Roofing contractors take safety measures amid pandemic | How construction companies can manage an indefinite shutdown | Construction-safety software deals with coronavirus
April 1, 2020
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Roofing contractors around the country are having office employees work remotely, keeping workspaces clean and using satellite imagery and other strategies to minimize human contact, all to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Kelly Roofing President Ken Kelly recommends having some workers on hand to replace others who become sick.
Full Story: Roofing Contractor (free registration) (3/30) 
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News & Trends
Project shutdowns during the coronavirus pandemic differ from closures in other disasters because of the indefinite timeline. Kim Slowey reviews basic steps required, beginning with securing sites for safety and other reasons.
Full Story: Construction Dive (3/27) 
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Safety talks on construction sites tend to violate social distancing guidelines, because workers crowd together. But construction-software company HCSS offers a distancing-friendly alternative, with two safety talks that address the coronavirus pandemic in the HCSS Safety module, letting parties participate online.
Full Story: Equipment World (3/25) 
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Pending sales of existing US homes increased 2.4% in February compared with January and 9.4% compared with February 2019, according to the National Association of Realtors. Future statistics are likely to show a downturn to reflect the coronavirus pandemic, but Lawrence Yun, the association's chief economist, says he expects economic stimulus to revive the market this year.
Full Story: CNBC (3/30) 
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Innovation and Tech
A luxury home along the Aegean Sea in Turkey features a handcrafted solid oak roof with dramatic curves. The roof also has a smaller cantilevered section that creates shade.
Full Story: New Atlas (3/30) 
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Energy & the Environment
Dvele offers 11 designs of prefabricated residential homes with solar panels included. The modern-style homes feature flat roofs, with the largest design including four bedrooms.
Full Story: Dezeen (3/27) 
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The stadium currently being built for the Fredericksburg Nationals minor league baseball team in Virginia will be able to support rooftop solar panels. The installation of the rooftop system had to be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but "as soon as we can, we want to get back to that," said stadium project manager Peter Kirk.
Full Story: The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.) (3/29) 
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In the Office
Contact your creditors to see whether you qualify to skip payments on credit cards, mortgages or auto loans because of the coronavirus, writes Chris Arnold from the NPR Life Kit podcast. Other topics covered include maintaining health insurance, seeking unemployment and trimming spending.
Full Story: National Public Radio (3/30) 
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Workers say some employers are providing case studies in how not to handle layoffs, severance and safety during the coronavirus pandemic. Poor communication is a top complaint, with companies using video or social media to announce layoffs to staff.
Full Story: Vox (3/27) 
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Government & Regulatory
Confusion over what constitutes essential construction work has led to premature shutdowns. The Department of Homeland Security has offered guidance that adds 21 areas of construction to four previously deemed essential.
Full Story: Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (3/30) 
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RT3 Thought Leadership
Please join RT3 members for this week's webinar on April 2 at 4 p.m. ET
You'll hear the latest legal ramifications, a manufacturer sharing their perspective, a digital community expert on staying connected to the industry, a contractor on how they are handling social distancing and a technology provider sharing updates on Toolbox Talks for COVID-19, as well as an update on what is happening in Canada.
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