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Contemplating a chiller replacement?

October 18, 2017 by Dave Demma

When I was in high school, the cost of gasoline was seldom of concern. I drove a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, with a modified 409 engine in it, and I do not think I ever thought to check what the

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NRCan survey offers glimpse of energy efficiency awareness and gaps in industry

October 13, 2017

Survey findings about the awareness of energy efficiency in industry are now available in the newly published report, Industry and Buildings Energy Efficiency Awareness, Gaps and Brand Recognition. The survey, conducted by Leger in early 2017, presents the results of

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Emerson provides apprentices with hands-on training opportunity

October 12, 2017

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions Canada hosted a complimentary training event exclusively offered to apprentices. Over 65 HVAC/R apprentices arrived at the Emerson Canada Integrated Learning Centre in Brantford ON to take part in the first ever Emerson Apprentice Day.

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Noble Fully Loaded show delivers with full house, packed agenda

September 29, 2017

Noble’s 2017 “Fully Loaded” show on September 28, featured plumbing, HVAC, hydronics, industrial and fire protection products from more than 80 industry leading exhibitors, as well as five complimentary seminars. There was no shortage of great food and prizes, including eight

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The Buildings Show addresses challenges in the built environment

September 26, 2017

The Building Show, a networking and educational event for design, architecture, construction and real estate industries, returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) November 29 to December 1, 2017, while IIDEXCanada takes place November 29 and 30. The show

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Change is in the air

September 10, 2017 by Michael Power

Attendance ramped up compared to last year for the 49th-annual conference of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) in Quebec City. Held August 16-18, the event saw changes to the organization that included Bruce Passmore appointed

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Interval Data Optimization research results released

September 6, 2017

Research from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation examined the application of a new approach that uses the feedback from interval data to optimize building heating system performance of seven multi-unit residential buildings with central, natural gas-fired, space heating boiler

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LEAPing ahead in sustainability

August 31, 2017 by Michael Power

The Coquitlam Centre’s new heat recovery chiller (HRC) system wins HOOPP’s LEAP award, helps cut GHG emissions by 35 per cent. Sustainability has transformed from a “nice-to-have” aspect for businesses to a core component of operations for many organizations, both

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Wolseley opens consolidated branch in Oshawa, ON

August 28, 2017

Wolseley Canada, plumbing and HVAC/R, Ontario and Atlantic, has opened a consolidated plumbing and HVAC/R branch in Oshawa, ON. Now that the branch has been relocated and expanded to include its plumbing offerings, contractors can source the products they need

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HRAI conference briefs

August 25, 2017

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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How to properly apply a TEV for a given application

August 23, 2017 by Dave Demma

In my travels I have many opportunities to visit and interact with HVAC/R contractors. In the course of these visits, a frequent topic of discussion is refrigerant conversions. After the typical “what’s the best replacement for R-22”, and “do we

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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