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BC leaders in energy management recognized

October 3, 2012

The Honourable Terry Lake, BC Minister of Environment presented awards recognizing leadership in energy management to Surrey, Nakusp and City of North Vancouver at the Union of B.C Municipalities convention on September 26. The City of Surrey won in the

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Direct Energy makes ambitious move to improve its customer service

October 1, 2012

Direct Energy has launched Same Day Service for its Ontario customers who are enrolled in Protection Plans, and/or who rent their water heaters from Direct Energy starting today. The program assures that if a call is received by 5 p.m., a

CMX/CIPHEX has been rebranded and will now be known as the Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exposition (CMPX).
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HRAI and CIPH unveil new trade show name and day pattern

September 26, 2012

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) have announced that the 2014 CMX/CIPHEX Trade Show and Learning Forum will now be known as the Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exposition

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Yorkland Controls to supply energy management software to Ontario school board

September 24, 2012

York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) in Ontario has awarded a bid to eSight Energy Inc.‘s energy management software through distributor Yorkland Controls. eSight will be implemented to provide data analysis and management support and to help identify energy reduction

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Energy efficiency milestone in Western Canada

September 18, 2012

Swift Current, SK, has the distinction of being the site of the first home in western Canada built to the voluntary 2012 R-2000 Standard. Homes built to the 2012 R-2000 standard are to be 50 per cent more energy-efficient than

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Fireplace poses explosion risk say TSSA and Health Canada

September 18, 2012

Health Canada has issued an advisory to consumers to stop using Majestic brand fireplaces that bear the trade names Insta-flame or Northern Flame (Models FSDV22, FSDV30 and FSDV32, Series). The relief dampers may not function properly causing the excess gas

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Report has significant implications for housing industry

September 18, 2012

Highly Energy Efficient Building Envelope Retrofits for Houses, a free downloadable Research Highlight recently released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), provides design and construction information for retrofitting existing residential wood frame building envelopes to reduce space heating energy

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Modine closes Geofinity deal

September 17, 2012

Modine Manufacturing Company recently completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of privately-held Geofinity Manufacturing of Surrey, BC. This acquisition will provide Modine with a full line of geothermal heat pumps in both water-to- water and water-to-air models.

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Draft Canada-Nova Scotia Equivalency Agreement for Coal-Fired Electricity released

September 17, 2012

New coal-fired electricity regulations, released by the federal government on September 12, would have meant the premature closure of Nova Scotia’s eight coal-fired plants in Trenton, Lingan, Point Tupper and Point Aconi, at a cost of up to $1.3 billion

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Fall 2012 public review of proposed changes to 2010 National Codes

September 17, 2012

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) invites interested parties to take part in the fall 2012 public review of proposed changes to the 2010 editions of the National Model Construction Codes. The review runs until November 16,

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Manufacturers respond to reports of HCFC smuggling

September 13, 2012

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) president and CEO Stephen Yurek has responded to what he termed “several inaccuracies” in a September 8, 2012, article in the New York Times on smuggling, primarily from China, of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant

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COMING SOON: Festival focuses on OBC energy efficiency requirements

September 13, 2012

The 2012 Green Building Festival, which is being held on October 11-12 at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, will feature experts such as Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, the Seattle-based hub for visionary green

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Study pegs core municipal infrastructures as “at risk”

September 11, 2012

Canada’s municipal infrastructure is at risk, with more than half of municipal roads requiring significant repairs and one in four wastewater plants needing major upgrades, according to the first-ever Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, a study released today by the Federation

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MCA award nominations open

September 11, 2012

The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Canada has announced that nominations are now being accepted for the Doug Crawford Memorial Award. This award was created in honour of Doug Crawford, a long-time MCA Canada associate member and past associate council

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CIPH reports on status of low lead requirements

September 6, 2012

In Canada there is currently no published standard guiding manufacturers on how to certify plumbing fittings to a low lead requirement. However, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) reports that at the recent annual meeting of Canadian Advisory

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One Call – it is the law

September 5, 2012

Bill 8 – The Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012, introduced by Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey (PC) and Hamilton East – Stoney Creek MPP Paul Miller (NDP), was recently signed into law. It establishes a not-for-profit, single point-of-contact call

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New methodology in effect for LEED Regional Priority Credits

September 4, 2012

The LEED Canada 2009 rating systems introduced the concept of Regional Priority Credits (RPCs) to incentify the achievement of credits that address geographically specific environmental priorities. For each rating system and each region of Canada, a series of six RPCs

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New requirements for residential boilers now in effect

September 1, 2012

Effective September 1, 2012, all residential gas, oil-fired and electric hot water boilers that have their manufacturing process completed on or after that date are required to meet the prescriptive requirement of an automatic means of adjusting the temperature of

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COMING SOON: IAPMO’s 83rd Annual Conference

August 30, 2012

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials’ 83rd annual conference in Hollywood, FL on September 23-27, 2012 will feature U.S. Navy SEAL, Rhodes Scholar, humanitarian and writer Eric Greitens as the conference’s keynote speaker, as well as educational seminars,

HRAI's 2012-13 chair David Morden (r) with past chair Ron Robinson and his wife Marilyn at the Chairman's Banquet.
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HRAI wraps up 44th annual meeting

August 30, 2012

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) held its 44th annual meeting and conference August 22-25 at the Marriott Harbourfront in Halifax, NS. For 2012-2013, David Morden of Morden National Sales and Marketing Inc. was named chair,

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Goodman sale spells creation of HVAC giant

August 29, 2012

Daikin Industries, Ltd. has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Goodman Global Group, Inc. from affiliates of Hellman & Friedman LLC for $3.7 billion. In a signing ceremony on August 29, 2012 in Osaka, Japan, Noriyuki

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Revised Federal Skilled Worker Program unveiled

August 27, 2012

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is proposing a number of regulatory changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) including: establishing new minimum official language thresholds and increasing points for language; increasing the emphasis on younger immigrants; increasing points for

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Systemair acquires Change’Air

August 27, 2012

Systemair AB has acquired Change’Air, a manufacturer of ventilation equipment for classrooms in North America. Change’Air turnover for 2011 was 11.6 million USD and has experienced a growth rate of 21 per cent over the past three years. The company

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All-star line up for hydronics roundtable

August 23, 2012

As part of its strategy to  become the new “home” for contractors associated with hydronics, The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has put together an impressive seminar and speaker schedule for its hydronics roundtable. The event is scheduled for

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Interested in solar and hydronics?

August 22, 2012

The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) is seeking representatives to serve on a working group to assist in the creation of the Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code (USEHC), a code that will integrate all aspects of hydronic heating and cooling

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Private equity partnership to purchase compressor manufacturer

August 1, 2012

Sullair Corporation has announced that United Technologies reached an agreement with the private equity firms of The Carlyle Group and BC Partners for the purchase of Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation’s Industrial businesses, including Sullair Corporation. BC Partners and Carlyle have formed

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Report says China’s export competitiveness will wane

July 31, 2012

A report from Morgan Stanley & Co. International indicates that China is losing its edge on export competitiveness. According to the report, “This margin squeeze comes from both sides: cost — Chinese unit labour costs grow vigorously as wage inflation

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Number 2 fuel

July 30, 2012

New toilet uses human waste to generate electricity and fertilizer.

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New Requirements for Residential Boilers to Come into Effect in Canada

July 27, 2012

In October 2011, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) published Amendment 11 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations in the Canada Gazette Part II. Affected products include residential gas, oil and electric boilers with an input rate of less than 88 kilowatts (300,000

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Water-use efficiency objective to be added to National Building Code and National Plumbing Code

July 26, 2012

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) is expanding the mandate of the Joint Group Task Force on Water-Use Efficiency Objective. CCBFC has agreed to include recommendations from the joint task force on the proposed scope of requirements;