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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

Michael Grochmal (l), president, AtlasCare and Roger Grochmal, chairman and CEO.
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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

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Mixed reaction to College of Trades

November 5, 2012

At HRAI’s Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) Information Session held on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the Homewood Suites in Mississauga, ON, OCOT CEO and registrar Bob Guthrie, addressed a crowd of approximately 50 people. He discussed the college’s role

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Safety Authority draws attention to gas venting and propane regulators

November 5, 2012

The BC Safety Authority recently issued The Gas Directive: Propane Regulator Performance Requirements, which clarifies the operational and installation requirements for regulators utilized on propane installations. Specifically, regulators are to be in compliance with the current edition of CAN/CSA B149.1

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TSSA announces revised fee structure

November 2, 2012

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) recently completed a review of its fees and revised fee schedules will come into effect as of May 1, 2013. Over the next three years boiler and pressure vessel (BPV) customers will see

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ICARHMA Annual Meeting held in Japan

November 1, 2012

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) manufacturers division chair Jim Flowers, HRAI president Warren Heeley and manager of HRAI divisional programs (manufacturers and wholesalers) Caroline Czajko represented HRAI at the annual meeting of the International Council

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Groups scrutinize reclaimed water use

October 31, 2012

Alternative Solutions Guide for Reclaimed Water Reuse, a new Fact Sheet available from Alberta Municipal Affairs, was developed by the Reclaimed Water Working Group. Established by The Government of Alberta, the group is tasked to develop a framework to facilitate

Eric Irmscher (r), sales and application engineer with Mestek, Inc., explains the standard arrangements available with its outdoor air handlers.
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RBI showcases latest products

October 31, 2012

HPG Sales, Div. of Hydronic Parts Group Ltd. and RBI Water Heaters recently hosted an open house display and factory tour at the Mississauga, ON, manufacturing facility. Products on display included its new Fusion XLF condensing boiler (2500 to 4000mbh)

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Water Conservation Standard opens for first public comment

October 30, 2012

HVAC/R systems account for approximately a third of water consumption in a typical office building, the need to minimize water usage is a major consideration in the built environment industry. For that reason ASHRAE, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers

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HPAC VIDEO: Interviews look at both sides of the Ontario College of Trades debate

October 30, 2012

For more on the Ontario of College of Trades debate check out HPAC’s video interviews of Sean Reid, chair of the Ontario Construction Employers Coalition and Ron Johnson, chair of the Ontario College of Trades board of directors.

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Vertical and submersible turbine pump manufacturer acquired by Taco

October 23, 2012

Taco, Inc. has announced its purchase of Hydroflo Pumps of Fairview, TN. Hydroflo is a manufacturer of vertical and submersible turbine driven pumps for use in agricultural irrigation, mining operations, municipal water systems and HVAC. In addition to its Fairview,

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End of legionnaires scare say officials

October 22, 2012

Quebec City public health officials have stated they have found the source of the outbreak of legionnaires’ disease responsible for the deaths of 13 people and 180 reported cases of the disease since July. The source was identified as a