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New provider of Dollars to $ense training

August 15, 2016

The Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) is now the sole licensee for delivering all the Dollars to $ense (D2$) training workshops across Canada. This licence also includes the possibility of offering the workshops internationally through CIET’s sister-company the International

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Telus Garden in Vancouver achieves LEED Platinum

April 22, 2016

The Canada Green Building Council has awarded TELUS Garden, an office tower located in Vancouver, BC, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, which is the highest of four levels of LEED certification. The honour was presented

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Water conservation in commercial apps

December 1, 2015 by AMIN DELAGAH

The hot-water-conserving equipment and fixtures in a commercial kitchen are pivotal to an optimized hot water system.

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Viega seminars educate and motivate industry professionals in NYC

October 21, 2015

On October 13 and 14, Viega sponsored two full-day seminars in New York City at the Residence Inn Marriot hotel.  The sessions explored two themes entitled Energy and Comfort Performance of Radiant Slab Systems and Pathogen Risk Reduction by Design,

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In a field of its own

October 1, 2015 by Robert Bean

Standard practice for evaluating residential indoor air quality concerns.

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The Annual Construct Canada show is right around the corner

September 30, 2015

The 27th Annual Construct Canada will be held on December 2 to 4, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It is being held simultaneously with the PM Expo, HomeBuilder and Renovator Expo and the World of Concrete Pavilion in

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Seminars to clarify Alberta codes and National Energy Code

July 7, 2015

The new Alberta Building Code 2014 and Alberta Fire Code 2014 are now in effect. The 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings, as well as the energy efficiency requirements for housing and small buildings (Section 9.36 of the Building Code),

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Acuity Brands acquires Distech

March 27, 2015

Distech Controls has entered into an acquisition agreement with Acuity Brands, joining the lighting solutions firm’s portfolio of businesses but continuing to operate as a separate entity. “We believe the combination of our dynamic businesses and strong leadership teams will

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Heat loss/heat gain considerations

February 1, 2015 by Robert Bean

When I joined ASHRAE in 1990, I did not imagine that 25 years later HVAC equipment would be selected and installed in the absence of a heat loss and gain calculation. It is like bad reruns on late night television;

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Bulletin lays out minimum requirements to ensure safe installation of gas appliances in Alberta

October 9, 2014

Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services has issued a Safety Tips Bulletin that clearly lays out field approvals, permits and variances for gas fired appliances and equipment within the province. It is directed to the oil and gas industry, gas distribution

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Symposium to examine the advantages of building information modeling

October 7, 2014

Registration is open for BIM Worldwide: Solutions for Canada, a one-day symposium, being held in Toronto on October 30, 2014 at the Allstream Centre. Hosted by Institute for BIM in Canada and  buildingSMART Canada, the event will examine the advantages to utilizing

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Have your say

September 15, 2014

Public review on proposed changes to the National Model Construction Codes – Fall 2014

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Global Alliance draws attention to Indoor Environmental Quality

July 11, 2014

A new alliance will serve as a global source for information, guidance and knowledge.

Andre Patenaude has 30 years of marketing, sales, and technical service experience working directly with end users, contractors, wholesalers and OEMs. He also has significant experience with various refrigeration system architectures, system applications, contractor/installation processes, and component technologies.
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Emerson Climate aims to be “go-to” company for CO2

June 8, 2014

Patenaude to head up new initiative.

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Abstract deadline looming for ASHRAE Winter Conference

March 11, 2014

ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago, IL, January 24-28. New tracks for the conference include Industrial Facilities; Large Buildings: Mission Critical Facilities and Applications; Life Safety; Design of Energy and Water Efficient Systems;

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The path to zero

January 20, 2014

Zero net energy buildings are a growing trend in the commercial building industry.

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Phase 2 of Drainline Transport Study set to go

November 8, 2013

Information sought on commercial building drainline blockages attributed to installation or retrofit of high efficiency toilets.

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Public review on proposed changes to the National Model Construction Codes

November 4, 2013

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) invites Code users and stakeholders to participate in the review of proposed changes to the following National Model Construction Codes: National Building Code of Canada 2010 (NBC); National Fire Code of Canada 2010

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ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference issues call for presenters, extends call for papers

November 4, 2013

Organizers of the 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, which will be held September 10-12, 2014, in Atlanta, GA, has extended its call for presenters to November 12, 2013. The non-paper presentations will focus on the theme “BIM, BEM and SIM –

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Robust speaker lineup for Ontario geothermal conference

October 31, 2013

The Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) is holding its 2013 Conference and AGM on November 14 and 15 at Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville, ON. Speakers include Andrew Pride of the Ontario Power Authority, Martin Luymes of the Heating, Refrigeration and

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ASHRAE, IAQA sign Memorandum of Understanding in Vancouver

October 31, 2013

A memorandum of understanding signed on October 15, 2013, during ASHRAE’s IAQ 2013 Conference held in Vancouver, BC, ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) commits the organizations to working together in the areas of consistent leadership communication, chapter collaboration,

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DOE rooftop challenge winners offer energy, cost savings

October 28, 2013

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) found that super-efficient rooftop units reduce energy costs an average of about 41 per cent compared to units in operation today. The newly published report (including a link for builders and others to

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Canadianized Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool goes live

July 24, 2013

The EPA’s Canadian-adapted ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager recently went live. ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is a no-cost environmental management tool that tracks building energy performance, which could be a trigger to encourage investments in energy retrofits and support tenant engagement efforts.

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ASHRAE expands building energy labeling program

June 11, 2013

ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient program, which is designed to lower building operating costs and increase value, has been expanded to include the As Designed label. The label rates the building’s potential energy use under standardized condition independent of the building’s

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ASHRAE Publishes Second Edition of Hospital Design Manual

April 22, 2013

A recently published manual from ASHRAE provides guidance on addressing issues with health care HVAC systems for mechanical and consulting engineers, designers, architects, facility managers, infection control personal, maintenance staff, contractors, developers and code accreditation and licensure officials. HVAC Design Manual for

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How To Avoid IT System Failures

April 1, 2013 by Eddie Stevenson

Prevent equipment overheating in server rooms using ceiling-mount spot air conditioners.

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2013 Green Building Festival to focus on eco-districts

March 26, 2013

The concept of Eco-Districts is taking shape across disciplines as designers, planners, developers, builders, and policy-makers adopt new approaches to urban revitalization and district-scale sustainable development. At the Daniels Spectrum, the Green Building Festival’s new venue at the heart of Toronto’s Regent Park

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Free air duct cleaning guide for building operators

March 18, 2013

The NRC Guide on Commercial Air Duct Cleaning, which was developed within the Canadian government’s Clean Air Agenda, is a diagnostic tool that will allow building operators or facility managers to assess whether duct cleaning work was successfully and appropriately performed in terms

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Positive outlook for Ontario construction industry

March 7, 2013

Contractors expect to conduct more ICI business in the coming year.

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Advancing energy efficient and sustainable solutions

March 1, 2013

Danfoss has announced its fourth annual EnVisioneer of the Year award competition and is now accepting entries for consideration. Launched in 2010, the competition recognizes North American end users, municipalities, building owners and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have introduced