Contractor Magazine http://contractormag.com/rss.xml en Mr. Rooter Plumbing Celebrates 45 Years of Success and Innovation http://contractormag.com/plumbing/mr-rooter-plumbing-celebrates-45-years-success-and-innovation <div class="node-body article-body">After 45 years of growth and success, Mr. Rooter Plumbing continues to pursue industry innovation and success for franchise owners.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing/mr-rooter-plumbing-celebrates-45-years-success-and-innovation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing/mr-rooter-plumbing-celebrates-45-years-success-and-innovation#comments Management Plumbing Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:31:00 +0000 407831 at http://contractormag.com EPA seeking comments on rulemaking process for Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act http://contractormag.com/green/epa-seeking-comments-rulemaking-process-reduction-lead-drinking-water-act <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments for rulemaking purposes to implement the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which became effective Jan. 4, 2014.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/green/epa-seeking-comments-rulemaking-process-reduction-lead-drinking-water-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/green/epa-seeking-comments-rulemaking-process-reduction-lead-drinking-water-act#comments Green Piping Plumbing Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:20:00 +0000 407821 at http://contractormag.com GBCI renamed Green Business Certification Inc. http://contractormag.com/green/gbci-renamed-green-business-certification-inc <div class="field-deck"> Name change reflects organization’s growing portfolio of certification and credentialing services </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The GBCI Board of Directors announced today that GBCI, formerly known as the Green Building Certification Institute, has changed its name to Green Business Certification Inc. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/green/gbci-renamed-green-business-certification-inc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/green/gbci-renamed-green-business-certification-inc#comments Green Management Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:09:00 +0000 407811 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock Chicago Faucets expands product support, appoints new product manager http://contractormag.com/management/chicago-faucets-expands-product-support-appoints-new-product-manager <div class="node-body article-body">Chicago Faucets announces the addition of a new executive to its management team, Adam Molberger.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/chicago-faucets-expands-product-support-appoints-new-product-manager" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/chicago-faucets-expands-product-support-appoints-new-product-manager#comments Faucets Management Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:01:00 +0000 407801 at http://contractormag.com ARS Service Centers earn 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award http://contractormag.com/business-devlopment/ars-service-centers-earn-2014-angie-s-list-super-service-award <div class="node-body article-body">As part of the ARS Service Center Network, nine companies have won Angie’s List 2014 Super Service Awards. The ARS / Rescue Rooter Network is committed to delivering an unparalleled customer experience. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/business-devlopment/ars-service-centers-earn-2014-angie-s-list-super-service-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/business-devlopment/ars-service-centers-earn-2014-angie-s-list-super-service-award#comments Business Devlopment Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:34:00 +0000 407791 at http://contractormag.com Miura America Company formed to improve efficiencies, service http://contractormag.com/business-devlopment/miura-america-company-formed-improve-efficiencies-service <div class="field-deck"> Miura Manufacturing America and Miura North America merge </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Miura North America and Miura Manufacturing recently announced a merger to form a single organization and brand named Miura America Company.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/business-devlopment/miura-america-company-formed-improve-efficiencies-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/business-devlopment/miura-america-company-formed-improve-efficiencies-service#comments Business Devlopment Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:22:00 +0000 407781 at http://contractormag.com Comprehensive Energy Services wins in the Bright House Networks Awards http://contractormag.com/management/comprehensive-energy-services-wins-bright-house-networks-awards <div class="field-deck"> Orlando-based company takes 2nd place, large business category, for Central Florida </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The awards honor the companies, organizations and people who have impacted, with their products, services, and thought leadership, the Central Florida community. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/comprehensive-energy-services-wins-bright-house-networks-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/comprehensive-energy-services-wins-bright-house-networks-awards#comments Management Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:46:00 +0000 407771 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock Global Coalition for Green Schools at USGBC recognizes Annual Greenest School on Earth recipient http://contractormag.com/green/global-coalition-green-schools-usgbc-recognizes-annual-greenest-school-earth-recipient <div class="field-deck"> Dunbarton High School in Canada recognized for cutting-edge sustainability education </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Global Coalition for Green Schools, an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, announced the 2015 Greenest School on Earth. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/green/global-coalition-green-schools-usgbc-recognizes-annual-greenest-school-earth-recipient" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/green/global-coalition-green-schools-usgbc-recognizes-annual-greenest-school-earth-recipient#comments Green Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:54:00 +0000 407761 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock Plumbing Industry Leadership Panel discusses future of water to help kick off Water Week on Capitol Hill http://contractormag.com/green/plumbing-industry-leadership-panel-discusses-future-water-help-kick-water-week-capitol-hill <div class="node-body article-body">The Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition on Monday hosted the Future of Water Congressional Briefing, an event that helped mark the beginning of Water Week 2015.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/green/plumbing-industry-leadership-panel-discusses-future-water-help-kick-water-week-capitol-hill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/green/plumbing-industry-leadership-panel-discusses-future-water-help-kick-water-week-capitol-hill#comments Green Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:11:00 +0000 407751 at http://contractormag.com Mike Rowe joins home services companies to promote skilled trades http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/mike-rowe-joins-home-services-companies-promote-skilled-trades <div class="node-body article-body">A first-of-its-kind partnership with Mike Rowe was announced last week during One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and Mister Sparky’s annual convention in Las Vegas. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/mike-rowe-joins-home-services-companies-promote-skilled-trades" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/mike-rowe-joins-home-services-companies-promote-skilled-trades#comments Plumbing Contractor Business Devlopment Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:24:00 +0000 407741 at http://contractormag.com Sloan signs with Chicago Cubs as Legacy Partner and Official Water Efficiency Partner http://contractormag.com/green/sloan-signs-chicago-cubs-legacy-partner-and-official-water-efficiency-partner <div class="node-body gallery-body">Sloan and the Chicago Cubs today announced that Sloan has joined the Cubs organization as a Legacy Partner and the team’s Official Water Efficiency Partner.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/green/sloan-signs-chicago-cubs-legacy-partner-and-official-water-efficiency-partner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/green/sloan-signs-chicago-cubs-legacy-partner-and-official-water-efficiency-partner#comments Green Plumbing Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:59:00 +0000 407721 at http://contractormag.com Viega 2015 Radiant Training Seminars scheduled for Washington D.C. and San Francisco http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/viega-2015-radiant-training-seminars-scheduled-washington-dc-and-san-francisc <div class="node-body article-body">Viega announces two radiant training seminars in 2015 for design-build contractors and engineers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/viega-2015-radiant-training-seminars-scheduled-washington-dc-and-san-francisc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/viega-2015-radiant-training-seminars-scheduled-washington-dc-and-san-francisc#comments Training Opportunities Radiant Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:59:00 +0000 407711 at http://contractormag.com Xylem contributions recognized at Hydraulic Institute’s 2015 annual meeting http://contractormag.com/management/xylem-contributions-recognized-hydraulic-institute-s-2015-annual-meeting <div class="node-body article-body">Five employees from the Applied Water Systems (AWS) business unit of Xylem were recently recognized by the Hydraulic Institute (HI) for their longtime service to and involvement in HI.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/management/xylem-contributions-recognized-hydraulic-institute-s-2015-annual-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/management/xylem-contributions-recognized-hydraulic-institute-s-2015-annual-meeting#comments Hydronics Management Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:47:00 +0000 407701 at http://contractormag.com <p>Xylem representatives with awards.</p> RESNET to develop National Residential Water Efficiency Rating System http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/resnet-develop-national-residential-water-efficiency-rating-system <div class="node-body article-body">RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network, in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council and a coalition of water efficiency experts, is developing the nation’s first Water Efficiency Rating (WER) Index. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/resnet-develop-national-residential-water-efficiency-rating-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/resnet-develop-national-residential-water-efficiency-rating-system#comments Plumbing Contractor Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:23:00 +0000 407681 at http://contractormag.com Showering can be controversial, but ice cream scooping is not http://contractormag.com/plumbing/showering-can-be-controversial-ice-cream-scooping-not <div class="field-byline"> BY ROBERT P. MADER </div> <div class="field-deck"> IAPMO's Green Technical Committee finishes 2015 Green Plumbing & Mechanical Code Supplement </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Dipper wells are not controversial. Shower valves and tub spout shower diverters are. In their final act, members of the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials Green Technical Committee worked through public comments on the 2015 edition of the Green Plumbing & Mechanical Code supplement that will be published later this year. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing/showering-can-be-controversial-ice-cream-scooping-not" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing/showering-can-be-controversial-ice-cream-scooping-not#comments Green Plumbing Registered User Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:00:00 +0000 407671 at http://contractormag.com <p>The IAPMO Green Technical Committee listens as a member makes a point.</p> PMI says CEC’s California emergency drought regs are imprudent, urges use of WaterSense products http://contractormag.com/commercial-plumbing/pmi-says-cec-s-california-emergency-drought-regs-are-imprudent-urges-use-waterse <div class="node-body article-body">The California Energy Commission has gone beyond WaterSense standards, mandating that new urinal installations use no more than a pint per flush and faucets max out at 1.2-GPM.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/commercial-plumbing/pmi-says-cec-s-california-emergency-drought-regs-are-imprudent-urges-use-waterse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/commercial-plumbing/pmi-says-cec-s-california-emergency-drought-regs-are-imprudent-urges-use-waterse#comments Commercial Plumbing Residential Plumbing Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:13:00 +0000 407661 at http://contractormag.com Viega announces 2015 Radiant Training Seminars http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/viega-announces-2015-radiant-training-seminars-0 <div class="node-body article-body">Viega, in collaboration with the Center for the Built Environment (CBE), at University of California, Berkeley, is holding the one-day training courses</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/viega-announces-2015-radiant-training-seminars-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/training-opportunities/viega-announces-2015-radiant-training-seminars-0#comments Training Opportunities Business Devlopment Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:57:00 +0000 407651 at http://contractormag.com California Energy Commission slashes flow rates for urinals, faucets http://contractormag.com/plumbing/california-energy-commission-slashes-flow-rates-urinals-faucets <div class="node-body article-body">In response to the historic drought being experienced in California, the California Energy Commission has gone beyond WaterSense standards, mandating that new urinal installations use no more than a pint per flush and faucets max out at 1.2-GPM. The new requirements will take effect next year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing/california-energy-commission-slashes-flow-rates-urinals-faucets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing/california-energy-commission-slashes-flow-rates-urinals-faucets#comments Plumbing Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:51:00 +0000 407631 at http://contractormag.com IAPMO to Develop ANSI Standard for Water Efficiency — WE•Stand 2017 http://contractormag.com/plumbing/iapmo-develop-ansi-standard-water-efficiency-we-stand-2017 <div class="field-deck"> The standard will replace the Green Supplement. Members of the GTC are invited to apply for the new committee </div> <div class="node-body article-body">ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA — The International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials will commence development of an American National Standard for water efficiency and sanitation to be known as IAPMO/ANSI WE•Stand 2017. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing/iapmo-develop-ansi-standard-water-efficiency-we-stand-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing/iapmo-develop-ansi-standard-water-efficiency-we-stand-2017#comments Plumbing Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:37:00 +0000 407611 at http://contractormag.com Weekly Product Gallery: Viega, Legend, InSinkErator, Franklin, General and Belimo http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-viega-legend-insinkerator-franklin-general-and-belimo <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week, new fire protection fittings, an instant hot water dispenser, high efficiency zone valves, a sewage basin pump and more. </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-viega-legend-insinkerator-franklin-general-and-belimo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/media-galleries/weekly-product-gallery-viega-legend-insinkerator-franklin-general-and-belimo#comments Bath/Kitchen Media Galleries Piping Plumbing Tools Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:41:00 +0000 407591 at http://contractormag.com California water efficiency rebates would save 360 million gallons per day, PMI says http://contractormag.com/plumbing/california-water-efficiency-rebates-would-save-360-million-gallons-day-pmi-says <div class="field-deck"> Plumbing Manufacturers International announced its support of Governor Jerry Brown’s call for a statewide rebate program </div> <div class="node-body article-body">ROLLING MEADOWS, ILLINOIS — Recognizing the severity of the California drought and the call to action it demands, Plumbing Manufacturers International announced its support of Governor Jerry Brown’s call for a statewide rebate program encouraging the purchase of water-efficient plumbing products, such as toilets, showerheads and faucets, to replace older ones.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing/california-water-efficiency-rebates-would-save-360-million-gallons-day-pmi-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing/california-water-efficiency-rebates-would-save-360-million-gallons-day-pmi-says#comments Plumbing Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:54:00 +0000 407581 at http://contractormag.com Ivey Mechanical Co. LLC acquires OptiMech LLC http://contractormag.com/business-devlopment/ivey-mechanical-co-llc-acquires-optimech-llc <div class="node-body article-body">Ivey Mechanical Company, LLC, headquartered in Kosciusko, Mississippi, is pleased to announce the acquisition of OptiMech, LLC. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/business-devlopment/ivey-mechanical-co-llc-acquires-optimech-llc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/business-devlopment/ivey-mechanical-co-llc-acquires-optimech-llc#comments Business Devlopment Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:29:00 +0000 407571 at http://contractormag.com Reflections on ISH, Germany and U.S. DOE http://contractormag.com/yates/reflections-ish-germany-and-us-doe <div class="node-body article-body">Why is the U.S. still lagging so far behind in these areas? Government regulations play a huge role. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/yates/reflections-ish-germany-and-us-doe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/yates/reflections-ish-germany-and-us-doe#comments Yates Registered User Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:57:00 +0000 407561 at http://contractormag.com Mansion converts from steam to hot water heating http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/mansion-converts-steam-hot-water-heating <div class="node-body article-body">For decades the mansion’s real source of heat was a gigantic oil-fired Smith 350 1.2 million Btu boiler that fed steam to 67 cast iron radiators. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/mansion-converts-steam-hot-water-heating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/mansion-converts-steam-hot-water-heating#comments Plumbing Contractor Registered User Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:29:00 +0000 407551 at http://contractormag.com Plumber provides homeowner with Saniflo’s above-floor plumbing solution http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/plumber-provides-homeowner-saniflo-s-above-floor-plumbing-solution <div class="field-deck"> In wake of Hurricane Sandy, innovative product saves installation time </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Rob Wachtler needed to devise a way to defy gravity and pump the drainage up to that drain line.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/plumber-provides-homeowner-saniflo-s-above-floor-plumbing-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/plumbing-contractor/plumber-provides-homeowner-saniflo-s-above-floor-plumbing-solution#comments Plumbing Contractor Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:27:00 +0000 407541 at http://contractormag.com Improving customer service experiences http://contractormag.com/best-practices/improving-customer-service-experiences <div class="field-byline"> By Joanna Rotter </div> <div class="field-deck"> Six best practices </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For plumbing and hydronic contractors, the importance of service is even more pressing, since equipment maintenance and repair go with the territory</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/best-practices/improving-customer-service-experiences" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/best-practices/improving-customer-service-experiences#comments Best Practices Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:16:00 +0000 407531 at http://contractormag.com What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Part 1 http://contractormag.com/eatherton/what-could-possibly-go-wrong-part-1 <div class="node-body article-body">In my previous business life I was an expert witness. In this capacity, I was called upon to review the work of other tradespeople.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/eatherton/what-could-possibly-go-wrong-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/eatherton/what-could-possibly-go-wrong-part-1#comments Eatherton Radiant Registered User Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:05:00 +0000 407521 at http://contractormag.com Fuse/Thinkstock Are you a craftsman or specialist? http://contractormag.com/schwartz/are-you-craftsman-or-specialist <div class="node-body article-body">I came across a couple of articles that had to do with the labor force in the trades written by two people with diametrically opposed approaches and viewpoints on the matter. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/schwartz/are-you-craftsman-or-specialist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/schwartz/are-you-craftsman-or-specialist#comments Schwartz Registered User Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000 407511 at http://contractormag.com Software for mobile computer devices http://contractormag.com/feldmans/software-mobile-computer-devices <div class="node-body article-body">Here are three software solutions that, taking advantage of mobile computing devices, expedite business operations and specific tasks in the field. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/feldmans/software-mobile-computer-devices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/feldmans/software-mobile-computer-devices#comments Software Feldmans Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:44:00 +0000 407501 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock Tax strategies that turn life insurance lemons into lemonade http://contractormag.com/blackman/tax-strategies-turn-life-insurance-lemons-lemonade <div class="node-body article-body">Did you ever wonder why the rich buy so much life insurance? The answer is in the numbers: The crazy tax law allows you to multiply a small portion of your wealth into millions of tax-free dollars. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://contractormag.com/blackman/tax-strategies-turn-life-insurance-lemons-lemonade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/blackman/tax-strategies-turn-life-insurance-lemons-lemonade#comments Blackman Taxes Registered User Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:30:00 +0000 407491 at http://contractormag.com iStock/Thinkstock