BC utility program helps apartment owners upgrade buildings for better efficiency

Energy efficiency upgrades in older apartment buildings have…

CEC offers gold/blue seal certification programs

MCAC members attend a seminar at the group’s recent annual conference in Nashville.

Ont. increases spending to attract more skilled trades workers

The skilled trades industries have been plagued with shortages…

Decrease in Sept. building permits due to residential sector

Chart 1: Total value of building permits.

B.C. Building Code changes will offer more flexibility to meet efficiency requirements

New revisions to the British Columbia 2018 Building Code has…

Canada to celebrate National Skilled Trades and Technology

Refrigeration apprentices compete at Skills Ontario in 2016.

Johnson Controls acquires magnetic bearing company

Johnson Controls and Synchrony partnered to develop the York YZ magnetic bearing centrifugal chiller.

Alberta government ends energy efficiency rebate programs

In the last few months, there has been some confusion about the…

Ontario invests in high school trade programs

Using the right flux is critical. UA tradesmen taught visiting high school students howto join copper at a Skills Ontario event a while back.

Internet usage continues to climb, says Statistics Canada

Smartphones are everywhere these days, and so it the internet.…

Comments invited on national code changes

Sidney Manning, chief plumbing and gas administrator for Alberta Municipal Affairs, chats with contractors following a seminar on plumbing and building codes.

ASHRAE updates 90.1 energy efficiency standard

ASHRAE has made over 100 changes in its energy efficiency standard…

Skilled trades program funding increases in Alberta

Registered apprenticeship program student Aurora Erickson demonstrates her welding skills.

Renewable natural gas to be produced at Vancouver’s landfill

FortisBC and the City of Vancouver have received regulatory approval…

Exhibitor bookings strong for CIPHEX West

P&HVAC’s own Roy Collver, left, chats with a reader at the 2018 CIPHEX West show in Calgary.

Ontario prompt payment legislation takes effect

Large concrete earth tubes were installed during the construction phase.

Employers still face challenges with cannabis legalization

Almost exactly one year ago, Canada legalized cannabis. Countries…

AHR Expo innovation winners announced

North America’s largest HVAC/R trade show will take place Feb.…

Nova Scotia opens heating rebate program

The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) is once again available…

Training on boiler and pressure vessel codes coming to Toronto

Condensing boilers and indirect tanks provide DHW in this nursing home.

Deal struck in Ontario between industry associations

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of…

MAAX Bath celebrates 50 years

An employee at the Valdosta, Georgia plant, one of MAAX’s eight manufacturing facilities in North America, works on a bathtub assembly line.

Unions, associations clash over firefighter cancer rate

Earlier this year the International Association of Fire Fighters…

Ont. college offers dedicated geothermal program

Geothermal students will finish the program at the Sutherland campus. The Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre will be where they will be spending most of their second semester. Neil Maika, coordinator of the mechanical techniques – plumbing program, and Jason Jackson, showcase the many trades that work within this space.

Increase in building permits for August

Total value of building permits.

AHR 2020 innovation award winners announced

The AHR Expo Show announced the winners of the 2020 AHR Expo…

General increase in building permits for August

Total value of building permits.

Ont. school starts trade program

The Peel District School Board in Mississauga, Ont., just west…

Youth not prepared for workplace, says report

More than half of employers in Canada say that high schools do…

Politicians promise energy efficiency incentives

The Canadian federal election is scheduled for October 21, 2019. Political leaders have released their climate action plans many of which will benefit the HVAC/R industry.

Ontario to make sweeping labour law changes

By Simon Blake The Ontario government has announced plans to…

Building permits down in August

In August, Canadian municipalities issued building permits for…

WaterSense here to stay

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials…

Long-time industry mentor honoured

A long-time Canadian HVAC/R industry trainer, guru and advocate…

New Energy Star certification in Ontario

Mid- and high-rise buildings in Ontario will now be able to achieve…

Saskatchewan introduces prompt payment legislation

Saskatchewan is the latest province to introduce prompt payment…

Bridging the gap

Panelists, from left, Kevin Stelzer, Steve Kemp, Olivia Keung, Suzanne Wiltshire and Adrian Conrad believe the trades need to be involved in the design process.

Calgary trade show well attended

Sidney Manning, chief plumbing and gas administrator for Alberta Municipal Affairs, chats with contractors following a seminar on plumbing and building codes.

Ontario to end high journeyman/apprentice ratios

Sprint Mechanical employees install a new rooftop unit on a Toronto area mall.

Atlanta will host AHR Expo

Always busy, the AHR Expo is a great place to see the latest products and chat with manufacturers.

Bartle & Gibson expands in Alberta

Edmonton headquartered Bartle & Gibson Co. Ltd. will enter the…

Green Calgary wins water efficiency award

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) has awarded…

Building permits down slightly in October

Value of building permits for residential and non-residential sectors

Federal government to boost code access, target code patchwork

Ever wonder what the National Building Code says when it comes…

Poor comfort leads to disputes, poor productivity, says survey

Heating and cooling discomfort can cause family disagreements,…

ASHRAE updates residential standard

ASHRAE has released an updated version of the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES…

HRAI creates flammable refrigerants task team

D&B ClimateCare technician Tim Rapai checks refrigerant pressures.

Newfoundland urged to make refrigeration/AC a compulsory trade

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of…

Feds move forward on prompt payment

The federal government will adopt prompt payment rules, likely…

Feds promise tax break for efficient equipment

Homeowners who invest in efficiency-related technology and clean…

Montreal show returns

Visitors test out new tools at Mecanex 2017.

Long-time writer a tireless industry volunteer

Art was born and raised in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia. He began…

Marijuana legalization a game changer

By Leah Den Hartogh Contracting companies’ best line of defence…

Robots coming to plumbing industry

Excavating to diagnose and repair buried pipes may soon be in…

MCAC to host innovation conference

Are you curious as to where industry experts believe the trades…

Ontario looks at reducing burden from door knocker legislation

The Ontario government is looking at changes to door-knocker…

The Master Group awarded exclusive York rights

The Master Group, Boucherville, Que., has been awarded distribution…

CCA mentorship program announced

Every year there are more young women entering the trades. Brenda Egberts competes in the plumbing category.

HRAI Symposium looks at transition to low carbon world

Photo courtesy of Mohawk College website.

U.S. HVAC/R show draws a crowd of Canadians

[metaslider id=3900] By Leah Den Hartogh The 2019 AHR Expo returned…

HVAC manufacturer celebrates 100 years

In 1931, Nortek employees gathered for a photo outside the company’s St. Louis plant.

Montreal trade show returns

As winter turns to spring and the construction industry ramps…

Ont. apprenticeship changes: Industry raises concerns as government remains silent

Refrigeration apprentices compete at Skills Ontario in 2016.

Industry welcomes energy efficiency tax break

The industry is welcoming a plan by the federal government to…

Ridgid photo/video contest announced

Ridgid is looking for photos and videos of people using the company’s tools.

Long-time Moen Canada leader retires

Mike Dennis

HRAI to host low-carbon symposium

Photo courtesy of Mohawk College.

Ontario Geothermal Association announces plan for annual conference

The Ontario Geothermal Association will host its annual conference…

Auction site for mechanical industry

It had to happen sooner or later. Somebody would start an e-bay…

MCEE product competition finalists announced

Visitors check out the Liberty Pumps booth at the 2017 MCEE trades show in Montreal.

Plumbing & HVAC visits European event, along with a crowd of Canadians

Many of the exhibitor booths at ISH, like this one by plumbing manufacturer Grohe, are huge.

Industry welcomes prompt payment legislation announced in federal budget

The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) is…

Ontario oil heat group rebrands

Photo courtesy of OPTTA website.

Federal budget includes good news for industry

By Leah Den Hartogh The 2019 Federal Budget contained some good…

Ontario ends heating and cooling rebate program

The Ontario HVAC/R industry can say goodbye to a number of energy…

Ontario WSIB puts limits on medical pot

By Leah Den Hartogh The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board…

Reader survey shows shift towards conservation technologies

The survey, conducted in January, shows the increasing use of conservation technologies.

Women of HVAC/R industry come together for Habitat build

Participating in the Reliance Home Comfort sponsored Habitat for Humanity International Women’s Day in Hamilton, Ont. were: (from left to right, behind) Katie Barnes, Brittany Dent, Tina Kalogeropoulos, Disha Patel, Deren Manu, Agartha Manu, Jenn Bromley, Paul Martin, Antoinette Kong, Demi Tsioros, Bita Momeni, Judy Plantinga, John Celeste, (from left to right, in front) Stuart Slater, Anita Choi-Gibson, Natalie Busnarda, Rachel Hilling, Carla Agostino, Robert Johnson, and Walt Bayliss.

Thousands attend Montreal show

Over 5,000 people visited the busy two-day show.

Correction

In an article titled ‘Historic home boiler retrofit’ in the…

Viessmann boilers recalled due to carbon monoxide hazard

Certain models of Viessmann’s Vitodens 200-W and Vitodens 222-F…

CFIB calls on federal government to cancel carbon tax

The Canada Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling…

March was a good month for municipal building projects

The number of building permits in Canadian municipalities are…

Contractors urged to participate in hydronic code survey

The Canadian Standard Association (CSA) is asking for anyone…

Nova Scotia, Sask. make progress on prompt payment

Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan are moving forward with prompt payment…

Canadian company recalls fireplaces due to fire hazard

Health Canada has issued a recall on certain Kingsman Fireplaces…

Ontario geothermal industry optimistic

OGA president Stan Reitsma, left, presents an award to OGA founding member Brian Beatty (Beatty Geothermal Consulting, Schomberg, Ont.).

Canadian drinking water standards updated

The American National Standards for health effects of drinking…

Masco Canada and Mirolin Industries to merge

Masco Canada and Mirolin Industries will merge after a team of…

Speakers announced for Canadian Hydronics Conference

Good design and installation from the beginning reduces troubleshooting later. Dale’s Plumbing, Courtney, B.C., laid down this hydronic slab floor for a storage facility in Parksville, B.C., using 3.55 kilometres of three-quarter inch Vipert oxygen barrier pipe made in Burnaby, B.C. by CB Supplies.

Ontario working towards apprenticeship changes

Pipe welding methods and materials have changed dramatically in recent years. Colleges must teach the old and new. This young man learns pipe welding at New Brunswick Community College.

Small business carbon tax rebate program announced

By Leah Den Hartogh The long-awaited federal carbon tax rebate…

Rheem acquires Dutch, B.C. boiler makers

Rheem Manufacturing, Atlanta, Georgia has acquired Dutch boiler…

Victaulic celebrates 100 years

Victaulic reps have always been sharp dressers!

Dates announced for Canada’s largest mechanical trade show

Dates have been announced for the 2020 Canadian Mechanical and…

Feds to upgrade Ottawa district heating system

The federal government has been urging and cajoling Canadians…

CIPH members elect new chairman

Allen Taylor, left, was elected CIPH chairman for 2018-2019 and passes off the official gavel to Andrew Dyck, right, who has been elected CIPH chairman for 2019-2020.

Prompt payment on federal projects

By Leah Den Hartogh Federal prompt payment legislation became…

Mandatory HVAC/R efficiencies to increase with new energy efficiency regulations

Andrew Charteris of Haven Home ClimateCare, Kingston, Ont. performs a precision furnace tune-up. New gas furnaces will have to be 95 percent AFUE.

Openings and new beginnings

Riptide grand opening

Data collection and artificial intelligence key topics at MCAC innovation conference

Victaulic demonstrated virtual reality at its display.

Plumbing industry meets in Charlottetown

Out going chairman Allen Taylor, left, passes the gavel to newly elected CIPH chairman Andrew Dyck.

Steel, aluminum tariff repeal welcomed

By Leah Den Hartogh A big sigh of relief was heard throughout…

Final stage of Ontario’s prompt payment set for this fall

By Leah Den Hartogh Ontario has announced the adjudication authority…

NRCan official receives Joseph K. Seidner Award

Philip Rizcallah, middle, poses with CIPH president, Ralph Suppa, right, and Kevin Ernst, general manager at Oakville Stamping & Bending Ltd., (OS&B), left, after receiving the Joseph K. Seidner Award.

Red Seal trades training harmonized

Consensus on training has been reached for 32 Canadian Red Seal…

Building permits down slightly in June

Chart 1: Total value of building permits.

Canadian Hydronics Conference fast approaching

The Canadian Hydronics Conference in Ottawa this fall is fast…

Hydronics task group members sought

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials…

Wholesaler donates plumbing supplies to help family with autistic children

Alex Nikolic hasn’t had his own bed since he was four years old. Now he even has his own bathroom connected to his bedroom to call his own.

Successful WorldSkills competition for Canada

WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitors gather at the Kazan Arena Stadium for the closing ceremony of the 45th WorldSkills Competition, in Kazan, Russia. Photo credit: Skills/Compétences Canada.

Emerson hosts educational event to promote STEM

At one of the stations, kids were able to build an operational catapult and then test the design to see how well the structure worked.

Grundfos raises $25,000 at charity event

Participants in Grundfos’ Walk for Water Canada event completed a 6km course while carrying a bucket of water for half the time in support of Water Mission.

HRAI recognizes industry supporters

Ray Hurrell, chief operating officer, left, accepted the very first Warren Heeley Environmental Excellence Award from Warren Heeley himself, the long-time HRAI president. The award recognizes Fielding Environmental’s work within the HVAC/R industry to protect the environment.

Ont. wholesaler celebrates 50 years

From left, Joe Senese, Groupe Deschênes vice president, Bob Pryor, Bardon Supplies vice president and general manager, and Ralph Suppa, CIPH president and general manager, surrounded by team Bardon, mark the two anniversaries.

Federal election too close to call, HRAI delegates hear

Outgoing chair David Weishuhn, left, passes the gavel to new chair Dennis Kozina.

Building permits rose in July

The total value of building permits.

CEC scholarship recipients announced

Jack Bavis, left, Richard McKeagan, center, and David Dawe, right, came all the way from Newfoundland to wish McKeagan a happy retirement.

U.S. company acquires Canadian HVAC filter manufacturer

Chris Willette, left, president of Fresh-Air UV, and Pierre Audet, right, president of Electro-Breeze are joining forces and moving manufacturing to Florida.

Orlando to host AHR Expo

It’s that time of year again. The AHR Expo is ramping up preparations…

Speakers needed for apprenticeship conference

Education is critical in keeping up to date on equipment. An apprentice technician installs a thermostat under the watchful eye of a judge at Skills Ontario 2019. HRAI member volunteers organized and ran the residential HVAC competition.

Long-time hydronics industry contributor honoured

Bill Hooper, left, is presented the award of merit at the Canadian Hydronics Conference in Ottawa, Ont., by Andrew Dyck, Barclay Sales Ltd., right, and Dave Hughes, NAIT, center.

Ontario wholesaler raises $345,000 towards cancer research

NEXT Plumbing and Hydronics Supply, Vaughan, Ont., raised over…

Ontario distributor acquired by Master Group

The Master Group, Boucherville, Que., has acquired Baymar Supply…

B.C. eliminates fees for online building codes

Andrew Fleetwood, left, and PCL Agile senior construction manager Terry Olynyk with the hospital bathroom module prototype.

Brewing or building – it’s a challenge, MCAC members hear

AON’s Gerry Russ, left, led a panel on industry challenges.

Green Building Council strives to keep LEED buildings efficient

The geothermal retrofit at the TransCanada Arena in Ritchot, Man. saves 60 percent on energy, reduces maintenance and increases comfort for spectators.