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Treats are in the mail
As you are reading this, an army of postal workers is working its way across the country delivering our most recent print edition of the magazine. In addition to great financial advice from David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber, this issue includes our annual heating report, a look at commercial plumbing products that can be used in residential settings, a backstage pass to check out the mechanical systems at play at the home of the Winnipeg Jets, the MTS Centre, and a whole lot more.
With the heating side of the business about to go into high gear, I encourage you to make the most of the “found money” that exists for residential customers in the ecoEnergy Retrofit – Homes program. Whether you are a fan of grants or not, if they exist, you might as well use the competitive advantage. But the grants are only available until the $400 million of funding runs out, so why not use that pressure as a carrot to get your customers lined up early for heating system swaps? Better to schedule now and get a grant than to wait until the cold of winter and hope the money has not run out.
As always, happy reading, and watch out for those trick-or-treaters on Monday.
B.C. stewardship plan proposed
HRAI reports that several industry associations have submitted a stewardship plan to the British Columbia Ministry of Environment on behalf of the HVAC/R and plumbing industries. HRAI, CIPH, CWQA, AHRI, and the Canadian Association of Pump Manufacturers (CAPM) were involved in drafting a plan to address the requirements of B.C. Recycling Regulation 449/2004. The plan involves a comprehensive communications program to outline how to recycle product coming out of service and targets a 75 per cent benchmark recovery percentage for retired HVAC/R and plumbing equipment over its initial duration of five years. Surveys of recyclers and scrap dealers will be used to determine recovery percentages. If approved by the ministry, the regulation would come into effect on July 1, 2012.
Changes on tap to efficiency regulations
Amendment 11 to Canada’s energy efficiency regulations will come into force on April 12, 2012. This is the second of three planned amendments as part of Canada's Clean Air Regulatory Agenda. Key changes under the amendment include the requirement of an automatic means for adjusting water temperature on residential boilers.
Radiant shakeup south of the border
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), has announced the launch of a new Radiant and Hydronics Council (RHC). The first chairman of the RHC Advisory Council will be Dan Foley, a past-chairman of the Radiant Panel Association (RPA). Mechanical Business hydronics columnist (and also an RPA past-chair) Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr is also on the committee. As of press time, the Radiant Professionals Alliance (formerly the Radiant Panel Association) was still in negotiations with the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) with regards to a merger. Details of that are expected to unfold by the end of the year.
Ridler joins Desco
Desco Plumbing and Heating Supply has acquired Ridler Heating and Cooling Supply. The purchase includes all Ridler locations including the head office in Guelph, Ont., as well as all company assets. Locations and contact numbers remain unchanged.
Beckett buys accessory supplier
R.W. Beckett recently acquired Oil Equipment Manufacturing LLC, a provider of oil storage tank accessories, including King tank alarms and gauges, Speedfill vent and fill caps, the Rocket wireless gauges, fire safety valves, plugs, and bushings. Beckett plans to integrate the manufacturing, assembly and distribution of these tank accessories into its facility in Ohio and will commence shipment of these products, including shipment to the supply chain in Canada, this fall.
Building numbers ahead of 2010
Municipalities issued building permits worth $5.9 billion in August, down 10.4% from July, but up almost four per cent over August 2010, reports Statistics Canada. The trend of permit values being ahead of last year, but down from July was felt in both the residential and non-residential sectors. On the starts front, according to numbers compiled by CMHC, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 205,900 units in September. This is up from 191,900 units in August 2011.
As part of Chicago’s city-wide schedule adjustments to accommodate the G-8 and NATO summits in May 2012, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) has moved up its annual tradeshow and conference to April 24 to 26, 2012. The event will still be held at McCormick Place, with the conference beginning on April 23. Event organizers do not anticipate any impact on the number of attendees or exhibitors. Canadian designer Candice Olson is the show’s opening keynote speaker.
Saskatchewan adopts NPC 2005
Following a review of codes and regulations by the provincial ministry of health, the province of Saskatchewan has separated private sewage requirements from those related to plumbing. The regulations, which came into force on October 1, include the adoption of the 2005 National Plumbing Code.
Check the flue
In Ontario, the TSSA has re-issued Director's Public Safety Order FS-072-06-R7 that requires all G1, G2, G3, and GUT certification holders performing service, maintenance and/or emergency response work to perform a CO check in a boiler's flue (between the heat exchanger and the draft control device) and to take action when the level is above 100 PPM. The Order came into effective October 15, 2011 and will expire on May 1, 2012.
ON THE SCENE
Green the theme in Toronto
This year's Greenbuild conference featured four days of networking, educational sessions, green building tours, master speakers and plenary events. Held in Toronto earlier this month, Kimberly Lewis, vice-president of conferences and events with USGBC, said, "We celebrated 10 years of the conference by taking a look at 'What's Next' for green building and the future of our cities and nations." The next Greenbuild is scheduled to take place November 13 to 16, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif.
A world-class showing by Team Canada
Members of Canada’s next generation skilled trade and technology workers took to the stage at the WorldSkills competitions held in London earlier this month. The 34-member team completed four days of international competition, where they faced off against the best in the world in numerous trade categories. Alberta’s Sean Donnan (pictured) earned a medallion of excellence for scoring more than 500 points in the refrigeration and air conditioning competition. Team Canada was awarded four bronze medals in the competition, and earned 17 medallions of excellence.
No standing signs create backlash and buzz
What started out as a bit of fun at a Vancouver area bistro turned into a social media target after a Vancouver Sun reporter blogged about a “no standing while peeing” sign found during a recent outing to the eatery Edible Canada. What ensued was an equally humorous rash of tweets and comments as the company’s facebook page lit up with curious (and some enraged) web surfers.
Edible Canada owner, Eric Pateman, found the stickers and thought they might be a touch of fun that could be a post-potty conversation piece, especially since the bistro has co-ed washroom facilities. Little did he think the stickers, which are often taken by patrons, but are available for purchase at Edible Canada’s gift shop, would create the media attention that the blog generated, but he says he doesn’t mind the stream of publicity one bit. The controversy has actually been good for the business. More on the story can be found here.
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