August is all about
Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
August 29-October 31
In This Issue:
The La Crosse Area Builders Association is a professional organization that unites and represents people in the building industry. We promote safe, attainable, quality housing through education and interaction.
President: Jody Swenson (Knight Barry Title United LLC)
Vice-President: Duane Schulze (Marlin Homes, LLC)
Treasurer: Andrew Lamprecht (La Crosse Truck Center Ford)
Past President: Kraig Lassig (Lautz Lassig Custom Builders)
Jason Etrheim (MasterCraft Homes, Inc.)
Dallas Werner (First American Roofing & Siding)
Jon Olson (Jon Olson Construction, Inc.)
Jeremy Riley (JBrooke Garage Door)
Paul Westlie (Hartland Construction)
NAHB (NATIONAL) Directors:
Tom Thompson (life) (T.N. Thompson Enterprises)
Jon Olson (Jon Olson Construction, Inc.)
WBA (STATE) Directors:
Mark Etrheim (life) (Mastercraft Homes)
John Lautz (Honorary) (Lautz Custom Builders)
Lonnie Organ (life) (Heating and Cooling Specialists)
Tom Thompson (life) (T.N. Thompson Enterprises)
Steve Treu (life) (E&B Insulation)
Jon Olson (life) (Jon Olson Construction, Inc.)
Jody Swenson (Knight Barry Title United LLC)
Jeremy Riley (JBrooke Garage Door)
Kraig Lassig (Lautz Lassig Custom Builders)
Executive Officer - Tena Bailey
Executive Assistant - Tommi Bernklau
Government Affairs - Mike Weibel
Building Manager (part time) - Jonathan Heinz
Student Intern - Klarissa Miller
The Floorplan is the official monthly newsletter of the La Crosse Area Builders Association. The acceptance of advertising in this publication does not indicate approval or endorsement of the advertiser or their products. Ad deadline is the 1st of the month.
816 2nd Avenue So., Onalaska, WI 54650
p 608.781.5242 ~ f 608.781.5221
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ www.labaonline.com
Golf Outing Re-cap................5-7
Member to Member Deals....11
Save The Dates.......................18
The LABA office hours remain varied because of staffing limitations. Please call before coming to be sure someone is in the office. Thank you for understanding and your patience.
Jody Swenson, Knight Barry Title United LLC
Membership/Marketing/Education (MME) - Virtual
Monday, August 10 @ 12:00 p.m.
Golf Committee - Wrap-Up - Virtual
Monday, August 10 @ 1:00 p.m.
Finance - Virtual
Monday, August 10 @ 3:30 p.m.
Home Show - Virtual
Tuesday, August 11 @ 3:30 p.m.
Building Careers - Virtual
Thursday, August 13 @ 9:00 a.m.
Parade of Homes - Virtual
Thursday, August 13 @ 3:30 p.m.
Board of Directors
Tuesday, August 18 @ 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19 @ Lumberyard Party Deck, Loggers Game, call the office to register.
Hello All! Welcome to August! 2020 continues to keep our lives interesting and changing. At this time, masks are now required when indoors (with a few more guidelines than that). Please remember to share with your team and crew that they need to follow this guideline. As a business owner or as an employee, you may not agree with the guideline but it is truly important…for your business image. I read a post on Facebook today discussing employees from a certain business entering a convenience store with no masks and that if the employees didn’t “follow the rules” and wear masks in the store, what other rules did that business not follow? Again, you do not have to agree with the guideline to wear a mask when indoors, but for your image and your employer’s image, it does need to be done. How you handle it within your business is up to you as long as your expectations are clearly communicated to your employees and visitors if you have a business the public will be entering. It’s always good to remind yourself and your staff that when wearing company attire or driving a company vehicle the business image is directly reflected in your actions.
On a lighter note, did you attend the golf outing? What a beautiful day! I believe Cedar Creek may have gone through a record amount of lemonade keeping everyone refreshed on (and off) the course. Some great items were up for grabs through the silent auction and some fun hole prizes were won! And we can’t forget that amazing traveling trophy that will now make it rounds with the winning team each year! That trophy is an amazing piece of art to be fought over for years to come! Great job golf committee!
Other great opportunities are coming up to spend some face to face time with your fellow members…the Logger’s Game, volunteering to help out with the Parade of Homes, maybe helping out with the Building Career’s auction…which reminds me…many of these events and more are being planned and fine-tuned in our committee meetings every month. Committees are meeting virtually so you don’t even have to leave the office or job-site to hop on and join a meeting for an hour. There’s no drive time to the LABA office needed; we’ll come to you…virtually! Let Tena know if you want to learn a little bit more about one of our amazing committees and she’ll get you the meeting link!
On that note, a huge THANK YOU to our committee chairs. Trying to plan events, keep the association rolling, make important decisions…it’s not easy to do that virtually but you have all stepped up to the challenge and made the best of every last curve 2020 has thrown at you and your committee members!
Don’t forget the membership drive! Your captains would love it if you attending a meeting or recruited a new member! While our membership may not be “normal” this year please think of the value you have received in Brad’s updates to rules and regulations through the COVID times. I personally feel the insight and information we have
received from WBA is worth way more than the dues
we pay annually. Think of the research time you save
when Brad sends a memo and it’s outlined right
there how you need to handle the latest mandate
within your trade. That’s value in my world! Help
others see that value!
September 19, 2020
Onalaska American Legion
731 Sand Lake Road, Onalaska
MEMBERS... we take consignment & donations! A portion of the auction and food sales benefit area high school building-related programs and WTC student scholarships.
41 Years In LABA !
A big congratulations & thank you to Kickapoo Homes of Viroqua. and American Home Fireplace & Patio. Kickapoo Homes of Viroqua has been a member for 41 years!
American Home Fireplace & Patio has been a member for 25 years!
Thank you & congratulations on your success!
Here is your opportunity to have a voice in LABA!
Have you wanted to be more involved with the Association? And normally you are not able to leave your business location? Well join us for your choice of virtual committee meetings. See page 3 for the dates and times of the committee meetings. And contact Tena to receive the log in information for the meeting. Hope to "see" you at one of the August committee meetings.
Would you like to join the LABA Board of Directors?
October 2020 is the beginning of a new fiscal year for LABA and that means we will be saying good bye to a current board member or two. This is a wonderful opportunity to really understand what happens at the association. If you are interested in running for a board position please let Tena know by August 10th.
GET CASH FOR YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS!!
Here's How it works: when an item is sold YOU KEEP:
55% of the auction price from selling $100.00 to $499.99
60% of the auction price from selling $500.00 to $999.99
65% of the auction price from selling over $1000
2020 LABA Golf Outing
NAHB’s 80,000 Associate members account for roughly two-thirds (68%) of total membership.
The largest share of Associate members – 43% – are subcontractors or specialty trade contractors, according to the 2019 annual member census conducted by NAHB’s economics department.
Roughly 13% of Associate members work in professional specialties such as legal services, accounting, and engineering. About 11% work in retail dealerships. Another 8% are employed in various financial services, including banking,
title companies and insurance, and 4% work in wholesale dealerships or distributorships. Roughly 20% listed “other associate” as their primary activity.
The median annual company revenue among Associate members was $2.2 million in 2019, down from a median of $2.5 million in 2018. A quarter of Associates (25%) reported annual revenues under $500,000. The largest group (32%) reported incomes of $1 million to $4.99 million.
The median age of Associates was 56. More than half of Associate members (53%) have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Subcontractors Largest Share of NAHB's Associate Membership
NAHB, NAR Look at Sustainability
NAHB and the National Association of Realtors® have launched a joint initiative to inform consumers about the high- performance home market.
Through the joint Home Performance Counts initiative, NAHB and NAR have come together to offer a comprehensive resource that informs consumers about the qualities and benefits of high-performance homes and facilitates communication on home performance between buyers, builders and real estate agents.
Demand for high-performance homes has expanded in recent years, with the number of homes certified to the National Green Building Standard® increasing by more than 57% since 2017. These are homes that prioritize comfort, sustainability, wellness, resource efficiency and affordability.
For more information visit:
2020 Parade Ticket Outlets
Prices good thru entire duration of the Parade
Pick Up @ LABA
La Crosse Area Builders Association Office
1st Community Credit Union - Sparta
1st Community Credit Union - West Salem
Altra-(Festival Foods Copeland)
Beaver Builders Supply
Gerhard's First Supply
Hot Springs Spas and Pools
Karl's TV & Appliance
La Crosse Fireplace
Merchants Bank- La Crescent
Midwest TV Applicance
Park Bank-La Crosse
Wisconsin Building Supply
WNB FinancialMain Street-Winona
As a way to say hello to all members that I have yet to meet. I'd like to run a special promotion for all stone work booked in the month of May by any LABA member. The price will be at a base rate of $20 a square ft. That is the price for labor and materials installed of any Dutch Quality stone!!! Hope to meet everyone soon. - Austen Heidlage, Heidlage Masonry P: 417-310-2019
Meeting your financial goals requires making a plan - and sticking to it. Please contact Sheri Plantz with Edward Jones Investments at 788-6460 or
4 Rooms FREE with Advanced Multimedia Solutions ~ Whole house audio pre-wire for LABA member contractors. Contact for scheduling 608-783-0949 or sales@AMSAudioVideo.com
Unlimited travel discounts from Snazzy Traveler! You must be an active member of record or an affiliate member with WBA and you will receive a free Snazzy Traveler membership (valued at $99). No black out dates or restrictions. Sign up today at www.wisbuild.org
Free Reclaimed Wood Headboard w/ Purchase of Wood Flooring or Wall Treatments- Contact Larry at Used Anew LLC e:email@example.com p: (608) 487-0547 http://www.usedanew.com
To be eligible for the General Motors $500 discount, you must be the active member of record or an affiliate member with NAHB. If you would like to verify your status or add additional memberships for your business, please contact
Tena at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-781-5242.
Do you have a discount program exclusively for LABA Members? Get your
message out to the members FREE in the Floorplan and/or at www.labaonline.com!
Contact Tena or Tommi at 608-781-5242 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
LABA has a closed Facebook
group for Members Only. We
tried to invite as many members
as Facebook would allow us to tag, but we know we were not able to get everyone. If you are on Facebook and did not receive an invitation please let us know, so we can get you in this exclusive group. If you have been invited please accept your invitation.
Contact Tena for more information at (608) 781-5242.
A New Look at Design Standards
Local governments use design regulations to ensure the health, safety and welfare of residents. But excessive regulations that price lower- and moderate-income families out of the market should not be prioritized over the need to address the housing affordability problem.
Examples of highly prescriptive design standards include prohibiting the use of exterior materials such as
vinyl siding, mandating minimum roof pitch, and dictating the amount of surface area that must be dedicated to windows.
A new document from NAHB, “Residential Design Standards: How Stringent Regulations Restrict Affordability and Choice,” explains how these standards harm low- and moderate-income families, and suggests
In a victory for NAHB and its members, the Internal Revenue Service recently announced temporary relief from certain requirements under Section 42 of the IRS code for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects.
In general, under IRS Notice 2020-53, deadlines occurring between April 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020, are postponed until Dec. 31, 2020. Agencies are not required to conduct compliance monitoring inspections during this time.
Wade Confirmed as FHA Commissioner
The U.S. Senate voted on July 28 to confirm Dana Wade as the new FHA Commissioner. NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke lauded Wade’s confirmation amid the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“NAHB looks forward to working with the new FHA commissioner to mitigate the effects of the outbreak on the housing community and to ease regulatory burdens exacerbating the nation’s housing affordability crisis," Fowke said.
HUD Terminates Fair Housing Rule
HUD Secretary Ben Carson recently announced that his agency will terminate the Obama-era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation issued in 2015, calling the rule "unworkable."
The Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice final rule replaces the 2015 AFFH regulation and 1994 Analysis of Impediments (AI) requirements. NAHB is reviewing the
Use the WBA Builders Direct Fund to support your candidate and support Building a Better Wisconsin PAC. Make a personal individual contribution to the Builders Direct Fund Conduit to support a candidate for governor, attorney general, state senate, or state assembly by using a personal, individual or single member LLC credit card. BuildersDirectFund.com
Lumber Prices Hit Two-Year High
The Random Lengths Framing Composite Price hit $523 per 1,000 board feet for the week ending July 10, the first time prices have topped $500 since July 2018. Lumber prices
have risen 50% since April 17, 2020.
Several factors are driving rising prices. Some mills closed in the spring due to stay-at-home and social distancing measures. Mills that remained open vastly underestimated demand. Producers did not anticipate the massive uptick in demand from do-it-yourselfers during the pandemic.
And housing weathered the storm much better than
Products Used in Home Construction
NAHB analysis of government data indicates that new single-family and multifamily construction used about $94.9 billion in building products in 2019. The vast majority of that amount was produced domestically, supporting jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector, but about $6.1 billion was imported from other countries. Among the major product categories, new residential construction in 2019 used more than $11 billion each of “cement and concrete products” and “architectural and structural metals.” The analysis looked at 51 building materials categories.
Renewals, New Members & Drops
Dues Breakdown for Primary Associate and Builder members: NAHB dues = $198,
WBA dues = $160, and LABA dues = $167
Because a portion of your dues is used for lobbying by NAHB (19%) and WBA (16%
of $130 plus $30): for a total of $88.42, is not deductible for income tax purposes.
No portion of your local dues are attributable to lobbying.
Dues Breakdown for affiliate members: NAHB dues = $15, WBA dues = $10, and LABA
dues = $70. Because a portion of your dues is used for lobbying by NAHB (19%) and
WBA (16%): for a total of $4.45, is not deductible for income tax purpose. No portion of
your local dues are attributable to lobbying.
QRG- Quality Resource Group
Rybold Excavating & Plumbing Inc
Moore & Moore Reno and Construction
Kickapoo Homes of Viroqua, Inc.
American Home Fireplace & Patio
Verve a Credit Union
Quality Pool & Spa by Paradise
Done Right Remodeling/Seamless Gutters
United Country Summit Realty Group
New Home Sales Reach Highest Level Since Great Recession
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose to their highest level since the Great Recession, up 13.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 776,000 units in June, according to recently released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The June rate is 6.9% higher than the June 2019 pace.
Inventory fell to a 4.7 months’ supply, with 307,000 new single-family homes for sale, 7% lower than June 2019. The current months’ supply is the lowest since 2016. Of the inventory total, just 69,000 are completed, ready to occupy. The median sales price was $329,200. The median price of a new home sale a year earlier was $311,800.
Regionally, year-to-date, new home sales were up in all four regions: 22% in the Northeast, 12.6% in the Midwest, 0.2% in the South, and 3.1% in the West.
Builders are dealing with a number of supply-side concerns such as rising material costs, particularly lumber, which recently surpassed its 2018 price peak. But low inventory levels point to construction gains ahead.
Residential construction remains one of the bright spots amid the current coronavirus-caused downturn. Economic indicators suggest housing is poised to lead the nation’s economy back to full strength when the current crisis resolves.
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Access the latest edition of The Blueprint, please click the link below and login:
Donate to the Wisconsin PAC fund or even a specific candidate of your choice at:
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Brad Boycks, Executive Director
August 19: GMM at the Loggers Game, reserve your spot today! Call the office or register via the invitation sent to your email.
August 22-23 (in-person): Parade of Homes
August 29-October 31, 2020 (virtual): Parade of Homes
September 15: Fall Fling/Installation of Officers at Pettibone Resort
September 19: Building Materials Auction @ the Onalaska American Legion
October 20: Tools for Schools Banquet @ Fox Hollow Banquet Hall
November 17: Associate Appreciation @ Fox Hollow Banquet Hall
December 15: Christmas Party @ Celebrations
816 Second Avenue S.
Onalaska, WI 54650
The WBA Legal Hotline is a service provided to you FREE as part of your membership and is only a phone call away! Find out more at wisbuild.org WBA legal resource center is available exclusively for members sponsored through Axley Brynelson, LLP
Calling all volunteers!
We need your help for the In-Person
Parade of Homes
August 22 - 23
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Please let Tena know if you are to volunteer to help out at one of the 6 Parade Homes for an hour or two on Saturday and/or Sunday.
Call 608-781-5242 or email email@example.com.
LABA Event Calendar!
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