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On March 31st HRAI met with key stakeholders to settle on an acceptable process for implementing the recent manufacturers’ ban on the use of gas furnaces for construction heat.  HRAI representatives Dave McPherson (Rheem), Thom Wigle (Goodman), along with members of RHVCA and supported by HRAI staff Martin Luymes, represented the industry at this meeting, the latest of several, with a group of representative Ontario/Canadian homebuilders, and the gas utilities and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).  The goal was to help TSSA -- the provincial fuel safety regulator -- determine the proper field application/interpretation of the new restriction.  This included defining the stage in the construction process when it would be deemed acceptable to activate a furnace.

Stakeholders concluded that, once the drywall has been installed and primed in a home, it would be deemed acceptable to have a procedure in place to activate the furnace, but only if some additional conditions are met, most importantly the installation of a MERV 11 filter at the return on the furnace. A sign-off form for activation of the furnace is now being developed in partnership with gas utilities, HVAC contractors and homebuilders.

As the regulator having jurisdiction in Ontario, TSSA has indicated that it will accept this activation process and will generate a bulletin to guide industry on their expectations.  TSSA will also work to recommend the solution to regulatory bodies in other provinces, through its involvement in the Canada-wide Interprovincial Gas Advisory Council (IGAC).

HRAI will assist TSSA and the utilities in Ontario to develop the guideline and documents to support it, and will share these with other provinces affected by the ban, as desired.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235 or email mluymes@hrai.ca.