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ASHRAE opens revised residential energy standard for input

Recognizing the amount of energy used by the residential building sector, ASHRAE and IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) say they are revising their residential energy standard with a goal of making it 50% more efficient than the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.

CaGBC framework to “incentivize the design of highly efficient” buildings

“By embarking on this important initiative, the [Canada Green Building Council] is providing the market with a state-of-the-art guideline and, soon, the third-party verification and support required to make net zero carbon buildings a reality in the near future,” said president & CEO Thomas Mueller of CaGBC’s release of a Zero Carbon Buildings Framework.

Three energy efficiency programs to launch in Alberta

Energy Efficiency Alberta is gearing up to launch three initial energy efficiency programs in early 2017: Direct Install Residential Program, Residential Consumer Products Program, and Business Non-Profit & Institutional Rebate Program.
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Featured News 
Earth tubes

Heating & cooling with earth tubes

Earth tubes are a new way to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool a building, and researchers with Natural Resources Canada recently analyzed the effectiveness of earth tube heat exchanger systems. » Read full article

RETScreen Expert now available for download

The RETScreen development team at CanmetEnergy’s Varennes Research Centre has been hard at work to bring you the next generation of RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software. » Read full article
Vantage Controls

Vantage Controls and QMotion integrate via Design Centre 3.7

Vantage Controls, a lighting controls brand of Legrand, has announced full software integration with QMotion Advanced Shading Systems, bringing control to bundled active and natural lighting systems through Design Centre 3.7. » Read full article
Lutron Vive

“No flicker or delay” with Lutron Vive lighting control

Retrofitting an older building? Lutron’s Vive wireless lighting control bats down the requirement for extensive new wiring by using a hub for central control and monitoring. » 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