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Amal Clooney to kick off 2018 Greenbuild Conference and Expo

August 1, 2018

Human rights lawyer and humanitarian Amal Clooney will deliver opening keynote remarks at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL from November 14 to 16, 2018. This

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Plastics Pipe Institute launches geothermal and polypropylene pipe committees

July 31, 2018

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) has created two new groups within its Building and Construction Division (BCD): the Geothermal Steering Committee and Polypropylene Pressure Pipe Steering Committee. Geothermal ground source activities will be the focus of the BCD, and

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Bacharach acquires U.S. manufacturer to deliver test, measurement instrumentation

July 30, 2018

Bacharach has acquired Pennsylvania-based Neutronics Inc., a provider of refrigerant and gas analyzers for the automotive and commercial HVAC markets. Its oxygen analyzers are also used in the semi-conductor industry, and its self contained breathing units in the safety and

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Danfoss acquires stake in California heat exchanger technology start-up

July 30, 2018

Danfoss has purchased minority shares in California-based start-up Nelumbo. The company develops surface treatment technology that aims to improve heat exchanger performance and prevent corrosion. Three engineers from the University of California, Berkeley, formed Nelumbo in 2015. The company currently

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G.S Equpico to take over Atlantic Canada sales for Pfister, Fortis brands

July 27, 2018

G.S Equipco Ltd. will assume sales for the Pfister and Fortis brands, under Spectrum Brands, in Atlantic Canada. Spectrum and Equipco have partnered to cover Western Canada since 2016. The arrangement was expanded in March 2018 to include Ontario. www.spectrumbrands.com

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Saniflo opens new location in Ontario

July 27, 2018

Saniflo Canada has expanded its operations and moved to a new location in Cambridge, ON. The 9,500 square foot facility aims to allow the company to meet “growing demand.” “Our new Cambridge location extends Saniflo’s heritage of redefining the plumbing

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T&S expands global footprint with acquisition of Italian manufacturer

July 26, 2018

T&S Brass and Bronze Works acquired Klarco SRL, an Italian manufacturer of faucets, pre-rinse units and hose reels for the foodservice industry. The deal allows T&S to continue its global expansion, and will offer Klarco support to grow its product

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Technical Safety BC releases Investigation Report into 2017 fatal incident at Fernie Memorial Arena

July 25, 2018

Technical Safety BC has released its investigation report into the ammonia release at Fernie Memorial Arena on October 17, 2017, which resulted in three fatalities, as well as the evacuation of 95 residents from 55 nearby homes. The report provides

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Federal, provincial governments contribute $53.5M for Efficiency Nova Scotia

July 25, 2018

Efficiency Nova Scotia will receive $53.5 million in funding from federal and provincial governments over the next four years. Distributors, contractors, consulting engineers and other energy efficiency trade professionals must complete an online application to be listed in the Efficiency

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U.S. facility management company partners with IFMA Foundation to fund Global Workforce Initiative

July 24, 2018

Facility management company ABM has contributed to the IFMA Foundation Global Workforce Initiative, which aims to close the workforce gap in facilities services. “There is a serious labour shortage on the horizon within the facility management industry,” said IFMA Foundation

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ASHRAE president focused on energy efficiency, innovative technologies for 2018-19

July 23, 2018

Sheila Hayter kicked off her term as ASHRAE president for 2018-19 at the association’s annual conference, held at the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, TX from June 23-27. Hayter’s theme for the upcoming year, “Building Our New Energy

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Luxaire one-year warranty to include residential equipment

July 23, 2018

Johnson Controls’ Luxaire brand has extended its one-year Labor Limited Warranty to include all residential equipment. Parts and labour costs for repairs are covered under the new warranty. Extended labour warranties are also available on qualified residential packaged units, gas

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Lixil ramps up marketing with star power

July 16, 2018

Lixil has launched new marketing campaigns for its American Standard and Grohe brands to showcase new innovations and technology. American Standard’s “Welcome to the Big Leagues” campaign is part of its multi-year partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays. The company

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AKWA water leak technology to be available in Ontario

July 13, 2018

HydroSolution has announced its AKWA water leak prevention and detection technology will soon be available in Ontario. The device, recently launched in Quebec, includes smart probes with bi-directional communications. It is designed to close the main water valve before any

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People on the move: Saniflo, Aqua-Tech and Marley Engineered Products

July 13, 2018

Regis Saragosti has been named North American CEO for SFA Saniflo. He served as the CEO of Saniflo USA for more than 10 years. In this new role, Saragosti will oversee national sales representatives, advertising and marketing, online sales and

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Reliance acquires John Guest to grow market presence in Europe

July 12, 2018

Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) has completed its acquisition of John Guest Holdings Ltd. John Guest, headquartered in England, operates three manufacturing facilities in the U.K. RWC hopes the acquisition will allow it to expand its product portfolio and market presence

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Viega product specifications now available through MasterSpec

July 12, 2018

Viega has partnered with Avitru – formerly Arcom – to include its products in the MasterSpec guide specification system. Developed by Avitru, the system allows architects, engineers and contractors to access a list of building product manufacturers. Users can then

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AHR Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019

July 11, 2018

The 2019 AHR Expo will return to Atlanta, GA for the first time in nearly two decades, to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center from January 14 to 16. Clay Stevens, show manager, said HVAC/R is a key

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Alberta issues Standata on section 9.36, 14.5 SEER requirements

July 11, 2018

Alberta Municipal Affairs has issued a Standata that allows for the installation of split-system air conditioners in existing houses without having met section 9.36, 14.5 SEER requirements. Installation can be completed for building permits issued before November 1, 2016, as

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Passive House Canada heads to Vancouver for 2018 conference

July 10, 2018

The Passive House Canada conference returns to the Vancouver convention centre November 7 to 8, 2018 with the theme “Partnering for Transformation.” Passive House Canada is collaborating with the UN Economic Commission for Europe Committee (UNECE) on Forests and the

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Uponor opens new $6.5M Minnesota manufacturing plant

July 9, 2018

Uponor has completed renovations on its $6.35 million manufacturing facility in Hutchinson, MN. The 237,000-square-foot facility was completed six months ahead of its projected finish date. Production of PEX pipe is underway. Uponor North America said it purchased the facility

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Submissions due July 31 for AHR Expo Innovation Awards

July 6, 2018

AHR Expo has put out a call for entries for the 2019 Innovation Awards Competition, which recognizes inventive and original products, systems and technologies. All 2019 exhibitors are eligible to submit a product. Completed entry forms and a $100 entry

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Morguard awarded for energy-efficient buildings by Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

July 5, 2018

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, or HOOPP, awarded Morguard Investments Limited for its sustainable properties in Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB. Morguard was presented the Energy Saver: Performance Award for reduction in energy consumption at Robson Central in Vancouver, BC.

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Vancouver to construct fire hall to Passive House standards

July 4, 2018

The City of Vancouver will replace its aging fire hall No. 17 with a newly constructed building designed to Passive House Standards. Along with a small group of projects, the hall is part of the Canada Green Building Council Zero

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Wolseley acquires Edmonton, AB-based national supplier Amre

July 4, 2018

Wolseley Canada Inc. has acquired Amre Supply Company Limited, headquartered in Edmonton, AB. Amre president Doug Swane, soon-to-be divisional president, said the acquisition will allow the company to expand its market reach in Canada through Wolseley’s distribution network. Amre currently

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Heads up: Alberta Municipal Affairs clarifies radon mitigation requirements

July 3, 2018

Alberta Municipal Affairs has released a bulletin on design requirements for soil gas mitigation systems, which falls within the scope of Part 6 of the Alberta Building Code 2014 (ABC 2014). Standata bulletin 14-BCB-006 states these requirements need to be

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Mestek acquires some of Barcol-Air to grow business, expand product line

June 29, 2018

Radiant Advantage Designs, a subsidiary of Mestek, has purchased radiant ceiling products and certain physical assets of Barcol-Air USA, located in Connecticut. The company has also exclusively licensed certain radiant designs and intellectual property of Barcol-Air Group, headquartered in Schwerzenbach,

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Energy efficient construction incentives offered through new NB Power program

June 29, 2018

NB Power has launched the New Home Energy Savings Program, which offers homeowners up to $10,000 in incentives for energy efficient construction. Through the program, the builder or homebuyer will receive energy efficient building plan recommendations. The program is performance-based,

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Riobel sponsors Olympic gold medalist Mikaël Kingsbury

June 28, 2018

Riobel announced it will sponsor freestyle skier Mikaël Kingsbury until 2022. The 25-year-old athlete has won gold at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang and silver at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. A two-time world champion at the World

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MCAC program looks to bring together Canada’s young mechanical professionals

June 28, 2018

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada has launched a program for young professionals in the mechanical construction industry. The YEP! program, unveiled at a mid-year board meeting, aims to connect young professionals from across Canada by providing industry exposure to