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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

Article ControlsHVAC Systems

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

Article HeatingHVAC SystemsHydronicsPlumbing

Industry reacts to NRCan proposed equipment efficiency regulations

February 22, 2019 by HPAC Magazine

In October 2018 Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) published new proposed energy efficiency regulations for heating equipment in the Canada Gazette Part 1. These proposed regulations are part of Amendment 15 to the Energy Efficiency Act and introduce new or increased

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The Master Group to become exclusive distributor of York product lines

February 14, 2019

The Master Group will become the exclusive distributor for Johnson Controls’ York brand residential ducted systems and commercial rooftop products this spring. The two companies will enter a multi-year contractual agreement May 13, 2019, which will grant The Master Group

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Nortek celebrates landmark 100-year anniversary

February 12, 2019

Nortek Global HVAC kicked off its year of anniversary celebrations at the AHR Expo, held in Atlanta, GA from January 14 to 16, 2019. The company plans to mark its 100th year with subsequent events and celebrations throughout 2019. Founded

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Modine earns patent for system designed to reduce HGRH refrigerant charge

January 9, 2019

Modine Manufacturing Company has been granted a patent for the hot gas reheat (HGRH) system option used in its Atherion commercial packaged ventilation units. The design aims to manage and reduce the refrigerant charge required in a HGRH system, providing

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First Co. partners with Ontario distributor

December 19, 2018

Total HVAC Solutions and First Co. have added Ontario-based Marks Supply Inc. to their distributor-roster for the province. The company has nine distribution locations. Those interested can contact Mike Goll at 226.646.4578 or e-mail mgoll@markssupply.net. www.markssupply.ca www.firstco.com

Article Health & SafetyHVAC Systems

Clearing the air on ozone

December 13, 2018 by Aaron Engel

Twenty years ago, consumers knew very little about indoor air quality (IAQ) and its effects on their health in the home. Subsequent media attention and contractor awareness, saw a flurry of manufacturers offering IAQ air treatment equipment for homeowners wishing

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Whole house ducted HVAC: The end is near?

December 12, 2018 by Ian McTeer

Automotive analogies can be useful in explaining otherwise obscure HVAC concepts because many consumers of heating and air conditioning systems also have cars and understand the joys and sorrows associated with four-wheeled ownership. For example, suppose some car enthusiast purchased

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Protecting indoor air: Maintenance essential during wildfire season

December 11, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

British Columbia is cooling off in the wake of its most devastating wildfire season to date. Scorching more than 13,000 square kilometres of the province, the wildfires prompted a nearly month-long State of Emergency in the summer of 2018. Smoke

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United Technologies to spin off Carrier in company split

December 10, 2018

United Technologies Corp. on November 26 announced the completion of its Rockwell Collins acquisition and plans to separate into three independent companies. Otis, a manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is to become the second independent business after UTC’s

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Nortek earns U.S. patent for hot gas reheat method

December 3, 2018

Nortek Global HVAC has been granted a U.S. patent for a method of controlling and stabilizing hot gas reheat circuits in air conditioning systems. Four of the company’s employees are listed as inventors: James Downie, controls department manager; Richard Reed,

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Union Gas presents $20K incentive to City of Guelph, ON for use of HVAC system

November 29, 2018

 The City of Guelph, ON has received a $20,572 utility incentive from Union Gas Ltd. for specifying the use of energy recovery HVAC dehumidification equipment in the Victoria Road Recreation Centre. Manufactured by Seresco Dehumidifiers, the NP-50 Protocol HVAC dehumidifier

Article Green TechnologyHVAC Systems

Retrofitting Robson Central

November 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A Vancouver heritage building is overhauled with efficient heating and cooling systems and new technology

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HRAI reports NRCan has published federal energy efficiency regulations

November 14, 2018

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute recently reported that Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has published Amendment 14 regulations in the Canada Gazette Part II. HVAC/R products covered in this amendment include the following: Walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers Commercial

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Radon, Canadianized

November 6, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

As uranium begins its cyclical decay chain in Canadian soil, homes on the surface act like a suction cup and draw in its deadly by-product: radon. Odourless, colourless and tasteless, radon gas is just one domino in a radioactive cascade

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The Master Group kicks off construction of Vaughan, ON distribution centre

October 22, 2018

The Master Group recently held a ground breaking ceremony with employees and senior management to officially launch the start of construction on its new distribution centre in Vaughan, ON. At 193,500 square feet, the building will bring together all the

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ASHRAE announces call for papers for student competition

October 18, 2018

ASHRAE student members have until November 30, 2018 to enter the 2019 HVAC/R Student Paper Competition. The competition is open to those pursuing a bachelor (BS) or master’s (MS) degree. The winning entry will represent ASHRAE at the 2019 HVAC

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Watsco acquires Ontario-based tech company, releases smart HVAC sensor

October 15, 2018

Watsco, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Kitchener, ON-based technology company Alert Labs Inc. The companies also released Sentree, a jointly-developed IoT smart sensor. The technology attaches to an existing HVAC system and remotely measures, collects and analyzes performance analytics

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Tips for attending the 2019 AHR Expo

October 12, 2018

The AHR Expo hosts thousands of HVAC/R professionals and more than 2,100 exhibiting companies each year. The 2019 show will return to Atlanta for the first time since 2001, from January 14-16. The exposition will spread across two halls at