December 8, 2020

The bad and the ugly get their moment in the spotlight

The winners have been named in this year’s Western Canada Section of the American Water Works Association (WCS AWWA) National Bad and Ugly Cross Connection Control contest.

The purpose of the contest is to increase awareness of cross connections and to educate water industry representatives in the field.

Entries were submitted from across Canada. The best of the best included a backflow tester shot from Shayne Makin of DMT Mechanical in Lethbridge, AB, whose entry won in the active tester category. His photo is from a backflow testing job, where he discovered the backflow preventer on a chemical line was installed upside down.

Cross connection control inspector Jean Lalanne for the Régie du bâtiment du Québec was the winner in the Inspector Category. His photo is from a 12-unit building, where a plumber decided to conceal the main water stop valve, the precise isolation DCVA backflow and the four risers stop valves in the same undrained pit in the hallway, under the stairway. As a result, the risers stop valve blocks access to the DCVA and water main stop valve.

WCS AWWA is now preparing for 2021 bad and ugly photo submissions.

NEWS

How provinces measure up on energy efficiency

British Columbia is first, Saskatchewan is last, Prince Edward Island is most improved, and the federal government needs to help all provinces ramp up to meet national energy efficiency goals. This is the message from the  second annual Scorecard of provincial energy efficiency policies by a Carleton-based research organization, Efficiency Canada. Find the full details in the November/December edition of Mechanical Business.

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Be prepared for national tiered energy code

Building Knowledge Canada and Enbridge are hosting a webinar entitled  A National Tiered Energy Code for 2020 – What does this mean for you?  The session will take place December 10 starting at 1:00 p.m.

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CIPHEX Virtual an all-round success

CIPHEX Virtual, which ran from November 2-27, brought together more than 1,800 industry members from across Canada.

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BC Building Innovation Fund sets deadline for second intake

The closing deadline for the CleanBC Building Innovation Fund (CBBIF) applications is 11:59 PM PST on January 10, 2021. Applicants that submit their full application before December 15 will have the opportunity to receive feedback and revise their submission prior to the
final deadline.

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Deschenes Group expands market with Powrmatic acquisition

Deschenes Group Inc. (DGI) has acquired Powrmatic of Canada, a distributor of residential, commercial and industrial supplies to the HVAC, electrical and hearth industries.

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Infrastructure project targeting BC hospital’s GHG emissions

Johnson Controls and BC Interior Health have entered a partnership to improve infrastructure at East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook, BC. Johnson Controls will install and service energy-efficient solutions to reduce the hospital’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Ontor partners with Testo North America

Ontor Limited has announced it has been appointed manufacturers’ representative for Testo North America.

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Consultation tackles HVAC/R industry governance

Member and non-member industry professionals are invited to join HRAI’s consultation regarding the disbanding of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) and the emergence of a “possibly new” administering body to govern skilled trades in Ontario.

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Hall of Fame salutes Canadian Super Bowl champion

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Super Bowl champion and the subject of our own September/October 2020 cover story has been honoured by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his front line COVID efforts.

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Hart & Cooley acquired by H.I.G.

Investment firm H.I.G. Capital has acquired Hart & Cooley, LLC, a subsidiary of Johnson Controls International.

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CIPH presents service awards

CIPH recently presented a Lifetime Service Award to Stuart Saville, national sales manager, Zoeller Canada. It also presented Doug Sloan, vice-president of Plumbing Wholesale for Foremost International Ltd. with a 50 Year Service Award.

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Alberta Government funding Energy Savings for Business

The Government of Alberta is providing up to $55 million in funding for Emission Reduction Alberta’s (ERA) new Energy Savings for Business Program. Continue reading

Moe Fanous recipient of the 2020 OPIASO’s Bumble Bee Award

Moe Fanous of Watts Canada has received the 2020 Ontario Plumbing Inspectors Association Sponsors Organization (OPIASO) Bumble Bee award. Continue reading

HE-Z Series Zoning Package

The HE-Z Series Zoning Package is available on our HE-Z Series Fan Coils. The Hi-Velocity HE-Z Series Fan Coil can be optioned with two, three or four zones, factory installed in each fan coil. These fan coils come with pre-installed zone panel, power open/close dampers and actuators already built-in to the supply outlets, minimizing installation time.

OS&B Industrial – We Make Automation Easy

With a wide range of valve body types, materials and trim options and with a complete offering of Pneumatic and Electric Actuators to choose from - no job is too small! Contact OS&B Industrial (send enquiries to RFQ@osbindustrial.ca) for all your manual and automated valve product needs.
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Milwaukee® Gives the Greenlight to New
Laser Solutions

Milwaukee Tool unveils their first full lineup of laser solutions and accessories.  Introducing a Green 360º 3-Plane Laser and a Green Cross Line & Plumb Points Laser on the M12 System – and a Green Cross Line & Plumb Points Laser, a Green Cross Line Laser, and a Green 3-Point Laser powered by REDLITHIUM USB. With this giant step into the lasers category, Milwaukee® provides power, visibility, and
easier set-up.

“Coles Notes for COVID” Webinar

Join Robert Bean and Gord Cooke on December 17th as the Eden Energy Webinar Series presents the importance of ventilation as a management strategy for COVID-19. This one-time-only webinar features a 20-minute talk covering 8 mitigating factors contractors and engineers need to know, followed by 20-minutes of open Q&A. There is no cost to attend but space is very limited. Mechanical Business is proud to be a promotional partner.

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Parting Shot: A flush above the rest

In a world where touchless innovation is growing by leaps and bounds, there’s a lot to be said for taking the “ick” factor out of toilet cleaning. Lately the self-cleaning toilet from Kekatron Desarrollo in Spain has been gaining a lot of attention in the media thanks to a video they posted showing the process in all its grimy glory, from the initial “dump” to the behind-the-scenes cleaning, drying and disinfecting.
Okay, watching it in action is not exactly a pretty sight, given the lifelike simulation of a boatload of crap. And don’t let the fact that the sound is muted bother you. Sometimes there’s a reason silence is golden. But fear not, the end result is a sparkling clean and fully sanitized toilet boil. A New York Post article called it “evo-loo-tion” at work. Well said!
Given the pandemic and concerns about flushing, perhaps this space-age prototype may not be such an out-there idea after all!

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Cover Story:
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: A CHAMPION OF SERVICE BEFORE SELF

A leader on and off the field, not only is Laurent Duvernay-Tardif the first medical doctor to win the Super Bowl, and the first Quebec-born player to hoist the champion’s Vince Lombardi Trophy, but to no surprise to friends, family and teammates, he was also the first NFL player to express his desire to put the health and well-being of his fellow Canadians ahead of the upcoming season.

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