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New methodology in effect for LEED Regional Priority Credits

September 4, 2012

The LEED Canada 2009 rating systems introduced the concept of Regional Priority Credits (RPCs) to incentify the achievement of credits that address geographically specific environmental priorities. For each rating system and each region of Canada, a series of six RPCs

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New requirements for residential boilers now in effect

September 1, 2012

Effective September 1, 2012, all residential gas, oil-fired and electric hot water boilers that have their manufacturing process completed on or after that date are required to meet the prescriptive requirement of an automatic means of adjusting the temperature of

Figure 1 Combined solar thermal and geothermal system
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Geo-Solar Connection

September 1, 2012 by hpac

Two thermally-based renewable energy technologies that grab many headlines these days are solar water heating and geothermal heat pumps. Both of these technologies are ways of capturing solar energy. The solar thermal system does it in real time, whereas the

Figure 1 Balance point for typical air source heat pump.
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My Pretty Good House

September 1, 2012 by IAN MCTEER

Air source heat pumps are still a good choice for residential applications.

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Systemair acquires Change’Air

August 27, 2012

Systemair AB has acquired Change’Air, a manufacturer of ventilation equipment for classrooms in North America. Change’Air turnover for 2011 was 11.6 million USD and has experienced a growth rate of 21 per cent over the past three years. The company

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Private equity partnership to purchase compressor manufacturer

August 1, 2012

Sullair Corporation has announced that United Technologies reached an agreement with the private equity firms of The Carlyle Group and BC Partners for the purchase of Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation’s Industrial businesses, including Sullair Corporation. BC Partners and Carlyle have formed

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New Requirements for Residential Boilers to Come into Effect in Canada

July 27, 2012

In October 2011, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) published Amendment 11 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations in the Canada Gazette Part II. Affected products include residential gas, oil and electric boilers with an input rate of less than 88 kilowatts (300,000

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UA Canada signs on as a sponsor of the Skills Canada National Competition

July 23, 2012

Skills/Compétences Canada has announced that the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA Canada) has signed on as a Presenting Sponsor of the next three Skills Canada National Competitions. “Now more than ever, the

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North American energy efficiency revenues to double by 2020

July 18, 2012

Efforts to retrofit commercial and public buildings to make them more energy-efficient have many different drivers, including a sense of social responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and carbon footprints, an attempt to retain tenants and gain a market edge

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Fuel-burning appliances standard targets installers and contractors

July 17, 2012

New apprentice or career fuel-burning appliance professionals need to understand the requirements of the seventh edition of the CSA B365-10 – Installation Code for Solid-Fuel-Burning Appliances and Equipment. Improper installation of household appliances is a leading cause of house fires

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Earth energy system requirements up for public review

July 16, 2012

CSA Group has posted a draft revision of the C448 Series – Design and Installation of Earth Energy Systems for public review. This series covers minimum requirements related to ground-source heat pumps for residential and commercial buildings, such as equipment

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Share your commissioning, ventilating, adjusting and balancing expertise

July 4, 2012

The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) will hold its 2013 annual conference at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal, QC on May 2-4. It will address the theme Solutions for Optimizing High Performance Buildings. A call for papers is currently open.

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Early bird registration deadline looms for HRAI AGM

June 29, 2012

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) Annual General Meeting will be held at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront in Halifax, NS, on August 22-25, 2012. HRAI’s discounted early registration fees are available until July 6. The AGM kickoff breakfast

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York brand scores with NHL agreement

June 27, 2012

Johnson Controls and the National Hockey League (NHL) have announced that the York brand has become the official heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) partner of the NHL in North America for the 2012-13 NHL season. Under the agreement, York

Peter Thomsen speaks to a packed house of approximately 200 people about design envelope integrated chiller plants at Armstrong's International Engineering Visit at The Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, ON.
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Chilling out with Armstrong

June 25, 2012

EXCLUSIVE NEWSLETTER CONTENT Armstrong’s recent two-day International Engineering Visit featured a variety of sessions, including:  sustainability at the London Olympics; ROI analysis of HVAC retrofit opportunities; intelligent pump selection of; an Armstrong plant tour, and more.

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New Ontario geothermal regs – stakeholder technical briefing session

June 12, 2012

On May 18, 2012, the government tightened up regulation of vertical closed loop drilling for geothermal systems by making Ontario Regulation 98/12 (Ground Source Heat Pumps) under the Environmental Protection Act. The regulation requires anyone constructing new or altering, replacing

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Thermal imaging as a modern IAQ tool

June 11, 2012

The Healthy Indoors Partnership (HIP) will host a breakfast session titled, “Thermal Imaging as a modern IAQ tool,” from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on June 21 at Safety Express, located at 4190 Sladeview Cres. Units 1-2, Mississauga, ON. The presentation

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ABM builds links in the Maritimes

June 11, 2012

ABM’s subsidiary Linc Network, LLC, recently signed an agreement with Controls & Equipment Ltd., a building automation, HVAC service provider, to become Linc’s first HVAC contractor in the Maritime provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI). Controls & Equipment has

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Third annual energy conservation report available online

June 11, 2012

EXCLUSIVE NEWSLETTER CONTENT

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A Selling Tool For Ontario Contractors On The A-List

June 8, 2012

The Ontario Power Authority is offering a rebate of up to $650 for the installation of an ENERGY STAR qualified central heating and cooling system when purchased from and installed by a participating contractor. The incentive is available for residents and businesses (and

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Three ASHRAE public review drafts up for comments

May 31, 2012

ASHRAE is inviting comments for  three Public Review Drafts, including ASHRAE Guideline 22-2008R, Instrumentation for Monitoring Central Chilled-Water Plant Efficiency. This guideline defines recommended methods for measuring chilled-water plant thermal load and energy use and for calculating chilled-water plant efficiency.

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PNNL makes the case for impressive savings with commercial HVAC controls

May 31, 2012

A recent report from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is attracting significant media attention. According to a release from PNNL, U.S. commercial building owners could save an average of 38 per cent on heating and cooling

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Oakville issues advisory note regarding geothermal installations

May 11, 2012

Following the unexpected discovery of a natural gas deposit during a geothermal drilling project, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton wrote to the Province of Ontario urging a moratorium on deep well or borehole drilling for geothermal energy installations until the necessary

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Tank Inspection Processes and Protocol webinar date confirmed

May 7, 2012

A web seminar on May 10 will address tank inspection processes and protocol for inspectors. CA Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the end of the COHA program, which will be lead by Marc Raymond of Spectius Underwriting Solutions Ltd.

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Ignore MOE Regs at your peril

May 3, 2012

Further to an article that appeared in the April HRAI Link, representatives of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) met with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) orecently to clarify the regulatory situation concerning use

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Health Canada Addresses Radon In Homes

May 1, 2012 by Robert Bean

Release of radon guide reaffirms mechanical professionals’ leading role in the health and well being of Canadians.

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The Digital Fix

May 1, 2012 by Dave Demma

Maintain a consistent chilled water temperature during varying load conditions.

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Report reveals positive program results

April 29, 2012

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada) has released the English version of its third annual BOMA BESt (Building Environmental Standards) program Energy and Environmental Report (referred to as BBEER). The report offers relevant and timely information

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BC ups the ante for efficiency upgrades

April 27, 2012

The provincial government has extended the LiveSmart BC program and increased the incentives, with more than $7000 in rebates now available to BC homeowners. LiveSmart BC incentives, provided in partnership with BC Hydro, FortisBC, and the Province of BC, are

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Selling a potential Canada-EU Trade Agreement

April 27, 2012

The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, and the Honourable Peter Van