Upcoming Events

Please use the links below to register for upcoming chapter training events.

October 2017

When: Monday, October 16th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Frankie’s Pizza, 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, MN (map)
Topic: Tankless water heaters
Speakers: Craig Williams, Regional Sales Manager for Rinnai

Learn more about the functionality of a tankless water heater.  Craig  will walk you through the in’s and out’s of tankless water heating technology.  The tankless industry has changed significantly in the past 5-7 years and these presenters can tell you all about current, and future, product evolution as well as practical install applications, care, and maintenance of tankless water heaters. Topics covered will include:

  • Most importantly, how to inspect installed units. Photos of installation defects along with a discussion.
  • A discussion of gas needs for upgrades. Many homes in the Twin Cities don’t have large enough gas supplies, so worst-case scenarios will be discussed.
  • A discussion of venting needs. There’s still a common belief that Rinnai units need proprietary vents.
  • Case studies on actual gas savings (or lake thereof) on both the residential and commercial side.
  • A brief discussion of the polypropylene venting systems offered by Rinnai.
  • Customer service/warranty policies.
  • Water hardness requirements/policies.
  • Solutions for delayed water delivery
  • Life expectancy
  • Maintenance requirements (cleaning; show us how it’s done)

Please register for the meeting below. Registration includes unlimited pizza, salad, breadsticks, and soda.
$15 for ASHI Heartland Members who register online by 4:00 pm on 10/16/17.
$20 for non-ASHI Heartland Members who register online by 4:00 pm on 10/16/17.
Walk-in meeting fees are $20/$25 for chapter members/non-members, respectively.

Seminar Fee

November 2017 – Fall Seminar

When: Saturday, November 18th, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN
Home inspection test house
Moderators: Reuben Saltzman, more to be announced
Our chapter is partnering with the Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors to create an all-day test house seminar. We’ll have a vacant house available to seminar attendees the week before the seminar. Home inspectors can inspect the home as they normally would, then bring their findings to the seminar on Saturday. All inspectors will be welcome to share or not share their results; this will not truly be a “test”, as nobody will look over and grade your reports.
Photos, report language, defect diagrams, and corresponding home inspection SOP will all be reviewed at the time of the seminar, with the presenters really working as moderators to facilitate a group discussion. What did you find, what did you recommend, and why?
This will be a fun seminar where we can all learn from each other. A registration link will be posted here once it has been made available.

December 2017

When: Monday, December 4th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Frankie’s Pizza, 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, MN (map)
Topic: Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) and Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs)
Speaker: Tom Sontag
Tom Sontag is a wholesaler who reps HRVs and ERVs. He might possibly be the single most-experienced person in the Twin Cities. Tom knows the history of these units from top to bottom, as well as the tech people at the factories who answer questions. We’re super excited to have him come and talk to us.
Discussion Points
  • Historical overview of the HRV/ERV industry, including the early players and how it has evolved into its current form
  • Brief explanation of why these units are in place
  • Explanation of internal components, what we should see, what we should test, how they can be installed.
  • Explanation of how a unit should interact with the blower motor on the furnace
  • Explanation of HRV/ERV controls
  • Historical problems and life expediencies
  • How to find a reputable HVAC contractor to confirm the unit is properly balanced and who can explain how to run the units and controls, given the equipment that is in the house at the time of closing
  • Tips on how to communicate to owners the importance of these units to indoor air quality/building performance


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