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November 29, 2012
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  • Home-sales data are unexpectedly negative
    A shadow of doubt has been cast over signs of recovery in the housing market, after sales of new homes unexpectedly declined 0.3% in October and September's numbers were revised downward. Nonetheless, noting volatility in new-home sales, "we are not changing our view that a modest recovery in home sales, construction activity and prices is well under way," RDQ Economics' John Ryding and Conrad DeQuadros wrote in a research note. Bloomberg (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC's $5B Atlantic Yards: A paragon of modular construction?
    When Forest City Ratner and Skanska USA break ground on the first of 15 modular structures for the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards development next month, the event will mark a milestone in the history of modular construction in New York City. "With this project ... we are also building a new industry that has potential to become New York City’s newest export, a product and process that can transform how construction is done in this century," said William Flemming of Skanska USA Building. Over 60% of the project's modules will be assembled at the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Building 293. Daily News (New York) (11/28), Real Estate Weekly (New York) (11/28), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $13.5M to replace school roofs in Westfield, N.J.
    Replacement of school roofs in Westfield, N.J., calls for an investment of more than $13.5 million, which could be funded through a bond referendum or reallocation of funds. The project calls for replacing about 420,000 square feet of roofs, with work on the high school building costing about $4 million alone. Patch.com/Westfield, N.J. (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Repair option for Texas civic center roof is still unknown
    Officials in Waxahachie, Texas, are looking at options to repair the civic center roof. Roofing material is missing, a weather barrier is absent and other problems were noted with the current roof. Two options so far include just coating the roof to make it weather-tight, which would cost about $1.2 million, or installing a recovery roof of metal panels and insulation that costs between $1.6 million and $1.7 million. Waxahachie Daily Light (Texas) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China's rebounding growth leads to copper shortage
    China's recovery from seven quarters of declining growth is creating demand for copper that substantially exceeds supply and is driving up prices worldwide. On the London Metal Exchange, copper's price has risen 3.1% this year and could be 6% higher by the second quarter, according to estimates by analysts and traders. Bloomberg (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • "Universal town" in India becomes green-building "test bed"
    Auroville, a "universal town" designed by French architect Roger Anger, is an "experimental" city in India that holds 2,000 residents. "Green building techniques -- from the development of specifically curved housing, which offers strength, durability and heat reduction to the use of handmade bricks from locally sourced mud -- make the township a hotbed for green thinking and learning," writes Emily D'Alterio. DesignBuildSource.com.au (Australia) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 3 construction apps that address problems in blueprint, design
    Three iPad applications aim to address difficulties in altering blueprints or in sharing design ideas in the construction industry, according to this article. PlanGrid 2.2 stores the master plan in the cloud and lets users view, share and annotate blueprints that can be synced automatically. FormIt allows sharing of ideas in the early design process and supports a BIM workflow, while Océ Publisher from lets you print wide format documents through a Wi-Fi connection. Constructech (free registration) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How conflict can help your business
    Conflict among individuals is a natural part of doing business, but many people prefer to avoid arguments instead of attempting to deal with disagreements head on, Margaret Heffernan writes. "The big problem with conflict isn't the conflict itself but the fear and anger it invokes when left unresolved," writes Heffernan, who notes training can help people to deal with disputes. Inc. online/Serial CEO blog (free registration) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Obama proposes small-business tax breaks
    President Barack Obama asked Congress to appropriate $25 billion to cover the cost of tax breaks for small businesses that hire workers or give pay raises to current employees. Under the proposal, small businesses would get a refund of 10% of increased payroll costs. The Washington Post (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Last chance to "like" NRCA photo for a chance to win NRCA technical publications!
    Be sure to "like" NRCA’s technical photo on Facebook for a chance to win all the publications pictured. The publications in the photo include NRCA Guidelines for Asphalt Shingle Roof Systems; NRCA Guidelines for Architectural Metal Flashings; NRCA Guidelines for SPF Roof Systems; and The NRCA Construction Details Manual. The promotion ends Nov. 30, so "like" the photo on Facebook for your chance to win. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The NRCA Roofing Manual is available
      
    The NRCA Roofing Manual is a four-volume manual that includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems -- 2009; The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing, Condensation Control and Reroofing -- 2010; The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems -- 2011; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems -- 2012. It provides extensive information about the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to almost all types of roof systems. The member price for the manual is $425, and the retail price is $650. Purchase The NRCA Roofing Manual. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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