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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

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Ontario College of Trades, Skills Ontario engage youth in the skilled trades

June 25, 2018

The Ontario College of Trades and Skills Ontario have partnered to promote the skilled trades through outreach programs. The programs aim to encourage educators and parents to incorporate skilled trades-related activities into curricula and in discussions on the viability of

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Master Group continues western expansion with new Manitoba branch

June 22, 2018

Less than two weeks after the acquisition of three branches in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Master Group has opened a 16,000 square foot branch in Winnipeg, MB. The branch is located at 2065 Logan Avenue, Unit 7 and can be reached

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Students represent Ontario in Skills Canada National Competition

June 21, 2018

Over 2,300 students from across Ontario participated in skilled trades and technology contests at the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Centre from May 7 to 9, 2018. The three-day annual competition for elementary, high school and post-secondary

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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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Daikin awaits local, state financial assistance approval to open third Minnesota facility

June 20, 2018

Daikin has set it sights on a new built-to-order manufacturing facility in Southern Minnesota, north of the city of Faribault, MN. The company, which currently has two U.S. plants in Faribault and Owatonna, MN, respectively, is awaiting financial assistance approvals

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GreenON program axed as part of Doug Ford’s first act as premier

June 20, 2018

Green Ontario rebates have been cancelled as part of Premier-designate Doug Ford’s plan to end the province’s cap-and-trade carbon tax. A notice on the GreenON website lists closed residential and commercial programs, including air and ground source heat pump rebates.

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Quebec tables draft regulation to modify energy-efficient appliance requirements

June 18, 2018

The Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources has tabled a draft regulation to modify existing regulation on the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fuelled appliances. Minister Pierre Moreau stated in the draft that the regulation is intended to harmonize

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Tarion recognizes Ontario builders for customer service, quality

June 14, 2018

Tarion has presented its 2018 Homeowner’s Choice Awards and second annual Ernest Assaly Award to Ontario builders. Toronto-based real estate developer Tridel took home the 2018 Ernest Assaly Award. The award recognizes a commitment to quality and innovation, as well

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Ontario Minister of Labour offers College of Trades extra year to improve ratios

June 13, 2018

The Ontario Minister of Labour has approved a regulation to offer the Ontario College of Trades with an additional year to improve its journeyperson to apprenticeship ratio review process and criteria. The actual ratio reviews before a panel is set

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CIPHEX West registration open

June 12, 2018

UPDATED The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating Exposition (CIPHEX) West will return to Calgary, AB, on November 7 and 8, 2018. The trade show features over 200 global exhibitors, including those from Canada and the U.S. It will focus

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MSCC updates logo as part of brand evolution

June 8, 2018

The Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada (MSCC), a division of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada, has launched a new logo. The logo features a new colouring, font and layout. MSCC said the update is part of an ongoing evolution

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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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Wetstyle breaks ground on new headquarters in Montreal

June 7, 2018

Montreal-based bath furnishings manufacturer Wetstyle has announced plans to open a new factory complex and headquarters in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC. The complex, located in the city’s Industrial Eco Park, will house the brand’s manufacturing operations alongside a new showroom space. The

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Lixil Canada names Valerie Malone new president, general manager

June 6, 2018

Valerie Malone has been named president and general manager of Lixil Canada, home to the American Standard, DXV and Grohe kitchen and bath brands. Malone will be responsible for the company’s overall business operations. She will spearhead Lixil Canada’s growth