John Siegenthaler - Principal, Appropriate Designs

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John Siegenthaler, P.E., is a mechanical engineer and graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a licensed professional engineer, and Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. “Siggy” has over 32 years of experience in designing modern hydronic heating systems. He is a hall-of-fame member of the Radiant Professionals Alliance and a presenter at national and international conference on hydronic and radiant heating. John is principal of Appropriate Designs – a consulting engineering firm in Holland Patent, NY. The 3rd edition of his textbook – Modern Hydronic Heating – was released in January 2011. John currently writes about hydronic heating and solar thermal system design for several trade publications.

John Siegenthaler teaches:

Mastering Hydronic System Design

Master Advanced Hydronic Design with John Siegenthaler. John works with you for 10 weeks - Learn to design state-of-the-art systems that deliver comfort, efficiency, and reliability. Approved by AIA for 26 LU/HSW.

Hydronic-Based Biomass Heating Systems

This comprehensive 10-week course, developed in partnership with the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC), is a unique opportunity for professionals to learn from an industry expert and take their skills to the next level.

Application of Air-to-Water Heat Pumps for Hydronic Heating & Cooling

This course introduces the technology used in modern air-to-water heat pumps and shows how to build complete systems around them.

Hydronic Based Biomass Heating Systems - Light Version

This technically-focused course is for heating professionals who want to design and install state-of-the-art heating systems supplied by high-efficiency / low-emission biomass-fueled boilers.

Hydronics for High Efficiency Biomass Boilers - Sponsored by NYSERDA

This workshop fulfills contractor training requirements to participate in NYSERDA's 'Renewable Heat NY' program. The course examines best practices for combining modern, high efficiency wood-fired boilers with hydronic distribution systems.

The Importance of Low-Temperature Distribution Systems

In this lecture, hydronics expert John Siegenthaler explains the importance of low water temperature heat emitters and distribution designs in modern hydronic systems.

Low Temperature Heat Emitter Options in Hydronic Systems

According to John Siegenthaler, The future of hydronic heating is low water temperature-- necessary to optimize the performance of condensing boilers, heat pumps, and solar thermal collectors.

Achieving Hydraulic Separation in Hydronic Systems

This lecture will outline 4 different methods for providing hydraulic separation, some of which may reduce the installation and operating cost of a system.

Temperature Stacking in Thermal Storage for Biomass Heating Systems

This free lecture describes a unique method of managing the operation of biomass-fueled as well as auxiliary boilers for optimum system performance.

Protection Considerations for Wood Gasification Boilers + PDF Tutorial

John Siegenthaler discusses the protection of wood gasification boilers through a 58 minute lecture, and a free PDF tutorial.