High school students learn about new technologies at Uponor

Uponor Tour

Wes Sisco, training manager at Uponor Academy, explains the concept of crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing to students from Sibley High School.

On Feb. 14, more than 60 pre-engineering students from Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, Minn., visited the Uponor North American headquarters in Apple Valley, Minn., to learn about new innovations in radiant heating and cooling, plumbing and fire sprinkler systems, using crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing.

The students’ visit was in conjunction with a push to encourage more science and technology education in Minnesota schools. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who visited Uponor on Jan. 11 to promote business innovation, also spoke in an online column about the importance of technical schools and the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) network in Minnesota.

“We have a long, strong history in education and training at Uponor,” says Wes Sisco, training manager at Uponor Academy. “Reaching out to students is one of our top priorities because it helps support the next generation of professionals coming into the workforce.”

The student outreach program at Uponor invites students from local high schools as well as vocational and technical schools to learn about the innovations and benefits of PEX-based radiant heating and cooling, plumbing and fire sprinkler systems. To learn how your school can get involved, contact Wes Sisco at wes.sisco@uponor.com or Steve Swanson, customer trainer, at steve.swanson@uponor.com.

Polyurethane Training Program Under Development

American Chemistry CouncilThe Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) will develop a new training and education program for employers and workers using low-pressure spray polyurethane foam (SPF) thanks to a $48,000 grant from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Research Foundation for Health and Environmental Effects (RFHEE), a non-profit organization established by ACC that supports joint research projects sponsored by industry, public agencies, academia and other foundations, was awarded the $48,000 grant through OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. CPI, in partnership with RFHEE, will develop the program. The $48,000 in federal funds provides for 96 percent of the $50,000 budget for the new low-pressure training program; CPI will provide the remaining four percent, or $2,000.

The training program will aim to inform weatherization professionals about hazards associated with low-pressure, two-component foam systems and insulating foam sealant. The program will be available in both English and Spanish and available only online.

Urban Green to Offer Energy Code Training

Cracking the Energy CodeUrban Green has debuted its newest program: Cracking the Energy Code. Jointly developed with AIA New York and funded by NYSERDA, it is a four-hour course designed to familiarize architects and engineers with the 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State, the fundamentals of low energy design, and the processes available to demonstrate compliance.

The course will be delivered multiple times between now and mid-2012 – the first on September 27th (details). Read more about the genesis of the program here.

YKK AP’s New Training Program to Boost Customer Skills

YKK APBeginning in April 2011,YKK AP America will start offering training sessions that will give their customers the skills they need to install YKK AP products quickly and with the highest quality.

The training program is ideal for project managers, fabrication shop supervisors, jobsite managers and supervisors of glaziers. Attendees are personally selected by their supervisors to extend training to their colleagues. Topics covered will include engineering fundamentals, field water testing standards and procedures, proper use of quality assurance tools, and installation procedures for the most popular YKK AP products. It will also include a tour of the company’s manufacturing facility.

The first session will take place from April 11-15 and the second April 18-22. Registration is open to YKK AP customers for a fee of $350. Lunch will be provided each day, and dinner will be provided one evening. To RSVP or to learn additional details, please visit http://www.ykkap.com/QAtraining.

Living Architecture Academy is an Online Green Learning Center

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) has just launched the Living Architecture Academy (LAA), an online portal to green roof and wall educational content from conferences and events, including the recent CitiesAlive, Green Roof and Wall Conference in Vancouver, BC. The LAA currently offers 24/7 access to 75 slide show presentations with streaming audio, as well as 70 papers from previous conferences for purchase and download.

The Living Architecture Academy will feature unique recordings of courses, webinars, and educational sessions – an ideal way for accredited Green Roof Professionals (GRPs) to earn continuing education credits. MP3 audio files can also be downloaded onto iPods for education on the go.

The Living Architecture Academy also offers archived versions of GRHC’s monthly Green Infrastructure Webinar Series, featuring subject matter experts from a variety of disciplines discussing topics of interest to green roof and wall enthusiasts. Past webinars include: New Fire and Wind Uplift Guidelines for Green Roofs, Principles and Practices for Integrated Design, Principles of Integrated Water Management Systems, and a case study of the Target Center Arena in Minneapolis.

Taco Announces Innovation & Development Center

Taco's Innovation & Development center will provide extensive training facilities.

Taco Inc., Cranston, RI, announced Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at the AHR show that it will build a new Innovation & Development Center. The facility will consist of a two-story, 24,037-sq. ft. addition to its headquarters, in combination with 24,487 sq. ft. of interior renovation. The Innovation & Development Center will provide a hands-on learning environment for the best equipment and systems that today’s HVAC industry offers for comfort, efficiency, and sustainability. The HVAC products and systems will be visible throughout the entire facility forming “Living Laboratories” that allow for close-up viewing, hands-on learning and teaching.
   The Learning Center will consist of a 63-tiered-seat classroom, two 25-seat teaming spaces, two 30-seat classrooms, a library with computer classroom and conference room, computer training labs, a CNC training and demonstration room, and functional labs for testing and teaching.
   Labs will be equipped to handle a wide range HVAC technologies, including geothermal, solar, photovoltaic, snowmelt, domestic hot water conversation, and building automation. Mechanical-system training will be available for a wide range of technologies, including radiant cooling and heating, LoFlo technology, load-match technology, active chilled-beam systems, demand ventilation control systems, and rooftop cooling towers.
   The facility is expected to open in the Summer of 2012.

CBP December E-Newsletter now available

The CBP December E-Newsletter will be sent to subscribers in the next couple of days. Blog readers and Twitter followers can read it now by clicking here. Be sure to check out the award-winning activity by various USGBC chapters, many tips offered by Trane Inc. for sustainable building, and a new online training program from the BlazeMaster CPVC plumbing people.—Gary L. Parr