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IAPMO solicits public comments for 2015 UPC and UMC

September 12, 2013

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), publisher of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC), is calling for public comments on the 2013 Report on Proposals for the 2015 editions of these American National Standard designated model

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NL Power introduces HRV rebate program

September 11, 2013


The app is available for download through the Apple App Store and will be available for Android users through Android Google Play at a later date.
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Copper industry launches app for plumbers, HVAC techs and contractors

September 10, 2013

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has converted its Copper Tube Handbook into an app that can be downloaded directly onto an iPad or iPhone and carried onto the jobsite. By searching for “Copper Tube Handbook” in the Apple App store,

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New program manager takes the reins at CHC

September 4, 2013

CIPH president and general manager Ralph Suppa has announced that Matt Wiesenfeld has joined CIPH as program manager, responsible for the Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC) and the Plumbing Industry Advisory Council (PIAC). He will also be working with CIPH’s charity

Siggy & The Bean will discuss the top ten trends in hydronics.
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Less than a week to go to the Modern Hydronics Summit

September 4, 2013

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MCA heads to the Little Big City

September 4, 2013

The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) Canada will hold its 72nd annual national conference at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel, September 25 to 28, 2013 in Winnipeg, MB. Themed Winds of Change, the event includes educational programs, workshops and social events. Speakers include David Chilton,

Dave Garlow, new CEO and President, Viega LLC.
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Viega LLC names new CEO

September 4, 2013

In October 2013, Viega‘s vice president of sales Dave Garlow will assume the roles of CEO and president. Dan Schmierer, who has led the company since its founding in 1999, will retire in December 2013. “Dave Garlow’s 14 years with Viega

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Full speed ahead for the 4th Annual Ontario Ride for Habitat

September 3, 2013

The fourth annual Ride for Habitat will take place on Saturday, September 14. Ride start points will be in Vaughan; Kitchener/Waterloo; Hamilton/Milton; and Belleville/Peterborough with Centennial Park near Innisfil, ON as the destination. A lunch will be served there. Registration is $50 per bike

(Left) Marc Gendron, outgoing chairman of HRAI's contractors division and newly appointed chairman of HRAI board of directors, presents Peter Steffes with the Gerald Inch award for chapter leadership at HRAI's 45th annual general meeting, held from August 21 to 24 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC.
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Steffes heading up HRAI’s contractor division in 2013-14

August 29, 2013

Peter Steffes is taking over at the helm as chairman of the contractors division for the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) of Canada. Steffes was elected to the position at HRAI’s 45th annual general meeting in Vancouver, BC from

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Oil tank and septic system issues on the radar in Nova Scotia

August 28, 2013

Province expands its Environmental Home Assessment Program.

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Former Ontario cabinet minister to head up College of Trades

August 27, 2013

David Tsubouchi name CEO of self-regulatory body overseeing skilled trades in Ontario.

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Impact of extensive flooding in Southern Alberta on hours worked

August 27, 2013

Extensive flooding affected Southern Alberta in the second half of June. As a result, 300,000 employed Albertans, or 13.5 per cent of the total employed population in the province, lost 7.5 million hours of work during that period. At the

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LEED v4 set to launch in the fall

August 20, 2013

The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system will be updated following approval from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With 46 countries and territories worldwide represented, 86 per cent voted in favour of adopting the new

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ASHRAE launches online discussion platform

August 19, 2013

ASHRAE’s new platform www.ashraexchange.org allows for live discussion about design, construction, operation and support of the built environment. The platform was created to facilitate the open exchange of information between ASHRAE members and non-members, said Spencer Morasch, incoming chairman of ASHRAE’s

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Energy savings plan unveiled for Yukon

August 15, 2013

Yukon Energy and Yukon Electrical Company Ltd. have come up with a new five-year demand side management plan made up of incentives, rebates and educational programs to help lower electricity usage. With hot water and space heating each accounting for

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Pro-Par joins Granby Industries family

August 14, 2013

Effective August 14, 2013, Pro-Par, which is a  manufacturer of storage tanks, dispensers and transport units for the Canadian propane industry,  joined forces with Granby Industries. The company name, the current management team, people, existing facilities, and support programs will

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Report analyses the effect of apprenticeship restrictions in skilled trades

August 14, 2013

Outdated provincial regulations are needlessly limiting the number of apprenticeship opportunities available to trades workers, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Access Denied: The Effect of Apprenticeship Restrictions in Skilled Trades,” authors Robbie Brydon and Benjamin

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An invitation to plumbing engineers and designers in the Toronto area

August 12, 2013

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) has issued an invitation to plumbing engineers and designers for an evening of industry networking and professional development. This event will be held August 27, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn at

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LIXIL acquiring ASD Americas Holding Corp.

August 7, 2013

LIXIL Corporation has reached an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the share capital of ASD Americas Holding Corp. (the parent company of American Standard Brands). The company will remain headquartered in the U.S. and continue operating all existing facilities. Yoshiaki Fujimori,

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Lennox and Superior gas fireplace recall

August 7, 2013

Health Canada has issued a recall involving natural gas or propane fireplaces. Specific models under the Lennox or Superior brand names may have defective fireplace gas connectors. Consumers should stop using the recalled gas fireplaces immediately, turn off the gas to the

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SCC seeks solutions to duplication

August 7, 2013

According to recent reports by the Canadian plumbing/heating and electrical sectors, an excess of $3.2 billion is spent by manufacturers on duplicate testing and certification to meet the different standards that govern many of their products sold one side or

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OPA announces a 4X increase to unitary AC incentives

July 31, 2013

New saveONenergy unitary AC incentives, which are available until December 31, have been increased by up to four times for units between three and seven tons. This could translate to increases of more than a $1000 for a five-ton unit. A change to the application

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Standard for Energy Upgrade Certificates of Homes released for public comment

July 30, 2013

The Building Performance Institute, Inc.’s (BPI)  BPI-2101-S-2013: Standard Requirements for a Certificate of Completion for Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades is available for public comment until August 6, 2013, and will soon be published as a BPI standard. BPI-2101 identifies a standard

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Hansen pressure relief valve product safety notice

July 30, 2013

Hansen Technologies Corporation has issued a safety notice regarding pressure relief valves sold to its customers for industrial use between February 16, 2011 and April 4, 2013. The notice states that the valves “are more susceptible to internal corrosion when exposed

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Change to FortisBC storage tank EF requirements

July 26, 2013

FortisBC now requires ENERGY STAR gas fired storage tank water heater models to have a 0.67 Energy Factor (EF) to qualify for its rebates. Current minimum efficiency standards in BC are 0.62 EF. FortisBC made the change to assist the

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Search is on for most innovative HVAC/R and plumbing products

July 25, 2013

Entries now being accepted for the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards.

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Viega launching trades training program in Canada

July 24, 2013

Viega is establishing the Viega Academy Partner Program in Canada this fall to help further its commitment to training the next generation of tradespeople. The program will be offered to a select group of trades training institutions by providing new types

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Canadianized Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool goes live

July 24, 2013

The EPA’s Canadian-adapted ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager recently went live. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a no-cost environmental management tool that tracks building energy performance, which could be a trigger to encourage investments in energy retrofits and support tenant engagement efforts.

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Hydronics advocate honoured

July 23, 2013

John Goshulak  of Weil-McLain Canada Sales Inc. is the recipient of the inaugural Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC) Award of Merit. He received his award at the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) annual general meeting on June 18 in Halifax,

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Career and job fair resource

July 23, 2013

Planning to hire new graduates? CIPH has compiled a list of career and job fairs from coast to coast. Click on the links provided to find out more about what’s happening in your area. If you know of more fairs