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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. 4, 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....
Aug. 13, 2012
Plumbing contractors must go to Mechanical Systems Week to find the answers
This is the first time we've been included in the hugely popular Mechanical Systems WEEK, this year located in Chicago. There will be industry trade....
Jul. 15, 2012
American manufacturing is making a comeback
EMCOR Group CEO Anthony Guzzi has told us that for all intents and purposes it doesn’t cost any more to manufacture in the southeastern United States....
May. 14, 2012
How to spend millions on a dubious DOE program
It has long been the opinion of many within the HVAC industry that BPI “standards” related to HVAC industry did not adequately address the rigorous....
May. 12, 2012
PILC — bad acronym, stellar group to watch
“The real purpose and value of our coming together is that I don’t want anyone else creating our industry’s future for us,” Russ Chaney said. “It’s....
Apr. 10, 2012
What about science and engineering?
I recently got a book in the mail from the conservative Heartland Institute entitled Roosters of the Apocalypse. In addition to being one of the....
Apr. 10, 2012
IAPMO is exactly the right home for the new RPA
When IAPMO stepped in to salvage what was left of the RPA, we were relieved especially since the words “plumbing and mechanical” are part of its name....
Mar. 5, 2012
Why George Brazil is important to all of us
I owe an immense debt to the Frank Blau's, the George Brazil's, the Mike Diamond's, and, more recently for me anyway, the David Heimer's and Matt....
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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