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AHR Expo 2018 draws record crowds

March 8, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

OPTIMISM IS UP Economic outlook among exhibiting HVAC/R manufacturers is on the upswing, according to an annual survey conducted by AHR Expo and ASHRAE. Among survey respondents, 89 per cent forecasted excellent or good growth – up 15 per cent

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New products, trends and technology at Interior Design Show Toronto

March 8, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Interior Design Show (IDS) Toronto celebrated its 20th year with a look to the future. The showcase theme Future Forward focused on elements of design that have contributed to an evolution of the architectural and design industry. In the plumbing

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What’s new with HRVs and ERVs?

March 7, 2018 by Ian McTeer

In the fall of 1992, a self-employed colleague of mine rented a single family, two-story, detached house in Scarborough. He had been victimized by the severe recession wrought, in part, by the collapse of the Canadian housing market bubble in

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Building performance and comfort: Human factors and their influence

March 3, 2018 by Robert Bean

Over the course of your career you have probably used a number of strategies to compete for projects. Maybe your choice de jour was to do battle using a lowest price model. Maybe you got tired of dealing with headaches

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Fujitsu, Ventacity to combine cloud technology and HVAC

February 18, 2018

Fujitsu General America has once again partnered with Portland, OR-based Ventacity Systems to offer a joint product. The HVAC solution will combine Ventacity’s ventilation technology and HVAC2 Smarter Building Platform with Fujitsu’s Airstage VRF heating and cooling systems. Integration between

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Riello introduces boilers to North American market

February 17, 2018

Italy-based manufacturer Riello will offer its high-efficiency wall-hung boilers in North America, including Family Pro, Residence Pro and Condexa Pro brands. The announcement was made at the AHR Expo in Chicago. Evergreen Products International, based in Mississauga, ON, has been

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HVAC, plumbing systems among energy efficient upgrades for Ontario schools

January 25, 2018

Nearly 600 schools across Ontario will receive energy-efficient upgrades in 2018. The $200 million investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market. Funding will support

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Toronto updates green standards to lower emissions on new buildings

January 17, 2018

The City of Toronto, ON, has updated its green development standards program in an effort to reach zero emissions for all new buildings by 2030. Updates to the Toronto Green Standard, effective May 2018, support the city’s Zero Emissions Buildings

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Comfort System Solutions, GloMar Technologies amalgamate

January 9, 2018

Comfort System Solutions (CSSI) and GloMar Technologies have amalgamated into one company and now operate under a new name – CGC Group of Companies – effective January 1, 2018. The newly formed group will be represented by a new logo.

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Atco enters contract to service armed forces sites in Canadian North

January 8, 2018

Atco has been selected to provide facility maintenance and support services at Canadian Armed Forces sites in the Northwest, Yukon and Nunavut Territories. Under the contract, Atco will provide facility inspection, maintenance and repair, new construction and upgrades, trade services

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Humber College HVAC career fair connects students and employers

January 4, 2018

Humber College’s second annual HVAC career fair will allow businesses to promote their organization and career options while getting to know students on an informal basis. Businesses will also be able to collect resumes. Students and soon-to-be graduates are from

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Viega launches new website and global image campaign

January 2, 2018

Viega hopes new initiatives will highlight high-profile installations and company growth. The website features brand-compliant, device-independent design, an online catalogue, intelligent search and an expanded product line. “Viega wanted to create a more sophisticated and mobile-friendly website that emphasizes usability

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ICP announces Canadian Distributors of the Year

December 29, 2017

International Comfort Products (ICP) has awarded Distributor of the Year to four Canadian companies. The annual distinction is given to distributors of ICP products for achievements in sales growth and customer support. “These distributors embraced new products, customer segments and

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Event to host largest ever education program

December 20, 2017 by HPAC Magazine

The 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference takes place January 20-24 at the Palmer House Chicago with the co-sponsored AHR Expo being held January 22-24 at McCormick Place. The AHR Expo seminar program features over 120 sessions, including over 70 free one-

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Consider alternatives when a pipe blockage or leak occurs

December 19, 2017 by HPAC Staff

Emergency pipe repair does not have to mean an entire system has to be shut down. This is music to the ears of residential and commercial customers – no more ripping out walls in search of the site of the

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Let’s Talk Stink

December 19, 2017 by Robert Bean

Out of all the senses, the olfactory sense is one of the strongest for creating lasting impressions.i Odour memories also influence the way new smells are perceived. As a survival tool it serves as an early warning signal that something

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Keep the Heat on with HVAC system checklist

December 18, 2017 by Richard Boothman

Winter can be hard on heaters of every type, but a step-by-step approach to preventive measures and maintenance of HVAC systems will help you to prepare for the harshest season of the year. From gas supply to air movers and

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Water, Water, Everywhere

December 15, 2017 by Ian McTeer

Although I did not shoot an albatross with my crossbow, I certainly felt a bit like Samuel Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as I sloshed through my backyard this summer. “Water, water, everywhere/nor any drop to drink.” I

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Evapco acquires Alcoil to form Evapco Alcoil

December 6, 2017

Evapco has announced the name of its newly formed company: Evapco Alcoil – the result of its acquisition of Pennsylvania-based manufacturer, Alcoil, announced in October. The company will continue to pursue the same business Alcoil has developed: designing and manufacturing

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Fujitsu partners up to create VRF-based HVAC product

December 4, 2017

Fujitsu General America has partnered with Ventacity Systems to deliver a VRF-based HVAC solution. Fujitsu’s partnership with Ventacity – Portland, OR-based producer of ultra-efficient ventilation and controls products – aims to bring a “new approach” to ventilation and HVAC solutions

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ASHRAE Publishes 2017 Version of Thermal Comfort Standard

November 22, 2017

The 2017 edition of ASHRAE’s major thermal comfort standard has been published to incorporate seven published addenda to the 2013 edition. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2017, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, simplifies the language of the 2013 standard and clarifies the

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Initiative underway to accelerate retrofit economy

November 19, 2017

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), and the Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS Discovery District (MaRS) announced recently that they are working together to bring the Investor Confidence (ICP) Project and its Investor Ready Energy

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Ontor expands product offerings with new lines

November 7, 2017

Ontor has been appointed distributor for two new product lines. The first is Intermatic Inc., a manufacturer of control and energy management solutions for electrical, HVAC/R, pool and spa and OEM markets. Its product portfolio includes: defrost timers, surge protection,

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NECC, Ronbow launch redesigned websites

November 6, 2017

National Energy Control Corporation (NECC), a wholesale distributor of commercial/industrial HVAC parts and supplies, has launched a revamped, mobile-friendly website. The site provides an improved part number search feature and can also accommodate partial part number searches, the organization said.

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Gas safety bulletin addresses heating buildings under construction

November 3, 2017

Alberta Municipal Affairs and industry representatives have developed an information bulletin (G-01-17) to inform builders, contractors, renovators, gasfitters/sheet metal workers and owners of the requirements to ensure the installation and operation of gas heating appliances comply with the manufacturers certified

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AHR Innovation Award winners raise the bar

October 27, 2017

Winners of the 2018 AHR Expo Innovation Awards have been announced. The annual competition recognizes products, systems and technologies featured at the AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition). The winners were selected by a panel of third-party ASHRAE member

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A great preventive maintenance program will partner with end users over equipment’s entire life

October 26, 2017 by Jonathan Mosterd

Building automation and advancements in efficiency have exponentially increased over the last few decades, bringing about a new era in industry. With this, a whole new series of electronic devices have been integrated in large commercial buildings and in industrial

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What you need to know about the industry workhorses

October 25, 2017 by Ian McTeer

Everyone involved in HVAC and refrigeration works with electric motors almost every day. Whether designing new products, specifying equipment, installing, maintaining or repairing a variety of heating, ventilation or cooling products, an electric motor and its needs are regularly the

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New leadership for Schneider Electric Canada

October 23, 2017

Schneider Electric, global specialist in energy management and automation, has announced that Susan Uthayakumar will become Country President, Canada on January 1, 2018, reporting to Annette Clayton, CEO and President, North America, and chief supply chain Officer. “Susan is a

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Packaged indoor air quality systems work for contractors

October 23, 2017 by Aaron Engel

Cold winter months keep Canadians indoors a great deal more than their southern climate counterparts. Staying indoors longer can be detrimental to health, particularly when you consider the trend toward tighter and more energy efficient home construction mandated by recent