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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

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Manitoba puts PV funding on the table

June 10, 2016

Manitoba Hydro has launched the Power Smart Solar Energy Program – a program that encourages home and business owners to harness the power of the sun through incentives and financial support. The launch took place on Earth Day. Those who

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Hydronics event highlights latest technologies

June 7, 2016

The Fluid Forward 2016 hydronics conference and tradeshow was held June 2 in Kitchener, ON. Organized by Jess-Don Dunford, the full-day event featured guest presentations and offered over 150 attendees the chance to network and learn about some of the

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Green building training now available across Canada

May 27, 2016

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Urban Green Council (the New York chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council) have partnered to bring Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) to professionals across Canada. The move is in response to

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Smart water conservation focus of Uponor partnership

May 25, 2016

Uponor Corporation has announced the formation of Phyn, a new partnership with Belkin International. Phyn will create an intelligent water solution designed to protect family homes and businesses from leak damage and improve water conservation with automated and anticipatory controls.

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LG recognized for innovations in energy efficiency

May 25, 2016

LG Electronics Canada (LG) was named Manufacturer of the Year HVAC at the 2016 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards ceremony held May 24 in Winnipeg, MB. The Honourable Jim Carr, minister of natural resources, presented the awards to select companies for

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Event highlights sustainable building products

May 21, 2016

On May 18, Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) hosted a product knowledge forum at the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto, ON. The event, entitled Innovative Ontario Solutions for Energy, attracted roughly 50 attendees and featured presentations on five Ontario-based sustainable building

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Low ambient air-to-water heat pumps


Electrically powered heat pumps, in many varieties, are destined to play an increasingly important role in heating and cooling buildings around the world. They convert vast amounts of otherwise unusable low temperature heat into heat at sufficient temperatures to warm

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Hot Water Made To Order

May 11, 2016 by ROB WATERS

At one time, selecting a water heater was a fairly simple process. There were not a lot of options to choose from; you got a tank type water heater, which was either gas or oil fired, or electric. The water

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Zoo poo and food waste to fuel biogas plant

May 5, 2016

ZooShare Biogas Co-operative Inc., a non-profit renewable energy co-op with over 500 members, is building the first zoo-based biogas plant in North America. The 500 kW facility, which is located near the Toronto Zoo, will recycle 3,000 tonnes of manure

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Alberta dedicates dollars to push solar power

April 25, 2016

The Alberta government is investing over $5 million to help municipalities make the move to solar power. This investment is part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan. The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is receiving the money for its solar energy

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Telus Garden in Vancouver achieves LEED Platinum

April 22, 2016

The Canada Green Building Council has awarded TELUS Garden, an office tower located in Vancouver, BC, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, which is the highest of four levels of LEED certification. The honour was presented

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HRAI manufacturer members strategize for the future

April 19, 2016

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) held its product section meeting in early April in Mississauga, ON. A robust program offered attendees insight into changes within the industries that comprise the association. A presentation entitled Transforming Business Models

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Changes to high performance building standard open for public comment

April 13, 2016

Changes to the purpose and scope that reflect advances in green buildings over the last 10 years are proposed for the high performance building Standard 189.1 from ASHRAE, the International Code Council (ICC), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and

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CIPHEX West and BUILDEX Express to co-locate

April 12, 2016

CIPHEX West and BUILDEX Express are co-locating at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC for their November 2016 shows. CIPHEX West is a two-day trade show and conference that is produced by the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating

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Contractor and CE numbers up at CMPX

April 5, 2016

Sponsors of the 2016 Canadian Mechanical Exposition & Trade Show and Learning Forum (CMPX) have reported increases in key attendee categories including contractors (+14 per cent ) and consulting engineers (+73 per cent). Official attendance figures were unavailable at press

John Siegenthaler (l) with Gregory Trifonidis of Axon Electrical Mechanical Ltd. in Scarborough, ON, who was the winner of the Heating With Renewable Energy draw on March 16.
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CMPX visitors hit the jackpot with HPAC contests

March 23, 2016

At the recent CMPX show, HPAC held contests for visitors to its booth. Three lucky winners received a copy of John Siegenthaler’s latest book Heating With Renewable Energy. Siegenthaler was on hand on March 16, 17 and 18 to talk

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Ontario Geothermal Association firms up AGM keynote

December 17, 2015

The Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change will speak at February conference.

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Manitoba Hydro adds labour incentive to drain water heat recovery program

November 9, 2015

Updated… As of April 1, 2016, an amendment to the Manitoba Building Code will mandate the residential use of drain water heat recovery (DWHR) units in new homes. Following an RFQ, Manitoba Hydro announced that EcoInnovation Technologies would supply the

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White House announces suite of private sector commitments to HFC reductions

October 20, 2015

On October 15, 2015, the White House announced a suite of new private-sector commitments and executive actions that will reduce the use and emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The White House also recognized the progress that has been made against the

Alex Lukachko, senior associate at Building Science Consulting Inc. said the newly found skepticism is good because green buildings need to be refined by updated building codes.
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Assessing the current green building juncture

October 6, 2015

Green buildings need to be refined by updated building codes, says speaker at Green Building Festival.

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What Is going on in the world of Supermarket Refrigeration?

October 1, 2015 by Dave Demma

It comes as no surprise to anyone that supermarkets are under pressure to embrace green. As applied to the refrigeration portion of a supermarket this translates into: reduce carbon footprint, lower Global Warming Potential (GWP), reduce refrigerant charge, reduce electrical

A grand opening was held recently for the first of 25 Net Zero Energy homes to be built across Canada. Constructed by Reid's Heritage Homes, the home is part of a national demonstration project to prove that Net Zero homes can be built on a community-level scale. Photo Reid's Heritage Homes
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Net Zero home showcases technologies at the community-level

September 23, 2015

Over 400 members of the public showed up at Reid’s Heritage Homes’ grand opening for its newly constructed Net Zero Energy Home in Guelph, ON, on September 19. The Net Zero Discovery Home is the first to be completed as