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RSES vice-president stepping down

RSES International executive vice-president Mark Lowry has announced that he will be retiring from the organization at the end of June 2014. Lowry has held the chief staff position with the organization since 2006, after serving in various senior management positions since 1993. The search for Lowry’s successor is expected to begin in the…

HVI names new chairman

Don Stevens was elected chairman of the board for the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) during the organization’s annual meeting in September. Stevens is the national research and development manager for Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. Over his two-year term, he said the HVI Board of Directors will focus on increasing the…

AHR Expo coming to The Big Apple

The 2014 AHR Expo will take place from Jan. 21 to 23 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, N.Y. The 66th edition of the world’s largest trade show exclusive to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry will feature more than 100 seminars and educational sessions. There will be just under 2,000…

Plumbing code guide for Ontario coming out

Plumbing guide and book author Rainier Bratsch-Blundel, a regular Mechanical Business contributor, has a new code guide for Ontario coming out. The book, Plumbing, is his latest offering for the plumbing trade and is part of Orderline publishing’s Illustrated Code Series. The book is based on the 2012 Ontario Building Code. In addition to…

Air Miles targets small business owners

Air Miles, the well-known Canadian customer loyalty program, recently unveiled its plans for the 2014 Small Business Achievement Awards. The awards program allows small business owners to nominate themselves in one of five categories, with winners receiving mentorship sessions from some of Canada’s most well-regarded business leaders,…

Revised ASHRAE Indoor Air Quality Standard Published

ASHRAE has included several revisions in its recently published 2013 version of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. The standard sets minimum ventilation rates and other IAQ requirements for commercial and institutional buildings. The 2013 edition combines the 2010 standard and 10 published…

Noble sale to Emco completed

Emco subsidiary Talisker Plumbing Corporation finalized the acquisition of the Commercial and Professional Market division of Rona Inc. on October 21, 2013. That division, which was created when Rona acquired wholesale distributor Noble in 2007, has grown through acquisition to approximately 1,400 employees in Ontario, Quebec and British…

Sprinkler trade to become compulsory?

The sprinkler and fire protection installer trade could become a compulsory trade in Ontario.The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) recently received a request from the trade board in the province asking to review the classification status of the sprinkler and fire protection installer trade, with the possibility of reclassifying it as a…

National Model Construction Codes review underway

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) is inviting stakeholders to take part in the fall 2013 public review of proposed changes to the 2010 National Model Construction Codes. The public review place on the National Codes website until Dec. 13.The CCBFC will consider all comments and make its final recommendations…

Noble Heating Show draws crowd

The Noble Heating Show on Oct. 9 drew more than 700 contractors to Vaughan, Ont. The event featured exhibits from industry suppliers, as well as numerous education and training sessions. Contractors also had the opportunity to become certified in the use of Gastite flexible gas piping, and to win a furnace, with a pair being handed out…
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