Tesla reports its solar roofs going up in 8 states | Rendering: 360-degree infinity pool coming atop hotel skyscraper | Openings, hiring confirm strong US job market
June 12, 2019
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Tesla reports its solar roofs going up in 8 states
Tesla reports its solar roofs going up in 8 states
Musk (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Tesla co-founder Elon Musk on Tuesday told shareholders that the company's solar roof tiles are now being installed in eight states. Musk also said the tiles, now in their third generation, are comparable in cost to traditional tiles when energy savings are factored in.
TechCrunch (6/11) 
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News & Trends
Rendering: 360-degree infinity pool coming atop hotel skyscraper
A planned London skyscraper is being designed from the top down, and the entire roof will be a 360-degree infinity pool with unobstructed views on all four sides -- as well as below. Compass Pools will craft the 158,503-gallon pool out of cast acrylic, and "a rotating spiral staircase, much like a submarine's door, will arise from the floor of the pool" for entry and exit by guests of the hotel that will take up the top five floors of the 55-story structure.
Mashable (6/7) 
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Openings, hiring confirm strong US job market
Multiple benchmarks suggest hiring this summer could be subdued but will stay strong in the US. Layoffs remain low, while job openings were close to a record high in April.
MarketWatch (6/10) 
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Innovation and Tech
Digital tech applied to smart home in Switzerland
The three-story DFAB House in Switzerland is billed as the first residence in the world to be planned and constructed using digital technology. A robot worked on the smart home's curved concrete walls, and a 3D-printed framework was used for the concrete ceiling.
Architecture and Design online (Australia) (6/11) 
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Builders prepare for more demanding stormwater management
Builders prepare for more demanding stormwater management
Flooding in Texas during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 (Thomas B. Shea/AFP/Getty Images)
Green alternatives offer a promising solution to stormwater runoff but may not be enough to handle the most extreme events. Vegetated or other types of green roofs are an option, but stormwater management solutions must be built into building designs.
Builder online (free registration) (6/6) 
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Danish housing project features tapered, noise-reducing roof
The roof design for a mixed-use housing project in Gladsaxe, Denmark, is tapered and creates open views of the sky but also works as a noise barrier. The angled roof, built to meet climate goals, can also support integrated solar panels.
ArchDaily (6/10) 
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Energy & the Environment
Calif.'s rooftop solar requirements inch forward
Companies must adjust building practices to accommodate California's Title 24 standards, which require most new homes and additions to have rooftop solar panels, writes Garry Wicka of LG Business Solutions USA. "To help prevent potential delays in 2020 project schedule, it's important for homebuilders and solar contractors to work with a leading module provider that can provide the products, processes and support they need now and for homeowners down the road," he writes.
Solar Power World (6/11) 
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In the Office
How to empower employees to voice concerns
Employees are sometimes reluctant to speak up about problems in the workplace, which can have harmful consequences for the organization as a whole. Leaders can encourage employees to share their thoughts by asking for feedback, introducing shared language, setting positive examples and using collective words such as "we."
Strategy+Business online (free registration) (5/23) 
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Use data-driven hiring to curb human bias
Data- and technology-driven hiring have the potential to decrease gender bias, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic writes. He points out that it can work only if artificial intelligence systems are trained to identify performance indicators rather than make decisions based on human preferences.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (6/10) 
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Government & Regulatory
Trump threatens higher tariffs if Xi won't meet
President Donald Trump says he will increase tariffs on Chinese goods if Chinese President Xi Jinping does not meet with him at an upcoming Group of 20 meeting in Japan.
BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (6/10) 
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RT3 Thought Leadership
Roofing Technology Think Tank seeks nominations for Innovator of the Year award
Roofing Technology Think Tank seeks nominations for Innovator of the Year award
This award was created to nationally recognize a roofing contractor that has contributed to the advancement of the roofing industry through technical innovation and/or product development. Read more.
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