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M&G Group acquires Laval-based Security Chimneys

November 28, 2012

M&G Group, owners of M&G DuraVent Inc. (“DuraVent”), has signed an agreement to purchase Security Chimneys International Limited (“Security”) from Comvest Investment Partners IV, L.P. and Innovative Hearth Products. Security, With a 104 800 square-foot facility in Laval, QC, is a

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Manufacturers working hard to meet increased demand

November 27, 2012

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the superstorm it spawned in the Northeastern United States, manufacturers represented by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) have increased production to meet the unexpected increased demand for residential and light commercial

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Renewable Heating Workshop to explore options for Canadian consumers

November 22, 2012

Solar and geothermal industries work together to explore technology and policy

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Solutions for safe storage offered by oil heat association

November 19, 2012

The Canadian Oil Heat Association (COHA) has launched Best Practices. Best Solutions for safe oil storage, which is a public education campaign to raise homeowner awareness of proper installation methods and the importance of regular maintenance. The campaign also identifies

Michael Grochmal (l), president, AtlasCare and Roger Grochmal, chairman and CEO.
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AtlasCare appoints new president

November 15, 2012

AtlasCare, which is headquartered in Oakville, ON, has announced the appointment of Michael Grochmal as the company’s new president, effective November 1, 2012. “The official appointment has been a long time coming,” said Roger Grochmal who has been president of

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Innovation Award winners announced

November 14, 2012

Ranging from an innovative geothermal heat pump, to a copper theft deterrent system, the winners of the prestigious 2013 AHR Expo Innovation Awards have been chosen and will be honoured at a special ceremony during the exposition and conference in

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Tools to increase energy efficiency in industrial applications

November 13, 2012

Hydro-Québec, through its Industrial Customers Energy Efficiency program, provides incentives to support companies in analysing their electrical consumption data for up to 50 per cent or $25 000 per analysis with a maximum of $100 000 per site. The utility

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Safety Authority draws attention to gas venting and propane regulators

November 5, 2012

The BC Safety Authority recently issued The Gas Directive: Propane Regulator Performance Requirements, which clarifies the operational and installation requirements for regulators utilized on propane installations. Specifically, regulators are to be in compliance with the current edition of CAN/CSA B149.1

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TSSA announces revised fee structure

November 2, 2012

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) recently completed a review of its fees and revised fee schedules will come into effect as of May 1, 2013. Over the next three years boiler and pressure vessel (BPV) customers will see

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ICARHMA Annual Meeting held in Japan

November 1, 2012

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) manufacturers division chair Jim Flowers, HRAI president Warren Heeley and manager of HRAI divisional programs (manufacturers and wholesalers) Caroline Czajko represented HRAI at the annual meeting of the International Council

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CHES 2012: Towards World Class Health Care

November 1, 2012 by LUC BOILY

Mechanical business professionals make their points on the best practices and regulations in healthcare facilities.

Figure 1 Soot affects fuel consumption.
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Where there is smoke… there is a maintenance issue

November 1, 2012 by hpac

New oilburners should not produce smoke.

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ASHRAE and UNEP Join Forces

November 1, 2012 by hpac

Promoting sustainable refrigeration in facilities and systems.

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Guaranteeing Energy Performance: Mission Impossible?

November 1, 2012 by hpac

Most energy models produce best-case scenario goals for the design team, assuming perfect construction and operation. However, owners/operators quickly realize that energy models are typically not exact predictors of energy use. But that is changing: design teams and constructors/operators are

Figure 1 Typical domestic water consumption flow profile for a small commercial building.
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Making A Case For VFD

November 1, 2012 by Brian James and Roger Weldon

The benefits of packaged pump systems and variable flow pressure boosting.

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Cold Climate HVAC: Challenges and Solutions

November 1, 2012 by Robert Bean

The 7th International Cold Climate HVAC Conferencei, which was held recently in Calgary, AB, was nothing short of impressive with representatives from over 15 countries in attendance. This conference was an opportunity for researchers and design practitioners to share what

Eric Irmscher (r), sales and application engineer with Mestek, Inc., explains the standard arrangements available with its outdoor air handlers.
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RBI showcases latest products

October 31, 2012

HPG Sales, Div. of Hydronic Parts Group Ltd. and RBI Water Heaters recently hosted an open house display and factory tour at the Mississauga, ON, manufacturing facility. Products on display included its new Fusion XLF condensing boiler (2500 to 4000mbh)

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Water Conservation Standard opens for first public comment

October 30, 2012

HVAC/R systems account for approximately a third of water consumption in a typical office building, the need to minimize water usage is a major consideration in the built environment industry. For that reason ASHRAE, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers

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Vertical and submersible turbine pump manufacturer acquired by Taco

October 23, 2012

Taco, Inc. has announced its purchase of Hydroflo Pumps of Fairview, TN. Hydroflo is a manufacturer of vertical and submersible turbine driven pumps for use in agricultural irrigation, mining operations, municipal water systems and HVAC. In addition to its Fairview,

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End of legionnaires scare say officials

October 22, 2012

Quebec City public health officials have stated they have found the source of the outbreak of legionnaires’ disease responsible for the deaths of 13 people and 180 reported cases of the disease since July. The source was identified as a

More than 1000 people attend Noble heating event.
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Fall Heating Show draws a crowd

October 19, 2012

Noble held its annual Fall Heating Show at the Bellagio Boutique Event Venue in Vaughan, ON on October 4, 2012. More than 1000 people attended the event, which featured dozens of exhibitors, free educational seminars and a variety of prize

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Revised Director’s Order calls for CO check

October 19, 2012

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has reissued Director’s Public Safety Order FS-072-06 (R8), regarding Natural Draft Boilers. Effective October 15, 2012, the Directors Order arises out of TSSA’s concern that some natural gas and propane burning natural draft

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HELP is on the way for hospitals and long-term care facilities

October 19, 2012

The ENERGY STAR Health Care Energy Leadership Program (HELP) was established to help hospitals and long-term care facilities find energy reduction opportunities. A joint initiative of My Sustainable Canada and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, the program provides

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New fact sheets available on OEE Web site

October 16, 2012

Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings is offering a new series of fact sheets dealing with building energy efficiency in general or benchmarking specifically. ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings – Overview provides an overview of the energy- and money-saving initiatives offered

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Uponor realigns its heating business

October 9, 2012

As a result of its new strategic direction, Uponor has announced that it is discontinuing the Climate Control Network and Multifunction lines as well as the proPANEL units. Climate Control Multifunction and proPANEL units are available while quantities last. According

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CHES 2013 issues Call for Abstracts

October 9, 2012

Speaker abstracts are being accepted for the 2013 CHES National Conference to be held in Niagara Falls ON, September 22-24, 2013. The deadline for submission is November 15, 2012. The Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society conference is being held at the

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Direct Energy makes ambitious move to improve its customer service

October 1, 2012

Direct Energy has launched Same Day Service for its Ontario customers who are enrolled in Protection Plans, and/or who rent their water heaters from Direct Energy starting today. The program assures that if a call is received by 5 p.m., a

CMX/CIPHEX has been rebranded and will now be known as the Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exposition (CMPX).
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HRAI and CIPH unveil new trade show name and day pattern

September 26, 2012

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) have announced that the 2014 CMX/CIPHEX Trade Show and Learning Forum will now be known as the Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exposition

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Yorkland Controls to supply energy management software to Ontario school board

September 24, 2012

York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) in Ontario has awarded a bid to eSight Energy Inc.‘s energy management software through distributor Yorkland Controls. eSight will be implemented to provide data analysis and management support and to help identify energy reduction

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Energy efficiency milestone in Western Canada

September 18, 2012

Swift Current, SK, has the distinction of being the site of the first home in western Canada built to the voluntary 2012 R-2000 Standard. Homes built to the 2012 R-2000 standard are to be 50 per cent more energy-efficient than