Contractor Magazine en Finding the value needle in the Big Data haystack <div class="field-byline"> Ken Sinclair, Publisher, </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Why would I look in a Haystack for an approach to sort, connect, and make my big data useful? Well, it all depends on the Haystack.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IoT Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000 435431 at Amazon adds general listing restriction for refrigerator water filters <div class="node-body article-body">All refrigerator water filters listed on must be certified to NSF/ANSI 42 by May 10.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Codes Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:15:00 +0000 435421 at Industry groups to publish unified green building model code in 2018 <div class="node-body article-body">The goal of the 2018-IgCC is to provide fundamental criteria for energy efficiency, resource conservation, water safety, land use, site development, indoor environmental quality and building performance that can be adopted broadly.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Codes Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:16:00 +0000 435411 at Survey shows strong growth in home improvement spending <div class="node-body article-body">Baby boomers are doing more home projects — and spending more money — than any other group of homeowners, followed closely by millennials.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Remodeling Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:16:00 +0000 435401 at Conway Services raises over $123K for JDRF and Type 1 diabetes cure <div class="node-body article-body">Conway Services was the presenting sponsor of the second annual Conway Services Charity Classic, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) West TN Chapter. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Contractor Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:13:00 +0000 435391 at <p>Golfers at the Ridgeway Country Club for the Conway Services Charity Classic benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) West TN Chapter.</p> IAPMO leads coalition effort urging EPA to continue funding WaterSense <div class="node-body article-body">IAPMO and 61 of the nation’s leading manufacturers, associations, and professional organizations in the building industry delivered a letter Monday to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt urging continued federal funding for the WaterSenseSM program.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Codes Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:49:00 +0000 435381 at Weekly Product Gallery: Milwaukee, American Standard, Gerber, Chicago Faucets, FallTech and Pfister <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week's product gallery highlights a vehicle charger for tool batteries, a stainless-steel kitchen sink, a WaterSense-certified dual-flush toilet, a new line of lab fittings, redesigned harnesses for the jobsite, and a kitchen faucet collection.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Galleries Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:06:00 +0000 435371 at Take on business improvement projects bite by bite <div class="field-byline"> Ellen Rohr </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ultimately, no matter what you charge, no matter who works for you, no matter how many booties you put on, if you don’t serve the needs and wants of your customer you are going to lose the business game. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:57:00 +0000 435361 at WaterSense is slated to be cut from EPA’s proposed 2018 budget <div class="node-body article-body">EPA’s 2018 budget is submitted at $5.6555 billion — a decrease of 31 percent when compared to the FY 2017 annual continuing resolution level. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Contractor Silver Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:07:00 +0000 435351 at PHCC Ohio installs 2017-18 board of directors <div class="node-body article-body">Past President Brian Nieman, Nieman Plumbing of Cincinnati, handed the leadership role over to President-Elect Dave Wolfe of Wat-Kem Mechanical, Troy, Ohio. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Contractor Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:52:00 +0000 435341 at Entrepreneur names plumbing, heating firms to Franchise 500 list <div class="node-body article-body">Entrepreneur also listed the Top 100 New Franchises — franchises that were started within the last five years. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:21:00 +0000 435331 at PMI urges EPA to preserve WaterSense <div class="node-body article-body">WaterSense is one of the programs slated for elimination under EPA's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bath/Kitchen Green Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:51:00 +0000 435321 at ServiceTitan, The Seal partner to vouch for home service techs <div class="node-body article-body">Verification tools are used to automatically send customers confirmations with proof of licenses, insurance and employee background checks. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Contractor Residential Plumbing Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:20:00 +0000 435311 at Weekly Product Gallery: Armstrong, DeWalt, Fujitsu, Noritz, California Faucets and Rheem <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week’s gallery shines the spotlight on a high-efficiency variable-speed circulator, reciprocating saw blades where the used portion can be broken off, a residential variable refrigerant flow system, residential condensing tankless water heaters, a pull-out faucet for smaller kitchens, and residential mini-split heat pumps.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Galleries Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:52:00 +0000 435291 at Study estimates up to 170-billion-gallon water savings per year through water-efficient toilets <div class="field-deck"> AWE, PMI research focused on residential properties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia and Texas </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Water-efficient toilets could potentially save up to 170 billion potable gallons of water per year across five states facing water scarcity.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Toilets Green Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:14:00 +0000 435281 at Proposed ASTM Plastic Pipe Standard aims to support new polymer and lead-free brass fittings <div class="node-body article-body">Proposed standardWK58343, Specification for Cold-Expansion Fittings with PEX CompressionSleeves for Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Tubing, is currently being developed by ASTM International’s committee on plastic piping systems.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Codes Piping Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:49:00 +0000 435271 at Mansfield Plumbing recycles, reuses millions of pounds of scrap material <div class="node-body article-body">The monies received from the recycling of scrap items goes into a Hardship Fund that helps families of Mansfield employees in their time of need.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:56:00 +0000 435251 at Taco Comfort Solutions wins local safety award <div class="node-body article-body">Taco Comfort Solutions earned the 2017 Excellence in Safety Performance & Records Award from Providence Business News, Rhode Island's statewide business weekly.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hydronics Plumbing Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:51:00 +0000 435241 at T&S Brass reorganizes plumbing division <div class="node-body article-body">Mike Donleavy, Zach Theisen and David Kachurak join the company.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Plumbing Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:09:00 +0000 435231 at Weekly Product Gallery: Bosch Tools, Flomatic, Aquor, SJE-Rhombus, Greenlee and Semco <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week's product gallery highlights a brushless recip saw, a stainless-steel ball check valve, an in-wall outdoor faucet system, a water tank solar-powered alarm, a line of heavy-duty tool bags and an active chilled beam cassette.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Galleries Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:12:00 +0000 435221 at Habit 6 & 7 — Synergize & Sharpen the Saw <div class="node-body article-body">Habit 7 is Sharpen the Saw. This habit embodies the necessity for constant improvement and renewal. In Habit 7, Covey discusses four areas of our lives that require continuous improvement.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Best Practices Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:36:00 +0000 435211 at Rinnai sponsors Atlanta Motor Speedway race series, two drivers <div class="node-body article-body">A customer served as the race’s honorary starter and waved the green flag to mark the start of the event. Select Rinnai attendees were introduced in the pre-race drivers meeting and participated in driver introductions.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hydronics Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:13:00 +0000 435201 at Caleffi appoints Bowling as marketing communications manager <div class="node-body article-body">Bowling most recently served at Danfoss as marketing manager Americas for the drives division, and headed up communications, branding and event marketing.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hydronics Plumbing Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:25:00 +0000 435191 at Edelman: Plumbing Supply with a touch of history, panache <div class="node-body article-body">Edelman carries products from more than 150 brands, from handmade architectural hardware to the latest high-tech kitchen appliances. Edelman works hard to ensure that the professionals who use the showroom have successful projects.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Showrooms Silver Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:44:00 +0000 435181 at Local ARS/Rescue Rooter partners with Columbia Fireflies <div class="node-body article-body">The ARS logo will be included in the press and interview backdrop, as well as at the stadium. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Contractor Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:39:00 +0000 435171 at Smart circulators propel radiant systems into the future <div class="field-byline"> By Jack Kang </div> <div class="field-deck"> Focus on sustainability and connectivity are driving the building industry </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Each component must be designed, installed and operated in a complete system in order to realize goals related to energy consumption. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> IoT Silver Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:04:00 +0000 435161 at EPA unveils new Energy Star water heater promotion <div class="node-body article-body">The “Upgrade Now and Warm Up to Savings” campaign will run Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 2017. Contractors can access marketing materials on the Energy Star website to promote replacement of old water heaters with new energy-efficient models.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Hydronics Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:32:00 +0000 435141 at Reduce your energy consumption for heating domestic hot water by 50 percent <div class="node-body article-body">There are actually a lot of ways to reduce energy consumption related to the production of domestic hot water. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eatherton Hydronics Silver Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:28:00 +0000 435131 at iStock/Thinkstock I spy: benefits of researching your customers online <div class="node-body article-body">Wouldn’t it be great if you could read your customers’ minds? Know in advance what it is they really need, want and desire before you step foot in their home?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plumbing Contractor Yates Silver Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:14:00 +0000 435121 at iStock/Thinkstock 7 Global plumbing trends seen at ISH <div class="node-body article-body">What gets displayed at Frankfurt’s ISH Show begins filtering to the rest of the world over the following years. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Silver Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:44:00 +0000 435101 at