Below are the seminars presented by CIPHEX West in 2018.

Information-packed sessions for contractors, wholesalers, engineers, maintenance personnel, home builders and more. 

Wednesday, November 7

History and Benefits of the Thermostatic Mixing Valve

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Speakers: Steven Foss - Sales Account Manager & Mannan Mohammed - Engineering Manager, Reliance Worldwide Corporation (Canada) Inc.

Hot water delivery temperature has been an issue for many years in Canada leading to a National Code implemented in 2010, ensuring protection to the homeowners from scalding and legionella bacteria. Safety of the public in the development of products and practices is the first concern in this legislation which offers a workable solution to the issue of safe storage and distribution of hot water. This session will cover Codes and applicable product standards, National and Provincial Legislation and compliance as well as the responsibilities of Plumbing Officials and Contractors.

Planning and Executing Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Systems in Commercial Buildings Based on Scale Driven Designs

Time: 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Speaker: G. Edward Van Giesen, National Sales Manager, RainCycle (A Watts Company)

Rainwater harvesting systems are used more and more in commercial buildings to offset potable water demands and to reduce storm water outflows. Despite an ever-increasing number of rainwater systems going into service in North America, design consistency remains elusive. This is typically due to the designer’s unfamiliarity with best practices and frequent exclusion of key components. Two key factors that contribute to the success of a rainwater system are early planning and analysis of the system as a whole. While the concept of capturing rainwater is simple enough, there is not one consistent definition as to what constitutes a rainwater system. This ambiguity in system design and planning leads to huge disparities in material and installation costs. As a result, many projects are value engineered. The session will start with a brief intro on system design and will be followed by an in-depth presentation focusing on the key components.

New Technology Methods for Protecting Homes & Buildings from Toxic Radon Gas

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Speaker: David Innes, Director of Sales, Radon Environmental Management Corp

Radon is responsible for thousands of lung cancer deaths each year. It affects indoor air quality in all buildings. The exposure risk can be prevented during construction and in the way we maintain our homes and workplaces. Changes to building codes with respect to radon will be covered along with prescriptive measures and performance options. Attendees will also learn about typical radon detection methods used throughout the world. The presentation will also cover current mitigation methods and their inherent pitfalls along with a section on using ventilation as a mitigation method. Case studies will be presented. 

How to Design and Install a Hydronic Snow Melting System

Time: 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Speaker: Erwin Quejano, Design Department Supervisor & Rudy Feddema, Senior Design & Technical Support, HeatLink Group Inc.

At this session, you will learn the key components for designing and installing a hydronic snow melting system including: snowmelt application; snowmelt system components; manifolds to PEX; snowmelt controls; proper installation of PEX and snow/ice detector to ensure system works as per design; and schematic diagrams.

Challenging Conventional Softener Design to Save Water, Save Salt & Save Money

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Speaker: Tyler Gamble, M. Eng, Commercial Product Applications Manager, Canature WaterGroup

With droughts increasing in number and severity due to climate change, water conservation awareness is at an all-time high.. Water softeners are traditionally thought of as water wasters. In some parts of the world, their use is heavily regulated due to the elevated waste volumes and wastewater issues they can produce. With this in mind, new ways of thinking regarding the design and operational use must be considered so that the added benefits of soft water do not conflict with current water conservation strategies. This presentation will show how a shift in thinking about water softeners can reduce the amount of water and salt consumed during softener operation, and therefore increase the operational efficiency of the softener.

Thursday, November 8

Basic Electrical Theory and Control Panel Troubleshooting

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Speaker: Tim Callander, Regional Sales Manager, SJE Rhombus

This session will provide easy to understand explanations of following schematics and using a volt meter. The troubleshooting portion is a step-by-step method of working your way through a pumping station to determine the source of the problem: electrical services; controls / alarm circuits; floats; and motors.

Efficient & Effective DHWR (Domestic Hot Water Recirculation)

Time: 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Fee: $35
Speaker: Rick Mayo, Residential Trainer – Western Region, Taco Comfort Solutions

This session will include insights from an expert on domestic hot water (DHW) recirculation including: DHW and health concerns; mix-down fluid temperatures; DHWR piping options; alternative DHWR control strategies; and near heater piping details.

2020 National Plumbing Code of Canada – Update

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Speaker: Sidney Manning, Chief Plumbing & Gas Administrator/Inspector, Government of Alberta

This session will go through code updates as we look towards the 2020 version of the National Plumbing Code of Canada, including hot topics such as water reuse, rainwater harvesting, Legionella and more. Bring any questions or concerns you have about radon, hydronic heating, energy efficiency, etc.  Ever wonder why Plumbing or Gas code is written the way it currently is, or ever have a question nobody else could answer? This is where you should be.

Wall and Ceiling Radiant – The Overlooked Solution

Time: 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Fee: $35
Speaker: Steve Gibbs, Product Manager, Trainer, Radiant Designer, Roth Industries

This session will include: a discussion of heat transfer; rationale for wall and ceiling radiant (supplemental heating and cooling, floor limitations and radiant cooling options); and installation methods for wall radiant and ceiling radiant. Attendees at this session will learn how radiant walls and ceilings can be a comfort solution and how to identify common indicators where wall or ceiling radiant can be used. The speaker will also provide an overview of installation methods.

Retrofitting Air Handling Systems Using ECM Fans

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Speaker: Luis F. Orellana, Bid & Spec-Business Development Manager, Rosenberg Fans Canada Ltd.

This session will cover what an ECFan is, how it works, a comparison between AC and EC Motor energy use and controllability. The session will be able to clarify energy usage of commercial ventilation systems in Canada, as well as retrofitting outdated AHU, MUS and other ventilation systems. The listener will learn how to identify energy saving opportunities with ECFans and they will be instructed on how to easily size a retrofit application using the correct tools.

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