Indoor environment industry emphasizes 'green' practices

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 21 /CNW/ - Landfills are becoming lonelier places
and Canadians' carbon footprints are smaller thanks to environmental
initiatives spearheaded by the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and
refrigeration (HVACR) industry.
    "There seems to be a misconception that the companies that provide a
comfortable and safe indoor environment for Canadians are contributors to
global warming in our outdoor environment, however nothing could be further
from the truth," says Martin Luymes, Vice President of The Heating,
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), Canada's
largest HVACR industry trade organization representing thousands of
contractors, manufacturers and distributors.
    In recognition of the Ontario Power Authority's Energy Conservation Week,
HRAI is reaffirming its members' environmental commitment, says Luymes.
    "This industry is continually pursuing greater efficiencies in new and
existing products, promoting conservation practices to industry and consumers,
working with government on minimum equipment efficiencies and voluntarily
implementing recycling and other environmentally-responsible programs."
    Manufacturers are being recognized for developing sophisticated products
that are highly efficient, rely less on carbon-based fuels to heat and cool
homes and businesses, improve indoor air quality, and more, says Luymes.
Professional contractors strive to design and install the most
energy-efficiency equipment available and promote conservation practices and
such as right-sizing, equipment maintenance, programmable thermostats and
    "Heating and cooling equipment is remarkably more efficient than it was
even just 20 years ago, typically using 20 to 70 per cent less fuel than older
    In addition to providing contractors with tools to promote energy
conservation practices, HRAI oversees or manages a number of unique programs
that have a direct influence on energy conservation and responsible
environmental practices:

    Refrigerant Management Canada manages the responsible collection,
transportation and disposal of ozone-depleting refrigerants. The program has
safely collected and destroyed more than one million kilograms of refrigerant

    Responsible Equipment Management promotes best-practices for the disposal
of decommissioned equipment. Nearly 90% of HRAI members say they ensure all
refrigerants and oils are removed from retired appliances. Parts and scrap
metal are retained for future use whenever possible, or properly recycled
through a recognized facility.

    Cool Savings Rebate, offered in partnership with the Ontario Power
Authority (OPA), helps homeowners reduce electricity use, conserve energy and
qualify for rebates up to $550.

    HRAI continues to work with the federal government on energy efficient
product labeling. For example, the EnerGuide designation is now available for
gas fireplaces through an agreement between Natural Resources Canada and HRAI.

    HRAI's SkillTech Academy trains technicians to design and install HVAC
equipment in conformance with the building code. Recognizing the environmental
benefits of such training, the federal government provides a $200 per course

    HRAI is a partner in the Energy Efficiency Contractors Network (EECN), a
coalition of trade associations that trains contractors on how to package and
promote energy efficiency solutions for commercial customers.

    For more information on these programs, visit

For further information:

For further information: Martin Luymes, 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235,

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