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February 6, 2013
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  • Home prices posted gains in December
    Home prices climbed 0.4% from November to December, according to data from CoreLogic. They rose 8.3% from the year-ago level, the largest gain in six years. "The upward trend in home prices in 2012 was broad-based, with 46 of 50 states registering gains for the year," said Anand Nallathambi, CoreLogic CEO and president. "All signals point to a continued improvement in the fundamentals underpinning the U.S. housing market recovery." Reuters (2/5), The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How Risk Aversion Motivates Executives
Using this particular incentive to motivate leaders promotes caution—and encourages underperformance, according to research from Kellogg School of Management Professor David Matsa. Read More
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  News & Trends 
  • Cantilever roof part of $6.5M upgrade at Wash. school's stadium
    A cantilever roof will be part of a $6.5 million overhaul of the stadium at Skyline High School in Washington state. The project aims to expand dry storage space, provide concrete bleachers and make the stadium usable for other events. The cantilever roof will provide more than 3,500 square feet of dry space and means there won't be a need for view-obstructing support poles. Issaquah Press (Wash.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Green roof to be installed on NYC convention center
    A green roof is expected to be installed at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City by North Carolina-based Xero Flor. The company works with local farmers for the greenery and uses a roofing system of multiple layers designed in Germany. The roof is expected to reduce stormwater runoff by about 6.8 million gallons annually, and reduce heating and cooling costs by 26%. WRALTechWire.com (Raleigh, N.C.) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • White roofs could curb effects of "urban heat islands"
    Heat absorbed by black pavement and buildings in urban areas creates "urban heat islands," and large ones can affect the pattern of local jet streams during winter, according to computer-generated climate modeling done by scientists at the University of California-San Diego. White roofs could help offset the effect of these islands because they lower the surface temperatures of buildings. However, the reflective roofs could also affect rainfall, according to researchers at Arizona State University. The International (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • Leadership tips from the Super Bowl coaches
    Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh aren't the "screaming field generals" once ubiquitous in football, Dov Seidman writes. Instead, the brothers represent the modern coach who listens to players rather than yells at them, and aims not for absolute and unquestioned authority but for softer and more collaborative forms of power. "[O]ur world has transformed. And football provides us a great metaphor for how our leadership needs to change with it," Seidman writes. Time.com (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Obama calls for short-term budget deal
    President Barack Obama is urging Congress to pass a package of stopgap tax increases and spending cuts to avert deep across-the-board reductions in military and domestic spending set to take effect March 1. He said the action would give lawmakers time to work out a comprehensive deficit-reduction plan that would put automatic sequestration of funds to rest permanently. Obama said there is no need to endanger "the jobs of thousands of Americans." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/5), Reuters (2/5), Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • First $5.4B in Sandy recovery aid going to 5 states
    The first $5.4 billion tranche in funding for states affected by damage from Superstorm Sandy is ready to be distributed. New York will get $3.5 billion, and $1.9 billion will be divided among New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Each state and New York City will need to send the Department of Housing and Urban Development plans about how they want to use the money. Courier-Post (Camden-Cherry Hill, N.J.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • Follow NRCA's convention and the IRE through daily updates
    Updates will be posted on NRCA’s website every day during NRCA's 126th Annual Convention and the 2013 International Roofing Expo in San Antonio. Follow the events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get 20% off in the NRCA Bookstore during the IRE!
    NRCA is offering 20% off all products in the NRCA Bookstore during the week of the International Roofing Expo in San Antonio. The discount will be offered from Feb. 3 to 10. Purchase products here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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