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Employer Hiring Tips

One of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry today is the lack of skilled labor. While finding employees may be a challenge, finding the right employees for your organization can be even more difficult. In this article we will discuss a few items that will ease the challenge of hiring new employees and help ensure that the employees you hire are around long-term.

Top 10 Contract Provisions for Roofers

Contract provisions can make or break your roofing project. This article highlights some key contract provisions that affect both commercial and residential roofers. A roofer that can issue spot and focus on key provisions may be able to reduce liability.

Advantages of Diversity in the Workplace

Diversity in the workplace is a big talking point these days. Most agree that having an organization made up of diverse individuals with varying backgrounds is a crucial element of building a successful organization. So what exactly is diversity in the workplace?

Roof Technology and Science I

IIBEC’s Educational Programs have earned an industry-wide reputation for offering top-quality, comprehensive building envelope education.

Designed to provide individuals of differing backgrounds with relevant information about roofing, waterproofing, and building envelope technology and design issues, IIBEC’s educational programs vary in intensity, from basic concepts to advanced specific application principles and theory.

This two-day course is a first component of a two-part series covering, in detail, aspects of the technology and science of roofing. It covers the history and evolution of roofing up to present-day common applications. It features terminology and technical information regarding roof decks and structures, roof insulation, bitumen membranes, built-up and modified bitumen membranes and flashing systems. An understanding of heat transfer theory, moisture, thermal design, and the calculation of U-factors will also be presented.

Highlights of the program include: critical aspects of roof decking and related supporting structures, heat transfer and practical heat transfer calculations, the function of heat transfer and the different types of roof insulation, the technology behind roofing bitumens and their related BUR and modified-bitumen membranes, and basic flashing nomenclature and bituminous flashing system construction.

The Roof Technology and Science I course features fundamental concepts that prove useful for students in other RCI Educational Programs. Roof consultants, facility managers, contractors, architects, engineers, roofing material salespeople, property managers and others can gain new insight and professional development in the continually evolving world of roofing technology.

NRCA Roofing 101

NRCA University’s Roofing 101 program provides an easy, affordable way to learn about roofing fundamentals online. The program is not a DVD based program. It is designed for those new to the roofing industry or anyone who needs to understand roof assemblies and how the industry operates.

New employees, customers, facility managers, building owners and design professionals will benefit from this program which teaches design, installation and maintenance, as well as safety, building code compliance, and energy efficiency for low-slope (typically commercial) and steep-slope (typically residential) roof systems.

Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage

If general contractors are serious about reducing the industry’s labor shortage, they might want to start lobbying for increased funding to help train and bring in women, or invest in an advocacy campaign alerting women that job opportunities exist in the field.

Forbes for Women

Curated Forbes articles with a focus on women

U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau

For more than 90 years, the Women’s Bureau has been meeting its mandate by: identifying, researching and analyzing the topics working women care about most; pioneering innovative policies and programs to address them; and enhancing public education and outreach efforts to raise awareness on key issues and developments affecting women in the workforce.

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