Fundamentals of Radiant Design


Length: 6 weeks

Instructor: Dave Yates

Subjects: Renewable HVAC: HVAC Design, Renewable HVAC: Hydronic Heating


Taught by RPA legend Dave Yates. This is a foundational course for anyone doing hands-on work in the radiant or hydronics industry. It provides the foundation for a long and productive career., Dave Yates will teach you state-of-the-art information about radiant heating technologies, giving you the leg up on competition and providing you with unlimited opportunities in radiant heating design and installation.

Radiant heating is superior in providing thermal comfort for any indoor environment as well as safety and protection in outdoor areas for snow/ice melting. The use of properly-designed radiant heating can offer substantially lower operating costs and a healthier indoor environment.

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Learn From The Best

In February 2014, Dave Yates was named one of the most influential people in plumbing and hydronics by Contractor Magazine. This is a rare opportunity to study under Dave and become his pupil for 6 weeks.

Hands-On Work

You'll be doing lots of practice problems and really learning to work independently as a radiant designer.

Avoid Costly Mistakes

Dave has extensive field experience. He's seen it all, from excellently designed and installed systems to complete disasters. What you learn in this course will ensure that your work is effective, safe, and built to last.

Self-Paced Online Course

This course is self-paced and entirely online. The lecture videos and other materials are available any time, and the instructor responds to student questions through a discussion board during the posted session dates. In order to participate, you will need an Internet connection and an up-to-date web browser. You can earn continuing education credits by completing all course assignments by the session end date.

Supported by Student Advocate – Tom McCormack

In addition to instructor support via the discussion board, students have access to Tom McCormack, HeatSpring's Student Advocate. He is available to answer general questions via email, course discussion board, or chat.

Earn a Certificate of Completion

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Approved for: 1 IAPMO CEUs , 1 RPA CEUs

I really enjoyed the course presented by RPA and instructed by Dave Yates. The course has helped me in a short time to grasp the fundamentals and techniques used to install the many forms of radiant heat emitters, and much more. Dave brings a light attitude concerning the hard (for some like myself at this stage) theories and design approaches that help it all to stick. He has made taken me one step closer to my goal of becoming a radiant designer.

- James Damiano, Nice Home Services

Dave and I share a passion for radiant panel heating, and have each participated in the market for radiant panel systems as it has grown in North America over the last 30 years. Dave brings a unique combination of skills to this market. You will be learning from someone who’s definitely “been there / done that” when it comes to modern radiant panel heating systems.

- John Siegenthaler, P.E., author of "Modern Hydronic Heating"

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Dave Yates

F.W. Behler

Born and raised in York, Pa., Dave began his career in the PHVAC trades in 1972. After serving his apprenticeship and working up to Master Plumber status, Dave struck out on his own in 1979. In 1985, Dave returned to the company where he had served his apprentice years and purchased F.W. Behler, Inc., a third-generation PHVAC firm that is celebrating 114 years of...[more]

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Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can complete the material whenever is convenient and work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. Expect to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the course. Keep in mind that the instructor will be there to answer your questions and help you learn for the duration of the course. The instructor will only be available to answer questions during the posted session dates, so ask all your questions while we're in session. You will have access to all of the online materials for a full year. Contact Tom McCormack, your Student Advocate, if you have questions before or after the posted session dates. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.

Week 1 - Introduction to Radiant Heating + Example Systems

Topics include: What is Radiant Heating?, Thermal Comfort, Advantages of Radiant Panel Heating, A Brief History of Radiant Panel Heating, and eight full case studies.

Week 2 - Hydronic Radiant Panel Systems

Topics include: Slab-on-Grade Systems, Thin-Slab Systems, Plate Systems and Sandwich Method, Suspended Tube Systems, Staple-Up Systems, Engineered Subfloor and Board Systems, Ceiling Heating, Ceiling Panel Radiators, Wall Heating, Wall Panels

Week 3 - Components and Installation Methods

Topics include: Tubing Options, Circuit Layout Considerations, Tubing Installation Procedures Pumps, Distribution Piping, and Controls Hydronic Heat Sources

Week 4 - Electric Radiant Panel Systems + Cooling and Air Quality

Section 5 topics include: Evaluating Electric Useage, Electric Heating Formulas, Thin-Film Electric Panels, Embedded Cable/Mat Systems, Rigid Electric Ceiling Panels, Self-Regulating PTC Cables and Elements, General Precautions -- Section 6 topics include: Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality, Evaporative Cooling for Arid Climates, High-Velocity Systems, Ductless Systems, Conventional Air-Conditioning, Radiant Cooling, Hybrid Solutions

Week 5 - Panel Covering + Design Concepts

Section 7 topics include: Flooring Considerations, Wood Flooring, Ceramic Tile, Carpet and Pad, Resilient Flooring -- Section 8 topics include: Estimating Heating Load, Concept of Heat Flux, Design Procedure, System Documentation, Piping Symbols

Week 6 - Specifying and Sequencing + Final Exam

In this final week we will cover specifying, sequencing, and wrap up the course by summarizing key learning. You'll be asked to complete a final exam to earn a certificate of completion.

After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to this course and all updates we make to it for at least a year. Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.

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