South Florida roofing contractors ranked by revenue | Report: Majority of safety fines in Canada relate to fall protection | Roof repairs needed to restore historic La. cottage
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March 6, 2013
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Several strategies can be used to remove snow from roof
Roofs in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin are experiencing a heavy buildup of snow that could lead to leaks. Roof rakes can be used to remove snow and prevent ice dams on homes with low roofs, and de-icing cables can do the same for houses of two stories or more, according to Reuben Saltzman, a home inspector. Some roofing contractors offer roof-shoveling services. Newer buildings that meet construction codes have better insulation to prevent ice dams and are better able to withstand heavy snow loads, said Andy Miller, president and owner of Service Roofing in Waterloo, Iowa. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/5), Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa) (3/5), WXOW-TV (La Crosse, Wis.) (3/5)
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Sloped Cover Design Meets International Building Code Requirements
Bilco's Lumivent┬« combines the security and protection of an automatic fire vent with the added benefits of a skylight—saving lives and reducing energy costs. The product's sloped cover design meets International Building Code Requirements (2012 IBC 2610.3). Visit www.bilco.com for more information.
 
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South Florida roofing contractors ranked by revenue
The South Florida Business Journal has released its 2013 roofing contractors list. Latite Roofing & Sheet Metal of Pompano Beach topped the list with revenue of $50.7 million in 2012. American City Business Journals/South Florida (3/1)
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Report: Majority of safety fines in Canada relate to fall protection
Fall-protection violations make up 59% of the fines levied against construction companies in British Columbia, Canada, in 2012, according to a report released by WorkSafe B.C. "We know that a lot of employers know the rules and they don't use fall protection, so the feedback we're getting is important and what we're really trying to focus on is changing the culture in the industry," said Alexandra Skinner-Reynolds, spokeswoman of the agency. Nanaimo News Bulletin (British Columbia) (3/4)
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Roof repairs needed to restore historic La. cottage
The aging roof of the historic Salmen Lodge in St. Tammany Parish, La., needs to be repaired after being damaged in Hurricane Isaac. The strong winds blew the shingles away and left a hole in a portion of the roof, according to Brett Henry, park manager of the Camp Salmen Nature Park. The park is looking for private and public grants to help fund the roof repair work, Henry said. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (3/5)
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Energy & the Environment
Survey: Most construction firms expect to build green by 2015
Construction firms across the world expect 60% of their projects to be environmentally friendly by 2015, according to the SmartMarket Report of McGraw-Hill Construction. About 51% of the respondents expect most of their work to be green in 2015, up from 28% who reported the same in 2013 and up from 13% in 2008. The reason driving green building shifted from "doing the right thing" in 2008 to client and market demand in 2012, the report stated. Environmental Leader (3/4)
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A quick, proactive approach is best in employee conflicts
Acting quickly and proactively is the best way to address employee conflicts, says Sheryl Kovach, president and CEO of human resources consulting firm Kandor Group. Having an open-door policy is the best way to find a quick resolution in employee disputes, and addressing them quickly is critical for fostering a productive working environment, Kovach says. BenefitsPro.com (3/1)
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Key challenges that affect small businesses
No matter the size of the company, business leaders must act with integrity, skillfully manage cash flow and stand out among the competition, says Neal Jenson, managing director of Qazztek. Other major challenges facing business owners include recruiting talented employees and coping with government regulations. Qazztek offers strategies for addressing these issues. Forbes (3/4)
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Government & Regulatory
Obama seeks budget-deal support from Republicans
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Putting talks with GOP leaders on the back burner for a while, President Barack Obama is reaching out to rank-and-file Senate Republicans to build support for a budget deal with higher taxes to pay down U.S. debt. Obama told senators that he is willing to make changes in health care and retirement programs to get a budget compromise that includes higher taxes. The Washington Post (3/5), Bloomberg (3/6)
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More than 100 unregistered contractors work on storm repairs in N.J.
Almost 20% of the contractors working in three counties in New Jersey on repairs to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy are not registered with the state, according to inspectors from the Division of Consumer Affairs. Unregistered contractors will be given a warning first, but fines could be levied if they repeat the violation. The state requires registration of all home-improvement contractors. The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (3/4)
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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.

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