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Upcoming PSC Public Workshop of Notice of Water Certification Costs

NOTICE to builders, developers, consulting engineers, land use attorneys

Public Workshop Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 1:00pm

At Public Service Commission, 861 Silver Lake Blvd, Cannon Building, Suite 100, Dover, 19904

 

Currently, water companies are NOT required to provide advance notice to developers if there will be costs for offsite improvements required to provide water to their development.  The water certification you obtain in order to secure record plan approval does not guarantee water service and in fact the water company can wait till your first certificate of occupancy to advise and require payment of mandatory offsite costs (called Category 1B Costs, or Contributions in Aid of Construction – CIAC).  There is not even a mechanism currently for developers to check in with the water company after record plan approval, or if you decide to alter or delay the project for marketing or economic reasons.  This is a statewide issue.

Thus, the developer is liable for potential additional CIAC costs the longer the time between record plan approval and start of construction. In this case (PSC Order # 9038) the developer was forced to pay over $400 thousand dollars of CIAC improvements, long after bank financing and project budgets were prepared.

Developers and homebuilders need to attend this important workshop and tell the PSC staff how important it is to receive timely notice of costs, and PSC regulations should be amended to mandate that the water company should provide notice to you.  And, as recommended by the Hearing Examiner, there should be a penalty imposed on the water company for non-compliance.

Developers and homebuilders should bring their engineering consultants and land use attorney to the workshop as well.

This is a public workshop, sponsored and held by the Public Service Commission.  So that we know who is attending, please email us at info@hbade.org If you plan to attend and if you plan to speak. While we will make every effort to advise of any workshop changes, you should consult the PSC’s website  http://depsc.delaware.gov/ on the day of the workshop for cancellation of or changes in the time, date or place of the workshop.

Tell Them What You Really Think and Get Rewarded for Doing It

Laptop_Contractor_blueprints_tech (1)Numerous industry analysts, lobbyists, government regulators and the media all keep a close eye on the results of the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) survey. Each month, it gives them a unique look at the state of the industry from the home builder perspective.

While hundreds of single-family builders already participate in the survey, we want that number to grow. NAHB is inviting single-family builders to join the exclusive HMI panel and provide their opinions about the housing market – and receive special benefits for participating.

By joining the panel and taking just a few minutes once a month to submit their responses, survey participants will receive:

  • FREE expo-only access to the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show
  • FREE access to the latest charts from NAHB’s National Housing and Economic Outlook

The HMI panel is open to all single-family builders. Once on the panel, they will begin receiving an email on the first business day of each month with a link to the survey. The responses are easily submitted online and kept strictly confidential.

To join the panel, send an email to NAHB’s Rose Quint that includes your name, company name, city, state, and the number of single-family units your company built in 2016.

For more about the HMI, including its complete history, visit nahb.org/hmi.

NAHB Responds to White House Tax Reform Proposal

House on money stackNAHB Chair Granger MacDonald today responded to the White House proposal to reform the federal income tax program. His statement follows:

“NAHB commends President Trump for tackling tax reform and keeping the mortgage interest deduction as one of two individual deductions. However, doubling the standard deduction could severely marginalize the mortgage interest deduction, which would reduce housing demand and lead to lower home values.

“On the corporate side, NAHB strongly supports the provision to lower the tax rate to 15% for pass-through entities. This would provide much-needed tax relief for America’s small businesses, which generate the lion’s share of job and economic growth.

“Policymakers also need to take steps to ensure that lower corporate rates do not diminish the effectiveness of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, particularly given that the nation is experiencing an acute shortage of affordable housing.

“NAHB looks forward to working with the White House and Congress to craft meaningful tax reform that lowers rates for small business and hard-working families while acknowledging the special role that housing plays to foster economic growth.”

For additional information, contact NAHB’s J.P. Delmore at 800-368-5242 x8412.

Books That Build Your Business

Welcome to BuilderBooks, your source for education and training products for the building industry.  BuilderBooks offers award-winning publications, software, brochures, and more. Visit the HBA/DE bookstore to see what we have or stop by the office and check them out in person. They can be purchased directly from our website. Below is a list of  top sellers.

NAHB’s Lumber Battle Plays Out in the Press

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NAHB’s longstanding battle to maintain consistent and consistently priced sources of lumber for our members is gaining visibility in the press as your association hammers home the fallout from the trade dispute between the United States and Canada: Higher prices for home buyers.

NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, along with CEO Jerry Howard and other senior staff, sat for an interview with Bloomberg to talk about how U.S. lumber companies’ insistence on higher duties for Canadian lumber imports — without a guarantee that they’ll take up the slack themselves to provide enough framing lumber for American home builders — hurts both buyers and builders.

“The point is simply to make sure that we use [the dispute] to develop long-term policies that provide for a consistent and fairly priced supply of lumber,” Howard told the reporter.

The Bloomberg story also notes that Robert Lighthizer, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, views the lumber dispute as the “top trade issue between the U.S. and Canada,” and that the president himself is very critical of deals that favor foreign producers over domestic ones — another factor that will likely lead to higher prices for builders.

Read the full story here.

Webinar Offers Leg Up on Housing Innovation Awards

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The best green home builders are getting ready to maintain their stellar reputation — and maintain the NAHB sweep — as the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready program opens up the application process for the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards.

Earning an award not only offers national distinction, it also includes a link on the Tour of Zero webpage, recognition in DOE communications and customized press release templates.

DOE reminds entrants that it is important to understand the application process and what the judges will be looking for.  In an April 27 webinar, the agency will take the audience through the application process, point out changes and offer successful strategies for winning Housing Innovation Awards and Grand Awards.

Learn more about Zero Energy Ready Homes at this DOE webpage.

Becker Morgan Group Projects Nationally Published

 

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For immediate Release                                                                                                                      Contact: Cayla Campbell

Date: April 17, 2017                                                                                                                            Becker Morgan Group, Inc.

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LearningByDesignBecker Morgan Group’s William F. Cooke, Jr. Elementary School and Laurel High School / Middle School were featured in American School & University magazine’s Architectural Portfolio as Outstanding Designs in the Elementary School and Combined-Level School categories, respectively. Architectural Portfolio has been the industry’s most recognized awards program for education design excellence and is published in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The national competition celebrates architects and educational institutions for achievements in outstanding school design. Both projects were featured in the November 2016 edition of the magazine and can be viewed at www.SchoolDesigns.com.

 

William F. Cooke, Jr. Elementary School was also selected for publication in the American School & University 2016 Educational Interiors Showcase for Outstanding Design in the Common Areas category. The annual competition spotlights projects representing some of the most effective learning environments in America and honors educational interior design excellence. The project was featured in the August 2016 edition of the magazine and can be viewed at http://www.SchoolDesigns.com.

 

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

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2017-2018 Membership Directory-Update Your Information Today!

Dear Members,

We will start working on our 2017-2018 printed Membership Directory very soon.  In order to ensure accurate information for your company, you will need to log into your member account, on our website, to review and make any corrections.

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If you have not already logged into your account, you will have to select “No login created? Sign up now.” You will need to utilize the primary member of record (Associate, Builder, Remodeler) to create your account. HBA/DE Staff can assist you with the login process; however, they will not update your records for you. This will ensure accuracy of your information.

What will you be able to update under your user account?

-Your Name (how you want it to be displayed in the Directory)
-Address
-Telephone Number
-Fax Number
-Website
-Email Address
-Member Directory Category Links (if you do not see a category, please email info@hbade.org, and our website administrator will review and add where appropriate.)

All of this will be located under the “Company” tab under “Settings“.

To log in to your account or to set up your account: Click Here

In addition to all of the above, you can also register for:

-Events
-Create Job Announcements
-Upload press releases
-Create Member to Member Deals
-Upload a Profile Photo or Logo
-Review Invoices & Make Payments

A personal email will go out soon with a final date for records to be updated. Stay Tuned!

Missed the Young Professionals Meeting?

The first Young Professionals Meeting was held at Brick Works Brewing and Eats, in Smyrna, DE.  There was not a seat to be had at the meeting table where Young Professionals, from a melting pot of businesses, discussed various topics relating to our building industry.

 

Many ideas were discussed, over craft beers, about how to bring the younger generations into the building industry.  The meeting was very successful and will continue every month at different locations across Delaware.  As the evening wound down, one of the Young Professionals introduced us to Drew, who was kind enough to give the remaining few a private tour of the Brewery.

May 4th, the Young Professionals will have their monthly meeting at the Maple Dale Golf Course and will be there all day.  The group will be your Ambassadors for the day to show you around, help you network, or even just to bring you a beer. Need to sign up for golf? Click Here.

If you would like to join the Young Professionals Council, email Justin Olear or Sunny Schmidt

Upcoming DSHA Delaware Homebuyer Fair!

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Register to save your spot today for the 7th Annual Homebuyer Fair on April 22!

Join us for a full day of information on the home buying process including programs that provide down payment and closing cost assistance, dozens of industry professionals will be exhibiting their services.

View the class schedule here!

When: April 22

Where: Chase Center on the Riverfront

815 Justison Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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DSHA team members helped out last week volunteering helping build a home with the Milford Housing Development Corporation near Bridgeville. Volunteering to help families is just one of the ways DSHA staff is committed to the community. DSHA does more!

Watch a video here!

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Job Openings:

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Sussex County Habitat for Humanity-Site Supervisor

Does your organization have a job opening? Would you like to see it listed in the next edition of Highlights?

Email us with the subject line "JOB OPENING" at DSHAHighlights.

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Does your organization have an event you would like to see posted in the next edition of Highlights?

Email us with the subject line "EVENT" at DSHAHighlights.

April 22: 2017 DSHA Homebuyer Fair

April 27: Diamond CLT Annual Membership Meeting

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