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Top Areas for NGBS Certifications
More than 183,000 homes have been certified to the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certification program and another 122,000 units are currently in the pipeline.
As the only residential green building standard approved by the American National Standards Institute, the program requires incorporating sustainable strategies in multiple areas of design and construction.
The leading areas of the country for certified projects are (in no particular order): Reno, Nev.; West Texas; Central Florida (Tampa, Sarasota and Orlando); Dallas/Ft. Worth; North Carolina; Delaware; Northern Virginia; and Albany, N.Y.
Where Are NGBS Certifications Taking Place?
John Wozniak - President
Jim Marzullo-Vice President
Frank Binetti - Treasurer
Pat Cardoni-City Chapter President
Michael P. Freiburger - Builder Director
Eric Pickell - Builder Director
Ed Augustin - Builder Director
Dave Brady - Builder Director
Patrick Coveny - Builder/NAHB Director
Fred Weiner - Builder/NAHB Director
Rich Tonioni - Associate Director
Scott Walbridge - Associate Director
Mitch Levinson - Associate Director
Rich Bridges - Immediate Past President
Scott Sevon - NAHB Senior Life Director
Sally Evans - Executive Officer
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The best deals—and biggest discounts—on IBS registration happen only in August.
Some of the can’t-miss registration deals include:
FREE IBS expo pass for NAHB members and only $50 for non-members.
Save $100 on a full 3-day registration—with access to 110+ Building Knowledge sessions led by industry experts and phenomenal speakers.
Discounted 1-day education passes.
Spouse registration is FREE.
Additionally, all IBS registrants have the opportunity to:
Network and share insights with other building professionals who understand your business.
Take in the Outdoor Exhibits, including the Show Village; participate in informative construction demos at the High Performance Building Zone (HPBZ); and explore the future of housing at IBS Live.
Attend the DCW Opening Ceremonies featuring Earvin “Magic” Johnson or hot ticketed events such as the Official IBS House Party, IBS Young Pro Party and the IBS Closing Concert with the Doobie Brothers.
Tour this year’s editions of The New American Home® and The New American Remodel®.
Enjoy all the fun to be found in Las Vegas in January.
The Builders’ Show is January 21 – 23, 2020. Save money with the best pricing available by registering in August, as rates will increase September 1.
FEMA Working on New Risk Rating System
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax Court
A new report from NAHB, “Diversifying Housing Options with Smaller Lots and Smaller Homes,” explores less traditional housing types that could help meet the housing needs of low- and moderate-income households.
The report looks at smaller homes, duplexes, townhouses, small-scale multifamily and accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and offers best practices on regulatory policies and design options.
President Trump has signed a veterans health bill into law that also abolishes the conforming loan limits on
VA loans beginning Jan. 1, 2020 for veterans who do not have an outstanding loan guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The primary focus of the legislation extends disability compensation to Vietnam War-era veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange.
In a victory for property rights, a Louisiana family earlier this month reached a settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in which the federal government agreed to drop its efforts to designate "critical habitat" for the dusky gopher frog on their land.
Now that the Fish and Wildlife Service has settled the case in favor of the Louisiana landowners, the agency is working on a proposed rulemaking to define the Endangered Species Act term “habitat.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has initiated a long-term effort to transform the National Flood Insurance Program to better reflect the actual risks properties face.
Through the initiative, known as Risk Rating 2.0, FEMA intends to create a more accurate and fair calculation of structure-specific risks and improve the policy application process. FEMA hopes the revised risk rating system will compel more home owners to purchase flood insurance.
VA Loan Limits
NAHB Opposes Senate Energy Bill
Landowners Win Dusky Gopher Frog Case
NAHB opposes an energy bill introduced by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) because it would mandate excessive energy efficiency requirements in model building energy codes, which harms housing affordability. The Senate bill also might encourage the Department of Energy to move beyond its current role as a “technical advisor” and push overly prescriptive energy targets.
NAHB instead supports bipartisan legislation introduced in the House by Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Bill Flores (R-Texas) that offers a more cost-effective way to encourage energy efficiency.
Report Looks at
Mix of Housing
A new study released by NAHB based on the latest data available (2017) reveals a nearly $11,000 difference in average property tax bills among the most and least expensive congressional districts.
The highest average property tax bill was $11,389 in 2017, paid by home owners residing in New York’s 17th congressional district (Rockland County and portions of Westchester County).
By contrast, the lowest average annual real estate tax bill was $425, paid by home owners in Alabama’s 4th district (Franklin, Colbert, Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Walker, Winston, Cullman, Lawrence, Marshall, Etowah and DeKalb counties).
Changes in the tax code from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which went into effect in 2018, capped the amount in state and local property and income taxes that a tax payer can deduct from their taxable income. Tax payers can now only deduct $10,000 in state and local taxes paid.
Grants Bring Shop Class Back to High Schools
Rural Housing Service Revises Rules
Property Taxes Vary Considerably
A final rule by the Rural Housing Service will provide increased flexibility for the agency to facilitate and encourage single-close construction loans, which will stimulate new construction, rehabilitation and homeownership in rural areas.
Single-close construction loans allow the borrower to get a construction loan and a permanent loan at the same time. When construction is completed, the loan becomes a traditional mortgage.
Additionally, the final rule will allow for the reserve of regularly scheduled principal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI) payments during the construction period. The Rural Housing Service will also allow single-close loans to be used for the rehabilitation of existing dwellings upon their purchase and eliminate maximum interest rate cap requirements for all single-family home loans.
The final rule was published July 22 in the Federal Register.
The Skilled Labor Fund, designed to address the lack of skilled labor entering the residential construction industry, has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 42 local HBAs across the country to provide skills training to high school students.
The Building Careers grant offers support for training programs provided largely by the Home Builders Institute and Career Connections funds career fairs and events. The programs will take place over the next two years and will engage roughly 24,000 students across the country.
The Skilled Labor Fund, managed by the National Housing Endowment, is a partnership of NAHB, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the National Kitchen & Bath Association, SGC Horizon and Hydrogen Advertising. The Fund focuses solely on skilled labor for the residential market.
Regional BOD Meeting
Tuesday Aug 13, 2019
New Chicago Building Codes Workshop
Tuesday Aug 13, 2019
New Chicago Building Codes Workshop
Tuesday Aug 13, 2019
HBAI Senior Officers Meeting
Wednesday Sep 18, 2019
HBAI Nominations Committee
Thursday Sep 19, 2019
HBAI Fall BOD Meeting
Thursday Sep 19, 2019
City Chapter Board Meeting
Wednesday Aug 14, 2019
4-Condo Trolley Tour
Tuesday Sep 17, 2019
Key Awards Onsite Judging
September 9-20, 2019
Meet the Developers in the Suburbs
October 16, 2019
Key Awards Gala
November 6, 2019
Single-Family Home Building
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found that 32 percent of its members were builders – those whose primary business is single-family home building, multifamily building, residential or commercial remodeling, commercial building, land development, or manufacturing of modular/panelized/log homes.
The remaining 68 percent were associate members – those involved in support industries and professions, such as trade contractors, manufacturers, retailers/distributors, marketing professionals, designers, and architects.
Roughly 61 percent of NAHB's builder members are single- family builders (spec/tract, custom, or general contracting), 22 percent are residential remodelers, 5 percent each are commercial and multifamily builders, and 4 percent are land developers. One percent each are commercial remodelers and manufacturers of modular/panelized log homes.
NAHB’s builder members reported that they had a median of five employees on payroll in 2018. Builder members started a median of six housing units, up from five in 2017. The plurality of builder members – 21 percent – started two or three units.
The median dollar volume of business among builder members was $2.7 million in 2018, unchanged from 2017.
The median age of NAHB builder members was 57 in 2018, unchanged from 2017. Fifty-three percent of members have either a college or a graduate/professional degree.
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