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Volume 3: Issue 8 │ August 2019
FREDERICKSBURG - STAFFORD - SPOTSYLVANIA - CAROLINE - KING GEORGE - ORANGE
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Where Are NGBS Certifications Taking Place?
Top Areas for NGBS Certifications
More than 183,000 homes have been certified to the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certification program and another 122,000 units are currently in the pipeline.
As the only residential green building standard approved by the American National Standards Institute, the program requires incorporating sustainable strategies in multiple areas of design and construction.
The leading areas of the country for certified projects are (in no particular order): Reno, Nev.; West Texas; Central Florida (Tampa, Sarasota and Orlando); Dallas/Ft. Worth; North Carolina; Delaware; Northern Virginia; and Albany, N.Y.
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Date Night in Fredericksburg
Limo Ride pickup and drop off, Riverside Dinner Theater Show, One night stay at Hilton Garden Inn
Bay Fishing Trip
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25 Square Feet Concrete Pad
Duck Hunting Trip
Hunting trip in mid January with Conrad LaBossiere and Wayne Canada at Spicer Creek on the eastern shore in MD. Lodging, food and alcohol included. You will have to purchase MD hunting license and Federal duck stamp
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One Night Stay at Stevenson Ridge
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4 Pack of Washington Nationals Tickets
The Phipps Acoustic
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Fawn Lake Golf Foursome
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Dinner in the Burg
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NAHB Opposes Senate Energy Bill
A new report from NAHB, “Diversifying Housing Options with Smaller Lots and Smaller Homes,” explores less traditional housing types that could help meet the housing needs of low- and moderate-income households.
The report looks at smaller homes, duplexes, townhouses, small-scale multifamily and accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and offers best practices on regulatory policies and design options.
President Trump has signed a veterans health bill into law that also abolishes the conforming loan limits on
VA loans beginning Jan. 1, 2020 for veterans who do not have an outstanding loan guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The primary focus of the legislation extends disability compensation to Vietnam War-era veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange.
NAHB opposes an energy bill introduced by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) because it would mandate excessive energy efficiency requirements in model building energy codes, which harms housing affordability. The Senate bill also might encourage the Department of Energy to move beyond its current role as a “technical advisor” and push overly prescriptive energy targets.
NAHB instead supports bipartisan legislation introduced in the House by Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Bill Flores (R-Texas) that offers a more cost-effective way to encourage energy efficiency.
VA Loan Limits
Report Looks at
Mix of Housing
FEMA Working on New Risk Rating System
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax Court
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has initiated a long-term effort to transform the National Flood Insurance Program to better reflect the actual risks properties face.
Through the initiative, known as Risk Rating 2.0, FEMA intends to create a more accurate and fair calculation of structure-specific risks and improve the policy application process. FEMA hopes the revised risk rating system will compel more home owners to purchase flood insurance.
Landowners Win Dusky Gopher Frog Case
In a victory for property rights, a Louisiana family earlier this month reached a settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in which the federal government agreed to drop its efforts to designate "critical habitat" for the dusky gopher frog on their land.
Now that the Fish and Wildlife Service has settled the case in favor of the Louisiana landowners, the agency is working on a proposed rulemaking to define the Endangered Species Act term “habitat.”
A new study released by NAHB based on the latest data available (2017) reveals a nearly $11,000 difference in average property tax bills among the most and least expensive congressional districts.
The highest average property tax bill was $11,389 in 2017, paid by home owners residing in New York’s 17th congressional district (Rockland County and portions of Westchester County).
By contrast, the lowest average annual real estate tax bill was $425, paid by home owners in Alabama’s 4th district (Franklin, Colbert, Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Winston, Cullman, Lawrence, Marshall, Etowah and DeKalb counties).
Changes in the tax code from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which went into effect in 2018, capped the amount in state and local property and income taxes that a tax payer can deduct from their taxable income. Tax payers can now only deduct $10,000 in state and local taxes paid.
Rural Housing Service Revises Rules
Grants Bring Shop Class Back to High Schools
The Skilled Labor Fund, designed to address the lack of skilled labor entering the residential construction industry, has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 42 local HBAs across the country to provide skills training to high school students.
The Building Careers grant offers support for training programs provided largely by the Home Builders Institute and Career Connections funds career fairs and events. The programs will take place over the next two years and will engage roughly 24,000 students across the country.
The Skilled Labor Fund, managed by the National Housing Endowment, is a partnership of NAHB, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the National Kitchen & Bath Association, SGC Horizon and Hydrogen Advertising. The Fund focuses solely on skilled labor for the residential market.
A final rule by the Rural Housing Service will provide increased flexibility for the agency to facilitate and encourage single-close construction loans, which will stimulate new construction, rehabilitation and homeownership in rural areas.
Single-close construction loans allow the borrower to get a construction loan and a permanent loan at the same time. When construction is completed, the loan becomes a traditional mortgage.
Additionally, the final rule will allow for the reserve of regularly scheduled principal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI) payments during the construction period. The Rural Housing Service will also allow single-close loans to be used for the rehabilitation of existing dwellings upon their purchase and eliminate maximum interest rate cap requirements for all single-family home loans.
The final rule was published July 22 in the Federal Register.
Property Taxes Vary Considerably
A Look at NAHB's Builder Members
Stafford County Bi-Monthly Meeting Monday, August 12th
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Caroline County Quarterly Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 4th
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Orange County Quarterly Meeting Friday, August 16th
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Spotsylvania County Bi-Monthly Meeting Monday, October 7th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Upcoming County Meetings
Share of Builder Members by
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found that 32 percent of its members were builders – those whose primary business is single-family home building, multifamily building, residential or commercial remodeling, commercial building, land development, or manufacturing of modular/panelized/log homes.
The remaining 68 percent were associate members – those involved in support industries and professions, such as trade contractors, manufacturers, retailers/distributors, marketing professionals, designers, and architects.
Roughly 61 percent of NAHB's builder members are single- family builders (spec/tract, custom, or general contracting), 22 percent are residential remodelers, 5 percent each are commercial and multifamily builders, and 4 percent are land developers. One percent each are commercial remodelers and manufacturers of modular/panelized log homes.
NAHB’s builder members reported that they had a median of five employees on payroll in 2018. Builder members started a median of six housing units, up from five in 2017. The plurality of builder members – 21 percent – started two or three units.
The median dollar volume of business among builder members was $2.7 million in 2018, unchanged from 2017.
The median age of NAHB builder members was 57 in 2018, unchanged from 2017. Fifty-three percent of members have either a college or a graduate/professional degree.
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Monday, August 12th Stafford County Bi-Monthly Meeting
9:00 am- 10:00 am
1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554
Tuesday, August 13th Parade of Homes Committee Meeting
9:30 am- 10:30 am
1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554
Wednesday, August 14th Associates Committee Meeting
9:00 am- 10:00 am
Wednesday, August 14th Membership Committee Meeting
10:00 am- 11:00 am
Thursday, August 15th Hard Hat Networking
5:00 pm- 7:00 pm
O'Charleys, 1791 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA
Friday, August 16th Orange County Quarterly Meeting
2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
128 W. Main Street, Orange, VA 22960
Tuesday, August 20th Class: Putting your Website to Work
11:30 1m- 1:00 pm
Saturday, August 24th Crab Feast and BBQ
5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Fredericksburg Rod and Gun Club
Wednesday, September 4th Caroline County Quarterly Meeting
11:30 am- 12:30 pm
233 W Broaddus Ave, Bowling Green, VA 22427
Saturday, January 25th 2020 Presidents Gala
6:00 pm- 11:00 pm
The Inn at Old Silk Mill
1707 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Calendar at a Glance
Virginia Builders Summit & Expo
September 19, 2019 - Richmond
The Virginia Builders Summit & Expo brings housing industry professionals together from across Virginia. Exhibitors will display products and services, build relationships, create brand awareness, generate leads, and be able to answer questions in person. The home building and housing market is constantly evolving. Attendees will look to the vendors at the Virginia Builders Summit and Expo for new products and services to separate them from their competition.
8 Educational Sessions for Home Builders
Registration: Member registration is $65. Registration includes expo floor access, education classes, and lunch!
For more information, visit the event website, http://vabuilderssummit.com/
Get out the Housing Vote!
Do you know which General Assembly candidates in your area support the housing industry?
On November 5th, 2019, we encourage all FABA Members to head to the polls and cast your vote for the candidates that will serve as our voice in our local government, the Virginia House of Delegates, and State Senate. All 140 members of the Virginia General Assembly are on the ballot this year and the Home Builders Association of Virginia is working to elect candidates to office who truly understand that housing plays an important role in our local, regional, and national economies!
The housing industry employs hundreds of thousands of individuals across the Commonwealth - and it's absolutely critical that we all head to the polls on Election Day!
In the weeks leading up to the November General Elections, HBAV will send out a list of candidates who support our industry and information about your polling location.
Thank you for your support of the housing industry!
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Fredericksburg Area Builders Association Presents
October 5-6 & 12-13, 2019
LAST CHANCE TO ENTER - ENTER BY AUG. 15!
Model/Spec Home and Community Entry Fee: $1500 per entry
Remodel Project Entry Fees: $1000 per entry
This year's Parade of Homes also features revised judging criteria, MORE builder awards, and new advertising opportunities for FABA's Associate Members and Builders who do not have a model or tour-ready home to participate. Watch your email this month for more details about how you can be a part of this year's Parade of Homes.
The Associates Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9 am. This committee is chaired by the Associate Vice President and plans and organizes several FABA events, and keeps the association focused on the needs of all members.
New Associate Member (July 2019)
Gwyneth's Gift Foundation – spike Marc Simes
516 Project, Inc.
Embrace Home Loans
Ferguson Enterprises Inc.
Jack's Seamless Gutters
MidSouth Building Supply
Woodcock & Associates, PC
Renewed Associate Members (July 2019)
American Heritage Homes
Eastern Virginia Land Company
Foundation Homes Inc.
Halsey Homes Corporation
Teakwood Enterprises, Inc.
The Membership Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 am. This group is responsible for coordinating membership recruitment and the new member mentor program to increase membership retention. Emphasis is placed on recruitment and retention of members with Spike Club, new member receptions, and networking opportunities. The 1st Vice President serves as co-chair.
Renewed Builder Members (July 2019)
When: Tuesday, August 20th
Location: FABA Boardroom
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When: October 24-25th
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The FAB Foundation is chaired by group of voluntary directors who work to help the Fredericksburg area community through several initiatives.
FAB financially supports non-profit organizations in the Fredericksburg region that specifically coordinate and provide home repair and safer living conditions for those in need. Helping make repairs and improvements related to home ownership affordable.
With a greater emphasis on the growing need for Workforce Development in our region, FAB has partnered with local educators and has established two local NAHB Student Chapters in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, and will continue working toward the establishment of student chapters in all the municipalities that we serve.
FAB Foundation has grant opportunities available for those looking to learn a trade and to potentially partner with member mentors and job placement opportunities. For more information on all the good that FAB Foundation does, call Maria Moore, Fredericksburg Area Builders Association Executive Vice President, at 540-898-2730, email at email@example.com, or go to www.fabava.com and select FAB Foundation tab.
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
The Community Service Committee plans and organizes FABA's outreach and service in the local community and partners with members and non-profit groups to find ways to give back.
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2019 FABA Board of Directors
1st Vice President
Spaces Design Studio
2nd Vice President
Assurance Financial Group
Immediate Past President
Atlantic Builders, Ltd.
Associate Vice President
Embrace Home Loans
Republic Home Builders
Built Right Homes
Legacy Engineering, PC
Embrace Home Loans
The Legislative Committee meets monthly to discuss the status of local and state level legislation that affects the building industry. For more information from each county, plan to attend the Legislative Committee meeting this Thursday, June 20th at 8:30 am.
The FAB Foundation board of directors meets monthly to discuss ways to involve the association with local workforce educators and help promote workforce development in our area. If you would like to be invoived with these students, contact FABA for more information.
Home Builders Association of Virginia
Legislative and Regulatory Update - July 2019
Virginia Housing Commission – Proffer/Impact Fee Workgroup
During the 2019 General Assembly Session, HBAV successfully advanced legislation to address concerns that were raised by industry, local governments, and other stakeholders since the passage of the 2016 Proffer Law. That legislation, which will become law on July 1, 2019, sought to re-open the lines of communication between applicants and local governments and allow applicants greater flexibility to offer and agree upon different types of onsite and offsite proffers. For the most part, local governments around the state felt that the legislation was a productive improvement – however, several localities and stakeholders expressed their desire to make additional changes to the law, as well as consider legislation to expand local government’s impact fee authority. During the 2019 Session, HBAV agreed to meet with local governments and other stakeholders to discuss their concerns and legislative concepts within a sub-workgroup of the Virginia Housing Commission. Chaired by Senator Bill Stanley, this workgroup convened in June and received testimony from the High Growth Coalition and several localities. The workgroup will meet again in July to receive testimony from HBAV and other stakeholders. HBAV believes that the 2019 legislation made significant improvements to the state’s proffer statute and both local governments and the industry need time to implement the legislation before considering additional amendments and/or transitioning to an impact fee system.
Virginia’s 2018 Code Update Cycle
Earlier this year, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) began the 2018 Code Update Cycle. Stakeholders have submitted numerous proposals related to energy efficiency, rehabilitation of existing buildings, fire codes, and building codes. DHCD formed several workgroups comprised of building officials, fire officials, local governments, private sector representatives, and other interested parties to begin reviewing proposals. These workgroups are responsible for making recommendations (consensus vs. non-consensus) to the Board of Housing and Community Development. The Board of Housing and Community Development is expected to begin reviewing these recommendations and code proposals in the next several months. HBAV has formed a committee to review and provide input to HBAV staff on each of the code proposals.
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Working Group
In April, Governor Northam’s Administration released the Commonwealth’s Draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (“Phase III WIP”) for meeting the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load. The Phase III WIP includes a provision to establish a work group to develop recommendations for extending the beneficial management measures established under the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act through Virginia Chesapeake Bay watershed. The workgroup will consider identifying, mapping, and protecting sensitive natural resources on lands west of I-95, protecting water quality through local land use planning and decisions, ensuring septic pump outs are increased to equal 20% of all systems in the Bay watershed being pumped in a year, determining financial and technical assistance needs of local governing bodies west of I-95, and existing state and federal programs that provide water quality protections. The workgroup will also review implementation and oversight of the existing CBPA with a focus on identifying and recommending improvements. Governor Northam’s Administration asked HBAV to serve on this workgroup which will hold its first meeting in July.
Department of Environmental Quality Consolidation Regulatory Advisory Panel
Earlier this year, HBAV requested to have a representative on the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Consolidation Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP). During the 2016 General Assembly Session, HB 1250 and SB 673 were introduced to combine the existing Virginia Stormwater Management Act (VSMA) and the existing Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law (VESCL) to create the Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Act (VESMA). The legislation also directed the State Water Control Board to permit, regulate, and control both erosion and stormwater runoff. In order for this legislation to become effective, the Board is required to initiate a regulatory action to consolidate and clarify program requirements, eliminate redundancies, and correct inconsistencies between the erosion and sediment control and stormwater management program regulations to implement the Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Program (VESMP). Affected regulations may include: 9VAC25-830 – Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Designation and Management Regulations; 9VAC25-840 – Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations; 9VAC25-850 – Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management Certification Regulations; 9VAC25-870 – Virginia Stormwater Management Program Regulation; 9VAC25-880 – General VPDES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities; and 9VAC25-890 – General VPDES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.
The State Water Control Board, through DEQ, is using the RAP to develop a proposal to implement the consolidation of these regulations. The primary function of the RAP is to develop recommended regulation amendments for agency consideration through the collaborative approach of regulatory negotiation and consensus. The goal is to reach a consensus on proposed language. The RAP will then make recommendations to the DEQ and the Director for consideration. The RAP held its first meeting on June 18th and will meet again in July.
2020 General Assembly Session Planning
HBAV has begun identifying potential legislative proposals for introduction during the 2020 General Assembly Session.
Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) Statutes:
There are currently several statutes in the Virginia Code that grant localities the authority to implement affordable dwelling unit ordinances. The intent of these statutes was to provide incentives to builders/developers to incorporate housing units that are affordable to individuals/families at a certain range of area median income into their developments. Several localities in Northern Virginia, and Albemarle, are granted fairly broad authority to craft their ADU ordinances (15.2-2304) while other localities are authorized to enact ADU ordinances but with various restrictions and “guardrails” (15.2-2305). Although the industry does utilize the program in localities that fall under VA Code 15.2-2304, these local ordinances have not produced a substantial number of affordable housing units. In localities that fall under 15.2-2305, feedback from local governments and industry is that the program is extremely difficult to implement; and where it has been implemented, the program is rarely utilized by builders/developers.
For the past several General Assembly Sessions, legislation has been introduced to allow more localities to implement ADU ordinances under 15.2-2304 – HBAV has successfully defeated these bills. During the 2020 Session, HBAV would like to advance legislation that would allow localities to enact voluntary, incentive-based affordable dwelling unit ordinances. Earlier this year, HBAV applied for financial assistance from the NAHB State and Local Issues Fund. In June, NAHB awarded HBAV $20,000 to assist in this initiative.
Other Potential Legislative Initiatives:
Revisions to Virginia’s tree preservation, replacement, planting statutes
New Construction Tax Abatement
Raising DPOR licensure exemption threshold
Legacy of Legislative and Regulatory Success 2019 pections.
Effective September 4, 2019, all Commercial renovation and alteration work in or on existing buildings will be reviewed using the 2015 Virginia Existing Building Code.
Update on recent savings yielded from HBAV advocacy in the last 12 months
Building Code - (spent countless hours in meetings and testimony)
Defeated Mandatory Arc Fault - $250 per home
Defeated mandatory fire sprinklers - $5000 per home.
Impact Fees - Defeated two pieces of legislation to allow local government to collect impact fees on all new home permits. Saved a minimum of $5k per home. Could be as much as $20k per home as it is in Maryland.
Building Permit Fees - passes legislation stating that building permit fees must only be used to run the building permit and inspection office. Fees can’t be used as a profit center. Savings - min $100 per home.
Tree Replacement - Defeated three pieces of legislation that would have required builders to replace all trees with the same size diameter that was removed. Saved a minimum of $500 per home.
Stormwater - protecting the construction general permit grandfather clauses and working on the new construction general permit for stormwater discharge. Saved developers thousands. Also stopped the regulations from requiring ALL dumpsters at building sites to be covered. Savings of a min of $100 per home.
Stopped dozens of mandatory affordable housing bills!
Total Snapshot of savings per home-$10,950
Spotsylvania Community Development
Important Changes -- Wednesday, September 4, 2019
All building permit applications received on or after September 4, 2019 will be reviewed and permitted under the 2015 Virginia Construction Code.
Effective September 4, 2019 all plans for Single family homes will be accepted in electronic format ONLY for review and approval. Contractor will need to print a paper copy of the Approved plans to have on site for all
Effective September 4, 2019, all Commercial renovation and alteration work in or on existing buildings will be reviewed using the 2015 Virginia Existing Building Code.
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