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November 15, 2012
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  • N.Y. contractor to challenge fines over fall-protection measures
    The owner of Michael C. Graham & Son Construction in New York said he will protest fines of more than $61,000 imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is alleging violations by the company on fall-protection measures and other safety standards. The agency said after a job-site inspection that crews had inadequte scaffolding and inadequate training to prevent falls. Owner Michael Graham said he provided workers with the equipment needed and that he now trains employees on fall protection every morning. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Poll: Green building expected to expand in global market by 2015
    Green building is expected to have a larger global presence by 2015, according to a survey by McGraw-Hill Construction on members of the Green Building Council in 62 countries. More than half of the respondents expect green projects to comprise 60% of their work by 2015. The green-building demand is likely to grow because of its benefits for business, the study found. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • System can track the performance of green roofs
    The HOBO Green Roof Monitoring System can track the performance of vegetative roofs in controlling stormwater runoff, according to this article. The system from Massachusetts-based firm Onset also can monitor rainfall and other rooftop conditions, and it aims to meet irrigation-scheduling needs. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • What successful small-business owners do differently
    The most successful small-business owners tend to request feedback, are willing to take risks and use social media, according to a survey. "What I notice about these 'success factors' is that there's really no excuse for not doing them, because most of them don't cost you anything," Rieva Lesonsky of GrowBiz Media writes. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The best leaders know how to say "thank you"
    Good bosses say "thank you" to their workers often and with real sincerity, writes Art Petty. Expressing gratitude for a job well done is a quick way to motivate your team and show them that you're aware of their hard work, Petty explains. "Saying 'thank you' is one of the simplest forms of showing respect and one of the most powerful forms of letting your team members know that you are watching and that you genuinely care," he writes. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Affordable Care Act focus shifts to new regulations
    The Department of Health and Human Services has already submitted rules on essential health benefits, wellness programs, insurance regulations and quality initiatives to the Office of Management and Budget, but has yet to present regulations on the federal exchange. Now that the political future of the Affordable Care Act is assured, the focus will shift to an upcoming flood of regulations, according to this article. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/12) 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
  • 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 the manual. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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