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IBS Registration Opens Tuesday, September 3 – Expect More in 2014

Bigger is better, right? The NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) is co-locating with NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to present the first annual Design & Construction Week™ at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Feb. 4-6, 2014.

You can expect more of everything at the 2014 Builders’ Show!


  • Learn More: Explore the best techniques, practices and emerging trends through more than 100 education sessions.
  • See More: Discover the hottest products and materials from the industry’s most well-known manufacturers and suppliers; nearly 1,500 are expected for the combined IBS/KBIS show floors.
  • Do More: With attendance reaching 70,000+ residential construction and design professionals, there will be limitless opportunities to connect with colleagues and share ideas.

An IBS registration will give members access to the exhibits of IBS and KBIS, as well as the exhibits of a third show, the International Window Coverings Expo.  And, as always, you and your staff can register for free!


NAHB Members can register for a FREE expo pass during the month of September or they can save $100 off a full registration from the early registration fee. Spouse registrations are also free in September. More information can be found at BuildersShow.com/September.

Registration opens Sept. 3. Encourage your members to make plans now to attend this mega-event because these deals are only good through Sept. 30!

For more details, visit BuildersShow.com.  We hope to see you in Vegas in February!

IBS Registration: Beware of Solicitation from Unofficial Hotels or Housing Agencies for IBS


Registration for IBS Opens September 3, 2013.

Please be aware that as NAHB’s International Builders’ Show® approaches, exhibitors and attendees often receive unauthorized solicitations from hotels or third-party housing agencies not affiliated with NAHB.

These unaffiliated third parties typically advertise a seemingly enticing lower rate than NAHB’s official IBS hotel block rates. However, beware, because the lower rates may be a reflection of the lower quality of the rooms offered, and/or of significantly less favorable terms that apply to the reservation.

For example, cancellation polices imposed on guests who book with such third parties are often harsh and unforgiving. And in other cases, these groups turn out not to have any rooms available on the relevant dates at the low rates they advertise. For these reasons and to support NAHB’s efforts to give you the highest quality IBS experience, we strongly encourage you to book your housing accommodations using the reservation tools provided by NAHB.

Only hotel properties listed on BuildersShow.com hold IBS room blocks reserved for NAHB guests. Any offers you may receive from other hotels and/or housing agencies are not affiliated with NAHB or the International Builders’ Show and are not authorized communications, even if they appear to offer rooms at an official NAHB Hotel.

Please contact Barbara Rapp at NAHB if you receive a solicitation from an unaffiliated third party or if you have any questions.

Becker Morgan Group Celebrates 30 Years

Congrats to our member Becker Morgan, 30 years old!

Founded in 1983, Becker Morgan Group is pleased to be celebrating 30 years of providing design excellence and exceptional client service. The firm quickly found success in building a reputation on managing functional solutions with aesthetically driven designs regardless of project size. Thirty years later, that reputation remains intact, but the firm has grown to be much more diverse in terms of services, project types and geography.


By 1993, the firm had grown to more than 50 people, with a second office opening in Dover, Delaware. In 2007, Becker Morgan Group opened a third office in Wilmington, North Carolina. Today the firm employs a staff of nearly 70, including 17 shareholders and 14 LEED Accredited Professionals. Providing holistic site and building solutions, services include architecture, engineering, surveying, land planning and interior design. To further enhance client services, Becker Morgan Group is organized into teams of market specialists including Education, Land Development, Hospitality, Healthcare, Commercial/Retail, Residential and Government.


One of the greatest changes to take place in the industry over their thirty year history is the role of technology in design, and Becker Morgan Group has always embraced these advancements. The firm utilizes the latest in Building Information Modeling (BIM), Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D modeling capabilities. These technologies further improve accuracy of drawings and ease of coordination among team members, as well as helping clients and the public better understand how projects will look and function.


As a testament to the quality of their design solutions, Becker Morgan Group has been recognized for many local, regional and national design awards. They are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with clients on unique and challenging projects that inspire memorable spaces. Becker Morgan Group attributes their success to the exceptional clients, strong consultant teams, and staff they have developed over their 30 year history. According to President, W. Ronald Morgan, AIA, “We’ve been extremely fortunate to attract talented staff and clients passionate about creating positive contributions to the built environment … a tradition we look forward to continuing.”


For more information, visit the newly launched website at www.beckermorgan.com.

HBADE Office Closed Labor Day

Here’s a great surprise.

Our HBADE office will be closed Monday, September 2, 2013 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Not that we will be laboring.  Be sure to have a safe holiday and remember that school is back in session so watch for kids at the bus stops and of course the stopped-school buses.

Elliot Eisenberg’s Brief Blog

Here’s a recent blog from economist Elliot Eisenberg, interesting thought…

Purchases of new homes plunged 13.4% in July to only 394,000, the steepest drop in years underscoring the uneven pace of recovery. Worse, April, May and June new home sales were revised sharply lower and are officially in the books at just 446,000, 439,000 and 445,000 respectively. Moreover, the sales rate is only 6.8% higher year-over-year, hardly breakneck improvement. This explains why residential construction employment growth has barely increased.

Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D.

GraphsandLaughs, LLC


Cell: 202.306.2731


DSHA Presents Small Business Contractor Forum – Next Week



DSHA invites you to attend its FREE Small Business Contractor Forum!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Liberty Court Community Building

1289 Walker Road

Dover, Delaware

Learn more about DSHA’s programs and procurement opportunities.  Minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact Arlene Fordham at (888) 363-8808 or at arlenef@destatehousing.com.

To view brochure and registration form, click here.

September is Associates Appreciation Month

We are very happy and proud to have within our ranks a fine caliber of Associate members to compliment our Builders and Remodelers.  Since September is National Associates Appreciation Month, we thought we’d advance share a story NAHB will be featuring about the Ramp Program by our Associates Council. THANK YOU ASSOCIATE COUNCIL AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS!:

The Ramp Design and Construction Program was originally conceived by our Associates Council (AC) back in January as a means to work with high school design, drafting, and carpentry students, and assist an older adult in the community.  We recognized the need to work with the younger students as they represent our future workforce.

As a design project with Hodgson Vo-Tech High School in Delaware, AC members John Johnson and Debra Young met with the students and completed a presentation on ramp design, illuminating how each of the ramp features impacts use by persons of different age and ability levels.  The concept of Aging-in-Place and the difference between ADA/accessible design and Universal Design were also presented.  The ramp project case study, building an entry/exit ramp within the garage of a homeowner, was also presented to the students.    The purpose of the ramp is to assist a 92 year old resident who uses a power scooter to enter and exit the home to safely age-in-place.  The project also took into consideration the safe entrance and exit of the home by the resident’s many friends who visit her on weekly basis for group games, who also use canes and walkers due to mobility challenges.    Because of the sensitivity needed for ease of access, Debra, an occupational therapist and Owner of EmpowerAbility LLC worked closely with the drafting students so they could understand how the design of a space impacts a person’s safety and functional performance of daily activities.  In this case, how the design features of the ramp such as slope,  handrail location, turning radius, and the like, may impact the use of the ramp by the homeowners and their visitors, all of varying ages and levels of ability.

As a Professional Land Surveyor, John, a Principal with Karins and Associates Engineering also worked with the students including site visits to obtain measurements and trouble shoot potential obstacles.

After completion of the design, other HBADE members helped the project by walking it through the permitting process, organizing the build, securing donated materials, assisting that day with construction supervision, and documentation of the build.

In late July, the Associates Council Ramp Build was held in Academy Hills in Newark.  The scope was to construct and build a ramp inside the garage of an existing home to assist the older adult resident with safe access into and out of the home with a power scooter as she was increasingly becoming unable to safely navigate the steps.

All of this ramp work was done by volunteers and sponsors.  Although a few minor details of the ramp still remain to be finalized, the core ramp construction is complete and has passed final permit inspection.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held soon at the site to celebrate the completion and the successful results from the synergy between our Associate Council members, other HBADE members, the local high school instructors and students, and County officials

A sampling of pictures here show students Jerry and Ivy in action, along with our Associates Council members Debra Young, John Johnson, and Mike Janis.  We were helped greatly by member Brian Rickards of Benchmark Builders who oversaw the build and instructed us all along the way.  All of our members took time from their work day to help the build.  Associate Vice President and HBADE Life Director Jim McCulley served as photographer for the event.

HBADE member firms that helped included:

Associates Council:

John Johnson, Karins and Associates Engineering

Debra Young, EmpowerAbility LLC

Jim McCulley, Watershed Eco LLC

Mike Janis, RCI Printing and Graphics

HBADE Members Helping in the Project:

Matt Egan, Cornell Homes, Obtaining Building Permit

Brian Rickards, Benchmark Builders, Ramp Construction Management

Jon Long, LC Homes, Materials Donation

John Shone, Shone Lumber, Materials Donation




International Builders Show – 2014 — Local News and Save the Date

We just learned HBADE Board member Debra Young of EmpowerAbility LLC has been selected to be a presenter at the International Builders Show (IBS) next February in Las Vegas!

Debra will be presenting on Aging-in-Place Technology during IBS which will be held February 4-6.  As our population ages and demographic shifting takes place, we’re sure she will have a packed room.  Congratulations Debra on this accomplishment!

Details on specific timing for Debra’s presentation as well as all educational sessions will be forthcoming soon.  Registration for IBS opens September 3rd, just over a week!



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