Insulating ducts for more efficient HVAC

• • Heating, HVAC, Installer Tips

As we enter the fall season, your customers will be dusting off their heat registers and buying fuel in preparation for colder weather. This means they’ll be thinking about ways to reduce their energy bill, and they will turn to you, their trusted HVAC professional, for solutions. One way your customers can improve the efficiency […]

Why HVAC is Important to a Healthy Workplace

• • health focus, HVAC

How many factors play a role in the quality of indoor air quality (IAQ)? For starters, rainscreens and wall caps that protect the building envelope, definitely improve IAQ many residential and commercial buildings by preventing mold and rot. Next on the list is a properly designed and maintained HVAC system – an essential part of […]

There’s an HVAC app for that

• • Installer Tips, technology focus

Whether you’re balancing a system, charging a refrigerant, or sizing ducts, HVAC work requires many calculations that eat up a lot of time. Fortunately, you probably have a solution for this problem in your back pocket. With a smart phone, you have access to many applications (apps) that will save you time and money. Apps […]

Why Ductwork Should be Installed in the Conditioned Space

• • Construction methods, Installer Tips, vents

With real estate at a premium, every square inch of indoor environment is worth more to your customers. Ductwork can eat into living space so innovative space-saving features like squeeze elbows are in demand. Ceiling diffusers can help route vents to alternative locations avoiding lengths of ductwork. The majority of ducts are installed in unconditioned […]

How to handle aging induction HVAC

• • Cooling, HVAC, technology focus

HVAC technology is constantly evolving to improve energy efficiency and support building health. An example of this is the development of wall caps and vents designed to protect a building’s rainscreen. And while rainscreen compatible vents are an innovation that’s here to stay, some equipment goes in and out of style. Induction HVAC falls in […]

2018 HVAC Regulations You Need to Know About

• • Cooling, HVAC, technology focus

An understanding of regulations is critical to success in the HVAC industry. It ranks up there with getting the ventilation right and ensuring your customers’ quiet enjoyment of their homes with high-quality diffusers. Two upcoming policies that will have a big impact on HVAC are the new refrigerant regulations and the new efficiency requirements that […]

What You Need to Know About Ductless Mini-Split Systems

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC

Summer is going to be hot, and your customers will be thinking about their cooling options. As their trusted HVAC professional, it’s your job to help them decide what’s best for their home.  You understand how to balance the requirements of your local climate with the needs of each customer’s home. You take care of […]

Three Ways to Keep Your HVAC Crew Happy in the Heat

• • HVAC, Installer Tips

The construction industry always heats up in the summer, and HVAC is no different. While you provide ventilation and cooling options to keep customers happy, remember your crew needs inspiration to stay productive throughout the summer! After all, the HVAC industry is going to get busier every year for some time to come. The US […]

Why Certification Matters When Balancing HVAC

• • HVAC, Installer Tips, vents

Energy efficiency and resident comfort are critical to the success of your HVAC business. Installing the right equipment, providing sufficient ventilation and protecting the building’s rainscreen are a good start, but you also need to balance the HVAC system. If you plan to grow your HVAC business, consider adding air balancing to your suite of […]

When HVAC Gets Noisy, You Need to Get Busy

• • HVAC, Installer Tips, technology focus

You do what you can to keep HVAC noise to a minimum with careful system design and installation that includes parts such as whisper-quiet diffusers. So, when you get a complaint about noisy HVAC, you can be sure that something is wrong with the system. It could be something as simple as a child’s toy […]

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 […]

Big Data Yields Big Savings in HVAC

• • HVAC, technology focus

What if you could help your customers save 17% on their energy bill? According to Vladi Shunturov, president of Lucid, a software company specializing in Big Data, your customers’ building data can provide the opportunity to do just that. Today’s customer is concerned about energy savings, and you can give them all they need: vents […]

HVAC Zoning for the Smart Home

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC, technology focus

Your customers want more control over their household temperature and their energy bill, and they want the highest quality HVAC system their money can buy. That means more than smart thermostats and top-grade heating and cooling units, ducts and vents. It means an HVAC design that makes sense for their needs. In many cases, they […]

3D Printing Brings a New Dimension of Innovation to HVAC

• • HVAC, technology focus

As an HVAC installer, you have to be a Jack (or Jill) -of-all-trades with a working understanding of many aspects of the construction industry. Will you soon have to add 3D printing to your list of skills? Unless you’re doing custom projects with massive budgets, you probably don’t have to worry. 3D printing technology is […]

Are Invisible HVAC Repairs Important?

• • HVAC, Installer Tips

With energy costs increasing, making sure HVAC systems work at peak performance is a must. All systems need ongoing care, even the top-of-the-line ones that come with high-quality fittings, vents, and accessories. Some HVAC problems are less obvious and often decrease efficiency and increase the wear on expensive parts. A standard maintenance checklist includes checking […]

Grow Your HVAC Business with Better Estimates

• • Construction methods, HVAC, Installer Tips

Do you want to improve your margins? According to an industry expert, the majority of HVAC professionals can increase profits by changing their approach to estimates. Getting the best value in equipment and vents is only the start of costing out a job. You also need to assign labor and overhead costs appropriately, know when […]

Top Trends for HVAC Industry in 2017

• • Construction methods, Cooling, HVAC, News

As the world’s attention turns to energy efficiency, HVAC installers who know their stuff will be in high demand. If you know what’s trending in equipment, you can help your customers score well with popular certification programs. This means you’ll be busy all year! Make sure you know what to look for in fittings to […]

Is Being an HVAC Control Freak a Good Thing?

• • HVAC, technology focus

Choosing an HVAC vendor is one of the most important decisions a building owner makes. For items such as vents and fittings the choice is simple; but when it comes to managing HVAC, a big factor in the selection process is whether that vendor offers a proprietary system or one with open controls. This may […]

Get Ready to Go With Variant Refrigerant Flow

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC, technology focus

Your customers want to reduce their energy bills. For owners and operators of large residential and commercial buildings, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC could be the way to go. The benefits of VRF include energy efficiency, improved comfort and integration with smart technology, but it’s not ideal for every project. In contrast to air conditioning […]

HVAC Rates High in Green Building Standards

• • Construction methods, HVAC, technology focus

A green certification program called BREEAM was recently introduced in the U.S. If you’re a HVAC installer in North America, get to know the program, as chances are you’ll encounter a project seeking BREEAM certification. This building endorsement requires careful design of the HVAC system as well as the use of top grade equipment, from […]

How Wind Washing Affects HVAC

• • building envelope, Construction methods, rainscreen

Did you know that wind washing is likely the cause of that cold patch in your customer’s kitchen or that drafty area in their upstairs hall? Homeowners need to count on you – their HVAC professional – to know how to deal with these problems. Wind warnings have blown across North America this fall, prompting […]

How to protect your siding with rainscreen

• • Construction methods, HVAC, rainscreen

When your customers choose siding for their homes, they balance aesthetics, cost and maintenance with energy efficiency and ease of installation. From an HVAC point of view, your primary concern is how their decision impacts the heating and cooling properties of a building. A major factor in the siding impact is whether there is a […]

5 Things Installers Need to Know About Integration

• • HVAC, technology focus

Can you help your customers choose an HVAC system that integrates seamlessly and takes advantage of available energy efficiency and monitoring capabilities? Integration is a key trend in the HVAC industry. It refers to HVAC and other building systems like lighting and security that are part of a single automation system. Yes, we’re talking about […]

HVAC for Multiple Dwelling Units

• • Construction methods, Cooling, Heating, HVAC

When you’re consulting on a big project like installing HVAC in multiple dwelling units (MDU), you need to know all of the factors at play. The biggest consideration with MDU is whether to install a central system or to take a compartmentalized approach and install HVAC into individual units. If your customer is looking for […]

What you need to know about HVAC standards

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC

The first half of 2016 was the hottest six months on record since we began recording temperatures 137 years ago. With these record-breaking temperatures, it’s no surprise that building energy efficiency standards are being revised to mitigate global warming. Anyone installing HVAC needs to familiarize themselves with standards, and right now this is especially true […]

Venting Tips for Air Conditioner Installations

• • HVAC, vents

Given the never-ending heat and humidity of the summer across North America, cooling a home to a reasonable and safe temperature can be crucial to a person’s well being. Air conditioning is arguably the best solution. Selecting the right type of air conditioner system is important, as is venting it correctly.  This depends on a […]

Primex launches new product series of Surface Mount Wall Vents

• • building envelope, HVAC, Press Release, Product Announcement

August 10, 2016, Vancouver, B.C. Canada – Primex announces the much anticipated launch of a new product series of surface mount (SM) wall vents for use with single family homes, townhouses and three to four story multi-residential wood frame residential buildings. The SM wall vents are easy to install, made from high-grade materials, UV-protected and […]

How to Save Home Energy Costs by Installing Solar Roof Shingles

• • technology focus

As homeowners become more energy-savings conscious with the rise in utility costs, they look for inventive ways to reduce power consumption in their homes. Fortunately, renewable energy alternatives have steadily increased over time with solar being the fastest growing alternative power option available today. One of the newest advancements in solar power is the solar […]

Choosing a Furnace Filter: What MERV Means to You

• • health focus, Heating, HVAC

The air filter in a furnace is the best defense against damage to an HVAC system and poor indoor air quality in a home. The furnace filter traps particles such as dust, animal dander, pollen, mold spores and dust mites, preventing the buildup of these particles on the furnace’s fan and heat exchanger. Dust buildup […]

Why HVAC is so important to LEED Certification

• • Construction methods, technology focus

The most recent versions of LEED Certification standards have placed even more emphasis on energy efficiency. HVAC is integral to LEED certification as it affects several of the scoring categories. These scoring categories basically decide how “green” a building is. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It’s a set of standards that […]

Why HVAC installers love Cool Roofs

• • Cooling, technology focus

If you’ve ever worked on a roof during the summer you’ve probably noticed it can get pretty hot up there. In fact, standard roof coverings that are dark in color can easily reach 150°F/65°C in the hot sun, potentially causing damage to the roof and transferring heat to the building below. One way to reduce […]

Why Vents Come First When Building a Modular Home

• • Construction methods, technology focus

Modular home building is a fast growing segment of the offsite construction industry. Sometimes known as factory-built, system-built, prefabricated or prefab, don’t confuse this type of building with mobile homes. A mobile home or manufactured home, as they are sometimes called, can be moved to a different location. Modular homes are placed on a permanent […]

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What HVAC Installers Need to Know About Tankless Hot Water Systems

• • Heating, technology focus, vents

According to Natural Resources Canada, water heating is the second largest consumer of power in the typical Canadian home after space heating. On average, that’s anywhere from 17% of the total energy used. It’s not surprising then that many homeowners are on the lookout for a more energy-efficient alternative to their conventional hot water tank. […]

Why Passive House is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world

• • building envelope, Construction methods, technology focus

In earlier blog posts about net-zero homes and super-insulated wall construction we touched on the Passivhaus concept. With the upcoming 20th International Passive House Conference, in Darmstadt, Germany, from April 22-23, 2016, it’s an ideal time to take a closer look at this housing standard. As you may have guessed, Passivhaus is German for passive […]

What the Internet of Things has to do with the HVAC Industry

• • HVAC, technology focus

HVAC contractors are hearing more and more about the IoT these days. Some installers in the construction industry are already at the forefront of using the technology associated with it. So, what is the IoT? Simply put, it means the Internet of Things and refers to the vast network of objects or “things” that are […]

New HVAC Products to See and Keynotes to Listen to at CMPX 2016

• • HVAC, News, Tradeshows

Each year the Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exhibition, known as CMPX, is a showcase for the latest products and innovations in the HVACR industry. It’s jointly produced by the Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), representing HVAC manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors, along with the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), which […]

How to choose your ductwork

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC

There are several ways to heat, cool and ventilate a home but probably the most popular method in North America is forced air. A central furnace, air-conditioning unit or heat pump is connected to the rest of the building with a network of venting. Vents can be used for three main purposes, to supply conditioned […]

How to build a super insulated airtight home

• • Construction methods, technology focus

Most new homes are much more insulated than in the past. Much of the improvement has been achieved by specifying thicker walls that can accommodate more insulation. However, there’s still the issue of thermal bridging where heat passes through studs and other framing and is lost to the outdoors. Also, there’s the degree of airtightness […]

How to Choose the Right Wall Cap

• • building envelope, HVAC, product focus, rainscreen, vents

Venting through walls is often the easiest way to intake fresh air or exhaust fumes from a house. But making any hole in the exterior can compromise the integrity of the building envelope. To prevent the entry of water and stop air leaks, use a strong and watertight wall cap. Wall caps can be manufactured […]

HVAC Trends in 2016

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC, technology focus

An exciting year lies ahead for HVAC installers and the construction industry. Here’s a few business and climate control trends that may affect you in 2016. HVAC Companies Will Get Busier Stricter regulations for emissions and efficiency are becoming widespread across North America meaning new buildings are getting greener. The construction industry in the U.S. […]

How to choose a roof vent

• • product focus, Uncategorized, vents

Colder weather means it’s time to think about the condition of roof vents, which have just withstood a hot summer. They were baked by the sun and blasted with UV rays. Now they are faced with the prospect of heavy rain, high winds, snow and hail. It’s a good idea to get up on the […]

Tips on Getting a House Ready for Winter

• • Heating, HVAC

With winter on the way and temperatures dipping, it’s time to think about winterizing homes for the cold. First thing to do is take a walk around the house and inspect any wall caps and vents for damage and make sure dampers are not jammed open, particularly the flapper type. Check for any damage to roof […]

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 […]

The Rise of Multi Storey Wood Buildings

• • Construction methods, technology focus

For years, wooden buildings have been limited in height by building codes but that’s changing. Recently, Ontario approved a change to their building code that would allow the construction of mid-rise six storey wood buildings. Previously they were limited to four. Ontario now joins British Columbia who made the change more than five years ago […]

When do Homes Need Heat Pumps?

• • Cooling, Heating, HVAC, technology focus

Houses built for mild climates often don’t need air conditioning units, despite some hot summer days that may benefit from them. For homes with forced air systems, furnaces often blast too much hot air, which is an inefficient heating method, especially in the spring and fall. A solution worth considering in this scenario is a […]

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What You Need to Know About Home Central Heating

• • Heating, HVAC, technology focus

From the original wood-burning fireplace to the most modern geothermal radiant system, home heating has come a long way over the centuries. Here we look at different options for central heating: systems where heat is distributed from a main location throughout a house. Forced air heating is the most common type in North America. It […]

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Getting into Hot Water

• • Heating, vents

Water heaters are one of those household items that are quite often out of sight, out of mind. If neglected, they can be a real problem when they fail. At best the result can be no hot water at all, or for a short while, at worst, a flooded basement! There are two main types […]

What is a Net Zero Home?

• • building envelope, Construction methods, Cooling, Heating

There’s been a lot of talk lately about net-zero energy (NZE) homes but what exactly are they? The idea is they generate enough energy to offset the amount they use. But most homes are unable to produce that much, so most of the equation is based on energy conservation. This means the house must be […]

What stops mold growth in a ventilated attic?

• • Cooling, Heating, vents

A recent study on attic ventilation found that extra airflow doesn’t guarantee less mold and fungus growing in the rafters. Really? Commissioned by the Homeowner Protection Office of BC Housing, the study was in response to “anecdotal observations” that a significant number of wood-framed buildings on the West Coast showed mold growth on the roof […]

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Keeping a house cool in summer

• • Cooling

Summers are getting hotter. In fact, ten of the most sweltering years on record have been since 1998. Keeping a house cool is becoming a bigger challenge than ever. Sure, there’s always the option of cranking up the air conditioning but with the high-energy costs it’s worth reducing the load on the HVAC system as […]

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Signs an HVAC System Needs a Check Up

• • Cooling, Heating, vents

Talk about high maintenance! With most HVAC systems in continual service, be it heating throughout the winter or cooling in the summer, pay attention to these warning signs. Remember that wall caps, soffit vents, grilles and roof vents are exposed to weather extremes and might need some care as well. Temperature check One sign an […]

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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Retrofitting Bathroom Fans

• • health focus, vents

It’s surprising how many older homes lack bathroom fans. In the past, when there was little concern over wasted energy, open windows were the solution to bathroom odors and humidity. Bathrooms easily create the most moisture and humidity in the home. This rise in humidity encourages the growth of mold, mildew and other microorganisms, which […]

How to Prevent pests entering your attic

• • health focus, vents

It’s the time of year again when many animals are looking for a nice warm, dry spot to give birth and raise their young. Guess what – attics are one of the prime locations for rodents. Already, all kinds of pests have been looking for easy ways to get into an attic. During the summer […]

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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 […]

Tips for Running Ductwork Through the Attic

• • Construction methods, vents

Ideally, in a passively vented system the attic is completely sealed from the living space by gypsum board and caulking along all ceiling joints creating an airtight seal. Venting an attic is essential for a number of reasons including: – It prevents moisture buildup that can cause mildew and rot in the attic framing and […]

Why cheap but noisy flapper vents will cost you more

• • HVAC, technology focus, vents

Great strides have been made in recent years in improving the energy efficiency of homes and buildings, but at a cost. Insulation has increased in walls and attics and has been added to crawlspaces. New fenestration standards, which minimize air leakage around windows and doors, have been introduced, although prices have increased due to manufacturing […]

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How to choose between a roof, soffit or wall vent

• • Construction methods, vents

Arguably the most important part of a building is the roof. It must protect the residential or commercial structure from precipitation and temperature extremes. This makes most installers a little nervous – if not reluctant – to mess with the integrity of a building’s top surface by adding vents. Not only does every new hole […]

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Housing outlooks positive for 2015 amidst suddenly falling interest rates

• • HVAC, News

Many Canadian home builders started 2015 with some apprehension over the impact higher interest rates might have on their businesses. A lot of economists were predicting the price of borrowing was going to rise in Canada, possibly as early as this spring. Here we are a few weeks later, and the Bank of Canada is […]

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HVAC Getting Smarter in 2015

• • Cooling, health focus, Heating, HVAC, technology focus

Your phone is smart, but is your HVAC system also? In 2015, the number of people able to answer yes will grow significantly. “Smart” has become a driving force throughout the HVAC industry. Whether through the offering of increasingly interactive HVAC devices, or simply greater efficiency, HVAC is rapidly getting smarter. House apps Of course, […]

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Choosing the right vent cap for a soffit

• • Construction methods, HVAC, product focus

When choosing a spot to place an HVAC intake or exhaust vent, soffits can provide a convenient solution. The eaves of a roof can be used to help hide vent caps, and also play a vital role in proper attic ventilation. Still, it’s important for builders to carefully consider the purpose of a vent before […]

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Which plastic is right for vent covers?

• • Construction methods, Heating, HVAC, product focus

Plastic is one of the most versatile materials on earth. Think about all of the things we use every day that contain plastic: phones, cars, computers, televisions all contain some, but it’s used even more in our homes. We rely on it for everything from insulating the wires in our walls, water pipes, window frames, […]

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Heavy Duty Plastic roof vents ideal for harsh weather

• • Construction methods, Cooling, HVAC

A customer focus on energy efficiency is placing a premium on short, straight ductwork. Builders often find roof venting provides the most efficient path for exhaust from a home. Some builders are reluctant to cut holes in one of the most vital parts of the building envelope.  The incorrect vent, improperly installed will always be […]

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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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Primex Exhibiting at CIPHEX West 2014

• • Tradeshows

Primex is proud to be exhibiting at the CIPHEX West in Calgary, November 5-6. Visit Primex at booth 348 to learn more about how Primex rainscreen vents protect a building envelope. Western Canada’s largest trade show and conference for plumbing, hydronics, HVACR and water treatment.

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How to design efficient ductwork

• • Construction methods, Cooling, HVAC

Ductwork is a key component of any modern home.  Hidden in our floors and ceilings, nearly every house today is criss-crossed by a network of passages designed to move air from one spot to another.  Even homes without forced air heating or cooling will likely have a dryer vent and bathroom, kitchen, or even radon […]

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Primex Exhibiting at the OBEC Buildings for Tomorrow

• • building envelope, Tradeshows

Primex is proud to be exhibiting at the Ontario Building Council (OBEC) Buildings for Tomorrow Conference in Toronto, October 28-30. Visit Primex at booth 57/58 to learn more about how Primex rainscreen vents protect a building envelope. Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology provides a forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of practical […]

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Building envelope key to protecting wood frame mid-rises

• • building envelope, Construction methods, rainscreen

As Ontario builders prepare for the opportunity to create wood-frame six-storey mid-rises, building envelopes should be carefully considered and protected.Starting next year, the province will join B.C. by allowing taller wood structures in its building code.  Wood has proven to be a safe and reliable material in these applications, but protecting that wood framing will prove vital […]

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Advice from rainscreen experts on new installs

• • building envelope, Construction methods, product focus

For many North American construction companies, rainscreens still represent a bit of a mystery. Finding experts in the field can be a challenge, but they do exist.  In places like coastal Oregon and British Columbia, thousands of sealed building envelopes have been created with a breathable, capillary gap beneath the siding to allow water to drain […]

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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 you need to know about rainscreen codes

• • building envelope, Construction methods, rainscreen

Coastal areas of British Columbia and Oregon remain among the few places in North America where building codes require the installation of rainscreens.  Their designs are often left up to the engineers or construction professionals installing them.  Still, it’s important to keep in mind the lessons learned in jurisdictions like B.C. over the past 15 to […]

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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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Don’t let a wall cap destroy your rainscreen

• • Construction methods, product focus

Rainscreens are a great way to protect homes from the elements, but even the best engineered systems can be compromised when you start cutting holes in walls.  Things like windows and vent caps create spots where water can seep behind the membrane inside a rainscreened wall. Careful installation is vital to keeping moisture on the […]

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History proves the power of a rainscreen

• • Construction methods

On British Columbia’s west coast, rainscreened buildings have become the norm over the past 20 years.  Builders have installed thousands of them, after they became mandatory in the building code in the late 1990s.  In other parts of North America, this type of sealed building envelope may still seem new and unproven, but if you […]

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How rainscreens solved B.C.’s leaky condo crisis

• • Construction methods

The 1980’s and 90’s were a dark era for B.C. homebuilders. Business was strong as condos were popping up all over the south coast.  It should have been nothing but good news for the construction industry. Unfortunately, changes in the province’s building code allowed condos to be built using designs better suited to the desert […]

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Why duct cleaners need easy-to-access HVAC systems

• • health focus, product focus

Just like building technologies, maintenance practices are constantly changing and should be carefully monitored. One of the home upkeep services currently growing in popularity is duct cleaning. Increasing awareness of allergies, air quality, and perceived risks associated with clogged vents is driving concern and action on the part of homeowners. Mechanical contractors, builders and industry suppliers […]

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Why a HRV / ERV Ventilation System is a Smart Investment

• • HVAC, technology focus

Today’s modern homes are wonderfully well sealed. Building technologies have improved significantly to block outside air from coming in, and inside air from leaving. It’s all in the name of energy efficiency, but stale air trapped inside a home can now gather pollutants and make it uncomfortable to live in. It can even lead to allergies […]

Six Reasons Plastic is Perfect for HVAC Vents and Hoods

• • building envelope, HVAC, vents

When it comes to choosing HVAC intake/exhaust vents for your next construction project, you will likely be comparing the options in metal and plastic.  So, which material is the better choice?  In recent years, new plastic technologies have created some significant advantages.  Here are six of them:     Weather resistance and durability Outdoor vent covers […]

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Three tips to efficiently beat the summer heat in your next home

• • Cooling, HVAC

Three cooling tips for homebuilders It’s July, and after a long, cold winter across most of North America, scorching summer temperatures have returned.  While there is plenty for people to enjoy outside right now, many of us will undoubtedly be focusing on the indoor discomforts that come with the heat. “It’s too hot to sleep.” […]

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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 […]

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Five Ways to Improve Your Duct Termination

• • product focus

Routing HVAC ductwork can be a complicated challenge, but your troubles aren’t over when you reach the end of a duct in a wall or ceiling. You still need to cap it off with a vent or grille cover such as the Primex Whisper Grille.  Working in tight spaces can make achieving a clean finish […]

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How a CFM fan rating affects ventilation

• • product focus

Moisture is a constant enemy in a home.  Too much will create mold and other problems.  Too little will aggravate allergies and create static electric shocks.  Active venting is one important way you can help manage the water in the air. The bathroom can often be a home’s greatest source of moisture issues.  Every day […]

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Why Your Building Envelope Needs Breathing Room

• • building envelope, rainscreen

At its most basic level, a home provides shelter. It helps keep a family dry in the rain, warm in the winter and shaded from the summer sun. A home’s ability to offer a healthy and controlled living space is in many ways its most important task. So just what is it that protects a […]

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Terminator: Termination for your pipe, collar for your grille

• • News, Product Announcement, video

Primex Manufacturing Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of the Terminator HVAC diffuser collar, the solution to sloppy, inaccurate termination of HVAC, and HRV ducting. Terminator—a rigid, molded housing with built-in flanges and measurements for all standard applications—eliminates guesswork and simplifies installation. The strong, industrial-grade plastic is durable, lightweight, non-rusting and has no sharp […]

AHR Expo 2014

Visit Primex at the AHR Expo in NY

• • Tradeshows

Visit Primex at booth 7965 (co-exhibiting with Builder’s Best) at the AHR Expo in New York, Jan 21-23, 2014. Learn about the latest products from Primex and discover solutions that are right for your applications.

Introducing the new Primex HVAC Venting website

• • News

Primex is pleased to announce the unveiling of the new HVAC Venting website. Now, you can easily navigate the entire range of Primex HVAC Venting products including features and specifications. Visit the ‘Solutions’ section to find out the best products for  your applications and then stop by the ‘Contact’ page to enquire about pricing and […]