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November 8, 2012
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  • Membership grows in green program for roofing contractors
    An initiative that encourages roofing contractors to recycle shingles and become more sustainable in their work is gaining members. The "Certified Green Roofer" program has registered more than 300 professional roofing contractors through GAF, a roofing manufacturer. The program requires contractors to pass a written exam and a sustainability assessment as well as recycle shingles and participate in their local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Home Channel News (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News & Trends 
  • $3M roof-repair project approved for Vt. high school
    A $3 million roof-repair project has been approved for Spaulding High School in Barre, Vt. The undertaking calls for repairs on a huge portion of the school's roof. The first phase of the project is expected to start next summer, said Norma Malone, chairwoman of the Spaulding School Board, with the next stage occurring in the summer of 2014. The Times Argus (Barre-Montpelier, Vt.) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cranes used to assess steeple on historic Pa. church
    Two cranes have been rented to assess the extent of wear and tear on the steeple of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greencastle, Pa. Problems were seen on the 40-foot slate steeple and other areas. The cost of repairs could reach $150,000 if the structure is reshingled and its dormers replaced, said Pastor Martin Horn. Echo Pilot (Greencastle, Pa.) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Short-term costs could hamper Portland's goal for green roofs
    Portland, Ore., wants to install 43 acres of vegetative roofs by 2013. That could be a tall order since the city had only 17.7 acres of green roofs in July, writes Emma Hall. The costs involved with green roofs could be a sticking point, even with incentives. A 40,000-square-foot green roof costs $128,803 more after five years than a traditional roof, and even though it yields savings of more than $400,000 after 40 years, people may be concentrating on short-term costs rather than long-term savings, Hall speculates. Oregon Business online (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • 4 ways to improve employee engagement
    Research has suggested that 65% of the workforce is "underengaged," with 41% reporting confidence in senior leadership, a clear indication that HR and other company leaders need to make improvements, Ryan Estis writes. Among his suggestions are improved communication and investments in career development. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Value alignment is key to a happier workforce
    Managers should help workers recognize similarities between their personal values and the organization's values, Sharlyn Lauby writes. "We operate at our best when we work for organizations that have the same values. That sense of 'working at our best' is the essence of employee engagement," Lauby writes. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • What Obama's re-election means for small-business owners
    President Barack Obama's re-election means the federal health care law will move forward, but it remains to be seen how the law will affect business owners' bottom lines. Obama's re-election also might pave the way for a showdown with congressional Republicans over his tax proposals, which might end in standstill. "I don't think anything's going to change," Peter Cohan of Babson College said. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Banks rush to provide loans for disaster-hit small businesses
    Small businesses hammered by Superstorm Sandy are trying to secure disaster loans to stay operational and banks are taking action to help. "We've put in place an expedited process so that clients can call, and we will review their case in a very short period of time -- sometimes right on the phone," says Scott Geller, chief executive officer of Chase Business Banking. Reuters (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • CNA and NRCA collaborate to support your charities
    CNA and NRCA have collaborated to honor charitable works by NRCA member contractors through the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. Nominate any charitable project, activity or donation completed between Jan. 1, 2012, and Nov. 30, 2012, for a chance to win up to $5,000 for your charity. Eligible projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work. For example, funds raised for a cause or volunteer work at a children’s hospital would qualify. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA offers vegetative roof systems manual

    The NRCA Vegetative Roof Systems Manual, Second Edition, addresses cutting-edge technologies available for vegetative roof systems, including waterproofing systems and their associated components. It also features best practices for the design and installation of extensive, semi-extensive and intensive vegetative roof systems. The NRCA member price for the manual is $95, and the retail price is $190. Purchase it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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