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CoolSys purchases New Jersey consulting engineering firm

August 7, 2018

CoolSys has acquired Princeton, NJ-based consulting engineering firm Energy Squared. Adam Coffey, president and CEO of CoolSys, said the acquisition expands the company’s engineering and technology capabilities. Energy Squared provides mechanical, electrical, plumbing and refrigeration engineering analysis and design for

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Johnson Controls relocates air handling systems business in Pennsylvania

August 3, 2018

Johnson Controls is moving its air handling systems and ducted DX businesses from its current location at 631 S. Richland Avenue, York, PA to a renovated facility just a few miles away at 100 JCI Way, also in York. The

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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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Amal Clooney to kick off 2018 Greenbuild Conference and Expo

August 1, 2018

Human rights lawyer and humanitarian Amal Clooney will deliver opening keynote remarks at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL from November 14 to 16, 2018. This

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Saniflo opens new location in Ontario

July 27, 2018

Saniflo Canada has expanded its operations and moved to a new location in Cambridge, ON. The 9,500 square foot facility aims to allow the company to meet “growing demand.” “Our new Cambridge location extends Saniflo’s heritage of redefining the plumbing

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T&S expands global footprint with acquisition of Italian manufacturer

July 26, 2018

T&S Brass and Bronze Works acquired Klarco SRL, an Italian manufacturer of faucets, pre-rinse units and hose reels for the foodservice industry. The deal allows T&S to continue its global expansion, and will offer Klarco support to grow its product

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U.S. facility management company partners with IFMA Foundation to fund Global Workforce Initiative

July 24, 2018

Facility management company ABM has contributed to the IFMA Foundation Global Workforce Initiative, which aims to close the workforce gap in facilities services. “There is a serious labour shortage on the horizon within the facility management industry,” said IFMA Foundation

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ASHRAE president focused on energy efficiency, innovative technologies for 2018-19

July 23, 2018

Sheila Hayter kicked off her term as ASHRAE president for 2018-19 at the association’s annual conference, held at the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, TX from June 23-27. Hayter’s theme for the upcoming year, “Building Our New Energy

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Luxaire one-year warranty to include residential equipment

July 23, 2018

Johnson Controls’ Luxaire brand has extended its one-year Labor Limited Warranty to include all residential equipment. Parts and labour costs for repairs are covered under the new warranty. Extended labour warranties are also available on qualified residential packaged units, gas

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Lixil ramps up marketing with star power

July 16, 2018

Lixil has launched new marketing campaigns for its American Standard and Grohe brands to showcase new innovations and technology. American Standard’s “Welcome to the Big Leagues” campaign is part of its multi-year partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays. The company

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5 Ways Service Management Software Helps Contractors Grow

July 15, 2018 by Viewpoint

For many specialty contractors that specialize in electrical, plumbing or HVAC work, new construction and renovations—while lucrative—are just part of their business. Maintaining regular service contracts to provide maintenance, repairs or replacement of installed systems is how these contractors maintain

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AKWA water leak technology to be available in Ontario

July 13, 2018

HydroSolution has announced its AKWA water leak prevention and detection technology will soon be available in Ontario. The device, recently launched in Quebec, includes smart probes with bi-directional communications. It is designed to close the main water valve before any

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Reliance acquires John Guest to grow market presence in Europe

July 12, 2018

Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) has completed its acquisition of John Guest Holdings Ltd. John Guest, headquartered in England, operates three manufacturing facilities in the U.K. RWC hopes the acquisition will allow it to expand its product portfolio and market presence

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Viega product specifications now available through MasterSpec

July 12, 2018

Viega has partnered with Avitru – formerly Arcom – to include its products in the MasterSpec guide specification system. Developed by Avitru, the system allows architects, engineers and contractors to access a list of building product manufacturers. Users can then

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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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Passive House Canada heads to Vancouver for 2018 conference

July 10, 2018

The Passive House Canada conference returns to the Vancouver convention centre November 7 to 8, 2018 with the theme “Partnering for Transformation.” Passive House Canada is collaborating with the UN Economic Commission for Europe Committee (UNECE) on Forests and the

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Uponor opens new $6.5M Minnesota manufacturing plant

July 9, 2018

Uponor has completed renovations on its $6.35 million manufacturing facility in Hutchinson, MN. The 237,000-square-foot facility was completed six months ahead of its projected finish date. Production of PEX pipe is underway. Uponor North America said it purchased the facility

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Submissions due July 31 for AHR Expo Innovation Awards

July 6, 2018

AHR Expo has put out a call for entries for the 2019 Innovation Awards Competition, which recognizes inventive and original products, systems and technologies. All 2019 exhibitors are eligible to submit a product. Completed entry forms and a $100 entry

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Wolseley acquires Edmonton, AB-based national supplier Amre

July 4, 2018

Wolseley Canada Inc. has acquired Amre Supply Company Limited, headquartered in Edmonton, AB. Amre president Doug Swane, soon-to-be divisional president, said the acquisition will allow the company to expand its market reach in Canada through Wolseley’s distribution network. Amre currently

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Heads up: Alberta Municipal Affairs clarifies radon mitigation requirements

July 3, 2018

Alberta Municipal Affairs has released a bulletin on design requirements for soil gas mitigation systems, which falls within the scope of Part 6 of the Alberta Building Code 2014 (ABC 2014). Standata bulletin 14-BCB-006 states these requirements need to be

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Mestek acquires some of Barcol-Air to grow business, expand product line

June 29, 2018

Radiant Advantage Designs, a subsidiary of Mestek, has purchased radiant ceiling products and certain physical assets of Barcol-Air USA, located in Connecticut. The company has also exclusively licensed certain radiant designs and intellectual property of Barcol-Air Group, headquartered in Schwerzenbach,

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Riobel sponsors Olympic gold medalist Mikaël Kingsbury

June 28, 2018

Riobel announced it will sponsor freestyle skier Mikaël Kingsbury until 2022. The 25-year-old athlete has won gold at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang and silver at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. A two-time world champion at the World

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MCAC program looks to bring together Canada’s young mechanical professionals

June 28, 2018

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada has launched a program for young professionals in the mechanical construction industry. The YEP! program, unveiled at a mid-year board meeting, aims to connect young professionals from across Canada by providing industry exposure to

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IAPMO gains Standards Council accreditation for NSCs

June 27, 2018

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) will develop and publish National Standards of Canada (NSC). The association received accreditation from the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a standards developing organization (SDO). IAPMO received accreditation to certify

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Next Plumbing and Hydronics Supply relocates head office in Vaughan, ON

June 27, 2018

Next Plumbing and Hydronics Supply has opened the doors to its new head office at 300 Galcat Drive in Vaughan, ON. The location also includes a pick-up counter and 120,000 square foot warehouse. Next’s Galcat Drive office, the company’s 11th

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Service Experts Ontario, Alberta locations fundraise for Make-A-Wish

June 27, 2018

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning raised over $36,000 for Make-A-Wish through a company-wide bowl-a-thon held on World Wish Day. The fundraiser took place in bowling facilities across the United States and Canada on April 29, 2018. Seven Canadian centres

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Carbon monoxide hazard prompts boiler recall

June 26, 2018

NTI Boilers has recalled its Trinity Tft and Slant/Fin CHS residential and commercial boilers due to a carbon monoxide hazard. The grommet seal can reduce in size over time and dislodge during use. This can cause the boiler to emit

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Regal launches promotional campaign for its ECM motors

June 25, 2018

Regal Beloit Corporation has launched its ECM Made Easy campaign, intended to promote its Genteq Evergreen line of motors. “EC motors have been in use for more than 20 years,” Regal’s distribution business Leader, Birch Taylor, said. “We want to

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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