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Technology, building relationships and the province’s climate change plan among issues at OGA conference

February 25, 2017

Building partnerships was a central motif running through much of the second day of the Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) conference, an event held February 21-22 in Mississauga, ON. Those themes emerged during the keynote presentation February 22, as Glen Murray,

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Well-deserved Vegas winning streak for Robert Bean

February 23, 2017

HPAC columnist Robert Bean is the 2017 recipient of the Dan Holohan Lifetime Contribution to Comfort Award. The award was presented on January 30 at the AHR 2017 Show in Las Vegas, NV. Bean, who is an industry leading expert

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Record number of Canadians head to Vegas for ASHRAE, AHR Expo

February 22, 2017

UPDATED North America’s premier HVAC/R event, the 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference at Caesars Palace, as well as the AHR Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, exceeded record-breaking attendance from the Conference and Expo that were held in Las Vegas

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Update on prompt payment legislation

February 17, 2017

On February 6, 2017 the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) met in Ottawa with senior representatives from Public Services and Procurement Canada’s (PSPC) Prompt Payment Task Force to discuss actions that could be implemented to support Bill S-224:

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Kilmer Environmental wins Seresco Rep­ of the Year Canada

February 15, 2017

Seresco Technologies, a manufacturer of indoor pool dehumidification equipment, has named Kilmer Environmental of Mississauga, ON, as its “2016 Rep of Year-Canada.” The announcement was made at the International Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo 2017) on January 30

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Beckett issues product advisory

February 13, 2017

Beckett Corporation has issued a bulletin regarding its Cleancut pump A2EA-6527. Pumps manufactured in March, April and May 2016 might present a tightness issue on Inlet/Return 1/4-18 NPTF plugs. To identify the pumps check the date stamped on the top

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Taco’s hot water recirculation control is 2017 AHR Expo Innovation Award Product of the Year

February 8, 2017

Taco, Inc.’s SmartPlug instant hot water control has won the 2017 AHR Expo Innovation Award Product of the Year. The product, which also secured a win in the Innovation Awards’ plumbing category, can be installed in existing domestic hot water

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Stelpro develops smart thermostat with IoT leaders

February 7, 2017

Stelpro, a manufacturer of integrated heating solutions, has teamed up with three Internet of Things (IoT) partners to develop and bring to market Maestro – Smart Thermostats, a smart home solution for electric heat that enables users to customize home

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Danfoss inaugurates first test chamber of its new customer Application Development Center

February 6, 2017

Danfoss recently opened a test chamber at its new Engineering Tomorrow Application Development Center in Tallahassee, FL. The first of three psychrometric rooms, it will accommodate air-conditioning systems up to 12.5 tons. Its purpose is to help the industry in

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BCIT’s High-Performance Building Lab offers hands-on opportunities

February 2, 2017

“Our new High-Performance Building Lab is a hub for formal and informal hands-on learning and training for students, industry and others interested in efficient building envelopes,” said Andrea Linsky, program head in the Centre for Energy Systems Applications at British

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Fifth Deschênes takes on presidency of GDI

January 30, 2017

Groupe Deschênes Inc. (GDI) has appointed François Deschênes as president and chief executive officer. He previously held the position of vice president, operations, for GDI’s Quebec Region. Martin Deschênes, outgoing president and CEO of GDI, assumes the position of vice

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Challenges ahead for globalization

January 27, 2017

  Ottawa’s political landscape, the Young Executive Society (YES) and awards honouring member achievements were among highlights of The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) Ontario Region Business Meeting and luncheon, held January 19 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

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Schneider Electric and Panasonic partner to simplify energy management

January 27, 2017

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, and Panasonic Corporation recently announced an integrated HVAC equipment and building management solution. Both companies have developed an interface wireless solution, which enables direct serial communication between Schneider Electric’s building

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Axiom moves on up to larger site, on-site research lab

January 25, 2017

  Axiom Industries Ltd., a manufacturer of specialty products for hydronic systems, has moved to a new office and production warehouse located at 3603 Burron Avenue in Saskatoon, SK. The state of the art building includes 21,000 sq. ft. of

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High-Performance Building Lab offers hands-on opportunities

January 24, 2017

“Our new High-Performance Building lab is a hub for formal and informal hands-on learning and training for students, industry and others interested in efficient building envelopes,” said Andrea Linsky, program head in the Centre for Energy Systems Applications at British

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First Daikin VRV unit assembled at Daikin Texas Technology Park

January 24, 2017

Daikin Texas Technology Park, Daikin North America LLC’s new $417 million, four million sq.-ft. campus located outside of Houston, recently welcomed its first VRV unit off the production line during a celebration led by CEO Takeshi Ebisu. Daikin VRV technology

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Expert panel on National Energy Board modernization engages with Canadians

January 20, 2017

In November, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, announced the creation of a five-member expert panel to provide recommendations to the government for the modernization of the NEB. The panel will visit the following cities to hear

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Multistack expands product line with Desert Aire acquisition

January 19, 2017

Multistack, LLC, a privately held Sparta, WI-based manufacturer of chiller systems and heat pumps, has acquired Desert Aire Corp., a Germantown, WI-based manufacturer of commercial and industrial humidity and climate control systems. Multistack’s acquisition of Desert Aire bolsters the company’s

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Sinclair Supply owner and president retires

January 12, 2017

Owner and president of Sinclair Supply Ltd. Dan Sorochan retired recently after over 70 years with the company. During that time he grew the company to 17 branches across western Canada, keeping pace with advancements and innovations throughout the industry.

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Ontario’s Bill 70 Amends Powers of the Ontario College of Trades

January 11, 2017

HRAI E-news reports that: On November 16th the Government of Ontario introduced an omnibus bill aimed at implementing certain budget measures and clarifying a number of laws and regulations.  Bill 70 passed second reading on November 30 and third reading

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People on the move

January 10, 2017

Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) has appointed Graeme Bell to the position of vice president, Camfil APC Americas. Bell will relocate from Europe to Camfil APC corporate headquarters in Jonesboro, AR, where he will hold full responsibility for the manufacturing,

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StatCan releases November building permit report, Alberta records largest decline

January 10, 2017

According to the January 10, 2017 issue of The Daily, municipalities issued $7.8 billion worth of building permits in November, down 0.1 per cent from the previous month. The decline was largely the result of lower construction intentions in Alberta, following a

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HVAC, water heater rental program launched by Service Experts

January 9, 2017

Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning recently introduced a program to allow homeowners to rent new, brand-name heating and cooling equipment at each of its 15 Canadian locations. Additionally, water heater rentals will roll out to all 15 locations. “Water

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How important is energy efficiency in industrial and buildings sectors?

January 4, 2017

The Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) is undertaking Public Opinion Research to measure, through quantitative means, the importance of energy efficiency in the industrial and buildings sectors (including public, commercial and institutional sub-sectors) and energy efficiency brand recognition (ENERGY STAR,

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Aalberts Industries acquires Shurjoint Piping Products

December 13, 2016

Aalberts Industries N.V. has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Shurjoint Piping Products USA, Inc., Haohan Metal Co. Ltd. and Shurjoint Metals Inc. Shurjoint is known for the development, manufacturing, sales and distribution of grooved components

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How to enable today’s mobile workers for success

December 9, 2016

According to a Ryerson University survey, 70 per cent of Canadian employees are mobile in some way (physically) and this was expected to increase to 73 per cent in 2016. As enterprises move to an increasingly mobile workforce, they face

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Unico expands headquarters

December 5, 2016

With a $2 million building renovation, Unico, Inc., has added 15,000 square feet of offices and a 4,000-square-foot testing lab to its headquarters in St. Louis, MN. Unico manufactures small-duct and ductless heating and air conditioning systems in the 125,000-square-foot

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Your Chance to Win

November 29, 2016

>> Testo’s promotional campaign, “The Measure of Excellence” offers customers the opportunity to receive a free Veto Tech-MCT tool bag with the purchase of any 320 or 330 hand-held combustion analyzer kit. The offer is valid for purchases up to

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Easy-to-Use, Accurate Mechanical Estimating Software

November 28, 2016

Improve your estimating with FastPIPE®, FastDUCT®, and FastWRAP™ mechanical estimating software. With FastPIPE® for all types of plumbing and mechanical piping, FastDUCT® for HVAC ductwork and industrial sheet metal, and FastWRAP™ for piping and duct insulation, our suite of programs

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HomeStars overhauls contractor scoring system

November 23, 2016

HomeStars, an online community connecting homeowners and home improvement professionals in Canada, has announced a significant overhaul to its contractor scoring system. Previously, a contractor’s overall rating was simply the average of all homeowner reviews ever written about them. The