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At a Glance

This van’s a rockin’

Most lotteries spark fantasies of quitting a job (usually in an entertaining, cathartic way) and retiring early to an island where the only work is choosing the best driver to navigate the fairway. But here’s a prize that would actually help with your job - especially if you’re a driver navigating highways from shop to jobsite.

Ron Whaling from Ron Whaling Plumbing in St. Paul’s, Ontario, attended this year’s CMX/CIPHEX, and on Apr. 20 he drove away with the show’s grand prize, a 2012 Nissan NV Commercial Van with custom racks and a GPS. While he may not be able to retire just yet, this $35,000 prize should be a boon to Ron’s business for many years.

We at Mechanical Business congratulate you, Ron, and we’ll keep your name on file for our next moving day. Kidding … sort of.

Jeb Roberts
Associate Editor / Web Editor
Mechanical Business


HRAI scouting for Achievement Awards

HRAI is now accepting member nominations for its annual Achievement Awards. Members can be nominated for the HRAI Merit Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution by an industry representative to the development and progress of HRAI and the Canadian HVACR industry, or the HRAI Life Member Award, which recognizes the contributions of someone who’s been in the industry for 20 years or more. Nominations must be returned to HRAI by June 1, 2012, and the recipients will be announced at the 44th HRAI Annual Meeting and Conference in Halifax, N.S., in August.

A farewell to CFC refrigerants

Honeywell recently announced that it has begun destroying inventories of certain ozone-depleting refrigerants. The company has already eliminated more than 27,000 pounds of CFC-11, a depletive chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant, and it plans to destroy its remaining inventory of ozone-depleting CFC-11, CFC-12 and R-500 refrigerants this year. The destruction of these CFCs, which followed protocols developed by the Climate Action Reserve, is equivalent to eliminating over 125,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Disability requirements recognized

IAPMO R&T’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) now has a Canadian equivalent, the CAN/CSA A117.1 standard. This listing program, known as “Accessible Design for the Built Environment,” allows Canadian manufacturers to certify that their products are compliant with the requirements governing their use by people with disabilities. IAPMO R&T is a third-party certification body for plumbing and mechanical products.

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ecobee scores Green Toronto Award

In recognition of its intelligent energy management solutions, ecobee was awarded a prestigious Green Toronto Award in the Energy Conservation category on Friday April 13th, 2012. The award, which was presented by the City of Toronto in partnership with Green Living Enterprises, was created to recognize the individuals, organizations and companies helping to lead the way to a cleaner, greener Toronto.

Delivering the Goods

The Canadian Oil Heat Association is accepting nominations for its Delivering the Goods Award, which recognizes individuals or companies that have provided an outstanding example of leadership, service or expertise. Recipients will be announced at the annual Cleaner Heat symposium on June 13, 2012, in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.

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Uponor lights up Vegas

More than 800 mechanical industry personnel, including around 125 Canadians, took part in Connections 2012, Uponor’s biennial conference addressing the HVAC, hydronic and plumbing markets. Delegates to the event were treated to engineering discussions, product sessions and a taste of the Vegas nightlife.

Manufacturers and wholesalers review the industry

Dave McPherson of Rheem Canada, the HRAI Heating & Air Conditioning Product Section chair, outlines some of the topics discussed during the biannual HRAI product section meetings, held earlier this month in Mississauga, Ontario. Consumer-targeted refrigerant top-up products, R-22 availability and updates to efficiency standards for gas water heaters were on the agenda for the day’s sessions.

Testing the waters

The George Brown College Water Technology Lab was recently launched in the plumbing department of the Toronto college. The lab, which is being used to conduct an array of tests on available water treatment options, allows advanced students in the school’s plumbing apprenticeship program to perform tests and studies, expanding their knowledge of water treatment offerings.


CIPH and EFC work towards harmonized standards

In early 2012, officials from the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) met with Electro Federation Canada (EFC) and CIPH to discuss regulatory harmonization issues between Canada and the U.S. The goal was to eliminate duplicative testing requirements, which have a negative impact on trade. To further the harmonization process, CIPH and EFC are drafting a value proposition that will be submitted to SCC in May of 2012. Both parties have made it clear that their members would welcome the recognition of equivalency of Canada-U.S standards for existing products and the establishment of common standards for new products.

EPA’s WaterSense makes mark in Ontario

Created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2006, the WaterSense label designates products tested and proven to be water efficient without sacrificing performance. Originally given federal go-ahead, the program is now officially recognized by the province of Ontario. The province will be working to promote awareness of the program, and will be encouraging manufacturers, distributors and retailers to use the labelling system.

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Schooling Canadians on water consumption

CIPH has launched a new microsite, Because Water Matters, aimed at educating Canadians about plumbing’s crucial role in water conservation. The website, which the institute developed after a survey revealed a gap between the principles and practices of Canadians in their water usage, includes facts, tips and videos showcasing technology and trends in the plumbing industry.

Taco salutes your best work

Aimed at all hydronic and HVAC professionals, Taco’s “Do Your Best Work Contest” will run through to May 11, 2012. To enter, simply upload a pic of your exemplary hydronic installations, or an interesting facet of your daily trade experience, to the contest’s Facebook Wall. Submissions can include challenges on the job, systems of any size, new construction, retrofits, or examples of customer savings. Entrants can submit as many photos as they’d like, and winners of the Flip camera will be decided by Facebook voters.

WaterFurnace builds B2B portal

Designed as a cloud-based B2B platform, WaterFurnace’s offers a complete selection software package for applied commercial representatives. The platform combines technical equipment selection, equipment pricing, construction submittals and order entry in a single online portal. To learn more, visit the WaterFurnace website.


Bend water like a boss

Plumbers with young kids might be used to watching eyes roll as they explain the intricacies of water systems. But this simple video shows just how cool the physics of water can be. Aside from getting junior interested in a career that’s bound to pay the bills, you’ll have the added benefit of convincing them, at least temporarily, that you have the supernatural ability to bend water.

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Events Calendar

  • CWQA Spring Event 2012
  • May 15-16, 2012
  • Niagara Falls, Ont.
  • 2012 CIPH Ontario Region Conference
  • May 25-27, 2012
  • Collingwood, Ont.
  • ASPE Sustainable Design Workshop
  • June 6-7, 2012
  • Montreal, Que.
  • CaGBC National Conference
  • June 11-13, 2012
  • Toronto, Ont.
  • Cleaner Heat 2012
  • June 12-13, 2012
  • Tremblant, Que.
  • August 23-25, 2012
  • Halifax, N.S.
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  • MCAC National Conference
  • November 12-15, 2012
  • Maui, Hawaii

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