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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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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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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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A Before And After Look At Water Heating

September 1, 2012 by hpac

Research project looks at the relative performance of storage and tankless water heaters.

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My Pretty Good House

September 1, 2012 by IAN MCTEER

Air source heat pumps are still a good choice for residential applications.

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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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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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BC ups the ante for efficiency upgrades

April 27, 2012

The provincial government has extended the LiveSmart BC program and increased the incentives, with more than $7000 in rebates now available to BC homeowners. LiveSmart BC incentives, provided in partnership with BC Hydro, FortisBC, and the Province of BC, are

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Workshop: Complying with Part 12 of the Ontario Building Code

April 27, 2012

Effective January 1, 2012, all Ontario homes must be designed to meet the performance level equal to a rating of 80 or more when evaluated in accordance with the EnerGuide Rating System or conform to Supplementary Standard SB-12 referenced in

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Hydronic workshops showcase renewable energy applications

April 10, 2012

Sustainability, innovation and new technology will be the focus of the 2012 edition of the CIPHEX West trade show in Vancouver.  The largest event in Western Canada for plumbing, HVAC/R and water treatment, CIPHEX West will take place at the

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Time Well Served

April 1, 2012 by John Siegenthaler

After 30 years it was time for a collector transplant.

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Proposed Changes Related to Combustion Safety, Infiltration

March 29, 2012

Public comment is being sought on proposed changes to ASHRAE’s residential indoor air quality standard regarding combustion safety in existing homes and default infiltration in new construction. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings,

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Intent statements published for 2010 National Fire and Plumbing Codes

March 20, 2012

Intent statements for the 2010 National Fire Code of Canada and 2010 National Plumbing Code of Canada have been updated and are now available, free of charge, on the National Codes website. The intent statements for the 2010 National Building

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Watts Water Technologies, Inc. Completes Acquisition of tekmar Control Systems

February 21, 2012

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. has completed the acquisition of tekmar Control Systems in a share purchase transaction. tekmar is a designer and manufacturer of control solutions for a HVAC applications, including a range of hydronic systems. tekmar had annual revenues

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R-2000 Energy-Efficiency Standard gets a facelift

February 16, 2012

The Honourable Gordon O’Connor, Minister of State and MP for Carleton–Mississippi Mills, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, and Ron Olson, President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, launched the new 2012 R-2000 Standard today.

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Call for papers issued

February 13, 2012

ASHRAE has sent out a call for papers for its 2013 Winter Conference taking place from January 26-30, 2013 in Dallas, TX. Next year’s conference will include the following tracks: HVAC&R systems and equipment, HVAC&R fundamental and applications, refrigeration tracks,

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Green building trends for 2012

February 13, 2012

Earth Advantage Institute (EAI) director of marketing Tom Breunig recently wrote Green Crystal Ball: 10 Green Building Predictions For 2012. The article discusses the EAI’s annual 10 green building predictions, which include: urban density, green multi-family homes, energy education for

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Together Forever

January 1, 2012 by Robert Bean

The influence of building materials, furnishings, finishings and a creative solution involving HVAC and interior design.