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Wolseley winds up 2015 with upgrades, expansions and openings

January 6, 2015

Wolseley has undergone a series of facility upgrades, and both team and department amalgamations all across the country just in time for 2016. In early December, Wolseley’s Dartmouth, NS Plumbing and HVAC/R branches merged and relocated to a new and

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Goodman expansion capitalizes on ductless growth in North America

January 6, 2015

Consolidation reflects Daikin’s global commitment to local, in-country, manufacturing.

ISH will be held in Frankfurt am Main from March 10 to 14, 2015.
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Comfort meets technology theme for ISH 2015

December 30, 2014

Head to Germany for the ultimate industry trade fair experience.

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ASHRAE expands scope, renames research journal

December 22, 2014

In recognition of the changing role of HVAC/R since it was first published 20 years ago, ASHRAE’s HVAC&R Research has a new title, an expanded scope and an updated look. Beginning in January 2015, the journal will be known as

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A sampling of what to expect in HPAC December

December 16, 2014

HPAC print edition is on its way to you-find the editor’s “o-o-ops” for your chance to win a Tim’s gift card.

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CIPH Regional Expo to travel coast-to-coast in 2015

December 15, 2014

The 2015 edition of the CIPHEX Roadshow will travel from coast-to-coast next fall.   “The CIPHEX Roadshow connects manufacturers with regional buyers, designers and installers or plumbing, hydronic, HVAC/R, water treatment and electrical equipment decision-makers who are in the market for

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Climate zone expansion proposed for Energy Standard

December 12, 2014

Addendum w is one of 10 proposed addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, opened for public comment on December 5, 2014. The proposed addendum closes for review January 19, 2015. To comment or

Peter Adams, senior building envelope engineer for Morrison Hershfield, leads a seminar on how to build harmony between HVAC and the building envelope at The Buildings Show on December 3, 2014.
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Strong showing for inaugural Buildings Show

December 10, 2014

All areas of the international building industry were on display at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) from December 3 to 5, 2014 for The Buildings Show. Produced by Informa Canada, the show is North America’s largest annual exposition, networking

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Opportunity for public input on CSA-A770 set to expire

December 9, 2014

See what the residential mechanical system focus will be for home inspectors.

The NHL has compiled a detailed analysis of its carbon footprint.
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Mechanical Industry Plays Starring Role In NHL’s Goals

December 1, 2014 by PATRICK CALLAN

The National Hockey League (NHL) released its 2014 NHL Sustainability Report this past summer and with it became the first professional sport in North America to compile a detailed analysis of its carbon footprint. The report looked at the operations

Figure 1 Un-insulated, un-ducted, flashed return air plenum under a radiant floor equals bad, bad practice.
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Ghost-Busting Heat Transfer In Return Air Plenums

December 1, 2014 by ROBERT BEAN

Common sense, a bit of heat transfer knowledge and strict adherence to specifications go a long way to improving the air/hydronic dynamic.

Figure 1 Compressor motor failure with suction reed lodged in stator.
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In Defence Of Compressors

December 1, 2014 by DAVE DEMMA

Steps to getting at the root cause of compressor failures.

Guides are available for each climate zone in BC.
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Energy efficiency requirements for houses set to change in BC

November 5, 2014

Organization offers illustrated guides

Francis Renee (middle) of Universal Air, won the signed Wayne Gretzky jersey door prize at Noble's 2014 Heating Show, courtesy of Ipex. Renne is flanked by Mike Mercurio (left) of Ipex and Tom Breen of Noble.
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Warm reception for Noble heating show

October 30, 2014

The 2014 Noble Heating Show attracted more than 800 people on October 2 to the Bellvue Manor in Vaughan, ON. The evening show featured more than 45 exhibits, two furnace giveaways per hour, and more than $10,000 worth of door

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Fourth public review for Legionellosis Standard

October 27, 2014

A fourth version of ASHRAE’s proposed Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, is open for public comment until November 10, 2014. The standard, which will establish minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems, is intended

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Ontario Geothermal Association 2014 Conference program released

October 15, 2014

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 Taboo Resort in Gravenhurst, ON. Jack DiEnna of Geothermal National & International Initiative (GEO-NII)* opens

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Bulletin lays out minimum requirements to ensure safe installation of gas appliances in Alberta

October 9, 2014

Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services has issued a Safety Tips Bulletin that clearly lays out field approvals, permits and variances for gas fired appliances and equipment within the province. It is directed to the oil and gas industry, gas distribution

More than 800 people attended Noble's 2014 Heating Show in Vaughan, ON on October 2, 2014.
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Warm reception for Noble heating show

October 3, 2014

The 2014 Noble Heating Show attracted more than 800 people on October 2 to the Bellvue Manor in Vaughan, ON. The evening show featured more than 45 exhibits, two furnace giveaways per hour, and more than $10,000 worth of door prizes,

HVAC Coalition chairman Roger Grochmal kicks off the coalition's 20th annual general meeting on September 30, 2014 in Vaughan, ON.
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HVAC Coalition celebrates 20 years fighting for contractors

October 1, 2014

Overarching goal is a level playing field.

Distribution pipes being installed at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph, ON.
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District Energy Heats Up Across Canada

October 1, 2014 by PATRICK CALLAN

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

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RectorSeal acquires assets from Evolve Composites

September 26, 2014

Houston, TX-based RectorSeal Corp. has acquired the Polyslab, Evo-Crete and other related HVAC brands from Evolve Composites Pty Ltd. (Evolve), based in Queensland, Australia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition of these assets from Evolve, which manufactures a range of equipment base

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Contracting firm expands into Saskatchewan

September 25, 2014

Ambassador Mechanical Corporation, a multi-faceted mechanical contractor that has worked in Manitoba and southern Ontario for over 20 years, has expanded into Saskatchewan. Kevin Price, who was most recently with Uponor, is managing the Regina location at 129 N McDonald

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Laval, QC company partners with Hussmann

September 23, 2014

Pairing to provide solutions for CO transcritical refrigeration systems

AHR returns to popular Chicago venue in January 2015.
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Chicago to be hub of HVAC/R activity in January 2015

September 10, 2014

The 67th International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Exposition (AHR Expo) will take place at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL from January 26-28, 2015. More than 2000 companies from 35 countries, covering every segment of the HVAC/R industry, will showcase

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ORAC, JTAC launch soft website for apprentice program

September 5, 2014

Applications invited to first-year apprenticeship program

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Aeroseal targets opportunities in the home performance market

August 27, 2014

Aeroseal LLC has acquired Comfort Institute, a provider of home performance equipment and training for the HVAC industry. As a business unit of Aeroseal, Comfort Institute will continue to provide its current service offerings while adding additional services. The merger

Incoming HRAI chair Jim Flowers welcomes breakfast speaker Jack Demers, retired NHL coach, to the stage. Demers spoke about how he overcame adversity and shared his insights on how others might do the same.
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Refrigerant panel tackles tough issues surrounding refrigerant phase outs

August 26, 2014

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. A highlight of the event was a panel discussion titled The Future of Refrigerants: Get Ready

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New Brunswick entrepreneur makes successful bid for Don Park

August 6, 2014

New Brunswick entrepreneur, Normand Caissie has acquired Don Park Residential Manufacturing at 842 York Mills Road in Toronto, ON. Don Park is a producer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) galvanized duct, pipe and fitting products and has been

The ice storm of 2013 definitely illustrated the advantages of older, simpler technology.
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Complex Times Call For Basic Measures

August 2, 2014 by STEVE GOLDIE

I love how Mother Nature every now and again gives us a good old fashioned smack down, just to remind us who is really boss. The ice storms eastern Canada experienced this past winter are a good example, leaving hundreds

High velocity systems are hidden from view except for the diffusers.
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Cooling Options For Hydronic Applications

August 2, 2014 by MIKE BUTLER

Cooling in a hydronic heating environment suggests that the heating is already present. In the perfect total system design, heat is delivered from the floor and cooling from the ceiling or high wall. This approach also carries the potential to