CHC Chairman Barry Cunningham (Triangle Supply) reports:
Training: Two-day “Introduction to Hydronic Heating Installations” courses are scheduled for Hamilton, Jan. 17/18, Kingston, Feb 21/22, and Toronto, March 28/29. A new, intermediate training course (36 hour) will run twice in Ontario beginning Feb. 2, and April 10. Registration forms are available at www.ultimatecomfort.ca.
Hydronics Installers: The Hydronics Installer Membership category provides contractors with a voice through CHC on regional hydronics committees, and strengthens contractors’ knowledge of emerging industry issues by creating yet another link to customers regarding hydronic heating systems. If you know of an installer who could benefit from membership with CHC, have them contact Jason Bourque at firstname.lastname@example.org
Certification: CHC now offers a certification program. Individuals may become a Certified Installer, Certified Designer, or Registered Designer. This program is voluntary for those who want the
knowledge/skills/and competitive edge
that certification offers. industry experience, a
challenge exam can be process. To learn more
written, speeding up the certification about CHC’s Certification Program,
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the research currently being done in Canada, CHC is expanding its partnership to join forces with two other key hydronic marketing groups in the US, the Radiant Panel Association and the Hydronics Industry Alliance.
Energy Efficiency Contractors Network (EECN): The EECN is a proposed new organization of associations who work with Ontario contractors. The purpose of the organization is to create an entity that contractors can approach to learn about energy efficient options/programs so that they may take advantage of this growing segment of the industry. It will include not only heating contractors, but also electrical contractors and building envelope contractors as well. CHC Manager, Jason Bourque will sit on the EECN Board. This initiative is one of many that may result from a new trend towards energy conservation in Canada. An overview of EECN’s education and training initiatives should be available early 2007.
Boiler Manufacturers to meet with Natural Resources Canada: John Cockburn, Senior Chief Standards and Labeling, Housing and Equipment of Natural Resources Canada (Office of Energy Efficiency) will meet with boiler manufacturers in December to address potential opportunities in our collective efforts to grow the hydronics business in Canada. Included in the conversation will be CIPH’s current statistics program on boiler data and how it can be improved to begin monitoring energy efficient units.
CSA B214 (Installation Code for Hydronic Heating Systems): CSA B214 has recently been updated and the public review comments are being considered by the Technical Committee this fall. A new version of the code is expected by spring 2007.
Marketing: CHC has recently put out a request for proposal on the creation of a uniform marketing campaign to benefit the hot water heating sector. The development of a marketing strategy by an independent third-party will provide the council an unbiased, expert opinion on how to approach market growth. In addition to
Best Practices Guide: CHC is partnering with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology to create a best practices guide for hydronic heating installations. The majority of the content for the guide will be derived from the energy efficient practices that are being removed from CSA B214 (Installation Code for Hydronic Heating Systems). The guide is being designed to be a “pocket-sized” book that will be convenient for contractors to carry in their truck. The anticipated release date of the guide is spring 2007. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Plumbing Industry Advisory Council
Chairman Dan Robertson (Rheem Canada) reports:
City of Edmonton Draft Bylaw: The City of Edmonton is proposing Energy Efficient Design Requirements and a Water Efficiency Bylaw. Members and industry have provided feedback on these proposals, which CIPH has forwarded to the City for consideration. Further consultation will be undertaken before finalizing any new requirements. Product Misclassification: PIAC has issued a letter to all Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredited certification bodies to inform them of an emerging issue; some boilers are being certified as water heaters, bypassing the construction requirement to ASME Section IV. These units are then installed as heating boilers, bypassing the minimum efficiency requirements of 80% AFUE. PIAC has requested that certification organizations undertake appropriate research up front and classify products appropriately before certification begins.
Meeting With CSA Group: On November 1st, CIPH staff along with PIAC Chair Dan Robertson attended a meeting with senior officials to obtain key updates from CSA that may impact CIPH members. Some of these issues included water conservation, California’s lead issue and CSA B483 (Drinking Water Treatment Unit Standard). There were also presentations done by three of CSA’s key departments (Audits &
Investigations; Certification; Standards) to review activities related to CIPH. Attendees agreed on ways CIPH and CSA could work more closely together on all of these initiatives, including CIPH’s involvement at CSA’s Plumbing Forum in January 2007.
Markings: PIAC continues to pressure the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) regarding document CAN-P-1500L, released this year imposing further marking requirements for our industry. SCC insists the requirements are not as onerous as PIAC originally had thought. However, several certification organizations are also protesting the new requirements. To date, SCC has not retracted the document. It is anticipated they will provide an interpretation of the document for clarification.
California Lead Issue: PIAC wrote a letter to the Governor of California advising against the signing of bill AB 1953, which changes the amount of lead allowed in plumbing fixtures from 8% to 0.25%. There are currently no known fixtures in existence that meet the bill and new alloys may need to be developed. Despite recommendations against signing the bill from both PIAC and the Plumbing Manufacturers’ Institute (PMI) in the US, the bill was approved and will come into effect January 1, 2010. PIAC will continue to work with PMI to determine next steps. For more information contact email@example.com
Volume 52 Issue 3 December 2006