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Fundamentals of indoor environmental quality / thermal comfort and air quality solutions using radiant based HVAC

a joint statement addressing the quality of HVAC designs, installations and inspections in Canada

a joint statement addressing the quality of HVAC designs, installations and inspections in Canada

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Canadians for Properly Built Homes
Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH)
Canadian Oil Heat Association (COHA)
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI)
Thermal Environmental Comfort Association of British Columbia (TECA)

Note: has posted this joint statement on behalf of Canadians for Properly Built Homes and readers are encouraged to contact the individual representatives for their respective views.  

Bean's opinion: Are you shopping for mechanical trades and systems?

In your own life, when something matters to you, you talk about it, care about it, and research it... that’s what we at are asking you to do when it comes to your indoor environmental quality; but if all you care about is the price of the HVAC system, then the price is the discussion, not the indoor environment itself.

Understand, the construction business has worked overtime to turn various "behind the wall" building systems into commodities; many sales people will tell you that what they offer is the same or better than the other guy - that the HVAC system meets building codes but is cheaper. No wonder the public has been lulled into not caring about indoor environmental quality systems. Every time we hear, "all we care about is price," what we hear is, "we don't really care, we just want to get the buying over with, cheap”…and that position is deleterious to the health of the indoor environment and by connection your health; it destroys system efficiencies and by connection attacks your cash flow and your ability to build up your net worth; and leads to poor environments which are harmful to valuable assets such as heirlooms, furnishings and paintings.

If you are educated - take the time to research built to code systems. Learn the difference between HVAC systems and indoor environmental quality systems. Understand that thermal comfort is not something you get from equipment. Learn about industry Standards and the organizations which publish them.

The real story behind residential mechanical systems, energy and indoor environmental quality is readily available - all you have to your homework.

Related reading:
Built to code: What does it mean for consumer thermal comfort?
Do I need an engineer? A Guide to HVAC/Indoor Climate Design Service Providers
Budgeting: Design Services
Where will your indoor climate system score?
HVAC does not equal IEQ
How to "ball park" your budget for indoor climate control.
Indoor environments: Self assessment
The Total Comfort System - The "Un-minimum" System
Thermal Comfort: A 40 grit perspective for consumers
Thermal Comfort: A Condition of Mind

Do-It-Yourself HVAC - Should you do it?
The Cost of HVAC Systems - Are You Paying Too Much for Downgrades?
Radiant Installations - The Good, Bad and Ugly
Thermal Comfort Surveys - Post Occupancy, Part I
Thermal Comfort Surveys - Post Occupancy, Part II

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