The Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute's Residential Contractors Seminar, which teaches technical knowledge needed for residential construction, is a 10-week course offered via Zoom beginning July 20.
Topics covered include:
print reading and building calculations
site work, demolition and construction
foundations, formwork and retaining walls
roofs and roof structures
concrete and masonry
interior and exterior finishes
safety codes and types of construction
The course costs $350; register through Fletcher Technical Community College https://registration.xenegrade.com/fletcher/searchResults.cfm?couID=585
To register, visit OpportunityLouisiana.com/LCAI-RC
Emily LeBlanc, granddaughter of Keith & Christy LeBlanc of K & L Construction, daughter of Alvin & Misty LeBlanc. Emily is a 2020 graduate of H.L. Bourgeois is enrolling in the fall at the University of Louisiana Lafayette majoring in architecture.
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SLHBA Scholarships Announced
Mikenzi Authement, daughter of Brad & Michelle Authement of Dufrene Building Materials. Mikenzi is a 2019 graduate of South Terrebonne and is enrolled at Southwest Mississippi Coumunity College with plans to be a Clinical Psychologist.
Southeastern Louisiana Home Builders Association, Inc.
From the fundraising efforts of our Bowling and Golf Tournaments and Continuing Education, SLHBA awards scholarships to students within Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne Parishes that are enrolled or already enrolled into an accredited university, community college or trade/technical school. Scholarship award can be up to $500 which can be used towards school tuition, fees and/or books.
SLHBA has two distinct scholarships.
The SLHBA Member Scholarship is awarded to a member's child/step-child/adopted child or grandchild/step-grandchild/ adopted grand child that is an active member of SLHBA.
The Technical/Vocational Scholarship has been created to give to students interested in a Building Related Trade or Curriculum.
In 2020, we awarded two member scholarships to students within our area . Since 2004, SLHBA has awarded $8,500 in scholarships to local high school or college students.
Congratulations to Mikenzi Authement and Emily LeBlanc for being awarded the SLHBA Member Scholarships for 2020.
Applications for our 2021 SLHBA Scholarships will open in January 2021.
Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute Residential Contractors Seminar
Serving Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary & Terrebonne Parishes
Building for the Future
Allen Porche, Jr.
Associate Vice President
Ad Hoc Member
Dear Valued Member,
As always, the health and safety of the HBA association community is our top priority. Our thoughts go out to you, your employees and your families during this extremely challenging time.
I wanted to take the time to personally thank you for your year of membership. We value having you as an integral part of our community and hope to see you renew at your anniversary date.
Please know that with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) hitting all sectors of the economy, the Southeastern Louisiana Home Builders Association is working diligently with the Louisiana Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to mitigate its effects on the residential construction sector.
As you consider renewing your 3-in-1 annual membership, here are some of the ways we have been fighting relentlessly on your behalf: (You can find all these links on www.selhba.org and click on COVID-19 Resources)
Took the lead in getting the Department of Homeland Security to establish single-family and multifamily construction as an“Essential Infrastructure Business.”
Shared Stimulus Resources for Members that includes education on obtaining small business loans and the conditions required for loan forgiveness.
Provided members with a customizable Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan specifically tailored to construction job sites.
Connected members with experts in areas such as economic forecasting, tax relief, jobsite safety and contract law to save you time and money.
We understand that you may have been hurt financially by the current crisis. So have we. If you find yourself in a position to renew your 3-in-1 HBA membership, I hope you’ll do so. And if not, we’ll wait for you. If you need a little help, pick up the phone and give us a call. We will be happy to accommodate you.
As we all approach the reopening of Louisiana, please note that we are hoping to get back to business as usual. We are still planning to have our Annual Golf Tournament on September 24, hoping to reschedule our Bowling Tournament and maybe just maybe have a member appreciation event to bring members together to make that member to member connection. Now more than ever, doing business with a member is important to get us all back to business as usual. Watch your emails for more information as we move forward.
Make sure to let us know if you have any suggestions on how we can be even more responsive to our members’ needs during these rapidly changing times.
SLHBA Executive Officer
Your dues pays for a 3 in 1 Membership to:
Southeastern Louisiana Home Builders Association, Inc
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Houma, LA 70360
Buffalo Restoration volunteered its disinfecting skills in Gallatin County, Mont.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, NAHB members are meeting needs in their communities. Below are just a few of the many examples of members making a difference in this time of crisis.
Cleaning for First Responders
Southwest Montana Building Industry Association (SWMBIA) member Buffalo Restoration utilized its skills as a damage restoration and disinfectant company to aid area police and fire departments. The company volunteered to disinfect dozens of vehicles for the Bozeman police and fire department and Gallatin County sheriff, detention center, and search and rescue.
84 Lumber, based in western Pennsylvania, and its sister company Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, donated $500,000 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Its donation was combined with funds raised through a challenge by a local
television station for a total donation of more than $1 million, enough for more than 5 million meals.
Wisconsin Food drive
Racine-Kenosha Builders Association (RKBA) and Wisconsin Builders Association member Bear Homes LLC organized two “Fill the Truck” donation drives at a local grocery store. The drives brought in over 2,500 pounds of food and paper products for Shalom Center, a Kenosha-based shelter, food pantry, and soup kitchen.
NAHB Members Respond to Community Needs During Crisis
OSHA Considering Tree Care Standard
OSHA is considering a new standard on tree care operations that could add additional requirements to workers when dealing with trees, including those on construction sites.
OSHA states that fatality and injury rates for tree trimmers are extraordinarily high and that there is
no existing OSHA standard for Tree Care Operations.
Guidance on PPP
The Small Business Admin- istration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, has released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions.
The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the CARES Act. SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to inform lenders about their responsibilities.
Importance of Home
Homes have been central fixtures during the COVID-19 crisis, and will continue to be as we move forward in the months ahead. To showcase the value of home building within communities as we rebuild from the pandemic, NAHB has created a public service announcement video. NAHB members are encouraged to share the video via social media and post it on their websites.
Financing a Home While in Forbearance
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have issued temporary guidance regarding the eligibility of borrowers who are in forbearance, or have recently ended their forbearance, looking to refinance or buy a new home.
Borrowers are eligible to refinance or buy a new home if: They are current on their mortgage (i.e. in forbearance but continued to make their mortgage payments or reinstated their mortgage); and, three months after their forbearance ends, they have made three consecutive payments under their repayment plan, or payment deferral option or loan modification.
OSHA Requires COVID-19 Recordkeeping
OSHA on May 22 announced new policy requiring businesses subject to recordkeeping requirements to record work-related cases of COVID-19 on OSHA injury and illness logs.
The new policy requires most employers to investigate whether the illness was transmitted on the job, but it applies only to employers currently subject to OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements. Many home builders are exempt from most of the requirements. NAHB is working with HUD to make implementation of the policy as practical as possible.
Roughly 22% of builders cut home prices in April 2020 in order to bolster sales or limit cancellations, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) survey.
As a historical comparison, the 22% of builders reducing home prices in April 2020 is less than half the share who cut prices during the worst months of the
last housing recession: 52% in May 2007 and 49% in March 2008.
Builders who did reduce home prices in April 2020 cut them by an average of 5%. That discount is smaller than the average price cuts in both May 2007 (7%) and March 2008 (8%).
Only 12% of builders think price discounts are “very effective” in bolstering sales/ limiting cancellations. A majority of builders — 58% — believe they are “somewhat effective,” and 17% report they are “not at all effective.” The remaining 13% are not sure about the effectiveness of price reductions.
Regionally, builders in the South (26%) and Midwest (23%) were most likely to have reduced prices, compared with much smaller shares in the West (13%) and Northeast (12%).
Job Losses Surged in March
The number of job losses in the construction sector more than tripled between February and March as the economy was hammered by the public health response to COVID-19.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data reveals there were 618,000 layoffs in the construction sector in March, a striking increase over the 202,000 total in February and a 245% jump over the 179,000 count in March 2019.
The March data showed that the layoff rate in the construction industry surged to 8.1% in March from a 2.6% level in February. This was the highest rate recorded in the history of the JOLTS data, which began at the end of 2001.
Oklahoma Adopts Affordability Law
In a victory for home builders and housing affordability, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) has signed into law legislation to limit cities and counties from requiring purely aesthetic building design that would needlessly raise the cost of housing.
The measure is a response to residential design changes proposed by several cities that would prohibit exterior finishes such as vinyl, wood and aluminum siding that are otherwise permitted under all editions of the International Residential Code. The cities’ proposed changes would make housing more expensive, harming many low- and moderate-income households.
The Oklahoma Home Builders Association (OkHBA) led a coalition of organizations in pushing for the legislative remedy.
Survey Finds 22% of Builders Cut Home Prices in April
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