June 1, 2021

Controls-Con 2021 looks at what’s next in smart buildings

The building industry is transforming through digital connectivity, Internet of Things (IofT) technology and Operational Technology (OT). That was the message at Controls-Con 2021, a virtual Smart Building Controls and Master Systems Integrator (MSI) Conference, which offered attendees a look into the future of building automation and controls.

The biennial event took place virtually May 5 to 7, 2021, hosted by Cochrane Supply & Engineering, a Michigan-based distributor (along with Canadian affiliate Mississauga, ON-based Canada Controls) of building automation systems (BAS) and HVAC/R technology. According to Scott Cochrane, president and CEO of Cochrane Supply & Engineering, more than 1,000 people registered for the event, making it their largest conference ever.

The hybrid show was aimed at integrators, HVAC/mechanical contractors, engineers, technicians and facility managers, and included education sessions, an interactive virtual tradeshow, and networking opportunities such as discussion boards, attendee matching and the Networking Lounge.

One highlight was the general session, where speakers discussed innovations currently impacting the industry. “One of the major changes we’ve seen in the last couple of years is that most of the BAS products we’re working with today have become an IP enabled product,” said Cochrane in launching the session from the Motorcity Casino Hotel in Detroit. “With those products we can start to connect the building digitally to different types of applications in the digital world like never before. We want to advance technology within the BAS space to where it could be, where it should be as an industry.” As an example, Cochrane unveiled a virtual mechanical room in augmented reality (AR).

Read more; learn what Martin Villeneuve, president of Distech Controls and senior vice-president of distributed building technology, Acuity Brands, has to say about industry trends.


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Recent Mechanical Business cover subject Nav Bhatia inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame

Nav Bhatia, a mechanical engineer and Toronto Raptors superfan, has become the first fan to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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IPEX enhances Canadian distribution centres

IPEX has opened new distribution centres (DC) in Winnipeg, MB and Dartmouth, NS replacing two smaller locations in each area.

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Alberta plans to modernize apprenticeship training

The Government of Alberta has tabled legislation that, if passed, will update apprenticeship education and skilled trades governance in the province.

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Omar Salaymeh receives Governor General’s medal

Omar Salaymeh, CEO of Kitchener, ON-based Bonfire Interactive Ltd., has received the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal (civil division).

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Noventa Energy Partners to retrofit Toronto Western Hospital

Noventa Energy Partners Inc. is retrofitting the Toronto Western Hospital to make it more energy efficient, with the help of $3.3 million in federal funding.

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XOi Technologies and Carrier announce collaboration

XOi Technologies and Carrier have entered into a collaboration that will enable Carrier and Bryant technicians to access XOi’s data-driven technology.

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Spring Creek Mountain Village is first BUILT Green community

Phase One of the Spring Creek Mountain Village in Canmore, AB is the first recipient of project certification through the Built Green Communities Pilot Program.

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Saint-Laurent, QC makes energy upgrades to municipal buildings

The Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent has announced energy efficiency improvements to its municipal buildings and park lighting. The initiative was part of the borough’s three-year capital investment program.

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Rheem wins gold at 2021 Edison Awards

Rheem has won gold at the 2021 Edison Awards in the Sustainability category for its ProTerra line of residential water heaters. The awards, which are named after inventor Thomas Edison, recognize innovative products, services and businesses.

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Lennox opens nominations for Feel the Love program

Lennox is asking for nominations of community heroes for its annual Feel the Love initiative.

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CAF-FCA report shows continued high demand for apprentices

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Hydro-Québec and Cycle Momentum launch Open Innovation Challenge

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Ontario to fund youth training for construction sector jobs

The government of Ontario has announced it will invest close to $2 million to provide 150 underprivileged youth with skilled trades training and jobs in Ottawa, Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

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TML opens two new locations

Peterborough, ON-based TML Supply Company, a wholesaler of HVAC/R technology, has added two more Ontario locations.

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Belimo gears up for big reveal, teams up with BrainBox and Bidtracer

Belimo is holding a virtual product launch on June 10 at 9 a.m. EST of new integrated thermal energy technology designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. In other Belimo news, the company is teaming up with BrainBox AI to form an ecosystem collaboration in a series of undisclosed commercial buildings across North America and Asia Pacific. Belimo has also formed a partnership with Bidtracer, a sales, operations and channel management tool for product manufacturers.

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Saniflo part of Toronto field hospital’s rapid build

Products provided by Cambridge, ON-based SFA Saniflo Canada helped in the rapid building of a COVID-19 field hospital in Toronto.

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St. John’s climate plan focuses on greenhouse gas reduction

The City of St. John’s, NL has adopted an official corporate climate plan to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the city and surrounding area.

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ENERGY STAR Canada names Panasonic manufacturer of the year

Panasonic has been named manufacturer of the year in the 2021 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in promoting and improving energy efficiency in products, homes and buildings.

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Franklin Electric acquires New Aqua

Franklin Electric Co., Inc. has finalized its purchase of Indianapolis, IN-based New Aqua, LLC and its subsidiaries.

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ASHRAE and Ultraviolet Association form MOU

ASHRAE and the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) have formed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize their working partnership.

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C-RHEX drivers offer speed and ease

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Global Thermal Energy Device Unveiling

Join Belimo on June 10th for the global unveiling of a groundbreaking thermal energy device that will increase energy efficiency and reduce operation costs. Watch as Belimo’s technology experts live demonstrate this new product while providing in-depth conversation into Belimo’s commitment to sustainability. Be one of the first to learn about this innovation. Sign up today.


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