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1. Tech startup Viirt aims to modernize roofing industry

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2015

Viirt is a tech startup that can generate faster, more accurate bids for roof work using satellite imagery. "Thanks to internet and satellite technology, Viirt will be able to execute most project management functions remotely and automatically, especially on the front end," said CEO Josh Davis. The firm's technology keeps contractors busy by filling downtime with other projects. Silicon Prairie News (Omaha, Neb.) (03/19)

2. Roofing company holds annual Safety Fest for employees

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Korellis Roofing of Hammond, Ind., held its annual Safety Fest, an event to help protect employees from work-related accidents. The eight-hour day includes training on defensive driving, putting out fires, crane operation and aerial man lift use. "I can look in the mirror and can feel confident that I have trained these guys, that no other company in this industry has gone to that extent," said President Pete Korellis. Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.), The (03/21)

3. Heavy snow load brings roof collapses in Halifax

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

The Halifax emergency department responded to two calls over the weekend about roof collapses on buildings with high snow loads. Some companies closed Sunday as a precaution. John MacIntyre of Five Star Roofing recommends having snow removed when it surpasses 3 feet. Global News Online (Toronto) (03/22)

4. Roof collapses from snow remain a threat in Nova Scotia

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Nova Scotia residents are battling large amounts of snow still on rooftops, and additional rain is increasing the risk of collapses. "Many a crew out all week long, every week actually since this started and guys are working every day," said John MacIntyre of 5 Star Roofing. (Canada) (03/20)

5. Attractive roofs raise home prices, improve buyer psychology

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2015

New roofs are an important way to increase the resale value of a house and can affect homebuyer psychology. Patsy O'Neill, a sales associate with Sotheby's, notes that if buyers dislike a roof, they will be "predisposed" to find additional things they dislike about the home. Courier-Express/Tri-County (DuBois, Pa.) (03/19)

6. Zigzag green roof could top NYC apartment complex

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2015

Developers hope to turn the former site of New York City's Rheingold Beer company into a massive apartment complex with a zigzag green roof. The building would have a sloping roof deck with areas for hiking, urban farming and cross-training. Daily News (New York) (03/19)

7. 5 behaviors that make great listeners

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2015

Listening takes work but makes for better leaders and appreciative followers, writes Ken Blanchard, who offers five hallmarks of effective listening. "Developing listening skills takes an investment of time but is the best way to build trusting relationships with the people you lead," he writes. How We Lead blog (03/18)

8. $7.4M roofing contract to cover 1,107 roof replacements in U.K. city

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Roofing company John Flowers has won a contract of more than $7.4 million to repair roofs on 1,107 homes in Newcastle. Some properties will receive solar panel installations. Bdaily (U.K.) (03/24)

9. Indirect asbestos exposure from sheet metal puts workers at risk

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015 (03/24)

10. Flexible solar panels provide renewable energy anywhere

NRCA SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Solar Cloth Co. manufactures lightweight and flexible solar panels that users can fit onto many types of structures, including domes, as well as roofs that cannot support traditional solar panels. The company uses thin film photovoltaics, a product lightweight enough to work on plastics. The panels weigh 80% less than traditional glass solar panels but produce 15% less power and cost twice as much. Guardian (London), The (03/22)

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