Winter's coming: it's a spooky thought to have on Halloween.
Every builder knows that the season joining the frightful fall and the wicked winter (and shadowy spring) is furnace season.
But this year, furnace season is a little bit different. We have reached out to every RESCON ghost and goblin on several occasions in recent months, but it's worth saying this again
Most furnace manufacturers have prohibited the use of their equipment for construction heating purposes by including this blood-curdling clause in their installation instructions: "Gas furnaces manufactured on or after May 1, 2017 are not permitted to be used in Canada for heating of buildings or structures under construction." As a result, Residential Finishing Heat protocols were developed to allow a furnace to be used after drywall installation, taping and priming was completed.
However, furnace manufacturer Trane has not followed suit and left this clause out of their furnace installation instructions, enabling their furnaces to be used for construction heat. As per TSSA and Enbridge, "Furnaces manufactured prior to May 1, 2017 or others not reflecting the above statement are allowed to be used for construction heat as long as the certified manufacturer's instructions do not prohibit such use."
We have been in contact with HRAI and are awaiting further information as they are in discussions with the other furnace manufacturers. We will issue an update as soon as we get more information.
Meantime, if you have any questions about construction heat, please email Paul De Berardis at email@example.com.
Below, you'll find links to stories on Bill 148 and OCOT, my recent appearance on CTV News Network's Power Play, stories on Tridel and Tribute, a radio interview on hurricane ties, and RCCAO's Andy Manahan writes in the Toronto Star about why the Gardiner's eastern section should not be torn down.
Enjoy the trick-or-treaters, and stay warm tonight!
Richard Lyall, President