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January 7, 2013
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  • Domed roof of N.Y. college stadium to help collect rainwater
    A 10-foot-wide gutter rings the fabric roof of the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University in New York. It has three dozen drains that funnel about 13% of the stormwater runoff into four giant tanks suspended from the stadium's upper bleachers. The harvested water will be used to flush toilets in the stadium's restrooms. The school is also looking into using additional runoff for irrigation. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Construction industry will grow modestly, economists say
    Several key markers of growth in the construction industry, including the 30,000 jobs added in December, could be attributed to an improving economy, but economists are cautious about calling it a rebound. Ken Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, and several other economists said they expect modest growth for the industry in 2013. The Washington Post (1/4), CoStar Group (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roofing contractors remain busy with storm repairs in Ky.
    Roofing contractors in Louisville, Ky., are still working to finish repairs on 80,000 to 90,000 homes damaged by two hailstorms that hit last spring. "No one is exactly sure how long it will last, but all the contractors feel we will have pretty good backlogs going into March and April," said Todd Skaggs, regional sales and marketing director for Shelter Distribution, a wholesale supplier of roofing materials. American City Business Journals/Louisville, Ky. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. roofing contractor warns of ice dam effects
    The buildup of snow and ice on the roof could damage the house if not removed, says Stanley Tibbles, owner of Ken Tibbles Roofing in Watertown, N.Y. "Try to keep it off the house as far as you can reach to the eave area," Tibbles said. "But don't wait until it builds up or gets really heavy." Roof rakes can help remove the snow from the roof and save the house from damage, he advised. YNN Rochester (N.Y.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Energy upgrades at Boston housing complex win LEED Platinum
    Castle Square Apartments in Boston is a four-tower complex that has been awarded LEED Platinum certification after 192 residential units underwent a "Deep Energy Retrofit" that is expected to reduce energy use by hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. The retrofit, which cost more than $8 million, included a five-inch super-insulated shell, an insulated reflective roof, high-efficiency windows and air sealing. (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Office 
  • Get personal to engage your team
    John Bossong writes that when his 17-year-old daughter picked up her first paycheck, she found that her boss had added a brief handwritten note welcoming her and encouraging her to give her all. That simple act showed the boss' commitment to achieving a "higher purpose" and keeping workers motivated and engaged, Bossong writes. "If you want a team that is unified and aligned, make leadership personal," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • It's time for leaders to get real
    Leadership should be about facing up to uncomfortable realities, not about burying your head in the sand, writes George Ambler. Only reality-based leadership can inspire employees or bring long-term strategic success. "Convincing ourselves that things are better or different from reality is never a good idea," he writes. George Ambler blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Small-business owners face taxes, health care law
    Some small-business owners will have to deal with higher taxes this year, and the implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law is set to continue. Company owners who exceed the 50-employee threshold in the law will have to decide whether to provide insurance or pay a penalty beginning in 2014. "It's when you are running something with 40 employees that is where you have to be careful, because there are significant costs for crossing the threshold," said Edmund F. Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation. Fox Business Small Business Center (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NRLRC offers construction contracts guide
    The National Roofing Legal Resource Center (NRLRC) has released A Roofing Contractors Guide to Construction Contracts, which addresses how to identify and understand critical contract clauses, providing a roofing contractor with more effective ways to manage risk and reduce claims. The guide also discusses the rules of contract interpretation, payment terms and scheduling costs, as well as dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration versus litigation if roofing contractors become involved in contract disputes. The NRCA member price for the guide is $125, and the retail price is $250; the publication is free for NRLRC members. Purchase it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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