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Contributions to the oil and energy industry win kudos for tekmar

June 1, 2012

Vernon, BC-based tekmar Control Systems is the recipient of the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals (OESP) 2012 Manufacturer of the Year award. The award was presented at the 59th Annual Convention and Trade Show on May 22,

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Three ASHRAE public review drafts up for comments

May 31, 2012

ASHRAE is inviting comments for  three Public Review Drafts, including ASHRAE Guideline 22-2008R, Instrumentation for Monitoring Central Chilled-Water Plant Efficiency. This guideline defines recommended methods for measuring chilled-water plant thermal load and energy use and for calculating chilled-water plant efficiency.

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PNNL makes the case for impressive savings with commercial HVAC controls

May 31, 2012

A recent report from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is attracting significant media attention. According to a release from PNNL, U.S. commercial building owners could save an average of 38 per cent on heating and cooling

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HRAI participates in HVACR Workforce Development Foundation

May 31, 2012

Eight North American heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and water heating industry associations, including the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI), have announced the formation of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation. HRAI president Warren Heeley, sees good things from cross-border

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Improved energy benchmarks for LEED Canada for Homes

May 30, 2012

Improved energy benchmarks for LEED Canada for Homes take effect August 1, 2012. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is making the move following a survey it conducted in winter 2012. The new minimum for energy performance in the LEED Canada

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Video details Partners In Project Green Sustainability Consortiums

May 30, 2012

The Partners in Project Green Sustainability Consortiums has released a video highlighting the activities and successes of its Sustainability Consortiums. The video, available at www.partnersinprojectgreen.com, highlights the  approach the four Sustainability Consortiums take toward collaborating on environmental sustainability issues. Featuring interviews with consortium

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What’s up, or down, with pensions?

May 30, 2012

StatsCan has released its report on pension plans in Canada-it makes for interesting reading.

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Working-age population older

May 29, 2012

The “going” outnumber the “coming” – a census first.

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Tools go to advancing skilled trade education

May 29, 2012

Skills/Compétences Canada, Skills Canada Alberta and Stanley Black & Decker are donating a collection of Stanley and Dewalt tools used at the 2012 Skills Canada National Competition to five schools in Alberta.This donation provides students and educators with industry-leading tools

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CIPH goes True Blue in Collingwood

May 29, 2012

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) hosted its annual Ontario Region Conference, themed True Blue Sustainability, at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, ON. A total of 125 delegates and guests arrived to take part in a variety of events,

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New Business Group Structure for Wolseley Canada

May 29, 2012

At Wolseley Canada the following promotions have been announced as part of its establishing a new business group structure. Gilles Pétrin has been promoted to vice-president, sales and business development for Wolseley Canada.Paul Kennedy has been promoted to vice-president, plumbing, taking

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Additional $184 million allocated to the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative

May 28, 2012

At the 8th annual Energy Matters Summit, The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources announced that the Government of Canada is investing an additional $184 million in the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative. This brings the total funding under the program to $281 million

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CGC announces national accreditation program for geothermal loop installers

May 25, 2012

The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) has announced that it will offer a new geothermal quality program designation for geothermal loop installers. The CGC Loop Installer accreditation is valid for both residential and commercial installations. According to CGC, the course is

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Uponor names U.S. vice president of sales

May 24, 2012

Brent Noonan has accepted the position of vice president of U.S. sales for Uponor, effective May 21, 2012. Noonan has served as Uponor’s South regional sales director since 2010, where he was responsible for providing leadership for the growth of

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ACEC to meet in the garden province

May 24, 2012

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Canada will hold its business conference at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort in Prince Edward Island June 21-23, 2012. The theme for this year’s Summit is Connecting Leaders, Driving Business. The business program will

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May 24, 2012

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Mits issues appointment notice

May 23, 2012

Anton Wolmarans has joined distributor Mits Airconditioning Inc. as product manager and application engineering. He was previously employed by Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada Inc. where he was most recently vice president and general manager of the HVAC division.

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Changes to Nova Scotia solar rebates

May 23, 2012

As of April 1, 2012 there is one solar rebate available via the stand-alone Efficiency Nova Scotia solar rebate program.  The solar rebates under Performance Plus and ecoENERGY/EnerGuide for Houses will no longer be available. The Current Solar Rebate is the same

Ed Merwin, Niagara sales leader for Honeywell ECC Niagara Framework-based brands, gives his presentation, Putting It All Together: The Technology & Applications Behind the Savings.
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Technology and Innovation Summit

May 22, 2012

Yorkland Controls and Honeywell recently hosted the 2012 Canada Buildings Summit at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, ON. Industry professionals took the opportunity to sit in on presentations on smart controls and learn ways to improve building efficiency from representatives from

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MCAC heads to the magic isle

May 22, 2012

The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Canada will hold its 71st annual conference in Maui, HI on November 12-15, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa. Education session topics include labour composite rates, and improving profitability and productivity. The

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Update on Ontario geothermal regs

May 22, 2012

Ontario is strengthening the regulation of vertical closed loop drilling for geothermal energy systems, with new rules that take effect immediately. The province is requiring geothermal installers to: obtain provincial approval for vertical closed loop geothermal systems; consult with a

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HRAI tackles DIY hydrocarbon refrigerant kits

May 17, 2012

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) has launched a consumer awareness campaign about the hazards of using hydrocarbon refrigerant DIY kits for air conditioning systems.

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Final call for ENERGY STAR event registration

May 17, 2012

The 2012 ENERGY STAR Participants’ Meeting will be held June 5, 2012 at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, ON. The one-day event brings Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) ENERGY STAR team together with Participant organizations to share information and experiences,

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Canadians not in Handy Manny’s league

May 15, 2012

Shortage of skilled workers will be a bigger blow than expected

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Become a Health Canada recommended radon professional

May 14, 2012

Health Canada’s on-going radon outreach and education program is raising awareness within the Canadian public about the potential health effects of radon and as a result, demand will increase for certified radon measurement and mitigation professionals. To assist companies wishing

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Self governance at a cost

May 14, 2012

Ontario College of Trades seeks feedback on fees

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Oakville issues advisory note regarding geothermal installations

May 11, 2012

Following the unexpected discovery of a natural gas deposit during a geothermal drilling project, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton wrote to the Province of Ontario urging a moratorium on deep well or borehole drilling for geothermal energy installations until the necessary

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Take a swing for CMCEF this summer

May 9, 2012

The Canadian Mechanical Contracting Education Foundation (CMCEF) will host the eighth annual CMCEF Fundraiser Golf Tournament on Wednesday, July 11, at 11 a.m. (scramble format) at the Caledon Golf and Country Club, located at 2121 Olde Baseline Rd. in Caledon,

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Tank Inspection Processes and Protocol webinar date confirmed

May 7, 2012

A web seminar on May 10 will address tank inspection processes and protocol for inspectors. CA Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the end of the COHA program, which will be lead by Marc Raymond of Spectius Underwriting Solutions Ltd.

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Ignore MOE Regs at your peril

May 3, 2012

Further to an article that appeared in the April HRAI Link, representatives of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) met with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) orecently to clarify the regulatory situation concerning use