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February 14, 2013
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  • Roof caves in at Ukraine nuclear facility due to snow
    A 6,500-square-foot portion of the roof gave way on a building at the Chernobyl nuclear facility in the Ukraine due to heavy snowfall, according to authorities. This will not affect radiation levels because the part of the roof that caved in is away from the "sarcophagus," or the structure that covers the reactor that exploded in 1986, said plant spokeswoman Maya Rudenko. It will also not affect the construction of an arch-shaped confinement over the sarcophagus. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/13), The Daily Mail (London) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Water-resistant roofing system to be installed at Fla. library
    A "Hydro-Stop roof coating system" will be installed at the public library in Frostproof, Fla., after the City Council approved the $39,500 bid for the project. The system consists of coatings of "polyester fabric and polymer sealer," which would protect the building from water, heat and strong winds, according to this article. The first application of the system will carry a warranty of 10 years. News Chief (Winter Haven, Fla.) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Curved, cool roof to add comfort, character to Fla. chapel
    A curved, reflective roof is slated to reduce heat and add character to the 7,000-square-foot Interfaith Chapel on the campus of the University of North Florida, according to this article. Shaped like a "flowing wedding gown," the roof allows natural light and gentle breezes to flow inside the building. It is made of a wooden lamella truss system, and some parts descend to the ground to provide adequate support. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Net-zero Phipps Conservatory in Pa. aims for record 3 certifications
    The net-zero Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh aims not only to become the greenest building in the world but also to attain certification from three of the world's green rating systems -- the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum and the Sustainable Sites Initiative. The building incorporates a reclaimed wood barn, a "green" wall that improves air quality inside an atrium, geothermal wells for heating and cooling, waterless urinals and a "bird-friendly wind turbine." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Gardening with Doug blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • 4 tips to build a stronger team
    A quick verbal or e-mail salutation every morning with team members is a simple but powerful way to foster engagement, writes CEO Deborah Sweeney. She also recommends sending out online articles with tips that team members might appreciate, remembering to send thank-you notes and checking in often with newer partners to gauge satisfaction. (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to perk up your company culture
    Keep your employees motivated by setting aside time for innovation and by giving them an opportunity to voice their concerns, writes Kevin Daum. "Structured complaint sessions will act like a pressure-release valve," he writes. You could also spruce up the office with some art, encourage your employees to make videos about your company or give out chocolate. Inc. online (free registration)/Roaring or Boring blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The Alliance announces 2013 MVP Award winners
    The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress, a separate but related educational and research organization of NRCA, announced the winners of its 13th annual Most Valuable Player awards during NRCA's 126th Annual Convention Feb. 3 to 7 in San Antonio. The Best of the Best Award winner, who is honored for extraordinary contributions to the roofing industry, also was announced. Learn more, and see a list of winners. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA offers roofing manual on CD
    NRCA has made available The NRCA Roofing Manual CD -- 2013, which complements the print version of The NRCA Roofing Manual. The CD contains all four NRCA roofing manuals, including numerous viewable construction details. You can search the text of the manuals by keyword or phrase; print any portion of the text or graphics; and import the text into a word processing program. The member price for the CD is $350, and the retail price is $475. Purchase it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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