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January 18, 2013
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  • U.S. housing starts reach highest level since 2008
    Housing starts in the U.S. increased 12.1% last month compared with November, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 954,000, the Commerce Department says. In 2012, construction began on about 780,000 units, a 28.1% increase from 2011. RTT News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Green roof helps Iowa college gym earn highest LEED certification
    A green roof is among the many features that helped the athletic complex at Iowa State University meet the LEED Platinum standard, this piece reports. The 163,000-square-foot gym also sports a rainwater capture system, and uses sensors to maximize the amount of natural light. It is one of only four athletic buildings in the country to achieve LEED Platinum, and one of only two in higher education. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • How small businesses are leveraging cloud-based technology
    Cloud computing can provide a wide range of advantages for small-business owners, writes Ramon Ray. Among other things, cloud-based solutions can be used for storage and for sharing important documents. "I use the Cloud to store all of my business files via Dropbox," said Othniel Denis of Excellent Ones Consulting. "I can do work on my smartphone and even email links to clients for quick and easy download." Cloud-based storage can be especially useful when natural disasters cause business interruptions, Ray notes. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What type of insurance does your business need?
    It might be a good idea to protect your business with property insurance, business interruption insurance or other types of coverage, Chris Griffiths writes. You should get new quotes on a regular basis and re-evaluate your coverage needs, he recommends. "Fine-tuning your insurance coverage may not affect the number of [widgets] your company sells, but it is a very important responsibility for both risk management and cost control," he writes. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Debt-limit increase may be near, GOP officials suggest
    Senior House Republicans say they may back a small, interim increase of the U.S. debt limit, a move that would let them deflect the political consequences of the government defaulting on its debt in February or March. "We're discussing the possible virtue of a short-term debt limit extension, so that we have a better chance of getting the Senate and White House involved in discussions in March," said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee. Reuters (1/17), MarketWatch/Political Watch blog (1/17), MSNBC (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • NRCA University will offer CERTA class in San Antonio
    NRCA University will offer CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization Feb. 4 during NRCA’s 126th Annual Convention in San Antonio. With CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization, participants can earn continuing education units by learning about new industry best practices for torch-applied polymer-modified bitumen roof systems and gaining the teaching skills needed to train others regarding torch safety. Learn more about the CERTA Train-the-trainer Authorization class, or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA partners with Rebuilding Together for charity event
    On Feb. 1, Washington, D.C.-based Rebuilding Together, NRCA’s national charity partner, will hold its 18th annual Kickoff to Rebuild two days before the National Football League’s Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. Celebrities, NFL players and officials, sponsors and community members will volunteer to help complete renovations in the McClendonville neighborhood on the West Bank of New Orleans. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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