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November 21, 2012
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  • Housing gains continue, giving boost to overall economy
    Positive movement in multiple housing-related markers, including October home sales, indicates continued recovery in the housing market, reports say. Deutsche Bank economist Joseph LaVorgna says housing improvement will boost jobs, including in construction, as well as consumer spending. He predicts that the housing recovery could fuel U.S. economic growth by a percentage point in 2013. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News & Trends 
  • Lack of inspection could compromise roof safety in Fla. city
    The structural stability of roofs in Largo, Fla., could be in question after a resident noticed that a city building inspector assessed her new roof from the sidewalk. Inspectors are important for public safety because they check if the contractor’s work is up to code, said Mark Zehnal, director of technical services for the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report yet to come on 2011 Australian stadium roof collapse
    Results of an investigation of the damaged roof of the western grandstand at WIN Stadium in Australia have not yet been disclosed. The roof toppled due to strong winds in September 2011 and was replaced with a new one that has a different design. The report will not yet be released because it could undergo "legal proceedings," said Sport and Recreation Minister Graham Annesley. Illawarra Mercury (Australia) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Green roof installation expected to grow 70% in 5 years
    Green roofs create an eco-habitat, reduce stormwater runof by as much as 90% and enhance thermal resistance, among other benefits. Those are just some of the reasons cited for expected growth in the green-roof and green-wall market over the next five years. Lux Research expects the green-roof market to be $7.7 billion market by 2017, with the value of green walls jumping to about $680 million. Ecopreneurist (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USGBC unveils web-based tool on LEED-certified buildings
    A web-based tool to research buildings that have achieved LEED status was launched by the U.S. Green Building Council at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The "Green Building Information Gateway" will allow users to track the progress of green-building projects and the teams involved with them. "The tool provides maps, analytics and insights that reveal trends, patterns and processes in green building practice," according to this piece. Daily Commercial News (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • How to reduce your company's tax bill
    As the end of the year approaches, companies are looking for ways to keep their tax bills as low as possible. "Consider offering employees fringe benefits instead of standard raises to help reduce your tax burden," writes Bonnie Lee, owner of Taxpertise. Companies might be able to claim a tax credit worth up to $9,600 if they hire a veteran before the end of the year, she notes. Fox Business Small Business Center (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Develop your employees to build your business
    One key to the sustainable growth of your business is to help your employees develop, writes Geoffrey James. "[S]ee your company for what it really is: a community of individuals, each of whom has a boundless capacity to learn and grow," he recommends. Encourage your employees to expand their skills, and for yourself, focus on growing as a leader. Inc. online/Sales Source blog (free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • JOBS Act mired in questions
    Regulators have until Dec. 31 to finalize rules for the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, but several questions remain about the regulations for the crowdfunding effort for startups, experts say. Another problem is no deadline was set for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority that must approve rules for crowdfunding portals, and that could further slow implementation, experts say. The Washington Post/Capital Business (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • "Like" NRCA photo for a chance to win NRCA technical publications!
    "Like" NRCA’s technical photo on Facebook during the month of November 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. "Like" the photo on Facebook for your chance to win. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join NRCA now
    Join NRCA by Nov. 30 and receive $100 off your membership dues. With the limited-time offer, you also will receive up to $1,500 worth of NRCA publications and DVDs free, including The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems -- 2012. When you join NRCA, your company will be listed in NRCA’s online Membership Directory and online referral service, which generates thousands of leads each month; have access to customized worker training programs tailored to your company’s specific needs; gain priority access to NRCA’s technical experts for answers to questions about roof system performance, materials and application techniques; and receive a host of additional money-saving benefits. Learn more, and join NRCALinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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