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|April 9, 2012|
Roofs strain from record snowfall in Alaska
Record snowfall -- 134.5 inches -- has caved in several roofs in Anchorage, Alaska, and many residents have taken to shoveling snow off their roofs to prevent similar damage. In Valdez, Alaska, residents have seen 437.6 inches of snow -- that's almost 36.5 feet, 10 feet more than what's average for the area. The Wall Street Journal (4/8) Reuters (4/8)
Lack of permits could slow completion of $3.7B project in N.J.
The lack of permits needed for construction of an indoor water and amusement park could slow the completion of the $3.7 billion American Dream Meadowlands project in New Jersey. The indoor water park would affect wetlands on the site and would not be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency unless developers provided a mitigation plan. This could mean that resuming construction in the spring will be delayed. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (4/8)
Roofing material at Tennessee high school carries fire risk
The roof of Monterey High School in Tennessee could burst into flames because it is made of a combustible material known as cane fiber, according to a recent fire marshal's inspection. The school's roof should be replaced if the Putnam County School Board decides to preserve the building, according to John Magura, school maintenance supervisor. Herald-Citizen (Cookeville, Tenn.) (4/6)
Economists are divided on significance of U.S. jobs report
A U.S. Labor Department report showing that employers added 120,000 workers last month has economists divided over where the labor market is headed. Deutsche Bank Securities and JPMorgan Chase analysts see the data as a temporary slump. Bank of America economists expect employment to decline in the second half of this year. Bloomberg (4/9) McClatchy Washington Bureau (4/6)
6 reuse, sustainable renovations across the globe
Helen Morgan writes about six projects across the globe that adapted industrial properties for new uses in a sustainable way. Among the projects are Southern Pacific Brewing Company's new San Francisco brewery in a former machine works; the conversion of an unused nuclear plant into an amusement park in Germany; and the conversion of a factory into a museum in Spain. Inhabitat (4/6)
Modular construction could boost efficiency of construction projects
Modular construction is being promoted in Connecticut as a speedier, effective, more cost efficient and sustainable way of building than traditional methods. Assembling building components offsite enables firms to supervise the work environment and the use of materials and equipment more easily, according to William Cianci, executive director of the Construction Institute at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (4/9)
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How to choose the best type of financing for your business
There are a number of options to consider when looking for financing to run your business. Among the possibilities are debt financing, grants and equity financing, writes Nellie Akalp of CorpNet. Equity financing can come from angel investors, venture capitalists or family and friends. Small Business Trends (4/5)
Appeals court: 6-month limit for OSHA record-keeping infractions
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration can no longer cite employers for record-keeping events that happened as long as five years ago, according to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Instead, the time limit is six months, the judges ruled. However, if violations are ongoing, "OSHA may be able to toll the statute of limitations on a continuing violations theory since the dangers created by the violations persist," wrote one of the judges. The Blog of Legal Times (4/6)
Crowdfunding bill gets President Obama's signature
The White House has signed off on new laws that make it easier for startup ventures to attain funding through crowdsourcing and eliminated some small-business barriers in the regulatory realm. The approved Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act also lets SMBs advertise for investors. "For startups and small businesses, this bill is a potential game-changer," President Barack Obama said. CIO.com/IDG News Service (4/5) Politico (Washington, D.C.) (4/5)
All technical products are on sale in the NRCA Bookstore
During its Spring Technical Sale, NRCA is offering 20% off all its technical products during April. To take advantage of the sale, when you purchase a technical product, enter coupon code "Tech20EN" at checkout in the NRCA Bookstore. View NRCA’s technical products.
Register online for the NRLRC seminar
Online registration is available for the National Roofing Legal Resource Center’s (NRLRC’s) 33rd annual legal seminar, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, Sept. 13-15 at Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H. Session topics for this three-day seminar include current legal, contractual, technical, insurance and safety issues. Take advantage of the early registration discount, which is available until April 30. Learn more.
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