From the Mechanical Underground en Federal policy on greenhouse gases front and center <div class="node-body blog-body"><h1 class="title" style="font-size: 1.5em; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.25em; color: rgb(75, 75, 75); -webkit-hyphens: manual; max-width: 100%; font-family: Georgia, Palatino, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; background-color: rgb(251, 251, 251);"><span style="font-size: 18px; color: rgb(65, 65, 65);">Say what you will about President Obama&rsquo;s two terms, but when it comes to environmental policies, the administration has been on the proactive side in energy efficient solutions and policy.</span></h1> <p style="max-width: 100%; color: rgb(65, 65, 65); font-family: Georgia, Palati</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:34:00 +0000 412521 at With Low Flow Legislation Comes Great Responsibility <div class="node-body blog-body">I couldn't help but think that as we move toward a more water conservative mindset, is it really responsible for governing bodies to legislate lower GPFs, for example, without doing its due diligence?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wastewater From the Mechanical Underground Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:31:00 +0000 409001 at Faulty water heater solidifies trust in contractors <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s <i>no</i> hot water!&rdquo; shouted my startled wife from the shower. A sudden grip of &ldquo;fear&rdquo; paralyzed me for a couple of seconds as I started to compute the age of our water heater aloud. It <i>has </i>to be around 12-13 years old. As reality set in, I realized that I was going to be in the market for a new water heater sooner or later</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:05:00 +0000 407921 at The show that is del-ISH <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The 2015 ISH Show in Frankfurt by all accounts did not disappoint. The show was spectacular and grandiose in size and attendance. In fact, official numbers released from the show indicate record numbers in attendance &mdash; 198,000 visitors, a new exhibitor record and a significant increase in the level of international guests.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:25:00 +0000 407201 at Taco's John White, Jr. — Protecting a community <div class="node-body blog-body"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: 'Source Sans Pro', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 17px; line-height: 25px;">I noticed a slight tremble in his fingers as he raised his hand to wipe his brow. It wasn&rsquo;t because he was nervous; he has conducted hundreds of press conferences throughout his career.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Fri, 06 Feb 2015 13:33:00 +0000 405561 at 3rd Annual Mechanical Town Hall Announced <div class="node-body blog-body">• Mechanical Town Hall • When: January 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm • Where: AHR Expo 2015, Room S103a
McCormick Place, Chicago </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:19:00 +0000 404061 at Path to the Trades Starts in the Living Room <div class="node-body blog-body">Coming from a large family—sixth of seven—the blueprint for my education was pretty much drawn up. In my family, when high school was over, you went to college. That’s just what you did. Not that my parents were ever adamant about that direction, but it was the pattern I knew. Graduate and pick a college. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:52:00 +0000 37651 at Comfortech 2014: You’re among friends <div class="node-body blog-body">If you haven’t made plans to be at the Comfortech Show (September 9-11) at the Nashville Convention Center, it’s not too late to get your butt down to Nashville. Yes, Nashville! Great restaurants, dining, and BBQ, Nashville was recently rated as the most “American U.S. city” — based on its demographics that closely mirror the U.S. average as a whole — according to the personal finance website, </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Comfortech From the Mechanical Underground Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:23:00 +0000 36231 at LEED Platinum Grainger distribution center: success in sustainability, logistics, automation <div class="node-body blog-body">Why Minooka, Illinois, I thought, as I prepared to take a tour of the Grainger Distribution Center last week. Having moved from its Niles, Ill, location, there were good reasons. “Well for one, truck drivers are thankful that the distribution facility is located in a more rural area and easily accessible to major roadways and interstate highways,” said Rob Favaro, Sr. Director ILDC, Supply Chain – Distribution Ops, and tour guide for the day.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 35321 at A Father’s Influence, Support and Mentorship <div class="node-body blog-body">When he passed in the fall of 2000, there was a huge void in my life. My mentor was gone. No more talks on the back deck, both of us enjoying a nice stogie on a crisp summer night. No more being with him. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:08:00 +0000 34571 at Collision at the Green Crossroads: The efficiency/health nexus <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">In late April, leaders from the plumbing industry gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Plumbing Industry Leaders Coalition (PILC). Every year the group gets together to chart progressive action for the industry: Legionella standards, skilled worker shortage, dry drains research, U.S. water strategy, etc. The plumbing industry think tank gathers every year to seek collaboration on industry initiatives.</span></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Fri, 16 May 2014 18:51:00 +0000 33631 at Arm yourself with knowledge: Attend the International Emerging Technology Symposium <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">The fourth International Emerging Technology Symposium, which takes place every other year, will be held this April 23-24 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. If you haven&rsquo;t attended in the past, now is your chance to meet and network with well-known experts in the water and energy efficiency industry. It is well worth the trip!</span></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:56:00 +0000 32691 at NTEA Work Truck Show: Business as usual <div class="node-body blog-body">Sandwiched between the NFL Combine and the Men and Women’s NCAA Big Ten Tourney, Indianapolis played host to the NTEA Work Truck Show — the largest work truck event in North America that attracted more than 10,000 fleet managers, distributors, manufacturers and services providers. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:54:00 +0000 31841 at And the Carlson-Holohan award goes to…? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="font-size: 13px;">As I waited for the Carlson-Holohan award presentation to begin &mdash; an award passed down every two years &mdash; I thought to myself, &ldquo;I feel like I am in the midst of the ex-presidents.&rdquo; Dignitaries from the hydronics industry assembled in the Caleffi booth at this year&rsquo;s AHR Show in New York, and I was honored to be a witness. These guys are that big &mdash; for the contributions they have given to our industry.</span></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> From the Mechanical Underground Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:28:00 +0000 30281 at Unconventional naming convention: Plumbing industry needs a PR makeover <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">With names like Polar Vortex, Saskatchewan Screamer and Hercules, I&rsquo;ve often wondered if the National Weather Service has a separate PR department that&rsquo;s sole purpose is to come up with these names. Usually reserved for the Northeast, these names represent and take on a larger-than-life, havoc-wreaking personality. But here in the Midwest, we call them Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday&hellip; I guess any day that it happens to rain, snow, etc. But I digress.</span></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Development From the Mechanical Underground Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:50:00 +0000 29741 at