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thumb Tankless gas water heaters recalled due to risk of fire
A joint recall issued by Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Daesung Celtic Enersys involves all models of single- and dual-purpose Coaire and Quietside brand tankless gas water heaters. The...
Nov 21, 2014 11:07AM

thumb Viega's Kansas plant to expand manufacturing load
In 2016, Viega will manufacture MegaPress carbon steel press fittings at the company’s manufacturing and distribution facility in McPherson, KS, following completion of an 80,000-sq.-ft. addition to the existing 439,000-sq.-ft. facility.
Nov 18, 2014 2:33PM

thumb Geothermal industry 'on the radar'
A healthy dose of winter weather did not stop dozens of geothermal heating enthusiasts from attending the Ontario Geothermal Association’s annual conference in Gravenhurst, ON, from November 13 to 14 at the picturesque Taboo Muskoka...
Nov 17, 2014 2:48PM

thumb Culligan resolves channel conflict through sale of WaterGroup
Novo Water Group has acquired the U.S. operating company WaterGroup Inc., WaterGroup Companies Inc. and Petwa Ltd. in Canada from Culligan International Company Inc. Divesting of WaterGroup removes the channel conflict with Culligan's core...
Nov 17, 2014 11:08AM

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thumb Take A List - Check It Twice
With the heating season at hand, it is time for you to provide annual servicing and maintenance of heating appliances. Whether this is done under a service contract, or as requested by the customer, regular service will improve efficiency,...

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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