D. Brian Baker

D. Brian Baker

D. Brian Baker is the founder of Westech Energy Training Centre and the president of Custom Vac Ltd. in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was recently honored as the winner of The NEWS’ 2013 Best Instructor contest. He can be reached at 204-775-7744, custom@customvac.mb.ca, or visit www.customvac.mb.ca.


I’m Proud to Be a Professional Tradesman

The Real Story — Contrary to Popular Belief — is Not Always Disclosed in the Numbers
March 17, 2014

We need trades professionals with the skills and knowledge to perform and meet the growing demands in building the infrastructure in this country and to create the spin-offs that come with a growing, thriving economy.

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A Contractor’s View of R-410A

September 17, 2012
Amidst all the talk about refrigerants such as HCs, HFOs, and CO2, the vast majority of contractors are still working on HFC and HCFC systems. With that in mind, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, contractor Brian Baker of Custom Vac Ltd., offers some perspectives on the familiar refrigerants of R-410A and R-22. 

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Who Is Responsible for the Building Envelope?

May 25, 2009
The HVAC industry is just one sector of the trades conducting work under the roof and within the building envelope of homes and commercial structures. The responsibility for sizing equipment and designing the duct and ventilation systems, however, has been placed solely on the backs of HVAC contractors. When did this happen?
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