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Energy efficiency gets the 'green' light
Energy efficiency gets the 'green' light

The NAHB is urging builders to use more products and technologies designed to lower electric, gas, and water consumption and slash costs.  Builders are responding by using innovative products such as photovoltaic roof shingles, which use solar energy; geothermal heat pumps; energy-efficient windows, which block excessive sunlight and prevent air from leaking in or out of a structure; and Energy Star-rated appliances.  NAHB President David Pressly says, "The green market is growing by leaps and bounds.  And as the market expands, we will see prices come down, making energy-efficient choices much more accessible."

Tip of the Week–Make recruiting easier 

Be proactive when it comes to recruiting so that candidates are lined up well before positions open.

Consider these five tips to make recruiting easier:

  • Start employee referral programs that offer associates cash rewards of $500 to $1,000 for every candidate they refer who is later hired.
  • Generate interest by offering drawings for employees who make numerous referrals.
  • Check out FaceBook, Linked In, MySpace and other social networking sites to identify potential candidates before they graduate from college. You'll learn more information about a potential employee than what generally is provided on the resume.
  • Subscribe to resume databases where you can search and save resumes. 
  • Attend career fairs at colleges and universities for prospects that could fill a variety of positions at your firm. 

Source: RISMedia (01/14/08)
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