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Hitachi Power Tools Renames to Metabo HPT North America
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Hitachi Power Tools rebrands in North America

April 16, 2018

Hitachi Power Tools has announced a name change to Metabo HPT in North America. The company will transition to its new name in September 2018 with the launch of MultiVolt. The majority of its remaining products – power tools, fasteners,

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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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Ramping up the tool box: HPAC tool give away winners announced

April 3, 2018

CMPX 2018 delegates headed to HPAC’s booth on March 21st and 22nd for a chance to win testo’s 317-3 CO monitor and Viega’s flameless press technology system. Peter Leonard, HPAC publisher, has announced the winners of this popular contest. Tim Koebel

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ASHRAE calls on speakers for 2019 refrigerant webcast

April 3, 2018

ASHRAE’s Chapter Technology Transfer Committee (CTTC) has called for presenters for its 2019 webcast: The Future of Refrigerants in Unitary and VRF Systems. The webcast will examine how air-conditioning system configurations will adapt to worldwide regulations and advancements in refrigerant

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Ouellet subsidiary acquires Nortron furnaces to grow customer base

April 2, 2018

Sherbrooke, QC-based Dettson Industries, a subsidiary of Ouellet Canada, has acquired the Nortron by Broan brand of electric furnaces. Dettson will take over 100 per cent of the business from Broan-NuTone Canada. It will be responsible for all activities related

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Call for mandatory radon testing focus of national Healthy Schools Day petition

March 29, 2018

The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) and the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) launched a national petition urging mandatory action on radon in schools and childcare programs across the country on Healthy Schools Day, held April 3,

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Heating, plumbing among PEI home renovation grants

March 28, 2018

Prince Edward Island is offering financial assistance to residents undergoing home renovations. The province’s Home Renovation Programs will provide Islanders with up to $6,000 in grants for major structural renovations, such as electrical, structural, heating, plumbing and fire safety. Individuals

CMPX door to door rules
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Industry responds to Ontario’s new door-to-door rules at CMPX

March 27, 2018

A session on Ontario’s recently introduced restrictions on door-to-door sales drew a full crowd at the Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exposition. Nick Robins, director of the Consumer Policy and Liaison branch at the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, led

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Desco expands in Toronto, ON market

March 26, 2018

Ontario-based Desco Plumbing and Heating Supply has acquired Neway Plumbing and Heating Supplies to broaden its market presence in the Greater Toronto Area. Neway is a wholesale distributor to the plumbing and hydronics markets. The company has one location in

Kevin Wong Joseph K Seidner Award
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CIPH awards Kevin Wong for key contributions to the industry

March 23, 2018

Kevin Wong is the recipient of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) Joseph K. Seidner Award. Wong is the former executive director of the Canadian Water Quality Association (CWQA) and technical manager at CIPH. He retired from CWQA

CBTU Federal Budget 2018
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Joan the Plumber: CBTU expresses support for Budget 2018

March 22, 2018

Canadian Building Trades Union (CBTU) has applauded federal Budget 2018, which it said encourages underrepresented groups to work in the construction sector. “When the Finance Minister began his speech by talking about Joan the Plumber and her path towards entering

Allied Enwave Riocan Deep lake water cooling system the well
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Enwave’s lake water cooling system expands to Toronto’s downtown west

March 20, 2018

A thermal energy storage facility will be constructed as part of Enwave Energy’s Deep Lake Water Cooling (DLWC) system. The DLWC system utilizes a reservoir of chilled water at the bottom of Lake Ontario as an alternative source of air

GDHBA Awards Hy-Mark
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Hy-Mark takes home three awards at GDHBA gala

March 20, 2018

Guelph, ON-based HVAC and plumbing company Hy-Mark has won 2018 Trade Partner of the Year at the Guelph and District Homebuilders’ Association (GDHBA) Awards Gala. Hy-Mark’s president, Robert Dewar, was presented with two awards at the ceremony: the Rooftopper Award

Noble Vaughan West new location
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Noble prepares for opening of new Ontario branch

March 19, 2018

Noble has announced a new branch in Vaughan West, ON, set to open March 19, 2018. The company hopes the branch will offer improved access for customers in Vaughan, Brampton, ON and Bolton, ON. Noble Vaughan West is located at

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Law firm hosts coast-to-coast prompt payment stakeholder meetings

March 19, 2018

A nation-wide series of industry engagement sessions on prompt payment legislation are underway. Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel law firm, contracted by the federal government to seek input on prompt payment legislation, will host the sessions. Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel,

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ESP-Systemwize enables industry professionals to specify complete pump systems

March 16, 2018

www.xylem.com

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Digital refresh: ASHRAE rolls out redesigned website

March 15, 2018

ASHRAE has launched a new version of its website with a focus on responsive design and simplified navigation. The site is now viewable across all devices and includes mega-menus. A new search system is powered by Amazon Elasticsearch and includes

CCA Endangered Places
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CCA sponsors 2018 Endangered Places List, calls on nominations

March 14, 2018

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has partnered with the National Trust for Canada to sponsor the 2018 Top 10 Endangered Places List. The list shines a national spotlight on historic places at risk due to neglect or lack of funding.

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Pool industry shakeup: SAS acquires three brands, forms new division

March 12, 2018

Specified Air Solutions (SAS) has acquired three major indoor pool dehumidification brands – Dectron, PoolPak and Seresco – to form a new division: Dehumidified Air Solutions (DAS). An additional division under SAS, Dehumidified Air Services (DASV), will combine and expand

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Triple-Thread Pipe Compound

March 9, 2018

www.lynar.com

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Exterior Line Set Protection Products

March 8, 2018

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Winners of EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards Announced

March 6, 2018

Leading companies in sustainable housing are recognized for contributions and advancements in Ontario’s Green Building category. Ontario’s best Green Builders were celebrated February 22, 2018 at the EnerQuality Awards Gala (EQ Awards). Held at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan, ON,

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Making the transition to low GWP refrigerants

March 4, 2018 by Brian S. Smith

Currently, the HVAC/R industry is undergoing a third paradigm shift in regulating refrigerants–this time the transition is specifically aimed at addressing climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. The earlier two transitions from CFCs to HCFCs, then from HCFCs to HFCs,

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Taking the mystery out of electricity in HVAC

March 2, 2018 by Curtis Bennett

How many times have you heard someone say “Who let the smoke out?” in a mechanical room. You see the infamous “black smoke” come out of a piece of electronics and everyone starts pointing fingers. We have all done it.

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COHA changes name to support petroleum product transporters

March 1, 2018

The Ontario chapter of the Canadian Oil Heat Association (COHA) will change its name to the Ontario Petroleum Transporters and Technicians Association (OPTTA). The name change is part of COHA’s rebrand. It has added new staff and will focus on

GreenON update contractor agreement
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GreenON revises contractor agreement, heat pump rebates

March 1, 2018

Green Ontario (GreenON) has revised its Contractor Participation Agreement (CPA) and heat pump rebates. Revisions to the CPA include the removal of language in Section 1(e): “As measured against the price and other terms and conditions under which the contractor

Nu Flow Technologies manufacturing facility
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California pipe repair company builds new plant in Ontario

February 28, 2018

Nu Flow Technologies has built a 38,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Toronto, ON in response to growth, according to the pipe system repair company. The plant includes a research and development laboratory, a metal fabrication shop, painting facilities and

Danfoss Product of the Year AHR Expo
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Danfoss wins Product of the Year at AHR Expo

February 28, 2018

Danfoss Turbocor TTH/TGH high-lift compressors were awarded Product of the Year at the 2018 AHR Expo in Chicago, IL. The compressors had previously been named the 2018 AHR Expo Innovation Award winner in the Green Building category. Danfoss has been

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Spectrum expands to Ontario, appoints G.S. Equipco as provincial agency

February 27, 2018

Spectrum Brands has appointed G.S Equipco as the official Ontario manufacturer agency for its plumbing division. Equipco, based in Mississauga, ON, will assume sales for Pfister and Fortis brand accounts across the province. Spectrum has worked alongside Equipco in Western