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January 4, 2013
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  • Fabric roof on Mich. stadium taken down as part of overhaul
    The half-moon fabric roof of the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan has been deflated to clear the way for renovation work. The 100-panel roof is costly for the facility to maintain during winter when all 23 fans work 24/7 to keep it inflated. It will be replaced with a fixed roof that could also feature solar panels, said Alex Loewy, events coordinator for the arena. The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, Mich.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Experts: Expect green-building expansion globally in 2013
    Green building in the U.S. is expected to rebound this year, after Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects represented 20% of all new put-in-place construction in 2012, experts say. The greatest expansion of green building will be in retrofits, they predict. Other expected trends in green building for 2013 include automation of building management through the cloud, greater use of solar power, growing awareness of freshwater supply problems, the increasing presence of zero-net-energy buildings, and an acceleration of green building in places such as China, Singapore, the EU and Brazil. Sustainable Industries (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roofing system at Tokyo school employs variety to save energy
    A roofing system measuring about 86,700 square feet takes on different features to address lighting and energy needs at Teikyo University's Elementary School in Tokyo. The south-facing roof has varying slopes to maximize sunlight exposure for the school's roof-mounted solar heating system. The structure also has longer eaves for areas that need more shade, and shorter eaves for rooms that need more light. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • 10 tips for boosting your business this year
    You can improve your business in 2013 by listening to employees' ideas, identifying new ways to generate income and focusing on the aspects of running your company that you are passionate about, experts say. "If you don't love what you're doing, you're never going to work hard enough to be one of the best," said Ken Blanchard, co-author of "The One Minute Manager." Entrepreneur online (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Let employees take over key duties to spur business growth
    To grow a small business, owners must be able to hand key responsibilities to trusted employees, writes Curt Finch. When passing on duties, clearly explain the goals and expectations to the employee, and get it in writing so both you and the employee can measure productivity. "As a business owner, it can be difficult to let someone else take care of your baby, but it is almost always in the business's best interest to create a team with diverse and useful skills to improve processes," Finch concludes. Small Business Trends (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRCA News 
  • Learn about OSHA and safety through NRCA University webinar
    NRCA University will offer Business Management Residential Series Webinar: OSHA, Fall Protection and Residential Work Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. CST. Learn how to identify potential Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations within the roofing industry; how to ensure safety for your employees, particularly when they perform residential work; and simple ways to develop a culture of safety among your employees, among other topics. The webinar will be presented by Ed Foulke, a prominent labor law attorney who was the head of OSHA during President George W. Bush’s administration. The member price for the webinar is $55, and the retail price is $75. Learn more, and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA offers insurance guide
    Insurance Guide for Professional Roofing Contractors, Third Edition, helps roofing contractors evaluate their insurance needs, establish programs and monitor programs’ effectiveness. The guide provides information about insurance coverage types and serves as a valuable reference tool to fully prepare roofing contractors for conversations with their insurance agents or brokers. The member price for the insurance guide is $125, and the retail price is $250. Buy the guide. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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