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RectorSeal acquires assets from Evolve Composites

September 26, 2014

Houston, TX-based RectorSeal Corp. has acquired the Polyslab, Evo-Crete and other related HVAC brands from Evolve Composites Pty Ltd. (Evolve), based in Queensland, Australia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition of these assets from Evolve, which manufactures a range of equipment base

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Contracting firm expands into Saskatchewan

September 25, 2014

Ambassador Mechanical Corporation, a multi-faceted mechanical contractor that has worked in Manitoba and southern Ontario for over 20 years, has expanded into Saskatchewan. Kevin Price, who was most recently with Uponor, is managing the Regina location at 129 N McDonald

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ASHRAE teams up with Indoor Air Quality Association

September 18, 2014

ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed in principle to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. Pending a three to six month period of due diligence, IAQA will become a

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Have your say

September 15, 2014

Public review on proposed changes to the National Model Construction Codes – Fall 2014

Incoming HRAI chair Jim Flowers welcomes breakfast speaker Jack Demers, retired NHL coach, to the stage. Demers spoke about how he overcame adversity and shared his insights on how others might do the same.
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Refrigerant panel tackles tough issues surrounding refrigerant phase outs

August 26, 2014

The Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) held its 46th Annual General Meeting and Conference in Montreal, QC, from August 20-23. A highlight of the event was a panel discussion titled The Future of Refrigerants: Get Ready

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MCA Canada heads to the Rock

August 19, 2014

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCA Canada) is holding its 73rd Annual National  Conference in St. John’s, NL, September 24-27, 2014. MCA Canada chairman, Gaetan Beaulieu, is inviting mechanical contractors to experience the splendor and rugged beauty of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to have the

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New Brunswick entrepreneur makes successful bid for Don Park

August 6, 2014

New Brunswick entrepreneur, Normand Caissie has acquired Don Park Residential Manufacturing at 842 York Mills Road in Toronto, ON. Don Park is a producer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) galvanized duct, pipe and fitting products and has been

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BC Safety Authority invites stakeholder feedback

August 4, 2014

Consultation opens re fee increases and fee structure changes

The ice storm of 2013 definitely illustrated the advantages of older, simpler technology.
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Complex Times Call For Basic Measures

August 2, 2014 by STEVE GOLDIE

I love how Mother Nature every now and again gives us a good old fashioned smack down, just to remind us who is really boss. The ice storms eastern Canada experienced this past winter are a good example, leaving hundreds

Temporary bracing of heritage facade during seismic upgrade of Ridgeway Elementary School in North Vancouver.
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Rockin’ and Rollin’

August 1, 2014 by Rod Yeoh with Fadi Ghorayeb

Considerations when designing a building to withstand a seismic event.

When it comes to air cooled chillers, one size does not fit all for freeze protection methods.
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Avoid Unfortunate Surprises

August 1, 2014 by ADAM MEDDAUGH

Freeze protection methods for AC chillers and suggestions to minimize impacts on system performance.

Scott Duncan, sales manager, Desco
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Scott Duncan to head up sales, marketing at Desco

July 30, 2014

Desco Plumbing and Heating Supply Inc. has announced that Scott Duncan has joined the company as sales manager. A mechanical engineer, Duncan was most recently with Honeywell Canada where he held a variety of management positions. He will be located in the wholesaler’s Etobicoke

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Deadline looms: Call for abstracts for balancing conference

July 23, 2014

The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) is looking for speaking proposals for the 2015 NEBB Annual Conference. Organizers are interested in receiving abstracts on technical and information sessions with a focus on presentations by industry experts.  Those interested are asked

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Global Alliance draws attention to Indoor Environmental Quality

July 11, 2014

A new alliance will serve as a global source for information, guidance and knowledge.

From left, Erika Carmody, marketing coordinator, Bruce Layte, district sales manager - Southern Alberta, Simon Feddema, general manger, Grundfos Canada and Sherezad Shafiq, regional sales manager, Western Canada.
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Grundfos products on display in wine country

June 20, 2014

Grundfos Canada showcased its groundwater and water management solutions at CanWell, Canada’s National Groundwater Symposium, from June 10 to 14 in Kelowna, BC. The biennial event showcased well drilling, pump equipment/installation, well rehabilitation demonstrations, seminars and a trade show. Grundfos took the opportunity

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Ontario TSSA establishes ombuds office

June 9, 2014

The Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has established an ombudsman function to support communications between the industry and regulated parties. In addition to addressing employee concerns, the office will seek to offer an independent, neutral, informal and confidential

Andre Patenaude has 30 years of marketing, sales, and technical service experience working directly with end users, contractors, wholesalers and OEMs. He also has significant experience with various refrigeration system architectures, system applications, contractor/installation processes, and component technologies.
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Emerson Climate aims to be “go-to” company for CO2

June 8, 2014

Patenaude to head up new initiative.

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Replacement/conversion of CFC chiller stock on the decline

June 2, 2014

The 2013 update on the Canadian CFC chiller stock study from the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) estimates that 83 chillers previously operating on CFC refrigerants were converted or replaced during the year 2013 in Canada. This is

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Aquatherm speeds up its distribution in Eastern Canada

June 2, 2014

Aquatherm North America has announced that it is adding a warehouse facility at 553 Basaltic Road in Vaughan, ON, through Links Warehousing & Fulfillment. This is Aquatherm NA’s third distribution facility, along with Lindon, UT and Port Huron, MI. The Ontario warehouse is currently

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READER FAVOURITE FROM HPAC’S ARCHIVE: Pressure-regulating Valves: The Basics

June 2, 2014 by DAVE DEMMA

It is likely that we have all had firsthand experience with someone who has a compulsive need to control all aspects of his or her own life, such that he or she often views others (particularly those closest) as attempting

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Digital thermostats recalled due to fire hazard

May 21, 2014

Approximately 403,000 sold in Canada.

The 11th International Energy Agency Heat Pump Conference is being held in Montreal on May 12-16, 2014.
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Geothermal forum to follow International Heat Pump Conference

May 7, 2014

Join geothermal enthusiasts from around the world in Montreal, QC and learn about leading edge heat pump technology, design and applications. It is not too late to register for the 11th International Energy Agency (IEA) Heat Pump Conference, which is being held

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Canada in lead with its high performing structures

May 1, 2014

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the United States based on cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of space certified to LEED in each nation as of April 2014. To

In-ceiling mount air curtain at Salle Andr-Mathieu in Laval, QC.
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Reduce doorway energy losses

May 1, 2014 by Stephen Benes

Air curtains may be a niche for commercial contractors.

The industry has changed from the analog controls of the 20th century to digital controls that will allow technicians to save time in set up and troubleshooting.
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Digital controls optimize performance

May 1, 2014 by ADRIENNE THOMLE

The airside economizers of today bear little resemblance to their predecessors.

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Call for abstracts for NEBB Conference

April 29, 2014

The National Environmental Balancing Bureau  (NEBB) is looking for speaking proposals for the 2015 NEBB Annual Conference. Organizers are interested in receiving abstracts on technical and information sessions with a focus on presentations by industry experts on various topics related

Chris Swartz joins Wolseley from Maple Leaf Foods.
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New supply chain v-p at Wolseley Canada

April 28, 2014

Chris Swartz has been named vice-president of the Wolseley Canada’s supply chain. Swartz, who has over 15 years of experience in supply chain operations, joins Wolseley from Maple Leaf Foods where he was director of supply chain operations, North America.

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Cisco Canada, Schneider Electric begin smart partnership

April 21, 2014

Cisco Canada and Schneider Electric have embarked on a partnership to create new opportunities in the development of smart buildings and smart communities across Canada. The partnership was announced on the first day of spring at the Earth Rangers Centre

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Johnson Controls to acquire Air Distribution Technologies

April 18, 2014

Johnson Controls has announced it has reached a definitive agreement with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to acquire its Air Distribution Technologies business, an independent provider of air distribution and ventilation products. “This investment expands Johnson Controls’ position in the

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Cross sector HVAC/R sessions bring HRAI members up to speed

April 16, 2014

Guest speakers and sessions tackle standards, rules and rule making, along with opportunities in IAQ