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National Homeownership Month Event Hosted by Delaware Builders and Realtors


Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 — Governor Markell, members of the Delaware General Assembly, the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE), and the Delaware Association of REALTORS® (DAR) held a celebration event recognizing National Homeownership Month. The event took place in Dover, Delaware on the Green Legislative Mall, in front of Legislative Hall. In addition to representatives from both sides of the aisle, the event was attended by home builders and realtors to recognize the importance of homeownership.


In recognition of the occasion, Governor Markell spoke about the importance to Delaware of new and existing homes and presented his Proclamation declaring June as National Homeownership Month in Delaware.


We also received remarks from DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi supporting homeownership and reminding the audience of the valuable work DSHA does to enhance homeownership for both first time buyers and repeat homebuyers in Delaware.


We were privileged to hear from members of the General Assembly that took time out of their busy schedules to talk, including Representative Valerie Longhurst, Senator Greg Lavelle, Representative Deborah Hudson, Representative Michael Ramone, and Representative Ruth Briggs King.  We were also privileged to hear from prominent builders and realtors – Kevin Kelly, Chairman of the Board of NAHB (pictured above); Kevin Whittaker, President of HBADE (pictured below), and Rob Harman, President of DAR.


Thanks to all for attending. And special thanks to Amanda Kaye of Exposed Branches Photography for the pictures.


Pictured above (L to R): Eric Braunstein, DAR; Rob Harman, President DAR; Kevin Whittaker, President HBADE, Howard Fortunato, HBADE.

national homeownership month proclamation


Builders: Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing Needs your Help & Support

The City and residents of Dover identified a need to provide the homeless population of Dover with a safe and welcoming place for men and women to be during the day.  Since the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing shelter has been meeting the needs of the male population experiencing homelessness for many years, providing meals, job support, and a safe place to be, it was a logical extension of the current services.


The city was instrumental in obtaining a used double wide trailer and had it delivered to the DIMH property at 684 Forest Street.  The Rotary Club provided some funds to pay for the setup of the trailer, and various organizations and people have volunteered money and hands to paint and clean both the inside and outside of the unit.



In order to meet the needs of the people who will use the Resource Center, the trailer space, now one very large room, needs to be divided into some smaller spaces.  This will allow for individual counseling, and a space where small groups of users can meet to talk with each other.  Four current volunteer staff members from the shelter visited a large day center in Maryland and observed the interaction and activities being offered to their attendees. Smaller spaces appeared to be quite important.


A plan has been drawn up to create some small spaces, and it was planned that there would be funds to purchase the materials for the interior rooms.  Due to some extra and unexpected costs for set up, those funds are now not available.  The center is planning to open in mid-July and will be one large room.  To divide up the space the following materials,  with an estimated cost, are needed.

107  – 2 x 4 x 92” studs                                   Cost: $ 283.00

8 – 2 x 4 x 8’                                                            $   21.00

7 – 2x 4 x 10’                                                           $    30.00

4 –  2 x 4 x12’                                                          $    21.00



52 sheets drywall  (1/2” x 4’ x 8’)                 Cost :  $ 533.00

3 – 32“  pre-hung doors                               Cost:   $ 243.00


ANYONE that can donate these materials, it would be greatly appreciated.   Please contact Breeta  Littlefield at Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing.  Her number is 302-735-4686

Correction: Building and Energy Code News from Kent County

We erred last week on our dates, the Kent County Building Code using IRC 2012 takes effect October 1, 2014.  We are re-running the entire block below with corrected dates.

The Kent County Levy Court adopted the 2102 I-codes on March 25, 2014.  The effective date of the 2012 I-codes (Building Code) is October 1, 2014.


The State of Delaware adopted the 2012 International Energy Code on April 1, 2014.  The effective date for the State Energy Code is April 15, 2014, with an enforceable date of November 11, 2014.  Link to the legislation.




For a copy of the Kent County 2012 Building Code Supplement, click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uorwpk9xlik3i04/2012%20Supplement%20Final.pdf

NAHB’s Supreme Court Victory Stops EPA in its Tracks

(reprinted from NAHBNow, 6/23/14)

In a major victory for NAHB, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have the authority to require multifamily and commercial builders to obtain costly pre-construction permits for greenhouse gasses emitted from the buildings they construct.

The case against the EPA was brought by NAHB and its coalition partners and revolved around whether the agency has the power under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources that could include everything from factories, refineries and power plants to apartment and commercial buildings.

“Because of the way the EPA interpreted the [Clean Air Act] statute, the agency sought to treat apartment complexes as if they are power plants,” NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly said in an official statement. “That makes absolutely no sense and would have dealt a major setback to the housing recovery. Today’s verdict strikes an important blow against federal agencies overreaching their authority.”

If the EPA had prevailed, it could have forced many builders and developers to obtain an expensive pre-construction permit for greenhouse gas emissions, which would severely curtail apartment and mixed-use development. Some single-family and potentially even master-planned community development could also have been affected.

Based largely on EPA’s own estimates, the cost of the permit alone could have been about $60,000 per multifamily property, with costs due to delays averaging about $40,000 across all building sizes. For a property with 50 or more apartments, costs due to delays could have reached up to $200,000.

The Supreme Court decision stops EPA in its tracks and represents a significant win not only for multifamily builders, but for all builders that deal with excessive and unlawful EPA rules.

Davis-Bacon Wage Survey

We were asked to circulate this survey link for work on federally financed or assisted construction projects.  If you are interested in participating in this federal survey of wage rates on these projects, please contact the U.S. Department of Labor at the web link or phone number listed herein.



Welcome New HBADE Members June 2014

More and more businesses continue to see the value of HBADE membership!  Although our Board of Directors did not meet this month, the following two companies’ apps were circulated to the Board and officially approved for membership by our Board of Directors this week:


IKO Manufacturing, Inc., Wilmington, DE

Gary Anderson, Territory Sales Representative



Residential Mortgage Services, Exton, PA

Larry Knopf, Loan Originator – larry.knopf@RMSmortgage.com

James Smedley, District Manager – jim.smedley@RMSmortgage.com

Olga Kehle – olga.kehle@RMSmortgage.com

We welcome these new members, and as we always say: DO BUSINESS WITH A MEMBER!

NAHB Members

Building and Energy Code News from Kent County


The Kent County Levy Court adopted the 2102 I-codes on March 25, 2014.  The effective date of the 2012 I-codes is November 1, 2014.


The State of Delaware adopted the 2012 International Energy Code on April 1, 2014.  The effective date is April 15, 2014, with an enforceable date of November 11, 2014.  Link to the legislation.




For a copy of the Kent County 2012 Building Code Supplement, click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uorwpk9xlik3i04/2012%20Supplement%20Final.pdf

Energy Code Education Tips from the HBADE Green Building Council

Energy Efficiency in new home construction is increasing; and the State will be revising and updating the State Energy Code which takes effect in November 2014.

The ever increasing efficiency of the energy code demands that we, the building industry, ratchet up our game.  Cold Corners and Thermal Bridging are energy stealing culprits, hurting your energy efficiency.   Below, we review how to fix Cold Corners and one way to tackle Thermal Bridging (as it relates to interior walls).  We will be reviewing Thermal Bridging in the future as it relates exclusively to the exterior walls of the house; for Part 1 we have limited the discussion to Thermal Bridging from Exterior walls to Interior walls.  If ever you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to contact me, Joe Gordon, your Green Building Council Chair at Joe@GreenJoeGreen.com.  If I don’t have an immediate answer for you, I will bring your question or concern to the Green Building Council for discussion.

For a link to this complete discussion about insulated corners, counter thermal bridging, and ladder blocking click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ovuyvj6tm207zjw/Insulated%20Corners%20%26%20Ladder%20Blocking.pdf

Don’t miss Part 2 next week’s Sticks and Bricks!!  Ed Minch of Energy Services Group will discuss how to insulate a Header in compliance with the 2012 IECC.

Thank You from your Green Building Council,

Joe Gordon


Proposed Clean Water Act Rule is More Federal Overreach, Kelly Tells Congress


June 11, 2014 – A proposed rule recently released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to expand the reach of the Clean Water Act could increase the cost of new homes without a corresponding benefit to America’s lakes, rivers and other water bodies, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress today.

“Unfortunately, the proposed rule falls well short of providing the clarity and certainty the construction industry seeks,” NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del., said during a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment.

Kelly-4-testimony“The rule will increase federal regulatory power over private property and will lead to increased litigation, permit requirements and lengthy delays for any business trying to comply,” added Kelly. “Equally important, these changes will not significantly improve water quality because much of the rule improperly encompasses water features that are already regulated at the state level.”

Expanding federal authority under the Clean Water Act would greatly increase the number of construction sites required to obtain appropriate permits, which would also delay, impede and raise the cost of construction projects. Moreover, this would add to the exorbitant backlog of permits, which currently range from 15,000 to 20,000.

“This proposal would unnecessarily impose additional regulations that would make it more difficult for our industry to provide homes at an affordable price point,” said Kelly. “We need to find a common-sense middle ground that will protect our nation’s water resources and allow citizens to build and develop their land.”

The rule would exacerbate the current regulatory confusion by adding new, undefined terms such as “floodplain” and “riparian area” to give regulators automatic federal jurisdiction over properties that contain isolated wetlands, ephemeral streams or any land features covered under the expansive definition of “tributary.”

“For any small business trying to comply with the law, the last thing it needs is a set of new, vague and convoluted definitions that only provide another layer of uncertainty,” said Kelly.

The proposed rulemaking also threatens to discourage the use of low-impact or green development practices like rain gardens, swales and even sediment ponds as the EPA’s language about whether developers would have to get a federal permit before installing these systems is still unclear.

Finally, Kelly said that the proposal is inconsistent with prior U.S. Supreme Court rulings that established limits to federal jurisdiction over isolated wetlands and ephemeral streams. The proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands fails to appropriately recognize the states’ authority to regulate what have historically been deemed “state waters.”

“Clearly, this is not what Congress intended when it enacted the Clean Water Act or told the EPA and the Corps to clarify its jurisdictional reach,” said Kelly. “Rather than adding new protections for our nation’s water resources, this proposed rule inappropriately shifts the jurisdictional authority of most waters to the federal agencies. If the EPA and Corps are interested in developing a meaningful and balanced rule, they must take a more methodical and sensible approach.”

At the request of NAHB and other stakeholders, the EPA yesterday announced a 91-day extension to the proposed rule’s public comment period from July 21 until Oct. 20, 2014.

Proposed WOUS Rule Comment Period Extended – News from Jim McCulley

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News About the Proposed WOUS Rule
June, 2014

The comment period for the Proposed Rule for Definition of Waters of the United States has been extended from July 21, 2014 to October 20, 2014. This means that the earliest the Rule could take effect is October 21, 2014 although it will likely be November or December of 2014.

To find out how the new Rule will affect your projects, contact Watershed Eco by e-mailing Jim McCulley at Jim. If there is enough interest we will schedule a seminar.

Additional resources and information can be found below.

Additional Resources on WOUS Proposed Rule:

PWS SealPublic Notice extending the comment period.

Funny video made by Farm Bureau.

Farm Bureau informational website.

EPA website with the Rule and additional information.

Interpretive Rule released at the same time as the Proposed Rule exempting Agriculture.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


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Jim McCulley
Watershed ECO

HBADE Life Director
NAHB Director
NAHB Environmental Issues Committee
State of Delaware, Wetland Advisory Committee

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