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ASHRAE and UNEP Join Forces

November 1, 2012 by hpac

Promoting sustainable refrigeration in facilities and systems.

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Guaranteeing Energy Performance: Mission Impossible?

November 1, 2012 by hpac

Most energy models produce best-case scenario goals for the design team, assuming perfect construction and operation. However, owners/operators quickly realize that energy models are typically not exact predictors of energy use. But that is changing: design teams and constructors/operators are

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Groups scrutinize reclaimed water use

October 31, 2012

Alternative Solutions Guide for Reclaimed Water Reuse, a new Fact Sheet available from Alberta Municipal Affairs, was developed by the Reclaimed Water Working Group. Established by The Government of Alberta, the group is tasked to develop a framework to facilitate

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Water Conservation Standard opens for first public comment

October 30, 2012

HVAC/R systems account for approximately a third of water consumption in a typical office building, the need to minimize water usage is a major consideration in the built environment industry. For that reason ASHRAE, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers

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HELP is on the way for hospitals and long-term care facilities

October 19, 2012

The ENERGY STAR Health Care Energy Leadership Program (HELP) was established to help hospitals and long-term care facilities find energy reduction opportunities. A joint initiative of My Sustainable Canada and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, the program provides

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New fact sheets available on OEE Web site

October 16, 2012

Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings is offering a new series of fact sheets dealing with building energy efficiency in general or benchmarking specifically. ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings – Overview provides an overview of the energy- and money-saving initiatives offered

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CHES 2013 issues Call for Abstracts

October 9, 2012

Speaker abstracts are being accepted for the 2013 CHES National Conference to be held in Niagara Falls ON, September 22-24, 2013. The deadline for submission is November 15, 2012. The Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society conference is being held at the

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BC leaders in energy management recognized

October 3, 2012

The Honourable Terry Lake, BC Minister of Environment presented awards recognizing leadership in energy management to Surrey, Nakusp and City of North Vancouver at the Union of B.C Municipalities convention on September 26. The City of Surrey won in the

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Yorkland Controls to supply energy management software to Ontario school board

September 24, 2012

York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) in Ontario has awarded a bid to eSight Energy Inc.‘s energy management software through distributor Yorkland Controls. eSight will be implemented to provide data analysis and management support and to help identify energy reduction

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Draft Canada-Nova Scotia Equivalency Agreement for Coal-Fired Electricity released

September 17, 2012

New coal-fired electricity regulations, released by the federal government on September 12, would have meant the premature closure of Nova Scotia’s eight coal-fired plants in Trenton, Lingan, Point Tupper and Point Aconi, at a cost of up to $1.3 billion

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Manufacturers respond to reports of HCFC smuggling

September 13, 2012

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) president and CEO Stephen Yurek has responded to what he termed “several inaccuracies” in a September 8, 2012, article in the New York Times on smuggling, primarily from China, of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant

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COMING SOON: Festival focuses on OBC energy efficiency requirements

September 13, 2012

The 2012 Green Building Festival, which is being held on October 11-12 at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, will feature experts such as Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, the Seattle-based hub for visionary green

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Geo-Solar Connection

September 1, 2012 by hpac

Two thermally-based renewable energy technologies that grab many headlines these days are solar water heating and geothermal heat pumps. Both of these technologies are ways of capturing solar energy. The solar thermal system does it in real time, whereas the

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Think Ahead To Get Ahead

September 1, 2012 by Dave Demma

Serving your customers well means analyzing the refrigerant and equipment at individual sites and planning wisely.

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North American energy efficiency revenues to double by 2020

July 18, 2012

Efforts to retrofit commercial and public buildings to make them more energy-efficient have many different drivers, including a sense of social responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and carbon footprints, an attempt to retain tenants and gain a market edge

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Green building innovation in the spotlight

June 25, 2012

EXCLUSIVE NEWSLETTER CONTENT The CaGBC National Conference and Expo, which took place from June 11-13 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, featured the launch of GREEN UP, a building performance program for building owners and operators, and the CaGBC Leadership

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Upgrade to the RETScreen software released

June 19, 2012

An upgrade to the RETScreen Software, RETScreen Suite, was released recently. RETScreen Suite integrates the RETScreen 4 clean energy project analysis software and the RETScreen Plus energy management software. RETScreen 4 is an Excel-based clean energy project analysis software tool

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Measure to manage with building energy benchmarking

June 14, 2012

Join the energy benchmarking movement! Register for a free webinar to see a live demonstration of the Portfolio Manager building energy benchmarking tool that is coming to Canada in June 2013. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is working with the US

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New Ontario geothermal regs – stakeholder technical briefing session

June 12, 2012

On May 18, 2012, the government tightened up regulation of vertical closed loop drilling for geothermal systems by making Ontario Regulation 98/12 (Ground Source Heat Pumps) under the Environmental Protection Act. The regulation requires anyone constructing new or altering, replacing

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Third annual energy conservation report available online

June 11, 2012


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Government of Canada announces 2012 ENERGY STAR winners

June 6, 2012

The ENERGY STAR Market Transformation Awards recognize leadership in promoting energy efficiency in Canada and are presented to utility providers, manufacturers, retailers, advocates and home builders who have shown leadership and commitment in manufacturing, marketing and promoting energy efficient products. This

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PNNL makes the case for impressive savings with commercial HVAC controls

May 31, 2012

A recent report from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is attracting significant media attention. According to a release from PNNL, U.S. commercial building owners could save an average of 38 per cent on heating and cooling

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Improved energy benchmarks for LEED Canada for Homes

May 30, 2012

Improved energy benchmarks for LEED Canada for Homes take effect August 1, 2012. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is making the move following a survey it conducted in winter 2012. The new minimum for energy performance in the LEED Canada

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Video details Partners In Project Green Sustainability Consortiums

May 30, 2012

The Partners in Project Green Sustainability Consortiums has released a video highlighting the activities and successes of its Sustainability Consortiums. The video, available at www.partnersinprojectgreen.com, highlights the  approach the four Sustainability Consortiums take toward collaborating on environmental sustainability issues. Featuring interviews with consortium

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Additional $184 million allocated to the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative

May 28, 2012

At the 8th annual Energy Matters Summit, The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources announced that the Government of Canada is investing an additional $184 million in the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative. This brings the total funding under the program to $281 million

Ed Merwin, Niagara sales leader for Honeywell ECC Niagara Framework-based brands, gives his presentation, Putting It All Together: The Technology & Applications Behind the Savings.
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Technology and Innovation Summit

May 22, 2012

Yorkland Controls and Honeywell recently hosted the 2012 Canada Buildings Summit at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, ON. Industry professionals took the opportunity to sit in on presentations on smart controls and learn ways to improve building efficiency from representatives from

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Update on Ontario geothermal regs

May 22, 2012

Ontario is strengthening the regulation of vertical closed loop drilling for geothermal energy systems, with new rules that take effect immediately. The province is requiring geothermal installers to: obtain provincial approval for vertical closed loop geothermal systems; consult with a

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Final call for ENERGY STAR event registration

May 17, 2012

The 2012 ENERGY STAR Participants’ Meeting will be held June 5, 2012 at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, ON. The one-day event brings Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) ENERGY STAR team together with Participant organizations to share information and experiences,

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Call for abstracts

May 2, 2012

The 12th Pellets Industry Forum will be held October 9-10, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Interested experts from this sector with proposals for congress contributions can submit them to Solar Promotion GmbH before May 25, 2012. Selected speakers will receive tickets

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Workshop: Complying with Part 12 of the Ontario Building Code

April 27, 2012

Effective January 1, 2012, all Ontario homes must be designed to meet the performance level equal to a rating of 80 or more when evaluated in accordance with the EnerGuide Rating System or conform to Supplementary Standard SB-12 referenced in