Kevin Tindall is Recipient of IAPMO’s Green Contractor of the Year Award
Kevin Tindall (right) receives award from fellow PHCC member Bill Erickson, chair of IAPMO's Green Technical Committee.
Photo credit: Brian Gadbery
Source: IAPMO's fall 2012 OFFICIAL magazine
Kevin Tindall encountered a unique challenge when he began marketing his plumbing company’s green services to homeowners in his native New Jersey. When he told them how much it would cost to upgrade their plumbing and mechanical systems to new high-efficiency, money-saving alternatives, Tindall discovered a new kind of sticker shock.
It seems “free” isn’t a word most people are accustomed to hearing from their plumbing contractor. But by taking advantage of government grants and interest-free loans, that’s exactly the price Tindall can offer.
Tindall & Ranson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is at the forefront of a growing nationwide movement seeking to introduce home and commercial building owners to myriad rebates and loans available to them should they choose to embrace green technologies in their plumbing and mechanical systems. As interest and acceptance of the more efficient systems grows, so too does the amount of work available to companies like Tindall’s — despite the sluggish economy.
“You can’t afford not to embrace this stuff,” Tindall said of green technology. “The only problem is when you tell the customers they’re essentially getting the new system for free, they don’t believe you.”
By informing potential clients about the benefits available to them through the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, Tindall can deliver on his promise. Residents can receive four to five thousand dollars in grants and rebates and could also be eligible for as much as ten thousand dollars in interest free loans.
With new construction projects few and far between, Tindall was looking for a way to separate himself from the competition. His company began doing energy audits, demonstrating how installing a solar thermal or geothermal system could save customers up to 20 percent on their energy bills. These retrofits have been the lifeblood of his thriving business for the past three years.
A 20-year member and former New Jersey State President of the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association, Tindall is chairman of the PHCC’s Green Task Force and has testified before congress in Washington, D.C., on behalf of small business about “The Role of Green Technology and Ensuring Economic Growth.”
A member of IAPMO’s C.A.U.S.E. committee, Tindall is a regular attendee and contributor at Green Technical Committee meetings. The committee certainly appreciates his invaluable expertise as it works to continue evolving the Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement.
For plainly demonstrating both the altruistic and financial benefits of embracing green technologies, it is IAPMO’S pleasure to recognize Kevin Tindall as the recipient of the 2012 Joseph Kneidinger Green Contractor of the Year award.
“Five years ago, when PHCC started to get involved in the sustainable construction movement the president asked me to chair what was at that time the Green Task Force,” he said. “I never had any way to know or any idea where it would lead. The green technology, the sustainable movement, has created for me as business model that I believe will last far into the future.
“I truly believe as a contractor that as time moves on more and more people will understand the value of moving toward a sustainable environment.”