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January 23, 2013
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  • U.S. home prices rose 5.9% in 2012
    House prices in the U.S. climbed almost as much in 2012 as they did at the peak of the housing bubble and are set to keep increasing at a slightly slower pace this year, according to Zillow. Prices gained 5.9% compared with 2011 and are forecast to rise an additional 3.3% this year, the firm said. The National Association of Realtors said existing homes sold in 2012 increased 9.2% compared with 2011, reaching their highest level in five years. MarketWatch (1/22), USA Today (1/22), Banker & Tradesman (Boston) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Green roofs to help buildings of NYC firm become sustainable
    More than an acre of green roofs will be installed on eight buildings owned by the Durst Organization in New York City. The real-estate company plans to invest between $750,000 and $1 million to install the roofs as a way to save energy and benefit the environment. "Beyond diverting storm water runoff, they provide cooling by absorbing sunlight that would otherwise be converted to heat energy, and they can capture pollutants and filter noxious gases," said Helena Durst, the company's vice president. The Wall Street Journal (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. schools to get $2.5B for energy-efficiency upgrades
    On July 1, $450 million will be available for energy-efficiency upgrades and clean-energy projects at California schools. During the four following years, $550 million will be available annually. Funding is a result of the passage of Proposition 39. An average retrofit could cut 30% off energy costs and save a school between $10,000 and $16,000 each year, according to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency. Forbes (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • Management skills your employees will appreciate
    Managers who are overly authoritative or controlling risk embittering the employees they oversee, writes Victor Lipman. For this reason, it's important for managers to be calm, caring and focused on communication. "When companies are concerned about turnover, productivity, and chronically high levels of employee disengagement, they need to look thoughtfully at how they're selecting and training their managers," he writes. Forbes (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Proposed guest-worker program sparks debate, GOP concerns
    A proposed guest-worker program has ignited a debate between local business groups and some Republican lawmakers in Kansas who hold contradicting views on immigration. The proposal, which could make Kansas a state that welcomes undocumented workers, is opposed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write strict immigration laws for Arizona and Alabama. The debate highlights a potential rift in the Republican Party. The Wall Street Journal (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • Last call for Alliance scholarship program applications
    Applications for The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program 2013-14 academic scholarships still 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. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA pamphlet helps customers choose professional roofing contractors
    Designed for your potential customers, Insist on an NRCA Roofing Professional, is a pamphlet that outlines the steps customers should take to ensure they are dealing with reputable and professional roofing contractors during every project. The brochure advises customers to make sure their potential roofing contractors are insured and committed to safety; licensed and bonded; have positive references; offer warranties; have a professional maintenance program; and show application expertise. The member price for a set of 100 brochures is $50, and the retail price is $100. Purchase it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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