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March 1, 2013
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  • Design, usage vary for football arenas' retractable roofs
    The design and usage of retractable roofs at professional football stadiums vary as teams consider weather conditions and spectators' comfort. Such roofs are more likely to be closed on game day at the four football stadiums that have them, raising the question about their cost, data show. The Atlanta Falcons' new stadium is expected to cost $1 billion and feature a retractable roof, which the team intends to open frequently, said team CEO and President Rich McKay. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News & Trends 
  • Pa. school to get new buildup and single-ply roof
    A buildup and a single-ply roof will be installed to address leaks at the Blue Mountain Elementary West school in Friedensburg, Pa. The new roof will have several fiberglass layers, while the single-ply roof will consist of a tripolymer alloy, according to this article. The local school board has voted to allocate about $767,000 for the project, which includes masonry repairs. The Republican-Herald (Pottsville, Pa.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Pair of towers covered in trees and plants are rising in Milan
    Bosco Verticale, a pair of towers in Milan, Italy, is being covered with trees, groundcover plants and shrubs for "absorbing the dust in the air and of creating an adequate micro-climate in order to filter out the sunlight," says Stefano Boeri, one of the principal designers. The structures are "a kind of biological architecture, which refuses to adopt a strictly technological and mechanical approach to environmental sustainability," Boeri says. The Guardian (London)/Gardening blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • 3 ways to boost employee retention without giving out raises
    Even if you can't offer your employees higher salaries, you can encourage them to stay by giving them the flexibility needed to excel, communicating your business' purpose and giving them some control over their work, according to Daniel Pink. In fact, for some employees, those actions provide more workplace satisfaction than money, Pink says. Business Insider (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why you should wait on that next hire
    Startups tend to struggle to find enough well-qualified workers, but it's vital to swiftly sack underperformers and to take your time in choosing their replacements, writes Likeable Media CEO Carrie Kerpen. "[W]hile I understand the resistance for startups to 'hire slow, fire fast,' I urge you to think twice before bringing in the mailman to code your next IPhone app," she writes. Fast Company online (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • ACA's employer mandate is targeted in GOP bills
    Republicans in the House and Senate have introduced bills that seek to void the provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide health insurance to workers. "The employer mandate is a drag on our economy, forcing too many of our nation's job creators to stop hiring," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said in a statement. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • NRCA offers insurance guide
    Insurance Guide for Professional Roofing Contractors, Third Edition, helps roofing contractors evaluate their insurance needs, establish programs and monitor programs' effectiveness. The guide provides information about insurance coverage types and serves as a valuable reference tool to fully prepare roofing contractors for conversations with their insurance agents or brokers. The member price for the insurance guide is $125, and the retail price is $250. Buy the guide. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • OSHA offers free e-newsletter
    Stay current with Occupational Safety and Health Administration news by subscribing to QuickTakes, the agency's free e-newsletter regarding workplace safety and health. QuickTakes is sent out twice per month. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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