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December 27, 2012
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  • U.S. home prices jump 4.3% year-on-year
    As of October, U.S. home prices in 20 major cities were up 4.3% from a year before, according to a private index, for the sharpest gain since mid-2010. The S&P/Case-Shiller reading confirms that the key housing market "is definitely starting to recover" and has added "about a trillion dollars to household wealth just since the beginning of this year," said Ryan Wang, an economist with HSBC Securities USA. Bloomberg (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Strong wind removes part of Texas funeral home's roof
      
    Source: KBTX-TV
    Strong winds have torn off about 25% of the roof of a funeral home in Madisonville, Texas. "It was just remarkable how it could rip it away from the building and blow it across the road over there," said Billy Walters, owner of the facility. The damage on the roof has been addressed with a blue tarp and some help, but the structure will soon receive repairs, Walters said. KBTX-TV (Bryan-College Station, Texas) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Energy & the Environment 
  • Calif. "net-zero" building to be America's biggest, developer says
    The 13-floor La Jolla Commons II office tower in San Diego will be the biggest "net-zero" energy building in the U.S. when it's completed in 2014, according to real estate firm Hines, which is developing the project along with J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Bloom Energy cells will be used and will convert methane from wastewater plants and landfills into electricity. "Our next step is to adapt what we have learned and apply it" in a less temperate environment, said Gary Holtzer, Hines' global sustainability officer. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More Affordable Care Act changes start next week
    Individuals earning more than $200,000 in wages and married couples earning more than $250,000 will pay an additional payroll tax of 0.9% starting Tuesday, as more provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in. Other changes that take effect with the new year include a decrease in the Medicare Part D drug-coverage gap, a 2.3% medical-device tax and a $2,500 limit on flexible spending accounts. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Facebook members can obtain timely NRCA information and show support for NRCA by visiting NRCA’s Facebook page and clicking "Like." On NRCA’s Facebook page, you can receive NRCA updates, take advantage of NRCA’s exclusive promotions and network with other roofing professionals. NRCA members also can receive roofing industry information by following NRCA on Twitter; connecting with NRCA on LinkedIn; or watching videos on NRCA’s YouTube channel. View NRCA’s Facebook page. Follow NRCA on Twitter. Connect with NRCA on LinkedIn. Check out NRCA’s YouTube channel. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA offers asphalt shingle guidelines
    NRCA Guidelines for Asphalt Shingle Roof Systems offers NRCA’s best practice guidelines for the design, materials and application of asphalt shingle roof systems. Based on The NRCA Roofing Manual, the publication contains information about roof decks, underlayments, asphalt shingles, construction details and attic ventilation; it includes 45 illustrations and 23 construction details. The member price for the guidelines is $75, and the retail price is $145. Learn more, or purchase it. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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