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Volume 2: Issue 8 │ August 2018
FREDERICKSBURG - STAFFORD - SPOTSYLVANIA - CAROLINE - KING GEORGE - ORANGE
NAHB, HBI Pledge to Train 50,000 Workers
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NAHB Chairman Randy Noel speaks with President Trump during a White House event.
Attending a White House event on workforce develop- ment, NAHB Chairman Randy Noel pledged that NAHB and HBI will educate and train 50,000 new workers over the next five years
for careers in the construction trades.
President Trump signed an executive order that establishes the National Council for the American Worker, which will develop a national strategy for training and retraining workers for high-demand industries.
As part of this initiative, the administration is asking companies and associations to sign a pledge committing them to expanding apprenticeships, increasing on-the-job training and providing students and workers the training and opportunities they need to succeed in the American workplace.
The Home Builders Institute, NAHB’s workforce development arm, will expand its training, certification and job placement programs for underserved and at-risk youth, transitioning military, veterans, ex-offenders and displaced workers.
Notice to Builders:
Effective immediately, Spotsylvania County will
no longer mail or email notification of "OK TO CONNECT" inspection reports to the Rappahannock Electric Coop and Virginia Dominion Power. This process of verification will now be done completely online.
This means that BUILDERS will now be the first and ONLY point of notification to the power companies that the inspection has passed and that the property is now "OK TO CONNECT."
BUILDERS, once you have passed your inspection, notify your power company as you have always done, providing them with the property address and permit number. The power companies will then use the online system to verify.
Contact Ernie R. Deihr, Inspection Supervisor Spotsylvania County Building Safety Office, at (540) 507-7251 or email@example.com with any questions.
It is well known that in the 2013 cyber attack on Target, hackers got access to credit and debit card information on 40 million consumers, an attack that cost Target more than $250 million.
It is less well known that the hackers gained access to the Target payment system through an HVAC contractor.
With nearly every aspect of the home building industry moving online and most information stored in digital formats, it’s time for every home builder to take a close look at their cyber security and potential exposure to liability.
Home builders store and electronically share a trove of personal and financial data on clients, potential clients, vendors, suppliers, partners and more. Some of this data includes payment information. And most business-critical information – like building plans and proposals – is also kept in a digital format.
It’s little wonder that a residential construction business might be a target for cyber criminals.
“It really is not a matter of if, but when,” said Kristen Hilton, CIPP/US, an attorney with Sussman Shank LLP in Oregon. “And, of course, how much it will cost.”
Loss of trade secrets, loss of reputation and even illicit bank account access are certainly huge concerns in a cyberattack. But the liability associated with exposing
others’ personal and sensitive information to intrusions is where the greatest risk lies.
“There are many state privacy law implications to storing information containing personal and financial data,” said Hilton. “If that data were to be exposed, there could be legal and civil liability.”
Hilton notes that construction companies, like most other businesses, have numerous points of entry for malicious hackers. “Many people connect their company laptops and tablets to public Wi-Fi,” she noted. “That could be a vulnerability.”
The first line of defense is strong digital information training for all employees, not just those who operate computers and other connected devices.
Read the NAHBNow blog post to learn about the many steps builders can take to protect their data.
OK to Connect
Time to Get Serious about Cyber Security
Greater Houston BA Teams with HBI, Norbord to Launch Training Program
HBI has teamed up with the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), the City of Houston and Norbord Inc. to launch HBI Acres Homes, a workforce development initiative that will help people ages 18 to 24 prepare for careers in the building trades.
HBI, NAHB’s workforce training arm, often partners with other stakeholders in the industry. Following hurricanes Harvey and Irma, HBI was contacted by Norbord Inc., a Toronto-based producer of wood-based panels that wanted to help with recovery.
Morgan and GHBA President Don Klein worked with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, HBI CEO John Courson and Norbord Inc. CEO Peter Wijnbergen to get the program started.
Mayor Turner had just announced Complete Communities, an initiative focusing economic revitalization and workforce development in five Houston neighborhoods.
The city found available classroom space in one of the mayor’s Complete Communities neighborhoods, Acres Homes. HBI provided curriculum and hired two instructors, and the GHBA, along with the Chesmar Foundation, provided funding for classroom materials.
Fueled by a generous $500,000 contribution from Norbord, the classes began June 18 with 14 students. The program includes two 12-week carpentry classes that will prepare students for jobs in framing, painting and roofing and similar trades.
IRS Targets S Corp Compliance
Employers Must Use New I-9 Form
The Senate voted July 31 to approve House-passed legislation that will extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until Nov. 30. The Congressional action came just hours before the program was set to expire.
It is anticipated that the four-month extension — which will keep home owners covered through the end of the hurricane season — will give the House and Senate time to hammer out a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP.
NAHB has been at the forefront of this issue, working with lawmakers on a viable, long-term bill.
The House last year approved a five-year reauthorization that would keep the NFIP fiscally sound and let builders provide safe and affordable housing.
The Senate continues to work on its own version of a long-term reauthorization of the program.
The IRS in July announced five new compliance campaigns, including one that seeks to stop S corporations from abusing the rules governing pass-through entities.
The IRS is looking at provisions in the law that dictate whether an S-corporation distribution to a shareholder is taxable, and if so, to what extent.
The campaign takes aim at three types of noncompliance resulting in underpayment:
• When an S corporation fails to report gain
on the distribution of appreciated
property to a shareholder;
• When an S corporation fails to determine
that a distribution is properly taxable as a
• When a shareholder fails to report
non-dividend distributions—in excess of
their stock basis—that are subject to
NFIP Extended Four Months
DOL Officially Kills 'Persuader Rule'
The online application for NAHB committee and council board of trustees appointments is now live.
NAHB’s senior officers ask all members to consider applying for 2019. The deadline is Sept. 23.
Current committee and council members who are interested in serving ano- ther year must resubmit their applications: There are no automatic multi- year appointments.
In a victory for NAHB, the Department of Labor in July officially rescinded the Obama-era “Persuader Rule" that would have re- uired lawyers to report to the DOL when counseling employers concerning union organizing.
The regulation was issued in 2016. However, before it could be implemented, NAHB scored a major legal victory when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted a permanent stay of the Persuader Rule.
Informed Officials Mean Better Building Codes
ESA Proposals Focus on Species, Not Red Tape
Proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act would streamline a burden- some permitting process and allow regulators to spend more time on preser- vation rather than red tape.
One proposed change seeks to streamline the consult- ation process by encourag- ing FWS, NOAA, and the Corps to agree to a set of broad requirements when it is clear that the impacts on species will be minimal.
Another would require FWS and NOAA to specify what data the developer must supply so the agencies can complete their review.
This fall, voting members of the International Code Council will make decisions on changes to building and energy codes.
NAHB is asking each HBA to name one member to give NAHB’s codes voting guide to a local codes official.
“If one member of each HBA gives this guide to one code official to explain why these changes are important to home builders and their clients, we’ll end up with a usable building code,” said Construction, Codes and Standards Chair David Sowders.
President Trump’s proposed 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports — including nearly 500 products used in residential construction — could have major ramifications for the housing industry.
Of the planned $200 billion in tariffs, NAHB economists estimate that $10 billion of goods used by the home building community would be subject to the 10% levy. Put another way, if the tariffs take effect, this would represent a $1 billion tax increase on residential construction.
This tax increase would come on top of the current 20% tariffs on softwood lumber imports from Canada. Since the beginning of last year, lumber prices are up more than 40%, due in large part to the tariffs.
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Looming $1 Billion Tax Increase on Housing
DID YOU KNOW?
You can send us your events, "happenings" or networking opportunities, and FABA will promote them on the Member Happenings page on the FABA website? Any event that is hosted by or promotes our Member Companies can be included. Events should be one time occurances, more details can be found at www.fabava.com/memberhappenings. Please provide all details and ticket/rsvp links and we will help you promote it. Send Member Happenings to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telemedia Broadcasting Inc.
WOW 1Day Painting
NEW Associate Members
August's HARD HAT Networking is
Thursday, August 23 from 5-7 pm @ Don Moncho.
If every FABA member recruits one new member this year, we can double our voice and influence in the community and our industry.
2-10 Home Buyers Warranty
Dominion Engineering Associates Inc.
ECS – Mid Atlantic LLC
Energy Services Group
Jack’s Seamless Gutters
MI Windows & Doors
Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
The Carpet House
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Augustine Homes LLC
Eastern Virginia Land Company Inc
Everett Enterprises dba DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen
Foundation Homes Inc
Hurst Homes, LLC
Thompson Building Corp.
Renewed Associate Members
Wednesday, August 8 Associates / Sales & Marketing Committee Meeting
9 - 10 am
Membership Committee Meeting
10 - 11 am
Thursday, August 23 Legislative Committee Meeting
8:30 - 9:30 am
Thursday, August 23 Hard Hat Networking Happy Hour
5 pm - 7 pm
(1101 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg VA 22401)
Wednesday, August 15 FABA Education: Effective Selling & the Sales Process
11:30 am - 1 pm
presented by Mike Williams, The Growth Coach
FABA Boardroom - lunch will be provided
Please register by clicking HERE.
H A R D H A T
N E T W O R K I N G !
Thursday, August 23, 2018
5 - 7 pm at Don Moncho
1101 Sophia Stree, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
FABA Calendar of Events
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Platinum Cornerstone Sponsors:
October 6-7 & 13-14, 2018
Last call to enter your houses and remodel/renovation projects in the 2018 Parade of Homes. The value of your entry this year is more substantial than ever before with an aggressive and innovative marketing plan.
2018 Entry Fees for HOUSES: $1500 per entry
2018 Entry Fees for REMODEL/RENO Projects: $1000 per entry
This year's Parade of Homes features revised judging criteria, builder awards, and new opportunities for FABA's Associate Members and Builders who do not have a model or tour-ready home to participate.
ADVERTISE IN THE 2018 PARADE OF HOME GUIDEBOOK !
All FABA Members are invited to support this year's Parade of Homes as
an advertising partner by placing an ad in the 2018 Parade of Homes Guidebook. This year FABA is selling the ads. Check out the rate card
and ad placement form on pg 20 and secure your spot in the
2018 Parade of Homes Guidebook today!
2018 FABA Board of Directors
FAB Foundation continues it's mission to further the Workforce Development in the Fredericksburg Region.
If you are looking for an intern, apprentice, or job shadow opportunity please contact FABA as we have several pipelines to help you find the best student- tradesman match.
Mark your calendar. The September Legislative Meeting has been changed to September 13th at 8:30 am. We will help Spotsylvania County review design standards for utlilities in advance of the September Board of Supervisors Meeting.
Atlantic Builders, Ltd.
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Spaces Design Studio
Assurance Financial Group
Associate Vice President
Embrace Home Loans
Immediate Past President
David Phelps II
ICF Homes of Virginia, LLC
Built Right Homes
Toll Brothers Inc.
Republic Home Builders
Legacy Engineering, PC
The Federal Savings Bank
NEWS AND HAPPENINGS
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Most Exciting Event of the Summer!
Despite the bad weather and the horrendous rain storms that disrupted many events all week, Fredericksburg Area Builders Association (FABA) braved the weather and hosted an exciting ‘wet-free’ evening of all you can eat crabs, BBQ, and beer at the Fredericksburg Rod and Gun Club on Friday, August 3. This fun Crab Feast saw a record number of attendees enjoying steamed crabs from Happy Crab, BBQ from MW Johnson, and entertaining music provided by Christian Phipps. The highlights of the evening were the VIP Tent Decorating Contest and the “Bibs to Bids” Live Auction.
Several weeks before the event, member companies armed with creative minds, worked hard to create themes for their tents in the hopes that they would wow the judges. Thank you to the tent judges; Andrew Clark (Home Builders Association of Virginia), Isabel Shockett (National Association of Home Builders), Julie Carriger (Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors), Mike Urian (NVR Inc), and Marc Simes (WJ Vakos). The winners of this entertaining competition are:
Builders FirstSource (Christmas/Santa Claus theme) - Judges Choice
Atlantic Builders (Game of Thrones theme) - Most Creative
Pest Solutions (Eat a Bug theme) - Most Engaging
Jarrell Properties (Tiki Luau them) - Most Entertaining
Other thrilling events took place throughout the evening including the live auction and the Fredericksburg Area Builders Foundation (FAB Foundation) 50/50 Raffle. The money raised will go towards the FABA’s mission and the FAB Foundation workforce mission to help train building industry workforce. Thank you to the hard-working Bibs to Bids Auction Committee and the many local companies that contributed items to the live auction and Crab Feast success:
Sam Thomas III/Nicholls Auction, Carter Lumber, Sean Halsey/Halsey Homes, Cobb Technologies, MidSouth, David Phelps/ICF Homes, Spear Builders, BMC, Clarus, Orofino, Made In Virginia Store, Sprelly Spreads, Connect Games Escape Room, NSWC Federal Credit Union, Conrad LaBossiere/Builders FirstSource, Massad Family YMCA, Dominion Engineering Associates, Fredericksburg Expo Center, FunLand, Rush Hour Escape Room, Malawi Pizza, Franklin Motorsports, Franklin Electric, Donnelly Concrete, Southern Wind Landscaping, Lee Murray/Cary Street Partners LLC, Swan Point Yacht and Country Club, Fawn Lake Golf & Country Club, Mattaponi Springs Golf Club, Montclair Country Club, Meadow Farms Golf Course, Pendleton Golf Club, Fredericksburg Country Club, King George-Dahlgren Rotary Club, Brandonbilt Motorsports, Dominion Raceway, Pest Solutions, War Play Paintball, GW Hebler, Philip King/Fidelity Bank, Glen Raymond, FABA, Eddie and Jill Payne, RC Enterprises, Mike King/Ray’s Siding, WOW 1 Day Painting, Mine Road Auto Spa, SSG Tactical, Kelly Deneke/Telemedia Broadcasting & Digital, experimac, and SmartCom Home Technologies, Joey Farrar/Bin There Dump That.
FABA would like to thank the chairman of the event, Daniel Hudson (Holt for Homes) and the volunteers on the Crab Feast Committee. We also thank the hard-working event volunteers for making this event a success. FABA would also like to thank their 2018 Cornerstone Sponsors for their continued support:
Partner Sponsors - Assurance Financial and Carter Lumber
Platinum Sponsors - Atlantic Builders, Builders FirstSource, Dominion Energy, and MidSouth Building Supply
Gold Sponsors - Apex Truss, Clarus, Ferguson, Guaranteed Rate, NSWC, Pest Solutions, Reico, and Union
Silver Sponsors - ABC Supply Company, Atlantic Bay Mortgage, BMC, Embrace Home Loans, Fidelity Bank Mortgage, Rappahannock Electric, Safford Dodge, and Thompson Building Corporation
Friend Sponsors - Central Park Insurance, Coleman Homes, ECS Mid-Atlantic, KT Enterprises, Legacy Engineering, Metwood Building Solutions, Fawn Lake NTS Development, Republic Home Builders, Universal Title, and Virginia Partners Bank
Volunteers/Committee Members: Tammy Reid (Embrace Home Loans and Nicholls Auction), Eddie Payne (MidSouth), Glen Raymond (Atlantic Builders), Frank Sigmon (BFS), Laura Gilchrist (NSWC Federal Credit Union), Michelle Hughes (Ted Britt Ford), Phill Solow (More Prospects Now), Greg Schmidt and Crew (Pest Solutions), Jobie Wright (Carter Lumber), Ricky Robinson (BMC), Gene Brown (Atlantic Builders), Simes (WJ Vakos), Jeff Liller and Ciprian Garcia (Clarus), Suzanne Surles (Central Park Insurance), Cindy James (Cynthia James Photography), Wendy Shifflet (Kitchen Krafters), Melanie Clegg (Chaney Enterprises), Randy Comer (Thrasher Group), Matthew Cole (Ethan Allen Fredericksburg), James Bowles (Brandonbilt Foundations), Jason Moore (Suburban Auto Sales), Neena Moore (Piedmont Virginia Home Building Industry Association), Sally Shea (The Title Professionals), Joe Doyle (Metwood Building Solutions), Rusty Cowper (The Federal Savings Bank), and Hank Woods Sr. and Kelly Corvin (Safford of Fredericksburg).
All of these companies, volunteers, and everyone who attended, made this year’s FABA Crab Feast successful. If we missed seeing you at this event, make sure to mark your calendars for next year! You won’t want to miss it!
2018 Partner Cornerstone Sponsor
2018 Platinum Cornerstone Sponsor
2018 Gold Cornerstone Sponsor
2018 Gold Cornerstone Sponsors
Part of being a great volunteer is loving what you're doing. Find something that you're passionate about or something that inspires you, and then find a need in your community. There are dozens of reasons why you should volunteer - you just need to find the one that feels right.
20 GREAT REASONS TO VOLUNTEER
- Help others
- Make a difference
- Find purpose
· Enjoy a meaningful conversation
· Connect with your community
· Feel involved
· Contribute to a cause you care about
· Use your skills in a productive way
· Develop new skills
· Meet new people
· Explore new areas of interest
· Meet good people
· Impress your mom
· Impress yourself
· Expand your horizons
· Get out of the house
· Make new friends
· Strengthen your resume
· Feel better about yourself
2018 Silver Cornerstone Sponsors:
Discounts for FABA Members
FABA works to educate, promote and represent the building industry while enhancing the region’s quality of life.
Thank you to all of our
Cornerstone Sponsors and Advertisers
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2018 Friend Cornerstone Sponsors: