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Improving Ground Source Heat Pump Performance

Scientists are researching ways to improve the performance of ground source heat pumps, a promising mechanism for extracting renewable thermal energy from the ground.

In order to make GSHPs more affordable, scientists at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are looking at new ways to improve GSHP performance and reduce their installation cost. The goal is to transfer this knowledge to industry so they can design GSHPs that are more appealing for home builders and owners.


NRCan to add Water Heaters to the HVAC EnerGuide Program

Contractors' use of the label to increase energy efficient water heater sales is crucial to program's success.

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) has finalized an agreement with manufacturers who sell electric and gas/propane water heaters in Canada to participate in the industry managed HVAC EnerGuide Program.


Press Release – January 14, 2013: Building Energy Efficiency Coalition

Building owners join forces with energy equipment and service providers to advocate for energy efficiency tax reform

Two of Canada’s most prominent associations of building owners and operators have partnered with the Canadian Construction Association and six leading associations of energy equipment and services providers to advocate for energy efficiency tax reform. The new group is known as the Building Energy Efficiency Coalition (BEEC).


2012 Vancouver Building By-Law Proposed Change (Location of Gas Vents)

This provision would only allow venting vertically through a roof or horizontally through an exterior wall that faces a street or lane including additional restrictions.


HVI's Fresh Ideas Home Ventilation & Indoor Air Quality Guide Articles

Ventilation products have differing capacities for moving air, making it important to ensure the product being selected has ample capacity for the application. HVI's Certified airflow rating appears on the product or on the HVI label displayed on each unit, in the manufacturer's literature describing the fan and in the HVI-Certified Products Directory.

The following guidelines will help you to determine the fan capacity required for your application.


The Canadian Construction Association (CCA)

Established in 1918, Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) vision is to build Canada with ethics, skills and responsibility. CCA’s mission is to be the national voice for the Canadian construction industry.

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