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Panel of representatives from governing bodies (from left): Linda Jones, manager of program development with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), Royden Trainor, director of policy and programs for the ON College of Trades (OCOT) and John Marshall, director of fuel safety with the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
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Gas technician apprenticeship program sparks heated debate

March 27, 2014

A highly anticipated, and well attended, HRAI GTA chapter meeting on March 25 saw a panel of representatives from three major governing bodies face an onslaught of tough questions from the industry regarding the gas technician apprenticeship program in Ontario

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Saskatoon hosts 2014 CMCEF Middle Management Conference

March 18, 2014

The construction industry in Saskatoon, SK has chosen the theme of “Achieving Success…Working Together” for the 2014 Canadian Mechanical Contractors Education Foundation (CMCEF) Middle Management Conference. This will be the third offering of this program, which focuses on working well with

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CMPX opens this Wednesday

March 17, 2014

CMPX 2014 opens this Wednesday, March 19 and show organizers tell us there is still time to register online and bring your team. Online registration will remain open until the close of business on Tuesday, March 18 and those registrants’ badges

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Abstract deadline looming for ASHRAE Winter Conference

March 11, 2014

ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago, IL, January 24-28. New tracks for the conference include Industrial Facilities; Large Buildings: Mission Critical Facilities and Applications; Life Safety; Design of Energy and Water Efficient Systems;

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HRAI re-affirms support for gas technician apprenticeship program

March 10, 2014

The Greater Toronto Area chapter of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) Contractors Division has announced that it is holding a panel discussion at its March 25 dinner meeting. Representatives from the Technical Standards and Safety Authority

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Toronto to host 2014 Skills Canada National Competition

March 7, 2014

Skills/Compétences Canada recently announced that Canada’s top skilled trade and technology students, along with government representatives, industry leaders, trainers and educators, will gather in Toronto at the International Centre from June 4-7, 2014 for the 20th annual Skills Canada National Competition. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

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The Master Group brings in equity partner

March 4, 2014

Hot on the heals of the signing of an agreement to acquire the distribution component of Eastern Refrigeration Supply Co. Ltd., The Master Group L.P. has signed a transaction involving the sale of 65 per cent of the company to Novacap, a Quebec-based private equity firm. The

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Know Your Target


Marketing geothermal heat pump systems to residential customers

The push is on to harmonize codes and standards on both sides of the border
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Setting The Standard

March 1, 2014 by PATRICK CALLAN

Plumbing industry leads harmonization charge

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The pressure is on

March 1, 2014 by IAN MCTEER

I thought I would be piloting a flying car by now. At least that is what some of the science and technology magazines said when I was a kid (hint: I was a teenager the last time the Leafs won

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Record turnout at 2014 AHR Expo

February 24, 2014

Winter storm Janus dumping 10 inches of snow on New York City did not stop tens of thousands of HVAC/R enthusiasts from setting a new attendance record at the 2014 AHR Expo. Held at the Javits Convention Center from January

(From left) Stephen Schroeter, Ingrid Schroeter, and Chris Schroeter of Napoleon Fireplaces, Grills, and Heating and Cooling; Arlette Utton, chairwoman, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) Foundation board of directors; Sharon Howard and Karen Simpson, registered nurses at the RVH's cardiac care unit.
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Napoleon donates $125K to Ontario hospital

February 17, 2014

Napoleon Fireplaces & Grills, and Heating and Cooling of Barrie, ON recently donated $125,000 to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) to help bring health care closer to home for Simcoe and Muskoka residents. The money will be used

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Johnson Controls vies to obtain 60 per cent ownership of Hitachi Appliances

February 10, 2014

Johnson Controls Inc. and Hitachi (Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Appliances Inc.) have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for Johnson Controls to obtain a 60 per cent ownership stake in Hitachi Appliances’ global air conditioning business, excluding sales and service

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Toronto accepts e-mails for building permits, expands residential Fastrack program

February 10, 2014

The City of Toronto Building Division is now accepting e-mail submissions for customers applying for a number of building, mechanical and plumbing permits by e-mail. The division has also expanded the list of projects eligible for the residential Fastrack program,

Figure 1 Lean supply air at 55F @ 50 per cent rh delivered to space to control moisture conditions below dew point of radiant panels. Shown is minimum floor surface temperature of 66F (19C) based on ANSI/ASHRAE 55.
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Why And How To Do Radiant Cooling

February 2, 2014 by Robert Bean

“Have you ever considered that most naysayers of hybrid radiant-based HVAC systems say the problem is that you need two systems, one for comfort and one for ventilation; and yet many ventilation experts agree that independent ventilation systems are preferred – go figure.”

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For Better Or For Worse…R-22 RIP

February 1, 2014 by DAVE DEMMA

Now, the moment you have all been waiting for…the nuts and bolts of refrigerant conversion. (Part III – the finale).

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Strategy Matters

February 1, 2014 by Robert Bean

Our view of construction stands in the way of good buildings.

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Ventilex awarded contract for Deloitte Tower ventilation and AC

January 28, 2014

Ventilex Inc. of Saint-Eustache, QC has been awarded a $10-million dollar contract for the design and installation of the ventilation and air conditioning systems in Cadillac Fairview Corporation’s Deloitte Tower in Montreal’s downtown core. Construction began on the 26-storey tower in

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Unico partnership enables entry to mini-split HVAC market

January 23, 2014

Unico, Inc. announced at AHR that it has a new product offering through its partnership with Italian manufacturer Argoclima. Unico’s small-duct, high-velocity central heating and air conditioning system will work in conjunction with the manufacturer’s Technibel split system and outdoor inverter unit. According

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Rheem enters commercial refrigeration market

January 13, 2014

Acquisition enables company to expand its product line and grow the HTPG brand.

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2012 Building Code examinations underway

December 30, 2013

Amendment to the Building Code regulation, including load calculations, filed in December 2013.

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Joint venture to capitalize on growing demand for air conditioning

December 18, 2013

Johnson Controls, Inc., Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Appliances, Inc. (collectively referred to as Hitachi) recently announced that the companies have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for Johnson Controls to obtain a 60 per cent ownership stake in Hitachi Appliances’

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AHR numbers exceed last New York record-breaking show

December 16, 2013

The 2014 AHR Expo in New York City on January 21-23, is shaping up to be the largest HVAC/R exposition ever held in the northeast. More than 1800 exhibiting companies have reserved 387 000 square feet of booth space, exceeding the record-breaking

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Direct Energy rebrands to strengthen HVAC service business in Canada

December 11, 2013

Direct Energy Business Services (DEBS) has changed its operating name in Canada to Airtron Canada. The announcement was made in Toronto at the PM Expo on December 4, 2013. The change is part of DEBS’ efforts in Canada to strengthen

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HPAC to publish official MEET show guide

December 2, 2013

HPAC has been selected to publish the 2014 OFFICIAL show guide for the MEET (Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology) Show. The show guide will be distributed to all attendees at the event in Moncton, May 7-8, 2014. It will also be e-mailed

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For Better Or For Worse…R-22 RIP

December 1, 2013 by DAVE DEMMA

The nuts and bolts of choosing a suitable refrigerant replacement. (Part II).

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Ontario refrigeration and air conditioning apprentice program now accepting applications

November 25, 2013

The Ontario Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ORAC) and the UA Local 787 Joint Training and Apprenticeship Committee (JTAC) are accepting applications for the first-year apprenticeship program until February 28, 2014. Applicants are required to have completed a Grade

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Daikin McQuay rebrands to Daikin

November 19, 2013

Daikin McQuay has announced that it will now do business as Daikin Applied. Daikin purchased McQuay International in 2006, and since that time, McQuay International has been transformed with new management, new technologies and now, a name change. Daikin Applied manufactures commercial

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Robust speaker lineup for Ontario geothermal conference

October 31, 2013

The Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) is holding its 2013 Conference and AGM on November 14 and 15 at Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville, ON. Speakers include Andrew Pride of the Ontario Power Authority, Martin Luymes of the Heating, Refrigeration and

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DOE rooftop challenge winners offer energy, cost savings

October 28, 2013

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) found that super-efficient rooftop units reduce energy costs an average of about 41 per cent compared to units in operation today. The newly published report (including a link for builders and others to