October 6, 2020

USask tackling COVID transmission in HVAC systems

As schools and workplaces reopen, ventilations systems are facing increased scrutiny. HVAC systems have become a critical area of focus in the ongoing battle against the pandemic.

Research being led by Carey Simonson at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is investigating whether the use of a barrier membrane in air exchangers can prevent viruses and other pathogens from contaminating fresh air. His is one of several groups that have received federal funding to research airborne virus transmission in ventilation systems.

Simonson is also working with colleague Jafar Soltan on testing the effectiveness and feasibility of using air sanitization devices to inactivate airborne pathogens in existing air conditioning systems. Will these options aid in the fight against COVID-19? Time, and research, will tell.


ISH 2021 now a digital-only event

The organizers of ISH 2021, which had been scheduled to be held in Frankfurt, Germany from March 21 to 26, have announced that the major international trade show will now be a purely digital event.

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Navien appoints national sales manager

Navien has named Adam Wills as its national sales manager for Canada. He will be responsible for continuing to grow the company’s agency network while supporting wholesalers, contractors, builders and utility companies across the country.

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AHR Expo postponing 2021 Chicago event

Organizers of the AHR Expo have officially cancelled the original plan to hold the show from January 25 to 27, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago, but have left the door open to possibly holding the event from March 15 to 17 at the same venue.

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ClimateCare announces new executive director

ClimateCare Co-operative has announced that Victor Hyman has assumed the role of executive director. He brings to the role 15 years of HVAC industry experience in contracting, wholesaling and finance.

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Uponor Canada appoints general manager

Uponor has appointed Chris Hartwick as general manager of Uponor Canada. His strategic focus is on Canadian sales, marketing, customer service and customer engagement.

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Nexstar Network announces leadership change

Nexstar Network has announced that Julian Scadden will assume the role of president and CEO on November 1, 2020. He will be replacing Jack Tester, who will stay on with the organization.

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Watts announces new leaders for key business units

Watts has announces Jim Koepsell, Atul Sharma and Carlos Haddad as new leaders for several key business units.

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Roth appoints new sales representatives for Canada

Roth Manufacturing has announced it has appointed new manufacturer sales representatives to cover Eastern and Western Canada.

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Safe, Smooth Pipe Bevels

REED cordless pipe beveler “CPB” quickly and safely bevels plastic pipe, providing safety-first on the jobsite. Lightweight tool reduces prep time by efficiently and consistently beveling for multiple cuts. Adjustable for bevel length and the guide plate eliminates guesswork. Carbide router bits cut evenly. Battery-powered, this beveler has no fumes. 

SMART IS fitting in anywhere.

LG’s M1 Medium Static Ducted units offer a slim profile that’s easier to incorporate into building design. And quieter operation means a more comfortable environment for occupants. Find out more about the LG family of Air Solutions.


John Siegenthaler 4 Part Hydronic Course

Join Eden Energy for a 4 part advanced hydronics class with industry leader John Siegenthaler. Learn from the man who literally wrote the book. This 4 part course will cover everything you need to update your skills for the modern hydronic market. Learn More here


RLS Ends Relationship with Parker/ZoomLock™

RLS, inventor and manufacturer of the original, patented, proven HVAC/R press fittings, has announced they will no longer supply fittings to Parker-Hannifin for the ZoomLock brand. However, the same exact RLS fittings in use since 2015 – and the same exact tools and jaws – are available through RLS distributors worldwide.



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Parting Shot: Flush or treat?

Flush or treat?When the lease for Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning’s building was up, it was the end of a long and illustrious era. Since 2007, the Texas-based business had become famous for its weird and wonderful window displays showcasing toilets in all their glory, including special designs for Halloween, and several other times of the year. The displays often drew on current and classic pop culture trends and events. Movie and TV parodies have included "Harry Potty and the Deathly Bowels," "Game of Thrones," "The Clogging Dead," "The Flush," "Mary Poopins," and "Clogzilla." The final display was a Star Wars- inspired display. “We've loved our little effort to keep Austin weird,” said co-owner Brad Casebier. So, as October 31 approaches, we invite you to get inspired for some decorating of your own.


November 2-27, 2020
CIPHEX Virtual Trade Show and Conference

New date: March 15-17 (tentative)

AHR Expo 2021

March 21-26 
ISH 2021

Virtual Event


Cover Story:
Tania Johnston: RISING TO THE TOP

Twenty years after joining MCA Canada on a six-month contract, Tania Johnston has become the national organization’s first ever female CEO, a step that she hopes will inspire other females toward successful paths in the mechanical trade as well. “It is a huge honour to be given this responsibility,” she said during a recent Zoom interview from her home in Ottawa. “ ...

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