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December 28, 2012
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  News & Trends 
  • 2 roof projects in Pa. township to be funded by casino grant
    Repairs on the roofs of the municipal and public works buildings in Bristol Township, Pa., will be funded by about $100,000 from a casino impact grant. The roof of the municipal building has broken seals and leaky areas, while the roof on the public works building has holes and required emergency repairs from damage left by superstorm Sandy. The repairs on the municipal building will cost $50,000, while the work on the public works building will cost $48,000. Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, Pa.) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • 2012's top "mindblowing" buildings
    Sustainable buildings and designs created significant buzz this year, and 14 buildings are among the "most mindblowing structures" of 2012, writes Morgan Clendaniel. Among them are the CO2ngress Gateway Towers project in Chicago "that scrubs the air clean;" prefabricated housing in California; and the first-ever net-zero stadium project in Brazil. Each highlights the growing adoption of sustainable construction to save on energy and resources. FastCoExist (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 insulation materials could be used for commercial retrofits
    Three innovative insulation materials could soon be used for commercial building retrofits in the U.S. as costs of these products fall and local building codes allow their use, says Aditya Ranade, senior analyst with Lux Research and head of the firm's Sustainable Building Services. Vacuum insulation panels offer thermal efficiency while maximizing floor space; aerogels offer flexibility for interior and exterior use; and phase-change materials benefit buildings in areas with warm days and cold nights. Commercial Property Executive (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • How employee freedom can help your business
    Granting your workers some degree of independence may be good for your business, according to researchers at Cornell University. You can get started by allowing your employees to make choices and by abandoning the idea of the 40-hour work week, writes Jan Fletcher. It's also important to make sure that your employees aren't bullying one another. "Nothing can diminish a sense of autonomy quicker than an overbearing boss or a tyrannical co-worker," she writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Jackson to leave EPA; Perciasepe, McGinty on list of successors
    Lisa Jackson has announced her intention to resign as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe heads the list of her potential successors. Other choices include EPA's top air pollution regulator Gina McCarthy, California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols and Kathleen McGinty, who previously headed the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Bill Clinton. The confirmation process could reportedly turn to a "hellish" battle in the Senate over hot-button issues such as air and water regulations. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/27), National Journal (12/27), InsideEPA.com (subscription required) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mexico asks U.S. court to bar enforcement of part of Ariz. law
    Mexico has requested the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold an injunction on a portion of the Arizona immigration law that prohibits the harboring of undocumented immigrants. That part of the law was not discussed when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on the constitutionality of the Alabama law. Mexico said the mandate could threaten its diplomatic ties with the U.S. and marginalize people that appear Hispanic. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)/The Associated Press (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • ROOFPAC will host Super Bowl party and golf tournament
    ROOFPAC, NRCA’s political action committee, will host several events during NRCA’s 126th Annual Convention and the 2013 International Roofing Expo (IRE). It will host a Super Bowl Bash Feb. 3, at the Marriott Rivercenter hotel in San Antonio, Texas, from 5:30-10:30 p.m. The event includes a buffet dinner and drinks while watching the Super Bowl on big-screen TVs. In addition, ROOFPAC will host its golf tournament Feb. 4, at the TPC San Antonio. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and include lunch, a post-tournament reception and a chance to win prizes. Also, the ROOFPAC silent auction will be held Feb. 6 and 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the ROOFPAC booth, No. 1672. Learn more, and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA releases construction details CD
      
    NRCA has made available The NRCA Construction Details CD -- 2012. With 573 customizable details from The NRCA Roofing Manual, the CD can be used with AutoCAD software to customize plans to fit your specific project needs. It contains construction details included in 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. The member price for the CD is $295 and the retail price is $395. Learn more, or purchase it. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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