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The pandemic didn't slow down progress at Sheet Metal Workers Local 10 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Beginning in March 2020, construction began on the training center's new 3,700-square-foot commercial service and architectural lab. The inside of the building is designed as a commercial service lab while the outside was created to serve as an architectural lab, complete with removable panels. Equipment includes a small air handling unit, in addition to one on the roof that services the building, several fans, variable speed drives, pumps and motorized variable air volume boxes. “We're pushing really hard to get into the commercial service market,” said Carl Zitzer, Local 10's recently retired training coordinator, who was instrumental in the creation of the lab. “We were running classes, but we didn't have any commercial equipment.” Zitzer said this lab will help contractors bid the work and showcase the skills, expertise and professionalism sheet metal workers bring to the marketplace: “We install it. We should be the ones servicing it.” With the completion of U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, in recent memory, architectural work is yet another specialty sheet metal workers want to keep in their wheelhouse. Three sides of the new building serve as a lab for the installation of any type of architectural panel system, and the interior also can be used as an architectural lab. Once an apprentice class is finished installing panels, the next class begins the project by taking it apart and then installing a new design. The lab is an important part in training this type of work, as it is highly specialized, Zitzer said. “When you can't actually do the work in school like they do on the job, it's hard to explain,” he added. “This is as realistic as possible. This is like doing a real job.” In 2018, Local 10 [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
CB Supplies Ltd. is officially unveiling its new facility on Maritz Drive in Mississauga, ON. The 81,000-sq.-ft. building is custom-built from the ground up, and features the company's VIPERT radiant tubing for its in-floor hydronic heating system installed throughout the office. The new facility will also serve as a hub for its other warehouses. The new facility features CB Supplies' VIPERT in-floor hydronic heating system through the officeCB Supplies manufactures plumbing and heating products, and is a master distributor for a wide range of products in the plumbing and heating, HVAC/R, pump and waterwell, pool and spa, and filtration and irrigation markets. cbsupplies.ca The post CB Supplies celebrates new custom-built facility appeared first on Mechanical Business. [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Source: Mechanical Business
By Kerry Turner For fans of home renovation shows the Holmes brand is one of, if not the most well-known in Canada. To achieve that level of success one would assume there was a master plan; how else does a contractor make the leap to stardom? That assumption would be wrong – at least at the outset of Mike Holmes's career. Becoming a television celebrity wasn't something he planned. Like many things in life, his start in television with Holmes on Homes in 2003 was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. “You know, it's funny. I was doing a job for a television executive, griping about all the things those home renovation shows do wrong and what I'd do if I was in their position,” recounts Mike. “He liked what I was saying, and told me to put together a show for him. That was my start in television.” Two of his children, Sherry and Michael, would later join him; once again without a grand plan. “I never intended on joining my dad's business as a teenager,” says Michael. When he was 14, his dad asked him to work for him during the summer. “He said, “I will pay you good money and you will work very hard,”” recalls Michael. “I always say that one of those things was true, anyone who has worked for a family company knows which one! That summer, I fell in love with working physically and working with my hands.” Sherry also recounts how a career in construction wasn't in the cards. “I always just assumed that construction wasn't a viable career option for me, but boy was I wrong!” says Sherry. A common thread for the three Holmes is the drive to help people and raise the bar for renovators and trades people; [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Source: Mechanical Business
By Jonathan Harp Scientists worldwide have looked at hydrogen as an energy source for the more than a century and focused on applications such as fuel cells. Unfortunately, hydrogen technologies have not had much success being commercialized. This is about to change radically. Because of the targets of the Paris accord on climate change for greenhouse gas reductions and achieving net-zero emissions, global energy systems are set to significantly change with hydrogen leading the way as the most available and reliable alternative to reach these lofty goals. Governments worldwide, including Canada, have started work on strategies to incorporate hydrogen into the low emission energy mix. Our country is a top ten producer of hydrogen and in December of 2020, Canada launched a new hydrogen strategy to assist with meeting the country's climate change obligations. The Hydrogen Strategy for Canada “seeks to modernize Canada's energy systems by leveraging Canadian expertise through building new hydrogen supply and distribution infrastructure and fostering uptake in various end-uses.” “End-uses” include fuel for transportation, power generation and heat for buildings. The use of hydrogen for building heating will significantly impact heating products and the supply chain. One of the first steps being pursued as a part of this strategy is adding hydrogen into the mix of natural gas (NG). Adding hydrogen will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of NG. Space heating (at 60 per cent) and water heating (at 19 per cent) are the largest NG uses in homes. Hydrogen is a solution for gas utilities because it can be produced in large volumes. Other GHG reducing gases, such as recycled natural gas and landfill gas, are in limited supply. Countries including Germany and the UK are already piloting the use of hydrogen/natural gas blends for home heating. As reported in a March 17, 2021 AHRI webinar titled “Hydrogen- Enriched Natural Gas [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Source: Mechanical Business
By Sue Sodek Installing cameras in your work vehicles might be done for a myriad good reasons. You may want to encourage safe driving habits, provide customers with real time service notifications, or defend yourself in the event of a complaint or accident. But how does this level of scrutiny impact your staff, and what level of privacy are your employees entitled to while they work? Understanding privacy rights in Canada can be a tricky business. There's no hard and fast rule that blankets each and every employee across all provinces and work functions, and court rulings often lag when it comes to emerging technologies. The very word “surveillance” can carry negative connotations, erode morale and damage trust. Successfully navigating the balance between your need to know and their right to privacy is possible − you just need to be prepared. This involves making a plan, and writing and communicating a policy before starting surveillance. After some time has passed, a final piece to consider is evaluation. Initially, you identified this as a solution to a problem. Has your system had the intended impact? Does the problem still exist, or is your system alleviating it? Has there been any pushback or are employees still on board? If you've done your job right, you've solved some problems and found some balance, while fostering employee trust and goodwill. What privacy rights do Canadian workers have? The short answer is very few. Legislation for private businesses across Canada is patchy and only a few provinces have enacted actual Privacy Acts. At the moment only British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec have legislation covering the private sector. The overriding principle to know is that with a few exceptions, no one can really expect privacy while working. There are protections in place around specific locations, such as locker rooms and [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Source: Mechanical Business
Amanda Spricenieks has been promoted to branch manager at Goodman Manufacturing Company's Edmonton Amanda Spriceniekslocation. Spricenieks, who has 10 years of HVAC experience, joined Goodman in October 2020 in the position of customer service representative. goodmanmfg.com/ The post Goodman promotes new branch manager appeared first on Mechanical Business. [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Source: Mechanical Business
Boost By Jobber is supporting small home-services businesses with grants totalling $100,000. New and experienced home-service business owners across Canada (except Quebec) can apply for one of 20 grants of $1,000 to $20,000 in either of four categories: Almost Entrepreneurs (pre-business) – Entrepreneurs ready to start and run a home service business. New Business Owners (zero to three years in business) – Entrepreneurs still building their team, client list and services. Experienced Business Owners (three-plus years in business) – Entrepreneurs ready to scale up their business to the next growth stage. COVID-19 Support (for those currently in business) – Entrepreneurs needing a boost to return to their pre-COVID state. The grants can be used for business needs such as purchasing new equipment, marketing, launching new services, team training and financial relief. Applications are accepted until May 5, 2021, and winners will be announced in August 2021. For more information or to apply visit boostbyjobber.com/#apply-now Jobber produces job tracking and customer management software for home-service businesses, and offers support and resources through Boost by Jobber. The post Boost By Jobber offers business owners up to $100,000 in grants appeared first on Mechanical Business. [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Source: Mechanical Business
By Denise Deveau A multi-phase construction project at O'Rourke Family Winery in Lake Country, BC is a living testament to the versatility of hydronic heating and cooling. This design/build effort began three years ago and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021. The design of the massive complex of multiple buildings is impressive by any standard. Situated on top of a rocky outcrop, the winery required considerable excavation over the course of building five separate structures: an auditorium, residential suites, the production facility, a family residence and an event centre. Especially noteworthy is the production area, where the fermentation, bottling and warehousing takes place. It's actually part of a cave system bored into the rock, and features some 300 meters of tunnels, and a total of 12,000 sq. ft. of cave space. As daunting as this scale sounds, it's second nature for the owner, a general contractor experienced in massive commercial projects, says Michael Crutchley, senior mechanical engineer and discipline lead at Ecora in Kelowna, BC. “This was a signature project for him, using a design/build approach.” So how does one go about heating and cooling a multibuilding complex in stony terrain? The only answer that made sense was a hydronic heating and cooling system, says Greg Burke, sales engineer at Trane Kelowna. “It just made sense to go hydronic from a maintenance and efficiency standpoint, because it allows them to build off a central system. A main advantage is that hydronic uses low noise chillers, which minimizes sound throughout the buildings.” Hydronic was the only practical choice for a project supplying heating and cooling to separate buildings, Crutchley confirms. “Installing hydronic loops from a central plant was the only way we could do this relatively easily, because we had to drill through rock to connect them. We couldn't just run heating ducts [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Source: Mechanical Business
Amanda Spricenieks has been promoted to branch manager at Goodman Manufacturing Company's Edmonton Amanda Spriceniekslocation. Spricenieks, who has 10 years of HVAC experience, joined Goodman in October 2020 in the position of customer service representative. https://www.goodmanmfg.com/ The post Goodman promotes new branch manager appeared first on Mechanical Business. [...]
Fri, Apr 09, 2021
Source: Mechanical Business
The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are investing $23 million in Hydro Ottawa to create a district energy (DE) system for Ottawa-Gatineau's new Zibi waterfront development. The investment comes through the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Ministry of Natural Resources, and from FCM's Green Municipal Fund. The DE system, designed by engineering firm Eequinox, will allow the carbon-neutral waterfront development to create the National Capital Region's first net-zero community on 34 acres of brownfield lands between Ottawa and Gatineau's urban core. “Investing in innovative solutions to reduce emissions is critical to tackling climate change,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of Infrastructure and Communities, while making the announcement. “The Zibi project will develop the National Capital Region's first district energy system to provide zero-carbon heating and cooling to residents, and it is positioned to be the most sustainable community in Canada. In partnership with the FCM, federal funding will help make this exciting project a reality, creating jobs and building a cleaner, more inclusive community right here in the heart of Ottawa.” The new DE system will remove greenhouse gas emissions from building heating and cooling operations “by leveraging locally generated hydroelectricity, river-coupled cooling from the Ottawa River and waste industrial heat from the local Kruger Products plant.” Zibi, the Algonquin Anishinabe word for “river,” is being developed by Dream and Theia Partners, and when completed will be Canada's most sustainable neighbourhood. The waterfront community will feature millions of square feet of commercial space, including a plaza and riverside retail, housing for more than 5,000 people, and almost eight acres of riverfront greenspaces. For more on the project visit https://www.zibi.ca/ The post Ottawa's planned Zibi community receives $23-million investment appeared first on Mechanical Business. [...]
Thu, Apr 08, 2021
Source: Mechanical Business
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