May 8, 2008
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For the Media: 2008 Webinars

Uponor, an AIA/CES Provider, Releases 2008 Radiant Heating and Cooling Webinar Schedule

In 2007, Uponor launched its continuing education program for building professionals with a series of webinars hosted by Robert Bean, a registered engineering technologist in construction engineering technology. The 2008 dates have now been released and are available for registration by visiting and selecting For Professionals/Training Center/Online Classes. Read more...

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The live webinars, delivered to industry experts free of charge, cover various radiant heating and cooling topics specifically for architects and other design professionals. Attendees can earn Learning Units toward professional development, as required by the American Institute of Architects/Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and other associations.

The hour-long online sessions are offered twice daily: the first session beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern; the second, at 8 p.m. Eastern. The following list features webinars for May, June and July:

  • May 12, 2008: Thermal Comfort
  • May 26, 2008: Radiant Heating and Cooling
  • June 9, 2008: Snow and Ice Melting
  • June 23, 2008: Thermal Comfort
  • July 14, 2008: Radiant Heating and Cooling
  • July 28, 2008: Snow and Ice Melting


Brief descriptions of the courses follow:

Thermal Comfort addresses the basics of human physiology as it relates to thermal sensations and their relationship to health, safety and wellness. Topics include specifications for interior thermal conditions to meet the parameters of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55 and the relationship between indoor comfort and indoor air quality with reference to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62 — Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality.

Radiant Heating and Cooling discusses how radiant-based heating and cooling systems influence health, wellness and safety in the context of industry codes and standards. Topics include radiant heating and cooling terminology; types of radiant surfaces and sub-assemblies; and basic mechanical equipment and thermal design criteria for radiant-conditioned spaces.

Snow and Ice Melting covers common snow and ice melting applications — walks, ramps, drives, helipads, stairs — and how to evaluate and meet client needs and performance expectations in these areas. The course will also address the required design criteria for evaluating thermal-melting loads.

Series host Robert Bean, a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), is a noted authority on these topics.

An avid student of industrial design and indoor environmental ergonomics, Bean volunteers his knowledge with industry groups across North America, while managing, a not-for-profit site on anthropology, architecture and radiant-based HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems.

“These webinars are a useful tool for design professionals who are looking to expand their knowledge on indoor environments and energy efficiency,” says Bean. “Several attendees have reported the timing of these webinars is great for those needing to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements or who want to learn more about LEED principals in design.”

Uponor is a pioneer in educating the trades in the art and science of designing and installing radiant systems. Since the inception of its popular factory training program in 1993, more than 10,000 heating professionals have attended at least one training session at its Apple Valley facility. In addition, Uponor representatives have offered on-site training to nearly 100,000 plumbing, heating and fire safety professionals.

“Our training webinars have been increasingly successful since their launch in October 2007,” says Mary Beth Manninen, training manager for Uponor North America. “With the help of Robert Bean, these webinars enable us to extend our training commitment to architects, engineers and related building professionals interested in applying the principles of radiant-based HVAC systems.”

Uponor is a leading supplier of PEX-a plumbing, fire safety and radiant heating and cooling systems for the residential and commercial building markets across North America and Europe. Uponor employs 4,700 people globally. Uponor Corporation is listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland.

Uponor, Inc. is headquartered in Apple Valley, Minn. For more information, visit or call Uponor toll free at (800) 321-4739.

Uponor Ltd. is currently based in Regina, Saskatchewan, although the Sales and Marketing business units will relocate to Toronto in 2008.

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