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  • September 18, 2018

    We recently took some time with John Newland, President of SPIDA (the Spiral Duct Manufacturers Assocation), to learn more about the association and the benefits it offers to contractors, engineers, and manufacturers alike. Read more about what John had to say about the state of the industry, trends he sees coming our way, and the benefits of SPIDA. 

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  • September 18, 2018

    When Giffin Sheet Metals Ltd. needed a large quantity of aluminized steel for an automotive project in Alliston, Ontario, the Toronto contractor reached out to a U.S. supplier in southeastern Michigan.

    Aluminized steel is harder to come by in Canada and the company required several hundred thousand pounds. It was a transaction the 70-year-old company had done many times before, and with the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, such cross-border purchases were virtually hassle-free.

  • September 18, 2018

    With the recent political whirlwind that has permeated the HVAC industry, many suppliers, manufacturers and contractors are in a state of flux. We are all waiting to see how things play out in the metals market after Trump administration’s March 8 announcement of new import tariffs on steel and aluminum.

  • September 18, 2018

    A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for energy efficient HVAC technologies in commercial buildings, providing market forecasts segmented by technology and region through 2027.

  • August 8, 2018

    As the insulation industry strives to help equip new talent with the skills and tools necessary to fabricate and install well-detailed, effective insulation systems, many programs are being developed by major players in the insulation industry to meet the growing need for education. For example, NAIMA (the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association) developed the Duct Instruct Program – a train-the-trainer program designed to help ensure that vocational schools are equipped to properly train their students on duct board fabrication.

  • August 8, 2018

    “Forward-thinking contractors keep duct insulation in the forefront as they understand the impact it has on temperature loss through the duct system,” said David Richardson, curriculum developer and trainer, National Comfort Institute (NCI). “It’s almost always a focal point of any duct renovation or upgrade they perform.”

  • August 8, 2018

    Generally, when the words duct insulation and acoustics appear in the same sentence, I usually think duct liner and sound absorption. If I am having a more cerebral moment, I may think insertion loss or friction loss. But that is not all there is to HVAC duct insulation. While duct liners certainly play an important role in providing thermal and acoustical insulation for HVAC systems, duct coverings or duct wraps also provide important alternatives.

  • August 8, 2018

    The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) System Market is a rapidly growing market, especially in the U.S and Canada with a value of $81.1 billion in 2015 - and is expected to continue to grow by 5.5% each year through to 2022 [1]. In addition to this, jobs within mechanics and installation in HVACR are also increasing by 21% through to 2022 [2].

    Talent At A Premium

  • July 11, 2018

    As we see a cultural shift toward more energy-efficient and sustainable living, building compliance codes like the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are being adopted by more and more local jurisdictions. The IECC is a prescriptive code that has established regulations for energy efficient buildings. The code is designed to help promote the use of new materials, technology, and energy efficient designs.

  • July 11, 2018

    The International Code Council has put together a series of short videos to help you get a full view of the changes they’ve made to the 2015 IECC. Click here to see the complete list.