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CANMET lab makes AIA Environment Top Ten list

July 27, 2015

The CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory in Hamilton, ON, has garnered a spot on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment Top Ten projects list. The lab is also the third Canadian research lab to achieve LEED Platinum

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Dates announced for 22nd MEET show

July 21, 2015

The 22nd MEET (Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology) will be held May 18 and 19, 2016 at the Moncton Coliseum Complex in Moncton, NB. The biennial show is the largest trade event east of Montreal. “With more than 6200 buyers at the last

EnerCare Home Services has unveiled a rebranding campaign, including this new logo.
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Enercare Home Services is the new Direct Energy Home Services in Ontario

July 10, 2015

EnerCare Inc. recently unveiled its new brand identity with the launch of a new logo, a new website, a redesigned fleet of vehicles, and new workforce uniforms. The rebrand follows the October 2014 acquisition of Direct Energy Marketing Limited’s home

Koldwave was acquired by Mestek, Inc. in 1995.
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Koldwave manufacturing moving to Mestek’s NC facility

July 8, 2015

Koldwave, a manufacturer of high efficiency portable cooling units that previously operated under Mestex, Inc. in Dallas, TX, is now under the Mestek Distributor Products Group umbrella. As a result, all manufacturing will be moving to Mestek’s largest facility located

Located in a newly built building, the 12,000 sq. ft. facility includes a 4000 sq. ft. showroom
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The Master Group opens branch in Lvis, QC

June 12, 2015

The Master Group Inc. has opened a new branch in Lévis, which is situated in the southern region of Québec City close to the Trans-Canada Highway. Located in a newly built building, the 12,000 sq. ft. facility includes a 4000

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Le magazine PCC de juin

June 9, 2015

Le magazine PCC de juin peut être consulté/téléchargé en ligne depuis la semaine passée. La version papier sera postée au début de la semaine prochaine. Si vous ne le recevez pas et que vous oeuvrez dans l’industrie, vous pouvez vous

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The Master Group acquires Qubec distributor Frivent Inc.

May 22, 2015

The Master Group Inc. has acquired Frivent Inc., a Québec supplier of ventilation and energy saving equipment effective May 19, 2015. The acquisition allows The Master Group to strengthen its position in the ventilation sector. “In recent years, Master has

Carrier representatives with the winners, left to right, Chris Nelson, president, North America HVAC Systems, Brent Garrioch, Rob and Tracy Dill of Provincial Heating & Cooling Inc., Paul Davignon and David Meyers vice president residential sales,  RES Systems.
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UPDATED: Winnipeg firm first in Canada to win Carrier’s highest award

May 22, 2015

Provincial Heating & Cooling Inc. of Winnipeg, MB has the distinction of being the first Canadian Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer to claim Carrier’s President’s Award. The annual award recognizes dealers who exemplify the brand’s model for operational excellence, business effectiveness

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MCA Canada and CIPH return from the Hill

May 19, 2015

Talks focus on prompt payment and uniform codes.

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Skilled trades training in Manitoba gets a boost

May 14, 2015

A new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) at Red River College (RRC) in Winnipeg, MB, will house additional laboratory and shop space and classrooms for up to 1000 students per year in high demand trades and technologies, including HVAC and

Shell in tube heat exchanger.
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Chiller basics

May 1, 2015 by DAVE DEMMA

A review of applications and systems in the field.

Figure 1 Low mass radiant ceiling panel
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Complementary elements


Combining a geothermal heat pump, boiler and radiant ceiling in one system.

Benoit De Gagn-Marcouillier, of Plomberie G&G Limitee in Montreal, is shown here with his Great Tool Takeaway (Raflez les outils) winnings.
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MCEE 2015 draws a crowd

April 27, 2015

Canada’s largest plumbing, HVAC/R, hydronic, electrical and lighting expo was back for another year on April 22 and 23. Students, manufacturers, suppliers and contractors took to MCEE 2015 at Place Bonaventure in Montreal for an opportunity to show and view

Emerson's contractor business development team, from left: Ron McLaughlin, John Rabbito, Alain Mongrain (also in inset) and Trevor Matthews.
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Emerson Climate Technologies celebrates 125 years

April 9, 2015

Emerson Climate Technologies in Brantford, ON, held an Open House on April 8 to show off its newly expanded Integrated Learning Centre, and to celebrate Emerson’s 125th anniversary. Copeland purchased the site at 145 Sherwood Drive in 1960 from Canadian

Technicians had the opportunity to talk with more than 70 exhibitors at Wolseley's One Tradeshow.
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Western-themed tradeshow welcomes almost 1000 attendees

April 8, 2015

Vendors were pleased with the turnout of almost 1000 attendees at Wolseley’s inaugural One Tradeshow, held April 1 at the Mississauga Convention Centre. “The turnout has been awesome,” said Don Murfin, district sales manager of engineered products for Grundfos. “For

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ISH 2015 hosts more exhibitors than ever before

April 1, 2015

A new exhibitor record was set and almost 200,000 people visited ISH 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany from March 10-14. More than 2450 manufacturers launched their products to market at the world’s largest trade fair for bathroom design, energy efficient heating-

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EPA approves HFC-32 refrigerant for use in residential AC units

March 31, 2015

HFC-32 (R-32), a chlorine-free, single-component refrigerant, has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in home air conditioning. The approval comes as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and is a result of the EPA’s Significant

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Daikin Applied’s Roadshow to make two stops in Alberta

March 27, 2015

Daikin Applied’s annual Ideas in Motion Roadshow hits the highway on March 27, 2015. Contractors, specifying engineers and building owners in Edmonton, AB (May 5) and Calgary, AB (May 7) will have the opportunity to see live demonstrations and educational

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Canadian GeoExchange Coalition makes the move to Old Montreal

March 13, 2015

The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) recently moved from 1030 Cherrier St., Suite 304, to 442 St. Gabriel St., Suite 100 in Old Montreal. The association’s phone number remains 514-807-7559.

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Wolseley to host tradeshow for customers and vendors

March 12, 2015

Wolseley Canada will be holding its inaugural ONE Tradeshow, combining more than 70 plumbing and HVAC/R vendors under one roof on April 1, 2015, at the Mississauga Convention Centre. The event, which runs from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., will

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Volunteers sought for the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC)

March 2, 2015

The search for candidates to serve on the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) is on. The CCBFC oversees nine standing committees that work on the Canadian building, fire, plumbing and energy codes that form the basis of

It is imperative to determine the cause of motor failure or a repeat failure is likely to happen.
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Methods to prevent motor failure

March 1, 2015 by Dave Demma

Operation and troubleshooting of electric motors – Part II.

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ASHRAE 2016 conference to focus on design-build practices and residential systems

February 20, 2015

ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2016 Winter Conference in Orlando, FL. Scheduled for January 23 to 27 at the Hilton Orlando, the event will offer new tracks and an updated focus. “The 2016 ASHRAE Winter Conference

Attendee and exhibitor numbers among records set at 2015 AHR Expo.
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Chicago event claims five new records

February 19, 2015

The 2015 AHR Expo claimed the title for the best-attended event ever held in Chicago. Preliminary figures for the HVAC/R show indicate that more than 61,000 total attendees, including 42,400 visitors, participated in the 2015 AHR Expo, January 26 to

Seresco factory and headquarters in Ottawa, ON.
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Seresco Technologies doubles operation capacity, names Kilmer Environmental Rep of the Year

February 18, 2015

Seresco Technologies, a manufacturer of indoor pool dehumidifier HVAC equipment, has doubled its space with an expansion into a new Ottawa-based manufacturing, warehousing and office headquarters.The expansion follows Seresco’s 25 per cent annual sales increases over the last three years

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Mississauga workshop to clarify mandatory OBC performance requirements

February 11, 2015

SkillTech Academy, the training division of The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), is offering a workshop titled Complying with Part 12 of the Ontario Building Code (OBC). Scheduled for April 13, 2015 in Mississauga, ON, the

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Hat trick for Martino Contractors

February 9, 2015

The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) recently recognized Martino Contractors Ltd. as the “Trade Contractor of Year.” The award was presented at BILD’s annual general meeting in December 2014. Martino Contractors is a family-owned company that supplies and

Danfoss presented its fifth annual EnVisioneer of the Year award to Daikin Applied for its Magnitude water-cooled chillers, which use Danfoss Turbocor compressor technology. From left to right is Ricardo Schneider, president and CEO, Danfoss Turbocor; Mike Schwartz, CEO, Daikin Applied Americas; John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America; and Lisa Tryson, director, corporate communications and PR, Danfoss.
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Danfoss announces EnVisioneer award; doubles warranty

February 2, 2015

Daikin Applied is the winner of the fifth annual Danfoss EnVisioneer of the Year award competition. The award recognizes North American end users, municipalities, building owners or original equipment manufacturers that have introduced a new product, opened a new facility

Figure 1 Heat loss/heat gain process and factors
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Heat loss/heat gain considerations

February 1, 2015 by Robert Bean

When I joined ASHRAE in 1990, I did not imagine that 25 years later HVAC equipment would be selected and installed in the absence of a heat loss and gain calculation. It is like bad reruns on late night television;

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Electric Motors: Operation and Troubleshooting

February 1, 2015 by Dave Demma

Imagine a world without the electric motor: No elevators, no DVD players, no computer hard drive, no electric clocks, no Toyota Prius’, no washing machines or dryers, no conveyor belts at the supermarket checkout stand, no manufacturing plants of any