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April 30, 2012
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  • Tenn. roofing company still has repair work from hailstorm last year
    Source: WBIR-TV
    A roofing company in Knoxville, Tenn., is still repairing roofs that were damaged by a hailstorm that swept through the area last year. One reason Zurix Roofing and Repairs is "so busy is a lot of customers specifically wanted us to do the repairs and were willing to wait for someone they could trust," said Lee Smith, the company's president. "We expect to be busy for another six months from last April's storm." WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (4/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can an inspector evaluate a roof without getting on it?
    Some cities and towns in Minnesota prohibit municipal inspectors from climbing on roofs when they inspect them, writes home inspector Reuben Saltzman. Others say they may get on the roof as long as the home owner provides a ladder and leans it against the building. However, inspectors for Saint Louis Park climb on roofs with a pitch of 6:12 or less, while Blaine allows property owners to submit digital photos of roof underlayment as replacement for initial inspection. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (4/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Installation of skylights requires careful study
    Installation of skylights should be done carefully to avoid leaks, according to this piece. Ventilation and a removable screen should be included on fixed-glazed and on operator types of skylights. Larger units tend to reduce the likelihood of leaks and debris buildup rather than several smaller ones because they have fewer feet of flashed seams, writes Mike McClintock. Chicago Tribune (4/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotel construction shows signs of life in Haiti city
    Hotel construction projects are rising in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as developers seek to provide accommodations for contractors and businessmen who could bring investment into the country. The construction of hotels is also aimed at providing jobs for the city's unemployed. However, political issues need to be resolved if the plan is to succeed, according to economist Claude Beauboeuf. Google/The Associated Press (4/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Green roofs seen as part of solution for stormwater in NYC
    Installation of green roofs is part of a $4.6 million program that will help manage stormwater runoff in New York City through green infrastructure. The initiative calls for installation of green infrastructure at non-commercial facilities. Green roofs will be included in the overhaul of a housing project in the Bronx, and at the Local 1 Plumbers Union building. CleanTechnica (4/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Army bases' net-zero goal: Behavior change aided by technology
    Fort Bliss in Texas and Fort Carson in Colorado have been told they need to be net zero in energy, waste and water. But doing so involves spending money on alternative energy sources, low-flow fixtures and landscaping. It also means training those who live and work there to practice different behaviors, such as recycling instead of tossing; watering in off hours to keep evaporation at a minimum; and paying attention to new electricity meters. (Austin) (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How green power can give your business a boost
    Using green power to run your business might give you a leg up on the competition, said Scott Nash, who runs an organic grocery-store business. "That is how they can differentiate themselves from the big guys," he said. Businesses can request that their energy companies provide them with power from sustainable sources. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The secret to good leadership: Pay attention to your team
    Leadership isn't about being brilliant and knowing all of the answers, executive coach James Scouller says. Good leaders have a "sense of destination" and a vision that helps team members move ahead together. They also remember that each person has a different mindset and knowledge level. (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government & Regulatory 
  • Industry groups urge Congress to revive expired tax breaks
    The Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation and the International Franchise Association are among industry groups calling on Congress to revive a series of expired tax breaks. One was a tax credit granted to retailers that hired welfare recipients. More than 100 such provisions expired Dec. 31, and the groups want them renewed retroactively. The Hill/On The Money blog (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Federal court blocks NLRB regulation
    On April 17, a federal court in Washington, D.C., issued an injunction blocking the National Labor Relations Board from enforcing a regulation requiring employers to post a notice of employee rights in the workplace. The regulation was scheduled to take effect April 30 but now is on hold indefinitely pending further litigation regarding this matter. This is a significant interim victory for NRCA as a member of the coalition that filed the lawsuit that resulted in the injunction. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA catalog is available online
    A digital version of the NRCA 2011-12 Catalog is available on NRCA’s website. The catalog offers information about various NRCA products, NRCA On-Demand, NRCA University, customer service and membership, among other topics. View the catalog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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