This from Kent County code officials but applies to entire State of Delaware. Thanks to Bob Taylor at JS Homes for forwarding to us
From: Scott Tanner [mailto:Scott.Tanner]
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:06 PM
To: Bob Taylor
Cc: Amy Minner; John Schulties
Subject: Approved electrical inspection agencies
Hey Bob, Can you put out to the HBA that the National Electrical Inspection agency and specifically Ray Vincent is no longer approved to provide inspections within the State of Delaware. The Delaware State Fire Marshall has removed them from their list of approved agencies and Inspectors.
We have performed two final inspections in the last few weeks with approval stickers from this agency. We cannot approve the final unless an approved agency has performed the work.
Here is the link for the State Fire Marshal’s most up to date list of approved agencies; http://statefiremarshal.delaware.gov/pdfs/electricalinspectionagencies.pdf
Kent County Inspection and Enforcement
555 Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901
302-744-2446 – Phone
302-736-2123 – Fax
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Charlie Tomlinson
Today Media to Revive and Publish Italian-American Herald
Wilmington, DE (May 26, 2014) – Robert F. Martinelli, president/CEO of Today Media, is pleased to announce that the communications company is reviving and publishing the Delaware Valley Italian-American Herald. The premier issue under the Today Mediabanner will be released June 1.
The Herald will continue to showcase Italian-American life in the region, including Delaware, Delaware County, Chester County, South Philadelphia, South Jersey, and other areas important to Italian-Americans.
Formerly bi-weekly, the Italian-American Herald celebrates the heritage and culture of Italian-Americans, focusing on theirlife today, as well as in history. The paper was published from May 30, 2013 through Feb. 6, 2014. Today Media will publish the newspaper monthly, beginning with the June issue, slated for distribution next week.
“June is a very important month in this region for Italian-Americans,” Martinelli said. “There are many festivals, in Delaware and South Jersey in particular, focused around Italian heritage, including the 40th anniversary of St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Wilmington, the Delaware County Italian American Heritage Festival and the Feast of our Lady of Mt. Carmel—the longest running Italian Festival in the country—held in Hammonton, N.J.”
Joe Cannavo, editor of the paper under the previous publishers, will continue as editor under Today Media.
Herald distribution will continue to include special events of interest to Italian-Americans, like St. Anthony’s Italian Festival inWilmington and the Delaware County Italian American Heritage Festival. The paper will continue to be available at selected locations, and subscriptions will be welcome.
Next Monday, May 26, 2014, our HBADE office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.
While most of us all enjoying a day off from work, and having a picnic or bar-be-que, or traveling or going to the beach, do you understand what Memorial Day is all about? Read the below recap.
(The below text copied entirely from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day)
Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a “dinner on the ground,” the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
Joe Gordon of GreenJoeGreen, an Accredited Verifier for the National Green Building Standard as well as President of HBADE Green Building Council, was recently selected to assist this national task. See the story below.
NGBS Green Verifiers Participate in 2015 NGBS Development Process
Congratulations to the seven NGBS Green Verifiers (listed below) who will contribute their expertise and experience to inform the 2015 NGBS development process! In addition to these individuals, many more NGBS Green Partners have been selected to participate via Consensus Committee and Task Group involvement. You can view the full roster of development process participants online.
The National Green Building Standard is the benchmark for certification of newly constructed homes for adherence to above code energy efficiency and observance of “green” construction practices related to home construction techniques, efficient use of materials and resources, protecting and promoting water conservation and indoor air quality, and education of new homebuyers to all of the practices required to achieve a certified green home. Joe will be part of a Consensus Committee which is a wide group of builders, architects, municipalities, code officials, EPA, US Department of Energy, and others. Thus the National Green Building Standard is not merely a builder industry gimmick but rather a well-established process for rigorous adherence to national standards and approved by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI).
Congratulations Joe and we appreciate your hard work!
Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market for the first quarter of 2014 is up year over year, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI).
Compared to the first quarter of 2013, the single-family index increased 4 points to a level of 50, which is the highest first-quarter reading since the inception of the index in 2008 and the 10th consecutive quarter of year over year improvements.
There are many factors contributing to the positive signs in the 55+ housing market, including rising house prices and low interest rates are helping baby boomers sell their existing homes at a favorable price and in turn, purchase a new home more suited to the current lifestyle.
There are separate 55+ HMIs for two segments of the 55+ housing market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each 55+ HMI measures builder sentiment based on a survey that asks if current sales, prospective buyer traffic and anticipated six-month sales for that market are good, fair or poor (high, average or low for traffic). An index number below 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as poor than good.
Two of the components of the 55+ single-family HMI posted increases from a year ago: present sales rose six points to 52 and expected sales for the next six months climbed nine points to 62. Meanwhile, traffic of prospective buyers held steady at a reading of 41.
The 55+ multifamily condo HMI increased one point to 39, which is the highest first-quarter reading since the inception of the index. Two of the 55+ multifamily condo HMI components showed increases compared to a year ago: present sales increased four points to 41 and expected sales for the next six months rose five points to 48. Traffic of prospective buyers, however, decreased six points to 32.
Three of the four 55+ multifamily rental indices showed slight declines in the first quarter. Present production dipped one point to 42, expected future production decreased three points to 45 and current demand for existing units dropped one point to 55. Future demand showed an increase of one point to 59.
Contact: Governor’s Office: Kelly Bachman, 302-299-9791 or Jonathon Dworkin, 302-233-6695
May 20, 2014
Governor Will Nominate Experienced Environmental Leader to Cabinet Post
Deputy Secretary David Small To Be Nominated for Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
(Wilmington, DE) Governor Jack Markell today announced he will nominate Deputy Secretary David Small to be Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). He will succeed Collin O’Mara, who will become President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation in July. The nomination is subject to confirmation by the Delaware State Senate.
“David’s depth of knowledge and leadership on environmental issues has helped improve the quality of life for residents and visitors of our state for nearly three decades,” said Governor Markell. “His work at DNREC to make our state safer, cleaner and healthier has earned the respect of many, both in and out of State government, and his wealth of experience makes him an ideal fit to build on our efforts to address Delaware’s energy and environmental challenges.”
Small has spent the last 13 years as Deputy Secretary. He has served six cabinet secretaries during his DNREC career, which spans 27 years. Small also worked as Executive Assistant to the Secretary from 1998 until 2001, having joined the department in 1987 as Chief of the Office of Information and Education. During his tenure at DNREC, Small has led, coordinated and supported the development and implementation of many initiatives, including: establishment of the state’s aboveground storage tank program; enhancements of public reporting of environmental releases; development of the state’s Dam Safety program, assuring the safe operation and maintenance of regulated dams; coordination with agriculture and business communities on a wide range of state and federal regulatory updates; creation of the Inland Bays Pollution Control Strategy to reduce nutrients and improve water quality; and passage and implementation of universal recycling.
“I am incredibly honored to be nominated by Governor Markell to serve as Secretary,” said Small. “If confirmed, I look forward to working with our many partners and the DNREC team to build on the successful foundation of this administration by making Delaware more resilient to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, protecting our air, land and water quality, providing diverse and quality recreational opportunities for our citizens and visitors and preserving our open spaces and biodiversity.”
Small is a former State of Delaware Employee of the Year. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Wilmington’s Riverfront Development Corporation, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club, and has represented Delaware on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. He is a past president of the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Information and Education Association. Small, 57, is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and resides with his family in Dover.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control employs 900 full-time professionals in 74 locations around the state and is comprised of seven Divisions: Air Quality, Energy and Climate, Fish and Wildlife, Parks and Recreation, Waste and Hazardous Substances, Water and Watershed Stewardship. It is responsible for protecting and managing the state’s natural resources, protecting public health and safety and providing quality outdoor recreation.
After a weak performance for the economy as a whole during the first quarter, spring is a time for improvements – for homes and the overall housing market.
May is National Remodeling Month, and NAHB has useful data for remodelers who want to know why home owners are undertaking improvements, as well as the most common types. Among remodelers participating in an NAHB industry survey, bathroom remodeling was cited as the most common project, narrowly beating out kitchen remodeling. Window and door replacements, whole housing remodeling and room additions rounded out the top five.
Data from the American Housing Survey indicate that home owners are most likely to use a professional remodeler for jobs involving HVAC systems and roofing followed by siding, windows/doors, electrical systems, plumbing and floors. According to the NAHB survey, the most common reasons for remodeling included a desire for better amenities, a need to replace or repair old components, and a need for additional space in the home.
Home improvement spending has a direct economic benefit on the economy. New estimates from NAHB indicate that every $1 million in remodeling spending creates 8.9 jobs. These estimates also note that building 100 single-family homes creates 297 jobs, and developing 100 multifamily units generates 113 jobs.
The role of housing investment as a job creator was highlighted by NAHB in testimony before the Senate Economic Policy Subcommittee hearing “Drivers of Job Creation.” That hearing involved a discussion of the transitions in the construction labor market as housing construction continues to recover. March data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics JOLTS survey reveal 104,000 unfilled construction sector jobs, as firms in some markets report challenges in filling vacant positions.
Despite disappointing housing data at the start of 2014, the housing recovery continues. The NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) rose one point in May to a level of 0.88. The LMI measures how close local markets are to normal conditions, based on reading of home prices, labor markets and housing construction permits. About one-quarter of all metro areas showed improvement from March to April on the LMI and 300 (85%) showed improved from May 2013.
As of the first quarter 2014, housing’s share of GDP stood at 15.5%, with home building contributing three percentage points of that total. NAHB is forecasting solid growth in single-family starts and continued expansion of multifamily development for the year; thus, housing’s share of the economy should continue to grow.
Residential construction spending in March posted a small increase but remains effectively unchanged over the course of 2014 so far. The current pace of home construction spending ($369.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted annual basis) is 0.8% over February and 16% higher than a year ago. From March 2013, on a three-month average basis, single-family construction spending has increased by 16.3%, multifamily is up by 30.8%, and remodeling has grown by 12.8%.
The NAHB single-family 55+ survey reported the most positive first-quarter market conditions for senior housing development in its history. Compared to the first quarter of 2013, the single-family index increased four points to a level of 50, which is the highest first-quarter reading since the inception of the index in 2008 and the 10th consecutive quarter of year –over- year improvements.
There are many factors contributing to the positive signs in the 55+ housing market, including rising house prices and low interest rates that are helping baby boomers sell their current homes at a favorable price and in turn, purchase a new home more suited to their preferred lifestyles.
Recent declines in housing affordability remain an industry headwind as the housing sector meets the traditional spring selling season. Home prices continue to rise, with the S&P/Case Shiller 20-City Index up 0.8% in February and gaining 12.9% over the prior 12 months.
For the overall housing market, data from the Federal Reserve’s Senior Loan Offer Opinion Survey suggest that demand for mortgages weakened during the first quarter, with many regional banks reporting tightened lending standards. Nonetheless, housing affordability conditions remain positive by historical standards. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index ticked up during the first quarter of 2014. Per the HOI, 65.5% of all homes sold between the beginning of January and end of March were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $63,900.
In macroeconomic news, GDP growth in the first quarter was a disappointing 0.1% gain, with downward revisions expected. Weather impacts took a toll on investment components, including home building, during the start of the year. However, personal consumption expenditures remained solid, growing 3%.
The April employment report brought relatively positive news, with 288,000 net jobs created for the month. The unemployment rate fell from 6.7% to 6.3%, although that decline was due to the large 806,000 decline in the number of people in the labor force.
Finally in analysis news, NAHB followed up prior examinations of local housing markets using Census data. The most recent study tracked the top markets for changes in single-family and multifamily market shares. Among the findings: Areas with the largest gains in single-family market concentration tended to have above- average population growth. Top markets using this measure included Fairbanks (Alaska), St. George (Utah), Yuma (Ariz.), and Yakima (Wash.).