HBA/DE archives

Archive for

IBS Registration Special September-only offers!

IBS15-HBAbuckslip-PRESS2

It’s that time of year again! Registration is now open for the industry’s biggest event and there are some exceptional September-only offers!

February marked the inaugural co-location of the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) and NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to create the first ever Design & Construction Week™ and the response was tremendous! We are thrilled to announce that Design & Construction Week™ is back and growing again! Along with IBS and KBIS, Design & Construction Week™ will feature three partner industry events: the International Window Coverings Expo, the Las Vegas Market and The International Surface Event. Your IBS registration will give you access to the exhibit floors of all five shows.

125,000 attendees are expected to attend this mega event, making it the largest annual gathering of residential construction and design professionals in North America. Make sure you are there!

IBS15-HBAbuckslip-PRESS1

Here are three September-only IBS offers – just for NAHB members.

1. COMPLIMENTARY EXPO PASS*
NAHB members and co-workers can register for a complimentary IBS expo pass. Starting October 1, you’ll pay $50.

2. SAVE $100 ON FULL REGISTRATION
Register before the end of September to receive $100 off the early full registration price. This option gives you access to any of the more than 100 education sessions and an expo pass for only $250!**

3. FREE SPOUSE REGISTRATION
Add your spouse to your registration for free. Starting October 1, spouse registration will be $25.

For more information click: http://buildersshow.com/Home/

Be sure to book your housing and registration at the same time. Book early to get the best rate at your preferred hotel! A room deposit will not be charged until December so you have nothing to lose.

Secure your discounted registration and hotel room today! Don’t wait; these offers will expire at the end of September!

*Manufacturers and Software Provider registrants are not eligible.

**An added bonus: the first 500 IBS full registrants will receive a free bonus ticket, allowing you to attend one KBIS Voices of the Industry education session on Thursday, January 22! Restrictions apply; visit BuildersShow.com/bonus for complete details.

Help a veteran in need, the HBA/DE Ramp Program is underway

HBADE is a Delaware business organization with members that cover every aspect of residential home construction and renovations.  Although the primary focus of HBADE is to educate, advocate and organize events to improve the quality of services the members provide, HBADE also seeks to give back to the community when it can.

 

This year the Associates Council of HBADE will be working with Sussex Vo-Tech students and instructors to design, build and install a wheelchair ramp in Sussex County for a deserving person. Military veterans are preferred, although anyone can apply.

 

We worked last summer with Hodgson Vo-Tech students in New Castle County to build and install a ramp for an elderly recipient in New Castle County.

 

The ramp will be designed by the high-school students, in consultation with their teachers and our Associate members expertise to guide them on ADA and accessibility guidelines.  Then they will continue to build and install the ramp, while learning hands-on about construction and obtaining the necessary Sussex County building permits.  In addition, all of this will be provided at no cost to the recipient as the construction materials will be donated by HBADE members and our Associates Council members will donate their time and expertise.

 

If you are interested in HBADE providing a ramp to the entry of your home please provide your name, address, city and state where your house is located. Please also provide a picture of your home in its current condition.  Finally, please state in a few sentences why you, or the person you’re submitting the form for, should be the recipient including any information relating to the injury or specific need for a new wheelchair ramp at: http://www.hbade.org/education-events/hbade-wheel-chair-ramp-entry-form/

HBA/DE Benefits Connection Seminar

The Home Builders Association of Delaware is evaluating some of our member benefits.  One of our new programs is a unique, “outside the box’ Workers Compensation solution specifically geared to the contractor and builders trade.  Delaware is in the midst of a Workers Compensation dilemma, as our rates are significantly higher than our surrounding states.  As an organization, we feel it is vital to bring to our members alternatives and solutions to this dilemma to help them be as competitive in the market as possible.

Our benefits partner, the Benefits Connection, is spear-heading this alternative solution for our membership. A seminar presentation for all members of the HBA/DE is scheduled for September 25th. The location will be at the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce.

The presentation will cover the Affordable Care Act, and what employers should expect, as well as an alternative solution for the Workers Compensation dilemma in Delaware.
One of our new programs is a unique, Workers Compensation solution specifically geared to the contractor/builders trade.

For more information follow this link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9pct454d004e90b&llr=rqcbvycab

IBS Registration Special Advance Deal

IBS15-HBAbuckslip-PRESS1

 

IBS15-HBAbuckslip-PRESS2

Senator Coons Helps Award $1 Million in Grants for Habitat Projects

fhlbb

 

Contact:  

Kate Rohrer, Office of Senator Coons, 302-736-5601, kate_rohrer@coons.senate.gov

Jocelyn Tice, Central Delaware Habitat, 302-526-2366, director@centraldelawarehabitat.org

Kevin Gilmore, Sussex County Habitat, 302-855-1153, ext. 201, Kevin@sussexcountyhabitat.org

Dave Buches, FHLBank Pittsburgh, 302-242-1257, david.buches@fhlb-pgh.com

 

Senator Coons Helps Award $1 Million in Grants for Habitat Projects

 

 

Frederica, Del., August 15, 2014 – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) joined Kent and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity members, bankers, and civic leaders today to help award a total of $1.017 million in affordable housing grants to help complete four Habitat projects.

HH -1

The grants, delivered through Fulton Bank and Wilmington Savings Fund Society in conjunction with the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank Pittsburgh), will allow community volunteers and family members to complete 17 new units of Habitat housing in Frederica, Georgetown, Laurel, and Rehoboth Beach. Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring the Frederica project and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring the three others.

 

“Simple, decent and affordable housing is a cornerstone for the American dream,” said Sen. Coons. “Thanks to great community partners like Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, Fulton Bank and WSFS financially supporting community organizations like Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity and Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, more Delawareans are able to reach their life goal of owning their own home.”

 

In all four projects, families moving into Habitat homes must have lived or worked in the county for a year, demonstrated a need for housing, and demonstrated an ability to repay the zero-interest loans that Habitat provides for financing. In addition, qualifying families must complete homeownership workshops and engage in “sweat equity” by helping to build their own or a neighbor’s home.

HH -2

Senator Coons served as guest speaker at today’s event, which was held at the Frederica project. Other attendees included Jocelyn Tice, executive director of Central Delaware Habitat; Kevin Gilmore, executive director of Sussex County Habitat; and Kris Williams, chief operating officer of FHLBank Pittsburgh.

 

“Partnering with WSFS Bank and FHLBank Pittsburgh on this project is truly a blessing and not only helps impact the lives of our future six Habitat homeowners, but also those of the other six Habitat homeowners currently living in the community,” said Tice. “This opportunity has allowed us to continue our revitalization efforts by collaborating with local government, Frederica residents, and local businesses and organizations to provide affordable homeownership,” she said.

 

“This partnership with FHLBank Pittsburgh is critical to our ability to serve local communities with affordable housing,” said Gilmore. “Without these resources, we would not be able to serve nearly as many hardworking, low-income families with the opportunity of homeownership.”

 

WSFS Bank worked with officers of Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity to coordinate the grant for the Frederica project while Fulton Bank worked with Sussex County Habitat on the remaining projects. The funds were awarded on a competitive basis based on criteria established by FHLBank Pittsburgh’s Affordable Housing Program.

 

As an intermediary between global capital markets and local lenders, FHLBank Pittsburgh provides readily available liquidity, as well as affordable housing and community development opportunities, to member financial institutions of all sizes in Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Bank is one of 12 banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which was established by Congress in 1932 and serves as a reliable source of funds for housing, jobs and economic growth in all economic cycles.

The projects receiving funding today included:

 

Frederica Neighborhood Revitalization Project Frederica, Del.

Member:  Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB

Sponsor:  Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity Inc.

Units: 6 AHP Grant: $300,000 Total Development Cost: $704,498

Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity Inc. (CDHFH) will construct six new affordable homes in Frederica, Del. CDHFH began building in Frederica in 2011. The six new homes will exceed energy efficient code and will either be one- or two-story, depending on the lot size. Habitat homeowners must live or work in Kent County for one year, demonstrate a need for housing, demonstrate an ability to pay and demonstrate a willingness to partner with Habitat. Once each home is completed, the home is sold to the homebuyer with a no-interest, 25-year mortgage.

 

Georgetown Point Final Phase Georgetown, Del.

Member:  Fulton Bank, N.A.

Sponsor:  Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Inc.

Units: 6 AHP Grant: $432,000 Total Development Cost: $ 935,400

The Georgetown Point Final Phase project will include six new homes built by Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps members and community volunteers in the Georgetown Point subdivision in Georgetown, Del. All homebuyers will have an income at or below 60 percent of area median income, with two homes housing families that are homeless and two homes housing families with special needs. All families will be required to attend pre- and post-homeownership classes, and each adult in a family will be required to contribute 250 “sweat equity” hours building their home and/or the homes of other families in the program. The subdivision is located near government/community services and facilities, employment, transportation, schools, colleges, medical facilities, restaurants and shopping malls.

 

West Rehoboth Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Member:  Fulton Bank, N.A.

Sponsor:  Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Inc.

Units: 1 AHP Grant: $82,000 Total Development Cost: $ 173,750

The West Rehoboth project is a single-family home construction for a very-low-income family in the West Rehoboth area of Rehoboth Beach, Del. Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and the West Rehoboth Community Land Trust will bring the community together to build the house, secure the land and administer the land trust model after the home is built and sold. The family will be required to attend pre- and post-homeownership classes and participate in land trust pre-homeownership counseling. Each adult in the family will also be required to contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity” building their home and/or the homes of other families in the Habitat program.

 

Western Sussex County Project Laurel, Del.

Member:  Fulton Bank, N.A.

Sponsor: Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Inc.

Units: 4 AHP Grant: $203,031 Total Development Cost: $564,100

The Western Sussex County Project will include three new homes built by, and one donated home renovated by, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps members and community volunteers in the Seaford-Laurel area of Sussex County, Del. The homebuyers will have an income at or below 60 percent of area median income. All families will be required to attend pre- and post-homeownership classes, and each adult in a family will be required to contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity” building their home and/or the homes of other families in the program. The homes will be located within a five-minute drive of community services and facilities, schools, restaurants and shopping malls.

 

#    #    #

The Mid-Atlantic 50+ Council is accepting membership applications!

The Mid-Atlantic 50+ Housing Council is accepting membership applications!

Untitled

NAHB economists reported that a quarter of all new homes sold this year are forecast to be sold to people 55 and older. The number of homes sold to this age group is projected to grow every year for the next seven years, holding steady at about 250,000 homes a year until 2030.

 

This forecast highlights the fact that every builder is building for 50+ buyers — now and for the foreseeable future. Even builders whose market has always been first-time and move-up buyers, in their 20s, 30s and 40s, will have to understand that it’s the active mature market — aging boomers — who have the equity and the savings to easily purchase a more user-friendly home in their 50s, 60s and 70s.

 

However, mature market buyers aren’t looking for the same things that younger buyers are. A builder who isn’t offering features that mature buyers want — such as one-story homes that minimize stairs, homes with first-floor owner’s suites, high-performance energy-efficient homes or kitchens designed to minimize bending and reaching — won’t even be considered by at least a quarter of all new home buyers.

 

The Mid-Atlantic 50+ Housing Council provides a solution: A group of builders who’ve been catering to this group of service-intensive buyers for years. The members of the NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council have a vault full of information on how these purchasers think, how they live and what they want.  Now they’re taking that energy and expanding it across the member spectrum to builders and associates!

 

Membership in the Mid-Atlantic 50+ Housing Council is open to all HBADE members and surrounding Home Builder’s Associations members within Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey! More information and the application are available at: www.midatlantic50hc.org

HBADE Ramp Build Program is underway

HBADE is a Delaware business organization with members that cover every aspect of residential home construction and renovations.  Although the primary focus of HBADE is to educate, advocate and organize events to improve the quality of services the members provide, HBADE also seeks to give back to the community when it can.

 

This year the Associates Council of HBADE will be working with Sussex Vo-Tech students and instructors to design, build and install a wheelchair ramp in Sussex County for a deserving person. Military veterans are preferable, although anyone can apply.

 

As you recall, we worked last summer with Hodgson Vo-Tech students in New Castle County to build and install a ramp for an elderly recipient in New Castle County.

 

The ramp will be designed by the high-school students, in consultation with their teachers and our Associate members expertise to guide them on ADA and accessibility guidelines.  Then they will continue to build and install the ramp, while learning hands-on about construction and obtaining the necessary County building permits.  In addition, all of this will be provided at no cost to the recipient as the construction materials will be donated by HBADE members and our Associates Council members will donate their time and expertise.

 

If you are interested in HBADE providing a ramp to the entry of your home please provide your name, address, city and state where your house is located. Please also provide a picture of your home in its current condition.  Finally, please state in a few sentences why you, or the person you’re submitting the form for, should be the recipient including any information relating to the injury or specific need for a new wheelchair ramp at: http://www.hbade.org/education-events/hbade-wheel-chair-ramp-entry-form/

New State Energy Code Workshops hosted by HBADE

As you already know, the State will implement the latest energy code this coming November.  While they held some workshops recently, the HBADE Green Building Council organized and held free builder workshops to supplement and build on the State’s efforts.  We preceded the training sessions with an email survey prepared by GBC President Joe Gordon.  He received over 40 responses which helped us tailor the workshop content.

IMG_0304

In addition to classroom sessions, Ed Minch of Energy Services Group held chalk talk in the field to discuss the changes to the new code compared to the current code.

 

Then he went a little further and demonstrated some practical how to’s for complying with the code and to introduce blower door testing as a new code requirement.  Joe Gordon helped provoke Q&A at both the field and classroom sessions, which helped provide interaction and learning by the attendees.

IMG_0311

So far we  have held two sessions, one in Kent County at Noble’s Pond and one in Sussex County at Independence, educating some 75-80 mostly builders with some building code officials and DNREC officials present.gistration

 

We certainly hope our members found these sessions useful, as they prepare to build their houses in conformance with the new code.  Our next session will be in New Castle County in September.  Date, place and location to be determined and then we’ll get the word out for registrations.

 

HBADE extends a big thank you to all that have made the workshops possible:

Workshop organizers and presenters:  Joe Gordon, GreenJoeGreen Inc; Ed Minch, Energy Service Group; Sharon Moore, CPG Building Products.  Also Pam Robichaud of Wells Fargo that sponsored the Kent County Workshop.

Kent County workshop host:  Mary Field, Regal Builders, Noble’s Pond Clubhouse and homes under construction

Sussex County workshop host: Mark Fitzgerald, Schell Brothers. Independence Clubhouse and homes under construction

 

Great Associates Council Sponsored Mixer in Newark

It was rainy outside this past Tuesday night but Catherine Rooney’s in Newark was in full speed as they hosted our Associates Council Mixer.

NAHB Members

We had around 25 builders and associates members that got together for causal conversations over a beer or appetizers.  While it was “officially” a meeting, our Associates Council President Deborah Young kept the formal procedurals and announcements to under 5 minutes.  We did receive a presentation from Mary Hirschbiel of the Read Aloud Delaware program. It was effective as one HBADE associate member decided that night to become a Read Aloud volunteer!

Thank you to all of our members that came out for networking and camaraderie with your fellow members.  Next time we’ll bring a camera!

Association Leadership Institute – St. Louis

I had the honor to attend the NAHB Association Leadership Conference in St. Louis last Tuesday thru Friday, to marvel at the vibrant life in center city St. Louis sitting on the edge of the Mississippi River.

arch 1

The conference brings together home builder association (HBA) executive officers (eo’s) and leadership from all over the country, for 4 days of intensive seminars and networking opportunities.

ALI general crowd 2

Put on by NAHB, there were also a dozen or so sponsors that attended and showed their wares.  For example, we are looking to revamp our website and one vendor had some really cool ideas. In the below picture they demonstrated how different colors of logos, graphics, websites evoke different senses, perceptions and emotions.

color emo 2

While a big part of the conference allows us eo’s to network and learn from others, we had lots of seminars to attend. Topics ranged from non-dues revenue ideas, social media programs, membership and retention ideas, website building and fixing, and many others.

Not that there weren’t receptions for networking and fun, but no pictures of them.

The challenge now will be to implement the 12 pages of notes I took to improve the value of membership in the HBADE, not to mention going thru plus all the handouts.

 

back to HBADE Website

RSS NAHB Now

  • NLRB Overturns Browning-Ferris Decision; Reinstates Prior Joint Employer Standard December 15, 2017
    In a victory for NAHB and the small business community, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted on Dec. 14 to overturn its 2015 ruling in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries. Yesterday's 3-2 vote effectively overturns an Obama-era decision that radically expanded the traditional definition for joint employer status.
    NAHB Now
  • IHA Meeting Focuses on Housing Affordability December 15, 2017
    Housing affordability continues to be a priority for housing experts not just in the United States, but worldwide, said participants at the 2017 Interim Meeting of the International Housing Association held in Tokyo last month.
    NAHB Now
  • 2018 Could Bring More of the Same: Tight Labor and Costly Materials December 14, 2017
    NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz provides a brief summary of the challenges builders faced in 2017, and describes the impacts of hefty tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.
    NAHB Now