Irving, Texas — The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) is conducting a webinar about hydronic snow- and ice-melting systems.  Held in conjunction with its education partner RedVector, the webinar will be conducted on Aug. 21, 2018 and repeated on Sept. 13 and Oct. 16, 2018.  Registration information is posted at

Hydronic snow- and ice-melting (SIM) systems are designed to remove snow and ice from outdoor surfaces by circulating heated fluid through embedded plastic tubing.  These systems are widely used in all climates across North America, and in dozens of applications.

The new webinar, “Design and Installation of Hydronic Snow and Ice Melting Systems to Optimize Performance and Efficiency,” will be delivered by Lance MacNevin, P.Eng., director of engineering for PPI’s Building & Construction Division.  PPI is the major trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry.

According to MacNevin, “Now is the time to start thinking about next winter and what to do about all that snow.  Our webinar is developed specifically for mechanical engineers, designers, contractors, building owners, facility managers, and architects to assist in that decision-making process.

“From congested cities with limited outdoor public spaces to aging populations in private homes, the safety, convenience and savings that can be provided by hydronic snow- and ice-melting systems are more beneficial than ever, especially with some regions experiencing an increase in snowfall in recent years.”

The one-hour webinars will address the following:

  • How to efficiently and effectively clear slippery outdoor surfaces over a long winter without the high maintenance costs and the expense of harsh chemicals which can damage surfaces.
  • Snow and ice melting systems can reduce liability while improving access.
  • The safety, convenience and savings provided by hydronic SIM systems.
  • Providing for the aging population who need access to services, yet may have limited mobility.
  • Why operating costs for a hydronic SIM system are often much less than mechanical snow removal, saving facility owners money while reducing risks.

The direct link to PPI’s webpage about snow and ice melting systems is   More information can be found at