Snapshots of the Canadian Hydronics Conference

Attendees stop by the Wilo booth.
Mechanical Business July/August Road Warrior stopped by MB’s booth for a visit.

An enthusiastic crowd of over 190 hydronics novices and pros headed to the World Trade Center Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK for the Canadian Hydronics Conference. Held on September 27-28, the event featured educational sessions along with exhibitors showing the latest technology and sharing their expertise.

Managing homeowner expectations can be tough but it must be done says Mechanical Business columnist Good Cooke. Cooke, who attracted a full house to his CHC session, notes that homeowners are more motivated to avoid waste than being sold on energy savings. “People want to make a sustainable difference.” He also says that “we have to take a stab at existing houses” to meet efficiency and emissions requirements.

Sean Giberson explains product details at the Taco booth.
Scott Boutilier of Viessmann Manufacturing explains the complexities of solar thermal and hydronics.
Mike Miller of Taco attracted a crowd with his introduction to air to water heat pumps.
Canadian Hydronics Council chair Jerry Leyte announced that CHC will be promoting designer/installer memberships.
Kirk Nagus of Axiom Industries explains chemical and non-chemical water treatment options.
Speaker Robert Bean suggests selling the benefits of building hygiene to potential hydronics clients.
Changes to CSA B214 were the focus of a presentation by Tom Gervais of Bradford White Canada.

The final event was a discussion of codes, efficiency and rebate opportunities in Saskatchewan. Panelists were (front) Peter Wotherspoon, assistant chief building official, Building and Technical Standards Branch; (back left)Jules Chenard, Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan; and James Gates, director customer solutions, SaskEnergy.

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