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Dec 06, 2013
Our Contractor of the Year finalists are …
Wow! We received a terrific group of nearly three-dozen nominations for our Contractor of the Year award. After our first run-through, we had....
Dec 03, 2013
Greenbuild features plumbing, hydronics solutions
THE U.S. Green Building Council held its annual Greenbuild Show in Philadelphia in November, featuring a number of interesting plumbing, hydronic....
Nov 08, 2013
Solar Decathlon proves that solar can be practical
The recently concluded Solar Decathlon showed that solar-powered, energy- and water-efficient housing can be beautiful and practical. It was also....
Sep 24, 2013
Want to save customers energy and water? Training is available all over
Much of the training available from plumbing and mechanical industry manufacturers is green by default. Firms such as Taco, Viega, and Uponor have....
Aug 25, 2013
Do you want to live the contractor's dream?
By quitting all of the things that hurt him and sticking with the advice of people like Matt Michel and David Heimer at the Service Round Table and....
Jul 03, 2013
Lead-free plumbing poses conundrums for different parties
At first, plumbing manufacturers were concerned; they worried that the wetted surfaces of faucets would have to be either stainless steel or plastic....
Jun 10, 2013
Let’s get out of our own way
Washington has been flailing around from the debt ceiling to the fiscal cliff. At this writing, there is still no budget. Contractors are confused....
Apr 24, 2013
Days of on-off control are fading
The heating system had been “upgraded” over the last 150 years to the point where it no longer functioned. Our story talks about how Rich Swatton,....
Mar 22, 2013
What are your economic indicators saying?
Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu is similarly enthusiastic about the commercial market. “Nonresidential construction....
Mar 22, 2013
Forecast shows 2013 inching along
A year ago at this time, I think Chris Peel was pretty much on the mark. Peel, chief operating officer for Rheem, said the common wisdom at the....
Nov 28, 2012
Lead-free sooner rather than later
The manufacturers we talked to at the American Society of Plumbing Engineers - Engineered Plumbing Exposition aren’t waiting to convert their....
Oct 25, 2012
Graywater appliance shows promise
Graywater recycling is not a new concept but doing it right and doing it economically remain challenging. Their idea is to make it an appliance....
Oct 24, 2012
Rethinking commercial building energy sales
I recently had the pleasure of hearing Mark Jewell, president of the Energy Efficiency Funding Group, speak at the Mechanical Service Contractors of....
Oct 10, 2012
Radiant heating and cooling industry is well served — twice
John Abularrage, Advanced Radiant Design Inc., is a perfect example of the collegiality that should exist between the two groups. One week he was in....
Sep 04, 2012
Rainwater capture next for plumbing contractors
According to the ARCSA’s website, www.arcsa.org, the Old Testament mentions cisterns at least 10 times, and rainwater harvesting systems in the....
Bob Mader is the editor of CONTRACTOR magazine, Green Mechanical Contractor magazine, and Radiant Living magazine. He has been writing about plumbing, mechanical, green building and HVACR topics for...
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