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Changes coming to the helm of Wolseley Canada

January 15, 2013

Wolseley Canada has announced that effective August 1, 2013, Keith VanderVennet, currently the senior vice president of Wolseley Canada, will return to Ferguson (Wolseley’s U.S. operation), in the role of senior vice president of sales. VanderVennet, who has lead Wolseley

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Canadians prepared to spend to protect the environment

January 14, 2013

The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary recently released a report that analyzed the results of a survey that measures the energy efficiency literacy of Canadians. The study also revealed that the Canadian public trusts academics more

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Share your HVAC expertise

January 11, 2013

Certification scheme will guide development of test questions for Whole House HVAC Quality Maintenance Certification.

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Duct Leakage Under Scrutiny

January 10, 2013

Long ignored as a source of energy savings, duct sealing is on the agenda for many regulatory bodies. For the full story see the document at right.

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Nominations open for outstanding wetheads

January 7, 2013

The  Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC) Award of Merit was developed in 2012 to recognize individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the advancement of the hydronics industry in Canada. Industry volunteers who have contributed to the hydronics industry in Canada for

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Registration opens for Montreal balancing and commissioning conference

January 4, 2013

The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) will hold its 2013 Annual Conference in Montreal at the Hyatt Regency, marking the first time the conference has been held outside the U.S. The conference agenda features industry experts who will be addressing

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Watts sells off Flomatic, retains backflow line

January 3, 2013

Boshart Industries of Milverton, ON and Sacramento, CA, has completed the acquisition of Flomatic Corporation from Watts Water Technologies, Inc., in North Andover, MA. The sale excludes the backflow product line of Flomatic Corporation, which was retained by Watts. Glens Falls,

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AHRI releases final test reports for Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program

December 24, 2012

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) recently released several final test reports for its Low Global Warming Potential Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program (Low-GWP AREP). The reports contain test results of low-GWP refrigerants for residential heat pump, water-cooled chiller and

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Report reveals whether operating a gas fireplace reduces total gas consumption

December 21, 2012

A recent survey of household energy use found that 23 per cent of Canadian single- and semi-detached and row-housing reported having a gas fireplace and of those, 22 per cent reported using them every day once the temperatures dip. Depending

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Cleaver-Brooks acquired by Harbour Group

December 20, 2012

Cleaver-Brooks has been acquired by Harbour Group, a privately-owned operating company based in St. Louis, MO. Cleaver-Brooks president and CEO Welch Goggins said, “We look forward to working with the experienced leadership team at Harbour Group. Their knowledge and involvement

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NRCan subsidy announced

December 19, 2012

HRAI has announced that a Contribution Agreement was finalized with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) on December 13, 2012, which will provide financial assistance to those attending SkillTech Academy’s residential training programs between January 15, 2013 and March 31, 2013. Participants

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Chiller efficiency improvements proposed for Standard 90.1

December 17, 2012

Chiller efficiencies for air and water cooled chillers would be boosted to more than 20 per cent under a proposed addendum to the ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The addendum changes the requirements for

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Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages, say the Feds

December 14, 2012

A Federal Skilled Trades Program is being launched on January 2, 2013. The announcement was made by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney on December 10. “The new Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages in some regions

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Outbreak analysis results in 10 recommendations to Quebec government

December 10, 2012

The long-awaited final report of Dr. François Desbiens of the DRSP (Direction régionale de santé publique de la Capitale-Nationale) regarding the legionnaires’ outbreak in Quebec City last summer was released December 6. The 10 recommendations addressed to the Quebec Government

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Desco acquisition strengthens presence in southwestern Ontario

December 7, 2012

Jon Leeson, vice president and general manager of Desco Plumbing and Heating Supply has announced that, effective December 5, 2012, Desco Plumbing and Heating Supply has completed the purchase of the assets of Western Plumbing and Industrial Supplies Limited, headquartered

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Green Building Standard proposals address plumbing, refrigeration and ventilation

December 6, 2012

Measures to improve water efficiency, including limitations on full-flush volume for toilets and use of municipal reclaimed water for irrigation, are being proposed for ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. It

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M&G Group acquires Laval-based Security Chimneys

November 28, 2012

M&G Group, owners of M&G DuraVent Inc. (“DuraVent”), has signed an agreement to purchase Security Chimneys International Limited (“Security”) from Comvest Investment Partners IV, L.P. and Innovative Hearth Products. Security, With a 104 800 square-foot facility in Laval, QC, is a

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Manufacturers working hard to meet increased demand

November 27, 2012

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the superstorm it spawned in the Northeastern United States, manufacturers represented by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) have increased production to meet the unexpected increased demand for residential and light commercial

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Applications available for Nova Scotia’s 2012-13 heating rebate program

November 27, 2012

Nova Scotians who need help with home heating costs will continue to benefit from the province’s heating rebate program. Last winter, more than 51,000 Nova Scotians received the rebate. They will receive a filled-in application form to encourage them to

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Renewable Heating Workshop to explore options for Canadian consumers

November 22, 2012

Solar and geothermal industries work together to explore technology and policy

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Talking tough

November 20, 2012

The second annual Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew Contest is accepting nominations recognizing workers within the U.S. and Canada that deal with the toughest winter weather conditions. The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to the 2013

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Solutions for safe storage offered by oil heat association

November 19, 2012

The Canadian Oil Heat Association (COHA) has launched Best Practices. Best Solutions for safe oil storage, which is a public education campaign to raise homeowner awareness of proper installation methods and the importance of regular maintenance. The campaign also identifies

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New non-potable water standard outlines safety guidelines

November 15, 2012

Due to the inherent health risks associated with the use of non-potable water, CSA Group has published B128.3 – Performance of Non-Potable Water Treatment Systems – which specifies water systems requirements for treating greywater or waste water for reuse in

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AtlasCare appoints new president

November 15, 2012

AtlasCare, which is headquartered in Oakville, ON, has announced the appointment of Michael Grochmal as the company’s new president, effective November 1, 2012. “The official appointment has been a long time coming,” said Roger Grochmal who has been president of

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Research program underway to develop exacting home inspection examination

November 15, 2012

The Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors of British Columbia – CAHPI(BC) has announced that it is  collaborating with the University of British Columbia (UBC) on a research program to develop more rigorous proficiency testing for home inspectors. “CAHPI(BC)

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Fireplaces and inserts recalled by Monessen Hearth Systems

November 14, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with MHSC, has announced a voluntary recall (see documents at right) of the Signature Command operated Monessen, Majestic, Vermont Castings direct vent and B-Vent fireplaces and inserts. Consumers should stop using recalled

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Innovation Award winners announced

November 14, 2012

Ranging from an innovative geothermal heat pump, to a copper theft deterrent system, the winners of the prestigious 2013 AHR Expo Innovation Awards have been chosen and will be honoured at a special ceremony during the exposition and conference in

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Defining professional misconduct

November 14, 2012

Defining professional misconduct for the purposes of the Ontario College of Trades’ complaints and discipline process is part of the College’s role as a self-regulating professional body. The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA) has granted Ontario’s

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Reports show finance-related challenges remain the largest barriers to renewable energy development

November 14, 2012

An analysis of two reports by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Renewable Energy Finance Tracking Initiative (REFTI) shows that despite healthy expected returns, finance-related challenges remain the largest barriers to renewable energy development. The reports on solar and geothermal

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Tools to increase energy efficiency in industrial applications

November 13, 2012

Hydro-Québec, through its Industrial Customers Energy Efficiency program, provides incentives to support companies in analysing their electrical consumption data for up to 50 per cent or $25 000 per analysis with a maximum of $100 000 per site. The utility