January 5, 2021

CABA releases new impact review

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) and Frost & Sullivan have released the Intelligent Buildings and COVID-19 impact review that outlines mitigation measures, building re-entry strategies, and facility management implications for an industry in transition.

“The findings of Intelligent Buildings and COVID-19 illustrate that there are specific strategies that can be seized on to achieve resiliency during and beyond this historic pandemic,” said Konkana Khaund, director of Consulting, Energy and Environment with Frost & Sullivan. “As the research is showing – and the experience of the pandemic is proving – there are distinct pockets of opportunity that the emerging future scenario could deliver.”

The report highlights key components and disciplines that must guide implementation efforts including facility management, workforce productivity, MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) safe-start strategies, building sensors, health building standards, standalone, equipment-level technologies and services, and federal, state and local government regulations. It also addresses the importance of future-proofing buildings to combat pandemics and natural disasters.


Skills Ontario’s Jennifer Green named in WXN Top 100

Jennifer Green of Skills Ontario was recognized in the CP Skilled Trades category of the 2021 Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Awards.

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No reason to not know your NBC - code now available free in
digital format

The federal government has published a digital version of the National Building Code (NBC) to make building codes and practices more accessible to everyone.

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Acquisition prepares Bradford White for adoption of
electrification initiatives

Bradford White Corporation has concluded the asset purchase of Keltech, Inc. from Bradley Corporation, expanding its portfolio of commercial electric products.

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TSSA introducing new funding schedule

The Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) is introducing a streamlined approach to collecting fees under its new business model that will start this spring.

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Dave Holek re-elected as MCAC president

Dave Holek is re-elected to the role of president for the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC).

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New technical report on PEX resistance

PPI’s Building & Construction Division has released a new technical report related to the resistance of PEX pipe and tubing to allow fluid within to freeze, and its resistance to breaking when the fluid is frozen.

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Bartle & Gibson expand ABB distribution in Western Canada

Plumbing, heating and electrical distributor Bartle & Gibson Co. Ltd. entered a regional partnership to increase access to ABB’s electrical distribution, control and power solutions across Western Canada.

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Belimo expands sensor offerings

Belimo has completed its acquisition of Opera Electronics Inc., a Montreal-based producer of air quality and gas sensors as part of its growth strategy in the expanding sensor market.

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CMHC data shows upward trend in November housing starts

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) reports that housing starts for November 2020 rose to 231,491 units versus 222,989 units in October.

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RectorSeal and TRUaire combine forces

RectorSeal has expanded its product line for professional contractors by joining with TRUaire, a provider of residential and commercial grilles, registers and diffusers.

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HRAI presents HVAC/R Industry Achiever awards

On November 26, HRAI hosted its annual Canada’s Outstanding HVAC/R Industry Achiever awards.

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CIPH present multiple outstanding service awards

CIPH presented outstanding service awards to multiple recipients in December. They include Tom Gervais (Bradford White Canada), Phil Gamache (Plazr Sales Inc.), Doug DeViney (Watts), and John Cardiff (Canature Water Group). CIPH Québec Region also presented awards to Daneil Bégin (Les Agences Lambert et Bégin), Denis Montour (Uponor) and Sylvain Perrault (Anvil International).

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NRCan launches new Hydrogen Strategy for Canada

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, has launched the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada, an ambitious framework that seeks to position Canada as a global hydrogen leader, cementing this low-carbon and zero-emission fuel technology as a key part of its path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Statistics Canada reports decline in apprenticeship registrations

Statistics Canada reports that new registrations in apprenticeship programs in 2019 fell by 2.9%, and certifications by 3.9% from 2018. The decline was a result of losses in Alberta that offset gains in Ontario and Quebec.

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Centrotherm launching new podcast series

Centrotherm introduces The Mechanical Room, an HVAC podcast series that will start in January 2021 and will be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and more channels.

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In-slab PEX and Conduit Supports

After concrete is poured, PEX and conduit stub-ups are at risk of damage by pallet jacks, forklifts or prefab wall during installation. To prevent costly repairs and job delays, HoldRite created the 703 In-slab Tubing Support to help protect PEX and conduit in concrete and make stub-up plumbing installations easier.
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NTI Releases New Firetube Boiler

The FTVN is a high efficiency, wall hung boiler using a durable, vertical down-fired stainless heat exchanger. With 10:1 modulation and 96% AFU, an integrated ECM pump and DHW diverter, quick connect components, WIFI connectivity for remote monitoring and alert notifications, the FTVN is an ideal solution for your heating and hot water needs.
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Parting Shot: Beauty and the biomass beast

It took 10 years of planning and construction for the CopenHill waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen to make its debut. The project is the brainchild of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Besides having a boiler system of gargantuan proportions, all the grunt work is hidden beneath an architecturally stunning façade and recreational area that includes a ski slope on the rooftop, climbing walls (the world’s tallest), and meadows. Here’s how it works: tons of waste collected from the city is fed to furnaces that in turn heat district heating water which is converted to steam that runs the turbine. Engineers claim that the furnaces can boil the equivalent of 19 Olympic size swimming pools of water a day! No wonder the folks who created this call it a “cathedral of waste-to-energy.”


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Cover Story:
Bob (Hot Rod) Rohr: An Educator and a Gentleman

From thrill show worker at 17, to self-described “ski bum” to winner of the Carlson-Holohan Industry Award of Excellence, Bob (Hot Rod) Rohr’s career path embodies his openness to learning something new.

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