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 May 07, 2014

Why I think it’s important that Kohler appoints PHCC members to its Plumber Advisory Council

Contractors need to know who their friends are. Both Kohler and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association jointly announced....More
in As I See It Apr 27, 2014

Radiant heat is more efficient than forced air

Radiant heating practitioners and advocates have long said that radiant heating is more efficient than forced air. The claim was based on common....More
in As I See It Apr 04, 2014

‘A poisoned ball spilling a trail of filth’

It’s getting pretty easy for me to rant about Duke Energy polluting our drinking water because they keep supplying me with so much material. I was....More
in As I See It Mar 25, 2014

Are you running with the big dogs?

We need your help with a project we’re working on. Are you one of the largest plumbing and mechanical contractors in the country? And by one of the....More
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

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