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Volume 3: Issue 12 │ December 2019
FREDERICKSBURG - STAFFORD - SPOTSYLVANIA - CAROLINE - KING GEORGE - ORANGE
& HARD HAT
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Ratify the USMCA
Each year, the U.S. residential construction and remodeling industries rely on tens of billions of dollars in building materials sourced from Mexico and Canada. These materials are not simply the constituent parts of a home, they also affect jobs for Americans building homes.
Without an updated, improved agreement with Mexico and Canada, imported building materials may experience price spikes and shortages, ultimately leading to higher home prices.
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NAHB urges Congress to swiftly ratifiy the United States-Mexico- Canada Agreement (USMCA), which has the potential to lift the housing economy.
Win DOE Awards
More than a dozen NAHB members were recently recognized by the Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Awards at EEBA's High Performance Home Summit in October.
Each year, the DOE recog- nizes builders in various categories for leading the industry in building zero energy ready homes, or homes that are verified to meet federal standards on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and durability.
Cost of Lots
Hits Record High
Single-family lot prices reached a record high in 2018, with half of all lots selling at or above $49,500, according to NAHB’s analysis of Census Bureau data
New England has the most expensive single-family lots, with a median price of $140,000. The East South-Central Division (Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky) has the lowest median value at $38,000 per lot.
‘Building the Dream’ Event Examines Affordability Problem
Government officials and community stakeholders came together at NAHB’s recent kickoff of its “Building the Dream” series in Minneapolis to highlight how this crisis is being addressed at the local and state level to help bridge the gap for homeownership.
Stay tuned to NAHB’s Election 2020 webpage for more information, including videos and photos, as well as upcoming event details.
Preventing Fatigue on the Jobsite
Fatigue is a hidden but common hazard in all workplaces. In safety-critical positions, the consequences of being tired can be catastrophic. For example, mistakes on construction sites, like when climbing or working on ladders or driving trucks, can easily lead to injuries or even death.
Learn about steps your company can take to reduce fatigue-related accidents and injuries.
NFIP Extended Through Dec. 20
To prevent a government shutdown, Congress has approved a continuing resolution that will keep the government funded for another month through Dec. 20. President Trump signed the bill into law.
The government funding package means that the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), will also be extended through Dec. 20.
The construction industry gained 10,000 jobs in October, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly half of those job gains (4,600) were in Florida. New York, meanwhile, lost 3,000 construction jobs last month.
The construction sector data includes both residential and non-residential construction. Forty-eight states reported construction sector jobs data.
Twenty-eight states had an increase for the month, 18 states reported a decline compared to September, and Maine and Missouri were unchanged.
Year-over-year, the U.S added 148,000 construction sector jobs, a 2% increase compared to October 2018.
Texas added 51,400 jobs, the largest yearly gains of any state, while Louisiana lost 9,700 jobs, the largest decline. In percentage terms, Nevada had the highest annual growth rate in the construction sector at 13.1%. Louisiana reported the largest annual decline percentage-wise at 6.4%.
FEMA Delays Risk Rating 2.0
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that it is deferring implementation of its new flood insurance risk rating system to Oct. 1, 2021.
FEMA, which oversees and implements the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), has initiated a long-term effort to transform the program to make it more consumer friendly and better reflect the actual risks properties face.
FEMA is deferring the implementation of the initiative, commonly referred to as Risk Rating 2.0, so that it can review the proposed rating structure as part of an effort to protect policyholders and minimize unintentional negative effects of the transition.
U.S. Construction Employment On the Rise
Big Builders Gain Market Share
The top 20 builders produced 29% of all the homes constructed in the country in 2018, according to data from BUILDER magazine. That share is a notable gain from 2017, when the largest 20 builders were respon- sible for 26.8% of all completions. In 2000, these firms built 16.6% of U.S. homes.
Large builders have grown by entering new markets, expanding their operations in existing markets, and acquiring smaller firms and their land.
Large builders can also leverage their size to access credit markets to acquire land and to achieve economies of scale in the purchase of building materials.
Local and regional builders are still respon- sible for the majority of new home starts.
Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 11:30am
Monday, Dec. 9th, 9:00am
Fredericksburg City Quarterly Meeting
Friday, Jan. 3rd, 9:00am
Friday, Jan. 31st, 2:00pm
Spotsylvania County Bi-Monthly Meeting
Monday, Feb. 3rd, 3:00pm
Spotsylvania County Builders Roundtable
Tuesday, Feb. 4th, 11:30am
King George County Quarterly Meeting
Code Updates -- HBAV spent countless hours in meetings and testimony providing input and guidance on Building Code updates to save building costs:
Defeated Mandatory Arc Fault – SAVING $250 per home
Defeated mandatory fire sprinklers – SAVING $5000 per home
Impact Fees – Advocated and successfully defeated two pieces of legislation to allow local government to collect impact fees on all new home permits.
SAVING a minimum of $5k per home, up to as much as $20k per home (as it is in Maryland)
Building Permit Fees – Advocated to pass legislation stating that building permit fees must only be used to run the building permit and inspection office. Fees can’t be used as a profit center.
SAVING a minimum of $100 per home
Tree Replacements -- Defeat of three pieces of legislation that would have required builders to replace all trees with the same size diameter as removed.
SAVING a minimum of $500 per home
Stormwater – Advocated to protect the construction general permit grandfather clauses and working on the new construction general permit for stormwater discharge.
SAVINGS to developers in the thousands of dollars.
Waste Management -- Stopped the regulations from requiring ALL dumpsters at building sites to be covered.
SAVING a minimum of $100 per home.
Plus, dozens of mandatory affordable housing bills were defeated!
Total Snapshot of savings per home-$10,950
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Upcoming County Meetings
Update on recent savings yielded from HBAV advocacy in the last 12 months
2019 Partner Cornerstone Sponsor
Wednesday, Dec 11th Associates Committee Meeting
Wednesday, Dec 11th Membership Committee Meeting
Wednesday, Dec 11th FABA Holiday Party (& Hard Hat)
5 - 8 pm
95 Riverside Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Thursday, Dec 19th Legislative Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 24th FABA Closes at noon
Wednesday, Dec. 25 - Jan. 1, 2020 - FABA OFFICE CLOSED
Saturday, January 25th 2020 Presidents Gala
6 - 11 pm
Old Silk Mill
1707 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The Associates Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9 am. This committee is chaired by the Associate Vice President and plans and organizes several FABA events, and keeps the association focused on the needs of all members.
Calendar at a Glance
Platinum Cornerstone Sponsor
New Associate Members (November 2019)
1. Dshane Professional Carpet Care – spike Gene Brown
2. United Granite LLC – spike Brian Roinestad
3. William H. Metcalfe Co – spike Sean Halsey
The Membership Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 am. This group is responsible for coordinating membership recruitment and the new member mentor program to increase membership retention. Emphasis is placed on recruitment and retention of members with Spike Club, new member receptions, and networking opportunities. The 1st Vice President serves as co-chair.
Renewed Associate Members (November 2019)
1. Apple Door of Fredericksburg
2. Bobcat of Richmond
3. Comcast Communications
4. Contractors Websites Plus
5. Mary Jordan, Realtor – United Real Estate Premier
6. Mid-Atlantic Laboratories
7. Roof Works of Virginia, Inc
Renewed Builder Members (November 2019)
1. Walts Construction Inc.
January 14th, 11:30am
This workshop discusses the key steps to successful annual business planning. Mike will review the Vision and Mission of your business, as key components, as well as discuss the importance of being strategic in your approach to planning for 2020. You will learn how to identify and develop winning goals and objectives for your business, and build a winning strategic plan for 2020. This is a great business building session for any organization! It is sponsored by FABA and lunch will be served! If you plan on attending, please RSVP by January 13th!
Building a Winning Business Strategy and Plan for 2020
February 3-4 and February 10-11
You will be required to attend all 4 days to complete the certifcation.
NAHB Student Chapters
The FAB Foundation is chaired by group of voluntary directors who work to help the Fredericksburg area community through several initiatives.
FAB financially supports non-profit organizations in the Fredericksburg region that specifically coordinate and provide home repair and safer living conditions for those in need. Helping make repairs and improvements related to home ownership affordable.
With a greater emphasis on the growing need for Workforce Development in our region, FAB has partnered with local educators and has established two local NAHB Student Chapters in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, and will continue working toward the establishment of student chapters in all the municipalities that we serve.
FAB Foundation has grant opportunities available for those looking to learn a trade and to potentially partner with member mentors and job placement opportunities. For more information on all the good that FAB Foundation does, call Maria Moore, Fredericksburg Area Builders Association Executive Vice President, at 540-898-2730, email at email@example.com, or go to www.fabava.com and select FAB Foundation tab.
We currently have 3 active high school student chapters
1. Stafford High School
2. Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center
3. Caroline High School
Part of being a great volunteer is loving what you're doing. Find something that you're passionate about or something that inspires you, and then find a need in your community. There are dozens of reasons why you should volunteer - you just need to find the one that feels right.
20 GREAT REASONS TO VOLUNTEER
- Help others
- Make a difference
- Find purpose
· Enjoy a meaningful conversation
· Connect with your community
· Feel involved
· Contribute to a cause you care about
· Use your skills in a productive way
· Develop new skills
· Meet new people
· Explore new areas of interest
· Meet good people
· Impress your mom
· Impress yourself
· Expand your horizons
· Get out of the house
· Make new friends
· Strengthen your resume
· Feel better about yourself
The Community Service Committee plans and organizes FABA's outreach and service in the local community and partners with members and non-profit groups to find ways to give back.
Platinum Cornerstone Sponsor:
Gold Cornerstone Sponsor
Gold Cornerstone Sponsors
2019 FABA Board of Directors
1st Vice President
Spaces Design Studio
2nd Vice President
Assurance Financial Group
Immediate Past President
Atlantic Builders, Ltd.
Associate Vice President
Embrace Home Loans
Republic Home Builders
Built Right Homes
J. Hall Homes
Legacy Engineering, PC
Embrace Home Loans
The Legislative Committee meets monthly to discuss the status of local and state level legislation that affects the building industry. For more information from each county, plan to attend the Legislative Committee meeting this Thurs, Oct. 17th at 8:30 am.
The FAB Foundation board of directors meets monthly to discuss ways to involve the association with local workforce educators and help promote workforce development in our area. If you would like to be invoived with these students, contact FABA for more information.
Silver Cornerstone Sponsors:
We help you ask the right questions about home or commercial roofing and exteriors. By combining our passion for our industry and our belief in 100% customer satisfaction, you have found the right experts for quality advice.
Our goal is to provide our customers with the most outstanding service in the industry while maintaining a family atmosphere for our customers, vendors, and employees. Our 30,000 square foot facility allows us to buy in large volume and pass the savings on to our customers. Our partnerships with several manufacturers have strengthened our resources giving us valuable insight and education that we pass on to our customers.
We are consistently proactive in researching new products, materials, and techniques so that our clients will have access to
the latest product offerings in our market.
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FABA works to educate, promote and represent the building industry while enhancing the region’s quality of life.
NEWS AND HAPPENINGS
Send us your press releases, news, and event information! We can post it here in our newsletter and on the Member Happenings page of our website!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Do you have job openings, apprenticeships, or internships to fill? Contact us today!
FAB Foundation is working with FABA's workforce partners to help you fill these positions with qualified and trained local students.
FABA also posts job openings on the FABA website.
Contact email@example.com for more information or assistance.
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