Feds funding Passive House/Net Zero building for Parks Canada
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by Doug Picklyk
3M ago
Conceptual design image of the north entrance of the Administration and Visitor Centre. Credit: Parks Canada (CNW Group/Parks Canada) The Government of Canada has announced over $37 million in funding to construct an administration and visitor centre for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area in Nipigon, Ont.; it will be Parks Canada’s first Passive House Plus, net-zero carbon build. The building has been designed, and will be constructed, using a super-insulated envelope, optimized site orientation, sustainable material selection, and on-site geothermal and photovoltaic energy ..read more
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Top Story of 2023: Heat Pump Symposium a Sold Out Success
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by Doug Picklyk
5M ago
  The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) in cooperation with the Ontario Geothermal Association (OGA) attracted over 600 people to its inaugural Heat Pump Symposium held Tuesday, April 4 at the International Centre located near the Toronto International Airport. The sold out event, which included some 60 exhibitors and over 25 speakers, addressed political will and government policies encouraging heat pump adoption in Canada along with technical sessions addressing both residential and commercial heat pump applications. HPAC was on hand and distributed ..read more
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U.S. spending $169M to ramp up domestic heat pump manufacturing
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by Doug Picklyk
6M ago
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) will lead the heat pump funding initiative. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding of $169 million available for nine projects to accelerate domestic heat pump manufacturing at 15 sites across the country. The nine manufacturing projects selected will enter into award negotiations. Before funding is issued, DOE and the applicants will undergo a negotiation process, and DOE may cancel negotiations and rescind the selection for any reason during that time. The nine projects selected inclu ..read more
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Canada Greener Homes Initiative updates
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by Doug Picklyk
7M ago
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) alerted its members on Wednesday, Nov. 15th that the federal Greener Homes Grant program will stop accepting new application as of March 2024. With the program exceeding some of its forecast targets, it appears the government may be preparing to replace the existing grant program with something new in the coming weeks or months. Although no official word has been delivered from the government on this new emerging development, a recent November update was released that covers the overall Canada Greener Homes Initiat ..read more
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Infrastructure Bank making $200M loan to Enbridge Sustain
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by Doug Picklyk
7M ago
The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is making a $200-million loan available through a partnership with Enbridge Sustain to enable deep retrofits to large buildings in Ontario. Enbridge Sustain, an unregulated division of Enbridge Gas that provides energy-as-a-service solutions to homeowners, developers and commercial customers, intends to leverage the CIB loan to execute deep energy retrofit projects with existing institutional buildings, namely hospitals, universities and colleges, as well as multi-unit residential buildings. Projects will be developed and executed through a partnership bet ..read more
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Historic Rail Station in New Brunswick going geothermal
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by Doug Picklyk
9M ago
The McAdam Railway Station is the hub of the community and a beloved attraction for residents, and visitors to and from the province. Investments will enable the McAdam Historical Restoration Committee to install geothermal heating, extend the season, increase visitation and… pic.twitter.com/UtePGy9EhM — Government of NB (@Gov_NB) August 25, 2023 Contributions adding up to $1.1 million from both the New Brunswick provincial government and the federal government will be spent on upgrades to the energy system at the historic McAdam Railway Station to reduce heating costs and extend the tourism ..read more
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Which is Better?
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by Doug Picklyk
10M ago
Figure 1. Example of an air-to-water heat pump providing space heating/cooling and DHW. One of the advantages of air-to-water heat pumps is their ability to provide space heating, cooling, and domestic water heating. The system shown above in Figure 1 is a “template” for such a system. When operating in heating mode the heat pump maintains the water in the buffer tank at an elevated temperature suitable for space heating and at least a portion of the domestic hot water (DHW) heating load. The reverse indirect tank provides buffering between the heat pump’s heat output rate and the variable s ..read more
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One Control to Rule Them All
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by Doug Picklyk
10M ago
(photo: Adobe Stock)   I love The Lord of the Rings. My family and I do what we call a “Lord-a-thon” each year in December. We get together as we watch each movie until they are all done, all six of them, including the The Hobbit, of course. If you’re not familiar with the J.R.R. Tolkien series, the basic premise behind the movies is: there is one Ring to rule them all. I mention this because it reminds me of the time Tom Hermann and I were sitting on the plane together heading from Calgary to the CMPX Show in Toronto for the first time. I had just finished our initial prototype of the ..read more
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Can Boilers Be “Resilient?”
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by Doug Picklyk
10M ago
(PHOTO: Anthony Brown/Adobe Stock) Ever notice how new words or phrases continually slide into our social vocabulary? A few examples that pertain to energy and buildings include: sustainability, energy justice, climate justice, beneficial electrification and decarbonization. Another contemporary term that’s currently popping up in a variety of communications is “resiliency.” It’s meant to convey the concept that buildings and their environmental control systems should be able to maintain near normal operation under abnormal conditions such as extended power outages, temperature extremes, str ..read more
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WaterFurnace adds Advanced Remote Diagnostics/Controls to Heat Pump Systems
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by Doug Picklyk
10M ago
WaterFurnace International, manufacturer of geothermal and water source heat pumps, has released  its Symphony 3.0 Platform (contractor portal and home comfort platform)—available for its 3, 5 and 7 Series and water-to-water WaterFurnace geothermal units. The Wi-Fi-enabled, cloud-based platform is a diagnostics and control system giving installing contractor technicians and consumers greater control, monitoring, and diagnostic capabilities. Version 3.0 includes improved historical data access and fault code search, and downloadable reports among other things. Using the Aurora Weblink Rou ..read more
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