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Star Trek Theme a Boon for Local Council’s Membership


In an effort to beef up its membership numbers, the Remodelers Council of Greater Tulsa recently beamed up one of its most successful ideas yet: a Star Trek-inspired membership campaign.

At the beginning of last year, members divided into Star Trek-themed teams and were awarded points based upon their recruitment efforts. Not only was the campaign creative—helping the council win a Council Award for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence— it helped the council nearly double its membership numbers to 120 in less than a year.

This was just one of several success stories and best practices shared during the inaugural NAHB Remodelers Webcast. NAHB will continue to facilitate these webcasts each quarter for local remodelers council leaders across the country to meet and share ideas in real time about what’s working (or not working) for their councils as they strive to grow.

Other webcast participants shared ideas on door prizes and other recruitment techniques, as well as new incentive programs that help boost meeting attendance.

“By connecting leaders across the country via a convenient platform like these webcasts, we’re providing an opportunity for immediate, peer-to-peer exchanges of best practices and problem-solving strategies,” said 2017 NAHB Remodelers Chairman Dan Bawden. “We had a lot of positive feedback after our first quarterly webcast and we’re looking forward to another robust discussion sharing membership growth ideas during our next webcast in June.”

The upcoming webcasts for 2017 will be held on June 5, Sept. 5 and Dec. 4. Local remodelers council staff, chairs and vice chairs can email remodel@nahb.org for access instructions.

100,000 National Green Building Standard – Green Certified Homes! A Milestone!

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March 28, 2017 See Current Certification Activity
100,000 NGBS Green Certified Homes … and Counting!

Last week, Home Innovation reached (and simultaneously surpassed) the 100,000th NGBS Green Certified home. The project that tipped the ticker into six digits was the Peyton Stakes community in Nashville, TN, built and developed by Proffitt Dixon Partners; the verifier on the project was NGBS Green Master Verifier Rachel DellaValle of Southern Energy Management.


Congratulations to Peyton Stakes and Rachel DellaValle on achieving this milestone! But we want to also recognize ALL of our NGBS Green Partners, like you. The program would not have gotten to this point, becoming the largest and most robust residential green certification program in the country, without all of our participating builders, developers, remodelers, verifiers, marketers, and advocates. You can see both our announcement about reaching 100,000, as well as the event listing about this Friday’s Grand Opening at Peyton Stakes where we will celebrate it.

Now on to the next 100,000!

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Submissions Now Open for IBS Education Sessions



NAHB is now accepting proposals for educational sessions at the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS).

The show, to be held Jan. 9-11 in Orlando, Fla. is the largest annual light construction show in the world, drawing home builders, remodelers, developers and product manufacturers representing all facets of the housing industry.

Each year, NAHB selects nearly 300 speakers to present education sessions at IBS on an array of industry topics ranging from sales and marketing, to technology, design and remodeling. NAHB is looking for education session ideas that are original and full of innovative content geared primarily to audience members with more than 10 years of industry experience.

“The International Builders’ Show is the education and networking event of the year for our industry, and the sessions we offer are certainly among the biggest draws,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald.

“We are seeking educators and speakers who are experts in their field and want to share their knowledge in a lively, engaging fashion,” he said.

Because these speaking opportunities are highly competitive, NAHB has provided a guide to completing each proposal and a list of topics that audiences say they want to hear about most.

Both NAHB members and non-members may submit education session proposals. Submissions must be completed online by April 21.

Get additional information on requirements, download the guide or submit a proposal. You can also contact IBS Education Director Kirby Simmering at 202-266-8387

$5.5 million for Strong Neighborhoods Housing projects statewide!


Nine projects statewide will receive $5.5 million from Delaware’s Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund to address vacant, abandoned or foreclosed properties, Governor John Carney announced this week, joined by Delaware State Housing Authority Director Anas Ben Addi and elected officials and community leaders from across Delaware.


The second round of the Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund, funded by bank settlement money, will lead to about 100 new or rehabilitated housing units in Wilmington, New Castle County, Dover, Milford and Laurel. The investment of $5.5 million will leverage an estimated $15 million in private or other funding sources.


“These projects will be helping families and individuals who need housing, while strengthening the neighborhoods in which they are located, revitalizing properties that have fallen into disrepair and bringing people back to live in them,” said DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi.


The first round of funding from the Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund was allocated in 2015, with $2.7 million going to build or rehabilitate 68 housing units in Wilmington, Dover and New Castle County. All homes will be sold to families or individuals with incomes at or below 120 percent of the area median income.


Patricia Benton, who recently purchased a home in New Castle County’s Garfield Park neighborhood as part of the the first round of SNHF grants, said she is enjoying her new home. “It’s like having a brand new home but in an established community,” she said. “I could not be happier. I love my new home!”


DSHA Highlights
Delaware Affordable Housing News and Events
March 14, 2017


NHE Grant and Scholarship Application Deadline This Sunday

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Do you know aspiring builders or other students interested in careers in the home building industry? Make sure they don’t miss the opportunity to apply for several scholarships that are closing this Sunday, March 26.

Building upon the proud history of NAHB’s wide range of support for construction education, the National Housing Endowment, HBI, and state and local home builders associations continue to fund opportunities for students to pursue rewarding career opportunities in residential construction.

In addition to the student scholarships, the Endowment also offers the Homebuilding Education Leadership Program (HELP), which awards annual grants to leading colleges and universities to help them create, expand or enhance residential construction management programs. The deadline for institutions to apply for a HELP grant also is March 26.

More information about the student scholarships can be found on NationalHousingEndowment.org.

  • Herman J. Smith Scholarship
    This scholarship was created to honor Herman J. Smith and his lifelong commitment to the housing industry and the education of future generations of home builders.
  • Pulte Group Build Your Future Scholarship Program
    Pulte Group established the Pulte Group/National Housing Endowment Build Your Future Scholarship in 1999. These scholarships provide tuition assistance to undergraduate students pursuing careers in the building industry.
  • Lee S. Evans Scholarship
    Mr. Evans, an educator and consultant, has taught thousands of builders how to better manage their businesses. The Evans’ endowed gift, along with the generous contributions of many of Mr. Evans’ friends, colleagues and former students, created the scholarship fund to assist in addressing the pressing need for educating and training construction managers in the residential building industry.
  • NAHB Professional Women in Building Strategies for Success Scholarship
    This scholarship fund encourages students to further their education in housing industry-related programs.

For more information about these scholarships, please contact NHE Scholarship Info at 202-266-8069 or Scholarships@nahb.org.

Letter from HBADE President Jim McCulley

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Take the Newest Survey for the 2018 Kent County Comprehensive Plan

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**Ready for the next step? Take the county’s newest survey based on your feedback!  Visit them at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CompPlan_2 to take a shortened survey, with options based on results from the last survey.  They are currently reviewing the results…don’t miss out on your chance to voice your opinion! **Want more information? 

Go to their website at www.co.kent.de.us/planning-dept/planning.aspx**


Spring Golf, Pig Roast & Shrimp Boil

This year we have added a Pig Roast & Shrimp Boil to our popular Spring Golf Event!

Don’t like to golf? No problem! Sign up for the Pig Roast only option and join fellow Members for an evening of great food and mingling!

To Register Online Click Here.

To Download the Paper Registration Click Here.

Have questions? Call 302-678-1520 ex 103 or Email Sunny Schmidt


Members Receive FREE Entry to Delaware Home Show

 Click image below to download complimentary admission tickets for the DE Home Show at the Chase Center on the Riverfront March 25 & 26. 

These must be branded with your business name or logo in order to be valid, but feel free to share in any way- Print, Social Media, Advertising or Web. No distribution restrictions!




The 2017 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Qualified Allocation Plan Applications Are Now Open!


The 2017 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) has been approved.

The application process is now open and submissions for the 2017 LIHTC application cycle will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on April 28, 2017 at 18 The Green, Dover, DE 19901.  All QAP documents can be found at the link below:


A separate notice will be sent on the LIHTC Web-based application availability later this month.

DSHA will re-open our public forum on our website where users may post questions on the 2017 QAP.  The Q & A Forum can be accessed either through our website or by clicking the following link:


Please visit the forum periodically during the application period for information and updates from us. If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Ann Jones via e-mail at ruthann@destatehousing.com or Cindy Deakyne at cindy@destatehousing.com or by phone 302-739-4263.

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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