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Passive House eclipses BC Building Code in Ice Box Challenge

August 21, 2017

After 18 days in the sun, the Passive House structure retains 639 kg of ice compared with the BC code-built house which retained 407-kg. Launched on July 27, Vancouver residents and visitors were invited to learn about the Passive House Standard—the energy-efficient

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Change is in the air

August 20, 2017 by Michael Power

Strengthening regional representation and ensuring money earmarked for climate change projects is spent wisely are among top priorities for Bruce Passmore, who was appointed chair of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) at the organization’s 49th-annual

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AJ Manufacturing moves to larger facility

August 2, 2017

AJ Manufacturing, a manufacturer of stainless steel air distribution products, has moved to a new 70,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility and headquarters with 50-per cent more capacity. The facility is in suburban Kansas City, MO. A new tower loader for its laser

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Three HVAC/R companies to receive BLOOM grants

July 31, 2017

BLOOM has announced that grant funding has been approved to support the completion of seven clean technology demonstration projects. The projects are diverse and represent key sectors of Ontario’s economy. The funding for the projects is being provided by the

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IESO amends Contractor Participation Agreement

June 29, 2017

Further to the notice issued on May 29, 2017, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has released an amendment to the form of The Save on Energy Heating and Cooling program HVAC Contractor Participation Agreement (to align with the program

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AHR Expo on the lookout for innovative products

June 26, 2017

The AHR Expo has issued a call for entries for the 2018 AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition. The winners in each of the 10 product categories will receive special recognition prior to the Show, and receive their awards during a

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Edmonton hockey arena raises the bar for sports facilities

June 22, 2017

Rogers Place will soon have the honour of being the first NHL venue in Canada to be LEED Silver certified. The 93,000-m2 arena is part of a new 25-acre mixed-use development site in Edmonton, AB and officially opened in September

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Cross Canada coverage with Roadshows

June 19, 2017

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating will hold its CIPHEX Roadshows in St. John’s (Newfoundland – September 21), Edmonton (Alberta – October 17) and Regina (Saskatchewan – October 19). The CIPHEX Roadshow connects buyers and sellers in markets that

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Projects from across Canada participate in CaGBC pilot

June 16, 2017

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced that 16 of Canada’s most innovative projects have been chosen to participate in a two-year pilot of CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. The Standard, which assesses the carbon performance of commercial, institutional,

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Capitalizing on North American rooftop VRF/VRV system market

June 13, 2017

Marketair, which is headquartered in Edison, NJ, has become the exclusive North American importer/vendor for the RD-Series and PD-Series of commercial rooftop enclosure and support systems. Developed by Inaba Denko in Osaka, Japan, the series is designed exclusively for multiple

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HeatLink co-owners stay on after sale to Mueller

June 12, 2017

Effective May 31, 2017, HeatLink Group Inc. and its affiliated PEX-a tubing manufacturing facility PexCor Manufacturing Company Inc., were acquired by Mueller Industries Inc. The companies will complement the range of products that comprise the Piping Systems Group of Mueller

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Take the What Am I? challenge

June 5, 2017

There is still time to enter the May 2017 edition of HPAC’s What Am I? challenge. This is your chance to win a Stanley TLM99 Laser Distance Measurer. The winner of the What Am I? contest is determined based on

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Alberta program offers rebates on high-efficiency equipment

May 29, 2017

Efficiency Alberta is launching an energy efficiency program that provides incentives to businesses that choose high-efficiency products. The Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Energy Savings Program is designed to encourage organizations to replace old, inefficient equipment to help reduce GHG emissions.

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Titus uses virtual reality to test product, system performance

May 24, 2017

Titus has launched Titus VR, a virtual reality technology, which allows HVAC professionals to test how products and systems perform in simulated applications before installation. Titus VR offers immersive experiences for chilled beam and underfloor modules and lets users see

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Heat pumps recalled due to overheating issue

May 23, 2017

Health Canada, together with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Carrier Corporation, has issued a recall of certain Carrier Greenspeed and Bryant Evolution Extreme Heat Pumps. This recall involves 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-ton sizes of the residential variable

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Bacharach, Inc. finalizes acquisition of competitor Parasense

May 19, 2017

Bacharach, Inc., global manufacturer of refrigerant gas leak detection and monitoring instruments, and combustion and emissions analyzers, has announced the completion of the acquisition of Parasense, Inc. A privately-owned ISO 9001:2008 accredited small business provider of engineering and technical services, Parasense

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Acquisition strengthens IR portfolio of climate-friendly HVAC products

May 19, 2017

Ingersoll-Rand plc has completed the acquisition of Thermocold Costruzioni S.r.l. The company said that the acquisition strengthens its portfolio of energy efficient, climate-friendly HVAC products for buildings in Europe with opportunities to extend Thermocold technologies to other parts of the world.

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Are you overcharging cooling systems?

May 17, 2017 by Ian McTeer

Every industry has its heroes, including HVAC/R. People such as Michael Faraday, Willis Carrier, Fredrick McKinley Jones and Thomas Midgley Jr. provided a large measure of inspiration for me as I progressed through the science of refrigeration and air conditioning.

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Insights on refrigerant flammability and safety

May 16, 2017 by Spencer Fuller

After the Montreal Protocol began the phase-out of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants in 1987, the HVAC industry began to test alternative refrigerants. Since then, the industry’s primary concern has been “safety first.” This does not mean just environmental safety, but also

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The secret of turning building data into revenue

May 15, 2017 by Matt Gates

Information technology advancements are bringing about a product revolution with smart, connected products that are more available and affordable than ever before. Near ubiquitous wireless connectivity, coupled with improvements in processing power and device miniaturization, have resulted in a wave

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A lesson in sustainability

May 12, 2017 by Shawn Sinnie

Class is back in session and the teachers have a little more help this year. The renovated Steinbach Regional Secondary School in Steinbach, MB, is assisting the faculty with a great lesson for the students on the environment and the

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A positive vibe at MCEE with more exhibitors and higher attendance

May 12, 2017

The aisles were packed again for the 2017 edition of MCEE trade show and conference for the plumbing, hydronics, HVAC/R, electrical and lighting industries. The sold out trade show took place in Montreal on April 26 and 27. At 6,286,

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Mitsubishi Electric Sales joins low carbon effort

May 1, 2017

EllisDon has announced that Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada has become the latest partner to join its Carbon Impact Initiative. “EllisDon is thrilled to have Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada join the Carbon Impact Initiative,” says Andrew Bowerbank, global director of sustainable

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Rebates, incentives and a view to the future highlight spring meeting

April 27, 2017

Over 100 members and guests joined The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) and CISCO at the Waterpark Place Innovation Centre in Toronto for the 2017 HRAI Spring Meeting. Guest speakers included Barry Wright of Grosvenor Training, Mike Lio

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Modern Hydronics-Summit 2017 online registration open now

April 20, 2017

John Siegenthaler, Robert Bean and friends team up once again for hydronics only event.

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Service Experts is under new leadership

April 18, 2017

Enercare Inc., parent company of Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, has announced the retirement of Scott Boxer, effective May 2017, and the appointment of Scott Boose as president and chief executive officer. Boose has assumed responsibility for the strategic

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Industry associations gain political ground

April 18, 2017

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCA Canada) report that they held another highly successful joint Parliamentary Day of Awareness on April 10-11, 2017 in Ottawa sponsored by Senator Donald Plett.

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Call for speakers issued by Buildings Canada

April 14, 2017

Buildings Canada invites you to submit a seminar topic to be considered for The Buildings Show Seminar Program on November 29 to 30, 2017. Share your expertise with an audience of influential buyers and decision-makers by being a part of

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Goodman launching Emerson Copeland Scroll compressor

April 3, 2017

Goodman Manufacturing is launching Emerson’s new Copeland Scroll two-stage compressor in its new 16-18 SEER systems. “Goodman is very excited to be the first to introduce the next generation Copeland Scroll two-stage compressor in our 16 and 18 SEER product

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ICP honours three Canadian wholesalers

March 23, 2017

International Comfort Products (ICP) recently honoured three Canadian HVAC wholesalers as the Comfortmaker, KeepRite and Tempstar distributors of the year for their achievements in customer support and sales growth. Mike DuFour, general sales manager, ICP Canada, presented the awards to: