Contractor Magazine http://contractormag.com/rss.xml en Legionella & plumbing design: Set requirements to manage risk of bacteria http://contractormag.com/commercial-plumbing/legionella-plumbing-design-set-requirements-manage-risk-bacteria <div class="node-body article-body">I recall asking, “Why? How?” at a recent Pathogen Risk Reduction by Design seminar, held in Chicago and hosted by Tim Keane, in regard to Legionella and plumbing systems design. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/commercial-plumbing/legionella-plumbing-design-set-requirements-manage-risk-bacteria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/commercial-plumbing/legionella-plumbing-design-set-requirements-manage-risk-bacteria#comments Commercial Plumbing Registered User Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:27:00 +0000 410651 at http://contractormag.com Geothermal install delivers net-zero for the newest Proud Green Home http://contractormag.com/geothermal/geothermal-install-delivers-net-zero-newest-proud-green-home <div class="node-body article-body">The intent is to use the buildings to show what is possible with current energy- and water-saving technology; to inspire and educate professionals and consumers about the benefits of sustainable, high-performance home strategies. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/geothermal/geothermal-install-delivers-net-zero-newest-proud-green-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/geothermal/geothermal-install-delivers-net-zero-newest-proud-green-home#comments Geothermal Registered User Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:59:00 +0000 410641 at http://contractormag.com 3rd Generation Nest Learning Thermostat introduces high-resolution screen, slimmer profile http://contractormag.com/technology/3rd-generation-nest-learning-thermostat-introduces-high-resolution-screen-slimmer-profile <div class="field-deck"> Nest Energy and Enterprise Partnerships bring proven savings </div> <div class="node-body article-body">New software features for the 3rd generation Nest Thermostat include Farsight and Furnace Heads-Up, which uses diagnostics to give advance notice about possible problems with a customer’s heating system. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/technology/3rd-generation-nest-learning-thermostat-introduces-high-resolution-screen-slimmer-profile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/technology/3rd-generation-nest-learning-thermostat-introduces-high-resolution-screen-slimmer-profile#comments Technology Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:30:00 +0000 410631 at http://contractormag.com PHCC—National Association names new Executive Vice President http://contractormag.com/management/phcc-national-association-names-new-executive-vice-president <div class="node-body article-body">The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) announced that Michael R. Copp has been selected as its new Executive Vice President. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/phcc-national-association-names-new-executive-vice-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/phcc-national-association-names-new-executive-vice-president#comments Management Plumbing Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:51:00 +0000 410621 at http://contractormag.com <p>Michael R. Copp</p> Nonresidential construction spending continues to grow through mid-summer http://contractormag.com/management/nonresidential-construction-spending-continues-grow-through-mid-summer <div class="node-body article-body">Nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.5 percent in July and is up 12.7 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to a Sept. 1 release by the U.S. Census Bureau. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/nonresidential-construction-spending-continues-grow-through-mid-summer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/nonresidential-construction-spending-continues-grow-through-mid-summer#comments Management Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:33:00 +0000 410611 at http://contractormag.com Global Water Center: Water tech research, development is name of the game http://contractormag.com/technology/global-water-center-water-tech-research-development-name-game <div class="node-body article-body">Before the Global Water Center was built, The Water Council — a non-profit organization founded in 2009 — was created to be the central connector of all the water technology business groups and universities.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/technology/global-water-center-water-tech-research-development-name-game" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/technology/global-water-center-water-tech-research-development-name-game#comments Technology Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:43:00 +0000 410591 at http://contractormag.com Weekly Product Gallery: Webstone, Modine, Bonomi, Navien, Ace and Magnum Boots http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-webstone-modine-bonomi-navien-ace-and-magnum-boots <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week brings a time-saving boiler piping kit, a full-grain leather workboot, a line of high-performance butterfly valves, an expansion to the popular NPE line of tankless condensing water heaters and much more. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-webstone-modine-bonomi-navien-ace-and-magnum-boots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-webstone-modine-bonomi-navien-ace-and-magnum-boots#comments Apparel Media Galleries Green Hydronics Plumbing Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:26:00 +0000 410581 at http://contractormag.com How to keep those summertime profits rolling in http://contractormag.com/best-practices/how-keep-those-summertime-profits-rolling <div class="node-body article-body">Patricia Bonacorda offers some tips on how to keep revenues up in a seasonal business. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/how-keep-those-summertime-profits-rolling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/how-keep-those-summertime-profits-rolling#comments Best Practices Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:44:00 +0000 410571 at http://contractormag.com RIDGID RV3410 Smart Pulse Wet/Dry Vac http://contractormag.com/video/ridgid-rv3410-smart-pulse-wetdry-vac <div class="node-body video-body">The newest innovation in wet/dry vacuum for the user dealing with fine dust or long cleaning cycles.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/video/ridgid-rv3410-smart-pulse-wetdry-vac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/video/ridgid-rv3410-smart-pulse-wetdry-vac#comments Video Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:55:00 +0000 410601 at http://contractormag.com Comprehensive Energy Services starts $16.2 million of work at seven new Orlando-area projects http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/comprehensive-energy-services-starts-162-million-work-seven-new-orlando-area-pro <div class="node-body article-body">Orlando-based Comprehensive Energy Services, Inc. started $16.2 million of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing and special effects work at seven new Orlando-area projects.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/comprehensive-energy-services-starts-162-million-work-seven-new-orlando-area-pro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/comprehensive-energy-services-starts-162-million-work-seven-new-orlando-area-pro#comments Plumbing Contractor Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:39:00 +0000 410561 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock "Solar Sunflower" to combine photovoltaic, solar thermal power http://contractormag.com/solar/solar-sunflower-combine-photovoltaic-solar-thermal-power <div class="node-body article-body">A combination of various existing technologies is used to produce a versatile, highly efficient solar system. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/solar/solar-sunflower-combine-photovoltaic-solar-thermal-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/solar/solar-sunflower-combine-photovoltaic-solar-thermal-power#comments Solar Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:12:00 +0000 410551 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock Top Apprentices Compete in the 28th Annual UA Competition http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/top-apprentices-compete-28th-annual-ua-competition <div class="field-deck"> North America’s most skilled young craftsmen return to Ann Arbor to vie for the title of “Copper King.” </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Thirty-two plumber, pipefitter, sprinkler fitter, mechanical service technicians and welder apprentices traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to compete for the title of best in their specialty.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/top-apprentices-compete-28th-annual-ua-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/top-apprentices-compete-28th-annual-ua-competition#comments Training Opportunities Plumbing Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:31:00 +0000 410541 at http://contractormag.com Navien is named APR’s Innovation Partner of the Year http://contractormag.com/management/navien-named-apr-s-innovation-partner-year <div class="node-body article-body">At its annual awards dinner in Hershey, Pa., APR Supply Co. named Navien its Innovation Partner of the Year. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/navien-named-apr-s-innovation-partner-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/navien-named-apr-s-innovation-partner-year#comments Green Management Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:09:00 +0000 410531 at http://contractormag.com <p>Left to right &ndash; Scott Weaver &ndash; President of APR Supply,&nbsp; Gary Eklof &ndash; President of Harry Eklof &amp; Associates,&nbsp; Jeff MacDowell VP of Marketing and Emerging Markets for APR Supply, and Emily Hostetter, Executive Assistant at APR Supply.</p> The Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago announces revamped Project Management Certificate program http://contractormag.com/best-practices/mechanical-contractors-association-chicago-announces-revamped-project-management-cert <div class="field-deck"> New program responds to growing technical and regulatory changes in the construction industry </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago has announced the launch of their newly minted “Essentials of Project Management Certificate Program.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/mechanical-contractors-association-chicago-announces-revamped-project-management-cert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/mechanical-contractors-association-chicago-announces-revamped-project-management-cert#comments Best Practices Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:10:00 +0000 410521 at http://contractormag.com Kirk Travis Mescher passes away at 59 http://contractormag.com/management/kirk-travis-mescher-passes-away-59 <div class="node-body article-body">Kirk Travis Mescher passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/kirk-travis-mescher-passes-away-59" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/kirk-travis-mescher-passes-away-59#comments Management Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:23:00 +0000 410511 at http://contractormag.com <p>Kirk Travis Mescher.</p> General Pipe Cleaners announces 2015 Summer Promotion http://contractormag.com/marketing/general-pipe-cleaners-announces-2015-summer-promotion <div class="node-body article-body">From July 1 through Sept. 30, when contractors purchase a qualifying general product, they get their choice of one of four great gifts for free! </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/marketing/general-pipe-cleaners-announces-2015-summer-promotion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/marketing/general-pipe-cleaners-announces-2015-summer-promotion#comments Marketing Plumbing Tools Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:10:00 +0000 410501 at http://contractormag.com Consistent Growth Drives HeatLink Warehouse Expansion http://contractormag.com/management/consistent-growth-drives-heatlink-warehouse-expansion <div class="node-body article-body">To help manage growth, HeatLink has moved one of their Western North America warehousing operations into a substantially larger facility in Calgary. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/consistent-growth-drives-heatlink-warehouse-expansion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/consistent-growth-drives-heatlink-warehouse-expansion#comments Management Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:27:00 +0000 410491 at http://contractormag.com Weekly Product Gallery: T&S Brass, Bosch, Sloan Valve, Rinnai, Flomatic and Chicago Faucets http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-ts-brass-bosch-sloan-valve-rinnai-flomatic-and-chicago-faucet <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week brings an innovative food waste disposal system, a tankless electric water heater, a hybrid urinal, a pump check valve, a gooseneck kitchen faucet and more. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-ts-brass-bosch-sloan-valve-rinnai-flomatic-and-chicago-faucet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-ts-brass-bosch-sloan-valve-rinnai-flomatic-and-chicago-faucet#comments Faucets Media Galleries Green Hydronics Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:18:00 +0000 410481 at http://contractormag.com U.S. Drilling industry and Christian charities rescue low-flow water well for 15,000 Sendafa, Ethiopia residents http://contractormag.com/piping/us-drilling-industry-and-christian-charities-rescue-low-flow-water-well-15000-sendafa-ethiopi <div class="field-deck"> First successful water well rehabilitation in Ethiopia and possibly in Africa included U.S. expertise of a drilling supply manufacturer, wholesaler, drilling consultants and engineers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. drilling industry members and two Christian charities donated equipment, supplies and expertise to rehabilitate a partially-blocked primary water well to full-capacity in Sendafa, Ethiopia.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/piping/us-drilling-industry-and-christian-charities-rescue-low-flow-water-well-15000-sendafa-ethiopi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/piping/us-drilling-industry-and-christian-charities-rescue-low-flow-water-well-15000-sendafa-ethiopi#comments Green Piping Plumbing Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:37:00 +0000 410471 at http://contractormag.com <p>David Powell with some kids from Sendafa. In the background are townspeople collecting water from the water truck.</p> Viega LLC welcomed as PMI’s newest manufacturing member http://contractormag.com/management/viega-llc-welcomed-pmi-s-newest-manufacturing-member <div class="node-body article-body">The Board of Directors of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) has voted to approve Viega LLC as the newest manufacturing member of PMI. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/viega-llc-welcomed-pmi-s-newest-manufacturing-member" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/viega-llc-welcomed-pmi-s-newest-manufacturing-member#comments Management Piping Plumbing Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:02:00 +0000 410461 at http://contractormag.com What’s in a name? “Connected” Versus “Smart” Thermostats http://contractormag.com/iot/what-s-name-connected-versus-smart-thermostats <div class="field-byline"> Omar Talpur, Analyst for Security and Building Technologies at IHS </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When Nest Labs introduced the Nest Learning Thermostat in 2011, the company awakened a dormant thermostat industry. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/iot/what-s-name-connected-versus-smart-thermostats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/iot/what-s-name-connected-versus-smart-thermostats#comments IoT Technology Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:12:00 +0000 410451 at http://contractormag.com The UA commits to training http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/ua-commits-training <div class="node-body article-body">The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) welcomed a record 1,860 instructors to its annual training conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/ua-commits-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/ua-commits-training#comments Training Opportunities Plumbing Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:25:00 +0000 410441 at http://contractormag.com Apple CEO invests in showerhead company http://contractormag.com/showers/apple-ceo-invests-showerhead-company <div class="node-body article-body">Timothy Cook, the CEO of Apple has invested in Nebia, a start-up company located in San Francisco that is developing a water-conserving showerhead. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/showers/apple-ceo-invests-showerhead-company" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/showers/apple-ceo-invests-showerhead-company#comments Showers Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:03:00 +0000 410431 at http://contractormag.com Sustainability is key at Guthrie Green http://contractormag.com/geothermal/sustainability-key-guthrie-green <div class="node-body article-body">The Guthrie Green park and arts complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma is using innovative geothermal systems for heating and cooling. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/geothermal/sustainability-key-guthrie-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/geothermal/sustainability-key-guthrie-green#comments Geothermal Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:47:00 +0000 410421 at http://contractormag.com <p>ClimateMaster systems efficiently heat and cool more than 80,000 sq ft of space.</p> HPAC Engineering Radiant Professionals Alliance calls for entries to its System Design Showcase http://contractormag.com/radiant/radiant-professionals-alliance-calls-entries-its-system-design-showcase <div class="node-body article-body">The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) is inviting entries from the entire industry — not just RPA members — for its 2015 System Design Showcase Awards.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/radiant/radiant-professionals-alliance-calls-entries-its-system-design-showcase" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/radiant/radiant-professionals-alliance-calls-entries-its-system-design-showcase#comments Radiant Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:09:00 +0000 410411 at http://contractormag.com In-home displays and smart thermostats to enjoy highest installation numbers, but don’t deliver on revenue http://contractormag.com/technology/home-displays-and-smart-thermostats-enjoy-highest-installation-numbers-don-t-deliver-reve <div class="field-byline"> Roz Euan-Smith, Senior Analyst for Smart Homes and Smart Cities for IHS Inc. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">According to a recently published IHS report, in-home displays and smart thermostats will lead the way in terms of installed base numbers but will generate less revenue than smart appliances.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/technology/home-displays-and-smart-thermostats-enjoy-highest-installation-numbers-don-t-deliver-reve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/technology/home-displays-and-smart-thermostats-enjoy-highest-installation-numbers-don-t-deliver-reve#comments IoT Technology Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:45:00 +0000 410401 at http://contractormag.com Gene Hurst, founder of Hurst Boiler & Welding Company, passes away at 79 http://contractormag.com/management/gene-hurst-founder-hurst-boiler-welding-company-passes-away-79 <div class="node-body article-body">On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Clifton Eugene “Gene” Hurst, founder of the Hurst Boiler & Welding Company (<a href="http://www.hurstboiler.com" title="www.hurstboiler.com">www.hurstboiler.com</a>) in Coolidge, Georgia, passed away peacefully.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/gene-hurst-founder-hurst-boiler-welding-company-passes-away-79" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/gene-hurst-founder-hurst-boiler-welding-company-passes-away-79#comments Hydronics Management Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:38:00 +0000 410391 at http://contractormag.com <p>Clifton Eugene &quot;Gene&quot; Hurst.</p> Rinnai America donates tankless water heaters to Camp Southern Ground http://contractormag.com/hydronics/rinnai-america-donates-tankless-water-heaters-camp-southern-ground <div class="field-deck"> Donation to GRAMMY Award-winning singer Zac Brown’s outdoor camp for children installed in its Shade and Play Pavilion </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When campers arrive for the first time next summer at Camp Southern Ground they’ll have plenty of hot water, thanks to a donation of a commercial-grade Rinnai Tankless Rack System (TRS) with three tankless water heaters.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/hydronics/rinnai-america-donates-tankless-water-heaters-camp-southern-ground" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/hydronics/rinnai-america-donates-tankless-water-heaters-camp-southern-ground#comments Green Hydronics Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:52:00 +0000 410381 at http://contractormag.com Ace Mentor Program of America poised for increase in student enrollment http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/ace-mentor-program-america-poised-increase-student-enrollment <div class="field-deck"> New 2015 impact studies show 98.6% of ACE high school seniors graduate vs. the national rate of 80% </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The ACE Mentor Program of America is poised to enroll and mentor even more students during the 2015 - 2016 school year. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/ace-mentor-program-america-poised-increase-student-enrollment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/ace-mentor-program-america-poised-increase-student-enrollment#comments Training Opportunities Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:40:00 +0000 410371 at http://contractormag.com © 2015 ACE Mentor Program of America Weekly Product Gallery: Matco-Norca, eTape, Danze, Sterlingham, Caleffi and Grundfos http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-matco-norca-etape-danze-sterlingham-caleffi-and-grundfos <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week's products include faucets packaged with the builder in mind, a digital tape measure, a new rain showerhead, a compact booster pump, a pre-adjustable auto-fill valve and more. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-matco-norca-etape-danze-sterlingham-caleffi-and-grundfos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-matco-norca-etape-danze-sterlingham-caleffi-and-grundfos#comments Bath/Kitchen Media Galleries Showers Hydronics Tools Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:31:00 +0000 410361 at http://contractormag.com