Southeastern Louisiana Home Builders Association, Inc.
NAHB Continues to Emphasize Job Site Safety
Serving Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary & Terrebonne Parishes
A worker on a site in Wisconsin reviews the clearly posted NAHB coronavirus safety materials.
From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, NAHB has been working to keep America’s home builders and trades partners safe and on the job. That effort is now being redoubled as the country faces a worrying spike in cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the virus.
Early efforts focused on the safety of workers on construction sites. NAHB, in cooperation with the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), adapted CDC guidance into a Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction tailored specifically to home building job sites. That plan was published on NAHB.org on March 25 in English and Spanish. NAHB has been monitoring changes in official guidance and has updated the plan three times, with the most recent version published on Oct. 29.
The plan was immediately adopted by many in the home building industry, with
HBAs adding local guidance and
distributing the materials to members, many of whom posted the information on job sites and used them to train workers and trades partners.
The materials provided the basis for the nationwide COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Stand
Down held on April 16 and a video toolbox talk. They have also been used by HBAs in their efforts to keep job sites open.
Membership Driven / Integrity / Diversity / Innovative / Transparency
Building for the Future
SLHBA 2021 Leadership
Associate Vice President
Allen Porche, Jr.
Builder of the Year
Pictured Above: Paul Ledet, 2021 SLHBA President, & Dodie Adams, 2020 LHBA President
2021 SLHBA President
Pictured Above: Chris Tucker announcing Allen Porche, Jr, 2020 Builder of the Year
Pictured Above: Steve Matherne, Brad Authement, Joey Yesso, Jim Erny, Chris Tucker, Doug Gregory, Rob Hamilton, Dodie Adams, Linda Eschette, Allen Porche, Jr, Travis Buquet, Elton Tootle & Russ Sibille
2021 SLHBA Board of Directors
Associate of the Year
Pictured Above: Rob Hamilton announcing Linda Eschette, 2020 Associate of the Year
Welcome New Members
Allen Porche, Jr.
Associate Vice President
Ad Hoc Member
C Luke Builds, LLC
D & K Carpentry & Flooring, LLC
Pablo Guiterez Garcia
Single-Family Starts Pace Best Since 2007
Led by solid gains in single-family production, overall housing starts increased 4.9% in October to a season- ally adjusted annual rate of 1.53 million units, accord- ing to a report from HUD and the Census Bureau.
The October reading of 1.53 million starts is the number of housing units builders would begin if development kept this pace for the next 12 months. The pace of single-family starts was the best since the spring of 2007.
The Pros and Cons
Of Solar Panels
Homes with solar photovoltaic panels (PV) can appeal to some new home buyers because of reduced electric bills and a lessened environmental impact. The decision to proceed with such a major investment, however, raises a question about the return on investment.
Home Innovation Research Labs recently completed a study analyzing the cost effectiveness of rooftop solar PV across five different markets: Phoenix; Tampa, Fla; Boston; Kansas City, Mo.; and Seattle.
For Virtual IBSx
The 2021 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) has transitioned to a virtual-only event. The exclusive IBS opportunities that attendees have come to expect from the in-person event will still take place, connecting home building professionals together, online, during the IBSx Virtual Experience (IBSx), Feb. 9-12, 2021.
Visit BuildersShow.com to register.
NAHB Focuses on Mental Health
NAHB has launched a new effort focused on mental wellbeing in the construction industry with an emphasis on helping association members support healthy work environments and be more proactive in looking at their own health and wellness.
Construction workers are particularly susceptible to mental health issues and suicide. More construction workers die by suicide each day than all workplace- related fatalities combined, with a rate of 43.5 suicides per 100,000 workers.
IRS Rules on PPP and Expense Deductions
Businesses that get their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans forgiven will not qualify for some valuable deductions, according to IRS guidance. "Companies that have “a reasonable expectation that the govern- ment won’t require them to pay back the money can’t deduct the business expenses paid for by the loan.”
There is a bipartisan effort in Congress to overturn the IRS’ guidance. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) support legislative changes that would allow businesses to deduct expenses paid for with PPP money.
After a long and contentious election season, former Vice President Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States.
It appears that Republicans will retain control of the upper chamber. The tally currently stands at 50 Republican Senate seats to 48 Democratic seats, with two Georgia Senate races headed to a Jan. 5 runoff. And while the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives remains in Democratic hands, House Republicans recaptured some of the suburban seats they lost in 2018.
As the 117th Congress is seated in January 2021, and with Democrats regaining control of the White House, NAHB’s near-term priorities remain passing another coronavirus relief package and providing relief from recent highs in lumber prices.
Longer-term efforts will focus on ensuring a strong economy and creating a regulatory environment that supports new home production so that housing continues to be the brightest spot in the economic recovery.
Read NAHB’s election summary for more detail about the new political environment.
BUILD-PAC Wins 95% of Races
The election cycle was expected to be competitive in 2020, so members stepped up their support this year for BUILD-PAC, NAHB’s political action committee dedicated to electing the most qualified pro-housing, pro-business candidates.
During the 2019-2020 election cycle, BUILD-PAC contributed to 355 U.S. congressional candidates and played in over 100 competitive races. As of Nov. 23, 95% of the candidates BUILD-PAC supported won their races.
NAHB also endorsed 159 candidates for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives who have shown a commitment to policies that promote homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans. NAHB supported the candidates it endorsed with an intensive voter mobilization effort.
Legal Action Fund Provides Grants
NAHB’s Legal Action Committee recently recommended that the Board of Directors fund $56,000 in Legal Action Fund grants to members and HBAs for legal efforts that will have a national impact on the home building industry. Examples include:
The Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh was awarded $10,000 in its challenge of state rules that impose greater limits on the number of people on residen- tial job sites than on commercial sites.
An NAHB member from the Kansas City HBA received $11,000 to support their challenge to growth controls imposed by the municipality.
An NAHB member from the Rochester HBA in New York received $10,000 for their efforts to defend a legal victory they achieved in a lower court regarding a challenge to local zoning conditions.
NAHB Prepared to Work With Biden White House
Building the Dream Series Looks at Housing Affordability Season
Over the past year, NAHB’s “Building the Dream” series, in partnership with The Hill, has explored various factors contributing to the housing affordability crisis. Although the crisis had been a longstanding issue prior to COVID-19, the current pandemic has altered the situation in many cases, including delays in supply chains, labor shortages and increased interest in the suburbs, that have had a further impact on the cost of housing. The Hill’s Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons explored the current conditions of housing affordability with policymakers and industry leaders during the series’ final event.
Having access to safe, affordable housing has been a paramount concern during the pandemic for both home owners and renters. While forbearance and rental assistance have provided short-term relief in the immediate wake of COVID-19, additional assistance is still needed to prevent families from slipping into poverty, as well as longer-term solutions to address overall affordability.
“There are millions of people in this country who are very vulnerable to any setback in terms of what they can do to stay in a safe, affordable, accessible home,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, shared during the recent event. “We first need to deal with eviction, but we absolutely need a housing policy that will encourage partnerships in building more housing … Housing has gotten so expensive in metropolitan areas but so cheap in many ways in other places still, and we’ve got to find ways to encourage growth in those areas.”
NAHB and The Hill kicked off the “Building the Dream” series in Minneapolis in November 2019, and the series continued throughout 2020. Full replays of all of the events in the series, including this most recent segment, are available on NAHB.org.
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