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August 5, 2016 - “This summer, lamps & luminaires will advance”. That’s the promise displayed on the banner we saw upon entering an exclusive media event hosted by Sylvania to introduce us to its new company name: LEDvance.
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August 3, 2016 - Legrand has acquired Solarfective Products Limited, a manufacturer of standard and custom shading systems for commercial applications. Solarfective will become part of Legrand, North America’s Building Control Systems business.
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July 13, 2016 - Developed in its Building Automation & HVAC Centre in Montreal, Schneider Electric just announced its Wiser Air Wi-Fi smart thermostat—featuring the new Eco IQ self-learning feature—is now available across Canada.
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July 11, 2016 - Ontario’s new Climate Change Action Plan promises to ensure proceeds from the province’s recently finalized cap-and-trade program are invested “in a transparent and accountable way” back into projects that will help households and businesses save on their energy costs while reducing greenhouse gas pollution.
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July 8, 2016 - Last month, Convectair—a manufacturer and distributor of electric heaters—officially opened its new Centre for Expertise & Training in Sainte Thérèse, Que., which will focus on optimizing and developing energy conservation technologies.
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June 23, 2016 - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) says it is increasing its CMHC Green Home premium refund from 10% to as much as 25% depending on the level of energy-efficiency achieved. This will be effective immediately.
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June 22, 2016 - Wyse Meter Solutions Inc., a Canadian submetering and utility management company, is expanding its footprint in Western Canada with a new office in Vancouver. It is the third office for Wyse, after Newmarket and Mississauga in Ontario.
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June 14, 2016 - The Alberta government has announced it is establishing an advisory panel to help launch energy efficiency and small-scale electricity generation programs.
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June 13, 2016 - TMI Climate Solutions Canada, a manufacturer of custom air-handling equipment, hydronic systems and custom-engineered HVAC solutions, is inaugurating its first manufacturing plant in Canada today.
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June 7, 2016 - LafargeHolcim and HercuTech Inc. have signed an agreement for marketing HercuWall, a high-performance insulated concrete wall system, and making the new product available for residential construction projects throughout North America.
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June 2, 2016 - FortisBC has recognized 10 British Columbia organizations with Efficiency in Action awards for their “dedication to conserving energy”, as they have collectedly “saved enough natural gas to heat close to 150 homes and electricity to power close to 340 homes for a year.”
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May 13, 2016 - Fulham Co. has partnered with Control Network Solutions (CNS) to deliver a smart lighting solution based on the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) intelligent lighting communications standard. Fulham’s new line of WorkHorse LED programmable dimming DALI drivers are designed to interoperate with CNS’s elitedali smart lighting control and management system.
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May 9, 2016 - A few industry players have been recognized with a 2016 Edison Award, an annual competition “honouring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation”.
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May 5, 2016 - The Government of Canada says it is taking “tangible steps to protect the environment and improve energy efficiency [...] by undertaking important updates to the Energy Efficiency Regulations”.
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May 5, 2016 - CertainTeed NoiseReducer batts are 3-1/2-in. thick fiber glass batts designed to reduce sound transmission as well as to provide thermal insulation. The company says these batts are “lightweight, flexible and easy to handle and fabricate on the job site and conform to irregular surfaces”.
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May 3, 2016 - Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Michigan were able to hack into a leading smart home automation system and, essentially, get the code to a home’s front door.
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May 3, 2016 - Through its Helix initiative, Emerson says it is bringing the industry and other partners together to “increase the pace of innovation in areas that are central to safety, quality of life and sustainability,” and what better place to carry this out than through its new Helix Innovation Centre.
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April 20, 2016 - According to the budget it released April 14, the Province of Alberta is allocating $645 million over five years to support energy efficiency and micro-generation initiatives, and this is welcome news to Jesse Row, who said “This will take Alberta from last place to the middle of the pack compared with energy efficiency funding in other provinces”.
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April 12, 2016 - SaskPower’s Fridge Recycling Program is back for its final year, announced the utility. As in previous years, you can call or book online for a crew to pick up old fridges or freezers to be recycled, for free.
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March 10, 2016 - In a recent post, Happy Curmudgeon’s Day!, I referred to a piece I wrote several years ago, titled “Making of a Curmudgeon”. One astute reader had a question about the closing paragraph of the original article, which read: “Next month, I’ll begin with one of my favourite subjects—‘sustainable’ design. He asked what I thought about ‘sustainable’ design in 2008, and if I had changed my opinion.
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