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ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference issues call for presenters, extends call for papers

November 4, 2013

Organizers of the 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, which will be held September 10-12, 2014, in Atlanta, GA, has extended its call for presenters to November 12, 2013. The non-paper presentations will focus on the theme “BIM, BEM and SIM –

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Robust speaker lineup for Ontario geothermal conference

October 31, 2013

The Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) is holding its 2013 Conference and AGM on November 14 and 15 at Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville, ON. Speakers include Andrew Pride of the Ontario Power Authority, Martin Luymes of the Heating, Refrigeration and

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DOE rooftop challenge winners offer energy, cost savings

October 28, 2013

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) found that super-efficient rooftop units reduce energy costs an average of about 41 per cent compared to units in operation today. The newly published report (including a link for builders and others to

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Analysis finds energy-efficiency standards correct market failures, save money

October 24, 2013

Insights from south of the border on consumer purchasing decisions and energy costs.

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BC adopts National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings

October 17, 2013

British Columbia has adopted the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB 2011), which will take effect in December 2013. Although BC is the first to adopt the code, the adoption process is underway in other jurisdictions. NECB 2011

John Barba, trainer from Taco, answers questions about hydronic systems with attendees following his seminar.
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Another successful heating show for Noble

October 10, 2013

The 2013 edition of Noble’s Heating Show, held on October 9 at the Bellagio Boutique Venue in Vaughan, ON, attracted over 700 contractors from across the Greater Toronto Area to hear hydronic trainer John Barba, take part in a slew

50 exhibitors gathered on October 3 at QC Expocit Centre for the CIPHEX Roadshow.
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CIPHEX Roadshow: Quebec City stop

October 4, 2013

Stakeholders see the latest products and stay in tune with the HVAC market.

Got a great idea and an aversion to being on national television? Uponor Innovations is looking for ideas to back with its resources.
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Looking for ideas in all the right places

October 2, 2013

New corporation offers entrepreneurs an avenue to turn innovative ideas, new technologies and leading-edge products into a reality.

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October 1, 2013 by Ian McTeer

Horizontal venting terminations have created a variety of problems. It is time to consider other options.

Table 1 - Annual leakage as a consideration for refrigerant conversion
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For Better Or For Worse…R-22 RIP

October 1, 2013 by Dave Demma

As the need for alternates looms, contractors would be wise to develop a comprehensive strategy (Part I).

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Innovative Conversion Program Targets HCFC-22 Rinks

October 1, 2013 by Luc Boily

The City of Montreal has been moving forward with a cooling system conversion program for rinks still using HCFC-22 refrigerant. This motivated in part by the pressures of the Montreal Protocol, which will result in the phase out of HCFC-22

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Alberta’s Disaster Recovery Program calls for “protective plumbing”

September 23, 2013

Municipal Affairs Alberta has issued a bulletin that affects plumbing and mechanical disciplines regulated under the Safety Codes Act. Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) Flood Mitigation Measures was published in August (STANDATA Information Bulletin 06-BCB- 009R1). It sets out the minimum “wet-flood mitigation”

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ASHRAE seeks presenters, posters for HPB 2014 Conference

September 19, 2013

Presenters and posters are being sought for ASHRAE’s High Performance Buildings Conference, which will take place April 7-8, 2014, at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA. Abstracts for presentations are due October 25, 2013, while poster PDFs are due

John Siegenthaler (l) and Robert Bean opened Modern Hydronics The Summit with their presentation on trends to watch for in hydronics.
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Hydronics event attracts a full house

September 17, 2013

Modern Hydronics The Summit wrapped up to great reviews.

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Dehumidifier recall due to overheating issues

September 13, 2013

A joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. affects certain model number dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. under the Danby, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree and Premiere brands. The dehumidifiers

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IAPMO solicits public comments for 2015 UPC and UMC

September 12, 2013

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), publisher of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC), is calling for public comments on the 2013 Report on Proposals for the 2015 editions of these American National Standard designated model

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NL Power introduces HRV rebate program

September 11, 2013


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MCA heads to the Little Big City

September 4, 2013

The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) Canada will hold its 72nd annual national conference at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel, September 25 to 28, 2013 in Winnipeg, MB. Themed Winds of Change, the event includes educational programs, workshops and social events. Speakers include David Chilton,

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LEED v4 set to launch in the fall

August 20, 2013

The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system will be updated following approval from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With 46 countries and territories worldwide represented, 86 per cent voted in favour of adopting the new

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ASHRAE launches online discussion platform

August 19, 2013

ASHRAE’s new platform www.ashraexchange.org allows for live discussion about design, construction, operation and support of the built environment. The platform was created to facilitate the open exchange of information between ASHRAE members and non-members, said Spencer Morasch, incoming chairman of ASHRAE’s

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Energy savings plan unveiled for Yukon

August 15, 2013

Yukon Energy and Yukon Electrical Company Ltd. have come up with a new five-year demand side management plan made up of incentives, rebates and educational programs to help lower electricity usage. With hot water and space heating each accounting for

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Lennox and Superior gas fireplace recall

August 7, 2013

Health Canada has issued a recall involving natural gas or propane fireplaces. Specific models under the Lennox or Superior brand names may have defective fireplace gas connectors. Consumers should stop using the recalled gas fireplaces immediately, turn off the gas to the

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SCC seeks solutions to duplication

August 7, 2013

According to recent reports by the Canadian plumbing/heating and electrical sectors, an excess of $3.2 billion is spent by manufacturers on duplicate testing and certification to meet the different standards that govern many of their products sold one side or

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OPA announces a 4X increase to unitary AC incentives

July 31, 2013

New saveONenergy unitary AC incentives, which are available until December 31, have been increased by up to four times for units between three and seven tons. This could translate to increases of more than a $1000 for a five-ton unit. A change to the application

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Standard for Energy Upgrade Certificates of Homes released for public comment

July 30, 2013

The Building Performance Institute, Inc.’s (BPI)  BPI-2101-S-2013: Standard Requirements for a Certificate of Completion for Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades is available for public comment until August 6, 2013, and will soon be published as a BPI standard. BPI-2101 identifies a standard

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Hansen pressure relief valve product safety notice

July 30, 2013

Hansen Technologies Corporation has issued a safety notice regarding pressure relief valves sold to its customers for industrial use between February 16, 2011 and April 4, 2013. The notice states that the valves “are more susceptible to internal corrosion when exposed

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Search is on for most innovative HVAC/R and plumbing products

July 25, 2013

Entries now being accepted for the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards.

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Canadianized Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool goes live

July 24, 2013

The EPA’s Canadian-adapted ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager recently went live. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a no-cost environmental management tool that tracks building energy performance, which could be a trigger to encourage investments in energy retrofits and support tenant engagement efforts.

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S.A. Armstrong undergoes global rebranding

July 17, 2013

S. A. Armstrong has announced a global rebranding, which will unite Armstrong companies under a single name. The new company name, Armstrong Fluid Technology, will be used by the group’s businesses around the world. Founded in 1934, S.A. Armstrong Limited

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Early bird gets to the MCAC 72nd annual conference for less

July 16, 2013

Deadline to save on registration is less than three weeks away.