What Makes an RPA System Showcase Winner?
Answer: A neatly and thoughtfully documented submittal that describes a well planned and professionally installed system, one that represents the best the radiant industry has to offer.
1. Good documentation:
• Judges can only evaluate the project based on what the entrant submits.
• There should be a neatly drawn system piping schematic showing all components.
• Although CAD drawings are nice, neatly done hand drawings can also show attention to detail and good design concepts
If you’re not going to use a computer for the schematic at least use a straightedge!
• There should be photos of the radiant panel installation phase. This help consumers see what’s involved.
• A “during installation” and “when it’s finished” photo of the same area can be very helpful.
• There should also be photos of the completed mechanical room.
• Tubing layout drawings also convey professionalism…
2. Consumer Understandability:
• From the materials submitted can the average consumer understand the advantages of the radiant panel system being described?
• From the materials submitted can the average consumer understand how the system fits into the building?
3. Design Synergy:
• Does the system combine the features of the heat source, distribution system, control concepts, and tubing/cable installation in a complementary manner?
• It doesn’t have to be large or complicated to be well designed!
4. Overcoming Challenges:
• Did the project overcome any unique challenges that might otherwise have precluded use of radiant panel heating? If so describe and show the techniques used to overcome those challenges?
5. Recognizing Opportunities:
• Was there something that made the project ideal for radiant panel heating?
6. Consumer Desirability:
• Does the system show benefits that would make other consumers want it or something similar in their own building?
• Does it convey the “out of sight” nature of radiant panels?
• Does it convey a clean interior environment?
• Does if convey COMFORT?
• Does it convey a desirable alternative to standard practice?
What DOESN’T (necessarily) Make a Winner:
• The use of lots of hardware doesn’t necessarily imply good design.
Consumers often view such systems as complex, expensive, likely to require specialized maintenance, and generally not desirable.
Walls covered with circulators, controllers, and piping might be necessary is some very customized installations. However, this alone doesn’t prove the system used superior design, or would be desirable by another consumer.
• Consumers often see all this hardware as expensive, complicated, likely to have service issues, and general not understandable. Your building a heating system not the space shuttle.
• Sloppy documentation
• Sparse documentation
• Cutting and pasting manufacturer’s literature into the submittal is not a good idea. Instead show your own talent for developing professional documentation.
• Sloppy Installation!
Remember, you’re participating in a competition about state-of-the- art technology. You need to show you are a state-of-the-art professional.
Treat all your projects as System Showcases…
+ Professional service
= A winner every time
Good luck to all the System Showcase entries.
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