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March 4, 2013
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  • Price of roofing shingles climbs
    Source: WSB-TV
    The price of roofing shingles has climbed in Atlanta as manufacturers increase supply in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy, causing a shortage in the South. Owens Corning increased prices March 1 and will do so again on April 15. GAM and Atlas are also increasing prices by double digits. "When it starts getting short in shingles, prices go up, and they're talking about a price increase in March and a price increase in April," said Mike Langston, CEO of BSA Building Supplies. WSB-TV (Atlanta) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  News & Trends 
  • Construction spending declined 2.1% in January
    A 2.1% drop in construction spending was recorded in January, reaching an annual rate of $883.3 billion, according to the Commerce Department. The decrease, in public and private construction, was the largest since July 2011 and indicates weak economic growth this quarter. Reuters (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New roof of Mo. library to feature a TPO layer
    A new roof that will replace the leaky one at the Springfield-Greene County Library Center in Missouri will have a top layer of thermoplastic polyolefin material. The roof replacement will displace a bus stop nearby to make way for equipment that will remove about 325 tons of gravel from the building's existing roof. The TPO layer will reflect the sun's rays and help the library save on energy. Springfield News-Leader (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. company will install new roof for someone in need
    Ridgecon Construction in Shelby Township in Michigan will install a new roof for someone in need under its "No Roof Left Behind" program. The company is asking the public to nominate someone they feel needs a new roof and nominate them at Ridgecon's website. Voting on the nominations will occur in August and September. "There's no more basic need than a roof. Nothing is secure when your roof is failing," said Dena Elie, sales and marketing coordinator for the company. The Macomb Daily (Mount Clemens, Mich.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • NYC plan looks to energy upgrades to meet 2050 emissions goal
    The "90 by 50" plan of the Urban Green Council in New York City seeks to reduce the city's carbon emissions by 90% by 2050 through energy retrofits on existing buildings, according to this article. These upgrades would include the use of better insulation, triple-paned windows, heat pumps and other techniques that minimize heat loss and save on energy use for residential and commercial buildings. The plan also calls for increased waste reduction and improved wastewater treatment. (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Green roofs offer beauty, energy efficiency for Seattle buildings
    Green roofs are increasingly being installed on some commercial and institutional buildings in Seattle because they offer aesthetic and economic benefits, writes Wayne Apostolik from Northwest Homecrafters. Materials such as granulated clay are starting to replace soil on the roofs to reduce compaction. Green roofs can be costly, and may require structural assessment to determine loads when installed on residential properties, Apostolik notes. The Seattle Times (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Office 
  • Don't grow too fast, and other business mistakes to avoid
    It's tempting to expand your business as quickly as possible, but careless growth can cause problems, writes Jan Fletcher. "Invite a seasoned entrepreneur to give you feedback (and perhaps a reality check) on your expansion plans," she recommends. Among other common pitfalls for business owners are insulting competitors and bragging too much. Intuit Small Business Blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Senate group seeks to move ahead on immigration reform measure
    The bipartisan Senate group tasked to create a comprehensive bill on immigration will soon release a timeline for its legislation, in response to subtle pressure from other senators who want to see a bill unveiled before the month ends. "I think the problem for immigration reform will be about future flow, access to future labor," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the group. "The reason you have 11 million illegal workers is that lot of employers can't find labor, so [we've] got to address that." The Hill (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • OSHA announces interim final rule regarding whistleblower protections
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published an interim final rule in the Federal Register that governs whistleblower complaints filed under Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act contains various provisions to make health insurance more affordable and accountable to consumers. Among the policies to achieve its goals, the Affordable Care Act's Section 1558 protects employees against retaliation by an employer for reporting alleged violations of Title I of the act or for receiving a tax credit or cost-sharing reduction as a result of participating in a Health Insurance Exchange or Marketplace. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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