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Will Growth in Housing Starts Continue?

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Webinar Explores Upcoming Trends

Dear Howard,

Nationwide housing starts rose 5.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.178 million units in February, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.

See what this growth will mean in 2016 with the NAHB Spring Construction Forecast Webinar Wednesday, April 27, 2:00-4:00 PM ET.

Joining me will be NAHB Senior Economist Robert Denk, along with special guest Leonard Kiefer, Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist. We will examine the latest housing economic data, such as housing’s potential and most likely paths for 2016 and 2017, recovery hurdles like labor shortages and tight credit and much more. In addition to the big-picture overview, we’ll give a state-by-state analysis of your region’s particular concerns.

Register now at nahb.org/CFW.

I am looking forward to it!

We hope you will join us!


Dr. Robert D. Dietz

NAHB Chief Economist



HBADE Participates in Regional Builder Association Meeting

The Home Builders Association of Delaware attended a regional builder and builder-association forum this past week in Atlantic City.


Held the day prior to the kickoff of the New Jersey Builder Association’s 67th Annual Atlantic Builder’s Conference, the meeting enabled HBADE to network with their counterpart builder members’ and HBA staff persons on mutual issues affecting them. Attending the meeting were representatives from Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.


It was interesting to find that they share many of the same issues such as over-zealous stormwater management regulations and fire sprinkler regulations in new home construction.


Following the forum we were invited to attend the NJBA’s annual Board of Directors meeting to address their accomplishments and elect 2016 Board and Officer members; and then attend their annual awards luncheon.

NJBA 3-29-16

RSVP TODAY! Got PDHs? ACEC/Delaware – Engineering a Relationship with DelDOT Seminar


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Featuring Industry Experts Representing DelDOT
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
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Development Maps Now Available!

HBA/DE just received a shipment of their 2015-2016 development maps.  If you are interested in some to distribute, contact the office at 302-678-1520 or email info@hbade.org.


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Home Builders Association of Delaware Opposes Settlement Funds Proposal

LH signed settlement funds letter

President Kevin Whittaker Presents Legislative Initiative to Small Business Caucus

HBADE was able to present March 17, 2016, at the Delaware House Small Business Caucus, our legislative initiative designed to encourage new business growth in Delaware.

Appearing before a meeting attended by numerous small business leaders and a bi-partisan group of State Representatives, our 2016 President Kevin Whittaker of Whittaker Brothers briefed the group on the proposed State legislation which is designed to attract new business plans (office, manufacturing, industrial projects) that create either 75,00 square feet of office space or 60 permanent new jobs.  The Bill would direct local government in that County to ensure an expedited process is in place that these development plans could be approved within a short, 9 month timeframe.

Although we primarily represent home building, this process excluded residential or commercial projects so as to encourage large numbers of job growth for the State – which in turn will spur those newly created job holders to buy new homes, buy furniture, groceries, food, etc., and benefit all of the local merchants.  The proposed bill was well received by the Caucus, as it was also received well from State and County agencies we had already spoken with.

We are in the final stages of polishing the bill before introduction and we hope to see it become law by the end of the legislative season this June 30th.


Kevin W at Small Bus Caucus

HBADE Ramp Build Tribute

HBADE Associates Council Honored by State Legislators

The Associates Council received a Tribute Proclamation Plaque last week during a ceremony in front of the Delaware House of Representatives.

The Council was applauded and recognized for this award in recognition of our 2015 Ramp project build for an ailing and seriously ill Air Force Veteran that had become immobile, it had become difficult for him to exit and enter his home in his wheelchair.  Having heard of his dilemma from State Representative Bill Carson, our members teamed up to field measure Mr. Steele’s home; engage a Hodgson high school student to teach him to prepare a ramp building permit application; and build the ramp with members volunteering their time and donated all building materials.




Pictured at the Tribute Ceremony, l to r: Dave Foraker, Benchmark Builders; Ron Taylor, Master Shower Doors; Jim McCulley, Watershed Eco; Mike Janis, RCI; John Johnson, Karins and Associates; Brian Rickards, Benchmark Builders; State Representative Bill Carson; Sandra Steele; Howard Fortunato, HBADE; Debra Young, Empowerability LLC; Gabe Cox, student; and Jeff Haggerty, Grubb Lumber.

On behalf of HBADE, a hearty thanks to all of our volunteers for helping us help our community!


tribute plaque


Home Builders Help the GA Food Drive

The Home Builders Association of Delaware pitched in to help the bi-partisan effort of the Delaware General Assembly to increase winter donations for the Food Bank of Delaware.


The goal of our state legislators initiative is to collect 148,000 pounds of food  during this winter – called the 148K in the 148th (recognizing this is the 148th Delaware General Assembly).


Taking the lead for the General Assembly is Representative Lyndon Yearick and Representative Ed Osienski.


HBADE members collected 464 pound of food – “that’s a lot of beans and such” as someone said. We’re happy to help our legislators as they help support the Food Bank of Delaware.


A special thanks to Mike Easton of Horty and Horty, our HBADE Board member that took the lead for us to solicit, collect and deliver the food to the Food Bank. Atta boy Mike!


Pictured below we conveyed the 464 pounds to them at an event this week.  In the picture (left to right): Kevin Whittaker, 2016 Pres. HBADE; Howard Fortunato, EVP, HBADE; Mike Easton; Lyndon Yearick; and Ed Osienski.


HBADE MEETS with Federal Delegation

Our members had the opportunity March 11th to meet with the entire delegation of our Washington elected officials – Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons, and Congressman John Carney.


Nearly 50 members joined us for a roundtable discussion of issues important to the housing industry.  We talked about excessive federal regulations, healthcare costs as well as several other topics.


Although our time with the members was relatively short, it did allow time for q&a, and our members had the opportunity to chat, talk, and take pictures with them before they went off to their next meetings.


These really are a win-win.  It allows HBADE members to meet and hear firsthand from Senators Carper and Coons, and Congressman Carney; and it gives them firsthand exposure and listening to us.


HBADE sponsors this forum in connection with our National Association of Home Builders Forum called Bring Housing Home, in which other home builder associations across the country meet that week with their respective delegations.


A huge thank you to our host John Tracey and his law firm Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor for again allowing us the use of the Rodney Square Conference Room!



This is a courtesy reminder that all contractors certified under EPA of Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) must take the refresher training course to recertify.  The March 31st deadline is fast approaching, you should have receive a letter or letters from Delaware remind you as your certification expires.


Since March 14, 2014, the Delaware Division of Public Health is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to administer and enforce the Renovation, Repair and Painting lead program, commonly referred to as RRP (16 DE Admin Code 4459B; http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/Division of Public Health/hsp/leadregcomm.html) as well as Lead Based Paint Hazards (16 DE Admin Code 4459) in the State of Delaware.


The Division of Public Health’s mission is to protect and promote the health of ALL people in Delaware.  One way the Division of Public Health carries out this mission is by working closely with firms and individuals to reduce exposure to lead-based paint hazards and prevent lead poisoning in children and adults by monitoring compliance of the regulated community (firms, individuals and training providers).  Services provided by the Division of Public Health include technical assistance, individual and firm certification, training requirements, regulatory guidance and general information about lead poisoning prevention.


The mission of the Division of Public Health is to protect and promote the health of all people in Delaware. While the RRP Regulation gives the authority to the Division of Public Health to administer fines and penalties of up to $10,000 per violation per day the GOAL is to have contractors WANT to work Lead Safe to help ensure the health of all Delawareans especially children ages 6 and under who are most susceptible to lead poisoning.

The regulations and information available to contractors regarding the lead regulations are available on their link www.LeadSafeDelaware.org

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