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AHR numbers exceed last New York record-breaking show

December 16, 2013

The 2014 AHR Expo in New York City on January 21-23, is shaping up to be the largest HVAC/R exposition ever held in the northeast. More than 1800 exhibiting companies have reserved 387 000 square feet of booth space, exceeding the record-breaking

Hockey great Darryl Sittler and Steve Hoffins from Johnson Controls (York) at the official launch of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Ice Truck sponsored by York.
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NHL Winter Classic Ice Truck launches in Oakville

December 13, 2013

A frigid evening in Oakville, ON provided a fitting backdrop for the official launch of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Ice Truck sponsored by York. Toronto Maple Leafs legend Darryl Sittler, a crowd of hockey fans and a scrum of

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Direct Energy rebrands to strengthen HVAC service business in Canada

December 11, 2013

Direct Energy Business Services (DEBS) has changed its operating name in Canada to Airtron Canada. The announcement was made in Toronto at the PM Expo on December 4, 2013. The change is part of DEBS’ efforts in Canada to strengthen

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HVAC Coalition advocates for fair marketplace

December 9, 2013

The HVAC Coalition touted its success with the Enbridge Open Bill Program and its increasing partnerships with utilities across Ontario over the past year at its annual meeting held November 26, in Vaughan, ON. The Coalition also raised concerns about the challenges

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Construct Canada opens tomorrow

December 3, 2013

Stop by and see us at booth #341.

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Winter Energy Outlook forecasts higher natural gas prices

December 2, 2013

Canadians heating their homes with natural gas can expect to spend slightly more than they did last year, whereas consumers of electricity and heating oil are not likely to notice a sizeable increase, the National Energy Board (NEB) said in

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HPAC to publish official MEET show guide

December 2, 2013

HPAC has been selected to publish the 2014 OFFICIAL show guide for the MEET (Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology) Show. The show guide will be distributed to all attendees at the event in Moncton, May 7-8, 2014. It will also be e-mailed

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Ontario’s new recycling Bill: What it means to industry

December 2, 2013

CIPH issues information sheet on Bill 91, plans to lobby for changes.

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Ontario refrigeration and air conditioning apprentice program now accepting applications

November 25, 2013

The Ontario Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ORAC) and the UA Local 787 Joint Training and Apprenticeship Committee (JTAC) are accepting applications for the first-year apprenticeship program until February 28, 2014. Applicants are required to have completed a Grade

Brian Baker, CMS founder and instructor of Westech Energy Training Center poses with graduates from the 88-hour Fifth Class Power Engineers course earlier this year. (Back row L - R) Grant Holst, Andriy Bokhankovych, Mykhailo Stepanenko, Jordan Manchulenko, Trevor Day; (Middle row l to r)  Lorne Turner, John Zelinsky, Brent Taylor, Brian Baker; (Front row l to r) Richie Punla, Zhaohui Yang, Spencer Mackie (Missing Brandon Cohoe)
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U.S. publication recognizes Manitoba trainer

November 25, 2013

The NEWS, in conjunction with hilmor and the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), has announced the winners of this year’s Best Instructor and Best Trainer contests. For 2013, Brian Baker, CMS, founder of Westech Energy Training Centre, and president of Custom Vac Ltd. in Winnipeg, MB, has been

Whitehead submitted an entry detailing the installation of a Knight wall mount boiler and a Squire indirect water heater at a custom home in Calgary, AB (shown here).
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Calgary contractor three-time winner

November 22, 2013

Lochinvar announces October winners of VIP Installation Showcase and VIP Drawing

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Navien achieves CAN/CSA P.9-11 rating for combo system

November 21, 2013

Navien has achieved a CAN/CSA P.9-11 rating for its condensing tankless water heater system with SunTherm air handling unit (AHU) for combined space and water heating. “As a world leader in energy efficient technology and with a name created from

Grundfos Canada president Simon Feddema (r) explains the workings of the company's high-efficient MAGNA3 circular pump to KPU plumbing students Ravinder Walia, Richard Baziuk and Aws Elmakayed while plumbing instructor Sven Rohde observes.
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KPU Tech students ‘pumped’ for future

November 20, 2013

Grundfos Canada will contribute $12,500 over the next five years to Kwantlen Polytechnic University‘s (KPU) plumbing apprenticeship program to update and enhance classroom equipment and purchase additional learning materials. Through its technical school initiative, Grundfos will also share real-world experience

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Clock winding down on SaskEnergy Commercial Boiler Program

November 19, 2013

SaskEnergy’s Commercial Boiler Program is designed to encourage the use of high-efficiency natural gas hydronic space-heating systems and high efficiency variable speed intelligent circulating pumps in commercial new construction and retrofits. This program is available until November 30, 2013. All applications

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Daikin McQuay rebrands to Daikin

November 19, 2013

Daikin McQuay has announced that it will now do business as Daikin Applied. Daikin purchased McQuay International in 2006, and since that time, McQuay International has been transformed with new management, new technologies and now, a name change. Daikin Applied manufactures commercial

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Joint venture to strengthen Carrier geothermal and water-source heat pump offerings

November 19, 2013

Carrier has signed an agreement with Robert Bosch North America Corporation to form a joint venture to develop and manufacture geothermal and water-source heat pumps for the North American residential and commercial segments. The transaction completion is pending necessary regulatory approvals. Carrier is a part

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HVAC Coalition meeting will trumpet successes, address challenges

November 18, 2013

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the HVAC Coalition of Ontario will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Fontana Gardens Banquet Halls, 7400 Keele Street in Vaughan, ON. As in the past, this meeting will be hosted by the

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CIPH challenges Canadian students to make their schools more water wise

November 15, 2013

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) has launched Canada’s Most Water Wise School Competition, which offers the opportunity for students across Canada to develop a case study submission that details how their school can conserve and use water wisely.

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Six recipients announced for BC Safety Authority’s Lieutenant Governor Safety Award

November 15, 2013

Six recipients from several sectors have been selected to receive BC’s highest safety honour at BC Safety Authority’s 8th annual Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards. The awards, which will be presented by BC Safety Authority on December 2, 2013 at the River Rock

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Skilled trades employers call for halt of compulsory certification process

November 14, 2013

The Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance recently submitted a request to the Ontario College of Trades asking it to: • Pause the trade classification review for the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer Trade. • Not schedule any further trade classification reviews. • Complete a

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Phase 2 of Drainline Transport Study set to go

November 8, 2013

Information sought on commercial building drainline blockages attributed to installation or retrofit of high efficiency toilets.

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CMPX 2014 registration underway

November 7, 2013

The 2014 CMPX show is expected to attract over 14,000 mechanical industry professionals to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Space sales have now passed the 500 exhibitor mark for the three-day show starting Wednesday, March 19 through to Friday, March 21. A

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Free webinar tackles Legionella guidelines, standards and prevention strategies

November 6, 2013

In a 60-minute webinar titled Legionella Guidelines, Standards and Prevention Strategies, Matt Freije will outline Legionella prevention options in light of scientific findings, current and pending guidelines and standards, and legal risk. The webinar begins at 9:00 a.m. Pacific on

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2014 AHR Expo in NYC on record-setting pace

November 5, 2013

Organizers of the 2014 AHR Expo in New York City from Jan. 21 to 23 are expecting it to be another record-breaking event. By May, more than 90 per cent of exhibit space at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

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Bon Jovi performing at Greenbuild 2013

November 5, 2013

Rock band Bon Jovi will perform for thousands of green building professionals and community members at the upcoming Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. Hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild will take place from November 20

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EnerGuide program expands

November 5, 2013

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) has finalized an agreement with manufacturers who sell electric and gas/propane water heaters in Canada to participate in the industry managed HVAC EnerGuide Program. Supported by the Canadian Institute of

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CIPH names new technical advisor

November 5, 2013

CIPH has announced that Shamus A. Allidina has joined the Institute as its technical advisor for codes and standards. Allidina, who holds a master’s degree in engineering, was most recently with CSA where he was senior engineer responsible for certification

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Public review on proposed changes to the National Model Construction Codes

November 4, 2013

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) invites Code users and stakeholders to participate in the review of proposed changes to the following National Model Construction Codes: National Building Code of Canada 2010 (NBC); National Fire Code of Canada 2010

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ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference issues call for presenters, extends call for papers

November 4, 2013

Organizers of the 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, which will be held September 10-12, 2014, in Atlanta, GA, has extended its call for presenters to November 12, 2013. The non-paper presentations will focus on the theme “BIM, BEM and SIM –

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Robust speaker lineup for Ontario geothermal conference

October 31, 2013

The Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) is holding its 2013 Conference and AGM on November 14 and 15 at Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville, ON. Speakers include Andrew Pride of the Ontario Power Authority, Martin Luymes of the Heating, Refrigeration and