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Projects from across Canada participate in CaGBC pilot

June 16, 2017

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced that 16 of Canada’s most innovative projects have been chosen to participate in a two-year pilot of CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. The Standard, which assesses the carbon performance of commercial, institutional,

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Green building gets a push with new partnership

June 2, 2017

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) have signed an agreement in principle to form a Canadian joint venture called Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI Canada), with final terms expected to be agreed upon this

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Alberta program offers rebates on high-efficiency equipment

May 29, 2017

Efficiency Alberta is launching an energy efficiency program that provides incentives to businesses that choose high-efficiency products. The Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program is designed to encourage organizations to replace old, inefficient equipment to help reduce GHG emissions.

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A lesson in sustainability

May 12, 2017 by Shawn Sinnie

Class is back in session and the teachers have a little more help this year. The renovated Steinbach Regional Secondary School in Steinbach, MB, is assisting the faculty with a great lesson for the students on the environment and the

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A positive vibe at MCEE with more exhibitors and higher attendance

May 12, 2017

The aisles were packed again for the 2017 edition of MCEE trade show and conference for the plumbing, hydronics, HVAC/R, electrical and lighting industries. The sold out trade show took place in Montreal on April 26 and 27. At 6,286,

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Mitsubishi Electric Sales joins low carbon effort

May 1, 2017

EllisDon has announced that Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada has become the latest partner to join its Carbon Impact Initiative. “EllisDon is thrilled to have Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada join the Carbon Impact Initiative,” says Andrew Bowerbank, global director of sustainable

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Wolseley ONE sees large turnout, addresses regulatory issues

April 4, 2017

There was a large turnout on the show floor for Wolseley Canada’s second Wolseley ONE Tradeshow March 29 at the Mississauga Convention Centre. Attendees networked while perusing over 70 plumbing and HVAC/R vendor displays for information and industry trends. A

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Danfoss publishes report on high-performance building and the path to a sustainable building-energy equation

March 22, 2017

Danfoss has published a report on making the buildings-energy equation sustainable. The report, which was developed with Dr. James Freihaut, a professor of architectural engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, traces the path of high-performance buildings in the pursuit of

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High-Performance Building Lab offers hands-on opportunities

January 24, 2017

“Our new High-Performance Building lab is a hub for formal and informal hands-on learning and training for students, industry and others interested in efficient building envelopes,” said Andrea Linsky, program head in the Centre for Energy Systems Applications at British

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Hospitals get on board with the Green Hospital Scorecard

January 11, 2017

The Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) is the only environmental and sustainability benchmarking tool of its kind in Canada, providing a snapshot of a hospital’s performance in energy and water conservation, waste management and recycling, corporate commitment, and pollution prevention. In

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Canada’s Green Building Product of the Year open for entries

January 5, 2017

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced the opening of the competition for the 2017 CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award. CaGBC initiated the Product of the Year award in 2015 to promote the development of sustainable

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How important is energy efficiency in industrial and buildings sectors?

January 4, 2017

The Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) is undertaking Public Opinion Research to measure, through quantitative means, the importance of energy efficiency in the industrial and buildings sectors (including public, commercial and institutional sub-sectors) and energy efficiency brand recognition (ENERGY STAR,

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CaGBC to launch a Zero Carbon Building Standard next Spring

November 18, 2016

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) released a Zero Carbon Buildings Framework on November 2, 2016 for the assessment of highly energy efficient buildings that minimize greenhouse gas emissions. The Framework is the first stage of a broader CaGBC Zero

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Public input sought for changes to Green Building Standard

November 16, 2016

Changes to the commissioning requirements in Standard 189.1 that would increase its ability to support achieving high performance green buildings are open for public input. Standard 189.1 is published by ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the U.S. Green Building Council

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Partner with NRCan in High-Performance Building Challenge

November 15, 2016

UPDATED November 24, 2016 Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) plans to launch a National High-Performance Building Challenge to help bring the Canadian building market closer to a net-zero energy performance ideal. According to Ian Meredith, program development manager-buildings and industry division,

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Innovative products in the spotlight at CIPHEX West

November 5, 2016

Winners of the New Product Competition at CIPHEX West are: Sunrise Tradex Corporation, The Mini: Movable Split Air Conditioner, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Viessmann Manufacuring Company, Vitosol FM, Alternative Energy (Solar, Geothermal, etc.): tekmar Control Systems (A Watts Brand), WiFi

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Show Preview: Construct Canada 2016

October 26, 2016 by Doug Picklyk

The 28th annual Construct Canada show, the country’s largest building, design and construction event, will run Wednesday, November 30 through Friday, December 2 in downtown Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, located at the base of the CN Tower.

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Noble draws a crowd

October 21, 2016

It was standing room only for the basic furnace performance testing seminar, one of five complimentary educational sessions held during Noble’s 2016 BIG Tuesday Heating Show held on October 4 between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. just north of Toronto

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Solar thermal runs hot and cold

October 17, 2016 by Robert Waters

Having been involved with the solar water heating (SWH) industry since the early 1980s, I can tell you that it has faced many challenges. A look at its history in Canada reveals that SWH has been on a roller coaster

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IAQ and thermal comfort among top three building features

September 29, 2016

A Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Dodge Data & Analytics report released recently titled Healthier Buildings in Canada 2016: Transforming Building Design and Construction revealed new information about the factors influencing Canada’s building owners, architects, designers, contractors and public

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Trends that mean good news for the hydronic industry

August 31, 2016 by Steve Goldie

When I sat down to write this article, my intention was to take a look at some of the most common issues in residential hydronic installations and examine the remedies. In the interest of not being repetitive I did a

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Canada holds its own in energy efficiency rankings

August 21, 2016

Germany continues to lead the world in energy efficiency, followed by Italy and Japan (tied for second place), France, and the United Kingdom (not reflecting energy-related government changes in 2016), according to the 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by

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New provider of Dollars to $ense training

August 15, 2016

The Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) is now the sole licensee for delivering all the Dollars to $ense (D2$) training workshops across Canada. This licence also includes the possibility of offering the workshops internationally through CIET’s sister-company the International

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Ingersoll Rand refrigeration, chiller products support climate commitment goals

August 8, 2016

Ingersoll Rand (IR) was recently awarded three Product and Project of the Year awards at the fifth Environmental Leader Conference held in Denver, CO. The company accepted the awards for its Thermo King truck and trailer refrigeration units in Europe

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Second quarter boasts high LEED and certified building numbers

July 27, 2016

According to the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), the second quarter of 2016 has seen steady growth for LEED registered and certified projects with 81 certifications and 106 registrations between April 1 and June 30. Currently, the cumulative total of

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Grundfos CEO focuses on sustainability at global leaders summit

July 18, 2016

Mads Nipper, the CEO of Grundfos was among the speakers at the United Nations (UN) Global Compact Leaders’ Summit held in New York in late June. His speech reminded the approximately 800 attendees that the corporate sector wants political action

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GF Thompson the exclusive Canadian dealer of trap seal

June 24, 2016

IPS Corporation’s plumbing division has formed an exclusive distribution agreement with Green Drain, which is headquartered in Florida. IPS will serve as the distributor of Green Drain waterless trap seals in plumbing wholesale, catalogue supply, hardware and rental distribution in

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Call for Papers issued for ASHRAE conference

June 23, 2016

A call for papers has been issued for the 2017 Annual ASHRAE Conference in Long Beach, CA, June 24-28, at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. The conference includes tracks that demonstrate the benefits of net zero energy (NZE) and ways

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Kudos for sustainable building at CaGBC awards

June 13, 2016

Nine buildings that demonstrate sustainable building from across the country were recognized at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) 2016 Canada Green Building Awards on June 6. the event, which was held at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto,

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The value of ice-based energy storage in today’s built environment

June 10, 2016 by Mark MacCracken

  Energy storage is all around us, from the phone in your pocket to the vehicle on the street. Some forms of energy storage are suitable for the built environment but it is important to understand that energy should be