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Reduce your A/C load with snow? That’s so Canadian

A University of British Columbia (Okanagan) study—a computer modelling exercise—found directing a building’s air handling units through a snow dump (snow collected and stored from winter road clearing operations) can reduce the need to use air-conditioning during warmer parts of the year.

“Great to see this finally happening” says AEEA of Alberta code updates

“These changes to the building code ensure that the amount of energy used by homeowners and businesses will be permanently reduced, and the savings will continue into the future,” said Minister Shannon Phillips of Alberta’s announcement that it has updated or adopted seven new codes, all of which include energy efficiency improvements.

Motor efficiency standards to benefit from systems approach

Members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA in the U.S.) Motor & Generator Section and the European Committee of Manufacturers of Electrical Machines & Power Electronics (CEMEP) say they have a “new direction for global motor efficiency standards”.
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Connected+ 2016

PHOTOS: No “one size fits all” in IoT, says Connected+ 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem is still evolving, Mike Kraus of ipCapital Group told a small crowd gathered at the 3rd Annual Connected+ Conference & Expo in Toronto. There are multiple markets, platform fragmentation, lack of interoperability and many other challenges, he continued, which means collaboration and finding the right partners is key. » Read full article

Schneider Electric, Panasonic partner forBMS/HVAC solution

An integrated HVAC equipment and building management solution (BMS) is the result of a Schneider Electric and Panasonic partnership, bringing “new levels of HVAC control and energy efficiency to today’s commercial buildings”. » Read full article

Terralux’s DRVH LED replaces HID, CFL downlights

Terralux has a new LED retrofit kit for 8-in. to 12-in. commercial downlights that utilize vertically mounted compact fluorescent (CFL) or high-intensity discharge (HID) bulbs. » Read full article

Acuity Brands’ nLight Air controls help LED upgrades

Acuity Brands’ new nLight Air platform, a wireless extension of its nLight digital lighting control platform, targets building owners and contractors looking to seamlessly upgrade facilities to LED lighting control. » Read full article
Events Calendar 

The Buildings Show

Date & Location: Nov. 30-Dec. 2 • Toronto, Ont.
Info: The Buildings Show returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), bringing together Construct Canada, PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, the World of Concrete Pavilion, and IIDEXCanada. It is held simultaneously with the Real Estate Forum Toronto. » More info

Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings XIII International Conference

Date & Location: Dec. 5-8 • Clearwater, Fla.
Info: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is hosting the 13th international conference on Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings XIII, an event that attracts building envelope experts from around the world to share state-of-the-art research and technology applications. » More info

AEE Southern Ontario December Chapter Meeting

Date & Location:Dec. 7 • Toronto, Ont.
Info: The Association of Energy Engineers - Southern Ontario Chapter is hosting its December chapter meeting on December 7, 2016. All AEESOC meetings are hosted at the Toronto Congress Centre at 650 Dixon Rd. » More info

ASHRAE Winter Conference

Date & Location: Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2017 • Las Vegas, Nev.
Info: A gathering of HVAC&R professionals, the ASHRAE Conference includes eight conference tracks and keynote speaker Adam Steltzner, chief engineer EDL, NASA Mars Rover Curiosity and author. » More info

EnerQuality Housing Innovation Forum & Awards

Date & Location: Feb. 23, 2017 • Vaughan, Ont.
Info: The EnerQuality (EQ) Housing Innovation Forum & Awards is a day-long celebration of innovation in high-performance home building for Ontarians, culminating in a gala and awards ceremony recognizing the best of the industry province-wide. » More info