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‘Innovation mindset’: Adoption of latest technologies key to contractor growth at MCAC Conference

April 17, 2019

As the construction industry grapples with complex projects and tight timelines, a massive worker shortage and some of the lowest productivity gains over the last few decades, the largely entrenched ways of doing business are undergoing a fundamental shift. At

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Premier pledges $40M for low-carbon programs in NL

March 18, 2019

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball has committed $40 million for “low carbon economy programs” in the province. As part of the funding, the provincial government is funneling $10.25 million into the Climate Change Challenge Program, which will offer grants

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Honeywell strikes $3.1M contract to upgrade Northern Ontario hospitals

March 15, 2019

MICs Group of Health Services, a Northern Ontario hospital owner-operator has signed a 10-year, $3.1 million contract with Honeywell to upgrade its facilities. A range of energy and infrastructure upgrades will be implemented across MICs three sites: Bingham Memorial Hospital

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HRAI to tackle low-carbon economy challenges at symposium

March 1, 2019

The challenges and opportunities presented by Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy is the focus of an upcoming Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) symposium. Designed for HVAC/R industry stakeholders, the symposium will include a series of presentations and

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Feds award $53.6M contract to upgrade mechanical systems at coast guard college

February 27, 2019

The Canadian Coast Guard College is about to undergo a major facelift. Ottawa awarded a $53.6 million contract to Sydney, NS-based Joneljim Concrete Construction (1994) Limited to replace the school’s mechanical and sprinkler systems. The work includes the installation of

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Students test the limits of sustainable construction with a tiny net-zero energy and water house

February 26, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

The Northern Nomad claims a mere 220 square feet of Carleton University campus in Ottawa, ON. An emblem of sustainable construction, this tiny house is big on efficiency. Built by a group of students to withstand the northern climate, the

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Low-carbon building skills cap costing Ontario billions: report

February 5, 2019

The skills to build green are in high demand. In a newly-released report, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) unveiled a proposed plan to “close the low-carbon building skills gap” in Ontario–where the council estimates the gap represents $24.3 billion

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ENERGY STAR 2019 applications due by March 1, 2019

January 30, 2019

Submissions are now open for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards. The awards recognize ENERGY STAR participants throughout the country that have “demonstrated excellence” in the promotion of energy-efficient products. The awards also recognize new homes. Eligible organizations must have

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Nova Scotia to offer incentives for high-performance home construction

January 28, 2019

Efficiency Nova Scotia has launched a pilot program aimed at increasing the number of new high-performance homes constructed in the province. The High Performance Home Plan Pilot will offer a $1000 incentive paid to eligible participants who complete an Initial

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ASHRAE invests $15.7M to construct net-zero headquarters

January 22, 2019

ASHRAE will pony up $15.7 million to construct its new world headquarters in Atlanta, GA to net-zero standards. The society hopes to reduce energy consumption in the existing building to a level below 22 kBtu per square feet per year,

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BOMA sustainability award goes to Gatineau, QC preservation centre

January 21, 2019

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Preservation Centre in Gatineau, QC received the 2018 Outstanding Building of the Year award at a recent ceremony hosted by BOMA Canada. Awarded first place in the national BOMA Best – Gold “Corporate Facility”

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Mining for heat: Quebec startup unveils novel technology

December 13, 2018

It isn’t cheap to grow strawberries in Quebec. The bitter temperatures common in one of the country’s coldest provinces put pressure on energy-guzzling greenhouses for more than eight months in a year. For two growers in Neuville, QC, cyrptocurrency mining

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Net-zero waterfront community proposed for site of decommissioned coal plant

December 12, 2018

Just off the shore of Lake Ontario, demolition machines chip away at the extensive concrete foundations that once rested beneath a massive coal-fired power plant. The arduous work is part of an ambitious plan by a consortium of developers to

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Calgary, AB environmental group awarded by CIPH

December 3, 2018

A Calgary, AB-based environmental charity is the latest to earn a National Water Wise Award from the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH). Green Calgary champions environmental leadership in homes, workplaces, schools and communities in the city. CIPH awarded

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Built Green Canada, Green Builder Coalition release water rating program

November 30, 2018

A new water-rating program is coming to Canada. Built Green Canada has partnered with the Green Builder Coalition to launch the Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS), which it said will be “Canadianized in the coming months” WERS uses a scoring

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ASHRAE president, president-elect address federal natural resources committee

November 21, 2018

Sheila Hayter, ASHRAE president, and Darryl Boyce, president-elect, testified before the Standing Committee on Natural Resources at the House of Commons of Canada November 20, 2018. Hayter and Boyce provided testimony focused on the technical tools, standards and guidelines ASHRAE

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Retrofitting Robson Central

November 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A Vancouver heritage building is overhauled with efficient heating and cooling systems and new technology

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U.S. manufacturer approves low GWP for Honeywell refrigerant

November 16, 2018

Michigan-based Tecumseh Products Company has approved Honeywell’s Solstice N40 refrigerant with a lower global warming potential following “extensive testing.” The refrigerant was approved for use in the reciprocating compressors used in Tecumseh’s global commercial refrigerant systems. Solstice N40 aims to

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Engineering firm awarded 2018 ENERGY STAR certification for Quebec headquarters

November 14, 2018

The Quebec City headquarters of engineering firm Ambioner has received the 2018 ENERGY STAR certification with a score of 93. Strategies used to achieve high energy performance for the 11,000 square foot building–constructed in 2014–include: solar wall, heat pump, natural

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Funding available for energy efficiency projects

November 6, 2018

NRCan provides financial assistance to support energy efficiency projects in Canada’s buildings sector to meet commitments under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The following programs are currently accepting proposals. Benchmarking, labelling and disclosure initiatives NRCan provides

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Canada’s first net-zero supermarket receives $1.4M in federal funding

October 17, 2018

A project to construct Canada’s first net-zero supermarket is underway in Stouffville, ON. The federal government provided $1.44 million to build the 40,000 square foot Longos Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. store, which aims to produce 65 per cent of its

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Manitoba, Alberta schools recognized for sustainability initiatives

October 2, 2018

Two Canadian schools have been awarded in the annual Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Greenest School in Canada competition. Lacombe Composite High School in Lacombe, AB and Trinity College School in Port Hope, ON were recognized for the use of

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Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver sign global agreement to reach net zero by 2050

September 6, 2018

Mayors of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver have signed on to a global agreement comprising 19 cities to meet net-zero carbon standards by 2050. Led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration requires cities to:

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First Zero Carbon building design certification goes to Cora Group

August 23, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Cora Group in Waterloo, ON and Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON earned Canada’s first and second Zero Carbon Building Design certifications from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The Cora Group was presented Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building Design

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Share your knowledge of high-impact technologies

August 21, 2018

ASHRAE has issued call for abstracts for the 2019 Buildings XIV International Conference, to be held in Clearwater Beach, FL from December 9 to 12. Papers should focus on the development of high impact technologies and processes that are lifecycle

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ASHRAE releases guide for energy-efficient building design

August 13, 2018

ASHRAE has published a resource for building professionals designing efficient and grid-responsive buildings. Titled “Building Our New Energy Future,” the guide aligns with ASHRAE’s 2018-19 society theme of the same name. The resource was developed in collaboration with the American

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Honeywell Home spinoff company, Resideo, to be operational by end of 2018

August 9, 2018

Honeywell has announced that Resideo will be the name of its new company, created through a spin-off of its Home and ADI Global Distribution businesses. The spin-off is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Products from

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Amal Clooney to kick off 2018 Greenbuild Conference and Expo

August 1, 2018

Human rights lawyer and humanitarian Amal Clooney will deliver opening keynote remarks at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL from November 14 to 16, 2018. This

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Federal, provincial governments contribute $53.5M for Efficiency Nova Scotia

July 25, 2018

Efficiency Nova Scotia will receive $53.5 million in funding from federal and provincial governments over the next four years. Distributors, contractors, consulting engineers and other energy efficiency trade professionals must complete an online application to be listed in the Efficiency

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ASHRAE president focused on energy efficiency, innovative technologies for 2018-19

July 23, 2018

Sheila Hayter kicked off her term as ASHRAE president for 2018-19 at the association’s annual conference, held at the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, TX from June 23-27. Hayter’s theme for the upcoming year, “Building Our New Energy