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December 15, 2014
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Roofing company helps fix scaffolding after it fails during work
Empire Roofing workers helped repair a failed scaffolding on the Battery Park Apartments in Asheville, N.C., after a support failed while roofers were on the scaffolding. The workers made it to safety and helped the scaffolding company fix the damage. Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (12/14)
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News & Trends
Fitch: Construction spending expected to increase
Private construction will help drive a 7% increase in construction spending next year, a Fitch Ratings report indicates. However, public construction spending will still be "constrained." (12/15)
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High-tech functions to be implemented into 55% of buildings
Sustainable and high-tech functions are expected to be incorporated into 55% of new construction by next year, according to a report from McGraw-Hill Construction. Some of the innovations discussed in this article are air-cleaning paint, smart-building and energy technology and microgrids. TechCrunch (12/14)
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Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

Energy & the Environment
New technology could turn green roofs into power source
Plant-e, a Dutch startup, has created a new technology that generates electricity from the plant roots of green roofs. With further development, the system could generate up to 28 kilowatt hours per square meter annually. This would enable a green roof to power an average sized home, says Marjolein Helder of Plant-e. FastCoExist (12/12)
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How to talk about hot-button topics at work -- don't
It can be hard to avoid workplace conversations about controversial topics, but managers have a duty to monitor and even discourage such discussion, writes Ingrid Fredeen. "[W]hile discussion is healthy and necessary, it can get heated and disrespectful quickly," Fredeen writes. Quartz (12/9)
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8 questions to ask about your operating model
More companies should consider overhauling and aligning their operating model, much as Ford did under CEO Alan Mulally, argue four Bain & Co. analysts. Firms that revamp their operating models to align company structure, governance and employee behavior in the service of strategic goals see stronger revenue growth than companies that stand pat. The analysts offer eight questions to ask before undertaking such change. Bain & Company (12/10)
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Government & Regulatory
Immigration could tick up as economy recovers
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The U.S. will see 56% more immigration in 2015 than was predicted two years ago, in part due to the recovering economy. Still, expected immigration rates to remain well below the levels forecast before the onset of the 2008 recession. FiveThirtyEight (12/10)
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Senate green-lights $1.1T spending bill
The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Saturday night by a 56-40 vote, following House passage two days earlier. If approved by President Barack Obama, the bill will provide funding for the Department of Homeland Security until Feb. 27 and for the rest of the federal government until Sept. 30. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/14), USA Today (12/14), CBS News/The Associated Press (12/13)
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NRCA releases publication to provide information about LEED v4 provisions
NRCA has made available LEED v4: Roofing-related Provisions, which explains the roofing-related provisions of the most recognized sustainable building rating system-the LEED Rating System, Version 4 (LEED v4). The publication offers background information, descriptions of possible roofing-related credits and prerequisites for rating systems for the Building Design and Construction and Building Operations and Maintenance categories. It also includes a listing of typical LEED-related submittals and explains which roofing-related provisions have changed in LEED v4 versus previous LEED editions. The member price for the publication is $35, and the nonmember price is $65. See more information and purchase.
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IRS offers tips for year-end gifts to charity
The Internal Revenue Service reminds individuals and businesses making year-end gifts to charity of several important tax law provisions that have taken effect in recent years. Taxpayers should be aware of various changes. See more information.
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Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go."
-- Hermann Hesse,
German-Swiss writer and poet
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