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February 25, 2013
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  • Roofs can serve a vital role in property values
    Roofs need attention and maintenance because they can help maintain the value of a house, said Terry Stone, owner of Affordable Quality Roofing in British Columbia, Canada. Curled shingles and unfurling underlayment can be a sign that the roof needs to be replaced. "Most people's houses are the most important, most expensive asset they own, and they don't get that a cheap roof can destroy it," Stone said. North Shore News (North Vancouver, British Columbia) (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  News & Trends 
  • Retractable roof included in overhaul of Australia stadium
    Installation of a retractable roof has been included in upgrades worth over $250 million at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia. The roof will be transparent, and its foundations have already been put into place. "A roof would ensure dry conditions and that would make for faster football," said Laurie Daley, coach of the New South Wales team in the State of Origin rugby league. The Daily Telegraph (Australia) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Repairs planned for faulty library roof in Ohio town
    The defective roof at the main part of the Lodi Public Library in Ohio's Medina County will soon receive repairs after its board of trustees hired an engineering and architectural firm to determine how best to repair it. Unstable timber beams at the roof led to the closure of the main part of the facility in 2011. A construction firm will be hired once the repair suggestions are ready, according to library spokeswoman Heather Coontz. The Medina County Gazette (Ohio) (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Chickens, guinea pigs keep green roofs trimmed
    Green roofs can make urban buildings more energy-efficient while absorbing rainwater and reducing noise, according to this article. This piece enumerates the benefits derived from green roofs but notes the need to assess the structural capacity of roofs before installation can begin. Maintenance of the greenery can be done by chickens and guinea pigs, according to some bloggers from Movoto Real Estate. Movoto Blog (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Office 
  • Could restructuring help businesses lower their tax burdens?
    Many small-business owners pay taxes on their business profits at personal tax rates, but some companies are considering restructuring as C-Corporations to avoid that. This year's top corporate tax rate is lower than the top personal rate, but there are still disadvantages to becoming a C-Corporation, according to tax lawyer Robert W. Wood. "There may be a slight short-term advantage in C-Corporations, but there are a number of negative long-term implications that would outweigh short-term benefit," he said. The Wall Street Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Assess conflict before attacking it
    Savvy leaders know it's critical to assess a conflict before attempting to resolve it, Dan McCarthy writes. Conflicts of emotions, needs and values each have to be handled differently, so first determine the type of conflict and then select the proper response, McCarthy writes. Great Leadership (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Bipartisan immigration talks prompt change in governors
    Some Republican governors that have pushed for immigration enforcement have altered their stance on the issue now that some in their party are softening their approach and leaning toward letting undocumented workers stay in the country. A bipartisan group of senators has started negotiations on a broad overhaul to immigration. "There's been a temporary cease-fire in the immigration wars at the state level," said Darrell West, from the Brookings Institution. Bloomberg (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • OSHA reminds employers to post injury and illness summaries
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers to post OSHA Form 300A, which lists a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2012. The form must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30. To help calculate incidence rates, information about the annual average number of employees and total hours worked during the calendar year also is required. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CNA offers tips for safe snow removal
    In the wake of the recent snowstorm in the Northeast, CNA, Chicago, has made available some tips to protect against the risks of excessive snow buildup. CNA's tips will help you identify the hazards and take action to keep the risks under control. Additionally, NRCA recently posted documents on its website that members can offer homeowners and building owners to help them select an NRCA professional following a natural disaster, including "Roof Repair After a Snowstorm." Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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