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Delaware Home and Garden Show Member Tickets Available

Its that time again, coming up March 29 and 30th at the Chase Center in Wilmington.

Members: follow this link to get branded online admission for your customers, and web banners, including instructions.  Admission is free with online registration:

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Noble’s Pond Proudly Opened The Carolina Model Home on Saturday, February 1, 2014

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More than 100 people attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and the Grand Opening of The Carolina, Noble’s Pond’s newest Model Home. Festivities included VIP tours of this sophisticated new model featuring a design concept inspired by input from many current and future homebuyers. A highlight of the tour was the one-of-a-kind Carolina kitchen, designed for optimal functionality and beautiful symmetry by Master Chef Jay Caputo, owner of three fabulous restaurants, Espuma and CABO in Rehoboth Beach and Rose and Crown British Pub in Lewes. Chef Caputo was on hand for cooking demonstrations and to offer tastings of his delectable creations. “It’s a rare opportunity to watch a celebrated chef work his culinary magic. This kitchen is a professional and home chef’s dream come true and must be seen to be appreciated, says Mary Field, Vice President of Noble’s Pond. Chef Caputo created an environment where great meals can’t help but happen.” Crab and Grapefruit salad, cheesy polenta with balsamic glazed brussel sprouts and quesadilla dip were just some of the delicious offerings Chef Caputo prepared for the attending guests.

The Carolina's Chef Inspired Kitchen
Every visitor to The Carolina model home was entered to win a sumptuous dinner with wine pairings for each course from the famed California Boisset Family Estates. This dinner will be held in The Carolina model home and served by the Noble’s Pond staff.

In addition to touring the new Carolina model, The Carolina Model Exterior                guests had the opportunity to visit two other model homes, a fully furnished “move-in ready” home and multiple homes that are currently under construction. The Point, the Noble’s Pond Clubhouse and the heart of all activity in the community, was open during the festivities. Desserts were served in The Conservatory where many current residents were on hand to discuss the lifestyle they are enjoying at Noble’s Pond.

Noble’s Pond is an amenity rich, active adult community, filled with yesterday’s charm but created for today’s lifestyles. Located just minutes from downtown Dover, Delaware, the community offers unique and flexible floorplans, a breathtaking clubhouse with outdoor pool, kitchen, bocce courts, putting green and a community garden, all situated amid the serene surroundings of Noble’s Pond. The Noble’s Pond Welcome Center, Clubhouse and Model Homes are open Monday through Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm. For more information call 1.888.222.0030 or visit www.noblespondhomes.com.

Congrats as Member DuPont achieves second LEED Gold Building Certification at Wilmington-area campus

Wilmington (Feb. 20, 2014) – DuPont today announced that a four-story, 170,000 square foot office building at its Chestnut Run Plaza facility has achieved LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at the Gold level. This is the second Gold level LEED certification that DuPont achieved for new construction projects in the Wilmington area.

The company is a co-sponsor of National Engineers Week (Feb. 16-22, 2014) and held an event in which DuPont Chief Engineer Karen A. Fletcher joined Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara in celebrating the role that engineers play in designing environmentally friendly buildings and processes.

“The LEED Gold certification is just one example of DuPont’s commitment to provide the world with tools that reduce the amount of energy required, while assuring that the world has the supplies of the increasingly clean energy it needs to thrive,” said Fletcher.  “DuPont engineers play a pivotal role not only in the design of green buildings, but also in building sustainability into the products we develop, the way we make them and our working environment.”

“With these two LEED Gold-certified buildings, DuPont is leading by example and demonstrating that sustainability and green engineering are key parts of the 21st century business model,” said Secretary O’Mara. “I hope that by highlighting these buildings and the benefits of green construction as part of National Engineers Week, engineers and engineering students will be encouraged to explore this vital and growing area of construction design today as a way to improve our environment for tomorrow.”

At the event, DuPont engineers welcomed middle school students from Holy Angels School in Newark who recently designed and built a virtual, sustainable city in a regional engineering competition tied to National Engineers Week.

“DuPont is thrilled to showcase the work of these students, whose design of a future city embodies the impact that engineers can have on communities across the world,” said Fletcher. “We hope more young people will consider careers in engineering if they are passionate about making a difference in society.”

The LEED green building rating system – developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council – promotes design and construction practices that increase profitability, reduce environmental impacts and improve occupant health and well-being. DuPont’s office building features more than 20 DuPont products and includes the following aspects of sustainable design:

  • More than half of the construction waste was diverted to be recycled.
  • 95 percent of the structural steel used is from recycled materials.
  • Low-flow faucets and low-gallon, dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals reduce water consumption by 40 percent.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

Becker Morgan Group Announces Promotions


Becker Morgan Group is pleased to announce the following promotions.

Jason R. Pearce, AIA, CDT, LEED AP, Architect in the Salisbury, MD office was named Senior Associate. With a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Pearce started as an intern in 1995 and has been with the firm for the past 19 years.


Brenden D. Frederick, AIA, LEED AP, Architect in the Salisbury, MD office was named Senior Associate. Frederick joined Becker Morgan Group 10 years ago after earning his Master of Architecture at Tulane University. He is President Elect of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chesapeake Bay Chapter and serves on the AIA Maryland Board of Directors.


Garth E. Jones, P.E., LEED AP, Civil Engineer in the Dover, DE office was named Associate. He has been with the firm for 10 years and has over 20 years of engineering experience. Jones earned his Bachelor of Civil Engineering at the University of Delaware and is a licensed engineer in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. He currently serves as chairperson of the Sussex County Partnering Committee for American Council of Engineering Companies of Delaware


Jonathan S. Falkowski, E.I.T., Civil Designer in the Dover, DE office was named Associate. Falkowski earned his Bachelor of Applied Sciences at the University of Delaware and Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology at Delaware Technical Community College. He has been with the firm for 9 years.


Becker Morgan Group provides Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. For more information, visit www.beckermorgan.com.

Home Builders Recognized for Toys for Tots Campaign Support

HBADE recently received thanks for the generosity of you, our members!

We just received a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for helping collect donations for their annual Toys for Tots Program.

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Our membership rose to the challenge and collected oodles of gifts and toys at our Annual Ball in December, to help brighten the days for needy children in Delaware.  The national Toys for Tots program collected over 71,521 toys, books, and stocking stuffers and helped 21,000 children in Delaware.

Thank you HBADE members for your generosity.  And a special thanks to John Johnson at Karins and Associates for spearheading our drive and coordinating with the Delaware Toys for Tots Chairman!


Urge Your Representatives to Vote for the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

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H.R. 3370 provides a more affordable rate structure for policyholders, repeals the rate increases from the sale or transfer of homes, restores the substantial improvement threshold to the historic 50%, requires FEMA to create more accurate flood maps, and ensures that consumers can be reimbursed for successful map appeals.

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Welcome New HBADE Members in February

More and more businesses are seeing the value of HBADE membership!  We are delighted to congratulate and welcome these new members which were approved by our Board of Directors yesterday:

C&C Drywall Contractors of Milford, Delaware


Owners Jose and Hermino Cisneros


Erosion Control Specialists, Inc.


Harry Yatsko, President


Tague Lumber Co.


Matt Potter, General Manager


Avenue Medical Construction Co.


Adam Samuel, President



HBADE CAPS Classes Held this Week – Snow and All

A big thanks to Benchmark Builders allowing HBADE to use their clubhouse at Village of Long Creek in Newark this week.

While the kids, many governments and businesses were closed this past Monday, Debra Young of EmpowerAbility taught a group of business people the ins and outs of Certified Aging in Place, Classes I and II as sanctioned and licensed by the National Association of Home Builders.

Millions of Americans are living longer and more active lives.  With their changing lifestyles, maturing Americans are also looking to  revitalize their home environments.  This was just the class for our students to learn more to serve this growing business nitch.

Now the nail-biting part for the students, as they wait to receive their test scores!

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DSHA has Free Sign Toppers While Supplies Last


Delaware State Housing Authority has purchased 200 real estate sign toppers that promote available downpayment and closing costs programs available through DSHA. The signs are free of charge for any realtors or builders who think they can increase sales by making potential buyers aware of these programs. Now that DSHA Homeownership programs are no longer limited to first time homebuyers, many more buyers can now qualify for these programs.

You merely need to complete and sign the acknowledgement at the link below agreeing not to display the signs on properties that exceed property purchase price limits. You must arrange to pick up the signs from either the DSHA Wilmington or Dover offices. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact DSHA at 302-577-5001.


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Farm Bill a $1.2 Billion Boon for Members in Rural Areas

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Farm Bill a $1.2 Billion Boon for Members in Rural Areas

After three years of work, an important victory for NAHB and its members. Read more…

Senate Flood Insurance Bill Helps Home Owners, Builders and Remodelers

NAHB’s efforts to fix flood insurance flaws will prevent undue hardship in the recovering housing market. Read more…

Federal Roundup: President, HUD Secretary, Vermont Governor and Fed Chairman All Call for Housing Finance Reform; A Health Care Reprieve and More

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