Roofing systems may do better with rain gutters than without | Fabric roof to be taken down at Minn. sports arena | Roof replacement cost on 3 Mass. schools could be about $8M
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March 18, 2013
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Roofing systems may do better with rain gutters than without
A Pennsylvania homebuilder builds Colonial-reproduction homes and doesn't include rain gutters, because they weren't part of the original houses. The gutters are sometimes omitted from houses built in cold climates because they can be weighed down by ice and snow, said Tom Bollnow from the National Roofing Contractors Association. However, "It's easier to control water with gutters than without," Bollnow said. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (3/16)
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Hurricane-resistant roofs to top 7 Fla. county schools
Roofs that can withstand hurricane-force winds will soon be installed on seven schools in Seminole County, Fla., under roof-replacement contracts worth more than $2 million. The design involves the use of wind valves that harness the force of swirling winds to keep the roof in place during storms. The resilience of a wind-vented roof has already been proven at the Miami International Airport. The valves can only be used on flat or low-slope roofs. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (3/17)
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Fabric roof to be taken down at Minn. sports arena
The fabric dome at the Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury, Minn., will soon be deflated as part of a project to renovate the arena and install a fixed, metal roof. The roofing material could be sold to another community or a private group for another use. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/16)
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Roof replacement cost on 3 Mass. schools could be about $8M
Roof replacement on three schools in Bridgewater, Mass., is expected to reach about $8 million. This is about four times what officials had estimated the cost would be. Roofs on two of the schools have leaks, while the structure on the other one is old and needs to be replaced. The school district has decided to continue its application for a 56% reimbursement of the cost at the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The Enterprise Newspapers (Mass.) (3/17)
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Energy & the Environment
Big Wood: A vision for more sustainable skyscrapers
Architect Michael Charters has developed "Big Wood," a model for a large-scale timber skyscraper that could be built along the Chicago River in the city's South Loop. The mixed-use complex, with "acres of green roofs," would "serve as a sustainable alternative to standard building materials," writes Mark Boyer. "Similar to the rapid innovation in building technology that occurred in the early 1900s, 'Big Wood' is positioned to be a catalyst for a new renaissance in high-rise construction, changing forever the shape of our cities," Charters said. Inhabitat (3/16), (3/14)
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In the Office
A 5-step process for building a successful company
The first step to launching a successful startup is to come up with an idea that addresses a real problem and creates value, Phil Morle writes. "You will need to become completely unattached to your idea and instead be realistic and flexible," he writes. Afterward, you should develop and test your product and make your operations as efficient as possible before scaling your business. Dynamic Business online (Australia) (3/14)
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5 simple tips for improving your company culture
"There are adoptable practices to turn a halfhearted team into one that's resilient and devoted," writes Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO of LaSalle Network. "It's as easy as celebrating and investing in your employees." Gimbel's tips include making teams out of people who don't normally socialize together, embracing cultural events like March Madness, involving employees in big decisions, setting aside regular times to meet with each staff member, and offering workshops and additional training. Fox Business Small Business Center (3/14)
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Government & Regulatory
White House report warns of obstacles to economic recovery
While noting dangers ahead due to budget sequestration, the White House's annual report on the U.S. economy paints a generally bright picture, beginning with a resurgent housing market. However, "in the weeks and months ahead, sequestration will begin to disrupt basic functions of government on which Americans depend, from education to emergency first-response to airport security," the report said. The Wall Street Journal/Real Time Economics blog (3/15)
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New rules allow for safety-watch system
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has consolidated fall-protection requirements in WAC 296-155, "Safety Standards for Construction Work," into one set of requirements and added new rules that take effect April 1, including a provision for a safety-watch system. A safety-watch system is a "fall protection system as described in WAC 296-155-24615(6), in which a competent person monitors one worker who is engaged in repair work or servicing equipment on low pitch roofs only." The rule states when one employee is conducting any repair work or servicing equipment on a roof system with a slope no greater than 4:12 (18 degrees), employers are allowed to use a safety-watch system. Learn more.
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USCIS issues revised Form I-9 for employers
On March 8, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued the revised Form I-9 to be used by employers to verify employment eligibility for all new hires. As of May 7, the new Form I-9 must be used by all employers; the new form took effect March 8. The previous form only can be used through May 6. Learn more, and download the form.
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What men value in this world is not rights but privileges."
-- H.L. Mencken,
American journalist and essayist
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