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Typhoid detectives

One house may have killed three famous men; all three deaths were preventable. These deaths are directly related to the lack of clean indoor plumbing....more...

California water conservation legislation causes concern for some

I have had several discussions with people who are concerned about proposed water conservation legislation in California and the city of Los Angeles. The proposals...more...

Keeping the lights on

In an election year, politicians usually tell you what you want to hear. They say your hometown will see lots of new jobs. This seems...more...

Is breaking up hard to do?

Think of a construction contract as a “prenuptial” agreement between parties. The termination provisions in a construction contract address the parties’ rights and responsibilities in...more...

The Empire Likes Back

Still think that Facebook is a fad? It’s easy to think that. The social networking service has only been around for a decade to most...more...

Trash matters

In my recent move to the East Coast, I realized how much trash is associated with relocation. By the time we finished unpacking and buying...more...

The missing middle

The following graph got my attention during a general session on the economy at the 2016 Uponor Connections Convention. This every-other-year networking event was attended...more...

Colorado cavitation

In the summer of 1983, the Glen Canyon Dam began to shake. The structure fought to hold back a surging Colorado River. A winter of...more...

Not worth repeating?

Try as we might, fire protection engineers are often victims of a truism often applied to the fire service in the times before their great...more...

Codes and standards information

Spring is here and that means it’s time to head out to attend the model code hearings. In April and May, the two major model...more...

Update on the Flint crisis

The city of Flint, Michigan has been all over the news. I listened to the Congressional hearings, and the information brought out there was very...more...

Failed faucets and relationships

Some of you readers know that I am separated and in the process of divorce. Separation and divorce create a dramatic life change. Having been...more...

All of the above

I love reading about energy policy. In my opinion, it is the most impactful issue across the globe. Unfortunately, politicians often describe energy policy with...more...

Making tankless water heating even better with geothermal
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We’re always looking for something better to offer our customers. The tankless water heating boom has been good for business the environment. These units are...more...

Fire service features

Write it down, as I do not say it often. Here is a story about a federal government entity that got something right, the Occupational...more...

Code and standard update

The International Code Council (ICC) held its Group “A” Commentary hearings in Long Beach, Calif. in late October 2015 and early November 2015. The big...more...

One federal court clarifies claims available regarding ENERGY STAR

While “green” building and LEED certification are hot trends in the world of commercial development and construction, the amount of litigation relating to these trends...more...

Avoidable errors with sensors

The energy management control systems we use most commonly today depend heavily upon thermistor sensors and other types of sensors connected to a central control...more...

Bar none

The following paragraph appears in NFPA codes and standards published prior to 2015. It is located in the introductory text for the document, between the...more...

Legionella is the new mold

An aging population, aging water and increased awareness are just a few possible reasons for a rise in Legionnaires’ disease. If you weren’t thinking much...more...

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