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Statewide Unlicensed Contractor Sweep
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 3, 2012
CONTACT: Tyler Palmer, Public Information Officer
The Registrar of Contractors conducted a statewide sweep of construction sites during the third week of December. The sweep covered areas from Flagstaff to Tucson. This sweep identified 42 jobsites, opened 18 investigations into unlicensed contracting, and found 2 contractors working on suspended or inactive licenses.
The Registrar of Contractors advises homeowners to protect themselves by hiring licensed contractors. Licensed contractors offer many protections to the property owner. For example, licensed contractors must pass contractor exams and demonstrate adequate experience to perform the construction authorized by their license. Licensed contractors also must possess insurance and bonds that provide financial protection if an accident occurs on your property, or the work doesn’t comply with minimum construction standards.
“Protecting the people of Arizona from illegal contracting is our top priority”, said William Mundell, Director of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.
The Registrar of Contractors advises homeowners to protect themselves against fraudulent contractors by
•Consulting the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, www.azroc.gov , to ensure the contractor is licensed.
•Asking for written estimates from at least three contractors.
•Requesting a list of references, and checking them before agreeing to hire anyone.
•Making sure the scope of the project, the price, the responsibility to obtain building permits, and any other relevant terms are spelled out in a written contract.
•Avoiding contractors who require large upfront payments.
•Never allowing yourself to be hurried into making a decision. No reputable contractor will pressure you into a quick hiring decision.
Other tips about hiring qualified contractors can be found at www.azroc.gov .
For more information or to request an interview with Director Mundell, contact Tyler Palmer, Public Information Officer of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors at (602) 771-6710.
Westmoreland roofing claims investigated
By Jennifer Reeger, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Westmoreland County detectives have begun an investigation into a Texas-based roofing company that allegedly failed to pay for building materials, leaving 17 homeowners with liens against their properties.
Detectives Will Brown and Frank Galilei are investigating Prime Roofing Systems of Waxahachie, Texas, which had work crews in the area to replace roofs damaged when a hailstorm and tornado ripped through the county on March 23.
Brown said they are looking into the theft of funds from property owners who paid Prime Roofing to replace their roofs but now have mechanics’ liens placed on their property by building material supplier ABC Supply Co. Inc.
The Wisconsin-based supplier, which has an office in New Castle, claims in court documents that Prime Roofing failed to pay for nearly $65,000 in building materials it delivered to the 17 properties for work done last summer. The liens range in value from nearly $2,200 to almost $11,000.
Property owners said they cannot sell or refinance their homes until the bills are paid and the liens are lifted.
Galilei took a complaint from one homeowner about a month ago, but detectives weren’t aware of the extent of the problem until Greensburg attorney Charles Dangelo, who is representing a homeowner, contacted them Tuesday.
Brown and Galilei said they have spoken with some of the property owners and are trying to reach the rest to obtain contracts, cancelled checks and other paperwork.
“They’re happy to hear from us,” Brown said. “A lot of times people don’t know exactly where to turn.”
Homeowner Rebecca Ruble, who faces a $3,710 lien on her Hempfield home, said she was happy to get a call from detectives Wednesday morning.
“It’s like Turkey Hill putting a lien on my freezer because Foodland didn’t pay their ice cream bill,” she said of the situation. “Hopefully they’ll look at everything, and they’ll find something, and they’ll be able to help.”
Detectives are looking to find anyone with information about Prime Roofing or Steven Kyle Hunt, the man listed as the registered owner with the state attorney general’s office.
Brown said the detectives are working with the AG’s office.
“They can do the civil, and we can do the criminal,” he said.
Dangelo was pleased that the detectives are involved.
“It shows that there’s more to this case than what affects my client,” he said.
Affected property owners and anyone else with information is asked to call county detectives at 724-830-3287.
White roofs a cool idea for city
- by: Anne Wright
- From: Herald Sun
- January 25, 2012 6:26AM
GIANT city developments like Costco will be urged to paint their roofs white, cutting indoor temperatures by up to 4C on hot days.
Certain types of building – particularly commercial low-rise with a large base area – could dramatically reduce the need for air conditioning, a University of Melbourne study found.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, speaking at the presentation of the research, said both existing and future developments such as Melbourne Airport and large retail developments should consider painting their roofs white.
“If they are large buildings but not high-rise then it’s going to have a huge effect,” he said.
“I think buildings will see that there is a financial benefit for doing it. This is not some feel-good exercise about sustainability in the environment, it happens to be an important element of it, but the economics are there.
“It’s modestly expensive to do, very short payback and then an immediate return on energy saving in the bills.”
Five test buildings with and without white coatings at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley campus were used for the study.
Lead author of the research Dr Dominique Hes said the study had monitored reflection of the white roof, the heat temperature of the roof and the internal temperature of the building.
The roof of the Artplay building at Birrarung Marr has also been painted white, but not as part of the study.
Dr Hes said painting a roof white reduced the external heat by about 30C, which was “the difference of being able to bake an egg”.
If a residential building roof were painted white it would reduce the heat in the roof cavity by 20 per cent, Dr Hes said, but because of building regulations for insulation there would be no reduction in the interior of the house.
Cr Doyle said commercial property developers could now look at ways to reduce energy consumption as well as waste and water in their sustainable designs.
Painting commercial buildings’ roofs white is popular in New York, he said, but hadn’t been picked up in Australia.
“I think it’s a chance for Melbourne to be a leader in Australia and show that you get real benefits from a very simple intervention,” he said.
Secretary Chu announces steps to implement cool roofs across the U.S. government
Monday, 26 July 2010 00:47
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a series of initiatives underway at the Department of Energy to more broadly implement cool roof technologies on DOE facilities and buildings across the federal government. Cool roofs use lighter-colored roofing surfaces or special coatings to reflect more of the sun’s heat, helping improve building efficiency by reducing cooling costs and offsetting carbon emissions. President Obama and Secretary Chu have made clear that the federal government should play a leading role in moving the nation toward a more sustainable future. Under President Obama’s Executive Order on Sustainability, the federal government has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2020. As part of that effort, Secretary Chu has directed all DOE offices to install cool roofs, whenever cost effective over the lifetime of the roof, when constructing new roofs or replacing old ones at DOE facilities. With cool roofs, these federal buildings will consume less energy, offset additional carbon emissions, and save taxpayers money. Read Secretary Chu’s memorandum (pdf – 395 kb).
“Cool roofs are one of the quickest and lowest cost ways we can reduce our global carbon emissions and begin the hard work of slowing climate change,” said Secretary Chu. “By demonstrating the benefits of cool roofs on our facilities, the federal government can lead the nation toward more sustainable building practices, while reducing the federal carbon footprint and saving money for taxpayers.” The Secretary today also issued a letter to the heads of other federal agencies, encouraging them to take similar steps at their facilities. To offer additional support for federal and commercial building operators that are looking to install cool roofs, DOE released its Guidelines for Selecting Cool Roofs, which provides technical assistance on types of roofing materials and how to select the roof that will work best on a specific facility. Review the complete Guidelines for Selecting Cool Roofs (pdf – 909 kb).
Roofs and road pavement cover 50 to 65 percent of urban areas. Because they absorb so much heat, dark-colored roofs and roadways create what is called the “urban heat island effect,” where a city is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas. Cool roofs significantly reduce the heat island effect and improve air quality by reducing emissions. A recent study by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) found that using cool roofs and cool pavements in cities around the world can help reduce the demand for air conditioning, cool entire cities, and potentially cancel the heating effect of up to two years of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions. Learn more information on the LBNL study.
DOE is also expanding its research activity for cool roofs to enable technological innovation and guide policy implementation. The research effort includes developing advanced testing protocols, conducting urban heat island analyses, and undertaking studies to further quantify the direct global cooling benefits associated with cool surfaces. The Department also anticipates awarding new projects to develop higher performing, new innovative roofing materials under the Department’s Small Business Innovation Research grant program.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy, has already installed more than two million square feet of cool and white roofs at NNSA sites across the country. Through the Roof Asset Management Program (RAMP), NNSA currently saves an average of $500,000 a year in energy costs and expects to save more than $10 million over the next 15 years. Overall, NNSA has reduced building heating and cooling costs by an average of 70 percent annually on reroofed areas by installing cool roofs and increasing insulation.
As part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to implement cool roofs on its facilities, Secretary Chu also announced that design will begin this summer on cool roof replacements at DOE Headquarters in Washington, DC. Cool roof projects are also underway at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls and Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. Collectively, these projects will cover over 350,000 square feet and save thousands of dollars for taxpayers annually.
While DOE is taking steps to more broadly implement cool roof technologies domestically, the Department has also begun exploring international opportunities to provide technical support to partnering nations. International activities include tracking the deployment of cool roofs on public and private sector buildings, sharing best practices, and developing tools to better measure and communicate the effectiveness of cool roofs.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy