Why Healthy HVAC is Vital to the Well Building Standard

• • health focus, safety, technology focus

As an HVAC professional you know the impact buildings have on your customers’ daily lives. From providing heating and cooling and ventilation, and protecting the integrity of the building envelope, you make choices every day to improve their well-being. As issues such as air quality attract more attention, your customers will be looking for ways […]

How Ventilation Removes Radon from the Home

• • Construction methods, health focus, safety

November has been declared Radon Action Month in Canada. What is Radon? In case you didn’t know, it’s one of the most dangerous carcinogens we can get exposed to. Where does Radon come from? It’s a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is formed during the radioactive decay process of uranium and thorium. These are the […]

6 Advantages Plastic Has Over Metal

• • product focus, safety, vents

When looking at ventilation covers and grilles, the number one question to ask is what is the best material. In the past, metal presented a good option, as cheap plastic often didn’t stand up to the task. Nowadays, thanks to advances in technology, plastic resin is the clear choice for a number of reasons.   […]

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How to install dryer vents in tight spaces

• • safety, vents

Fires related to clothes dryers, usually the result of lint build-up, are the number one cause of all household fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, they make up 92% of home structure incidents. Most of them start in the laundry room. A combination of fluff, fleece, wool and fuzz, these materials are found […]

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Spring Cleaning Your HVAC System

• • health focus, safety, vents

Most of us are concerned with the air we breathe, particularly if we live in polluted urban areas. But how many of us realize that the air in our home and workplaces can be even more toxic? Some of the pollutants circulating through buildings’ HVAC systems are not only dangerous to those with compromised immune […]

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How to keep dryer exhaust vents safe

• • Construction methods, health focus, safety

Clothes dryer exhaust vents are likely one of the riskiest construction elements contained in a home.  In the United States, they are responsible for more than 12,000 fires every year. The combination of lint and high temperatures can spell disaster, often with few obvious warning signs. Proper airflow through an exhaust vent is key to […]

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Mid-rise wood frame construction makes sense for Ontario

• • Construction methods, News, safety

Expected changes to Ontario’s building code could spike wood frame construction.  Builders will be allowed to create mid-rise six-storey structures from wood.  Currently, they are limited to four storeys.  It’s a change that was implemented in British Columbia five years ago, and could soon deliver some major construction advantages in Canada’s most populated province. The big benefit […]

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What every homebuilder needs to know about radon

• • Construction methods, health focus, safety

Did you know radon is a threat all homebuilders should be aware of?  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, and is present at dangerous levels in thousands of homes across North America.  Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally as part of the decay process of minerals found in the ground. […]

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Range Hood Exhaust Fans are a Match with Plastic Exhaust Vents

• • product focus, safety

Installation of an exhaust fan above a stove is a critical step in creating safe and enjoyable kitchens. Ideally, those fans will exhaust smells, smoke, water vapour and other gases to the outside. The idea is simple, but choosing the right materials to include in your design is not always easy. Most jurisdictions have strict standards […]