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Robert Mader

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.

in As I See It Jul 22, 2014

Is this the best we can do? Let’s start chanting: We’re number 13!

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has released its efficiency rankings of major global economies and the U.S. places 13 out of 16. Seriously, folks, the only major economies that are less energy efficient than us are Russia, Brazil and Mexico....More

LEED Platinum Grainger distribution center: success in sustainability, logistics, automation

Why Minooka, Illinois, I thought, as I prepared to take a tour of the Grainger Distribution Center last week. Having moved from its Niles, Ill, location, there were good reasons. “Well for one, truck drivers are thankful that the distribution facility is located in a more rural area and easily accessible to major roadways and interstate....More

Candace Roulo

Candace Roulo is a senior editor of Contractor magazine, based in Chicago.

in Sustainably Speaking Jul 16, 2014

Uponor presents at Techweek Chicago

A few weeks ago, I attended Techweek in Chicago. This week-long expo is for startups and Fortune 500 companies to showcase their newest products, insights, ideas and plans for the future. There are also a variety of sessions to attend to learn about the latest in technology, from increasing a company’s website presence to contextual....More

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