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Welcome to BEIC’s Newest Member!

We are pleased to welcome ENTOUCH as a new member. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Brad Moore at 647.467.7708 or bradm@beic.ca

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R-32 Refrigerant: Improving HVAC Efficiency and Environmental Impact
The Earth isn’t cooling. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have been rising steadily since the Industrial Age, contributing to global warming and putting the planet at risk. Independent research shows the role that HVAC plays in this equation: stationary air conditioning contributes up to 20 percent of electrical consumption in buildings today and the use of air conditioning is projected to triple by 2050.

Feds to invest $2 billion in energy retrofits
A promised $2 billion investment in large-scale energy retrofits will be central to the Canadian government’s job creation ambitions. The funding was announced today as part of a three-year, $10-billion spending package to be known as the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) Growth Plan. It follows a pledge to spur a green and resilient economic recovery from COVID-19, made in last week’s Speech from the Throne at the launch of the new parliamentary session.

Calgary’s Westman Village raises the bar on sustainability with a low carbon floor matting program.
Westman Village is Calgary’s first resort-style lakefront community. The 5.5-hectare community includes a 40,000 ft 2 Amenities Centre along with numerous retail shops and services.

Five Strategies for Making Your Buildings Healthy and Safe: Indoor Air Quality and COVID-19
From the C-suite to the facilities manager, indoor air quality (IAQ) is a top priority as organizations navigate reopening safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The priority is magnified for operators of multi-site organizations contemplating the reopening of hundreds — if not thousands — of buildings.

Life after the coronavirus: How will the pandemic affect our workplaces?
After the coronavirus epidemic, we will never look at our workplaces in the same way as before. This virus has upended our lives. It seems as if we’ve entered a dark tunnel and we don’t know how long it will be until we come out the other side. Shelter-in-place mandates have many of us appreciating, more than ever, the simple luxuries of eating out, shopping at the grocery store, and taking walks. We want to be together, but struggle to find away. We’re finding we crave the everyday interactions in our communities and at our workplaces.

A Feasible Approach to GHG Reductions
Canada has made great strides toward achieving our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, but there is, however, still a “yawning gap” between our ambitious climate commitments and the scale of climate action on the ground.” Urban buildings are a major contributor (42.8% of all greenhouse gas emissions). Given that statistic, many are asking the question: “How will we reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of buildings?”

Tiered Energy Codes Best Practices for Code Compliance
Canada is on the cusp of evolving its energy codes to provide higher degrees of energy performance in new buildings through a tiered energy code; the most stringent of which is expected to be net-zero energy ready (NZER).

Carrier Launches Higher-Capacity OptiClean Air Scrubber for Healthy Indoor Air Quality in K-12 Schools
As schools make plans and take precautions for reopening in the fall, Carrier today announced the launch of its OptiClean™ 1500-Cfm Dual-Mode Air Scrubber & Negative Air Machine, ideal for helping to maintain clean and healthy indoor air quality in classrooms, cafeterias, libraries, gymnasiums, restrooms and more.

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