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Uponor named manufacturer of year; expands HQ

The U.S.-based Manufacturers Alliance recently named Uponor its 2013 Manufacturer of the Year in the large company category. The company was chosen for various lean and operational efficiencies. This past May, Uponor broke ground on the expansion of its headquarters in Apple Valley, Minn. The project will add 17,500 sq. ft. of…

OPIA coming to St. Catharines

The Ontario Plumbing Inspectors Association’s 83rd Annual Meeting & Educational Seminar will take place from June 23 to 25, 2013 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre in St. Catharines, Ont. The conference will feature the popular Cracker Barrel session, the OPIASO Trade Show, code technical panels, seminars, the…

A decade of geo

The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) has released its report, Ten Years of Progress and Achievement: 2002-2012. Among the highlights from the past 10 years are: more than $50 million in subsidies for the residential retrofit market, ensuring that geothermal technologies receive the same tax treatment as other renewable energy…

HRAI educating consumers on door-to-door sales

HRAI recently started a consumer awareness campaign to educate consumers on the potential pitfalls of purchasing long-term contracts for major appliances, such as water heater rentals, from door-to-door salespeople.“Investing in a long-term contract, such as a water heater rental agreement, should not be handled in the same manner as…

ASPE and ASSE International sign MOU

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and ASSE International have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help advance and promote the organizations’ mutual interests related to regulations, codes, standards, design, specifications, installation, and inspection of plumbing systems. They also plan to jointly develop…

Tank inspection list revised

Members of COHA’s technical committee have made revisions to the association’s tank inspection checklist originally created for the “Retire Your Tank” program in 2011. The checklist is designed to function as a risk management tool for improving tank inspection quality by COHA members and GreenTech certified technicians. To order the…

CaGBC announces Affordable Green Housing Program

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) kicked off its Earth Day celebrations on April 22 by announcing its Affordable Green Housing Program, designed to offer free green building registration and certification to charitable building projects.The organization will be administering the registrations and certifications under the…

Get ready to ride for Habitat

The fourth annual Ride for Habitat will take place on June 8, 2013. All funds raised during the event will go towards Habitat for Humanity Canada. Last year’s event had over 60 riders and raised more than $17,500. Riders will have the option of starting at several starting points, including Vaughan, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton/Milton and…

HRAI’s Contractors Division looking to award leaders

HRAI’s Contractors Division is currently accepting nominations for the Craig McCarty Memorial Award and the Gerald Inch Award for Chapter Leadership.The Craig McCarty Memorial Award is presented to HRAI’s Contractors Division members for outstanding leadership and dedication in the HVAC/R contracting industry in Canada, through…

Wolseley branches out in Brampton

Wolseley recently opened a plumbing and hydronics branch in Brampton, Ont. The new location is part of the company’s Greater Toronto Area region and will be headed up by general manager Craig Dunford and branch manager Darren Wright.The branch is located at 56 Bramsteele Rd., Unit 2A. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to…
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