FREDERICKSBURG AREA BUILDERS ASSOCIATION
Volume 2: Issue 6 │ June 2018
FREDERICKSBURG - STAFFORD - SPOTSYLVANIA - CAROLINE - KING GEORGE - ORANGE
June is National Homeownership Month!
June is National Homeownership Month and promoting the benefits of owning a new home is just one of the many services provided by the association at the national level.
31 New Members Joined FABA during Spring Membership Drive
FABA wrapped up its Spring member recruitment drive last month and welcomes 31 new member companies into the association.
As an organization, our voice is stronger when our membership numbers are larger. You can help FABA grow and advocate for your business by recruiting a member at any time throughout the year.
Visit www.fabava.com to learn more about the benefits of membership or contact email@example.com
From coast to coast, members of the NAHB Federation stepped up in early May to bring housing issues to the forefront during Bringing Housing Home™, NAHB’s in-district Legislative Conference.
Members held more than 150 meetings with their U.S. Senators and Representatives. At the same time that they forged a closer working relationship with their federal legislators, they also delivered a powerful message: A robust housing industry is essential to creating jobs and ensuring a strong economy.
NAHB members and staff briefed Members of Congress on several issues affecting the home building community. Talks centered on the need to enact policies that would:
Sensible regulations. Reduce or eliminate unnecessary regulations to make homeownership and rental housing more affordable for teachers, firefighters, police officers and other middle-class families.
Flood insurance. Achieve a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program that will keep the program fiscally sound and let builders provide safe and affordable housing.
Softwood lumber. Ensure American home builders and consumers have access to a reliable supply of softwood lumber at reasonable prices.
Accessible credit. Provide a stable and affordable supply of credit for home buyers, home builders and rental housing.
Workforce development. Adopt sensible workforce development and immigration policy that will help the residential construction industry to fill open jobs and boost the nation’s economy.
Bringing Housing Home™ Spreads the Word
The EPA will wait until August to release its proposed new definitions for “waters of the U.S.,” which means that the final version won’t be ready until the fall of 2019.
The proposal would replace the Obama Administration definitions finalized in 2015 and now making their way through the courts.
It is widely expected that the Trump administration’s new WOTUS definitions will be narrower and will not automatically assert federal jurisdiction over isolated wetlands.
Secretary Carson Addresses NAHB
Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, addressed the NAHB Executive Board at its meeting on May 23 in Washington, D.C. Secretary Carson discussed the need to revise the nation’s regulatory process, the importance of housing finance reform and plans to modernize the FHA. You can watch a video of his address or read his prepared remarks.
Entries are now being accepted for three of NAHB’s most prestigious awards programs. The Best of 55+ Housing Awards honor the people, companies, projects and programs that showcase innovation in 55+ housing. The Best in American Living Awards spotlight design excellence in all markets. The Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards focus on design and construction in the apartment, townhouse and condo marketplace.
DHS to Allow 15,000 More Guest Worker Visas
DOL Allocates $85M for Construction Training
Lumber Costs Adding $7,000 to Price of a Home
EPA Delays New Waters of the U.S. Definitions
Since the beginning of last year, rising lumber prices – made worse by tariffs on imported Canadian softwood lumber – have increased the price of an average single-family home by more than $7,000. Lumber prices soared to a record-high $578 per thousand board feet for the week ending May 25 and May futures contracts are selling at the previously unthinkable $600 range.
We need a solution now to protect the home building industry and consumers from tariffs that are raising production costs and harming home buyers. Ask your federal lawmaker to sign a letter urging Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to reach a new softwood lumber trade agreement with Canada.
Applications Open for Prestigious Awards
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on May 18 announced it will allocate $85 million in grants to sup- port and expand YouthBuild programs across the nation.
YouthBuild, a pre-apprentice- ship model, provides at-risk youth ages 16-24 with occupational skill develop- ment to obtain employment in construction and other in-demand industries. DOL said various communities across the nation will be awarded the grants, each of which will range between $700,000 and $1.1 million.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on May 25 that it will issue an additional 15,000 H-2B guest worker visas for fiscal 2018, which ends on Sept. 30. This will be in addition to the annual allotment of 66,000 visas, all of which have already been claimed this year.
Given the chronic labor shortages facing the home building industry, NAHB has been urging DHS to significantly expand the number of H-2B visas available for the year.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced recently that it has finalized an amendment to its “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule that addresses when mortgage lenders with a valid justification may pass on increased closing costs to consumers.
The Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule took effect Oct. 3, 2015 and created new Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure forms that consumers receive when applying for and closing on a mortgage loan.
Since then, the CFPB has heard feedback from the industry regarding the need for clarification about when lenders may pass on increased costs to consumers and disclose them on a Closing Disclosure.
CFPB said the change is “intended to provide greater clarity and certainty to the mortgage industry.”
Remodeling Spending by Zip Code
Employers Must Use New I-9 Form
Click here to watch!
CFPB Amends "Know Before You Owe"
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OSHA Proposes Crane Rule Changes
Home owners who improve their homes in 2018 will spend $7,893 per home on average, but there is considerable variation. There are many zip code areas where spending per improved home is under $5,500, and many where it is over $11,000. Zip codes with high spending per improved home tend to cluster around large metro areas, especially in the Northeast. The highest expenditures occur in 17 zip codes where spending per improved home is over $18,000.
In a notice of proposed rulemaking published May 21, OSHA proposed to amend its rule for cranes in construction, 29 C.F.R. § 1926, Operator Qualification and Certification.
The rules require employers to allow only employees who are certified or licensed in crane operations to use the equipment.
The new proposal removes a contentious provision that would have required third-party testers to indicate the type and rated operating capacity of equipment an operator was certified to operate.
OSHA is leaving intact the requirements for certification or licensing of crane operators, a provision long opposed by NAHB.
NAHB believes that no one should operate any crane that they do not know how to operate. It is the responsibility of the operator’s employer to make sure the equipment operator has the knowledge and skill to run the relevant type of crane.
Pro Source Contracting LLC
NEW Associate Members
2018 New FABA Member Orientation is
Thursday, June 21 from 3:30-5 pm @ Home Team Grill.
If you are a new FABA Member, be sure to join us!
Then, bring your FABA membership prospects to our Hard Hat Networking Thursday, June 21 from 5-7 pm @ the Home Team Grill.
(Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401)
If every FABA member recruits one new member this year, we can double our voice and influence in the community and our industry.
Allegra Print & Imaging
State Farm – Zenas Choi
Soil Savers Erosion Control Inc
The Carpet Company
Redi Carpet Sales of VA
YHB / CPAs & Consultants
Vocational Education Foundation
Germanna Community College
Center for Workforce
Career & Tech Center
Republic Allied Waste Services of Fredericksburg
NEW Builder Member
Cynthia James Photography
Froehling & Robertson
Nicholls Auction Marketing Group
NSWC Federal Credit Union
Riverside Brick & Supply
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
Steve Spratt Improvements
Membership Report (continued)
Monday, June 11 2018- Stafford Bi-Monthly Meeting
1300 Courthouse Rd , Stafford, VA 22554
Wednesday, June 13 Sales & Marketing Committee Meeting
9 - 10 am (FABA Boardroom)
Membership Committee Meeting
10 - 11 am (FABA Boardroom)
Wednesday, June 20 FABA Education: High Performing Teams
Businesses and organizations that work together, communicate
effectively, and leverage each other’s strengths are more successful.
11:30am-1:00pm (FABA Boardroom)
Click here to RSVP!
Thursday, June 21 Legislative Committee Meeting
8:30 am - 9:30 am (FABA Boardroom)
Thursday, June 21 New FABA Member Orientation (2018 new members)
3:30 pm - 5 pm
Home Team Grill - small room to the right of entrance
Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Click here to RSVP!
Thursday, June 21 Hard Hat Networking Happy Hour
5 pm - 7 pm
Home Team Grill
Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Click here to RSVP!
FABA Calendar of Events
FABA Legislative Update
Almost every year, legislation is introduced to allow localities to enact ordinances that would require the development community to set aside a certain percentage of units within a project classified as “affordable” to individuals or families earning within a range of area median income (AMI). While HBAV firmly believes that there is a strong and growing demand for the production of a diversity of housing stock in all areas of the Commonwealth, we do not believe that mandatory set-asides have been an effective tool in spurring the production of “affordable housing” or “workforce housing”.
However, it is very likely that these bills will continue to be introduced every Session and HBAV would like to proactively advance alternatives.
With that in mind, HBAV will be working with a group of legislators and stakeholders over the course of 2018 to develop potential legislative initiatives for the 2019 General Assembly Session that we feel would provide the private-sector additional incentives to develop and build these units as well as remove local and/or state impediments to the production of these units. We have several concepts that we will be working on but we’d like to get your thoughts!
Please complete the survey with your thoughts and suggestions by clicking here!
Your feedback will be used solely by HBAV and not shared with anyone outside of our office. Please take a moment to complete the survey above and feel free to contact Andrew Clark, Vice President, goverment Affairs HBAV if you have any questions.
STAFFORD COUNTY NEWS:
On Monday May 14th, the Utilities Department of Stafford County Virginia became a part of the Department of Public Works. The merger of the two departments will not occur overnight and other than the title, for the most part the Development Community won’t see much change at first.
Permits, plans and inspections will still occur as they currently do. The purpose of the merger is multifaceted, but in particular Stafford County believes that the merger will provide additional improvements in Customer Service, Development Review and Inspection and Capital Construction efficiencies. Over the next 3 – 6 months county officials will be meeting internally as a team to discuss the integration of the various areas and finalize the organizational alignment.
Jason Towery directs the new team and Keith Dayton remains an Assistant Director with particular oversite of the Building, Environmental, and CDSC areas.
Bryon Counsel has taken over as the Deputy Director of Capital Construction and Engineering – his team oversees Utilities Reviews as it has in the past, and will also oversee all Transportation, Utility, and Building Capital Construction. Utility Operations and Customer Service will remain largely as-is for now.
Please contact Jason D. Towery, PE, Director of Utilities at JTowery@staffordcountyva.gov with any questions.
Date: June 1, 2018
To: Developers, Builders, Engineers, and Contractors
From: Benjamin L. Loveday, P.E., Deputy Director of Utilities/Public Works
Re: Regulatory Reminder
The Spotsylvania County Utilities Department would like to remind the development community of several key documents and regulatory guidelines that govern the design and installation of water and sanitary sewer utilities. The following is a non-exclusive list of mandatory provisions.
Spotsylvania County Water and Sewer Design and Construction Standards Manual
The Spotsylvania County Water and Sewer Design and Construction Standards Manual has been prepared to establish the guidelines and technical requirements for water and sanitary sewer infrastructure in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Designs shall be in accordance with the latest edition of the Virginia Waterworks Regulations, Sewage Collection and Treatment Regulations (SCAT), and any other Local, State, or Federal agencies having jurisdiction including the requirements of the Code of Spotsylvania County as they pertain to water and sanitary sewerage systems. Where conflicts exist among these documents, the more stringent requirements, as solely determined by the Spotsylvania County Utilities Department, shall apply. Nothing herein shall be deemed to waive requirements of any existing law and/or regulation.
Please note some key compliance features of the document:
Construction standards as approved by the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors will be strictly enforced.
Construction of water and sewer utilities shall not commence until the Planning Department has given final approval to all elements of a subdivision/site plan and a mandatory preconstruction meeting with the Spotsylvania County Utilities Department is held.
Compaction testing and observation is required on all backfill. Compaction reports shall be provided to Spotsylvania County Utilities Department within seventy-two hours of completion. The Contractor is responsible for scheduling and compliance with the established testing parameters.
Vacuum testing of all sanitary sewer manholes is required.
Pressure testing of all sanitary sewer mains is required.
Hydrostatic and bacteriological tests are required on new water main installations and tie-ins.
Soil testing is required prior to installation of ductile iron pipe to determine if poly wrap encasement is required.
Applicants are encouraged to bring the following items with them to preconstruction to expedite the process:
Soil testing results for ductile iron pipe encasement
Material and shop drawing submittals
Identification of the third party geotechnical firm for soil compaction
DEQ CTC if required
12VAC 5-590 Virginia Waterworks Regulations
12VAC 5-590 and following establish the minimum state requirements for all public drinking water systems. The Spotsylvania County Utilities Department has been delegated authority by the Virginia Department of Health to maintain a Local Review Program for 16” and smaller water mains. Water mains larger than 16”, pumping stations, water tanks, etc., must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Health by the Engineer of Record after review by the Spotsylvania County Utilities Department.
9VAC 25-790 Sewage Collection and Treatment Regulations
9VAC 25-790 and following establish the minimum state requirements for all sewage collection and treatment systems. The Spotsylvania County Utilities Department has been delegated authority by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to maintain a Local Review Program for sanitary sewer systems 12” and smaller and pump stations with 2,000 gallons per day capacity or less. All other sanitary sewer infrastructure design must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality by the Engineer of Record after review by the Spotsylvania County Utilities Department. The Engineer of Record shall obtain a
Certificate to Construct (CTC) and Certificate to Operate (CTO) from DEQ as part of the local approval and acceptance process.
If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact the Spotsylvania County Utilities Department at email@example.com.
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2018 FABA Board of Directors
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Thursday, June 21, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Home Team Grill
Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
H A R D H A T
N E T W O R K I N G !
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
Join Ethan Allen – Fredericksburg for a FREE Feng Shui Workshop “Harmony At Home” on June 15, 2018 from 11 am – 1 pm. CLICK HERE to RSVP.
Ethan Allen Fredericksburg
1480 Carl D Silver Pkwy
Fredericksburg VA 22401
Practice how to design elemental energy and color to build balance around you.
Please R.S.V.P. as seating is limited!
Do you have job openings, apprenticeships, or internships to fill? Contact us today! FAB Foundation is working with FABA's workforce parnters to help you fill these positions with qualified and trained local students.
FABA also posts job openings on the FABA website.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or more information or assistance.
2018 Partner Cornerstone Sponsor
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Platinum Cornerstone Sponsors:
October 6-7 & 13-14, 2018
Enter your houses and remodel/renovation projects today 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.
In 2017, participating builders saw a significant increase of their traffic on Parade of Homes weekends, and several builders wrote new sales contacts as a direct result of the traffic driven by the marketing and promotion of the event. This year’s Parade of Homes will be even bigger.
2018 Entry Fees for HOUSES:
$1500 per entry
2018 Entry Fees for REMODEL/RENO Projects:
$1000 per entry
This year's Parade of Homes also 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. Watch your email for more details about how you can be a part of this year's event.
2018 Platinum Cornerstone Sponsor
2018 Gold Cornerstone Sponsor
2018 Gold Cornerstone Sponsors
Take a moment this summer to review to review your company and contact information on our FABA website to make sure everything is up to date.
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HBAV Annual Conference
Join fellow members of the Home Builders Association of Virginia for the 2018 HBAV Annual Conference. FABA's own Dan Sandoval will be sworn in as the 1st Vice President.
The meeting will be held June 21-24, 2018 at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. If you're looking for business development and networking opportunities with leaders in the home building industry from across Virginia, this is a can't miss event.
Register Today and reserve your room! Click here to register.
2018 Silver Cornerstone Sponsors:
Discounts for FABA Members
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