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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.

Adam Freill
Mechanical Business


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.

Last stop coming up

Organizers are raving about the Edmonton and Regina CIPHEX Roadshows, with attendance up more than 10 per cent over the 2009 stops. If you have yet to attend a Roadshow tour stop, it is not too late. Online registration for the event on November 3 in St. John’s, Nfld., is available until October 31. Registration is also available at the event. The stop will feature exhibits from industry suppliers, as well as training seminars.

CIPH president Ralph Suppa, CIPH chairman Kevin Fullan and show committee members Darren Jacobs and Stephen Lee at the Roadshow stop in Edmonton.

KBIS rescheduled

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.


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.

Napoleon growing in Barrie

Napoleon Heating & Cooling unveiled its new lines of furnaces at a gala event in Barrie, Ont., in October. The launch of the new products, the only high-efficiency gas furnaces designed and currently being built in Canada, coincided the announcement that Wolf Steel Ltd., the parent company of Napoleon, is expanding its Barrie production facility to accommodate growth and demand for its home heating and cooling, as well as its backyard grilling products. Its facilities will be expanded by 300,000 square feet, which will generate 200 direct and indirect new jobs over the next five years.

Mark Robinet describes some of the features of the new furnace lines launched by Napoleon Heating & Cooling.

Recognizing 4 centuries of plumbers

Coinciding with the 2011 WorldSkills competition (see next news item) in London, England, the Worshipful Company of Plumbers officially unveiled “The Plumber’s Apprentice,” a seven-foot bronze statue commissioned to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the company on receiving its Royal Charter from King James I in 1611. The statue also signifies plumbing’s long standing history with the City of London and the company’s significant contribution to training plumbing apprentices.

Photo courtesy of Stuart Henry (WPC)

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.


Boiler import manual updated

The B.C. Safety Authority has updated its manual for the importation of biomass boilers. The new version of MAN-4030-01 can be found on the safety authority’s website.

Latest idronics now available

Caleffi recently released the ninth edition of its idronics hydronic design journal. The most recent edition looks at heat pumps and their use in modern hydronic systems. For more information, or to get a copy, visit


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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Events Calendar

  • CIPH Ontario Business Meetings
  • Nov 10, 2011 Mississauga
  • Feb 9, 2012 Mississauga
  • Apr 12, 2012 Orillia
  • Solar Canada 2011
  • December 5-6, 2011
  • Toronto, Ont.


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  • 2012 CIPH Ontario Region Conference
  • May 25-27, 2012
  • Collingwood, Ont.
  • Cleaner Heat 2012
  • June 12-13, 2012
  • Tremblant, Que.
  • August 23-25, 2012
  • Halifax, N.S.
  • MCAC National Conference
  • November 12-15, 2012
  • Maui, Hawaii

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