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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

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Report has significant implications for housing industry

September 18, 2012

Highly Energy Efficient Building Envelope Retrofits for Houses, a free downloadable Research Highlight recently released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), provides design and construction information for retrofitting existing residential wood frame building envelopes to reduce space heating energy

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Modine closes Geofinity deal

September 17, 2012

Modine Manufacturing Company recently completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of privately-held Geofinity Manufacturing of Surrey, BC. This acquisition will provide Modine with a full line of geothermal heat pumps in both water-to- water and water-to-air models.

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Manufacturers respond to reports of HCFC smuggling

September 13, 2012

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) president and CEO Stephen Yurek has responded to what he termed “several inaccuracies” in a September 8, 2012, article in the New York Times on smuggling, primarily from China, of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant

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COMING SOON: Festival focuses on OBC energy efficiency requirements

September 13, 2012

The 2012 Green Building Festival, which is being held on October 11-12 at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, will feature experts such as Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, the Seattle-based hub for visionary green

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MCA award nominations open

September 11, 2012

The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Canada has announced that nominations are now being accepted for the Doug Crawford Memorial Award. This award was created in honour of Doug Crawford, a long-time MCA Canada associate member and past associate council

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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 Adam

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

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