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Jun. 9, 2011
Everyone has a vested interest, what’s yours?
If you haven’t already heard, Pa. H.B. 377 was signed, repealing the fire sprinkler mandate that I reported on back in March. Click here to read the....
Apr. 19, 2011
Residential fire sprinklers: two sides of the coin
There are definitely two sides to every issue, that’s for sure. The article I wrote concerning the Pennsylvania residential fire sprinkler mandate up....
Mar. 14, 2011
Greening the Chicago River: A St. Patrick’s Day tradition
There is always a huge St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Chicago the weekend before March 17. This year I had the opportunity to see the Chicago River....
Mar. 9, 2011
Work Truck Show highlights sustainability, new vehicles
It’s fitting that The Work Truck Show is highlighting fuel-efficient vehicles this year, especially since gas prices, once again, have been steadily....
Feb. 16, 2011
Tradesman 1500, 3500 HD debuts at Chicago Auto Show
At the Chicago Auto Show RAM debuted two new trucks: the Tradesman 1500 and the RAM 3500 HD. The RAM Tradesman 1500 is designed for commercial use....
Feb. 7, 2011
AHR Expo turn out is impressive
The turn out for the AHR Expo last week was impressive. Whether an attendee or exhibitor, you couldn’t help but notice how packed the show floor....
Jan. 24, 2011
Counting down to AHR Expo, Chicago Auto Show
February is a busy month. In one week, I will be at the AHR Expo in Las Vegas. As usual, I have a jammed packed schedule. I’m excited to learn about....
Jan. 12, 2011
Make sure to track utility costs
In CONTRACTOR’s November issue, the letter Why I won’t renew my subscription by Michael Gray, owner of Refrigeration Specialists, was published....
Dec. 3, 2010
Inspiring words from Gen. Colin Powell
My first Greenbuild Conference....
Nov. 11, 2010
Greenbuild, GreenTown emphasize jobs, economy
This fall Chicago is host to two green building conferences, Greenbuild and GreenTown. Both events are emphasizing green jobs and a green economy. I....
Oct. 5, 2010
California greening: ecoPARK is a standout project
In the October issue of Contractor, there are a handful of articles about sustainable projects in California. I wrote an article about the Cherokee....
Sep. 8, 2010
Educating your customer
I recently reviewed survey results regarding consumer and homeowner awareness of green products, systems, etc. for the home. According to a survey by....
Aug. 9, 2010
Colleges ‘green’ campuses
It’s that time of year: college students know their summer is about over and are planning to return to school in a few weeks. It’s especially....
Jul. 8, 2010
Building green can be cost effective
Some contractors, engineers and architects think that building green is too expensive. Case in point: Just this week, I was reading The Architect’s....
Jun. 7, 2010
Conserving water through education
In April I went to the Kitchen Bath and Industry Show and IAPMO’s Green Technical Committee meeting. At both events water was a key topic. At KBIS,....
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