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The Essential Ingredients

December 1, 2015 by ROBERT BEAN

I am smiling as I write this article because I think we might actually be making progress in the world of kitchen exhaust and make-up air systems. Let me explain. While en route to a recent project meeting I was

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Dobbin Sales to distribute Eemax products

October 13, 2015

Dobbin Sales Ltd. has announced that it will become the Canadian master distributer of Eemax products on November 1 of this year. Eemax has manufactured electric, tankless water heaters for over 25 years, with products ranging from small 2.4 kW

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Quality, clean and timeless

October 1, 2015 by Beth McKay

Innovation is the hallmark of today’s bathrooms.

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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.

Visit HPAC at booth 341 at Construct Canada.
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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

A grand opening was held recently for the first of 25 Net Zero Energy homes to be built across Canada. Constructed by Reid's Heritage Homes, the home is part of a national demonstration project to prove that Net Zero homes can be built on a community-level scale. Photo Reid's Heritage Homes
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Net Zero home showcases technologies at the community-level

September 23, 2015

Over 400 members of the public showed up at Reid’s Heritage Homes’ grand opening for its newly constructed Net Zero Energy Home in Guelph, ON, on September 19. The Net Zero Discovery Home is the first to be completed as

Joe Di Ilio, president, Stanley Black & Decker Canada (centre left) and Liz Etsell (centre right), volunteer site coordinator for Habitat for Humanity GTA, with the Dewalt participants in the Habitat for Humanity Adopt-a-Day Challenge GTA.
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SBD employees participate in Habitat build

August 18, 2015

Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area’s Adopt-a-Day Program attracted participation by 20 Stanley Black & Decker Canada employees in a home build in Brampton, ON, on August 18. After the day on the site, the DEWALT and Stanley tools used

Figure 1 Tube spacing and circuit water temperature
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August 1, 2015 by John Siegenthaler

Systems do not have to be complex to be sophisticated.

Figure 1 Air system (Mechanical Room One)
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How To Deal With Ramped Up Loads

August 1, 2015 by hpac

Jevons’ paradox is alive and well in high performance homes.

Sprinkler systems in single-family homes should be an option that more people ought to consider when building or purchasing a new home.
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The case for residential sprinkler systems

August 1, 2015 by Steve Goldie

There is a dual benefit to adding fire protection system installation to your service offering.

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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),

Carrier representatives with the winners, left to right, Chris Nelson, president, North America HVAC Systems, Brent Garrioch, Rob and Tracy Dill of Provincial Heating & Cooling Inc., Paul Davignon and David Meyers vice president residential sales,  RES Systems.
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UPDATED: Winnipeg firm first in Canada to win Carrier’s highest award

May 22, 2015

Provincial Heating & Cooling Inc. of Winnipeg, MB has the distinction of being the first Canadian Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer to claim Carrier’s President’s Award. The annual award recognizes dealers who exemplify the brand’s model for operational excellence, business effectiveness

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OBC Amendments allow mid-rise wood-frame construction in Ontario

March 4, 2015

On January 1, 2015, new Ontario Building Code (OBC) amendments became effective that increase the permitted height of residential (Group C) and office buildings (Group D) wood-frame buildings from four to six storeys. These buildings will feature several additional safety

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Mississauga workshop to clarify mandatory OBC performance requirements

February 11, 2015

SkillTech Academy, the training division of The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), is offering a workshop titled Complying with Part 12 of the Ontario Building Code (OBC). Scheduled for April 13, 2015 in Mississauga, ON, the

With advanced controls the SIM system is fully automatic.
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A little math goes a long way

February 1, 2015 by Lance MacNevin

What you need to know about the financial reality of operating snow and ice melt systems.

Figure 1 Heat loss/heat gain process and factors
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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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Action plan for Net Zero Energy housing in Canada moves forward

January 8, 2015

CHBA announces members of NZE Housing Council.

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Opportunity for public input on CSA-A770 set to expire

December 9, 2014

See what the residential mechanical system focus will be for home inspectors.

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North Vancouver commits to sustainable building

November 10, 2014

Zoning bylaw changes expand opportunities for green technologies

Guides are available for each climate zone in BC.
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Energy efficiency requirements for houses set to change in BC

November 5, 2014

Organization offers illustrated guides

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BC Safety Authority concludes consultation on fees

October 13, 2014

BC Safety Authority has concluded its consultation on fees and recently approved the changes to its 2015 to 2017 fee schedules. The approved changes to take effect on January 12, 2015 are: an average three per cent per annum increase in

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Take A List – Check It Twice

October 1, 2014 by hpac

Step-by-step annual servicing of gas appliances.

BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment.
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BC Safety Authority invites stakeholder feedback

August 4, 2014

Consultation opens re fee increases and fee structure changes

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$20 million up for grabs from home energy retrofit program

March 27, 2014

Pilot water and energy efficiency program launches in Toronto

Kohler's Preserve stainless steel sinks are engineered with a scratch resistant surface that wipes clean. For more photos and descriptions of the latest kitchen offerings, visit www.hpacmag.com March 2014 digital edition, p118.
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Kitchen trends in 2014

March 6, 2014

Contemporary design to ‘steel’ top spot

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Toronto accepts e-mails for building permits, expands residential Fastrack program

February 10, 2014

The City of Toronto Building Division is now accepting e-mail submissions for customers applying for a number of building, mechanical and plumbing permits by e-mail. The division has also expanded the list of projects eligible for the residential Fastrack program,

John Gignac (left) founder of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation with ClimateCare past president Dave Murtland of D&B ClimateCare in Simcoe, ON.
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Co-operative launches CO monitor give away with maintenance signup

February 5, 2014

ClimateCare, a co-operative of 35 heating & air conditioning companies across Ontario, recently donated $500 to the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) dangers and to promote compulsory CO monitors in all homes. John Gignac, founder of the Foundation and

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Unico partnership enables entry to mini-split HVAC market

January 23, 2014

Unico, Inc. announced at AHR that it has a new product offering through its partnership with Italian manufacturer Argoclima. Unico’s small-duct, high-velocity central heating and air conditioning system will work in conjunction with the manufacturer’s Technibel split system and outdoor inverter unit. According

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Making houses homes

January 21, 2014

The 2014 First Nations Northern Housing Conference Builders Challenge focuses on plumbing.

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Built Green Canada expands national presence

January 16, 2014

Built Green Canada is expanding into Saskatchewan and Manitoba, effective February 2014. Founded in 2003, the organization also has representation in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. Built Green Canada is based out of Edmonton, AB. The expansion addresses the growing demand for responsible