Industry Trends

November 25, 2019

Why You Should be Using Building Information Modeling as an HVAC Contractor

If you haven’t noticed already, the new construction industry has been undergoing some transformative changes over the past few years. From drones to machine learning to virtual reality, the widespread adoption of new technology by forward-thinking construction companies has made planning more precise and processes more efficient. Put another way: Professionals in the new construction […]

HVAC, Industry Trends
November 12, 2019

LEEP Case Studies Highlight Key Opportunities for HVAC Specialists

As most industry professionals know, designing truly energy-efficient homes is easier said than done. Even where there’s a desire to adopt them, new building technologies, strategies, and innovations can be more costly than standard building methods. They can also be difficult to source locally, making adoption even more problematic. These are some of the problems […]

Industry Trends, Ventilation
October 28, 2019

Why HVAC Specialists Need to Plan for a Changing Climate

If you haven’t already noticed, climate worries are beginning to drive big changes in the construction industry around the world. Until recently, these changes have typically been focused on innovative new technologies or design strategies, such as the integration of solar panels or the addition of a green rooftop. But now governments are taking note […]

Industry Trends, Ventilation
October 15, 2019

Combined Heat and Power: Are Micro-CHP Systems the Next Big Thing?

A new trend is on the verge of transforming how North Americans heat and power their homes and businesses. Combined heat and power systems (CHP) are nothing new, but recent innovations in size, pricing, and efficiency are adding up to more widespread adoption in Canada and the United States. Leading the way is the development […]

Industry Trends
September 30, 2019

Are You Ready for the Shift to A2L Refrigerants?

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, refrigerant standards for air conditioners are evolving yet again. But unlike the previous transition away from R-22 refrigerants, the next transition is a little murkier. What will the new standards be? When will they be implemented? Will they require operators to receive new training? Are there safety […]

HVAC, Industry Trends
July 15, 2019

5 Ways to Reduce Air Conditioner Power Consumption

Turn on the news and you’re likely to see a story about extreme weather. Hurricanes, tropical storms, and heat waves have become the norm, not the exception. Which is one reason that air conditioning is such a pressing topic. As temperatures rise in many areas of the world, more people will be looking to cool […]

HVAC, Industry Trends, Ventilation
May 27, 2019

Are you familiar with these low carbon hot water solutions?

It’s no secret that traditional hot water tanks and systems are big-time energy hogs. According to Environment Canada, they account for 19% of the energy used in a typical home, and 8% of the energy used in a typical commercial setting. But what will those numbers look like in five years? What will they look […]

HVAC, Industry Trends
January 14, 2019

Why Energy Efficiency will Rule in 2019

For nearly a decade, the global HVAC industry has been experiencing a steady boom. In fact, the industry has grown every year since 2011, and that trend is expected to continue through 2019 and beyond. Analysts are predicting 9% growth for 2019 with more than $70 billion in additional revenue over the coming years. What’s […]

HVAC, Industry Trends
December 10, 2018

Why HVAC is booming, despite a housing industry slowdown

The housing market isn’t looking terribly rosy for investors at the moment, or for the foreseeable future. In fact, it’s looking downright grim. As Barron’sreported last month, home prices recently had their lowest year-over-year increase in nearly two years, while the iShares U.S. Home Construction exchange-traded fund fell 12% in October, and is down 26% […]

HVAC, Industry Trends
October 9, 2018

Five benefits of rooftop HVAC units

The occupants in any large building rarely see the HVAC equipment that keeps them warm or cool. They will notice grilles and diffusers, and sometimes the ducts, but the rest is out of sight in the basement or on the roof. Generally, the decision about where to place HVAC equipment is made at the design […]

HVAC, Industry Trends, Installer Tips
September 4, 2018

Why Machine Learning is the Future of HVAC and Building Management

In many ways, the HVAC industry has been ahead of the curve with technology adoption. Building automation systems have been around for decades. But as more building managers want to improve indoor air quality and ventilation, there is more interplay between different systems, making management more complex. Even though the availability of new technology has […]

HVAC, Industry Trends