The "March Fun Night" is an evening meeting and features Happy Hour, Dinner and a Special Program including Carmen Ciricillo,
The Construction Comedian.
Tickets sold out within 3 days of their announcement. We may have a few tickets for "RESALE" so if you are interested, call 770/355-6714 to check availability.
April Membership Meeting
April 9th 11:30 - 1:00
The Olive Tree - Villa Rica
150 Stone Street
Villa Rica, GA 30180
Sponsor: Douglas County Water & Sewer Department
CEU Credit: 1 Hour
4 "LAST MINUTE TICKETS" AVAILABLE
(FCFS) $50 EACH
WHBA MARCH MEETING INFO
Arbor Design Group
Contractors of West GA
Southland Ins. Agency
Metro Garage Door
Caliber Home Loans, Inc.
Hartley, Row & Fowler
R. Chris Collier
Builders' Show Largest in 10 Years
More than 67,000 home building professionals filled the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center as NAHB hosted the 75th anniversary of the International Builders’ Show (IBS) Feb. 19-21.
The IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show once again combined for the annual Design & Construction Week®, which drew a total of more than 100,000 attendees.
“As the International Builders’ Show celebrates 75 years, it remains the premier event for the housing industry,” said Geoff Cassidy, NAHB senior vice president of exhibitions and meetings. “With the largest attendance in 10 years, we’re proving once again that IBS is the only place to exper- ience such a diverse collection of innovative products, edu- cation sessions and networking opportunities in one place.”
Exhibit space at the IBS also expanded from last year’s 583,000 square feet to more than 608,000 square feet, where nearly 1,500 exhibitors displayed the latest in building products and technology.
In all, DCW featured more than 2,000 exhibitors occupying more than one million square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces. Many of the exhibitors noted the increased foot traffic this year.
In addition to meeting suppliers and seeing product demos throughout the three-day show, attendees networked with peers and attended any of more than 130 education sessions led by experts on a wide range of industry topics.
Vaughn Law Firm
Attorney C. Staci Vaughn and her staff offer business clients the needed support and expertise for corporate and business formation, real estate closings, mergers and acquisitions, business development strategies, and complex contract negotiations.
SHOCKLEY CONSTRUCTION, LLC.
James Shockley is a Single Family Spec/Trac builder lbased in Carroll County. James joined WHBA in December 2018.
Prizes (2 new members minimum to qualify)
1 st Place: Free $550 2019 Annual WHBA Membership
2 nd Place: $250 Lowe’s Gift Card
3 rd Place: $100 Lowe’s Gift Card
Membership Drive Contest Rules & Details:
1. Contest began January 8th, 2019 and ends February 28, 2019.
2. Top 3 winners will be announced at the March 2019 WHBA Meeting.
3. Every new Builder or new Associate Membership will count towards the contest.
4. Former members will count towards the contest if they have not been a member within the last 90 days.
WHBA Membership Drive Extended Through March 31st!
Our 2019 Membership Drive has gotten off to a slow start. We need your help and support. The Membership Drive committee has decided to extend the drive for an additional month. Take this opportunity to to cash in on the prizes to the right and also help grow our association.
NAHB Weighs In on Judicial Deference Case
Public housing authorities and private owners of HUD- subsidized apartment developments will have only 14 days advance notice of scheduled inspections under a newly announced HUD policy.
This is a drastic reduction from the current notice period, which can frequently extend up to four months.
The shorter advance notice of 14 days on scheduled inspections will become effective in late March.
Home builders seeking to access the H-2B temporary worker program to ease labor shortages will find that all available visas have been been been allocated for the current fiscal year. No new applications will be accepted for employment start dates before Oct. 1, 2019.
The H-2B program allows employers to hire temporary foreign workers for sea- sonal, non-agricultural jobs.
NAHB continues to press Congress and the Depart- ment of Homeland Security to expand the program.
HUD Shortens Inspection Notices
NAHB has filed an amicus brief on a Supreme Court case that has widespread implications for how courts handle challenges to federal agency regulations.
The case, Kisor v. Wilkie, considers whether courts should defer to an agency’s interpretation of its own regulations, known also as Auer deference. NAHB has long been concerned that judicial deference can create incentives for agencies to avoid formal rulemaking processes or to create vague regulations that they can interpret as they see fit.
ICC 2018 Codes Changes Mostly Positive
The results of the ICC Group A 2018 model codes vote have been finalized, and NAHB got many of the changes it fought for – and succeeded in blocking many undesired changes – thanks in large part to member mobilization.
Overall, NAHB saw favorable votes on 87% of the codes proposals, including 92.5% of high-priority proposals.
NAHB produced a voting guide highlighting the proposals that would have the greatest impact on home builders. NAHB members who signed up for the One & Done campaign were encouraged to share the guide with at least one voting code official in their area.
The Federal Register on Feb. 14 published a new proposed rule for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) that will resolve years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take comments on the proposal for the next 60 days.
The proposal would exclude from federal regulation short-lived ponds, streams and tributaries that only flow in response to a rain event. It would also exclude wetlands that are not directly connected to federally-regulated bodies of water.
EPA, Corps Publish Proposed WOTUS Rule
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax Court
H-2B Visa Program Reaches Cap for 2019
When home buyers think green, they think of features that will save energy and improve indoor air quality, according to survey results released by NAHB at the recent International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.
NAHB surveyed nearly 4,000 recent and prospective home buyers on the types of features they prefer to have in their home, including eco-friendly components and designs.
To achieve energy efficiency goals, buyers would most prefer ENERGY STAR rated windows and appliances, efficient lighting (using less energy than traditional bulbs), and insulation higher than required by code.
More than half of home buyers also want indoor air quality features such as a home dehumidification system, an electronic air cleaner and low volatile organic compound materials.
Employers Must Use New I-9 Form
HUD's Carson Looks to Work With Builders on Affordability
NAHB Elects 2019 Leadership
NAHB’s board of directors elected Connecticut home builder Greg Ugalde as 2019 Chairman of the Board during its meeting at the International Builders’ Show.
Also moving up on the association’s leadership ladder during the meeting was Dean Mon, a New Jersey-based builder and developer, who was elected First Vice Chairman of the Board.
John “Chuck” Fowke, a Tampa, Fla.-based custom home builder, was elected as Second Vice Chairman of the Board.
Jerry Konter, of Savannah, Ga., joined the NAHB leadership ladder with his election as Third Vice Chairman of the Board.
2018 NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, from LaPlace, La., remains on the leadership team as Immediate Past Chairman.
Rounding out the association’s leadership is NAHB Chief Executive Officer Jerry Howard, from Washington, D.C.
Home Buyers' Green Preferences
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Dr. Benjamin Carson discussed how the government and home builders can work together to tackle the nation’s affordability crisis in an address to the NAHB Board of Directors during its meeting in Las Vegas.
The HUD secretary stressed the importance of reducing regulatory costs, stating that he often cites NAHB research that shows nearly 25 percent of the cost of a single-family home stems from federal, state and local regulations and that the cost is even higher for multifamily development.
“We are looking into ways that would incentivize local officials to cut back on archaic state and local regulatory barriers, such as outmoded zoning and land use restrictions,” said Carson. “The free market may be guided by an ‘invisible hand,’ but unnecessary government and regulatory barriers act like ‘invisible handcuffs.’ It’s time to untie the hands of our nation’s home builders by putting the ‘free’ back into the free market.”
Before addressing NAHB’s board members, Carson participated in the 75th anniversary of the International Builders’ Show by touring the latest building products and innovations on the exhibit floor.
WHBA offers its membership many opportunities to promote their company and advertise their business. Many include the sponsorship of out Monthly e-Newsletter, Website sponsorships, General membership Meeting Sponsorships and Event Sponsors such as Golf tournaments and other Non-dues revenue events. Contact WHBA at 770/355-6714 for more information .
U.S. Reps. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) expressed support for working together on a bipartisan basis to advance housing issues in a roundtable discussion moderated by 2019 Chairman Greg Ugalde during
NAHB's Board of
at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.
Reed and Gottheimer are the co-chairs of the influential Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 24 Republican and 24 Democratic lawmakers dedicated to finding common ground and breaking the partisan gridlock in Congress.
“We’re the only bipartisan group in Washington, D.C. that is organized,” said Gottheimer. “We will vote as a block when we get to a consensus position and we are making a difference.”
When asked by Ugalde what issues the Problem Solvers Caucus would be willing tackle, Reed responded: “Housing affordability is a very important issue.” He called for removing red tape on zoning and working to create economic opportunities for builders on the ground.
“Housing is a great issue that we will certainly look at to see what can be done there,” added Gottheimer. “We can be a great testing ground for this issue.”
The lawmakers are open to growing the ranks of their caucus, but want to make sure they find the right representatives who are willing to work across the political aisle to get things done.
Problem Solvers Seek Bipartisan Solutions
NAHB’s 2019 Chairman Greg Ugalde (left) moderates a discussion with U.S. Reps. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.).
Save Money on Nissan or Infinity
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