Kelly Faloon: Editorial Opinion

Construction falls account for most jobsite injuries and fatalities

Make safety important
June 26, 2014

May was National Building Safety Month, sponsored by the International Code Council.


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‘Clean water is not a luxury’

World Plumbing Day is March 11.
February 20, 2014

The World Health Organization reports that 2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. The United Nations says more than 1 billion people are living with a shortage of fresh water.


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Greening the heating industry

Geothermal and solar thermal installs continue to rise.
January 23, 2014
Interest in geothermal heating and cooling systems has increased in the last five years. “With firms more cost-conscious, green initiatives receiving more media attention and tighter market conditions, business leaders have sought ways to decrease operating expenses across the board and some of them are turning to geothermal solutions for their climate control,” writes Pramod Dibble in the November 2013 issue of sister publication PM Engineer.
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Develop talent to shape new leaders

Offer careers, not jobs.
December 19, 2013

When I first began writing about the plumbing and heating industry in 1998, succession planning was an issue because many owners of contracting businesses weren’t looking ahead to retirement, especially those who owned smaller shops.


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Veterans Day in the plumbing industry

How you can support our military veterans.
November 18, 2013

I grew up in Cadillac, Mich. And no, it’s not near Detroit. My parents still live there, and I like to go back and visit — especially when the high-speed pace of Chicago gets to me.


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More innovations for plumbing

Next year’s Emerging Technology Symposium will focus on using water wisely.
October 18, 2013

 You probably have heard the story about a former director of the U.S. Patent Office. In 1899, the story goes, he recommended closing the office because “everything that can be invented has been invented.” 


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Another worry on climate change

Extreme weather is more likely to hurt small businesses.
September 20, 2013

If you’re the owner of a small business — or small businesses make up a big part of your customer base — here’s another reason to worry about climate change.  


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A stronger voice for plumbing

Group addresses no-lead products, infrastructure and workforce development.
August 22, 2013

 The Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition met in June to address three topics we’ve discussed in this column in recent months: the federal law on no-lead plumbing products; the next generation of plumbing industry professionals; and the nation’s aging infrastructure. 


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Building reports send mixed signals

Shortages of plumbers and fitters will make an impact.
July 18, 2013

 We’ve seen this collision before when two indicators of nonresidential construction activity are released virtually at the same time, with each moving in a different direction. The divergent reports support comments I’ve heard lately from contractors, wholesalers and manufacturers that the road to economic recovery remains a bumpy one. 


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Frugal fatigue or frugal forever?

Consumer spending will shape four industry trends.
June 25, 2013

 I first heard the phrase “frugal fatigue” a couple months ago at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in New Orleans. It refers to people who have grown so tired of minding their tight budgets that they are starting to spend money again.


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