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NRCan focuses on space heating and cold climate heat pump adoption

May 2, 2018

Amendments to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations will roll out across product categories starting in 2019 as part of the Pan-Canadian Framework. Debbie Scharf, director of NRCan’s equipment division, led a two-part talk on the framework at a recent HRAI manufacturers

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Geothermal heat pump technology rebates offered by NB Power

May 1, 2018

NB Power has included geothermal heat pump technology among a range of energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives. The news was welcomed by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC), an industry association for renewable heat pump technology. “This type of program

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Online rebates and home improvement incentives announced for Alberta

April 30, 2018

Energy Efficiency Alberta has announced new incentives and rebates as part of its energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Instant Savings are now available on easy-to-install energy-efficient products at retailers across the province, including programmable and smart thermostats. A $75

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Enbridge hosts webinars on new energy rebate program

April 17, 2018

Enbridge Gas will host a webinar on April 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. on its Home Energy Conservation Program. The final webinar is one of five held by Enbridge to share new additions to the program. According to the company,

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Some Ontario building owners must report water use by July 2018

April 5, 2018

Ontario building owners may need to benchmark energy and water use annually. Commercial, industrial and multi-unit residential buildings 250,000 square feet or larger are required to submit a report using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The first deadline to submit is

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GBCI launches Canadian operations to drive adoption of green buildings

March 13, 2018

A joint venture between Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) hopes to increase uptake of green buildings in Canada – the second largest market for LEED outside the U.S. GBCI Canada will offer new tools

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Kohler purchases wind power from U.S. farm as part of Net Zero strategy

March 13, 2018

Kohler has entered a 15-year agreement to purchase 100 megawatts of wind power per year from the Diamond Vista wind farm located near Salina, KS. The electricity will be equal to Kohler’s total U.S. and Canadian annual demand. Renewable energy

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Winners of EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards Announced

March 6, 2018

Leading companies in sustainable housing are recognized for contributions and advancements in Ontario’s Green Building category. Ontario’s best Green Builders were celebrated February 22, 2018 at the EnerQuality Awards Gala (EQ Awards). Held at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan, ON,

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Schneider Electric funds development of Ryerson smart buildings lab

March 6, 2018

Schneider Electric Canada will donate $1 million in kind to design and build a smart buildings laboratory at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON. The Smart Building Analytics Living Laboratory will be the first of its kind in Canada, intended to

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Uponor backs jointly-owned smart water technology company

March 5, 2018

Uponor has invested US$10 million in Phyn, a joint venture between Uponor and U.S.-based electronics manufacturer Belkin International. Uponor has made a total investment of US$25 million in the company. This second round of funding elevates Uponor to 50 per

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ASHRAE releases energy design guide for school buildings

February 18, 2018

A new publication aims to improve energy savings at K-12 school buildings, titled Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings – Achieving Zero Energy. “This comprehensive guide was developed by a team of zero energy experts that bring building

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Alberta releases variance on EnerGuide Rating System

February 9, 2018

The Alberta government has released a building code variance related to the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) for new homes. Due to similarities between ERS version 15 and the 2014 Alberta Building Code Subsection 9.36.5 – energy

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Canada ranks second worldwide for certified LEED projects

February 6, 2018

Canada has come in second place for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED list. The list recognizes markets outside of the U.S. that use LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green

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Vaughan to host Energy Summit 2018 conference

January 26, 2018

Energy Summit 2018 will include keynote speakers, technical sessions, facility tours and workshops. The conference is presented by the Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium and Natural Resources Canada. The 2018 program will showcase carbon

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HVAC, plumbing systems among energy efficient upgrades for Ontario schools

January 25, 2018

Nearly 600 schools across Ontario will receive energy-efficient upgrades in 2018. The $200 million investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market. Funding will support

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Submissions open for CaGBC product of the year

January 23, 2018

Competition for the fourth annual Green Building Product of the Year Award is now open. The deadline to submit is February 13, 2018. Presented by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), the annual award is based on four criteria: sustainability,

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Toronto updates green standards to lower emissions on new buildings

January 17, 2018

The City of Toronto, ON, has updated its green development standards program in an effort to reach zero emissions for all new buildings by 2030. Updates to the Toronto Green Standard, effective May 2018, support the city’s Zero Emissions Buildings

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Event to host largest ever education program

December 20, 2017 by HPAC Magazine

The 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference takes place January 20-24 at the Palmer House Chicago with the co-sponsored AHR Expo being held January 22-24 at McCormick Place. The AHR Expo seminar program features over 120 sessions, including over 70 free one-

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Contractors must sign up to make GreenOn list

December 19, 2017

Rebates to complete low-carbon, energy-efficient renovations are now available to Ontario homeowners through the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market program. The incentive program covers insulation, ground and air

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Valeco inaugurates its first cogeneration plant in Canada

November 26, 2017

The Biomont Energie cogeneration plant is located near the limits of the Frederick-Back Park, inside the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex in Montreal, QC. This site is well suited for the recovery of biomethane gas emanating from a former landfill that was

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Initiative underway to accelerate retrofit economy

November 19, 2017

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), and the Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS Discovery District (MaRS) announced recently that they are working together to bring the Investor Confidence (ICP) Project and its Investor Ready Energy

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Vancouver Convention Centre first to achieve Leed v4 Existing Building Platinum

November 18, 2017

The Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) has earned LEED v4 Existing Building Platinum, becoming the first double LEED Platinum convention centre in the world, and the first v4 Platinum Existing Building project to certify in Canada. Consisting of two uniquely designed

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Advancements help commercial bathrooms go greener

October 22, 2017 by David Scelsi

Economic challenges. Droughts. Green initiatives. Laws and standards. It is hard to pinpoint one single reason water has risen to the forefront of the sustainability conversation in the past few years. But one thing is certain, as demand for greener

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NRCan survey offers glimpse of energy efficiency awareness and gaps in industry

October 13, 2017

Survey findings about the awareness of energy efficiency in industry are now available in the newly published report, Industry and Buildings Energy Efficiency Awareness, Gaps and Brand Recognition. The survey, conducted by Leger in early 2017, presents the results of

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Rheem and QBD Cooling Systems win ENERGY STAR awards

September 9, 2017

Rheem and QBD Cooling Systems Inc. have both won awards from ENERGY STAR Canada. QBD was named the 2017 ENERGY STAR Manufacturer of the Year for Commercial Products. The company’s noteworthy 2016 accomplishments include developing a line of coolers based

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LEAPing ahead in sustainability

August 31, 2017 by Michael Power

The Coquitlam Centre’s new heat recovery chiller (HRC) system wins HOOPP’s LEAP award, helps cut GHG emissions by 35 per cent. Sustainability has transformed from a “nice-to-have” aspect for businesses to a core component of operations for many organizations, both

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How to improve commercial building design

August 30, 2017 by Judy Peters

Though not a new concept, the intentional practice of calculating in detail how a building will use energy is a critical, yet often overlooked, step in building development. At its core, energy modeling is the practice of using software to

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Distribution efficiency: An often overlooked benefit of hydronics

August 24, 2017 by HPAC Magazine

During the 35+ years that I have been involved in the North American hydronics industry there have been significant improvements in the thermal efficiency of hydronic heat sources. The 1960s vintage ranch house that I grew up in is a

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Passive House eclipses BC Building Code in Ice Box Challenge

August 21, 2017

After 18 days in the sun, the Passive House structure retains 639 kg of ice compared with the BC code-built house which retained 407-kg. Launched on July 27, Vancouver residents and visitors were invited to learn about the Passive House Standard—the energy-efficient

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Alberta the latest province to offer solar panel installation rebates

August 11, 2017

Net Metering programs and rebates for solar PV array installations are now available in almost every province in Canada. Albertans are the latest to have their day in the sun. The province joined the cross-country movement when it recently announced