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Kelly Faloon: Editorial Opinion

Greening the heating industry

Geothermal and solar thermal installs continue to rise.
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.

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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More innovations for plumbing

Next year’s Emerging Technology Symposium will focus on using water wisely.

 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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A stronger voice for plumbing

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

 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.

 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.

 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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Take the lead on lead

Make your company a resource for your customers.

 You may have heard the news last month that an ingredient found in red meat and energy drinks can harden your arteries, causing you to develop heart disease.  


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