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In Memory of Bob Sadusky

We were saddened to learn that our friend and HBADE member Robert M. Sadusky (Bob) passed away suddenly last week.


Bob, owner of General Pest Control and Mold Masters, Inc. had been an Associate member of HBADE for over 10 years.  Bob was well liked by his friends and customers and in fact his company has been performing monthly pest control maintenance services to the HBADE office for years.


While we’re sure this is a difficult time for his family and the employees at the company, we’re fortunate to know that the companies will continue to operate and provide services to us and other customers.


Services for Bob will be in Dover, Delaware this Thursday 4/28 and 4/29/16.  Details are available at http://www.ambruso.com/book-of-memories/2481598/Sadusky-Robert/service-details.php


Welcome to Our New Builder and Associate Members

Homebuilders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Builder and Associate Members:

Builder Member:
Stanley Halle Co.

Associate Members:
1st State Insulation, LLC.
Harford Mutual Insurance
T. Chieffo Custom Painting

Associate of the Year Nominees

During the April Board Meeting of Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) nominations were taken for Associate of the Year 2016. We would like to recognize the following individuals as nominees:

Mike Easton, Horty & Horty, P.A.
Joe Gordon, GreenJoeGreen
Jeff Haggerty, Grubb Lumber Co.
John Johnson, Karins & Associates
Mark Succarotte, New Penn Financial LLC.

Thank you for your contributions to the HBA/DE and congratulations on your nomination!

Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame Inductions

Bldg Perf.

For Immediate Release

 Rick Karg, Bruce Manclark, Ed Minch, Gary Nelson and Rob deKieffer Inducted into Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame 

Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame Inductions

Five new individuals were inducted into the Building Performance Industry Hall of Fame. Nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of impartial judges, these individuals were recognized for their significant and lasting contributions to the building performance industry over the course of their careers.

Ed Minch: Over the course of four decades, Ed Minch and Energy Services Group have focused on analysis, measurement and cost-effective repairs to make homes more efficient, saving builders and homeowners billions of BTUs. Minch founded Energy Services Group in 1981 and is known as the “Original House Doctor” because of his development of the Princeton House Doctor Approach of total systems analysis.

Ed claims that he was the first person to sign on with Princeton Energy Partners October 1981 and thus the first business to combine the blower door and an infrared scanner to diagnose thermal defects in homes.  “We learned new math, one plus one equal three” says Ed, because we could locate all the energy defects in homes and consider how they affected comfort.   This diagnostic process uncovered thermal bypasses and convective loop losses and today is the basis of the Energy Star New Homes, Thermal Enclosure Checklist and energy details in the International Energy Conservation.

Join Ed and his friends at Energy Services Group during Earth Day, April 22, 2016 at 6:00 PM at 10275 Little Patuxent Pkwy in Columbia Maryland.  We will recognize Ed, “Dr. Minch”, for his many years of service to the community of builders and home owners who have benefitted from his expertise.

Contact Energy Services Group, Susan Coolen at 410.760.4801 for more information and details of the reception on April 22, 2016

Soil Stabilization Matting

As of April 20th, 2016 we received this notice regarding soil stabilization matting:

Please be aware that matting with polypropylene mesh is no longer allowed.  Any matting installed after May 1st will need to be replaced with acceptable materials. Refer to the attached letter for more information.

Please click here for more information.

New Homes Attract Consumers Looking to Save on Energy Costs

The home building industry celebrates New Homes Month in April by sharing the top features that will be seen in typical new homes built in 2016. Once again, builders are responding to what home buyers want by offering greater efficiency in the design and function of the home.

“Today’s new homes include features that will help homeowners reduce energy consumption and enhance the conveniences of modern living,” said Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill. “Our builders are telling us that energy efficiency continues to be a top demand from consumers.”

NAHB recently surveyed builders about the features they are most likely to include in new homes they build this year. Four of the top 10 features focused on energy efficiency: low-E windows, Energy Star-rated appliances and windows, and programmable thermostats.

These features correspond to the list of features that consumers say are most important to them, as well. According to NAHB’s latest survey of home buyer preferences, Energy Star appliances and windows, as well as an Energy Star rating for the entire house, are among the top five most-wanted features.

In fact, home buyers are willing to pay more for a home if they can get lower utility costs in return. On average, they will pay an additional $10,732 up front to save $1,000 a year in utilities.

Other popular features that builders said they are most likely to add to their homes include a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, laundry room, great room (kitchen-family room-living room) and a central island and granite countertop in the kitchen.

More information about the NAHB surveys can be found atHousingEconomics.com.

Home buyers can access home buying and home building information and resources at nahb.org/forconsumers.

Join HBADE for Clay Shooting!

Have  you ever thought about trying clay shooting?  Join Home Builders Association of Delaware, Thursday, April 28th for Clay Shooting, Lunch, and Networking!


For more information or to register click here.

Custodial Maintenance Worker Position




OFFICE LOCATION: 1289 Walker Road, Liberty Court, Dover, DE

OPENING DATE: 04/13/16 CLOSING DATE: 4/27/2016

Custodial Maintenance Worker is a non-State position responsible for cleaning and maintaining interiors and furnishings in office and housing facilities according to sanitary standards. Also, performs building maintenance and repair work at an entry-level. Work includes performing preventative maintenance, grounds work, unit turnovers, routine repairs assistance in buildings and other maintenance, lawn and snow removal, and other related work as required. Work also includes ability to effectively interact with residents and identify and report problems to the supervisor.


Applicant must show on the application, education, training or experience demonstrating competence in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of custodial and grounds-keeping procedures and safety practices.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction and communicate verbally.
  • Ability to operate custodial, grounds keeping and general maintenance equipment.
  • Ability to lift/transport up to 70 lbs: perform manual tasks; walk multiple flights of stairs.


Must have valid driver’s license and successfully complete a criminal background screening.


Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all custodial positions and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties. Since functions and responsibilities are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Cleans walls, floors, carpets and other interior building components by mopping,scrubbing, waxing, shampooing, or vacuuming.
  • Dusts and polishes furniture and fixtures; washes windows and other glass top surfaces.
  • Empties and cleans wastebaskets, garbage and recycling containers, etc. Transports trash and recycling to disposal area.
  • Cleans, maintains, and disinfects bathrooms, kitchens, and kitchen appliances daily; replenishes soap and paper supplies; etc.
  • Moves and arranges furniture; hangs drapes and window shades
  • Operates a variety of custodial equipment such as wet/dry mops, vacuums, scrubbers, carpet shampooers, buffers, brooms, ladders, brushes, etc.
  • Uses mixtures of water/chemical solutions.
  • Sweeps sidewalks and patios; assists with ice & snow removal and grounds work as assigned.
  • Polices grounds and walkways for safety concerns, litter, debris, etc.; removes trash & items as needed.
  • Keeps up to date about and adheres to safety requirements and standards.
  • Performs entry-level maintenance work and assists maintenance staff based on knowledge, skills, and ability.
  • Performs related work and other duties as required and assigned.


These include pro-rated sick and vacation day accruals, up to 13 pro-rated holidays per year, liberal retirement benefits, dental, vision, short and long term disability, and life insurance plans as well as various supplemental benefit options.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Interested applicants must submit a current Delaware State Housing Authority application to Human Resources by the closing date of April 27, 2016.

Applications must be completed on our website http://www.destatehousing.com. (Click on About Us, Employment, Click Here to View All Current Openings, Select job, Scroll Down & Click “Apply Now”.) Contact: e-mail: hr@destatehousing.com.




New Flood Maps Workshop April 20th in Milford


Contact: Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Open house for New Flood Risk Maps for Kent and Sussex Counties set for April 20 in Milford

DOVER (April 8, 2016) – DNREC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday April 20 at the Carlisle Fire Company Hall, 615 NW Front St, Milford, DE 19963 to inform the public about new preliminary flood risk maps for parts of Kent and Sussex Counties.

The public is encouraged to attend the open house to learn about proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) changes and how the changes may affect their property. Maps showing portions of Kent and Sussex Counties impacted by these floodplain map changes can be viewed here: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/swc/drainage/pages/flooding.aspx

Over the past 10 years, DNREC’s Watershed Stewardship Section has partnered with FEMA to improve the accuracy of flood risk maps statewide through a Cooperating Technical Partnership. New preliminary flood risk maps for portions of Kent and Sussex Counties were released in February. Those maps can also be found at http://maps.riskmap3.com/DE/Kent2016PMR or http://maps.riskmap3.com/DE/Sussex2016PMR.

“Hydrologic studies that determine water flows, base flood elevations and accurate floodplain boundaries were performed by DNREC on about 200 miles of waterways in western Sussex and southwestern Kent Counties. With these results, base flood elevations for many areas are now shown on FEMA’s maps for the first time, providing property owners with more detailed and accurate flood risk assessments,” said Michael Powell, flood program manager for DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship.

FEMA’s flood risk maps are used by insurance companies to establish insurance rates and by local communities to enforce local floodplain codes. Many communities have recently amended local codes to adopt higher floodplain development standards, in conjunction with the release of the new flood risk maps. Several of these higher standards, such as first floor freeboard (building living space to a margin of safety above predicted flood levels), limiting development in floodplains and flood resistant foundation designs, were recommended by the Floodplain and Drainage Advisory Committee which formed in 2011 through Senate Bill 64 to support more effective floodplain management standards.

“Many of these higher standards – especially at least 18 inches of freeboard and siting new buildings away from high risk floodplains – can result in drastically lower flood insurance premiums due to the lower flood risk for buildings built this way.” Powell added.

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program makes flood insurance available to local property owners. Mortgage lenders require borrowers whose properties are located in a designated special flood hazard area to purchase flood insurance as a condition of receiving a federally backed mortgage loan in accordance with the Federal Disaster Protection Act of 1973.

While standard homeowners insurance does not cover damage incurred by flooding, all property owners can purchase flood insurance. Homeowners interested in how the proposed changes could impact the cost of their flood insurance premium should contact their insurance agent.

For information on the flood risk maps, contact Greg Williams or Michael Powell, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship at (302) 739-9921. For information on the DNREC’s flood mitigation program, visit DNREC’s website at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/swc/Drainage/Pages/Flooding.aspx.


Vol., 46, No. 116

Karins Acquires Momenee

Newark, DE, April 1, 2016 – Karins and Associates, an engineering, surveying and planning firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Momenee & Associates and Momenee Survey Group, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, civil engineering and surveying firms specializing in land development and water resources engineering.  The new entity will go by the name of “Momenee, Inc., a Karins Company.”

“Momenee has built an impeccable reputation providing services to institutional, high-end residential and commercial clients over the last 34 years,” says Dev Sitaram, PE, president of Karins and Associates.  “Their services and markets parallel Karins’ in Delaware.  We’re excited to increase our presence in the Pennsylvania market with the Momenee acquisition.  Their culture of providing responsive service and practical solutions to complex problems is very similar to ours.  We welcome and look forward to the integration of their 17 employees into the Karins’ fold.  Kevin Momenee, the founder and president, will continue to manage the office as vice president.  John Johnson, vice president of Karins, will work with Kevin to assure the seamless integration of the firms.”

Momenee Signing - Press

“Karins’ operations and services are so closely aligned with our business that it’s a natural fit,” says Kevin Momenee, PE, PLS.  “We will continue to provide engineering, planning and surveying services and will add 3D Laser Scanning, traffic engineering, and hydrographic surveying to our offerings.  We will be building market share by expanding our customer base but we will continue to provide the high level of responsive service to which our clients are accustomed.  We’re all very excited about becoming a part of a larger organization and offering capabilities of Karins and Associates to our clients.”

Karins and Associates is an engineering, planning and surveying consulting firm with offices in Newark and Georgetown, DE.  Karins and Associates offers services including subdivision/land development, surveying and 3D laser scanning, stormwater management/water resources, utility planning and engineering, transportation, certified construction review, and construction permitting.  For more information, call 302-369-2900 in Delaware or 610-527-3030 in Pennsylvania.

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