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Sons of Napoleon founders take the reins as co-CEOs

August 20, 2018

Christopher and Stephen Schroeter will take over the family business at Napoleon as co-CEOs. The newly-appointed duo are the sons of Napoleon co-founders Wolfgang Schroeter, CEO, and Ingrid Schroeter, CFO. Christopher and Stephen have worked at the company for 18

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Deadline approaches for ASHRAE 2019 conference, technical papers

August 16, 2018

ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2019 annual conference Abstract submissions are due August 21, 2018. If accepted, final papers will be due November 30, 2018. Technical papers – 30-pages maximum, to be published in ASHRAE Transactions

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Honeywell Home spinoff company, Resideo, to be operational end of year

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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CoolSys awarded for its role in natural refrigerant adoption

August 2, 2018

CoolSys is the recipient of an Accelerate America Award for its role in bringing climate-friendly solutions to the HVAC/R sector in North America. The company received the best contractor award in the food and retail sector for the innovative adoption

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Bacharach acquires U.S. manufacturer to deliver test, measurement instrumentation

July 30, 2018

Bacharach has acquired Pennsylvania-based Neutronics Inc., a provider of refrigerant and gas analyzers for the automotive and commercial HVAC markets. Its oxygen analyzers are also used in the semi-conductor industry, and its self contained breathing units in the safety and

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Danfoss acquires stake in California heat exchanger technology start-up

July 30, 2018

Danfoss has purchased minority shares in California-based start-up Nelumbo. The company develops surface treatment technology that aims to improve heat exchanger performance and prevent corrosion. Three engineers from the University of California, Berkeley, formed Nelumbo in 2015. The company currently

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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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AHR Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019

July 11, 2018

The 2019 AHR Expo will return to Atlanta, GA for the first time in nearly two decades, to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center from January 14 to 16. Clay Stevens, show manager, said HVAC/R is a key

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Alberta issues Standata on section 9.36, 14.5 SEER requirements

July 11, 2018

Alberta Municipal Affairs has issued a Standata that allows for the installation of split-system air conditioners in existing houses without having met section 9.36, 14.5 SEER requirements. Installation can be completed for building permits issued before November 1, 2016, as

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Cannabis bill passes in senate, provinces prepare for legalization in October

June 25, 2018

The federal government’s bill to legalize recreational cannabis has received the green light from senators. Come October 17, 2018, the drug will be legal to purchase and consume. The third reading of Bill C-45, tabled April 2017, passed by a

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Noble scores with 25th celebration under sunny skies

June 22, 2018

Noble held its 25th Anniversary customer appreciation BBQ and tradeshow June 22 at its head office on Jane Street in Toronto, ON. The event attracted about 1000 contractors and other Noble customers. Jim Anderson, Noble’s general manager, along with local

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Wolseley renovates Ontario branch to include HVAC/R inventory

June 21, 2018

Wolseley Canada has opened the doors to its 8,000 square foot Orangeville, ON branch. Located at 80 Centennial Road, Units 5 and 6, the branch has been renovated to include HVAC/R inventory. The Orangeville branch expansion is part of the

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Armstrong partners with industry leaders to launch global “2 in 22” GHG initiative

June 20, 2018

Armstrong Fluid Technology announced at its Global Energy Summit in Toronto that the company is committed to reducing GHG among its installed customer base by two million tons by the year 2022. When making the announcement on June 19, Armstrong’s

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Ryerson receives funding to prototype cloud-based switching system for residential HVAC

June 19, 2018

Ryerson University engineering students will design and prototype a cloud-based smart dual fuel switching system (SDFSS) for residential hybrid HVAC systems. The university received a grant for the project from ASHRAE as part of the organization’s 2018 Undergraduate Program Equipment

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Watts opens third U.S. training centre in North Carolina

June 8, 2018

Watts has unveiled its latest training centre in St. Pauls, NC. The company has two other facilities in North Andover, MA and Woodland, CA, respectively.    Located in a manufacturing facility, the 3,000 square foot Watts Works Learning Center houses

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Noble scholarship offered to plumbing, HVAC students at Toronto college

May 30, 2018

Noble has donated $30,000 to fund scholarships for plumbing and HVAC students at George Brown College in Toronto, ON. The Noble Futures Award will be presented annually to four first- and second-year full-time students for the next five years, starting

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Sorting through the finer points of AC and DC voltages

May 30, 2018 by Curtis Bennett

We all know, young or old, what comes to mind when we see the word Thunderstruck: AC/DC. This serves two purposes here, one is that the band is awesome and two, it is a good segue into the next Electricity

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The 3.2 million dollar question

May 29, 2018 by Robert Bean

I believe a good chunk of the architectural, building and HVAC industry is unaware that a few years ago California’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE, UC Berkeley) got a big cheque to carry out extensive research on radiant cooling

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Navac brings HVAC/R offering to North American market

May 24, 2018

Navac, a global HVAC/R manufacturer, has launched its North American operations in Lyndhurt, NJ. The company is a supplier of HVAC vacuum pumps, gauges, charging machines and other products. It aims to offer smart, automated tools to the North American

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Nortek Air Solutions donation recipients include Quebec, SK chapters

May 18, 2018

  Nortek Air Solutions (NAS) has been recognized by ASHRAE for its contribution to HVAC/R research as part of the association’s Research Promotion (RP) campaign. Buddy Doll, president of NAS, and Joe Naccarello, vice president of sales at NAS, accepted

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Ductless Heat Pumps: A Better Split Decision?

May 15, 2018 by Ian McTeer

After learning about the latest computer technology during a school visit to the Ontario Science Centre in the 1980s my youngest son asked me if we were getting a fax machine. Hardly computer literate myself in those days, I told

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Sound and vibration in water-source heat pumps

May 14, 2018 by Karl Washburn

Dynamic power is used to move air and refrigerant in HVAC/R equipment. One unavoidable result of this dynamic application of power is sound and vibration. In a water-source heat pump (WSHP), both the compressor and supply fan generate sound and

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Smart Frog hybrid air conditioning units to be sold through Ecco Supply

May 8, 2018

Smart Frog air conditioning units are now available to the Canadian market, sold exclusively through Ecco Supply. The unit, from Texas-based Perfectly Green Corporation, is a hybrid system designed for residential and light commercial applications with HVAC, standby generator and

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My Moncton experience

May 7, 2018

BY KERRY TURNER Earlier this month I headed to the Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology Show, otherwise known as MEET. It was my first time at the trade show after hearing about it and writing about it for years. This trade

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Growth of licensed cannabis producers offers HVAC opportunities

April 30, 2018

As cultivators and consumers await the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada late summer 2018, opportunities grow for HVAC contractors. In “A snapshot of licensed cannabis producers,” released April 26, 2018, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) reported a rapid growth of licensed

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Students showcase skills at HVAC competition

April 20, 2018

Secondary and post-secondary students showcased their skills in a four-hour HVAC competition during the 2018 Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exposition (CMPX). The Heating Systems Gauntlet, held by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), challenged 23 Southern

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The Master Group unveils new Cambridge location

April 13, 2018

The Master Group has opened a new branch in Cambridge, ON – its 10th location in the Greater Toronto Area. The 10,000 square foot space will include HVAC/R inventory and e-xpress pickup, an online ordering service with pick-up directly at

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Share your expertise at The Buildings Show

April 9, 2018

Buildings Canada has put out a call for speakers for The Buildings Show seminar program, to be held from November 28-30, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON. Topics are due April 30, 2018. Stonex Canada will join

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Alberta updates building codes to align with Pan-Canadian framework

April 5, 2018

The next editions of the Alberta building, fire and energy codes will be updated to the 2015 national code editions, including the 2017 interim changes to the 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB). The elevating devices codes will also

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Humber College second annual HVAC career fair a success

April 4, 2018

Humber College’s second annual HVAC career fair attracted a crowd of students and soon-to-be graduates to network with potential employers. The fair is offered exclusively to the college’s HVAC/R Technician and Technology programs, as well as its Sustainable Energy and