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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;

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UA Canada signs on as a sponsor of the Skills Canada National Competition

July 23, 2012

Skills/Compétences Canada has announced that the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA Canada) has signed on as a Presenting Sponsor of the next three Skills Canada National Competitions. “Now more than ever, the

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North American energy efficiency revenues to double by 2020

July 18, 2012

Efforts to retrofit commercial and public buildings to make them more energy-efficient have many different drivers, including a sense of social responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and carbon footprints, an attempt to retain tenants and gain a market edge

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Fuel-burning appliances standard targets installers and contractors

July 17, 2012

New apprentice or career fuel-burning appliance professionals need to understand the requirements of the seventh edition of the CSA B365-10 – Installation Code for Solid-Fuel-Burning Appliances and Equipment. Improper installation of household appliances is a leading cause of house fires

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Earth energy system requirements up for public review

July 16, 2012

CSA Group has posted a draft revision of the C448 Series – Design and Installation of Earth Energy Systems for public review. This series covers minimum requirements related to ground-source heat pumps for residential and commercial buildings, such as equipment

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Framework agreement signed for PEI’s Harmonized Sales Tax

July 5, 2012

EXCLUSIVE NEWSLETTER CONTENT A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) regarding the implementation of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) in Prince Edward Island was recently signed with the Government of Canada. The MOA provides exemptions for home heating oil, and a rebate

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Share your commissioning, ventilating, adjusting and balancing expertise

July 4, 2012

The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) will hold its 2013 annual conference at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal, QC on May 2-4. It will address the theme Solutions for Optimizing High Performance Buildings. A call for papers is currently open.

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Newest plumbing innovations at 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition

July 3, 2012

The industry’s top manufacturers will be showcasing their latest products and technologies October 29-30 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC, during the 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition. Delegates will get hands-on experience with the newest plumbing design technologies

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NFPA issues call for papers

July 2, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is holding its 2013 Conference and Expo on June 10-13 at the McCormick Place Convention Centre in Chicago, IL. NFPA is accepting proposals for educational presentations for the event until September 12, 2012.

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ASHRAE issues Call for Papers for Research Summit

July 2, 2012

ASHRAE has announced a call for research papers for its newly-created Research Summit to be held in conjunction with the Society’s 2013 Annual Conference in Denver, CO, on June 22-26. The presentation of research-related papers is a part of the

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Impressive lineup for premier Hydronics Roundtable

June 29, 2012

The Radiant and Hydronics Council (RHC),  will hold its first Hydronics Roundtable on September 11-12 in Providence, Rhode Island. RHC is a group of Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) contractor members who work in the hydronics market segment. Richard