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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.
Published in Utilities
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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March 9, 2016 - Due to a high level of interest in the program last year, FortisAlberta says it has increased the amount of its Earth Hour grants to enable municipalities to create or enhance energy efficiencies in their communities. First, second and third place winners will be awarded with $7500, $5000 and $2500 grants respectively.
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March 7, 2016 - The global home energy management system (HEMS) market is expected to grow over the next seven years, states a new report from MarketsandMarkets, titled “Home Energy Management System Market by Hardware, by Communication Technology and by Software & Service.
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March 4, 2016 - According to Telus, its Garden office tower in Vancouver is big on energy conservation.
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March 4, 2016 - Tweaking ventilation and temperature control systems—along with a mild winter—helped the experimental Net Zero-energy house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST in the U.S.) quadruple the amount of surplus energy it sent to the grid during its second year-long demonstration.
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March 3, 2016 - Olympic gold medal-winner Alexandre Bilodeau has joined forces with CertainTeed Insulation Canada to promote the benefits of the company’s products in his home province of Quebec.
Published in Building Enclosure
February 26, 2016 - EnerQuality, certifier of energy-efficient homes, cracked open the future of homebuilding yesterday during its 2016 Housing Innovation Forum in Toronto, examining what the industry will look like in a low-carbon economy.
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February 24, 2016 - The C448 bi-national standard on the design and installation of ground source heat pump systems for commercial and residential buildings has just been published, CSA Group announced. It supersedes the previous editions published in 2013 and 2002 under the title, Design and installation of earth energy systems.
Published in Mechanical & Plumbing
February 23, 2016 - Construction Voyer celebrated the completion of six Net Zero Energy condos in Laval’s Duvernay East community in Quebec today. The condos, which the company says represent Canada’s first Net Zero Energy "sixplex", were built as part of a national project that will almost double the amount of Net Zero Energy homes in the country.
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February 2, 2016 - Researchers are developing a new method of cooling in which heat and cold are transferred using ‘muscles’ made from a ‘shape memory alloy’, with the aim of achieving a cooling process that does not require climatically harmful refrigerants, and should consume less energy than current technologies.
Published in Mechanical & Plumbing
February 2, 2016 - 50 years ago, 3M designed a window film that, it says, continues to deliver “outstanding sun control, unparalleled comfort and UV protection”. Today, the company provides window films encompassing everything from sun control to safety and security.
Published in Building Enclosure
January 30, 2016 - CertainTeed Insulation announced it is a Silver Sponsor of re:practice, a symposium organized by Ryerson University's Masters of Architecture class.
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January 27, 2016 - The Ontario Energy Board has received reports that individuals claiming to be affiliated with the Ontario Electricity Support Program have been calling to request access into consumers’ homes. This is a scam.
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January 27, 2016 - Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp.’s latest Housing Market Assessment (HMA) 2016 Q1 reports moderate evidence of overvaluation in housing markets across the country.
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January 15, 2016 - Ontario’s IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) is launching a stakeholder engagement to consider options for the future role of the peaksaverPLUS Residential DR Program.
Published in Utilities
January 13, 2016 - Providing widespread light distribution, MaxLite says its new LED barn lights are an energy-efficient replacement for high-pressure sodium or MH fixtures in yards, driveways, barns, docks and other areas requiring ample lumen output and coverage.
Published in Electrical & Lighting

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