As reported by the Profit Planning Group (per CIPH's Market Data Report), total plumbing, PVF/industrial, waterworks, hydronics, and HVACR estimated sales show a 15 percent increase for the month of February 2006 in comparison to February 2005.
Sixteen students from four Ontario secondary schools competed in the Secondary School Student Challenge at the Skills Center exhibit during CMX/CIPHEX 2006. Also, the Post-Secondary Heating System Technician Competition pitted post-secondary students in competition, and a new event - the Master's Fun Challenge - was introduced.
In March, Direct Energy filed a motion with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to "review and vary" its decision in the 2006 Enbridge Rates case, a decision which may require separation of the Enbridge and Direct Energy bills by Jan. 1, 2007. In April, the OEB held its ground on the original decision but retracted its requirement for the separation of bills by Jan. 1, 2007.
The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) will be hosting HRAI members in a best-practices presentation and discussion about Geoexchangeâ„¢ technology with municipalities. The discussion will be accessible via a simultaneous audio/webcast on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Martin Luymes, director of the Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Contractors of Canada (HRAC), and Mel Little, HRAC contractor representative, met with Toronto Hydro to discuss how HVAC contractors might become more involved in the utility's peakSAVER program.
The Heating, Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning Institute's (HRAI's) Skill Tech Academy, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), has established a new Residential Hydronics Design Technician (RHDT) designation.
Refrigerant Management Canada (RMC) has been working with Mike Kwiecien and Alek Hage of Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA) to develop a refrigerant tracking database providing RMC and the Collection Service Providers (CSP) with a tool that should ensure accuracy, enhance the tracking process, and improve accountability.
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) Director Martin Luymes recently met with the board of directors of the Healthy Indoors Partnership (HIP) to discuss opportunities for working together towards the development of a national training and certification standard for indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals.
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has ordered Enbridge Gas Distribution to either find a way to provide "nondiscriminatory access to the utility bill" for the HVAC industry or to remove Direct Energy from the bill by Jan. 1, 2007.