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February 22, 2013
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  • Lack of skilled workers threatens residential construction
    The lack of skilled labor could threaten the construction industry as thousands of workers left the field to shift careers or to retire, according to this article. Construction shed 2.2 million jobs -- 28% of its labor pool -- between 2007 and 2011. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the industry added 28,000 jobs in January, but it has a long way to catch up as the market rebounds, particularly in the residential construction field. Forbes (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News & Trends 
  • Glitzy stadiums spell the end for Minneapolis Metrodome
    The trend toward sports venues having retractable roofs and other luxurious features made the Minneapolis Metrodome seem old-fashioned and worn out, according to this article. The stadium, whose fabric roof collapsed in a snowstorm in December 2010, will be demolished and replaced with a new, $975 million arena for the Minnesota Vikings. The upcoming Vikings season will be the last played inside the Metrodome. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Replacement planned for leaky roof of N.J. arts museum
    The leaky roof of the Museum of Arts and Glass at the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, N.J., will be replaced after the center secured a $350,000 loan from the city. The roof sustained damage from an intense summer windstorm and Superstorm Sandy. Work on the roof will cost about $225,000, and will include the replacement of the rubber exterior, fiber insulation and wood. The roof's metal foundation will be left in place. The Daily Journal (Vineland, N.J.) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Blue coating material can help reduce heat on roofs
    Cool roofs don't have to be white. Researchers are at work discovering new pigments with "cooling" capacities, according to this article. A case in point is the brilliant blue coating from Oregon State University researcher Mas Subramanian, which was made from manganese cooked with a combination of yttrium and indium oxides. "Given the right chemical properties, even dark pigments ... turn away much of the sun's heat," writes Michael Coren. FastCoExist (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • Use tough love to keep your team on schedule
    If your team keeps blowing deadlines, it doesn't help to keep quiet, writes Patty Azzarello. Public accountability and tracking show that being late is unacceptable, and they usually result in more projects being on time, she writes. "It's not about coming down hard on someone or being disrespectful or nasty. It's about moving the business forward," Azzarello writes. Fast Company online (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 ways to praise your employees
    Some bosses find it easy to be critical of failure but difficult to praise good work, writes Mary Jo Asmus. It's important to notice and celebrate small victories as well as milestones, Asmus argues. "A little bit of noticing and letting them know what you observe can go a long way, especially if you have a habit of being critical," she writes. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Obama and Republicans break silence and restart budget talks
    The White House and Republican leaders have restarted talks on how to avert across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect March 1. President Barack Obama spoke with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the conversations were "good" but didn't give any details. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • Join NRCA now
    Join NRCA by Feb. 28 and receive $100 off your membership dues. With the limited-time offer, you also will receive up to $1,500 worth of NRCA publications and DVDs free, including The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems -- 2013. When you join NRCA, your company will be listed in NRCA's online Membership Directory and online referral service, which generates thousands of leads each month; have access to customized worker training programs tailored to your company’s specific needs; gain priority access to NRCA's technical experts for answers to questions about roof system performance, materials and application techniques; and receive a host of additional money-saving benefits. Learn more, and join NRCA. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA offers roofing manual boxed set
    NRCA has made available The NRCA Roofing Manual, a boxed set that contains the manual's four volumes. The manual provides extensive information about the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to almost all roof system types. The member price for the manual is $425, and the retail price is $650. Learn more, or purchase it. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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