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Riemann Selected as ACEC Delaware President

Becker Morgan Group is pleased to announce J. Michael Riemann, P.E. was elected the President of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Delaware for the 2016-2018 term. Riemann was elected at the annual meeting at White Clay Creek Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware on June 1, 2016 by ACEC Delaware members. ACEC Delaware is a non-profit organization of consulting engineering firms of various disciplines and represents 22 engineering firms in Delaware with over 800 employees.



Mr. Riemann is an Associate Principal and Civil Engineer at Becker Morgan Group and has been with the firm for 15 years. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Delaware since 2006 and was honored as the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year by the Delaware Council of Engineering Societies.

Becker Morgan Group provides Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. For more information, visit www.beckermorgan.com

Associates & BUILD-PAC: Spreading the Word

Hammer and Nails

The Associates Committee kicked off 2016 with an important mission: Increase Associate member participation in BUILD-PAC, NAHB’s bipartisan federal political action committee, across all 50 states.

The committee represents those NAHB members who provide products and services to home builders, developers and remodelers. These bankers, brokers, roofers and product reps understand that the stronger their impact in BUILD-PAC, the better they serve their builder clients. They understand that BUILD-PAC allows NAHB to be on the front lines of many national legislative issues that affect not just builders, but every Associate member no matter where they live.

Diana Lucero, Chair of the Associates Advocacy Subcommittee, is a New Mexico mortgage lender who gets donation requests from her own professional association – but she gives to BUILD-PAC. “I wouldn’t have the career I love so much if we weren’t building homes,” she said. “The number of jobs affected by home building is amazing.”

During the Great Recession, Lucero saw suppliers, title company employees and many other workers in construction-affiliated industries lose traction as home building faltered and then practically flat-lined in her market. “Everyone was struggling, and we watched some really good folks go under. We need to be building homes to keep everyone moving. If we aren’t building new homes, existing home sales go away, too.”

Associates Advocacy Subcommittee Chair Linda Mosier-Vaudt, a Washington state financial advisor, agrees. “I’ve watched BUILD-PAC grow over the years and been involved since the 1980s,” she said. “NAHB’s lobbyists are very effective, and they truly make changes that help protect the housing and building industry. And because the building industry affects the financial world, it’s very important that we support the association that can most effectively boost our industry. That association is NAHB.”

Already this year, Associates have increased their BUILD-PAC participation by 14% — and their momentum is growing. “Yes, it means taking money out of your pocket, but if you truly understand the true reason for our association, which is home industry defense, you’ll understand that money can come back to you in multiples,” said Mike Kurpiel, Associate BUILD-PAC Vice Chair.

To learn more about BUILD-PAC, contact Amy Harris at 800 368 5242 x811


Notice of Funding Availability – Financial Coaching Program


Notice of Funding Availability – Financial Coaching Program

The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) is issuing a Notice of Funding Availability (NFA) to identify entities in Delaware willing and able to assist households affected by the foreclosure crisis to repair and rebuild their credit and poise them to regain successful homeownership. Target households include those that lost their home due to mortgage default and households whose housing situation is precarious due to impacts of the financial crisis, such as loss of employment or underemployment.

This project was funded as a result of agreements entered into by the State of Delaware with Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup, Inc.  On March 17, 2016, the Joint Finance Committee of the Delaware Legislature voted to endorse the allocation of funds to DSHA for the purposes included in this NFA.

  Click here to learn more about available funding and how to apply! 

Get Ready: IBS Registration Opens Aug. 1



The month of August typically involves summer vacations, barbecues and pool parties. This year, it’s also when registration opens for the NAHB International Builders’ Show.

Incredible savings is available to NAHB members who register in August to attend the 2017 Show, which will take place in Orlando Jan. 10-12, 2017.

The industry’s premier event is the best opportunity for members to see the latest building products, gain expertise and meet key business partners.

Here’s the deal for August registrants:

  • A free IBS expo pass. Your ticket to explore the products of 1,400+ top manufacturers and suppliers on the building industry’s largest exhibit floor.
  • Pay $275 for IBS full registration. The expo pass plus more than 120 IBS education sessions covering eight industry tracks.
  • FREE spouse registration. This deal includes the same show access as the primary registrant.

Mark your calendars, set your alarms and be ready to press that registration button. These exclusive deals are only offered in the month of August.

Please note that the IBS hotel designated for the Delaware delegation will be the Hilton Orlando located at 6001 Destination Parkway.

Every year, education at NAHB’sInternational Builders’ Show® (IBS) is the go-to resource for builders and industry professionals who are serious about improving their skills and increasing their bottom lines.

Just ask the more than 11,000 attendees who included education as part of their IBS registration last year — the largest number to do so since 2010.

While a few fan favorites have been updated for 2017 IBS in Orlando, 80% of the content will be fresh, original programming, and nearly half the speakers presenting at IBS for the first time.

2017 IBS Education at a Glance

  • More than 130 Building Knowledge & Spotlight sessions will be available over the three days. A mix of 30-, 60- and 90-minute presentations from eight tracks will cover the entire scope of the building industry, including: design, sales, remodeling, high performance building, business management and more.
  • Five in-depth, advanced Master sessions will be offered with topics including negotiating techniques, sales and marketing, labor shortage, leadership and high-performance marketing.
  • Builder Clinic sessions will offer live demonstrations of various building techniques with a focus on finish and trim carpentry. These tips, tricks and best practices are sure to make your homes stand out.
  • A series of sessions called Tech Bytes is where you’ll learn about and test out various social media platforms, virtual reality and video applications.
  • Spotlight sessions have long been a staple at IBS, but this year’s Spotlight Room adds a new element. If you liked learning in our theater-in-the-round room last year, you’ll be blown away by this year’s setup. Our most highly-anticipated programs of the year, Spotlight sessions feature high-profile speakers and highlight the latest trends the industry has to offer.
  • An expanded lineup of Thought Leader sessions feature innovators from both inside and outside our industry who are doing unique and interesting things.
  • Education doesn’t always have to mean a traditional panel presentation or a person on stage lecturing. IBS is known for offering interactive learning formats — such as demonstrations, case studies, town halls, debates and lightning rounds — to keep you actively involved in the discussion.

A full schedule of sessions and programs will be available at the end of August. Go to Buildersshow.com to check out registration options. Registration opens Aug. 1!


City of Newark Looking for Residents to Volunteer to be on the Board of Building, Fire, Property Maintenance and Sidewalk Appeals!

Are you a resident of the City of Newark? Would you like to volunteer in your community? The City of Newark is recruiting applicants for its newly formed Board of Building, Fire, Property Maintenance and Sidewalk Appeals. This board has five open member positions and two open alternate positions. Initial terms will be staggered between one and five years; all subsequent terms will be for five years. This board is expected to meet one to three times per year as needed to hear filed appeals of City decisions regarding Chapters 7 (Building), 14 (Fire), 17 (Property Maintenance) and 26, Article III (Sidewalks) of the Code of the City of Newark, Delaware. All applicants must be residents of the City of Newark and must meet at least one of the following professional qualifications: licensed professional engineer or architect; or a builder or superintendent of building construction with at least ten years of experience, five of which shall have been in responsible charge of work. For more information or to get an application, please visit http://cityofnewarkde.us/index.aspx?nid=113 or contact Renee Bensley, Director of Legislative Services/City Secretary, at rbensley@newark.de.us or 302-366-7000 x1001.

July Associate of the Year Nominees

During our July Board Meeting, the Board builder members nominated several Associate members as candidates for our Associate of the Year 2016. We would like to recognize the following nominees for the projects they have worked on to better our industry for all:

Madison Bailey, Bath, Kitchen & Tile, for her volunteer work at the 2016 Golf Tournament.

Mike Easton, Horty & Horty P. A., for his efforts in recruiting a new member for July.

Damien Golden, iKANDE Advertising, for her volunteer work at the 2106 Summer Golf Tournament, and her work on the Sales and Marketing Council.

Joe Gordon, GreenJoeGreen, for his work on the Green for Green program.

Jeff Haggerty, Grubb Lumber, for his work on the Golf Tournament Committee to make it a successful event.

Sharon Moore, CPG Building Products, for her volunteer work at the 2016 Summer Golf Tournament, and bringing cigars to share with golfers.

Jim Wright,  Artisans’ Bank, for his work on the Golf Tournament Committee to make it a successful event, and for providing supplies for the goody bags and donating golf umbrellas.

Debra Young, EmpowerAbility, LLC, for initiating the process to provide a business conference/expo in 2017.


Thank you all for your contributions to bettering our industry and supporting our Association.  Congratulations on your nomination!



Member Rebate Program’s New Website

NEW Member Rebate Program State HBA Website!

www.HBADErebates.com is a branded, one stop shop for all members


Builder & Remodeler Members:

Builder and Remodeler members can visit the new website to learn about this free member benefit. The website still has:

  • Quick and easy registration
  • Quarterly claiming process to earn back valuable rebate money and the opportunity to negate their membership dues.


Associate Members:

  • Introducing the new Member Rebate Program Associate Member Directory
  • Associate Members can register for this free member benefit that will direct Builder & Remodeler members to who supplies or installs any of the 50+ Manufacturer brands participating in the Member Rebate Program
  • All Associate Member Directory listings are hyperlinked to their business website.
  • Goal is to reinforce the phrase: “It’s good business to do business with an Associate Member” by showing the Builder & Remodeler members where they can shop to negate their annual dues.

Click here to download the registration form.


Softball With a Twist

The first Annual Builder v. Associates Softball Tournament has a little twist on team T-Shirts.  The Associates team will have to wear the Builder’s logo on their T-Shirt the entire game.  The Builder team will have to wear the Associates’ logo on their T-Shirt the entire game.  Join the HBA/DE and find out what  logo each team will be wearing!  For only $10 Spectators can root for their team of choice, and after the game enjoy food, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and networking!  Click here to register today!


Updated PACE Loan ‘Best Practices’ Available



The Department of Energy (DOE) today released a draft of updated best practice guidelines for Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans, used to finance solar panels and other home improvements designed to save energy.

DOE hopes the new guidelines will enable more states and communities to take advantage of the PACE programs, which are aimed toward resiliency and job creation, as well as reducing home energy bills.

PACE enables many state and local governments to offer innovative financing options for home owners to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements. Home owners pay back the cost over time through their property taxes. When the property is sold, the remaining PACE loan stays with the property and the next owner is responsible for repaying the loan.

As of May, nearly 100,000 home owners had used PACE loans, representing a total investment of more than $2 billion in home improvements.

The revised Best Practice Guidelines for Residential PACE Financing Programs focus on program design, including protections for consumers and for lenders who hold mortgages on properties with PACE assessments; compatibility of PACE with other energy-efficiency programs and services; and evaluation of program outcomes.

To comment on the draft guidelines, visit the DOE State and Local Solution Center. The comment period is open through Aug. 19.

OSHA Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Provision Delayed

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has decided to postpone the effective enforcement date for the anti-retaliation provisions in its new recordkeeping rule.

Originally slated to start Aug. 10, the provision would require employers to inform workers of their rights to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation, and to implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting. The rule also prohibits employers from retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.

OSHA says it granted the stay to allow additional time for more outreach to employers, and provide more educational materials and guidance. The new effective date is Nov. 1.

Read more about the new rule. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Rob Matuga.

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  • 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