Walking through downtown Nashville earlier this
month, I heard a country singer lamenting that he lost his girlfriend, his
pickup truck and his construction business. OK, that last one was actually his
hound dog, but it won’t be long before we hear songs about the heartbreak of
losing construction work.
finally got to quit talking about our Green Intelligent Buildings Conference
late last month and actually attend it. I'm happy to report that honestly, it
was worth the wait. I haven't seen the evaluations yet, but I overheard more unsolicited positive
comments on the content than ever. The current economy and the stimulus
legislation both seemed to add a sense of urgency and relevance to several of
the presentations and to the Q&A.
New Jersey (via the Uniform Construction Code and the
National Standard Plumbing code) specifically prohibit some plumbing
items. Then how come I can go into the
local big-box stores and purchase them?
I just returned from my first overseas plane
trip visiting the ISH Frankfurt fair in Germany. I had heard much about the
show, and was anxious to see for myself all the hullabaloo, but I admit I had
some reservations about the travel experience. After all, 8+ hours on an
airplane can be rather daunting.
VALLEY, CA – July 1, 2050 – Surveying the landscape made barren from thousands
of tons of silicon tetrachloride, President Sasha Obama peered out through the
transparent face plate of her hazmat suit and for a fleeting moment wondered if
her father had sparked one bold commitment too many during his revolutionary
Lucky me! I’ve been graced with this year’s trip to ISH Frankfurt. I’ve
been a plumbing journalist for 10 years, but this is my first trip abroad to
see what my colleagues have been talking about. I will do my best to paint you
a picture of the show, as well as impart the knowledge I’ve gained about where
the markets could be heading and what’s on its way across the ocean. I think
you’ll be eager for these products "
I am amazed at how fast the decline of the U.S. economy has
impacted our lifestyles. We are buying far fewer goods and services that we now
consider luxuries, and we are slowing the pace of our lives in the process.
I am a person who looks at numbers – “Do the numbers made
sense?” is a question that often bounces through my head. This question has been prevalent the last few months
whenever I see (often) full page ads for “revolutionary” electric heaters to
slash heating bills. These generally
appear to be for the same type of heater, but with different packaging and
I live and work in the rather sickly Detroit metropolitan
market. Every time I drive by a flooring store, granite shop, plumbing showroom
or contractor’s truck, I wonder how they are doing. What steps have they taken
to cut costs? How long can they keep going if conditions don’t