Attendees will find many eco-friendly seminars at this year’s show.

Green will be the color of choice during ISH North America, Oct. 1-3, Atlanta, as the industry’s hottest topic wraps around educational seminars and other events throughout the show’s three-day run.

Green Seminars

ISH North America attendees have several options to hear about the latest in green-building technologies and renewable energy in a series of seminars beginning the first day of the show.

Well-knownPlumbing & Mechanicalcolumnist John Siegenthaler will discuss, “Why Hydronic Distribution Systems Are A Deep Shade Of Green Technology,” 9-10:30 a.m., Oct. 1. Thermal efficiency of boilers or furnaces only tells part of the story. Hydronics holds a significant advantage over forced air when it comes to the electrical energy both mechanical systems need to distribute heat. New circulator technology also promises to make hydronic heat as green as it gets.

Later that same day, Siegenthaler will also talk about the “Ten Trends That Will Shape The Future Of Hydronic Heating,” 3-4:30 p.m. Every sector of the HVAC industry needs to determine how to contend with ever-escalating energy prices. Thanks to new hardware and design concepts, however, hydronic heat will be on the cutting-edge of energy efficiency.

AnotherPMcolumnist, Julius Ballanco, will discuss “Water Reuse and Water Reclamation,” 9-10:30 a.m., Oct. 2. Although greywater systems save water, they also raise concerns for public health and safety. Attendees will learn how the plumbing codes are revising regulations designed to safeguard health with these water-saving systems.

In addition, here are several other green seminar highlights:

“The Research Required For Successful Implementation Of New Water-Efficient Technologies,” 3-4:30 p.m., Oct. 1. Peter Demarco, director of special programs for the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials, will discuss the transition in store between embracing new water-saving plumbing systems while still having confidence that the systems protect health and safety and provide customer satisfaction.

“Solar Around The World,” 3-4:30 p.m., Oct. 1. Radiant contractor Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr will explore various solar concepts and installation practices around the world.

“An Introduction To The GreenPlumbers Program,” 9-10:30 a.m., Oct. 2. Steve Lehtonen, managing director of GreenPlumbers USA, will describe how his organization can help train plumbers to capitalize on green strategies in their work. Although the program is fairly new to the United States, it has a well-established, successful track record in Australia.

“Green Design Within The UPC and UMC,” 3-4:30 p.m., Oct. 2. Michael Mitchell, senior plumbing inspector for the city and county of San Francisco, will examine what green products and concepts are currently allowed within the Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code, as well as some possible applications that can be allowed through alternative approval processes.

“Two Real Sharp P’s in a Bright Green Pod,” 10-11 a.m., Oct. 3. Radiant contractors Dave Yates and Mark Eatherton will discuss a wide assortment of green technologies, such as solar thermal, ground source heat pump, solar PV and hydrogen fuel cell technology, high-efficiency space and water heating, waste heat recovery and mini-split inverter systems.

All ISH North America seminars will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center. For a full ISH North America 2008 seminar schedule and additional information on each of the sessions, visit

Green Home Tours

ISH North America is also promoting tours of a home completely run with solar energy located on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology. Students from Georgia Tech originally designed and built the home for last year’s Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C. The 800-square-foot home, dubbed Icarus, took sixth place in the contest and has since been rebuilt outside Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture.

In additional to PV panels for electricity, the home also features evacuated tube panels to provide domestic hot water. An energy recovery ventilator conditions incoming air using the temperature and humidity of the outgoing exhaust air from the home.

On the plumbing side, the home’s water management system collects rainwater from the roof as well as water from the sinks and air-conditioning to a storage tank in the garden for greywater use.

For more information on the home and to sign up for a tour, go to

Green Mobile Classroom

The HVAC Mobile Green Classroom is currently on tour around the country, including a stop at ISH North America.

The classroom, essentially a tractor trailer, allows visitors a first-hand look at the many ways a building can become more energy-efficient, use fewer natural resources and have minimal impact on the environment. On display are such green building features as solar heat, greywater and geothermal, to name just a few.

The trailer is the work of the Partnership for Environmental Leadership, a collaborate effort of the MCAA, UA, MSCA, as well as the Plumbing Contractors of America; U.S. Green Building Council and Green Mechanical Council.

For more information and a tour schedule, log on

Network ’08 Green Highlights

Network ’08 also offers several green-related presentations. While Network ’08 features general sessions for both members of the American Supply Association and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association, the following sessions are meant for just respective members of each group:

ASA Events
ASA Plumbing Industry Breakfast, “Conserving America’s Water Resources: Business Sense, Water Sense, Common Sense,” 7 a.m.-8:45 a.m., Oct. 2.

EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson has been invited to discuss WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the EPA, which seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs and practices.

“Understanding The National Green Building Landscape,” 1:45-3:15 p.m., Oct 2.

“Greening Your Bottom Line,” 3:30-5 p.m., Oct. 2.

Robin Pharo, president of Healthy Homes, will present both of these sessions. In the first seminar, Pharo will review the country’s three different national green-building programs. In the second seminar, Pharo will discuss how to better understand homebuyer behaviors and purchasing decisions regarding sustainability.

PHCC-NA Events
“Going Green: What You Need To Know About This Growing Market For Your Business,” 1:30-2:45 p.m., Oct. 3.

Contractors Kevin Tindall of Tindall and Ranson, and Steven Schaefer of Schaefer Mechanical have headed up PHCC’s Task Force on Green Construction and Water Conservation and will unveil the results of study and discussions over the past year.

All Network ’08 seminars will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. For more information or to register for Network ’08, log on to

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