Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada’s (HRAI’s) forecast for 2007 projects that shipments of commercial air
conditioning will increase by 4 percent, residential air conditioning will
increase by 1 percent, and residential furnace shipments will decrease by 1
percent over the projected 2006 figures.
The Nova Scotia Natural Gas Association (NSNGA), a new organization affiliated with the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors of Canada (HRAI), was formally inaugurated at a meeting held late November 2006 in Halifax.
Enbridge Gas Distribution has launched EnergyLink™, a free referral service intended to help its residential and small business customers find local HVAC contractors for the purchase and installation of natural gas products such as furnaces, fireplaces, and water heaters.
Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer (CECO) announced that his 2006 Annual Report shows that Ontario has reduced electricity consumption by 2.5 percent over 2005, even after weather factors such as a marginally cooler summer were factored into the calculations.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to increase the minimum efficiency level for furnaces and boilers. It has been proposed that the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) would be increased from 78 percent to 80 percent for non-weatherized gas furnaces and 83 percent for weatherized gas furnaces.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to a new partnership committed to green building and sustainable development.
The Climate Action Network is beginning its tour to find out what Canadians want in a Kyoto plan to address climate change. The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is committed to promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of sustainable energy and energy conservation and efficiency in British Columbia.
The Canadian GeoExchangeâ„¢ Coalition, a not-for-profit organization focused on geothermal heating and cooling technology, will host the 1st National GeoExchange Business and Policy Forum on Nov. 27-28, 2006.