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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

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Ontario College of Trades proposed changes include shortening deeming periods

October 22, 2012

The Ontario College of Trades (the College) has issued a Notice of public consultations and it is calling for comments on Proposed Board regulations. The proposed regulations will: set the foundation for how the College governs the establishment of apprenticeship programs

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Fall Heating Show draws a crowd

October 19, 2012

Noble held its annual Fall Heating Show at the Bellagio Boutique Event Venue in Vaughan, ON on October 4, 2012. More than 1000 people attended the event, which featured dozens of exhibitors, free educational seminars and a variety of prize

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Revised Director’s Order calls for CO check

October 19, 2012

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has reissued Director’s Public Safety Order FS-072-06 (R8), regarding Natural Draft Boilers. Effective October 15, 2012, the Directors Order arises out of TSSA’s concern that some natural gas and propane burning natural draft

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Quebec heating oil industry launches no tax event

October 19, 2012

Quebec’s heating oil industry launched a program on September 1 to encourage clients to replace aged residential tanks. It will cover the equivalent of the QST and GST on a double bottom, double walled or fibreglass residential heating oil tank.

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HELP is on the way for hospitals and long-term care facilities

October 19, 2012

The ENERGY STAR Health Care Energy Leadership Program (HELP) was established to help hospitals and long-term care facilities find energy reduction opportunities. A joint initiative of My Sustainable Canada and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, the program provides

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Deadline looming to sign up for radon training

October 18, 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 is increasing for certified radon measurement and mitigation professionals. This presents an opportunity

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Water-use efficiency objective considered for building and plumbing codes

October 17, 2012

A proposed addition of a water-use efficiency objective for the National Building Code and National Plumbing Code is being considered. The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) is expanding the mandate of the Joint Group Task Force on

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New fact sheets available on OEE Web site

October 16, 2012

Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings is offering a new series of fact sheets dealing with building energy efficiency in general or benchmarking specifically. ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings – Overview provides an overview of the energy- and money-saving initiatives offered

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HRAI to host Ontario College of Trades information meetings

October 10, 2012

There has been a lot of speculation and rumour about the new Ontario College of Trades and how it will affect trades people and the companies that employ them. Some have championed the College as a huge step in the

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Uponor realigns its heating business

October 9, 2012

As a result of its new strategic direction, Uponor has announced that it is discontinuing the Climate Control Network and Multifunction lines as well as the proPANEL units. Climate Control Multifunction and proPANEL units are available while quantities last. According

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CHES 2013 issues Call for Abstracts

October 9, 2012

Speaker abstracts are being accepted for the 2013 CHES National Conference to be held in Niagara Falls ON, September 22-24, 2013. The deadline for submission is November 15, 2012. The Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society conference is being held at the

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Ontario symposium addresses latest geothermal research and industry activities

October 5, 2012

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) are holding a Ground Source Heating and Cooling Symposium on November 1, 2012 at the Earth Ranger’s Centre, Living City Campus at Kortright in Woodbridge, ON. The line-up

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StatsCan releases apprenticeship study

October 3, 2012

Of individuals registered in an apprenticeship program between 2002 and 2004, those who completed their program had hourly wages in 2007 that were 21 per cent higher on average than those who did not, says a new study from Statistics Canada. Certification, completion, and the wages

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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