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November 5, 2012
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  • Demand for roof measuring technology soars in Sandy's wake
    The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has brought a slew of business to EagleView Technologies, a Seattle company that provides software to assess the pitch and size of the roof from aerial photographs. The company's orders for the week grew almost tenfold as insurance companies start to assess claims, according to EagleView CEO Chris Barrow. The next surge in demand could come from contractors and claims adjusters, Barrow added. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 1 World Trade Center: All you ever wanted to know
    Engineers Ahmad Rahimian and Yoram Eilon take a detailed look of the design, components and specifications of One World Trade Center in New York City. Construction is in full swing, with high-performance concrete playing a major role. The building's primary roof -- and thus the majority of the building -- will be finished in the first half of next year. STRUCTURE magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • New roofing material: Plastic soda bottles
    Plastic soda bottles could be the next thing in disaster reconstruction. SodaBIB, a project developed by a team at New York Institute of Technology, uses flattened bottles and a redesigned shipping pallet to create temporary roof repairs. The pallet contains a fastener that allows the bottles to be interconnected and then used as a roof covering. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Rooftop gardens can be lighter with soil made from Styrofoam
    A growing medium made from Styrofoam could lead to lighter rooftop gardens, according to this piece. "Gaia soil," developed by biologist and plant scientist Paul Mankiewicz, consists of Styrofoam and pectin that is able to hold water. "[I]f you coat a cubic foot of Styrofoam, which weighs 10 pounds, with pectin, it will hold 20 pounds of water. And that’s the trick," Mankiewicz said. The "soil" has been used on several rooftop gardens at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, according to Artie Rollins, assistant commissioner of citywide services. Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What successful small-business owners do differently
    Small businesses are ahead of bigger competitors in the customer service arena, largely because they "can offer a more personalized experience and more immediate action," according to the American Express Global Customer Service Barometer. But small-business owners have to invest time and planning in order to make that small-scale advantage become a reality, writes customer support expert Denise Parker. To maximize customer value and win word-of-mouth recommendations, Parker recommends turning five activities -- including pre-scheduling service time and recording data -- into regular habits. B2C Marketing Insider (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • RISE announces Certified Solar Roofing Professionals
    Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE) Inc. has announced its newest Certified Solar Roofing Professionals (CSRPs). The CSRP designation is a voluntary certification for professionals who plan and oversee the installation of roof-mounted photovoltaic systems. The credential evaluates whether candidates have the underlying knowledge required to successfully install roof-mounted PV systems. The next CSRP exam will be held Feb. 7, 2013; the application deadline is Jan. 7, 2013. Learn more, and get a list of new CSRPs. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get 60% off NRCA’s 2009 roofing manual!
    NRCA is offering a 60% discount on The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems -- 2009. The third volume of The NRCA Roofing Manual offers comprehensive information about the design, materials and installation techniques applicable to asphalt shingle, clay and concrete tile, metal shingle and synthetic component, slate, and wood shake and wood shingle roof systems used in steep-slope applications. With the discount, the member price for the manual is $50, and the retail price is $78. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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