August 2011
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The power of commitment 

During the past year, roofing contractors, manufacturers and individuals donated money, time, labor and materials to people in need.


Critical considerations  5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

Vapor retarders and air barriers can be critical to a roof system installation's success. It is important roofing contractors know the differences between the two and the problems that can occur when they are improperly designed or installed.

Assessing Wind Vulnerability  5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

It is important to identify wind vulnerabilities and undertake mitigation efforts to avoid damage and disruption of services provided by critical facilities.

A worthy initiative 

President Obama recently introduced the Better Buildings Initiative, a multipronged effort designed to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy-efficient during the next decade. This and similar government efforts could serve the construction industry well.

Radiating beauty  5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars

Carpenter's Roofing & Sheet Metal installs an unusual copper roof system on a guest house in Palm Beach, Fla. For its work on the project, the company received NRCA's 2011 Gold Circle Award for Innovative Solutions—New Construction.


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Through a 13-year partnership with Rebuilding Together,® NRCA and its members have donated a great deal of roofing materials and services to people in need.

Tech Today  5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars
WSRCA has released TPO Roof Membrane Repair and Maintenance Guidelines. Graham encourages those involved with TPO membrane roof systems' design and specification or installation and repair to review the guidelines.

Capitol Hill 
It's not long until U.S. voters head to the polls for the 2012 presidential and congressional elections. It is important for NRCA members to be engaged in the process.

As I was saying … 
A one-week visit to Mumbai confirms India is moving to more sophisticated roof systems, which will require better codes and standards and more education and training.

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