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Condos: Expanding the VRF Universe

By J.S. Rancourt

Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC systems are no longer considered a new thing. It has been more than a decade since the first major global alliance was forged between a large Japanese VRF manufacturer and a North American HVAC manufacturer. Since then, numerous global alliances… Continue Reading


In the Broadcast Booth with Jerry Howarth

By Greg Dalgetty

Few broadcasters in Canada have had the longevity or been as widely embraced as Jerry Howarth, the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The radio play-by-play announcer first started calling Jays games with his long-time partner, the late Tom Cheek, in the broadcast booth in 1981. Since… Continue Reading


Quebec City Hospital Network Targets Energy Reduction

By Denise Deveau

Not every mechanical engineer has the chance to work on a large-scale energy retrofit project, but when the chance does come around it’s a technically interesting – and complex – challenge.

"Deep energy retrofits demand much more involvement in terms of analysis and assessment… Continue Reading


Thermal Imaging: The Sixth Sense of System Diagnostics

By Adam Freill

At one point in time, being a good troubleshooter meant having a finely tuned set of senses, and using them as soon as you entered a jobsite. The ability to hear a bearing grind or to smell an overheated motor could save countless hours trying to pinpoint the reason why heat wasn’t getting… Continue Reading


Hitting the Ice, with NHL Ice Man Mike Craig

By Adam Freill

Perhaps it was growing up watching his dad create the ice for the Oilers dynasty of the ’80s, or maybe he was just like most other Canadian kids his age, but as a boy growing up in Alberta, Mike Craig dreamed of making it big on an NHL rink.

As the NHL’s senior manager of facility operations,… Continue Reading