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The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) announce that the two associations have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for cooperation in the continued development of the plumbing and heating industries through communication and cooperation.


Due to the increased globalization of the construction industry, HRAI and CIPH recognize the need to provide their respective members with access to timely information, data and technical advancements to succeed in this new global market place. 


The MOU was signed by David Morden, Chairman of HRAI and John Hammill, Chairman of CIPH on June 18, 2013 in Halifax, Nova Scotia during CIPH's 81st Annual General Meeting. An essential component of the MOU provides ways for the two organizations to work cooperatively with government authorities and code bodies on regulatory and policy issues that affect both the HVACR and plumbing industries and review common priorities annually. 


"This MOU will help promote and facilitate mutual cooperation and assistance between HRAI and CIPH by providing services to their respective members relating to the North American market for residential and commercial HVACR and plumbing equipment", reported David Morden. 


John Hammill agrees, saying, "Our organizations focus their missions on disseminating educational, scientific, and technical information and expertise to our members to enhance the acceptance of plumbing and heating products and the quality design of plumbing and heating systems. Combining our resources when dealing with regulatory matters will only strengthen our relationship. This MOU will facilitate these worthwhile activities on a more global basis." 


As part of the agreement, HRAI and CIPH will work cooperatively to exchange information on pertinent issues via publications, reports, association conferences and industry meetings as well as promote educational opportunities for their members to learn about technological advancements in the design and manufacture of plumbing and heating products and systems.