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March 14, 2013
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4 standards help make roofs resilient against storms
The "Fortified Home: Hurricane Standards" from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety can help make roofs resilient in storms, writes architect Jane Frederick. Existing roofs can be strengthened with a two-part, closed-cell polyurethane foam that can be installed under each rafter or truss, Frederick notes. If a roof needs replacement, there are four standards in particular that should be adhered to. The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) (3/12)
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News & Trends
Persistent leaks, faulty joint blamed in roof deck collapse
A faulty expansion joint, where the concrete didn't adhere to the steel, could be partly responsible for the collapse of the rooftop parking area at the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario, according to information provided at an inquiry into the matter. Leaks had plagued the mall from the beginning, according to tenants. (Canada) (3/13), Toronto Sun (3/13)
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Energy & the Environment
Study: Green roofs can serve as a biodiversity hub
Green roofs can host a variety of fungi and contribute to biodiversity in urban areas, according to a study done by researchers from Barnard College, Columbia University, Fordham University and the University of Colorado. The study looked at the soil on 10 green roofs in New York and found an average of 109 fungi species per roof. This can "play a key role in a roof garden's health and longevity," according to this article. The Atlantic Cities (3/13)
In the Office
7 tips for better networking results
It's important to set goals to help you focus your networking, Tara Horner writes. Always have a business card on hand, be honest and respectful toward contacts and don't forget to follow up, Horner writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/4)
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Do your policies indicate a lack of trust in your employees?
Many companies implement policies that suggest that they don't trust their employees, Liz Ryan writes. For example, they might require their workers to provide proof when they say they are sick or when they have had a death in the family. "If we value talent, we'll start dismantling the lumbering Godzilla of controls and policies that hampers creativity in virtually every organization, and we'll start trusting ourselves to hire people we trust," she writes. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Management Blog (3/12)
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How to boost the productivity of your staff
You can help to make your employees happier and more productive by eliminating obstacles to their success and providing them with the tools they need to do their jobs, writes Janine Popick, CEO and founder of VerticalResponse. "Make sure everyone at your company is on the lookout for affordable and practical ways you can get things done more efficiently," she advises. Inc. online (free registration)/Basement to Boardroom blog (3/8)
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Government & Regulatory
Senate Democrats propose budget resolution
Senate Democrats released a budget resolution for the next 10 years that would protect entitlement programs while narrowing the deficit. The proposal calls for higher taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations as well as increased spending for schools and roads. It was the first time since 2009 that Senate Democrats have produced a budget. USA Today (3/13), The Washington Post (3/13), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/13)
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NRCA will hold free fall-protection classes throughout the U.S.
NRCA will hold its Roofing Industry Fall Protection from A to Z class free of charge in various U.S. cities through May 30. Made available for free through an Occupational Safety and Health Administration grant extended to NRCA, the one-day class discusses fall-protection systems and current OSHA state-plan requirements. The class also features hands-on equipment demonstrations and techniques for self-rescue and relief-of-suspension trauma. Learn more.
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The NRCA Roofing Manual is available
NRCA Roofing Manual
The NRCA Roofing Manual is a four-volume manual that includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing, Condensation Control and Reroofing -- 2010; The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems -- 2011; The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems -- 2012 and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems -- 2013. It provides extensive information about the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to almost all types of roof systems. The member price for the manual is $425, and the retail price is $650. Purchase The NRCA Roofing Manual.
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-- Bill Gates,
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