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LAST CALL for DSHA Homebuyer Fair This Coming Weekend

HBADE members received our reminder email on Monday 3/31/14; although contact info was within the email, the exhibitor flyer was attached.  Sorry!  All information for new home buyer prospects is included below

If you don’t have plans for Saturday April 5th, come over to the Chase Center in Wilmington.  A Homebuyer Fair for ALL homebuyers, plus sponsorship opportunities, plus exhibitor opportunities!  Three flyers below:

Normally you think of Delaware State Housing Authority as a source of first time buyer financing.  NOw they offer programs for repeat buyers.  Prospective home buyers and home builders should come check this out.

2014 HB Fair Flyer vK

For Sponsor Opportunities:

2014 Homebuyer Fair SPONSOR Registration Form vK

For Exhibitor Opportunities:2014 Homebuyer Fair Exhibitor Registration Form vK

For pdf versions of these forms, click here:

Fair Flyer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/w9dnvfh3unv1ecp/2014%20HB%20Fair%20Flyer%20vK.pdf

Sponsor Flyer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0hwi6izak62xo4r/2014%20Homebuyer%20Fair%20SPONSOR%20Registration%20Form%20vK.pdf

Exhibitor Flyer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vivsrg3knsgbddf/2014%20Homebuyer%20Fair%20Exhibitor%20Registration%20Form%20vK.pdf

Bringing Housing Home – Delaware Style

Last Friday, over 40 members of the HBADE had the unique opportunity to meet/mingle and hear from our members of the Delaware federal delegation.

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Hosted by member John Tracey at his law firm Young, Conaway, Stargatt and Taylor’s (YCST) office on Rodney Square in Wilmington, HBADE was able to gather Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons, and Representative John Carney – in one room – and all at the same time – as they reviewed and took questions on national housing policies, issues and bills.  We covered housing finance reform, tax reform, labor shortages and immigration reform, building energy codes, and potential new changes from E.P.A. regarding Waters of the U.S.  All of this was in conjunction with NAHB’s Bringing Housing Home Program for the nearly 800 HBA’ s across the country to meet with their federal delegation.

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So while our Congressmen talked about the national issues which were assembled by our National Association of Home Builders, they were able to meet and greet our members one on one and hear directly from them on important matters.

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We think they came away with a reminder and understanding of how important the housing industry is in Delaware and how it is such an integral component of our local economy.

Our thanks to the many who made this meeting possible.  First John Tracey of YCST.  Next, Claire Harmer, Facilities and Events Coordinator for YCST. Of course, all of our members who attended and participated and asked questions.  And special thanks to Carper/Coons/Carney staff members that helped arrange the event and their attendance.  And finally to Jessica Hall our NAHB Legislative Consultant who came into town to help us out and provide an important issues briefing to members beforehand.

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HBADE Butch Alfieri Associate of the Year March 2014 Nomination – Keith Rudy

Last Thursday our Board of Directors met, and nominated for consideration of Associate of the Year 2014 is Keith Rudy!

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Keith heads the Water Resources Division at Landmark Sciences & Engineering in New Castle.   Keith, a knowledgeable P.E. and LEED AP, was recognized by our Board of Directors for his invaluable service representing our industry at the recent DNREC Sea Level Rise Committee meetings.  He also participated on the Committee that looked at and assisted DNREC to shape the latest stormwater management regulations.  His help has been priceless.

As you are aware, builder members at each Board meeting nominate Associate members to recognize their achievements and contributions to our industry.  This coming Fall, they will review all the nominations and select the Associate of the Year to be announced at the Leadership and Legacy Ball in December.  Tough decision!

Congratulations Keith!

Welcome New HBADE Members in March Madness Month

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 last week:

Home Builder: The Christopher Companies, building Millville by the Sea, Millville, DE

http://www.christophercompanies.com

Craig Havenner, President

 

Associate Member: Advanced GeoServices Corp, headquartered in West Chester, PA

http://www.advancedgeoservices.com

Barry Stingel, RLA, Project Consultant

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

Kent County Adopts New Building Code without Sprinklers

Earlier this week, Kent County Levy Court reviewed and adopted the 2012 International Residential Code for home building – without requiring sprinklers in new homes!

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Kent County adopted the Code with along with their Kent County supplement, which exempted the requirement for residential sprinklers.  They also adopted our recommendation to allow an implementation period of 6 months to allow time for builders and their architects and engineers to incorporate the new code changes into their plans.  The Code was originally slated to become effective in 60 days.  The new code goes into effect October 1, 2014.

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It is important to note that Kent County now joins Sussex County in adopting the 2012 IRC without residential sprinklers.  As we have long maintained, smoke detectors, which are presently required in all new homes, have proven to be an effective method to save lives in house fires.  While residential sprinklers are certainly an option that homebuyers could request from their builder,  our industry has long been opposed to mandatory sprinklers because smoke detectors are already effective and the additional cost for sprinklers would simply increase the price of the home to new home buyers.

The KC supplement will soon be available online on their website, or contact the Permits office for information.

Thank you to all our members that helped review the Code and Kent County amendments during their review of the new Code over the past year. Kent County had a public building code review committee which extensively reviewed the code for recommendation to Levy Court.  Thanks to member Mike Riemann of Becker Morgan who served on the Committee as a member of the civil engineering community, and to the Staff of Kent County for reaching out to us.

Also thanks to our builder members that reviewed the proposed Kent County amendments during the process or participated at Levy Court meetings: Scott Bradley of Bestfield Homes; Bob Taylor of JS Homes; Mick Kenny of McKee Builders; Fred Fortunato of Benchmark Builders; Pat Feeney and Jon Long of LC Homes; Shari Hendley and Don Yoos of J.S. Hovnanian and Sons, and Mike Riemann of Becker Morgan.

Benefits Connection Newsletter – March/April 2014

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Benefits Connection Newsletter
March – April 2014
Where’s MY ID Card
If you have not received your new Medical ID Card, for April 1st, it will be arriving soon. Our insurance companies (Aetna, Coventry, Highmark BCBS and United Healthcare) are processing your group, installing your employees and issuing ID cards as quickly as possible. If you need services before receiving your card, we will be able to assist you in obtaining your account number. We appreciate all of the cooperation and patience you provided while we worked with over 400 groups enrolled with the Benefits Connection.
Dental, Vision, Life & Disability Plans
Just a quick reminder that the Benefits Connection continues to offer Group Dental with Delta Dental, Dominion Dental and United Concordia. Click here to see our plans and rates

Our Vision program remains with VSP Vision.

Click here to see the VSP plan and rates.

Group Life and Short Term Disability continues to be offered by the Prudential Life Insurance Company.

Click here to see the plans and rates

More Benefits For Our Members
As a full service association of Employee Benefits we want to remind you that we also offer, to you and your employees:

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We have been releasing the Navigator as our member’s renewals have been finalized.Unfortunately, this has taken longer than expected. We are working as quickly as possible to get everyone up and running for all of our members.

Once you have the Navigator, each and every employee should register and verify their information and plan elections. They will also be able to elect or decline other benefits that are available.

We will be on hand to help you with any questions you may have and to resolve any issues that may develop with your group.

Contact us for more information 302-654-8823.

Privacy Notice
This notice will also serve as your annual Privacy Notice that we are required to send each year by Federal regulation. The notice is available on our website at www.alleninsurance.com or you may call our office302-654-8823 to request one be mailed to you.

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Becker Morgan Group Announces New Employees

Becker Morgan Group Announces New Employees

Joshua K. Bennett joins the firm as a Structural Designer in the Salisbury, MD office. He is a graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a minor in Architectural Engineering. His project experience with Becker Morgan Group includes the Lewes Public Library; West Ocean City Injury and Illness Center; Walgreens in Ocean Pines, MD; Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD; and various residential projects.

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Ashley B. Bonawitz joins the Wilmington, NC office as an Architectural Designer. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Architecture and was recently accepted into their Master of Urban Design program for the 2014-2015 year. Her project experience with Becker Morgan Group includes the Dungannon Village in Wilmington, NC; Cedar Fork Baptist Church in Beulaville, NC; St. Mary Catholic School in Wilmington, NC; High Tide Brewing in Sneads Ferry, NC; and Dr. Steven W. Smith Dental Office in Sneads Ferry, NC.

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

NEXT WEEKEND DSHA Homebuyer Fair April 5th – Something for Everyone!

If you don’t have plans for next Saturday April 5th, come over to the Chase Center in Wilmington.  A Homebuyer Fair for ALL homebuyers, plus sponsorship opportunities, plus exhibitor opportunities!  Three flyers below:

Normally you think of Delaware State Housing Authority as a source of first time buyer financing.  Now they offer programs for repeat buyers.  Prospective home buyers and home builders should come check this out.

2014 HB Fair Flyer vK

For Sponsor Opportunities:

2014 Homebuyer Fair SPONSOR Registration Form vK

For Exhibitor Opportunities:2014 Homebuyer Fair Exhibitor Registration Form vK

For pdf versions of these forms, click here:

Fair Flyer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/w9dnvfh3unv1ecp/2014%20HB%20Fair%20Flyer%20vK.pdf

Sponsor Flyer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0hwi6izak62xo4r/2014%20Homebuyer%20Fair%20SPONSOR%20Registration%20Form%20vK.pdf

Exhibitor Flyer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vivsrg3knsgbddf/2014%20Homebuyer%20Fair%20Exhibitor%20Registration%20Form%20vK.pdf

Middletown Town Hall Closed Notice to Builders

A reminder to home builders and those doing business with the Town of Middletown next week

Town Hall is closed March 24 2014, due to elections. Inspection on that day can still be scheduled and be performed that day, just the building closed, feel free to contact anyone that day, they will be operating on normal hours.

On March 26, 2014,  there will be no inspections due to a training class  the inspectors will be attending at the Kent County Building, please feel free to contact Middletown office that day at 302-376-7220 and the office at Town Hall will be operating on normal hours.

REMINDER for NEXT WEEKEND! Delaware Home and Garden Show Member Tickets

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 $7.00 at the door BUT free with online registration:

Members https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ybpuxyxq2sre00f/-xska8lXJ1

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