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HRAI to tackle low-carbon economy challenges at symposium

March 1, 2019

The challenges and opportunities presented by Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy is the focus of an upcoming Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) symposium. Designed for HVAC/R industry stakeholders, the symposium will include a series of presentations and

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Emerson opens up Ridgid trade trip contest to Canadians

February 28, 2019

For the first time, Canadian contractors can enter to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Ridgid world headquarters in St. Louis, MO, as part of the company’s third annual “Trade Trip of a Lifetime” contest. A total of six winners will

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Feds award $53.6M contract to upgrade mechanical systems at coast guard college

February 27, 2019

The Canadian Coast Guard College is about to undergo a major facelift. Ottawa awarded a $53.6 million contract to Sydney, NS-based Joneljim Concrete Construction (1994) Limited to replace the school’s mechanical and sprinkler systems. The work includes the installation of

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USask research team develops innovative energy distribution system

February 26, 2019

A research team at the University of Saskatchewan is hoping to solve an age-old dilemma in home heating and cooling with the help of a novel technology. Uctupus, an intelligent multi-zone energy distribution system, aims to distribute air to maintain

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A-Gas is heading north

February 25, 2019

Refrigerant company A-Gas Americas has announced its expansion in the Canadian market in February, along with new leadership in the region. Louise McCann, managing director of A-Gas, said the company has “strong relationships within Canada, having participated in the reclaim

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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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People on the move: Fortune Brands, Duravit, Uponor, Friedrich and Prier

February 22, 2019

Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group (GPG) has announced the retirement of Mike Dennis, president of the Canadian and Latin subsidiaries. Cheri Phyfer, current president of Moen U.S., will take on an expanded role as president of the GPG Americas. Her

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MCAC to host Innovation Conference in downtown Toronto

February 21, 2019

The 2019 Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) Innovation Conference is set to kick off April 15 to 16 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto, ON. Themed “The Innovation Mindset: Converting Opportunities into Realities,” the conference includes a number of

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Alberta adopts new building, fire Codes

February 20, 2019

New codes have come into effect in Alberta. The province has adopted the National Building Code–2019 Alberta Edition and National Energy Code for Buildings–2018 Edition to its Building Code Regulation. The Fire Code Regulation has adopted the National Fire Code–2019

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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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CIPH president, general manager named chair of NAW council

February 15, 2019

The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), headquartered in Washington, DC, has tapped CIPH President and General Manager Ralph Suppa to take over as chair of its Association Executive Council (AEC). “I am thrilled and honoured to be standing here as

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The Master Group to become exclusive distributor of York product lines

February 14, 2019

The Master Group will become the exclusive distributor for Johnson Controls’ York brand residential ducted systems and commercial rooftop products this spring. The two companies will enter a multi-year contractual agreement May 13, 2019, which will grant The Master Group

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Wolseley One Tradeshow to kick off in Vaughan, ON in March

February 14, 2019

Wolseley has opened registration for its third annual One Tradeshow in Ontario, to be held March 27, 2019 at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan, ON. The company expects the show to attract upwards of 1,200 customers and 70 exhibitors showcasing

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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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Nortek celebrates landmark 100-year anniversary

February 12, 2019

Nortek Global HVAC kicked off its year of anniversary celebrations at the AHR Expo, held in Atlanta, GA from January 14 to 16, 2019. The company plans to mark its 100th year with subsequent events and celebrations throughout 2019. Founded

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People on the move: Ecco Supply, Caleffi, Aquatherm, Ontor Limited

February 11, 2019

Bill Davis has taken over as director of sales branch operations at Ecco Supply. The company also appointed Bobby Yu to the position of sales manager, succeeding now-retired Norm Grusnick. Kevin Locke has been tapped as director of procurement at

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Entries open for Danfoss EnVisioneer of the Year competition

February 8, 2019

Danfoss is once again accepting entries for its EnVisioneer of the Year award competition. Now in its 10th year, the annual competition aims to recognize those in the industry that have used Danfoss products to “realize significant energy and environmental

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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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CCA launches mentorship pilot program for industry entrepreneurs

February 6, 2019

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is calling on the industry’s aspiring entrepreneurs. The association is launching a mentorship pilot program, with support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program and Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI). “Aspiring entrepreneurs”

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Refrigeration institute to host 25th congress in Montreal, QC

February 5, 2019

Refrigeration industry professionals are set to converge at the Montreal Convention Centre this August. The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) is will host its 25th International Congress of Refrigeration in Montreal, QC from August 24 to 30, 2019. Plenary speaker

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Low-carbon building skills cap costing Ontario billions: report

February 5, 2019

The skills to build green are in high demand. In a newly-released report, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) unveiled a proposed plan to “close the low-carbon building skills gap” in Ontario–where the council estimates the gap represents $24.3 billion

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Evict Radon researchers select Radonova as laboratory

February 4, 2019

Alberta-based Evict Radon, a confederation of researchers, has selected Radonova as its testing laboratory. Evict Radon encourages homeowners in Western Canada to test their homes for radon gas in the winter. The results from tests, which measure radon levels over

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Building Code service fees increase in Ontario

February 4, 2019

Building Code related service fee increases came into effect in Ontario January 1, 2019. Building practitioner registration, Building Code Commission and Minister’s Rulings have jumped 2.4 per cent. There will be no fee increase in 2019 for the Building Materials

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NECB 2017, Section of NBC 2015 in effect for Saskatchewan

February 1, 2019

The 2017 edition of the National Energy Code for Buildings and Section 9.36 of the National Building Code 2015 are in effect for Saskatchewan. The requirements for NECB 2017 and Section 9.36 apply to any building permits issued on or

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Caleffi awards Quebec representative

January 31, 2019

Caleffi North America, Inc presented its Pinnacle Award to Quebec-based representative Dave Vallieres & Associates for “exceptional 2018 performance.” The company held its annual Manufacturers’ Representative Meeting in conjunction with the 2019 AHR Expo in Atlanta, GA. “Our reps delivered a

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Boiler manufacturer issues product notification

January 31, 2019

Navien, Inc. has recalled the propane conversion kit for two of its condensing tankless water heater models (NPE-180A and NPE-180S) and the NCB-180E condensing combination boiler. The company identified a non-conforming specification in the natural gas to propane gas conversion

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Concern heightened among Canadian manufacturers over U.S. protectionism

January 30, 2019

Outlook 2019 study shows they are expecting business to be good, but confidence has tumbled since last year. By Joe Terrett, PLANT Magazine Canadian manufacturers are optimistic about their prospects in 2019, but significantly less confident than last year as

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ENERGY STAR 2019 applications due by March 1, 2019

January 30, 2019

Submissions are now open for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards. The awards recognize ENERGY STAR participants throughout the country that have “demonstrated excellence” in the promotion of energy-efficient products. The awards also recognize new homes. Eligible organizations must have

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Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Acuity among ControlTrends award winners

January 29, 2019

The 2018 ControlTrends award winners were once again unveiled at a ceremony held during the AHR Expo in Atlanta, GA. In the Fox Theatre, a number of awards were presented to companies and professionals in the HVAC and building automation

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Nova Scotia to offer incentives for high-performance home construction

January 28, 2019

Efficiency Nova Scotia has launched a pilot program aimed at increasing the number of new high-performance homes constructed in the province. The High Performance Home Plan Pilot will offer a $1000 incentive paid to eligible participants who complete an Initial