Greetings One & All!
Past News Letters
International Builder Show
50 plus housing
Click Here to See What's New With Barbara.
"The vigor of coming generations depends
upon protecting physical man by correct hygienic conditions in
the home, a pure frequently changed, evenly warmed atmosphere…"
excerpt from 1910 Colliers Magazine.
50 years before I was born...geesh.
Canadian Association for Properly Built Homes
ASHRAE Research I
For the Guys... well
Famous Painting by L.Boilly, "Five Senses"
Ref.: Hughes Museum
Where are the jobs?
Parents of children living in Alberta you may want to see where
the jobs are over the next decade...click the image to enlarge.
Thought for 2006...
the first law of thermodynamics, energy can’t be conserved or
used, it can only change forms. Thinking about this first law,
makes you wonder how we can be talking about “saving energy” or
“energy consumption” if it can’t be saved or consumed!"
the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Conservation
in Buildings and Community Systems programme (ECBCS).
...low temperature radiant based
HVAC is the perfect energy efficient solution...
December 2005 / January 2006 News Letter
Year End Review...scroll
down for more....
Plenty of new materials for
those planning on building or those who make a living out of
designing livable spaces.
For the consumer planning
click here. Graphics courtesy of the National Radiant
Design Center and Uponor Wirsbo.
For the designer,
checkout the 30 plus schematics and dozen or so technical
click here. If you need a specific graphic that you
can't find, let us know. We are happy to exchange these
illustrations for donations which go to keep this site up
WOW is all we can say! Since last months letter we've
had over 25 more people join up and contribute to the
various discussion. Some really practical exchanges on how
to prevent freezing in garage systems OIA (Dan) and an
awesome fuel site comparison link provided by Tramar (Mark).
Thanks again to our regulars for pitching in with
your thoughts and wisdom.
Feature: Barbara Kennedy, founder and President of
Changing Gears Inc., spent six weeks traveling between
Vancouver, B.C. and Oakville, Ontario organizing her 86 year
old mother's affairs...read her story here:Personal
experience set wheels in motion for Changing Gears by
a Halton Media Group Article
Congrats to our very own Coast2Coast contributor Mr.
Geoff McDonell for winning the PME Excellence in Design
Award for 2005 for Omicron's Fred Kaiser Building
click here to access the link and to send your regards to
Field Experience for Engineers
and Architects by Mark Eatherton
Listen to Your Nose by Jeffrey C. May,
Do's and Don'ts of Hiring Quality
Trade Contractors By Don Carr
Learn More About the Emerging 50+ Market at IBS from
Geoff, Dave and Gary
Hayden will be back in the New Year with more fun
Frustrated by the lack of standards and quality
control in hot water heating and cooling systems, a
group of competing and independent contractors,
wholesalers and manufacturers decided it was time for a
change. We formed the Hydronic Heating Association to
set industry standards, educate contractors, and inform
the public about the benefits of having a quality hot
water system installed. After seeing too many poorly
installed heating and cooling systems, we wanted to
promote the latest standards of technology with our
pride and tradition of having the best workmanship.
Carson, Dunlop specializes on the inspection of
residential properties, while Carson, Dunlop, Weldon
focuses on retail, office, high rise, institutional and
industrial properties. Specialty buildings, such as
sports complexes, churches, bingo halls and arenas are
also among the projects we have completed. Approximately
3,500 to 4,000 single and multi-family properties are
For the hard core technical guys and gals this you have to
check out...it will literally change how you look at
designing for efficiency. Click the image for a
brochure...then head over to the Low Exergy main site to
gorge on the meaning of exergy...
Who says people can't afford the benefits of radiant
based HVAC systems... Published in CustomHomeOnline,
September, 2006, from Fairfield County Business Journal,
“ Across the country, 36 percent of all home sold last year
were purchased as second homes or as an investment and many
of them fell into the luxury category.”
Hmmm...interesting quote to end the year don't you
Year End Review:
Thanks to everyone of our readers and contributors for an
outstanding year....final stats for the last 12 months -
site visitors are up 925% from our inaugural launch last
year ( December to December) with just under 30,000 unique
visitors to the site, over 6600 to the new blog and
approaching 200 registered forum users. Over 20 some
seminars for different groups were completed and we've lost
count as to how many attendees...that age thing! Funds
generated from the newsletter sign ups went to the RPA's Ted
Lowe Fund with additional contributions to Santa's
Anonymous and the AVON Walk for Breast Cancer. Thanks
Uponor Wirsbo for their generosity for sponsoring our
trip to the Boston Fund Raiser and to
Joe W who made it all
a good year and ya'll done good!
2006 is shaping up to be another great one for education...
radiant based HVAC is not about conditioning buildings, its
about conditioning people.
OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, ALL THE BEST DURING THIS FESTIVE