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Unsophisticated test yields great results

A number of years ago, a colleague of mine and I were teaching building science in Russia to a number of contractors. The indoor air quality (IAQ) section of the training was provided by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) research division. The division

Who is in control around here?

You take a few steps backwards, snap a few “glamour” shots and send your piping pics around the globe. It is a common practice these days to share mechanical room piping on the various

The finer points of leak detection

There is an old trades’ saying that you became a plumber and not an electrician because there was too much math in electrical. Little did some of us realize that in order to become a plumber/gasfitter there would still be some electrical involved with the gas part of the trade. It is funny though,…

All about actuators

We are surrounded by actuators in our everyday life. In your home, the trip lever on your toilet is one of the simplest examples, a hand-operated lever. In your vehicle, you may have power seat

About grease interceptors

Grease interceptors, or grease traps as they are often-misnamed, are frequently misunderstood and largely overlooked. After all, they are usually out of sight and therefore out of mind.

The move towards mass timber buildings − Part I

Buildings constructed of mass timber are becoming the “new kids on the block” for the residential and commercial sector. Mass timber architecture appeals to both builders and owners alike because of the ease of construction, large open spaces and high ceilings containing attractive wooden beams.…

You be the judge

With all of the draws on your attention these days, it can be impossible to find time to follow the ups and downs of labour disputes. But you should know that your employees are paying attention, and if you don’t want to land yourself in hot water, you need to stay one step ahead.