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1. Biltmore Estate's 120-year-old copper roof gets repairs

NRCA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., is undergoing extensive repairs to its 120-year old copper roof, including the replacement of the 500- to 600-pound north tower ridge cap. A temporary rubber membrane seal is in place during the work. Additional hips and panels on the tower will also be replaced. Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (04/30)


2. Roofers uncover 250-plus pounds of newspapers from 1920s used as insulation

NRCA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

KARE-TV (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (04/27)


3. U.K. stadium gets 75-ton roof

NRCA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

A 75-ton roof extension was installed at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, England. The extension was built at ground level and then lifted into place by cranes and cherry pickers. Workers had to be precise down to 10 millimeters when installing the roof trusses to ensure accurate placement. Western Daily Press (U.K.) (04/30)


4. Unique, angled green roofs help Latvia education center stand out

NRCA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

The Zeimuls Centre of Creative Services of Eastern Latvia features unique, angled green roofs. The education center "fuses planar geometry and green design, drawing inspiration from the local legend of a princess stuck in the ground near the castle," Patrick Sisson writes. Curbed (04/30)


5. Black solar panels help melt snow faster in cold regions

NRCA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Rooftop solar installations are still an option in cold, snowy areas such as Michigan. Blue Terra Energy designs solar panels for up to 70 pounds of snow load, said owner David Camps. Additionally, using black panels helps melt the snow faster. WLUC-TV (Negaunee, Mich.) (04/28)


6. DaVinci Roofscapes uses polymer scrap to make starter shingles

NRCA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

DaVinci Roofscapes makes starter shingles from recycled polymer scrap, using about 300,000 pounds of the material each year. "Every roofing tile we create is 100 percent recyclable, so we are able to reuse every pound of scrap that comes off our production line into our roofing material's starter shingles," said Bryan Ward, vice president of operations. DaVinci pays the shipping for returned scrap plastic within a 500-mile radius and accepts expired tiles for recycling. PlasticsNews.com (04/22)


7. Lakeside boathouse in France has solar panels, green roof

NRCA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

A lakeside boathouse in France, designed by Guinee*Potin Architectes, has solar panels and a green roof to improve its energy footprint. Meanwhile, a timber structure coming out of the roof helps bring light into the building's top floor. Dezeen magazine (04/29)


8. How to wake up on the right side of the bed

NRCA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

Leaders who don't sleep soundly often wind up unfocused and grumpy the next day, writes Michael Hyatt. He shares nine things he does for a clear, soothing bedtime routine that disconnects from the day's stress. "[Y]ou'll probably discover you're more rested, creative, energetic, and productive the next day," he writes. MichaelHyatt.com (04/29)


9. Ala. contractor gets $310,725 bid for bowling alley, movie theater roofs

NRCA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Gadsden Times (Ala.), The (04/27)


10. Mo. building receives new roll roofing of modified bitumen

NRCA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

The Badger Cheese Haus in Hannibal, Mo., will get new roll roofing of modified bitumen. It is expected to last longer than previously used roll-roofing materials. A to Z Restoration is installing the roof. Hannibal Courier-Post (Mo.) (04/30)




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