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Prosecutors Studying Building Alterations Following Taiwan Earthquake

March 29, 2018

The public prosecutor’s office in Hualien, Taiwan, is conducting a probe into possible human errors in design, construction, or modification of four of the worst-hit buildings after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the east-coast city on February 6. The quake killed 12 people and injured 275. Some of the buildings were left leaning at more than […]

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RICOWI Holds Spring Conference

March 28, 2018

By David J. Balistreri, RRC, CDT, BECxP, RCI Liaison to the RICOWI board of directors and Chair of RICOWI The Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI) held its spring conference just prior to the RCI International Convention and Trade Show in Houston, Texas. Nearly 100 people attended educational seminars during the first day of […]

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Hail & Hailstorm Workshop Planned; Abstracts Sought

March 20, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) are organizing the first North American Workshop on Hail and Hailstorms, to be held August 14-16, 2018, in Boulder, CO. Across North America, hailstorms are responsible for over $10 billion in annual property […]

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Irma’s Cost on Florida

January 30, 2018

Costs to the state of Florida from the effects of Hurricane Irma are staggering: The insurance industry is facing $6.55 billion in property damage claims. Utility customers may be asked to pay more than $1 billion for power restoration. Agriculture officials estimate a $2.5 billion hit on crops and facilities. The Florida Division of Emergency […]

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Misconceptions of Wind Damage to Asphalt Composition Shingles

December 28, 2017

By Carlos R. Lopez, PhD, PE; Jonathan S. Goode, PhD, PE; and Scott R. Morrison, PE The topic of wind-lifted shingles remains a controversial subject in the roofing industry. There are many misconceptions and a number of issues with asphalt shingles that are commonly incorrectly attributed to wind effects. Some of the current and most […]

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Hurricanes Pose Inflation, Labor Threats

November 28, 2017

The natural disasters that hit the United States and its commonwealths and territories in the third quarter of 2017 threaten to cause construction material and labor costs to rise. The costs associated with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria are estimated at $295 billion, according to Moody’s Analytics. Contractors bidding on work starting in 2018 may […]

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Florida Relaxes Roofing License Laws After Irma

October 25, 2017

Due to catastrophic building losses following Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has suspended certain regulations concerning contracting of roofing work. The suspension applies to the 37 counties under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Disaster Declaration. Roofing work under the emergency order includes flat roofs and roofs made with […]

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