The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft 1 Energy StarÂ® Version 2.0 furnace specification for general review and comment. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) submitted comments to EPA on the draft.
Mark Boncardo, HRAI Manufacturers Division chair, and Caroline Czajko, Manufacturers Division manager, represented HRAI at the International Council of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Manufacturers' Associations (ICARMA) meeting.
Nancy McKeraghan, principal of Canco Climatecare Heating and Air Conditioning, was appointed chair of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) at the association's 38th annual meeting.
Pierre Martin, president of Pro Kontrol, Laval, Quebec, was appointed chair of the Canadian Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Wholesalers (CHRAW) at the association's annual general meeting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) recently announced that the list of trades eligible for the apprenticeship training tax credit has been expanded to include five new trades, including the 313d Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic.
The government of Manitoba has released a brief report entitled "Energy in Manitoba," which provides a snapshot of how energy is produced and used in the province. The report illustrates the province's gains in energy efficiency, its decreased reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels, and the rise in use of geothermal heat pumps.
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has released the 2006 Building Code, which requires that higher energy efficiency standards be met. Gas and propane furnaces will be required to meet a 90 percent AFUE as opposed to the current minimum of 78 percent.
Mike Burns, chair of the Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) recently announced the launch of Responsible Equipment Management (REM), an industry awareness and responsibility program concerning decommissioned HVACR equipment.