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February 7, 2013
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  • 2030 forecast: A technology-driven building industry
    By 2030, technological advances such as building information modeling, three-dimensional printing and assembly-type building materials will facilitate project completion by 50%, according to this article. "Increased precision, energy performance, and sustainable construction will result, with better quality control and much less job-site waste" that will make construction more similar to a manufacturing process, writes Phillip Bernstein. Engineering News-Record (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News & Trends 
  • More metro areas see improving housing market
    Metropolitan areas that have seen their housing market improve increased from 242 in January to 259 this month, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index. The index is based on at least six straight months of uptick in housing permits, home prices and employment. The results show "the housing recovery has substantial momentum and continues to expand from one market to the next," NAHB Chairman Rick Judson said. The Hill/On the Money blog (2/6), Port City Daily (Wilmington, N.C.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roofing manufacturer provides free materials for 40 Okla. roofs
    Malarkey Roofing, a roofing-products maker based in Portland, Ore., has donated materials for the roofs of 40 homes to be built by the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity this year. Malarkey opened a factory in Oklahoma City last year and wanted to reward the community for its hospitality. The company has donated roofing products amounting to more than 1 million square feet. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Non-gloss metal roofs could curb glare, heat in N.C. town
    The glare and heat that emanate from some metal roofs in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., have become an issue. Structural engineer Chuck Howard recommends that the town only allow the use of non-gloss painted metal roofs with neutral colors and to restrict color options by using the ratings of ASTM International. The local Planning Board plans to review the recommendation when it meets in March. Lumina News (Wrightsville Beach, N.C.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students, woman benefit from roof repair in Missoula, Mont.
    Repairs to the leaky roof of a trailer home in Missoula, Mont., provided eight students with training in the laying asphalt shingles, as well as help to the disabled homeowner. The effort was orchestrated by building inspector Norm Verworn, who noticed a faulty addition causing leaks to the house and rounded up help, including the students in Missoula College's carpentry class. Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Holistic approach could produce more sustainable buildings
    A holistic approach to building is needed, writes engineer Dino Green. Because buildings are a major energy hog, we need to build green, but at the same time provide structures that improve quality of life, he says. In this piece, Green looks at some solutions such as the elimination of "energy waste" and adoption of a "greener lifestyle" that would integrate with energy-efficient structures. Green Building Elements (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  In the Office 
  • What bosses should do instead of micromanaging
    It's tempting for leaders to micromanage their teams and big projects, but it's important to resist that urge, writes CollegeHumor CEO Paul Greenberg. Instead, focus on doing the things that nobody else in your organization can do: solving strategic problems, putting together a winning team and securing the resources your company needs to succeed. CNNMoney/Fortune/You Can't Fire Everyone blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 7 ways to get employees to work together
    It can be difficult to get employees to collaborate with one another, but you should start by establishing a culture that encourages teamwork, writes Michael A. Olguin, president of Formula PR. "If senior executives encourage an environment where the organization uses less 'I' and more 'we' in how they communicate, everyone will feel supported, included and important to the organization," he writes. It's also important to make sure everyone understands their roles and to focus on training employees. Inc. online (free registration) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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, or join NRCA. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA offers Toolbox Talks Set
      
    NRCA offers its Toolbox Talks Set, which contains 104 safety lessons. Each lesson includes safety-training tips with illustrations detailing key points and questions to stimulate discussion. Topics addressed in Toolbox Talks I include burns, hazard communication and warning-line systems. Topics addressed in Toolbox Talks II include electrical safety, equipment safety, fall protection and repetitive-stress disorders. The member price for the set is $110, and the retail price is $220. Purchase it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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