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January 25, 2013
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  • Since Nov. 1, 1,200 new contractors have been registered in N.J.
      
    Source: Asbury Park Press
    New Jersey says it has issued licenses to more than 1,200 home-improvement contractors since Nov. 1 last year. This could be attributed to the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, which damaged about 10% of the houses in the state, according to estimates by Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The uptick in licenses raises concern that out-of-town contractors are crowding out local companies on repair jobs. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  News & Trends 
  • New concrete roof tile can endure strong hailstorms
    A new concrete roof tile can endure strong hailstorms, according to manufacturer Boral USA. The FM 4473 Class 4 Hail Resistant Roof Tile withstood a two-inch ice ball hurled at 70 miles per hour during a demonstration at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. The material costs about $100 per square. For most buildings, a structural inspection is strongly recommended to determine whether the structure can bear the load of a concrete tile roof. ConsumerReports.org (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Membrane roof exposes Pa. arts center to outdoor noise
    A membrane roof on the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center in Camp Hill, Pa., doesn't keep out outdoor noises, which has caused disruption during performances. An acoustic consultant had recommended a concrete roof for the building, but that was rejected as too expensive. School board officials and building architect Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates are studying solutions, including installing a built-up roof or the addition of acoustical panels. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Part of roof needs replacement at elementary school in Pa.
    About 20,000 square feet of roof on the First District Elementary School in Meadville, Pa., needs replacement. In 2007, the school board decided to defer replacement because the school's existing roof still had eight years of usable life. Although the school has recently undergone renovation, roof work was not done. The Meadville (Pa.) Tribune (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • NREL and energy efficiency: A successful venture others emulate
    Although private-sector obstacles to net-zero energy buildings exist, lessons can be learned from what the Research Support Facility at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado is doing. RSF, constructed for the same price as a far less energy-efficient building, is a net-zero building that uses rooftop photovoltaics. This article details how the building's success has inspired cities, states and private companies to develop similar projects. CleanTechnica (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • How to ensure your employees maintain their motivation
    You can help to ensure that your employees stay energized by providing them with feedback and giving them the chance to expand their horizons, writes Michael A. Olguin of Formula PR. "[O]ne of the best ways to keep your team motivated is to continuously offer them opportunities to take on new responsibilities, challenges or projects." Also encourage your employees to take breaks so they can stay focused, he advises. Inc. online (free registration) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Times when technology isn't the answer
    Technology can be an important part of doing business, but it can't fix every issue you encounter, writes Chris Brahm of Bain & Company. There may be underlying problems with your organization if meetings frequently fail to produce results or if it takes a long time to make decisions, he writes. "If your company's critical decisions have stalled amid an endless cycle of data collection and debate, overly complex processes may be to blame." Forbes (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • $50.5B Sandy aid bill awaits Senate vote
    Contractors and officials from New York, New Jersey and other states damaged by superstorm Sandy are awaiting a Senate vote on the $50.5 billion recovery aid bill passed by the House this month. "I'm hopeful ... the Senate will act expeditiously to move this [bill] along," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Passage of the bill would create construction jobs and begin the rebuilding process. Engineering News-Record (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • NRCA’s new manual is available!
    The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems -- 2013 is available in the NRCA Bookstore. The manual provides comprehensive information about the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to asphalt shingle, clay and concrete tile, metal shingle, slate, and wood shake and wood shingle roof systems used in steep-slope applications. The member price for the manual typically is $125, and the retail price is $195. However, until March 31, new and current NRCA members who have paid their 2013 membership dues are eligible to receive the volume for $95! Learn more, or purchase. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Contractor Connection is recruiting contractors for Consumer Service Program
    Contractor Connection, the U.S.’ largest insurance managed repair network, is recruiting professional roofing contractors to help meet demand for services from its Consumer Services Program. The program connects highly credentialed contractors with policyholders of insurance company clients, as well as other membership type affinity groups, when they need roof system replacement or repair services. NRCA members who choose to participate will receive a significant fee discount. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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