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December 10, 2012
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  • Outdated roofs could be result of economy in Fla. county
    Only 4% of single-family home roofs built before 2002 in Lee County, Fla., have been modified since they were built, which could create an opportunity for the area's roofing contractors. The situation could be due to the sluggish economy, but roof replacements are starting to increase as the economy recovers and home insurers offer discounts for newer roofs. The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News & Trends 
  • 5 school roof projects in Okla. city cost over $1M
    Worn-out roofs atop five school buildings in Stillwater, Okla., are slated to be replaced after the school district chose two bidders to share the work. The bids project that the replacements could be completed within 80 to 120 days, said Assistant Superintendent Jim Ryan. The entire project will cost $1.03 million and awaits the approval of the Stillwater Board of Education on Tuesday. Stillwater NewsPress (Okla.) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • White roof coating is improved to offer insulation
    White coating that makes flat roofs reflect light and heat now has insulated microspheres to store heat in the winter, said David Mahmoodi, general manager of Tucson Rubberized Coatings in Arizona. White roofs tend to reduce heat and save on energy, but they may not be suitable in cold climates. Coatings that are effective in reducing heat contain at least one pound of titanium dioxide per gallon and have flexible resins, Mahmoodi added. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sustainable building goes far beyond energy efficiency
    Green building is fine, but sustainable building is better. That's the consensus of some who saw how poorly many buildings fared in recent natural disasters. "The new green is about protection from the dangers around us -- and ahead of us," writes Chris Sullivan. "The underlying message offers freedom from the blunders of big utilities, government agencies and corporate builders, whose time horizon only extends to their quarterly profit report." Take blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Office 
  • Give your employees the gift of leadership development
    The best bosses know when to step back and let their employees take the lead, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Leadership development shouldn't be reserved for people with a formal title, Miller explains. "When you provide your team members with an opportunity to exercise their leadership muscles, you're giving them a tremendous gift," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 9 ways small employers can keep their stars
    Promoting from within, providing stimulating work and linking performance to bottom-line success are ways that small companies can hang on to their best employees, Samuel Bacharach writes. "Employees won't stay because of the size of the paycheck. They'll stay because they feel they are recognized, engaged, challenged, and part of a team," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Home builders lobby Congress on mortgage tax deduction
    Home building associations and other groups are lobbying to protect the home mortgage tax deduction from being cut or reduced during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations between the president and Congress. The National Association of Home Builders argues that eliminating the mortgage deduction will hurt the housing industry and the overall economy. The Hill/On the Money blog (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • NRCA University offers business management residential webinars
    NRCA University has introduced a series of six new business management residential webinars designed to enhance your company’s success. The webinars will allow you to expand on your current business practices and learn new ideas your company can implement immediately. The member price for each webinar is $55, and the retail price is $75. You also can purchase the entire series of webinars at a discounted price if you register before Jan. 9. The member price for the webinar series is $265, and the retail price is $365. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don’t forget to apply for the next CSRP exam!
    Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE) Inc. is accepting applications for its next Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP) exam, which will be held Feb. 7; the application deadline is Jan. 7. The CSRP designation is a voluntary certification for professionals who plan and oversee installation of roof-mounted photovoltaic systems. The credential evaluates whether candidates have the underlying knowledge required to successfully install a roof-mounted PV system. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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