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Improved energy benchmarks for LEED Canada for Homes

May 30, 2012

Improved energy benchmarks for LEED Canada for Homes take effect August 1, 2012. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is making the move following a survey it conducted in winter 2012. The new minimum for energy performance in the LEED Canada

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New Business Group Structure for Wolseley Canada

May 29, 2012

At Wolseley Canada the following promotions have been announced as part of its establishing a new business group structure. Gilles Pétrin has been promoted to vice-president, sales and business development for Wolseley Canada.Paul Kennedy has been promoted to vice-president, plumbing, taking

Ed Merwin, Niagara sales leader for Honeywell ECC Niagara Framework-based brands, gives his presentation, Putting It All Together: The Technology & Applications Behind the Savings.
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Technology and Innovation Summit

May 22, 2012

Yorkland Controls and Honeywell recently hosted the 2012 Canada Buildings Summit at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, ON. Industry professionals took the opportunity to sit in on presentations on smart controls and learn ways to improve building efficiency from representatives from

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HRAI tackles DIY hydrocarbon refrigerant kits

May 17, 2012

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) has launched a consumer awareness campaign about the hazards of using hydrocarbon refrigerant DIY kits for air conditioning systems.

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Ignore MOE Regs at your peril

May 3, 2012

Further to an article that appeared in the April HRAI Link, representatives of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) met with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) orecently to clarify the regulatory situation concerning use

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The Digital Fix

May 1, 2012 by Dave Demma

Maintain a consistent chilled water temperature during varying load conditions.

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BC ups the ante for efficiency upgrades

April 27, 2012

The provincial government has extended the LiveSmart BC program and increased the incentives, with more than $7000 in rebates now available to BC homeowners. LiveSmart BC incentives, provided in partnership with BC Hydro, FortisBC, and the Province of BC, are

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Watsco to acquire 60 per cent of WWG Totaline

April 20, 2012

Watsco, Inc. has announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire WWG Totaline-Carrier’s HVAC distribution network in Canada. The business will operate as a joint venture under the name Carrier Enterprise Canada with Watsco owning 60 per cent

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Free webinar on pending ASHRAE Legionella Standard 188

April 5, 2012

HC Info will offer a free 60-minute webinar, “Success with ASHRAE 188P and Legionella HACCP Water Plans,” on Wednesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. ET. ASHRAE Standard 188, scheduled to be released later this year, will require a Legionella HACCP

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Basic Conversion Considerations

April 1, 2012 by Dave Demma

What are the important issues after the decision has been made to move forward with a refrigerant conversion?

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Maintenance Rules

April 1, 2012 by hpac

Address the two biggest problems with HVAC split system components.

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Free webcast highlights dedicated outdoor air systems

March 19, 2012

  While conventional HVAC systems mix fresh outdoor air with the return air in one unit, dedicated outdoor air systems use standard equipment to condition fresh air separately before it enters the building. This break from tradition is quickly becoming

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Time to enter the 2012 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards

March 15, 2012

The Stage 1 deadline for the 2012 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards is coming up – Tuesday, March 27. This year the number of awards of excellence has been increased to 12. Now in its 44th year, the awards program is

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New Brunswick to host first CanmetENERGY English-language process integration workshop

March 14, 2012

Building on the success of workshops held in Québec over the past two years, CanmetENERGY is expanding its offer to train energy specialists in heat recovery and process integration (PI). The first English-language PI three-day workshop will be held March

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Watts Water Technologies, Inc. Completes Acquisition of tekmar Control Systems

February 21, 2012

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. has completed the acquisition of tekmar Control Systems in a share purchase transaction. tekmar is a designer and manufacturer of control solutions for a HVAC applications, including a range of hydronic systems. tekmar had annual revenues

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R-2000 Energy-Efficiency Standard gets a facelift

February 16, 2012

The Honourable Gordon O’Connor, Minister of State and MP for Carleton–Mississippi Mills, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, and Ron Olson, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, launched the new 2012 R-2000 Standard today.

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Green building trends for 2012

February 13, 2012

Earth Advantage Institute (EAI) director of marketing Tom Breunig recently wrote Green Crystal Ball: 10 Green Building Predictions For 2012. The article discusses the EAI’s annual 10 green building predictions, which include: urban density, green multi-family homes, energy education for

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$400-million ecoEnergy Retrofit-Homes program shut down

February 13, 2012

The ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program was shut down two months earlier than expected. The news appeared near the bottom of a good news press release from the office of Minister of Natural Resources Canada Joe Oliver, announcing an additional $117 million

Intersections of sewers by a second utility are not unusual.
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Ticking Time Bombs

January 1, 2012 by Mark Bruce

Cross bores: increasing safety and reducing risk.