April 21, 2021
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Roofing materials manufacturer GAF has produced its first asphalt shingles containing 15% recycled material and will spend $100 million to make the process viable on a commercial level. "It's important as an industry that we really solve this issue [of waste]," GAF President Jim Schnepper said.
Full Story: Roofing Contractor (free registration) (4/19) 
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News & Trends
The cost of construction materials has soared in recent months. Charts detail the extent of increases across major materials, with softwood lumber, particle board, plywood, and gas and diesel fuel among the biggest climbers.
Full Story: Daily Commercial News (Ontario) (4/19) 
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Construction in "mini-megacities" undaunted by pandemic
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Five "mini-megacities" were undergoing a construction boom right before the coronavirus pandemic. A return to those cities shows their construction markets have held up well, building on strengths that made the cities desirable in the first place.
Full Story: Construction Dive (4/19) 
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Innovation and Tech
The planned Shenzhen Airport East Integrated Transport Hub in China will have an undulating roof and overall design based on mangrove trees. "Not only does this have symbolic value as an important tree to Shenzhen, but it has led us to a solution for the building that is highly efficient," architect Jolyon Brewis says.
Full Story: Dezeen (4/20) 
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Energy & the Environment
The social justice movement that gathered momentum in the aftermath of George Floyd's murder forced many industries, including renewables, to take a long, hard look at their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. This podcast features (Kenneth) Labeja, co-founder and chief financial officer of Triple Oak Power, and Dareem David, director of finance at Primergy Solar -- two Black men who have worked in renewables for years who share their insider perspectives on what the industry gets right, what it gets wrong and how it can get better.
Full Story: Renewable Energy SmartPod (4/21) 
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Urban buildings offer a lot of surface area to mount solar panels -- rooftops alone can make up 15% to 35% of a city's land area. But solar panels are often considered aesthetically unpleasing. One solution becoming more viable is building-integrated photovoltaics such as roof tiles, dye-sensitized solar cells and crystalline silicon wall panels, writes Laurie Winkless.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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In the Office
A record high percentage of small-business owners, 42%, are struggling to fill job openings, according to a survey from the National Federation of Independent Business. Companies are responding with offers of higher pay, flexible schedules, more benefits and signing bonuses.
Full Story: Marketplace (4/15),  NBC News (4/17),  WGRZ-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (4/19) 
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Family-owned businesses should welcome the energy and contributions of outside employees even while being clear about values and culture, writes Julie Charlestein, CEO and president of Premier Dental. "The very reason for bringing them on is to capitalize on the new ideas and fresh perspectives they introduce," Charlestein writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (4/20) 
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Government & Regulatory
The US can help develop a robust, equitable electrical system powered by clean energy by enacting policies that help bring rooftop and community solar to low-income, underrepresented and rural communities, wrote a coalition including Earthjustice, the Coalition for Community Solar Access and other groups in a letter to congressional lawmakers. The coalition has shared a three-pillar blueprint for policy changes.
Full Story: Solar Power World (4/20) 
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President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan will likely generate more business for construction companies without raising corporate taxes, according to Erin Roberts, a certified public accountant with EY. However, Roberts notes that it's still unclear whether individual tax rates will increase.
Full Story: Construction Dive (4/19) 
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RT3 Thought Leadership
RT3 Member GAF manufactures industry's first asphalt shingles containing recycled waste shingles
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This breakthrough represents an important milestone in delivering more sustainable, affordable roofing materials and has significant implications for improving sustainability and circularity across the roofing supply chain.
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