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B. A. Robinson changes name to unify branding

May 23, 2019

B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd. is rebranding its wholesale and showroom businesses to Robinson Supply. The company’s lighting and bath showrooms will be branded Robinson. Legally, the company continues to operate as B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd. The change is

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Software company Interplay Learning lands $5.5M in financing to develop 3D, virtual reality training platform for skilled trades

May 21, 2019

Texas-based software company Interplay Learning has secured $5.5 million in financing to develop its online training programs for the HVAC, plumbing and electrical trades. The firm offers interactive video courses and 3D troubleshooting simulations — including SkillMill, its 3D and

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Saniflo partners with Mississauga, ON-based Centon Sales Corp.

May 13, 2019

Saniflo Canada has entered a partnership with Centon Sales Corp. to provide sales and service to the company’s wholesale channel in Ontario. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Centon Sales as our wholesale sales agency for the Ontario region,

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Restrooms influence customer spending: study

April 26, 2019

Consumers may spend more money at businesses with clean, well-stocked restrooms, according to the 10th annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey by Bradley Corp. The survey of U.S. adults found that 52 per cent of respondents were more likely to spend

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CIPH Ontario region AGM attracts record attendance

April 11, 2019

Leadership proved to be a popular topic at the third CIPH Ontario Region Business Meeting and annual general meeting held today (April 11, 2019) with more than 150 in attendance. Keynote speaker Chris Cummins discussed the traits and actions of

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Faucets and fixtures facilitate flexibility, individuality

March 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

For homeowners, customization is key. In the residential space, individual flare takes precedence over the latest trends. Whether it’s for the kitchen or the bathroom, brands are increasingly offering products that allow the end-user to create a tailored space. “Combining

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Westcom Plumbing owner takes home CCA’s Person of the Year Award

March 27, 2019

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has presented its 2018 awards in conjunction with its annual conference, currently being held in Bermuda. These awards recognize the important contributions of individuals, companies and associations that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry.

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Mechanical system stands the test of time

March 24, 2019 by Robert Waters

Twenty-two years ago, my wife and I built a house in the north end of Guelph, ON. At the time we had been married for almost five years, had one child with another soon to arrive and we wanted to

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Heat pump water heater potential remains unrealized

March 21, 2019 by Steve Goldie

I first wrote about heat pump water heaters (HPWH) almost a decade ago. At the time I was looking to highlight newer, innovative technologies and the HPWH seemed to qualify. After researching and writing that article I was impressed with

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Stelpro earns Good Design awards in electronics, household categories

February 25, 2019

Stelpro smart thermostats and fan heaters have been recognized in the Good Design Awards, an annual design competition. The company’s Maestro smart thermostat range was awarded in the electronics category, while the Orléans and Oasis fan heaters were recognized in

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Industry reacts to NRCan proposed equipment efficiency regulations

February 22, 2019 by HPAC Magazine

In October 2018 Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) published new proposed energy efficiency regulations for heating equipment in the Canada Gazette Part 1. These proposed regulations are part of Amendment 15 to the Energy Efficiency Act and introduce new or increased

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Elementary schools invited to participate in CIPH plumbing day initiative

February 19, 2019

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) is taking a new approach for this year’s World Plumbing Day, to be held on March 11.The association is calling on elementary school students to ask themselves “what water means to them.”

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Non-residential faucet and fixture market opens the tap on innovation

February 18, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

It has to start somewhere. Pressure to meet evolving regulations and sustainability-focused targets on industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) projects has paved the way for innovative products that address the unique needs of hotels, healthcare facilities, schools and restaurants. ICI

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SFA Group aims to grow German presence with acquisition

February 13, 2019

SFA Group, parent company of Saniflo Canada, has acquired German pump manufacturer Zehnder Pumpen GmbH. According to SFA Group, the acquisition allows the company to strengthen its position in the sanitary technology market. “The acquisition provides an excellent opportunity for

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Bélanger UPT holds open house at new showroom

February 7, 2019

On January 31st, 2019, faucet manufacturer Bélanger-UPT decided to break the winter’s cold by opening its doors for the unveiling of a new grand showroom. Throughout the day guests from the industry visited the offices in the Montreal borough of

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What to consider when specifying linear drains

December 17, 2018 by Elena Doxey and Christie Bacchioni

Linear drains have become top-of-mind, no matter what trade you are in (architecture, design, remodeling, general contracting, or plumbing). With linear drains, it is all about trying to achieve a sleek, open look for a client’s bathroom. Luckily, the process

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Step-by-step prep: Preparing condensing boilers for winter

December 12, 2018 by Rob Waters

Every year the impending winter season prompts Canadians to prepare for winter. Safely storing summer gear, closing the pool or cottage, putting snow tires on our vehicles are things we know we have do before old man winter arrives with

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Watts begins production of BLÜCHER brand at Texas facility

December 5, 2018

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. has expanded manufacturing capabilities for its BLÜCHER brand in North America and Europe. The company will produce the brand’s stainless steel trench drains at its facility in Fort Worth, TX. Watts has also invested in new

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Built Green Canada, Green Builder Coalition release water rating program

November 30, 2018

A new water-rating program is coming to Canada. Built Green Canada has partnered with the Green Builder Coalition to launch the Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS), which it said will be “Canadianized in the coming months” WERS uses a scoring

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NRC calls for public review of 2020 national plumbing, building code changes

November 28, 2018

The National Research Council of Canada has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the national construction codes. Public consultation will inform the 2020 revisions to the National Building Code of Canada, National Fire Code of Canada and National

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Toronto Mr. Rooter franchise owners awarded by company

November 27, 2018

A Greater Toronto Area Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchise has been presented the corporation’s Franchisee of the Year Award. Owners Derek and Pam Moreland accepted the award at the Mr. Rooter annual convention. It is presented to franchisee owners that have

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HRAI reports NRCan has published federal energy efficiency regulations

November 14, 2018

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute recently reported that Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has published Amendment 14 regulations in the Canada Gazette Part II. HVAC/R products covered in this amendment include the following: Walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers Commercial

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World Toilet Day encourages globe to listen to the call of nature

November 12, 2018

The theme of this year’s World Toilet Day, “When Nature Calls,” stresses the importance of toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with the environment. Held annually on November 19, 2018, World Toilet Day aims to bring awareness to

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Viega introduces plumbing and hydronics education program

November 1, 2018

Viega has rolled out its trades education program, a supplement to school curriculum on the design, installation and function of plumbing and hydronic systems. The Viega Trades Education Network (VTEN) program offers complete tooling packages, access to LoopCAD radiant heating

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Cloud of uncertainty lifted says BMO economist

October 30, 2018

Douglas Porter, CFA, chief economist with BMO Financial Group, painted a reasonably positive economic picture at CIPH Ontario region’s first business meeting at the Mississauga Convention Centre. With the signing of the tariff agreements Porter noted that a big risk

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Make the right choice: An overview of new plumbing and hydronic valves

October 26, 2018 by Kevin Freidt and Mark Olson

Several manufacturers have introduced new balancing valve technologies into the market. Familiarity with these new valves, as well as traditional balancing valves, will assist you in selecting the correct one for specific hydronic and plumbing system applications. MANUAL BALANCING VALVES

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Watts, Planet Water Foundation to install water filtration systems at Cambodian schools

October 10, 2018

Watts Water Technologies has partnered with U.S.-based non-profit Planet Water Foundation to fund and help install two water filtration systems at schools in Cambodia’s Svay Leu District in Siem Reap Province. The filtration systems aim to remove harmful particles, bacteria

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Noble celebrates 25th anniversary at packed trade show

October 5, 2018

It was a full house as more than 1000 attendees made the trek to the Paramount Event Space in Woodbridge, ON for Noble’s 25th anniversary trade show. The event, held September 27, 2018, featured more than 75 vendor exhibits, five

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CIPHEX West speaker lineup tackles forefront industry topics

October 3, 2018

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating Exposition (CIPHEX) West will return to Calgary, AB, on November 7 and 8, 2018. The trade show features more than 250 global exhibitors. It will focus on plumbing, hydronics, HVAC/R and water treatment.

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Wolseley Canada opens new branch in Ottawa, ON

October 1, 2018

Wolseley Canada has extended its operations in Ottawa, ON with a new facility. The 11,000 square foot branch is located at 1050 Baxter Road, Units 7A/8A, and includes both plumbing and HVAC/R inventory. The expansion is part of the company’s