AGC exec: Damage assessment still ongoing in Texas | Hurricane-resistant roofing offers key insurance savings | Renderings: $1.5B mixed-use project underway in Wash.
September 18, 2017
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AGC exec: Damage assessment still ongoing in Texas
AGC exec: Damage assessment still ongoing in Texas
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Jennifer Gordy, the executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Southeast Texas, said hurricane damage assessments are ongoing and the "scope and magnitude is not realized yet." Projects planned in low-lying areas have been put on hold.
Engineering News-Record (9/13) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
News & Trends
Hurricane-resistant roofing offers key insurance savings
MyStrongHome, a for-profit benefit corporation, is providing loans to homeowners who install a unique roof with standards beyond average code requirements that helps reduce insurance costs. This hurricane-resistant roofing adds shank nails to existing plywood to double the strength and seals cracks before installing roof felt and shingles.
The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (free registration) (9/17) 
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Renderings: $1.5B mixed-use project underway in Wash.
Part of a $1.5 billion mixed-use project on the waterfront in Vancouver, Wash., will debut next year. The first phase of the project, valued at $250 million, will include open space, restaurants, residences, a hotel and office space.
The Oregonian (Portland) (9/15) 
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Groups come together to help Wis. family with new roof
A young family with a very ill child received a new roof for their Caledonia, Wis., home thanks to a group of friends and local organizations. D&D Roofing and General Contracting provided the crew to do the job, a charity supplied most of the materials and a local lumber company donated the plywood.
The Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) (9/17) 
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Energy & the Environment
A look at GAF's DecoTech solar roofing product
DecoTech, GAF's answer to Tesla's solar roofs, blends existing roofing industry standards with solar technology. Here's a look at how the product works, what to expect from installation and how the company focuses on contractor installations.
Greentech Media (9/15) 
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University of Illinois Springfield gets a green roof
The student union building at the University of Illinois Springfield now features succulents on its rooftop. The new building will open in January.
WRSP-TV/WCCU-TV/WBUI-TV (Springfield-Decatur-Champaign, Ill.) (9/15) 
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Government & Regulatory
Fla. suspends some regulations to speed rebuilding
Fla. suspends some regulations to speed rebuilding
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The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation will suspend some roof regulations in the state to speed rebuilding after Hurricane Irma. The move allows licensed general, building and residential contractors to install and repair roofs temporarily.
Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (9/15) 
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Mnuchin: Revamp of Fannie, Freddie must wait
Reform of the housing-finance system, including revision to government control of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will not be addressed until next year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says. "Realistically, this is a 2018 issue, but we're going to fix it, and when we fix it we want to make sure we never put the taxpayers at risk," he said.
Bloomberg (9/14) 
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NRCA issues Action Alert regarding pro-growth tax reform
As Congress takes up legislation to reform the Internal Revenue Code, NRCA supports pro-growth reforms designed to enable roofing industry entrepreneurs to expand their businesses. NRCA has posted an Action Alert urging NRCA members to ask their members of Congress to support tax reform that reduces tax rates and improves the environment for growing their companies. Learn more here!
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Construction employment increases in August
Construction employment increased by 28,000 jobs in August, but contractors continue to face a lack of experienced workers, according to Construction employment totaled 6.918 million in August, an increase of 214,000, or 3.2 percent, from August 2016. Learn more here.
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