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Unique opportunity to join on-site tour of Oil Sands Development Sites

September 17, 2014

The Industrial Pipe, Valves & Fittings Council  (IPVF) of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) has organized a unique outing for its next meeting. Participants will gather on the evening of October 28 for an IPVF networking reception and dinner

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Have your say

September 15, 2014

Public review on proposed changes to the National Model Construction Codes – Fall 2014

ASPE created http://aspe.org/50 to honour the anniversary.
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50 years of advancing plumbing engineering

September 3, 2014

September 18, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), just four days before the opening of its convention and exposition. From a small group of plumbing industry professionals in Southern California, the

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August 2, 2014 by MIKE MILLER

Get the flow you want, where and when you want it.

Figure 1 Segregated design leads to abbreviated design considerations to meet the  minimum requirements of the building code.
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Integrating Elements To Improve Comfort

August 1, 2014 by Robert Bean

Design wholeness can be achieved by proficiency in energy, environmental standards and guidelines.

Temporary bracing of heritage facade during seismic upgrade of Ridgeway Elementary School in North Vancouver.
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Rockin’ and Rollin’

August 1, 2014 by Rod Yeoh with Fadi Ghorayeb

Considerations when designing a building to withstand a seismic event.

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Deadline looms: Call for abstracts for balancing conference

July 23, 2014

The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) is looking for speaking proposals for the 2015 NEBB Annual Conference. Organizers are interested in receiving abstracts on technical and information sessions with a focus on presentations by industry experts.  Those interested are asked

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Global Alliance draws attention to Indoor Environmental Quality

July 11, 2014

A new alliance will serve as a global source for information, guidance and knowledge.

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Ontario TSSA establishes ombuds office

June 9, 2014

The Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has established an ombudsman function to support communications between the industry and regulated parties. In addition to addressing employee concerns, the office will seek to offer an independent, neutral, informal and confidential

Andre Patenaude has 30 years of marketing, sales, and technical service experience working directly with end users, contractors, wholesalers and OEMs. He also has significant experience with various refrigeration system architectures, system applications, contractor/installation processes, and component technologies.
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Emerson Climate aims to be “go-to” company for CO2

June 8, 2014

Patenaude to head up new initiative.

Denis Tanguay with Dr. Sophie Hosatte, director of the Buildings Group, CanmetENERGY and a member of the international organizing committee, following the close of the 11th IEA Heat Pump Conference.
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Heat pumps and hockey-two big wins for Montreal

May 16, 2014

It was a banner week in Montreal – host city of the 11th IEA Heat Pump Conference and home of the Canadiens, who made the Eastern Conference final on the eve of the conference wrap up. Held May 12 to

The industry has changed from the analog controls of the 20th century to digital controls that will allow technicians to save time in set up and troubleshooting.
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Digital controls optimize performance

May 1, 2014 by ADRIENNE THOMLE

The airside economizers of today bear little resemblance to their predecessors.

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Sleeping With The Enemy To Save The World

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Putting Good Design Into Practice

May 1, 2014 by ROD YEOH

Even though it sounds like a system where the pipes are also holding up the building – which is never a good idea – structured plumbing is actually a term used to describe a domestic hot water system designed to

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The Quest For The Smoking Gun

May 1, 2014 by DAVID DEMMA

Performing a complete and thorough leak check of all potential leak paths is an art.

Green Turtle has offices in Charlotte, NC and Toronto, ON and employs approximately 100 people.
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Zurn expands portfolio of internal grease and oil interceptors

April 25, 2014

Acquisition allows manufacturer to move into fast-growing, non-residential market segments

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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;

The winning team from Conestoga College, (from left to right) Dan Marshall, Andrew Joseph, Kristina Taylor, Zeshan Anjum, Numair Khan Uppal and Santina Alagia.
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CIPH announces winners of Most Water Wise School Competition, commits to sponsoring annual competition

March 11, 2014

Conestoga engineering students take first place in first ever challenge

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Updated: ASHRAE announces Technology Award recipients

February 10, 2014

 A Canadian cheese factory is among the projects recognized by ASHRAE as innovative buildings in its Technology Awards program. The awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design. Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy

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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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LEED leader honoured by The Order of Canada

January 8, 2014

Stephen Carpenter P.Eng, LEED AP BD+C, of MMM Group Limited (formerly Enermodal Engineering), has been named a Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.) in recognition of “his visionary leadership in the development and stewardship of Canada’s green building industry.” Carpenter was an

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Construct Canada opens tomorrow

December 3, 2013

Stop by and see us at booth #341.

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CIPH challenges Canadian students to make their schools more water wise

November 15, 2013

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) has launched Canada’s Most Water Wise School Competition, which offers the opportunity for students across Canada to develop a case study submission that details how their school can conserve and use water wisely.

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Phase 2 of Drainline Transport Study set to go

November 8, 2013

Information sought on commercial building drainline blockages attributed to installation or retrofit of high efficiency toilets.

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Free webinar tackles Legionella guidelines, standards and prevention strategies

November 6, 2013

In a 60-minute webinar titled Legionella Guidelines, Standards and Prevention Strategies, Matt Freije will outline Legionella prevention options in light of scientific findings, current and pending guidelines and standards, and legal risk. The webinar begins at 9:00 a.m. Pacific on

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2014 AHR Expo in NYC on record-setting pace

November 5, 2013

Organizers of the 2014 AHR Expo in New York City from Jan. 21 to 23 are expecting it to be another record-breaking event. By May, more than 90 per cent of exhibit space at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

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Public review on proposed changes to the National Model Construction Codes

November 4, 2013

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) invites Code users and stakeholders to participate in the review of proposed changes to the following National Model Construction Codes: National Building Code of Canada 2010 (NBC); National Fire Code of Canada 2010

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ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference issues call for presenters, extends call for papers

November 4, 2013

Organizers of the 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, which will be held September 10-12, 2014, in Atlanta, GA, has extended its call for presenters to November 12, 2013. The non-paper presentations will focus on the theme “BIM, BEM and SIM –

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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

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BC adopts National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings

October 17, 2013

British Columbia has adopted the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB 2011), which will take effect in December 2013. Although BC is the first to adopt the code, the adoption process is underway in other jurisdictions. NECB 2011