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1. Mexico international airport to feature high-tech membrane roof

NRCA SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

A high-tech membrane roof planned for Mexico's international airport will feature many benefits, including light redirection and rainwater storage. "The whole terminal would be enclosed within a continuous, lightweight gridshell that embraces the inner layers of the building and seamlessly acts as both its walls and roof," Juan Pablo Conti writes. "Combining both skin and structure in a single system, the shell stretches from the fixed boarding bridges to the top of the roof." E&T magazine (01/2015)

2. Shingle recycling company turns used shingles into road paving

NRCA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Tennessee Shingle Recycling helps the environment by collecting used asphalt shingles and repurposing them for road paving. "Last year we kept 5,000 tons of shingles out of landfills in Rutherford County," co-owner Bo Teague said. Roofing contractors pay to deposit their waste, which is sorted and then reused. Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) (tiered subscription model), The (01/23)

3. Contractor injured after rotting roofing material collapses

NRCA SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

KSDK-TV (St. Louis) (01/27)

4. N.Y. company to build large membrane roof on Puerto Rico cathedral

NRCA SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Birdair, an Amherst, N.Y., company, has been contracted by The Gran Carpa Catedral to build the roof for its new facility in Puerto Rico. The massive PVC membrane roof will total 423,000 square feet. WIVB-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (01/21)

5. Flat roof can be modern, provide more outdoor space

NRCA SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Ben Crawford and his girlfriend decided to use a flat roof on their custom home because it is modern and low-profile and because it can provide options for additional outdoor space. The couple chose Nuralite's Nuraply 3PM double-layer system, which involves an adhesive on plywood followed by a bitumen membrane layer. The second layer has a natural mineral chip finish and is welded to the first layer before all joints are welded together. New Zealand Herald, The (01/25)

6. Expo New Mexico seeks state funding for extensive roof repairs

NRCA SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Expo New Mexico is seeking state funding to complete extensive roof repairs to numerous buildings throughout the 236-acre fairgrounds. Many of the 191 facilities feature thermoplastic olefin roofs, which need welding on seams and patches. "It's great roofing -- until it goes bad. And once it goes bad, it's hell," said General Manager Dan Mourning. Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content) (01/26)

7. OSHA fines Fastrack Erectors $511,000 for safety violations following worker fatality

NRCA SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Fastrack Erectors Inc., Pacific, Mo., after a worker was killed because the company did not provide fall protection; OSHA has proposed penalties of $511,000 for the company. On July 25, 2014, an apprentice ironworker fell more than 30 feet to his death while standing on a 9-inch-wide steel girder on a building under construction in Kansas City, Mo. The worker had been on the job for a few weeks and was not provided fall protection by his employer, Fastrack Erectors. OSHA has cited Fastrack Erectors for seven willful and three serious safety violations and placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program. See more information.

8. Solar industry expanding rapidly in the U.S.

NRCA SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

On average, a new solar system is installed every 2.5 minutes in the U.S. In 2013, a new system was installed about every 3.7 minutes. Industry growth has quadrupled since 2011 and is responsible for creating new jobs 20 times faster than U.S. businesses as a whole. TreeHugger (01/23)

9. Construction costs, optimism are on the rise across the country

NRCA SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Construction costs increase 1.66% on a national average between July and October last year, according to a report by Rider Levett Bucknall. Some metro areas saw greater increases, including Honolulu where costs rose by 2.81%. The report also noted, "[g]eneral optimism within the construction sector has continued to rise over the course of this year and it is widely anticipated that construction starts in 2015 will rise about 10 percent, almost double the estimated growth rate of 2014." American City Business Journals (01/27)

10. 3 best practices to support a no-layoff policy

NRCA SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Scripps Health has avoided layoffs for at least 15 years in part by moving swiftly to fire employees who aren't meeting performance goals, CEO Chris Van Gorder writes. Companies looking to avoid layoffs should lean toward hiring internal candidates and build communication channels between front-line workers and management, Van Gorder writes. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (01/26)

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