Robert Mader

Editor in Chief, Penton Media

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 more than 25 years.

Posts by Robert Mader

in As I See It Mar 04, 2014

Poisoning our water supply is not ok

Everybody in this industry has heard many times, I would hope, that only 2.5% of the water on earth is fresh water and most of that is frozen into....More
in As I See It Jan 17, 2014

Do we care if Google pokes around in our houses?

“That boat has sailed,” is the way Geoff Godwin, vice president of marketing for the White Rodgers unit of Emerson Climate Technologies,....More
in As I See It Dec 30, 2013

The power of contractors' giving

I was flying back to Chicago after interviewing Bill and Tina Howe and their team for our Contractor of the Year story when I ran across a profile of....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It 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....More

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