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On February 1, 2016 HRAI released a position paper stating that HRAI’s gas furnace manufacturers adopted a position to prohibit the use of their furnaces by homebuilders for heating during the construction process prior to occupancy.  

After learning of the concerns raised by homebuilders, the manufacturers and contractors met with them on a number of occasions.  Subsequently, manufacturers agreed to postpone the implementation date from September 1, 2016, to May 1, 2017.  They also agreed to some standardized wording that will be included in their manufacturers’ installation instructions as follows:

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.

Please take note that all HRAI furnace manufacturers have confirmed that support for this position. Several companies have already made revisions to their installation instructions accordingly.

For more information, contact Caroline Czajko at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 234 or email cczajko@hrai.ca