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Is the Internet of Things an HVAC thing?

August 20, 2019 by Ian McTeer

I developed an intense interest in science and technology while watching the adventures of Captain Kirk and crew on the starship Enterprise on an old black and white television as a kid in the 1960s. Cruising through the heavens at

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Canarm re-focuses on manufacturing of commercial/industrial ventilation products

August 1, 2019

Canarm Ltd., a global marketer and manufacturer of lighting, livestock stabling, air moving and related products supplying the residential, agricultural, commercial/industrial and HVAC markets, broke ground recently at its expanding Brockville, ON facility. In recent years, Canarm has doubled its

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Danfoss partners with distributor to support Canada, U.S. cooling product sales

July 25, 2019

Master distributor Motors & Armatures, Inc. (MARS) will sell and support aftermarket Danfoss air conditioning and refrigeration products in North America. Headquartered in New York, MARS has distribution facilities in Mississauga, ON and more than 65 representatives throughout the U.S.

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Multi-HVAC Inc. to distribute Hisense products

July 18, 2019

Multi-HVAC Inc. has announced it will distribute Hisense ductless split air conditioners and heat pump products as part of its 2019 lineup. The company has more than three decades of experience in ductless and VRG technologies. Hisense was established in

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Refrigerative Supply to distribute Daikin products in Western Canada

July 17, 2019

Refrigerative Supply Limited (RSL) will head up distribution for Daikin North America LLC in Western Canada. RSL will distribute, promote and support all Daikin residential unitary, ductless, light commercial and VRV products, along with related controls and indoor air quality

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Entries open for AHR Expo Innovation Awards

July 11, 2019

 AHR Expo is now accepting submissions for its 2020 Innovation Awards competition through August 6, 2019. The competition, which debuted in 2003, recognizes innovation and original products, systems and technologies showcased at the exposition, which will be held February 3

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Tour features Modine commercial ventilation, infrared, classroom and unit heater products

June 13, 2019

The weather gods were smiling on the fourth stop in Modine‘s 2019 Innovation Tour at the Vaughan Holiday Inn Express in Toronto. Visitors to the event on June 11 and 12 enjoyed sunshine as they checked out the full line

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Ecco Supply opens up shop in Prince George, BC

June 3, 2019

Ecco Supply has expanded into Prince George, BC with the opening of its 15th sales branch. Farren Edmunds will head up the location as branch manager. Edmunds previously owned MRT Control Systems Ltd. “Prince George is undergoing a significant transformation

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The overlooked technology

May 27, 2019 by Lance MacNevin

By its very nature, the engineering profession is based on the constant search for new and better ways of accomplishing a task. However, there is also a well-known human tendency to do things the way we have always done them.

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Air conditioning system procedures

May 23, 2019 by Ian McTeer

Evaluating the performance of a cooling system requires the use of accurate tools and techniques. Many of you will be familiar with the proverb “the proof of the pudding is in the eating” meaning something can only be a success

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Software company Interplay Learning lands $5.5M in financing to develop 3D, virtual reality training platform for skilled trades

May 21, 2019

Texas-based software company Interplay Learning has secured $5.5 million in financing to develop its online training programs for the HVAC, plumbing and electrical trades. The firm offers interactive video courses and 3D troubleshooting simulations — including SkillMill, its 3D and

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Halton invests $8M in new Kentucky plant

May 20, 2019

Halton Group is expanding its U.S. operations with the opening of a USD $8 million plant in Kentucky. The 40,000 square foot facility will manufacture air-handling units, make-up air units and exhaust air pollution control systems for commercial kitchens. It

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2019 ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Award winners named

May 15, 2019

The winners of the 2019 ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Awards were announced today. The ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Awards — now in its 16th year — recognize organizations that have demonstrated excellence in promoting the most energy-efficient products and new

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Sinopé Technologies to unveil smart home technology

May 9, 2019

  Sinopé Technologies announced plans to offer a smart home ecosystem this fall. Products include a new management app and range of smart home devices. The company will offer thermostats for a variety of heating systems, lighting and specialized control

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Refrigerative Supply to distribute Allied Air in Western Canada

April 30, 2019

Western Canada wholesaler Refrigerative Suppy Limited has entered a partnership with Allied Air Enterprises. Refrigerative Supply will now offer several Allied Air brands, included AirEase, Ducane and Allied Commercial. Ray Newstead, the company’s CEO, announced early April that Refrigerative Supply

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Johnson Controls opens doors to Oklahoma facility

April 22, 2019

Johnson Controls has unveiled its HVAC rooftop unit manufacturing and testing facility in Norman, OK. The expanded facility houses 900,000-square-feet of renovated space, including a two-storey, 52-foot-high test lab. It will be dedicated to manufacturing HVAC rooftop units, including the

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Ventilation product manufacturer issues recall

April 9, 2019

Air King Limited Canada has recalled its wall anchors supplied with its Valencia range hoods. The wall anchors were supplied with the 30 in. and 36 in. wall mounted range hoods manufactured from 2009 to 2018. If installed using the

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LG system performance stands test of time

April 3, 2019

LG Electronics was recognized in six product categories at the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Performance Awards. For the awards, experts from standard certification authority Intertek assess whether actual performance matches up with the listed specifications.     AHRI randomly

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Closing the gap in building strategy

March 27, 2019 by John Sheff

Powerful trends in today’s marketplace demand new approaches to buildings–including calls for greater energy efficiency, health, comfort, and performance reliability. But the call for new approaches is also controversial, first and foremost because of cost. The marketplace is neither structured

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Mechanical system stands the test of time

March 24, 2019 by Robert Waters

Twenty-two years ago, my wife and I built a house in the north end of Guelph, ON. At the time we had been married for almost five years, had one child with another soon to arrive and we wanted to

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Hybrid mechanical systems: here comes the future

March 23, 2019 by Ian McTeer

I had not had much to do with the concept of a hybrid anything before landing in the HVAC industry many decades ago. After a few years of learning about disparate topics stretching from gas heating to residential cooling, it

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Ontario government decision puts an end to Heating and Cooling Incentive

March 22, 2019

The Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada announced today that Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Greg Rickford, has directed the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to discontinue the Conservation First Framework, including the  Heating and

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Presenters needed for ASHRAE humidity-focused 2020 webcast

March 14, 2019

ASHRAE has put out a call for three presenters for its global 2020 webcast. Presentations should fit the theme, “Effects of Low Humidity and High Humidity on People, Buildings and Energy Performance.” “Humidity has a substantial impact on the comfort

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HRAI puts out call for HVAC/R “Career Ambassadors”

March 13, 2019

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) is rebooting its Career Ambassadors program. Ambassadors from across Canada speak to youth aged between 16 to 21 years about career opportunities in the HVAC/R industry. HRAI is asking for interested individuals

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ASHRAE launches Certified HVAC Designer applications

March 13, 2019

Applications for ASHRAE’s Certified HVAC Designer (CHD) certification are now open. “For a long time, the certification committee had suspected an HVAC Designer certification would serve the needs of members,” said Mark Fly, chair of the exam subcommittee. “Launching a

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HVAC zoning manufacturer Arzel strengthens Canadian presence

March 8, 2019

Arzel Zoning, a Cleveland, OH-based manufacturer of residential and commercial HVAC zoning products, has announced that Air Force 1 Sales & Marketing Ltd. will represent it in Ontario. Air Force 1 also represents Panasonic, Fresh-Aire UV, Primex and other manufacturers

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Mastering the art and science behind ideal environments

March 8, 2019 by Robert Bean

This continues to shock many readers but as I have said repeatedly the construction industry does not exist to employing building professionals. The industry exists to create spaces for humans because without shelter for protection we would not be able

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How to solve the top three electrical problems in mechanical systems

March 4, 2019 by Curtis Bennett

When I was asked to do an article on three common electrical problems, I thought “What, only three?” Keep in mind that I do come at this from a slightly different angle than an installer might. At my “day job”

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USask research team develops innovative energy distribution system

February 26, 2019

A research team at the University of Saskatchewan is hoping to solve an age-old dilemma in home heating and cooling with the help of a novel technology. Uctupus, an intelligent multi-zone energy distribution system, aims to distribute air to maintain

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Students test the limits of sustainable construction with a tiny net-zero energy and water house

February 26, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

The Northern Nomad claims a mere 220 square feet of Carleton University campus in Ottawa, ON. An emblem of sustainable construction, this tiny house is big on efficiency. Built by a group of students to withstand the northern climate, the