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thumb CO alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes
The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) has announced that Ontario Regulation 194/14 was filed on October 14, 2014 and came into force on October 15, 2014. This regulation made under the Fire Protection and...
Oct 16, 2014 7:07PM

thumb Ontario Geothermal Association 2014 Conference program released
The Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA), which is an affiliate association of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), will be holding its conference from November 13-14, 2014 at...
Oct 15, 2014 9:24AM

thumb Price increase coming on Johnson Controls' residential and light commercial lines
Johnson Controls has announced a price adjustment on residential and light commercial products of up to seven per cent effective January 1, 2015 in Canada and the U.S. For additional information, the company advises customers to...
Oct 14, 2014 9:26AM

thumb Combating Counterfeit Products Act passes
The Combating Counterfeit Products Act passed on October 2, 2014, almost one year after it received First Reading in the House of Commons. The Act provides trademark and copyright owners with a clear framework for combating...
Oct 10, 2014 10:01AM

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thumb Pellets To PEX
European countries such as Austria, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland, have embraced high tech boilers fueled by wood pellets as part of a responsible renewable energy portfolio. This attitude has led to committed research and development...

thumb Be Aware Of Potential Risks
Asbestos – the word itself may bring to mind debilitating diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. It does not seem right that a naturally occurring mineral can do such harm. Well, it does...and it does not.

thumb News Feature: From The Rock To New Orleans
It has been nine years since hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, LA with wind speeds reaching 175 m/h. In its wake, 1836 people were killed, millions were displaced and property damage was placed at $81 billion. While the mainstream media...

thumb Anatomy of a single-zone system
When John Raftis, owner of Ivan Armstrong Trucking in Arthus, ON moved forward with a 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse expansion, he decided to go with an in-floor heating system. Raftis wanted a simple system for the insulated steel frame structure,...

thumb Refrigerants, Controls Top Of Mind At AGM
The Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) held its 46th Annual General Meeting and Conference in Montreal, QC, from August 20-23. HRAI, which is in the final year of implementing its three-year strategic plan,...

thumb Snow Melt System Performance
I would speculate that if one were to do peer reviews of a thousand snow melt designs over the past decade, it is likely less than five per cent would have included a discussion with the client about the influence of storm...

thumb An update on the Industry Canada benchmarking tool
Why do some businesses thrive while others, the majority, just manage to exist? That is a big question and it is something that business owners should think about a great deal. Not surprisingly, it is a major focus of business school enquiry....

thumb Prison-Proof Design
In Canada, the administration of adult correctional services is a shared responsibility between the federal and provincial/territorial governments. According to Statistics Canada, in 2011, there were an average of 163 000 adult offenders...

thumb The Art Of Leak Detection
One of my customers had a recent problem with his home air conditioning unit. He is a smart guy…a professional engineer with a fair amount of experience in our industry, but he has no field experience. Being in the business, his wife...

thumb You Hold The Power
The last time the word “backflow” occupied my thoughts was in the early to mid-1980s when I was completing my plumbing apprenticeship. Around that time there were code changes relating to backflow. From my perspective the most...

thumb Making Sense Of The Numbers
Boiler ratings are a means of assessing whether the boiler (or any product with ratings) is capable of performing the function it is being selected for. They also establish a benchmark that all equipment is compared to. As is the case with most...

thumb District Energy Heats Up Across Canada
A lesser-known method of communal heating and cooling, which traces its roots to ancient Rome, is picking up steam throughout Canada. In a district energy network, hot and cold water travels in a closed loop from a generating station through...

thumb Improve Efficiencies With Careful Compressor Selection
Commercial retailers know that compressor selection is a vital part of achieving refrigeration system performance and efficiency objectives. Today’s changing refrigeration landscape is forcing retailers out of their comfort zone and...

thumb A Relationship With Benefits
When “thinking mathematically,” most people work with proportions. For example, if someone is baking cookies and they want to make a double batch, they intuitively know they need to double the amount of all ingredients. So, if a...

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