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September 15, 2016
FEATURED NEWS: “Semi-open” residential water heater concept promises high efficiency
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Self-shading windows require no power

A team of MIT researchers has developed a new way of making windows that can switch from transparent to opaque, potentially saving energy by blocking sunlight on hot days and, by extension, reducing air-conditioning costs. >> Read full article

Canada advances Mission Innovation goal

The Government of Canada is seeking project proposals for its $25-million Clean Energy Innovation Program, which it says will bring energy technologies “closer to commercialization” and wide-adoption potential. >> Read full article

ASHRAE names Canadian Gregory Scrivener as lecturer

A Canadian from Edmonton, Alta. is among the nine new names ASHRAE has listed as “Distinguished Lecturers”, who provide society chapters with authorities and speak on topics that impact the built environment industry. >> Read full article

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 Featured News 
“Semi-open” residential water heater concept

“Semi-open” residential water heater concept promises high efficiency

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Florida (UF) has developed a method that could yield lower-cost, higher-efficiency systems for water heating in residential buildings. >> Learn More…


Verdigris’ Einstein sensor optimizes energy use

Verdigris, an artificial intelligence company, has announced the arrival of Einstein, a “next-generation” Internet of Things smart sensor and metering solution. >> Read full article

Canadian Construction Materials Centre approves CertainTeed MemBrain

CertainTeed Membrain, the continuous air barrier and smart vapour retarder, has received a positive re-evaluation report from the Canadian Construction Materials Centre for its compliance with the National Building Code (NBC) of Canada. >> Read full article

WAC Lighting introduces LED downlight Duo

WAC Lighting has introduced Duo, the 3-in. dual-source LED downlight (patent pending), which delivers illumination from a miniature aperture in a variety of colour temperatures. >> Read full article

 Event Calendar 

Alberta Energy Code for Housing and Small Buildings Course

Date & Location: Sept. 20-Nov. 3, various dates • Across Alberta, online
Info: The Safety Codes Council of Alberta is offering a 1-day course developed for the Alberta Building Code 2014, 9.36. >> More Info

Energy into Action Fall 2016

Date & Location: Sept. 21 • Toronto, Ont.
Info: Spend a day with industry experts and energy professionals exploring new technological innovations and the future state of energy conservation in Ontario at Energy into Action. The event will feature plenary sessions, industry exhibitors, networking and more. >> More Info

Connected+ 2016

Date & Location: Oct. 12-13 • Toronto, Ont.
Info: The 3rd edition of Connected+ is “tailored to meet the industry’s need for a unified and collaborative forum, that paves the way to success in the Internet of Things”. The event features technical workshops, speakers and an exhibition. Topics include smart homes, smart energy, home automation, connected condos, and more. >> More Info

IAGT Montreal Industrial Gas Turbine Workshop

Date & Location: Oct. 17-18 • Montreal, Que.
Info: CanmetEnergy and the National Research Council of Canada are supporting the Industrial Application of Gas Turbine Committee (IAGT) for a two-day workshop related to the efficient use of gas turbines in industrial applications. >> More Info

The Buildings Show

Date & Location: Nov. 30-Dec. 2 • Toronto, Ont.
Info: The Buildings Show returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), bringing together Construct Canada, PM Expo, HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, the World of Concrete Pavilion, and IIDEXCanada. It is held simultaneously with the Real Estate Forum Toronto. >> More Info