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Call for abstracts for NEBB Conference

April 29, 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 on various topics related

MEET is scheduled for May 7-8; be sure to drop by HPAC's booth (129) and say hello.
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Plan to MEET in Moncton

April 23, 2014

Skills Canada and Innovation Awards just two of many highlights on the event program.

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Johnson Controls to acquire Air Distribution Technologies

April 18, 2014

Johnson Controls has announced it has reached a definitive agreement with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to acquire its Air Distribution Technologies business, an independent provider of air distribution and ventilation products. “This investment expands Johnson Controls’ position in the

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Snap a shot to win in Emerson HVACtrain photo contest

April 11, 2014

Emerson launched a contest on April 7 via social media encouraging HVAC/R professionals to share photos of how they stay up-to-date on the latest technologies. Emerson Climate Technologies is accepting online submissions of photographs showing HVAC/R professionals in training. Participants can

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SaskEnergy extends and enhances boiler, HVAC incentive programs

April 1, 2014

SaskEnergy has announced that based on industry demand, Saskatchewan Commercial Energy Efficiency programs offered exclusively through participating SaskEnergy Network Members have been enhanced and renewed (previous programs ended in November 2013). The Commercial Boiler Program, which is designed to encourage the

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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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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Good news for Yukon residents as Good Energy Rebate Program is extended

March 5, 2014

The Yukon’s Good Energy Rebate Program, which includes incentives for water efficient toilets, solar water heaters, drain water heat recovery systems (DWHRS) and heating appliances, has been extended to March 31, 2015. Originally slated to end March 15, 2014, rebates

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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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

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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,

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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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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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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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Analysis finds energy-efficiency standards correct market failures, save money

October 24, 2013

Insights from south of the border on consumer purchasing decisions and energy costs.

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Nova Scotia contractors rally against utility

September 30, 2013

The natural gas heating industry in Nova Scotia is mobilizing to fight the local gas utility’s roll-out of a controversial residential marketing program that, in the view of industry members, “crosses the line” by intervening too directly in the HVAC

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Alberta’s Disaster Recovery Program calls for “protective plumbing”

September 23, 2013

Municipal Affairs Alberta has issued a bulletin that affects plumbing and mechanical disciplines regulated under the Safety Codes Act. Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) Flood Mitigation Measures was published in August (STANDATA Information Bulletin 06-BCB- 009R1). It sets out the minimum “wet-flood mitigation”

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Former Ontario cabinet minister to head up College of Trades

August 27, 2013

David Tsubouchi name CEO of self-regulatory body overseeing skilled trades in Ontario.

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Standard for Energy Upgrade Certificates of Homes released for public comment

July 30, 2013

The Building Performance Institute, Inc.’s (BPI)  BPI-2101-S-2013: Standard Requirements for a Certificate of Completion for Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades is available for public comment until August 6, 2013, and will soon be published as a BPI standard. BPI-2101 identifies a standard

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Search is on for most innovative HVAC/R and plumbing products

July 25, 2013

Entries now being accepted for the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards.

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Early bird gets to the MCAC 72nd annual conference for less

July 16, 2013

Deadline to save on registration is less than three weeks away.

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ASHRAE launches online discussion platform

July 5, 2013

Through its new online ASHRAExCHANGE discussion platform, ASHRAE is providing members and others in the industry with an online platform for real-time discussion and information exchange for design, construction, operation and support of the built environment. The platform was launched at ASHRAE’s

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Trane Canada hosts first Atlantic open houses

June 25, 2013

Over the week of June 10th, Trane Canada’s Atlantic offices hosted their first open houses in the Dartmouth, NS, Saint John, NB, and St. John’s, NL locations. Over 250 people visited the offices to meet with Trane associates, Trane partner vendors and