More homebuilders, community planners and homeowners are investing in 21st century technology, including roofing materials with reflective qualities to save energy. Maintenance-free green roofs are also a sustainable choice growing in popularity.
Homebuilding increases in February and a drop in the number of initial unemployment claims suggest a strong US economy, says JPMorgan economist Daniel Silver. Housing starts were up by 3% in February, while initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell by 2,000 for the week ended March 11.
Consumer sentiment regarding finances and the US economy has reached its highest level in 16 years, according to data from the University of Michigan. The preliminary March reading from the university's sentiment index was 97.6, up from February's 96.3.
New York utility regulators are working to put a price tag on solar power's worth. The process involves starting with a wholesale price and factoring in "value stack," which includes the environmental benefits of renewable energy, in an effort to encourage growth of the solar industry.
People shouldn't feel guilty for telling friends they're busy because it's up to you to decide what is most important, writes Taylor Lorenz. "Prioritizing my schedule and keeping busy with the things that are most important to me has been key to my mental health," she writes.
The House Small Business Committee has issued anti-cyberhacking guidelines for small businesses, which include suggestions for better data security. While the issue of cybersecurity is more commonly associated with large financial institutions, the committee points out that nearly 60% of small companies go out of business following a hack and 71% of cyberassaults target businesses with fewer than 100 workers.
President Donald Trump's budget blueprint contains a $2.6 billion cut to the Department of Labor. The plan proposes reducing the department's budget by 21% and shifting much of job training and employment support funding to the states.
NRCA will offer Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z April 20 in Rosemont, Ill. The course satisfies a requirement for NRCA's ProForeman Certificate Program, updates participants regarding fall-protection systems, and includes current Occupational Safety and Health Administration state-plan requirements. The one-day class also features hands-on equipment demonstrations and techniques for self-rescue and relief-of-suspension trauma. Find more information here.
NRCA announces 2017 FEI graduates
NRCA's Future Executives Institute (FEI) has announced its graduates for 2017. FEI is a three-year educational program designed to develop the management and leadership skills of future and current roofing company leaders. The participants gathered in Chicago at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and at NRCA conventions for the past three years. Find a list of FEI Class 7 graduates here.