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December 31, 2012
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  • Homebuilder expects 12% rise in cost of roofing materials
    The prices of basic construction materials to build homes are rising, according to a report by the Associated General Contractors of America. "Our roofing supplier tells us to expect a 12% rise, while insulation is expected to go up 7% percent," said Steve Fink of Paragon Homes in the Pittsburgh area. "January and February is typically when building material price increases are announced." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Report: BIPV to become a $2.4B market by 2017
    A new Pike Research report forecasts that the market for building-integrated photovoltaic technology is expected to boom in the next few years, moving from $606 million this year to $2.4 billion in 2017. BIPVs are ultra-thin solar panels, some of which can "printed right onto building materials" such as walls, roof shingles, windows and steel roofs. GigaOm (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Office 
  • Treat your workers like a pack of huskies
    As individuals, husky dogs are notoriously headstrong, but put them in a sled team and they'll work together, Jack Zenger writes. Many employees are the same: Their productivity and value only emerge when you put them in the right context. "Sometimes ... you will never recognize an employee's full potential until they are placed in the right area with the right people," Zenger writes. Forbes (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 tips for surviving the next natural disaster
    Storms such as Hurricane Sandy can be devastating to a business, but it is possible to prepare your company to weather the storm before the next disaster arrives. It's important to get insurance, and to store servers and other sensitive equipment in an area that won't be vulnerable to flooding, Drew Greenblatt writes. You should also put together an emergency contact list. Inc. online (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Pressure mounts for Congress to pass Sandy aid bill
    House and Senate lawmakers face increasing pressure to pass legislation to fund reconstruction and other expenses resulting from superstorm Sandy. A $60.4 billion funding plan recently won Senate approval, but House Republicans want to cut the amount to roughly $27 billion. Projects such as transit and community development are the focus of the Senate proposal to help New York, New Jersey and other storm-ravaged states. The Hill (12/30), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/28), Reuters (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Scholarship program applications are available
    Applications for The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program 2013-14 academic scholarships are available. Recipients of the scholarships are awarded $5,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study. Eligible applicants include full-time employees of an NRCA contractor or supplier member company or their dependent children or spouses. Applications must be received by Jan. 31, 2013. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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