repair, relocation, replacement, addition to or maintenance of any solar energy and/or hydronic heating/cooling system. The 2009 and 2012 editions of these codes were produced using a consensus process similar to the one used to develop the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®), which are designated as American National Standards.

The RPA urges its members and other interested parties to get involved in the code development process to ensure effectiveness in preserving the public health, safety and welfare through strict governance of the Uniform Codes. Installers, plumbing and mechanical officials, the construction industry, engineers and manufacturers all benefit from a cooperative effort in developing codes.

For questions about submitting comments for the USEHC, contact Hugo Aguilar, USECH staff liaison, at (909) 472-4111 or by email at hugo.aguilar@iapmo.org.