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CIPHEX West Postponed to Fall 2021

June 2, 2020

The two-day event will now take place  November 3-4, 2021 at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE in Vancouver, while a virtual event is still being prepared for this November.

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ASHRAE Legionella Guideline Updated

May 29, 2020

This can be a particularly important aspect of plans to reopen buildings following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Building Permits issued in Canada drop 17% in April

May 27, 2020

Quebec’s decision to shut down non-essential construction activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to it posting its largest month-over-month percentage decline on record.

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Apprentices in Canada ePanel seeking survey participants

May 27, 2020

A current survey is seeking to understand the challenges apprentices are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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More courses added to ASHRAE Spring online series

May 21, 2020

Four new courses covering topics like high-performance sequences of operation for HVAC systems, UV germicidal irradiation, laboratory exhaust stack design and hospital HVAC.

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NRCan offers limited time 25% subsidy on HRAI virtual training courses

May 21, 2020

The NRCAN subsidy is being offered for a limited time between May 19th and June 30th, 2020 or until the subsidy is exhausted.

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CHC’s Hydronics Fundamentals Program Available On Demand

May 20, 2020

The Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC) web series includes five one-hour sessions.

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Vancouver International Airport geothermal project wins PPI Award

May 20, 2020

The borefield for the geoexchange system includes 841 boreholes at 500 feet each in depth.

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Grundfos Celebrating 75 Years

May 20, 2020

The company’s history dates back to the end of the Second World War, when founder and engineer Poul Due Jensen was asked by a local farmer if he could procure a pump.

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Registration open for ASHRAE Virtual Conference

May 19, 2020

The cost to attend 92 technical sessions on topics from HVAC/R systems and equipment to zero energy buildings and more is US$99 for ASHRAE members and US$329 for non-members

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Wolseley Canada bringing Haier products to Ontario and Atlantic Canada

May 15, 2020

The new partnership with GE Appliances, a Haier company, includes the dealer-driven line of Haier ductless and heat pump products.

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CaGBC Advocating for Efficiency Retrofit Incentives

May 14, 2020

Last week, CaGBC provided its perspective to key federal ministers in a document entitled, “Ready, set, grow: How the green building industry can re-ignite Canada’s economy.”

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Economic Forecast: Strong Recovery Begins in 2021

May 14, 2020

“It’s not a regular recession, as it was caused by a health crisis, and parts of the economy will come back online quickly.”

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Natural gas needed to supplement electrification of Quebec’s economy: MEI

May 13, 2020

Independent think tank, the Montreal Economic Institute, publishes research paper entitled ‘Energy in Quebec: What Role for Natural Gas in the Context of Electrification?’ outlining the long-term need for gas going forward. 

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MCAC hosting virtual business conference – May 27

May 12, 2020

Running from 10:30 am to 5:15 pm, the program will explore a variety of topics including economic forecasts, new technologies emerging in the wake of COVID-19 and virtual skills training.

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Technical Safety BC moves to all digital design registration

May 12, 2020

Design registration can now be submitted online for boilers and pressure equipment, welding, procedures, and gas technologies.

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ASHRAE offers guidance on re-opening buildings post pandemic

May 7, 2020

“Safe operation of HVAC and building water management systems are critical components of building readiness and reopening, and ASHRAE’s resources provide a framework for developing plans in a variety of building types.”

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Update: Online Learning Opportunities from Industry Manufacturers

May 6, 2020

An updated, but far from extensive, listing of learning opportunities available so contractors can learn new skills from home.

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People on the Move: Mits Air, Saniflo, Mestek, NAVAC

May 6, 2020

Mits Airconditioning has appointed Peter Kinsey as hydronic product manager and project leader for the hydronic division. Kinsey has a combined 27-plus  years of experience in the hydronic industry. ****** Saniflo Canada has appointed Jeremy Martin as western regional sales manager and

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Imperial Manufacturing acquires Pointe-Claire/Green Valley Steel Group

May 6, 2020

Imperial Manufacturing Group, a conglomerate of businesses centered around the HVAC and building products industries with its head office located in Richibucto, New Brunswick, has acquired Pointe-Claire/Green Valley Steel Group Inc., a steel service centre offering warehousing, slitting, levelling, and

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Report: Commercial Heat Pump Market Expected to Grow 8.6% Annually from 2020-2029

April 30, 2020

A new report from Guidehouse Insights, Commercial Building Electrification, looks at the global market for commercial heat pump and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems with a focus on North America. Although multiple options exist to decarbonize heat in commercial buildings, electrification

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Montreal-based BrainBox AI Raises $12M to Expand Its Reach

April 29, 2020

Using artificial intelligence to reduce energy costs by up to 25% for building owners and managers, the HVAC control technology from BrainBox AI is gaining investment support with a new $12M fundraising round to further deploy its technology across North America and abroad. BrainBox

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StatsCan Survey: Nearly One in Three Businesses Report Q1 Revenues Down 40% or More Versus 2019

April 29, 2020

A new Canadian Survey on Business Conditions, a collaboration between Statistics Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, reveals the collective responses from over 12,600 businesses across all business sectors who took part in an online questionnaire about how COVID-19 is affecting their

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CMPX Trade Show Returning in 2022

April 27, 2020

In mid-March the organizers CMPX, Canada’s largest trade show for the plumbing and HVAC/R industry, announced the 2020 CMPX event scheduled for March 25-27 was being postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. The show has now been rescheduled to

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Daikin Invests in U.S. Software Company

April 22, 2020

Daikin Industries has invested $2 million into Silicon Valley-based startup Locix, Inc., a company that uses cloud-based spatial intelligence solutions that use a combination of indoor positioning technology, advanced AI, and Wi-Fi to acquire and analyze locations, as well as

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StatsCan Reveals Construction Investments on the Rise in February

April 21, 2020

  The latest release of data from Statistics Canada reveals that total investment in building construction increased 1.3% to $15.9 billion in February 2020, the fourth consecutive month-over-month growth for the sector. Investment gains for the country were reported in all facets

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Updated: MCAC produces jobsite health & safety guide during COVID-19

April 20, 2020

The guide was developed in consultation with experts at OHS Global Risk Solutions.

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Viega launches rewards program for small to medium contractors

April 20, 2020

Known for its pipe fitting installation technology, Viega is launching a new rewards program that will allow contractors to earn free Viega products and tools. Launched in early April, Viega Rewards is open to small- to medium-sized contractors who use Viega

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ASHRAE speaks to the relationship between COVID-19 and HVAC in buildings

April 20, 2020

In response to uncertainty about the role of HVAC systems in buildings and their relationship to the spread of SARS–CoV–2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease (Coronavirus), ASHRAE has published two statements to define guidance on managing the spread. ASHRAE officially

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The Movement to Online Learning in Time of COVID-19

April 15, 2020

Manufacturers in the plumbing and HVAC/R industry move to webinars and online videos to provide ongoing educational opportunities for the trades.