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Reminder HBADE office closed Fourth of July

Our office will be closed next Thursday July 4th for the Holiday.  We will reopen July 5th with a short staff.

Please enjoy your holiday observance safely.  No drinking and driving, or boating, and watch for others.

LAST CALL Join us for Legislature Watch June 30th

HBADE Members:

This Sunday afternoon/evening June 30th will be the final day of the Delaware General Assembly session.

The good news is that after that, no worry about new bills or legislative issues arising until next January.

The bad news is that lots of bills can and will come up in the rush to be completed between now and the 30th!

What does this mean?  Because our Delaware legislators have been tied up with social issues, they will be getting back to all sorts of legislation which can impact your business – good or bad.

We hold our annual Legislature watch Sunday June 30th, starting at 5pm where we gather with sandwiches and beverages for a briefing, then we  head over to Leg Hall — to be ready to jump if something new or unexpected arises.  You NEVER know what’s going to happen or could arise literally at the 11th hour.  Start at 5, it runs till whenever they recess that evening.

If you are interested to attend, email hfortunato@hbade.org for details where to be at what time.

Advertising Opportunity for Members

Advertising opportunity for your exposure in our upcoming Membership Directory:


Member Only Benefit: NAHB Unveils New Map Tool for Endangered Species

This is available only to members of NAHB – as you probably know, as a member of HBADE you are automatically a member of the National Association of Home Builders – 2 memberships for the price of one!

At the NAHB Board of Directors meeting 2 weeks ago, our association unveiled an important new member benefit for builders, developers and others who want to know more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plans to step up the “listing” process for endangered and threatened plants and animals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Our interactive species finder map allows members to search by state and county to determine the status of the more than 1,400 species currently protected by the ESA as well as the status of 700 additional species whose listings are now in the planning stages.

The NAHB Environmental Issues Committee touts this new member benefit as an “early warning system” for builders who might want to reconsider how to develop a specific property or whether to even purchase it based on its likelihood of being designated as an endangered animal’s critical habitat. State and local home builders associations may also find it helpful to know what listings are in the works for their market areas so that they can begin putting resources together for comment letters and other tools to address proposed listings and habitat designations.

Importantly, the new map tool also includes a set of Frequently Asked Questions designed to explain how the ESA works and explain some of the related terminology. Check it out at www.nahb.org/speciesfinder.

Welcome new HBADE members

As you know, our Board of Directors meets monthly to review and approve new membership applications.

We are happy to announce the following new builder and associate members, in no particular order which have joined since January of this year:

Primary Residential Mortgage, Associate Member

Brothers Custom Painting, Associate Member

AFLAC – Associate Member

Dilsheimer Company – Builder Member

Troy Granite – Associate Member

EAM Associates – Associate Member

K & B Construction – Builder Member

Lennar – Builder Member

Loud and Clear Home Theatre Solutions – Associate Member

Beazer Homes Maryland Division – Builder Member

RHA Construction – Builder Member

Barbara Anderson Design – Associate Member

Cleaning Frenzy – Associate Member

Delaware Today/Today Media – Associate Member

Element Design Group – Associate Member

Strata Law LLC – Associate Member

Tricon Corp – Associate Member

Art Floor – Associate Member

CNB Bank – Associate Member

Patterson Schwartz – Associate Member

Tarabicos Grosso – Associate Member

Universal Supply – Associate Member

Urban Financial Group – Associate Member

Evergreene Homes – Builder Member

Pelsa Company Engineering – Associate Member

Erco Ceilings – Associate Member

Turnstone Builders – Builder Member

Investment Property Services – Associate Member

Civil Engineering Associates – Associate Member

State Drywall –  Associate Member

HBADE Butch Alfieri Associate of the Year June Nominations

Yesterday our Board of Directors met, and nominated for consideration of Associate of the Year 2013 three Associate members.

Debra Young, EmpowerAbility LLC, for her continuing work on the Associates Council and also representing us on the NAHB Board of Directors at Spring Board meetings a couple weeks ago.

Joe Gordon, Joe Gordon LLC, for his continued Presidency of the Green Building Council and culling together the enormous volume of comments which we submitted to DNREC regarding the coming-in-the-soon-future IECC 2012 Energy Code.

Mike Riemann, Becker Morgan Group for his help writing and assembling comments to DelDOT as they revise the Subdivision Streets Manual, and they consider fees for changing traffic studies.

Congratulations to Debra, Joe, and Mike.  Thank you for helping – helping staff here at HBADE, and for helping your fellow industry members.

National Homeownership Month June

Besides the fact that each newly built home creates 3 new permanent jobs, a home of your own is a fundamental aspiration for all, a place to call your own. The Governor’s Proclamation says it all.

national homeownership month

Sussex County Adopts the 2012 IRC – Without Sprinklers

Sussex County Council recently adopted the 2012 IRC building code.  We were on hand to support adoption of the Code – in addition to HBADE statement, members Mark Grahne of Atlantic Homes and Mark Fitzgerald of Schell Brothers publicly expressed support of the Code to County Council.

The County proposed to adopt the new building code excluding residential sprinklers.  We applaud Sussex County as we have long maintained that existing fire protection in homes, ie hard wired smoke detectors, have been effective and essentially that sprinklers only add cost and reduce housing affordability.  Builders can always include them as an option if their buyer so chooses.

Our position statement:

Endorse SC adopt IRC 2012

Becker Morgan Group Announces New Employee

Jeremy I. Walbert, P.E. joins the firm as an Associate/Structural Engineer in the Salisbury, MD office. The addition of Walbert allows the firm to further enhance client services by offering structural engineering capabilities in-house. Walbert is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering, and the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.


With over eight years of experience in the industry, Walbert previously worked as the senior project engineer at an architectural and engineering firm that serves the Mid-Atlantic region. Walbert’s project experience with Becker Morgan Group includes a variety of projects throughout Chestertown, Easton, Cambridge, Ocean City, Millsboro, and Dover.

Celebrating 30 Years, Becker Morgan Group provides Architecture & Engineering services. The firm has offices in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. For more information, visit www.beckermorgan.com.

Thought we’d pass this on for Sunday afternoon

2013 Home Improvement Day Order Form - June 30, 2013

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  • NLRB Overturns Browning-Ferris Decision; Reinstates Prior Joint Employer Standard December 15, 2017
    In a victory for NAHB and the small business community, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted on Dec. 14 to overturn its 2015 ruling in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries. Yesterday's 3-2 vote effectively overturns an Obama-era decision that radically expanded the traditional definition for joint employer status.
    NAHB Now
  • IHA Meeting Focuses on Housing Affordability December 15, 2017
    Housing affordability continues to be a priority for housing experts not just in the United States, but worldwide, said participants at the 2017 Interim Meeting of the International Housing Association held in Tokyo last month.
    NAHB Now
  • 2018 Could Bring More of the Same: Tight Labor and Costly Materials December 14, 2017
    NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz provides a brief summary of the challenges builders faced in 2017, and describes the impacts of hefty tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.
    NAHB Now