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June 22, 2012
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  • Sales data paint a mixed picture of U.S. housing market
    Sales of existing homes in the U.S. are enjoying a broad recovery but suffered a modest setback in May, according to the National Association of Realtors. Previously owned homes sold last month increased nearly 10% compared with May 2011 but decreased 1.5% between April and May, the trade group said. USA TODAY (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News & Trends 
  • Storm repairs on school roofs to bring work for Ill. contractors
    Repairs to the hail-damaged roofs at the grade school and high school buildings in Carrollton, Ill., can proceed now that the state has approved them. Damaged shingles will be replaced on both facilities and a rubber membrane roof will be removed from the grade school building. The project could benefit local contractors, according to school district architect Dave Leonatti. "Contractors in Springfield are hungry,” Leonatti said. The Jacksonville Journal-Courier (Ill.) (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • Strict standards reform green-building practices across the world
    A green-building standard known as the "Living Building Challenge" is gaining influence as it seeks to become the next benchmark for green projects. The ratings system use the performance of a building to give it the "living" status. "The ones that are [certified] are game changers because they become more than a building. They create a whole community of changed people around them," said Living Building Challenge founder Jason F. McLennan. CNN (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • 3 tips for effective Facebook advertising
    When running a Facebook advertising campaign, it's a good idea to start by trying to reach your current customers, Amy Porterfield writes: "Facebook charges less per click for such ads, and you have the added benefit of increasing engagement with your fans and getting them talking again." You can increase engagement with your fans by making an ad out of one of your status updates, she explains. Entrepreneur online (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 things forward-looking AEC pros are considering
    Forward-looking architects, engineers and construction professionals see population growing, resources shrinking and disasters happening -- and are finding ways to incorporate sustainability into their design and building plans. Some focus on "20-minute living" and smart meters. Some focus on collaboration or research and development in emerging countries. The Guardian (London) (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Regulatory 
  • Senate approves measure to get sequester details
    In an amendment to a farm subsidies bill, the U.S. Senate has asked the Pentagon and the Office of Management and Budget to explain precisely how sequestration cuts would be handled. The amendment was a compromise between Democrats and Republicans and will require data on defense cuts and domestic cuts. The Washington Post (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • NRCA safety publication is available!
     NRCA Pocket Guide Safety
    NRCA has released NRCA Pocket Guide to Safety, which is a 125-page, pocket-sized, spiral-bound guide intended for use by laborers, mechanics, foremen and others on job sites. The guide addresses fall protection, first aid and emergency treatment, weather, personal protective equipment, and Occupational Health and Safety Administration standards. A Spanish-language version also is available. The member price for NRCA Pocket Guide to Safety is $9, and the retail price is $18. Learn more, and purchase it. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Revere Copper Products purchases Follansbee Steel assets
    Revere Copper Products Inc., Rome, N.Y., has signed an agreement with an entity of the Louis Berkman Co., Steubenville, Ohio, to purchase the assets of Follansbee Steel, Follansbee, W.Va. Closing on the agreement is scheduled for June 29. Revere Copper Products will move, install and operate the equipment in Rome. The relocation is expected to take six months with an anticipated operational date of December 2012. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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