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January 9, 2013
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  • Metal roofs can complicate firefighters' jobs, fire officials say
    Metal roofs installed atop asphalt layers can make firefighting more difficult, according to Chautauqua County, N.Y., fire officials. The additional, tougher material makes it harder for firefighters to cut through a roof, said Julius Leone, the county's fire coordinator. "Tin roofs hold in the heat. A normal shingle roof would burn through a lot quicker. When crews go inside with a tin roof, it's a lot hotter. We have saws to cut through it, but it is harder," said Stephen Pacanowski, fire chief of Westfield, N.Y. The Observer (Dunkirk, N.Y.) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Winter weather boosts demand for roofing services in Canada
    The cycle of freezing and thawing, along with heavy snow, is putting a a strain on roofs in the Ottawa area, where roofing businesses say they are seeing increased demand for snow removal from rooftops. Crews are busy removing snow from roofs to prevent formation of ice dams that can cause leaks, said Don Mann, owner of Sanderson Roofing. Waterproof membranes on newer homes can prevent leaks, but ice dams are more common on older homes that lack such insulation, Mann said. Ottawa Citizen (Ontario) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • New material helps strengthen older buildings against quakes
    A "glass fiber plastic fabric material" developed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany could reinforce old buildings to make them resistant to earthquake damage. The material can be applied to external stone or brick walls and is expected to provide a cost-efficient and effective method to retrofit older buildings, said Moritz Urban, the product's co-developer. "Thanks to the reinforcement, collapsing of walls due to earthquakes can be delayed and, in the ideal case, be avoided completely," Urban added. Mashable/Geekosystem (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Regulatory 
  • How small companies are misunderstanding the employer mandate
    Some business advocates are wary of the potential impact of the employer mandate provision in the federal health care law, but the truth is that much of the cost of insurance might come out of workers' wages, write Jonathan Kolstad, Mark Pauly and Robert Town of the University of Pennsylvania. Some employers have discussed using part-time employees to avoid the mandate, but this might not be the best course of action. "[B]etter to either pay for the insurance (and cut wages) or pay the penalty (and keep wages up), unless you are very close to the 50-worker threshold to begin with," they write. Forbes (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • Last chance to register for ROOFPAC convention events!
    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 on Feb. 3 at the Marriott Rivercenter hotel in San Antonio from 5:30 to 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
  • IRE seeks volunteers for Community Service Day
    The 2013 International Roofing Expo (IRE) is seeking volunteers for Community Service Day, a home renovation and revitalization project being held Feb. 4 in San Antonio. The IRE partnered with NRCA's Disaster Relief Committee and Rebuilding Together San Antonio to host the event, which will involve renovating homes of families that include elderly individuals and disabled individuals or those who are financially unable to support the renovation. Skilled volunteers are needed from various construction disciplines to help with the renovations, which include painting, siding and replacing windows. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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