This is my second column in a series of articles about radiant ceiling heating and cooling systems. My next experience with radiant ceilings was an artistic radiator that I built and installed in my home office basement. It was similar to a panel radiator, except that it was completely made of copper.
As I pointed out in my last article, the possibility of having a well-meaning volunteer drywall installer with a cordless screw gun and very sharp screws in hand gave the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and me some concern.
As I begin my new life as technical director of the Radiant Professionals Alliance, hereafter referred to as the RPA, I find myself surrounded by some very professional people who all have one goal in mind. That goal, if you will, is to “Grow Radiant.” That has always been the goal of the RPA since its inception back in 1994. And although the original concepts of delivering radiant comfort were essentially hydronic based, today it includes electric panel radiation, hydronic powered radiation, and even direct and indirect gas fired radiation.
Fresh off the buzz from the NFL combine, with potential stars like Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariotta, and Amari Cooper in town, the city of Indianapolis shifted its gears, literally, to welcome the next set of stars, with names like Ford, Chevrolet, Ram, Isuzu and Mercedes on the marquee.
This week, new faucets for the kitchen, a hydronic geothermal heat pump with vapor injection technology, a cordless drill/driver, a handy scanner for detecting embedded materials in walls and much more.