Contractor Magazine http://contractormag.com/rss.xml en Finding the value needle in the Big Data haystack http://contractormag.com/iot/finding-value-needle-big-data-haystack <div class="field-byline"> Ken Sinclair, Publisher, AutomatedBuildings.com </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="http://contractormag.com/iot/finding-value-needle-big-data-haystack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/iot/finding-value-needle-big-data-haystack#comments IoT Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000 435431 at http://contractormag.com Amazon adds general listing restriction for refrigerator water filters http://contractormag.com/codes/amazon-adds-general-listing-restriction-refrigerator-water-filters <div class="node-body article-body">All refrigerator water filters listed on Amazon.com must be certified to NSF/ANSI 42 by May 10.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/codes/amazon-adds-general-listing-restriction-refrigerator-water-filters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/codes/amazon-adds-general-listing-restriction-refrigerator-water-filters#comments Codes Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:15:00 +0000 435421 at http://contractormag.com Industry groups to publish unified green building model code in 2018 http://contractormag.com/codes/industry-groups-publish-unified-green-building-model-code-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="http://contractormag.com/codes/industry-groups-publish-unified-green-building-model-code-2018" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/codes/industry-groups-publish-unified-green-building-model-code-2018#comments Codes Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:16:00 +0000 435411 at http://contractormag.com Survey shows strong growth in home improvement spending http://contractormag.com/remodeling/survey-shows-strong-growth-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="http://contractormag.com/remodeling/survey-shows-strong-growth-home-improvement-spending" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/remodeling/survey-shows-strong-growth-home-improvement-spending#comments Remodeling Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:16:00 +0000 435401 at http://contractormag.com Conway Services raises over $123K for JDRF and Type 1 diabetes cure http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/conway-services-raises-over-123k-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="http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/conway-services-raises-over-123k-jdrf-and-type-1-diabetes-cure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/conway-services-raises-over-123k-jdrf-and-type-1-diabetes-cure#comments Plumbing Contractor Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:13:00 +0000 435391 at http://contractormag.com <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 http://contractormag.com/codes/iapmo-leads-coalition-effort-urging-epa-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="http://contractormag.com/codes/iapmo-leads-coalition-effort-urging-epa-continue-funding-watersense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/codes/iapmo-leads-coalition-effort-urging-epa-continue-funding-watersense#comments Codes Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:49:00 +0000 435381 at http://contractormag.com Weekly Product Gallery: Milwaukee, American Standard, Gerber, Chicago Faucets, FallTech and Pfister http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-milwaukee-american-standard-gerber-chicago-faucets-falltech-a <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="http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-milwaukee-american-standard-gerber-chicago-faucets-falltech-a" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-milwaukee-american-standard-gerber-chicago-faucets-falltech-a#comments Media Galleries Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:06:00 +0000 435371 at http://contractormag.com Take on business improvement projects bite by bite http://contractormag.com/best-practices/take-business-improvement-projects-bite-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="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/take-business-improvement-projects-bite-bite" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/take-business-improvement-projects-bite-bite#comments Best Practices Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:57:00 +0000 435361 at http://contractormag.com WaterSense is slated to be cut from EPA’s proposed 2018 budget http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/watersense-slated-be-cut-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="http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/watersense-slated-be-cut-epa-s-proposed-2018-budget" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/watersense-slated-be-cut-epa-s-proposed-2018-budget#comments Plumbing Contractor Silver Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:07:00 +0000 435351 at http://contractormag.com PHCC Ohio installs 2017-18 board of directors http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/phcc-ohio-installs-2017-18-board-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="http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/phcc-ohio-installs-2017-18-board-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/phcc-ohio-installs-2017-18-board-directors#comments Plumbing Contractor Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:52:00 +0000 435341 at http://contractormag.com Entrepreneur names plumbing, heating firms to Franchise 500 list http://contractormag.com/plumbing/entrepreneur-names-plumbing-heating-firms-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="http://contractormag.com/plumbing/entrepreneur-names-plumbing-heating-firms-franchise-500-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing/entrepreneur-names-plumbing-heating-firms-franchise-500-list#comments Plumbing Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:21:00 +0000 435331 at http://contractormag.com PMI urges EPA to preserve WaterSense http://contractormag.com/green/pmi-urges-epa-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="http://contractormag.com/green/pmi-urges-epa-preserve-watersense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/green/pmi-urges-epa-preserve-watersense#comments Bath/Kitchen Green Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:51:00 +0000 435321 at http://contractormag.com ServiceTitan, The Seal partner to vouch for home service techs http://contractormag.com/residential-plumbing/servicetitan-seal-partner-vouch-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="http://contractormag.com/residential-plumbing/servicetitan-seal-partner-vouch-home-service-techs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/residential-plumbing/servicetitan-seal-partner-vouch-home-service-techs#comments Plumbing Contractor Residential Plumbing Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:20:00 +0000 435311 at http://contractormag.com Weekly Product Gallery: Armstrong, DeWalt, Fujitsu, Noritz, California Faucets and Rheem http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/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="http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-armstrong-dewalt-fujitsu-noritz-california-faucets-and-rheem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-armstrong-dewalt-fujitsu-noritz-california-faucets-and-rheem#comments Media Galleries Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:52:00 +0000 435291 at http://contractormag.com Study estimates up to 170-billion-gallon water savings per year through water-efficient toilets http://contractormag.com/toilets/study-estimates-170-billion-gallon-water-savings-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="http://contractormag.com/toilets/study-estimates-170-billion-gallon-water-savings-year-through-water-efficient-toilets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/toilets/study-estimates-170-billion-gallon-water-savings-year-through-water-efficient-toilets#comments Toilets Green Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:14:00 +0000 435281 at http://contractormag.com Proposed ASTM Plastic Pipe Standard aims to support new polymer and lead-free brass fittings http://contractormag.com/codes/proposed-astm-plastic-pipe-standard-aims-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="http://contractormag.com/codes/proposed-astm-plastic-pipe-standard-aims-support-new-polymer-and-lead-free-brass-fittings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/codes/proposed-astm-plastic-pipe-standard-aims-support-new-polymer-and-lead-free-brass-fittings#comments Codes Piping Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:49:00 +0000 435271 at http://contractormag.com Mansfield Plumbing recycles, reuses millions of pounds of scrap material http://contractormag.com/plumbing/mansfield-plumbing-recycles-reuses-millions-pounds-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="http://contractormag.com/plumbing/mansfield-plumbing-recycles-reuses-millions-pounds-scrap-material" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing/mansfield-plumbing-recycles-reuses-millions-pounds-scrap-material#comments Plumbing Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:56:00 +0000 435251 at http://contractormag.com Taco Comfort Solutions wins local safety award http://contractormag.com/hydronics/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="http://contractormag.com/hydronics/taco-comfort-solutions-wins-local-safety-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/hydronics/taco-comfort-solutions-wins-local-safety-award#comments Hydronics Plumbing Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:51:00 +0000 435241 at http://contractormag.com T&S Brass reorganizes plumbing division http://contractormag.com/commercial-plumbing/ts-brass-reorganizes-plumbing-division <div class="node-body article-body">Mike Donleavy, Zach Theisen and David Kachurak join the company.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/commercial-plumbing/ts-brass-reorganizes-plumbing-division" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/commercial-plumbing/ts-brass-reorganizes-plumbing-division#comments Commercial Plumbing Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:09:00 +0000 435231 at http://contractormag.com Weekly Product Gallery: Bosch Tools, Flomatic, Aquor, SJE-Rhombus, Greenlee and Semco http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/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="http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-bosch-tools-flomatic-aquor-sje-rhombus-greenlee-and-semco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-bosch-tools-flomatic-aquor-sje-rhombus-greenlee-and-semco#comments Media Galleries Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:12:00 +0000 435221 at http://contractormag.com Habit 6 & 7 — Synergize & Sharpen the Saw http://contractormag.com/best-practices/habit-6-7-synergize-sharpen-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="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/habit-6-7-synergize-sharpen-saw" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/habit-6-7-synergize-sharpen-saw#comments Best Practices Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:36:00 +0000 435211 at http://contractormag.com Rinnai sponsors Atlanta Motor Speedway race series, two drivers http://contractormag.com/hydronics/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="http://contractormag.com/hydronics/rinnai-sponsors-atlanta-motor-speedway-race-series-two-drivers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/hydronics/rinnai-sponsors-atlanta-motor-speedway-race-series-two-drivers#comments Hydronics Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:13:00 +0000 435201 at http://contractormag.com Caleffi appoints Bowling as marketing communications manager http://contractormag.com/hydronics/caleffi-appoints-bowling-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="http://contractormag.com/hydronics/caleffi-appoints-bowling-marketing-communications-manager" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/hydronics/caleffi-appoints-bowling-marketing-communications-manager#comments Hydronics Plumbing Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:25:00 +0000 435191 at http://contractormag.com Edelman: Plumbing Supply with a touch of history, panache http://contractormag.com/showrooms/edelman-plumbing-supply-touch-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="http://contractormag.com/showrooms/edelman-plumbing-supply-touch-history-panache" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/showrooms/edelman-plumbing-supply-touch-history-panache#comments Showrooms Silver Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:44:00 +0000 435181 at http://contractormag.com Local ARS/Rescue Rooter partners with Columbia Fireflies http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/local-arsrescue-rooter-partners-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="http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/local-arsrescue-rooter-partners-columbia-fireflies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/local-arsrescue-rooter-partners-columbia-fireflies#comments Plumbing Contractor Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:39:00 +0000 435171 at http://contractormag.com Smart circulators propel radiant systems into the future http://contractormag.com/iot/smart-circulators-propel-radiant-systems-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="http://contractormag.com/iot/smart-circulators-propel-radiant-systems-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/iot/smart-circulators-propel-radiant-systems-future#comments IoT Silver Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:04:00 +0000 435161 at http://contractormag.com EPA unveils new Energy Star water heater promotion http://contractormag.com/hydronics/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="http://contractormag.com/hydronics/epa-unveils-new-energy-star-water-heater-promotion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/hydronics/epa-unveils-new-energy-star-water-heater-promotion#comments Green Hydronics Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:32:00 +0000 435141 at http://contractormag.com Reduce your energy consumption for heating domestic hot water by 50 percent http://contractormag.com/eatherton/reduce-your-energy-consumption-heating-domestic-hot-water-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="http://contractormag.com/eatherton/reduce-your-energy-consumption-heating-domestic-hot-water-50-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/eatherton/reduce-your-energy-consumption-heating-domestic-hot-water-50-percent#comments Eatherton Hydronics Silver Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:28:00 +0000 435131 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock I spy: benefits of researching your customers online http://contractormag.com/yates/i-spy-benefits-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="http://contractormag.com/yates/i-spy-benefits-researching-your-customers-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/yates/i-spy-benefits-researching-your-customers-online#comments Plumbing Contractor Yates Silver Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:14:00 +0000 435121 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock 7 Global plumbing trends seen at ISH http://contractormag.com/marketing/7-global-plumbing-trends-seen-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="http://contractormag.com/marketing/7-global-plumbing-trends-seen-ish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/marketing/7-global-plumbing-trends-seen-ish#comments Marketing Silver Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:44:00 +0000 435101 at http://contractormag.com