Year after year, the JLC Live New England show in Providence, R.I., draws an enthusiastic and knowledgeable collection of professionals from the residential building segment. That includes construction pros, product manufacturers and distributors, and industry heavyweights. It’s long on hands-on demonstrations and short on fluff.

At this year’s JLC Live (conference March 23-26; exhibits March 25-26), the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will be on location at the Propane Innovation Pavilion, one of the largest booths at the show, and feature representatives from such industry partners as Generac Power SystemsMarathon Engine Systems, the Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE), and Rinnai.

What brings these partners together is a shared desire to give construction pros the information and training they need to fully realize the benefits of propane in their projects. On March 25 and 26, NAHB-Certified Green Professional Tom Jaenicke, an expert on propane applications, will lead live sessions and hands-on demonstrations on topics such as standby and off-grid generators, explaining the different applications for each; what’s needed to properly install a tankless water heater (both condensing and non-condensing); and the technology behind residential (or “micro”) combined heat and power (CHP) systems.

Jaenicke will conduct these training sessions in conjunction with a number of the industry partners who will be on hand at the Pavilion. These manufacturers are responsible for some of the most cutting-edge products on the market, a definite draw for construction pros who want to be up to speed on the latest in residential propane applications. Both Generac and Rinnai, for example, have partnered with PERC to come up with products that meet today’s increasing focus on energy efficiency.

Generac worked with PERC to develop the EcoGen 6 kW, a low-cost, long-life generator that’s been designed specifically to back up renewable energy systems that rely on the sun or wind to supply the majority of a home’s energy needs. It’s the only automatic generator engineered specifically for off-grid applications.

In conjunction with PERC, Rinnai developed the RH360, a “boost” kit for tankless technology that’s been designed for use with solar water heating systems. It’s safe for use with any indoor or outdoor Rinnai tankless unit; provides consistent hot water, even when the solar tank temperature falls below the set-point; and is compatible with all types of solar thermal systems.

Cutting-edge technology from some of the best manufacturers in the business, top-notch training sessions, hands-on demonstrations, and excellent networking opportunities: It’s all at the Propane Innovation Pavilion at JLC Live.

Editor’s Note: After this story appeared in the January 2011 issue of the Propane Energy Update, Generac announced that it will not be attendance at the Pavilion at the JLC Live New England show. Instead, representatives from Kohler Power will be at the booth. Please see the February issue of the Propane Energy Update for more information about Kohler’s presence at JLC Live.