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Volume 3: Issue 3 │ March 2019
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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.
Builders' Show Largest in 10 Years
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BRANDING YOUR BUSINESS
H-2B Visa Program Reaches Cap for 2019
HUD Shortens Inspection Notices
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.
NAHB Weighs In on Judicial Deference Case
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.
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 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
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
HUD's Carson Looks to Work With Builders on Affordability
Employers Must Use New I-9 Form
NAHB Elects 2019 Leadership
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.
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.
Stafford County Bi-Monthly Meeting Monday, April 1, 2019
Spotsylvania County Bi-Monthly Meeting Monday, April 1, 2019
Orange County Quarterly Meeting Friday, April 5, 2019
King George County Quarterly Meeting Friday, May 3, 2019
Caroline County Quarterly Meeting TBA
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.).
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
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Mid South Building Supply wins Award for Innovative Kitchen Showroom
Congratulations to KBx member Mid South Building Supply, awarded Innovative Showroom by NKBA for the category Multi Location Retail Showroom. Hundreds entered the contest but only six were chosen!
The Innovative Showroom Awards celebrate existing showrooms in the kitchen & bath space that are doing a great job of engagement, creating an unforgettable experience, and educating their customers. Showrooms were judged on their innovative, unique and interactive showroom design.
The six winners were announced at KBIS 2019 at the NKBA Design Competition and Industry Awards Show at the Encore Hotel.
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Thursday, March 21 Legislative Committee Meeting
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Thursday, March 21 New to FABA Member Orientation
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Friday, March 29 2015 Building Code Training 8:00 am - 4:00 am
Spotsylvania County School Board Building
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Monday, April 1 Stafford County Bi-Monthly Meeting
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Stafford County Building Dept.
1300 Courthouse Rd. Stafford, VA 22554
Monday, April 1 Spotsylvania County Bi-Monthly Meeting
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spotsylvania County Building Dept.
9019 Old Battlefield Blvd. Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Tuesday, April 2 Building Great Things Together
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Friday, April 5 Orange County Quarterly Meeting
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Orange County Dept. of Community Development
128 W. Main St. Orange, VA 22960
Wednesday, April 11 Associates Committee Meeting
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Membership Committee Meeting
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FABA Members, the 2019 Membership Directory will go to print on April 1, 2019.
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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, March 21st at 11 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.
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