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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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Beedie launches grant program for students entering trade school

December 4, 2018

BC-based Real estate developer Beedie will hand out grants to a cohort of 50 students in the province’s Lower Mainland in May 2019 as part of its recently-launched $50 million social-profit enterprise. Beedie Luminaries aims to help students facing financial

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Danfoss acquires industrial automation control products supplier

December 4, 2018

Danfoss has acquired Pennsylvania-based AAIM Controls Inc., a supplier of custom-designed regulation and control automation solutions. With the purchase, Danfoss hopes to enter the industrial refrigeration market as a systems provider. “By adding electronic regulation and control automation to our

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Calgary, AB environmental group awarded by CIPH

December 3, 2018

A Calgary, AB-based environmental charity is the latest to earn a National Water Wise Award from the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH). Green Calgary champions environmental leadership in homes, workplaces, schools and communities in the city. CIPH awarded

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Nortek earns U.S. patent for hot gas reheat method

December 3, 2018

Nortek Global HVAC has been granted a U.S. patent for a method of controlling and stabilizing hot gas reheat circuits in air conditioning systems. Four of the company’s employees are listed as inventors: James Downie, controls department manager; Richard Reed,

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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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“Bad and Ugly” cross connection photos awarded

November 30, 2018

The American Water Works Association Western Canada Section (WCSAWWA) has handed out the awards for its 2018 Bad and Ugly Cross Connection Control photo contest. Justin Bage, backflow tester, and Tayte Sutherland, cross connection control inspector, took home prizes for

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Union Gas presents $20K incentive to City of Guelph, ON for use of HVAC system

November 29, 2018

 The City of Guelph, ON has received a $20,572 utility incentive from Union Gas Ltd. for specifying the use of energy recovery HVAC dehumidification equipment in the Victoria Road Recreation Centre. Manufactured by Seresco Dehumidifiers, the NP-50 Protocol HVAC dehumidifier

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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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Federal Liberals commit $67M to harmonize national building codes

November 26, 2018

The federal government is proposing to turn the taps on $67.5 million over the next half-decade to develop and harmonize building codes coast-to-coast. In the fall economic statement, released November 21, Ottawa committed the funding to the National Research Council.

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Saskatchewan tables prompt payment legislation

November 23, 2018

Saskatchewan is the latest province to introduce prompt payment legislation. The province tabled the Builders Lien Amendment Act on November 20, which sets out timelines for providing payment on construction projects. It also establishes an interim adjudication process that can

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Noritz adds new distributor for western, eastern Canada

November 22, 2018

 Nortiz has partnered with distributor Reliable Parts to stock and distribute its warranty and replacement service parts throughout Canada. Reliable Parts has distribution centres in Mississauga, ON and Calgary, AB. The Mississauga centre will service Eastern Canada with next-day deliver

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ASHRAE president, president-elect address federal natural resources committee

November 21, 2018

Sheila Hayter, ASHRAE president, and Darryl Boyce, president-elect, testified before the Standing Committee on Natural Resources at the House of Commons of Canada November 20, 2018. Hayter and Boyce provided testimony focused on the technical tools, standards and guidelines ASHRAE

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People on the move: Spectrum Brands Inc., Ouellet Canada, Lixil and more

November 20, 2018

Ouellet Canada has tapped Paulo Dos Santos for the position of territory manager, Ontario. Santos worked in the electrical market for distributors and manufacturers, and has experience in product specifications at engineering offices.         Walter Surface Technologies,

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Solution on the horizon for hydronics “crisis” in Alberta

November 19, 2018

Radiant heating systems can now be installed in Alberta without adhering to former insulation requirements set forth in section 9.36 of the National Model Energy Code for Buildings. The provincial building administrator and provincial plumbing/gas administrator have developed a Standata

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U.S. manufacturer approves low GWP for Honeywell refrigerant

November 16, 2018

Michigan-based Tecumseh Products Company has approved Honeywell’s Solstice N40 refrigerant with a lower global warming potential following “extensive testing.” The refrigerant was approved for use in the reciprocating compressors used in Tecumseh’s global commercial refrigerant systems. Solstice N40 aims to

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English Boiler to operate under the Superior Boiler brand

November 15, 2018

Superior Holding, Inc. has integrated its Richmond, VA-based English Boiler, LLC subsidiary into the Hutchinson-based Superior Boiler. Both arms of the company will now operate under the Superior Boiler name. “This integration represents the completion of the next phase in

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People on the move: Stelpro, Salus and T&S

November 14, 2018

Stelpro has appointed Simon Fitzgeorge as Prairies territory sales manager. Fitzgeorge has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience, 20 of these in sales management in various industries, including the electrical industry. His mandate will be to pursue

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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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Engineering firm awarded 2018 ENERGY STAR certification for Quebec headquarters

November 14, 2018

The Quebec City headquarters of engineering firm Ambioner has received the 2018 ENERGY STAR certification with a score of 93. Strategies used to achieve high energy performance for the 11,000 square foot building–constructed in 2014–include: solar wall, heat pump, natural

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Bartle & Gibson acquires Triangle Supply, enters Red Deer, AB market

November 13, 2018

Western Canada distributor Bartle & Gibson Co Ltd. is expanding in Red Deer, AB with the acquisition of Triangle Supply Ltd. The purchase, announced November 13, will see all 14 Triangle Supply employees join Bartle & Gibson, headquartered in Edmonton,

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Stelpro invests $24M to upgrade Quebec plant

November 13, 2018

Stelpro has announced a $24-million investment at its Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC plant. The funds will see the addition of 65,000 square feet of space at the facility, devoted to increasing production and distribution capacity. Innovation and product development facilities will also

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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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Sunny optimism prevails at HRAI annual meeting

November 7, 2018

It was fitting that the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute celebrated its 50th annual meeting and conference at a tropical location. Attendees enjoyed an invigorating program, along with the amenities and warm temperatures at the Paradisus resort in Playa

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Funding available for energy efficiency projects

November 6, 2018

NRCan provides financial assistance to support energy efficiency projects in Canada’s buildings sector to meet commitments under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The following programs are currently accepting proposals. Benchmarking, labelling and disclosure initiatives NRCan provides

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HRAI talks Ontario College of Trades, climate change and more with MPPs at Queen’s Park

November 2, 2018

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) capped off a day of meetings on pressing industry issues at Queen’s Park with a reception in downtown Toronto. Members of provincial parliament and HRAI representatives gathered at the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville

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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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Flushing systems, boiler controllers recalled

October 31, 2018

Flushmate and Hydrolevel have issued product notifications for Canada. Flushmate has recalled the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems due to impact and laceration hazards. About 17,300 were sold in Canada. The system can burst at or near the vessel

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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