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A look at air-to-water heat pump systems

May 31, 2018 by John Siegenthaler

Heat pumps are destined to carve out an increasing percentage of future residential and light commercial HVAC market. This trend is based on the convergence of market drivers such as increasing electrical generation by utility scale photovoltaics and wind turbines,

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Thermostatic mixing valves

May 30, 2018 by Robert Waters

Are thermostatic mixing valves for plumbing or hydronic heating? Well it turns out they are for both. The same valve can be found in the domestic hot water supply system, as well as the control valve for a hydronic heating

Feature Article HVAC SystemsHydronics

The 3.2 million dollar question

May 29, 2018 by Robert Bean

I believe a good chunk of the architectural, building and HVAC industry is unaware that a few years ago California’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE, UC Berkeley) got a big cheque to carry out extensive research on radiant cooling

Product Hydronics

Superior durability and thermal performance for Snow Melt applications

May 17, 2018

The Ampex Insulated PEX Panel is designed for a cost-effective installation of hydronic radiant in-floor heating systems. The panel is a combination of EPS molded to a high impact polystyrene film resulting in a stronger, resilient interlocking panel. It is

Feature Article ControlsHydronics

Controls: Common issues and installation errors–Part III

May 15, 2018 by Mike Miller

As noted in Part I and Part II of this series (see HPAC February and March 2018), control systems are often blamed when something is not operating as expected. More often than not, if control systems do not perform as

Feature Article Hydronics

MECHANICAL ROOM RETROFIT

March 6, 2018 by Steve Goldie

Equipment change out impacted by space, venting and timing issues. Friends of mine were recently faced with a decision when their combination boiler/DHW heater refused to provide either. Now this should not have come as a complete surprise as the

Feature Article HVAC SystemsHydronics

Human factors and their influence on building performance and comfort

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

Feature Article ControlsHydronics

COMMON ISSUES AND INSTALLATION ERRORS–PART II

March 1, 2018 by Mike Miller

  As it was noted in Part I of this series (see HPAC February 2018), control systems are often blamed when something is not operating as expected. More often than not, if control systems do not perform as needed, something

Product Hydronics

Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating Systems

March 1, 2018

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Feature Article Hydronics

Lowering the bar – part I

February 23, 2018 by John Siegenthaler

What characteristic do solar thermal collectors, hydronic heat pumps and thermal storage tanks supplied by biomass boilers have in common? Answer: They all perform best when coupled to distribution systems that operate at low supply water temperatures. But that is

Feature Article ControlsHydronics

Common issues and installation errors – part I

February 23, 2018 by Mike Miller

Controls are often blamed when hydronic systems are not operating properly. While that may sometimes be the case, always look at what else may be influencing performance. While control systems are not flawless, consider that they are developed in a

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Feature Article Hydronics

Lowering the bar – part II

February 23, 2018 by John Siegenthaler

In Lowering the bar–part I, we discussed how to size supplemental heat emitters that allow the supply water temperature to an existing distribution system to be reduced. The next step is to pipe those supplemental heat emitters into the existing

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Visit HPAC at CMPX for your chance to win a flameless press technology system

February 20, 2018

Stop by HPAC’s booth at the top of the escalator on March 21 (opening day) for your chance to win Viega’s flameless press technology system. It reduces installation time and enables installers to make press connections in difficult-to-reach areas and

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Save Time and Labour on your In-Floor Hydronic Heating Applications

January 30, 2018

AMPEX Insulated Pex Panel by Amvic is designed for cost effective installation of hydronic radiant in-floor heating systems. The panel is a combination of expanded polystyrene molded to a high impact polystyrene film for slab-on-grade and below-grade hydronic heating applications.

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Mechanical showcase earns CEO free trip to Italy with Caleffi

January 5, 2018

A grand prizewinner has been chosen for the Caleffi Excellence contest by attendees of the company’s webinar, Coffee with Caleffi. Patrick Driscoll, CEO of Ironclad Mechanical Plumbing and Heating in Edmonton, AB, was selected out of six monthly finalists. “We

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Event to host largest ever education program

December 20, 2017 by Kerry Turner

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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Feature Article EngineeringHydronics

Steam heating applications on the rise

December 19, 2017 by Dave Burggren

Historically, steam has been a powerful resource for space heating in homes and commercial buildings. Steam has proven extremely effective at providing controlled, consistent heat to distribute throughout a building without the need for pumps by simply using a durable

Feature Article Hydronics

The basics of purging hydronic circuits

December 18, 2017 by John Siegenthaler

Nearly all closed loop hydronic heating and cooling systems are supposed to be filled with water, or a mixture of water and antifreeze. The only intentional air in the system is contained in the expansion tank. The only exception to

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Webstone offers NIBCO radiant heating products

November 27, 2017

Over sixty NIBCO radiant heating products are now available through Webstone, including radiant heat panels, PE-RT and PEX tubing/accessories, manifolds, and valves. The program features the Take the Next Step design service, whereby qualified engineers will customize system layouts at

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Taco welcomes Taconova back into the fold

November 23, 2017

Taco Family of Companies has acquired the Taconova Group. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Taconova has created intelligent building technology solutions for over 55 years. Its expertise and offerings include hydronic balancing, underfloor heating, distribution technology, system technology and valves. John

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Hands-on training at spruced up Viega educational facility

November 9, 2017

Viega LLC recently unveiled its renovated Viega Educational Facility in Nashua, NH, including its Interactive Learning Center and improved hands-on training facilities. Along with the facility’s classrooms, the centre features 16 vignettes of Viega solutions. The vignettes offer touchscreen panels

Product Hydronics

Viega ProPress® Hydronic Ball Valves

November 6, 2017

The new line of Viega ProPress® Hydronic Ball Valve press x hose thread for copper systems are full port and designed for non-potable water applications. The ball valves are available in 1/2- and 3/4-inch press sizes and 3/4-inch hose sizes.

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Save Time, Labour on Hydronic Installations with the AMPEX panel

November 6, 2017

AMPEX Insulated PEX Panel by Amvic is designed for cost effective installation and performance characteristics for hydronic radiant in-floor heating systems. Ideal for basements, bathrooms, living areas, snow and ice melt applications, driveways and walkways. Superior Lock and Hold design

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Lochinvar VIP Contractor program in its 12th year

November 1, 2017

Lochinvar’s 2017-2018 VIP Contractor program kicked off October 1 featuring enhancements and a new eligible heating boiler product. The program provides contractors the opportunity to register purchases for rewards and enter their installations for multiple chances to earn top prizes,

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CHC Award of Merit goes to Richard Peck

October 30, 2017

Congratulations to Richard Peck, vice president, Slant/Fin for being recognized with the Canadian Hydronics Council Award of Merit. The award recognizes an individual for a significant body of work over a lifetime in the Canadian hydronics industry. “This award is

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Feature Article EngineeringHydronics

Strive for perfection in hydronic system design

October 28, 2017 by John Siegenthaler

We live in a world where, for the most part, theoretical ideals can only be approached rather than fully realized. For example, imagine a building with heat loss characteristics such that the rate of heat loss always matched the rate

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Combi boiler launched at Hockey Hall of Fame

October 21, 2017

Lochinvar, represented in Canada (with the exception of Quebec) by master distributor Aqua-Tech Sales and Marketing Inc., formally introduced the NOBLE Fire Tube Combi Boiler to distributors, contractors and engineers at the launch event held September 12, 2017 at the

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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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Rinnai to manufacture tankless water heaters in Georgia

September 20, 2017

Rinnai Corporation has announced it will be “the first to manufacture tankless gas water heaters in North America.” Rinnai America Corporation, a subsidiary of Rinnai Corporation, plans to build the facility in Griffin, GA. The company intends to start its

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Another blockbuster Modern Hydronics Summit

September 15, 2017

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