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Breaking Down Barriers

By Fred Bretzke

I still remember the ’70s, when we didn’t really worry about barrier-free washrooms. They certainly were not compulsory back then. The American Standards barrier-free standard was published in 1961, but I don’t recall it becoming mandatory until the late ’70s or early ’80s.… Continue Reading


Looking up to Heating Systems

By Jerry Leyte

When most of us think about hydronic radiant heat, infloor systems and radiators tend to spring to mind, but there’s another surface that can be used to keep a room comfortable: radiant ceilings.

Like radiant floor heating, radiant ceiling uses the same three types of heat transfer:… Continue Reading


The Business of Hoops, with Coach Jay Triano

By Greg Dalgetty

Few athletes can say they were drafted by both the NBA and CFL in the same year. In fact, there may be only one athlete on that list—Jay Triano.

The Tillsonburg, Ont., native was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the eighth round of the 1981 NBA draft. That same year, the Calgary Stampeders… Continue Reading


Paul Myers: An Astounding Life in the Trades

By Greg Dalgetty

Few people have made the kind of contribution to their community that Paul Myers has. The 82-year-old president of Keith Plumbing & Heating Co. donated a staggering $25 million to Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver back in September. The contribution, believed to be the largest… Continue Reading


Sheraton Centre Toronto goes VRF

By JS Rancourt

As part of a $90 million renovation project for all guest suites, the flagship Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel is replacing its existing two-pipe fan coil system with North America’s largest Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system, providing each guest suite full flexibility overheating… Continue Reading