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Maximize your visit to CMPX 2014

February 1, 2014 | By Adam Dras

Sessions, exhibits, van contest and Tool Take-away - the program is jammed for this mechanicals show.

Tremendous Tool Take-away!

Drop by HPAC’s booth (at the top of the escalator) to enter a ballot for a chance to win thousands of dollars worth of products in the Tremendous Tool Take-away contest.

The draw will take place on March 21.


Having passed the 500 exhibitor mark, all 200 000-square-feet of exhibit space at CMPX 2014 is officially sold-out. More than 15 000 attendees are expected to attend the three-day show from Wednesday, March 19 through Friday, March 21 in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s North Building.

As Canada’s national show for the mechanical industry, CMPX offers installers, contractors, engineers, architects and national buyers the opportunity to see the latest product offerings and to attend educational sessions.

Manufacturers may enter products for the CMPX New Product Showcase through the CMPX website. Details on the 20 sessions scheduled for the Learning Forum and registration is also offered online.

Pre-registration is required for HPAC columnist John Siegenthaler’s workshops titled “Unique Hydronic Details For Domestic Water Heating” and “Piping and Control Strategies For High Performance Wood-Fired Heating Systems.” Siegenthaler’s  first session will examine methods of configuring hydronic systems for providing domestic hot water. These methods can be applied to systems using both conventional heat sources such as boilers, as well as systems using thermally based renewable energy heat sources such as solar collectors, heat pumps, and solid fuel boilers. He will focus on technical details that are synergistic to overall systems operation, including space heating and cooling. This workshop explores the advantages and limitations of several approaches, and presents information that designers can use on a range of projects.

Siegenthaler’s second workshop will cover the conceptual design of systems that use wood gasification boilers and pellet fuel boilers as heat sources for heating buildings and providing domestic hot water. He will focus on systems for residential and light commercial applications. According to Siegenthaler, although there have been significant improvement to the efficiency and reliability of wood-fired heat sources, there has not been equal emphasis on the proper design of the overall systems in which these heat sources are used.

It is not uncommon to find multi-thousand dollar wood and pellet-fired boilers connected to poorly conceived storage and distribution hardware. The results are often wasted fuel and compromised comfort. Heating systems supplied by wood-gasification and pellet-fueled boiler can benefit from state-of-the-art hydronics technology. This includes intelligent mixing devices, outdoor reset, variable speed ECM circulators, homerun distribution systems, and on-demand domestic water heating. This session will introduce these devices and show how to properly integrate them with a wood-fired heat source and thermal storage.

For those who wish to attend the Learning Forum, organizers are suggesting visitors plan their days carefully as sessions will not be repeated. Another HPAC columnist, Mike Miller, along with Andre Patenaude of Emerson Climate Technologies, Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC) chairman Sean Giberson, Gord Cooke of Building Knowledge Canada and Martin Thomas of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are among the speakers. Alain Trahan, a vice president member for the Montreal Chapter of American Society of Plumbing Engineers, will discuss the lessons that have been learned in the aftermath of the Quebec City outbreak of legionnaires’ disease. <>


Wednesday, March 19 & Thursday, March 20

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, March 21  •  10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

One lucky visitor will win a 2014 GMC Savana 2500 with custom racking interior, compliments of CMPX 2014.

Calling All Plumbing Engineers

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is holding a free breakfast gathering in Toronto on March 20, from 8:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. during CMPX.





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