In order to understand the influence professionals have in specifying, recommending, purchasing and/or installing specific categories of plumbing products, RJ 2.0 surveyed its west-coast readers in November 2018. The purpose of this study is to better understand the sales/installation of solar thermal, geothermal, hydronic heating, high-efficiency/sustainable plumbing and smart plumbing equipment and products.
Respondents were primarily contracting firms, with more than half in management positions, as shown in Figure 1. Over two-thirds of the firms report sales of more than $1M for 2018, and more than 60% estimate this will be an increase over 2017. Almost half of the plumbing projects reported are residential, and of those, a majority are repairs/ remodels.