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January 16, 2013
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  • Survey points to 2013 as possible recovery year for industry
    This year could show "tentative recovery" in the building sector, according to a survey by the Associated General Contractors of America, cosponsored by Computer Guidance Corp. About 1,300 AGC-member firms were surveyed, and many were "cautiously optimistic." This piece looks at which sectors might grow, where the work is and what challenges are ahead. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Faulty design leads to $1.1M roof replacement for Wash. school
    The faulty design of the 10-year-old metal roof on the Mount Solo Middle School in Longview, Wash., has caused leaks, prompting the school board to have it replaced for $1.1 million. The school's gently sloped roof is covered with overlapping metal sheets. Rivets hold the sheets together, but their holes widen as the sheets expand or contract with the weather. The roof will be replaced with a membrane made from vinyl sheeting or rubberized asphalt. The Daily News (Longview, Wash.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. roofing firm faces fines for fall-protection violations
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has levied fines of almost $160,000 against New York roofing company A.M. Stern for violations of fall-protection and other workplace-safety rules. The company faces a penalty of $140,000 for exposing workers to fall hazards and not using a safety monitor properly at its job site in Fairport in July last year, along with fines of nearly $20,000 for other violations. Rochester Business Journal (N.Y.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Vaulted roof maximizes natural light at Russian airport terminal
    The vaulted roof of the airport terminal at the Pulkovo Airport near St. Petersburg, Russia, is expected to maximize the natural light that enters the facility to save on energy costs, according to this piece. The roof spans about 39 acres and features trusses on its underside covered with gold-colored panels that serve to separate narrow skylights. The skylights will have reflectors to make the most out of natural lighting, while the roof will be built to withstand heavy snowfall. (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10.4-acre green roof sprouts atop Ford truck plant in Mich.
    A 10.4-acre green roof could lessen the environmental impact of operations at Ford’s truck assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich., according to this article. The roof should help the facility become energy-efficient, while improving air quality and mitigating runoff. The sedum-covered expanse is billed as the "world's largest green roof" and is expected to last twice as long as a traditional roof. Technabob (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • 3 ways you should be checking in with your employees
    When you check in with your star employees every month or so, you need them to explain what isn't working and what they are doing to address the issue, writes Chris McIntyre, author of "The Roadmap to Freedom." They should also explain what they need you to do to help them move forward. "Without fail, one of the questions the best leaders consistently ask is 'Where do you need my help?' " he writes. Entrepreneur online (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 7 steps to becoming your own leader
    Everyone is capable of being a leader, Kevin Eikenberry writes, but the key is to find the right leadership style. He suggests starting by getting to know yourself, beginning with understanding your values, personality, strengths and weaknesses. Becoming a leader takes time, Eikenberry writes, as well as a desire to receive feedback and continuously learn. (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
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  • Last chance to register for ROOFPAC convention events!
    ROOFPAC, NRCA’s political action committee, will host several events during NRCA’s 126th Annual Convention and the 2013 International Roofing Expo (IRE). It will host a Super Bowl Bash on Feb. 3 at the Marriott Rivercenter hotel in San Antonio, Texas, from 5:30-10:30 p.m. The event includes a buffet dinner and drinks while watching the Super Bowl on big-screen TVs. In addition, ROOFPAC will host its golf tournament Feb. 4 at the TPC San Antonio. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and include lunch, a post-tournament reception and a chance to win prizes. Also, the ROOFPAC silent auction will be held Feb. 6 and 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ROOFPAC booth, No. 1672. Learn more, or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy-efficient roof systems manual is available

    Guidelines for the Design of Energy-efficient Roof Systems is for design professionals who want to specify energy-efficient roof systems, as well as those who need to meet the requirements of ASHRAE 90.1-2007, "Energy Efficient Design of New Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential." The member price for the manual is $55, and the retail price is $110. Purchase it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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