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1. New OSHA training tool is similar to computer game

NRCA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

OSHA recently launched the Hazard Identification Training Tool to educate small-business owners on hazard identification. It is a game-like, online and interactive tool that provides four scenarios for individuals to work through. These include OSHA Visual Inspection Training, Emergency Room, Manufacturing and Construction. The National Law Review (06/26)


2. Study: Roofing demand to rise 3.9% annually through 2019

NRCA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

U.S. demand for roofing is forecast to grow 3.9% annually through 2019, hitting a market size of $21.4 billion, a study said. The rebound is due to strong construction activity, according to a Freedonia Group study. Roofing tiles will see the fastest growth, while plastic and metal roofing will also enjoy above-average growth, the study said. Building-Products.com (06/29)


3. Maintaining Empress Hotel's slate roof is ongoing challenge

NRCA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Maintaining the massive, million-plus-piece slate roof of British Columbia's Empress Hotel is an ongoing effort for father-and-son team David and Korby Grist of Grist Slate and Tile Roofing. The annual bill for roof maintenance can reach $300,000 and includes repairs to dormer copper roofs, dome tops, flashings and fixtures. During most of the past 25 years, the firm has worked on the roof for six to eight months each year. Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia) (06/28)


4. Tallest residential tower in the world to be finished in 2016

NRCA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Construction Week (06/25)


5. Obama moves to widen eligibility for overtime pay

NRCA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

President Barack Obama has proposed a rule to make overtime pay available to millions of workers. Congressional action is not required. Supporters and critics expect the rule to be challenged in court and possibly in Congress. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/29)


6. Cast-iron church in U.K. gets new roof

NRCA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

St George's Church in the U.K., which is the world's first church with a cast-iron frame, will receive a new roof to preserve the building. The church is more than 200 years old. Liverpool Echo (U.K.) (06/28)


7. Bell County, Texas, reroofing permits soar after storm

NRCA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Residents of Bell County, Texas, continue to apply for reroofing permits at high levels after a hail storm in March 2014. So far this year, the city of Killeen has issued more than 1,045 roofing permits worth about $5.7 million. Roofing contractors are struggling to keep up with jobs, and rain in the past few months is making it harder to get caught up. Killeen Daily Herald (Texas) (06/28)


8. High-school students build 100% solar-powered home

NRCA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

High-school students at Pennsylvania's Career Institute of Technology have built a solar-powered home that produces as much energy as it uses. The house is thought to be the first of its kind in the country, and homes of this type will likely become more common, said Toni Lynch, owner of Polysteel Better World Building Technology. The Express-Times (Easton-Bethlehem, Pa.) (06/27)


9. NRLRC announces new board of directors

NRCA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

The National Roofing Legal Resource Center (NRLRC) elected new officers and directors during NRCA's 128th Annual Convention Feb. 22-26 in New Orleans. Their terms began June 1. View NRLRC's board of directors.


10. NRCA releases market survey

NRCA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

NRCA has released its 2014-15 market survey, which provides data obtained from roofing contractors throughout the U.S., enabling roofing professionals to compare industry market statistics, trends and information. The survey includes information about commercial and residential roofing activity, roofing material use, regional breakdowns, installation by material type and industry sales volumes. The member price for the market survey is $40, and the nonmember price is $80. See more information.




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