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 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
in As I See It 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,....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It 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....More
in As I See It Sep 04, 2012

Rainwater capture next for plumbing contractors

According to the ARCSA’s website,, the Old Testament mentions cisterns at least 10 times, and rainwater harvesting systems in the....More

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