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College moves forward with membership process

March 1, 2013

The Ontario College of Trades recently embarked on the first phase of its Membership Drive, by sending out information packages to all Ontario apprentices and journeypersons practicing in compulsory trades. A second phase of direct mail to journeypersons in compulsory trades

Figure 1 Series piping layout.
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Multiple Boiler Option

March 1, 2013 by Mark Norris

When and how to use hybrid systems.

Figure 1 TEVs with contamination issues returned for warranty credit.
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Cleanliness Is Next To…

March 1, 2013 by Dave Demma

PART I: Proper procedures for ensuring a contaminant-free installation.

Large diameter, low speed fans reduced the rate at which Federated Co-operative Ltd.'s warehouse was losing heat.
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Movin’ Air

March 1, 2013 by Erin Hsu

Destratification can resolve a number of heating and air quality issues.

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Commercial air conditioning shipments show highest increase in 4th Quarter 2012

February 27, 2013

The Heating, Refirgeration and Air Conditioning Institue reports that during the 4th Quarter 2012 versus 4th Quarter 2011, commercial air conditioning shipments showed the highest product sector gain increasing by 26 per cent. Air handling unit shipments also showed an increase of

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ASHRAE offers virtual access to more than 250 presentations

February 5, 2013

Dallas a big draw for winter conference.

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BC Safety Authority issues order regarding prohibited use of uncertified gas fireplaces

February 5, 2013

The BC Safety Authority has issued a safety order regarding the installation or use of uncertified Canadian Fire Hearth Manufacturing Inc. (CFHM) gas fireplaces. Any gas fireplace manufactured by CFHM which does not bear the certification seal of a recognized testing

Reconditioning and leveling the surface.
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A Solution For The Future

February 1, 2013 by Luc Boily

Marcel-Dutil Arena in Quebec is the first rink in the world that uses 100 per cent carbon dioxide in its cooling system.

Figure 1 Uniform (l) versus non-uniform (r) environment. Mean radiant temperature (MRT) integrates the non-uniform surface temperatures into a single representative value. Operative temperature then integrates the MRT with the dry-bulb temperature (tdb).
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February 1, 2013 by Robert Bean

Solve the mean radiant temperature problems to solve building energy problems.

Applying boiler water treatment.
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An Ounce Or So Of Prevention

February 1, 2013 by Harvey Grodjesk

Keep boilers more efficient and corrosion free.

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A Two-In-One Seasonal Alternative

February 1, 2013 by Clark Michel

Portable heat pump basics.

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Broan-NuTone achieves ISO 5001 Energy Management Systems certification

January 30, 2013

Broan-NuTone Canada Inc., based in Mississauga, ON, became one of only three Canadian companies certified to the ISO 5001 Energy Management Systems standard in November of 2012. Heads Up CIPEC Newsletter reports that the company started on its journey to

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Concord HVAC firm named Best Contractor to Work For

January 29, 2013

Air Quality Dunrite, which has provided furnace repairs in Toronto since 1989, has been named the Canadian winner in The NEWS Best Contractor to Work For Contest. The company was purchased by Darrel Yashinsky in 2011. He immediately set about

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New Building Code Regulation in Manitoba

January 28, 2013

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) reports that Regulation 175/2012 Manitoba Building Code (MBC) has been published which delays the adoption of the new NBC Section 9.36 for Energy Efficiency in Houses and Small Buildings in order to conduct

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Register today for Canada’s first national renewable heating workshop

January 28, 2013

The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) will hold their first joint event, entitled Renewable Heat Policy and Technology: Integrating Solar and Geothermal Technologies, at University of Toronto’s Hart House on the downtown St George’s

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Proposed ASHRAE Standard on prevention of Legionellosis open for third public comment

January 25, 2013

Changes to clarify requirements in a proposed standard to prevent legionellosis associated with building water systems are open for public comment from ASHRAE. Standard 188P, Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems specifies what must be done to control the

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Bradley Corp. acquires Keltech

January 24, 2013

Bradley Corporation has purchased the assets of Keltech Incorporated of Delton, MI, and will operate the company as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Keltech manufactures commercial-grade electric tankless hot water systems for applications including industrial plants, hotels, stadiums, food processing and safety. Bradley Corporation

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Danfoss expands its compressor portfolio

January 21, 2013

Danfoss has extended its compressor portfolio up to 200 tons following the full acquisition of Danfoss Turbocor, in which Danfoss has had a 50 per cent owner’s share since 2004. Danfoss Turbocor develops, produces and markets high-efficiency variable speed compressors in the capacity

Wayne Bingle (r) accepts a lifetime service award from John Hammill, CIPH chairman of the board.
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CIPH Ontario Region gets a dose of public opinion

January 21, 2013

CIPH Ontario Region held its second business meeting on January 17, 2013. Don Wellington of Great Lakes Copper received a 50 year service award and Wayne Bingle of The Morgan Group received a lifetime service award. Pollsters Darrell Bricker and John

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Changes coming to the helm of Wolseley Canada

January 15, 2013

Wolseley Canada has announced that effective August 1, 2013, Keith VanderVennet, currently the senior vice president of Wolseley Canada, will return to Ferguson (Wolseley’s U.S. operation), in the role of senior vice president of sales. VanderVennet, who has lead Wolseley

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Canadians prepared to spend to protect the environment

January 14, 2013

The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary recently released a report that analyzed the results of a survey that measures the energy efficiency literacy of Canadians. The study also revealed that the Canadian public trusts academics more

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Share your HVAC expertise

January 11, 2013

Certification scheme will guide development of test questions for Whole House HVAC Quality Maintenance Certification.

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Registration opens for Montreal balancing and commissioning conference

January 4, 2013

The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) will hold its 2013 Annual Conference in Montreal at the Hyatt Regency, marking the first time the conference has been held outside the U.S. The conference agenda features industry experts who will be addressing

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AHRI releases final test reports for Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program

December 24, 2012

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) recently released several final test reports for its Low Global Warming Potential Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (Low-GWP AREP). The reports contain test results of low-GWP refrigerants for residential heat pump, water-cooled chiller and

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Report reveals whether operating a gas fireplace reduces total gas consumption

December 21, 2012

A recent survey of household energy use found that 23 per cent of Canadian single- and semi-detached and row-housing reported having a gas fireplace and of those, 22 per cent reported using them every day once the temperatures dip. Depending

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Cleaver-Brooks acquired by Harbour Group

December 20, 2012

Cleaver-Brooks has been acquired by Harbour Group, a privately-owned operating company based in St. Louis, MO. Cleaver-Brooks president and CEO Welch Goggins said, “We look forward to working with the experienced leadership team at Harbour Group. Their knowledge and involvement

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NRCan subsidy announced

December 19, 2012

HRAI has announced that a Contribution Agreement was finalized with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) on December 13, 2012, which will provide financial assistance to those attending SkillTech Academy’s residential training programs between January 15, 2013 and March 31, 2013. Participants

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Chiller efficiency improvements proposed for Standard 90.1

December 17, 2012

Chiller efficiencies for air and water cooled chillers would be boosted to more than 20 per cent under a proposed addendum to the ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The addendum changes the requirements for

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Outbreak analysis results in 10 recommendations to Quebec government

December 10, 2012

The long-awaited final report of Dr. François Desbiens of the DRSP (Direction régionale de santé publique de la Capitale-Nationale) regarding the legionnaires’ outbreak in Quebec City last summer was released December 6. The 10 recommendations addressed to the Quebec Government

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Green Building Standard proposals address plumbing, refrigeration and ventilation

December 6, 2012

Measures to improve water efficiency, including limitations on full-flush volume for toilets and use of municipal reclaimed water for irrigation, are being proposed for ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. It