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Call for Papers issued for ASHRAE conference

June 23, 2016

A call for papers has been issued for the 2017 Annual ASHRAE Conference in Long Beach, CA, June 24-28, at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. The conference includes tracks that demonstrate the benefits of net zero energy (NZE) and ways

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SV601 series six port control ball valve

June 17, 2016

The SV601 series six port control ball valve from Spartan Peripheral Devices is a combination valve body casting for connecting heating and cooling four pipe systems into a single coil. The valve body design allows for a leak-free separation from

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HVAC services company acquired by Enercare

June 15, 2016

Enercare Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Enercare Solutions Inc., a home and commercial HVAC services and energy solutions company, recently announced that Enercare Solutions had completed its acquisition of SEHAC Holdings Corporation (“Service Experts“). The transaction was completed by way

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The value of ice-based energy storage in today’s built environment

June 10, 2016 by Mark MacCracken

  Energy storage is all around us, from the phone in your pocket to the vehicle on the street. Some forms of energy storage are suitable for the built environment but it is important to understand that energy should be

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Johnson Controls recognizes channel partners for excellence

June 6, 2016

UPDATED The Master Group was among Johnson Controls’ 29 top channel partners who were recently recognized for outstanding achievement during fiscal year 2015. The Best of Brands event was held in Beverly Hills, CA. The Master Group Inc. won the

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Tips for sales and marketing

June 6, 2016

The focus was on sales and marketing at the recent Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) Greater Toronto Area (GTA) chapter meeting. The five presenters shared strategies on how companies might up the ante with their marketing

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GSXC18 air conditioner

May 31, 2016

The Goodman brand GSXC18 air conditioner has a two-stage scroll compressor that operates in tandem with Goodman’s Smartcoil five-mm tube condensing coil. It features a quiet condenser fan system, is ComfortNET Communication System compatible and offers wireless control options. www.goodmanmfg.com

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LG recognized for innovations in energy efficiency

May 25, 2016

LG Electronics Canada (LG) was named Manufacturer of the Year HVAC at the 2016 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards ceremony held May 24 in Winnipeg, MB. The Honourable Jim Carr, minister of natural resources, presented the awards to select companies for

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NIBE expands geothermal interests with Climate Control Group acquisition

May 19, 2016

NIBE Industrier AB of Sweden (NIBE), the parent company of Fort Wayne-based geothermal manufacturer WaterFurnace International, has announced that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement with LSB Industries, Inc. to acquire 100 per cent of LSB’s Climate Control

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Natural gas phaseout part of provincial plan

May 18, 2016

On May 16, the Globe and Mail published an article stating that in an effort to greatly reduce the province’s carbon footprint, the Ontario government expects to spend more than $7 billion over four years on a Climate Change Action

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Radiative cooling

May 13, 2016 by Robert Bean

Virtually everyone understands how the earth is heated during the day with radiant energy, but few give much thought to radiative cooling, night or daytime. In part it is earth to sky radiation that causes outdoor water to freeze or

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HVAC in the 21st Century

May 13, 2016 by Ian McTeer

With the prime HVAC sales season starting in earnest now, it is important to remember that air conditioning contractors must be committed to providing the best possible comfort along with the most efficient cooling systems. But here is the thing:

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Low ambient air-to-water heat pumps


Electrically powered heat pumps, in many varieties, are destined to play an increasingly important role in heating and cooling buildings around the world. They convert vast amounts of otherwise unusable low temperature heat into heat at sufficient temperatures to warm

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CO2 gets a second life-Part II

May 11, 2016 by Dave Demma

The current market drivers that have given CO2, which was a relatively forgotten refrigerant for decades, a second life were discussed in HPAC March 2016. As a review, those drivers are: environmental properties (GWP and ODP); energy efficiency; safety (flammability

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Little Giant turns 75

April 29, 2016

This year marks the 75th anniversary for Little Giant, a Franklin Electric company. It all began in 1941 when a plumber named R.M. “Doc” Wolfe was having challenges with evaporative cooling pumps, and he came up with a solution –

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Wolseley merges Kitchener, Ontario branches

April 18, 2016

Wolseley Canada has merged two of its branches in Kitchener, ON, and relocated to a new facility at 780 Wilson Ave., Kitchener, ON. The branch features the company’s updated branding service model and is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00

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CIPHEX West and BUILDEX Express to co-locate

April 12, 2016

CIPHEX West and BUILDEX Express are co-locating at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC for their November 2016 shows. CIPHEX West is a two-day trade show and conference that is produced by the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating

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Environment Canada opens consultation on proposed HFC regs

April 7, 2016

On March 23, 2016, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) distributed a communication to stakeholders on phase 2 of the consultations concerning proposed HFC regulations. The work on HFC regulations began on December 6, 2014 ECCC published a Notice of

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Contractor and CE numbers up at CMPX

April 5, 2016

Sponsors of the 2016 Canadian Mechanical Exposition & Trade Show and Learning Forum (CMPX) have reported increases in key attendee categories including contractors (+14 per cent ) and consulting engineers (+73 per cent). Official attendance figures were unavailable at press

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Canadian schools receive grants through ASHRAE initiative

March 28, 2016

ASHRAE has awarded grants to 24 colleges and universities to help promote the study and teaching of HVAC/R, with the goal of encouraging undergraduate senior students to pursue careers in a related field. Three Canadian schools are among the grant

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RectorSeal seals the deal

December 22, 2015

RectorSeal Corp., a manufacturer of HVAC/R products, recently acquired the assets of Universal Technologies Inc., Baltimore, MD, and its AC Leak Freeze brands of refrigeration and air conditioning system leak repair sealants. The Universal Technologies transaction is RectorSeal’s fifth acquisition

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The 2016 AHR Expo is right around the corner

December 11, 2015

The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration (AHR) Exposition is set to take place January 25 to 27 in Orlando, FL., at the Orange County Convention Center.The event attracts over 60,000 professionals and will have over 2,000 exhibitors. Over 80 per cent

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Kerr Smart Energy recognized for sales growth

December 7, 2015

On November 20, 2015, Kerr Smart Energy congratulated their staff members, through Twitter, for winning the Emerson Climate Technologies Award for Wholesalers Growth. Kerr Smart Energy runs an annual Emerson Copeland points promotion for Emerson dealers each spring which allows

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Historic home gets federally-funded HVAC reno

December 1, 2015 by BETH MCKAY

Retrofitting the first prime minister’s 19th century home has its challenges.

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What is in your toolbox?

December 1, 2015 by Dave Demma

When I worked as a technician I wanted to have every possible tool I would ever need to complete any job I was faced with in my possession (meaning in my service van), including the 2 a.m. emergency calls. While

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Understanding, measuring and interpreting results

December 1, 2015 by FRANK HEALY

From minor control trips to compressor and transformer failures, harmonics can impact every type of HVAC equipment.

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Canadian refrigeration community gathers in Toronto

November 9, 2015

The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) Canada held its 2015 Seminar and Annual General Meeting on November 6 to 7 at Humber College, North Campus in Toronto, ON. The event opened with Andre Patenaude director – CO2 business development, Emerson Climate Technologies,

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HRAI provides update on heat pump issue

November 6, 2015

NB Power re-evaluates position on rentals, opts for education and an incentive

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Wolseley wins distributer of the year

November 2, 2015

International Comfort Products (ICP) has named Wolseley Canada distributor of the year for the second consecutive year. The award specifically recognizes Wolseley for its significant growth of ICP’s sales line of Keeprite HVAC products for the 2014 calendar year. Wolseley carries

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White House announces suite of private sector commitments to HFC reductions

October 20, 2015

On October 15, 2015, the White House announced a suite of new private-sector commitments and executive actions that will reduce the use and emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The White House also recognized the progress that has been made against the