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5 Minutes to Better Codes

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in News

5 Minutes to Better Codes Filed in Codes and Regulations, Home Building, Leadership by NAHB Now on October 28, 2016 • What can a builder do to keep building codes affordable? It turns out we can do a lot. And it’s not a particularly heavy lift: five minutes this week, maybe five minutes the week after that. There are about 6,000 building, energy and fire code officials in the country who are eligible to vote online on proposals that together will result in the 2018 building codes. Most of these voters are interested in creating a positive environment for home building. They know that building creates jobs, shores up the tax base, and enables families who live in substandard housing to move into homes that are safer, healthier and more energy efficient. And when you realize that most of the votes are decided with margins not in the thousands, but by as few as a dozen people willing to check the box, it’s pretty clear that each vote counts. The online voting period will begin right around Election Day, Nov. 8. Right now, elected officials’ minds might be on other things. So that gives us a little time to prepare — and be ready to take action when voting opens. Here’s what you’ll need to do: Find out who can vote. You can get a list of eligible voters in your state by contacting your NAHB Codes liaison and they will email you the list. Pick up the phone. If you see a name on the voting list you recognize, that means they are eligible to participate in online voting. If they have never done so before — and they probably haven’t, since it’s a new process — ask them to go to the ICC registration link and follow the simple instructions so when it’s time to vote, they are set to do so. If you want to make sure that building code changes make sense, save energy and make occupants safer without breaking the bank, and aren’t just a way to sell a specific brand of insulation or whole-house fan, you need to make sure these voters can vote. Next week, NAHB will have ready a voting guide that explains why we need a yes or no vote on each of the proposals we are following. When that happens, you’ll need to go back to your building official and let him or her know that it’s time to fire up their computers and do this. If they have 15 minutes, they can wrap up the job. If they honestly don’t have 15 minutes, we’ll have a list ready next week of the dozen or so most important ones and you can share it. We need your help to keep codes affordable. Right now, that help will cost you just five minutes – and can make thousands of dollars of...

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NAHB Endorses 135 Candidates for Congress

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in News

NAHB Endorses 135 Candidates for Congress Filed in Capitol Hill by NAHB Now on October 22, 2016 • NAHB has released a list of 135 House and Senate candidates that the association is officially endorsing in the upcoming Nov. 8 elections. “The Democratic and Republican incumbents and candidates that NAHB is endorsing have demonstrated a commitment to make housing and homeownership a national priority and to advance policies that will put families in homes and spur job and economic growth,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady. NAHB has taken the unprecedented step to endorse candidates for the first time in its 74-year history because Congress has failed to adequately address the nation’s housing problems, even though housing is a key driver of the nation’s economy and accounts for 15% of the nation’s gross domestic product. “The next Congress must focus on housing and tackle pressing issues that are holding back a more robust housing and economic recovery,” said Brady. Specifically, NAHB will be urging members of the new 115th Congress to: Reform and streamline the regulatory process. Ensure that any tax reform efforts protect vital housing tax incentives that are needed to keep housing and the economy moving forward. Ease tight credit conditions for home buyers. Enact comprehensive housing finance reform. The list of candidates that NAHB is endorsing for Congress will grow. View this page to see who NAHB is endorsing in your state or congressional district. “I am very proud of our NAHB Board of Directors for taking the important step to endorse pro-business and pro-housing members and candidates for Congress. Well done,” Brady said. “Continue to support pro-housing candidates from both parties! Most importantly, express our treasured freedom: the opportunity to cast your vote. It is a responsibility to take seriously,” he said. NAHB does not endorse candidates for...

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Welcome New Members!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in News

Welcome our 3 New Members to The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association! Sherwin-Williams, Jacque Lang 1385 Jordan St North Liberty, IA 52317 Phone: (319) 626-4570 Fax: (319) 626-4573 Email: Website: 841 Hwy 6 East Iowa City, IA 52240 Phone: (319) 338-3604 Fax: (319) 338-4752 Sponsored by Tim Ruth Brown’s West Branch, Clyde Guillaume 205 Tidewater Dr. West Branch, IA 52358 Phone: (319) 643-4220 Fax: (319) 643-4298 Email: Website: Sponsored by: Tom Bockenstedt Spratt Builders Inc., Ryan Spratt 2967 F52 Trail Parnell, IA 52325 Phone: (319) 631-3901 Email: Sponsored by: Chad...

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Iowa Program Produces Budding Builders

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in News

Iowa Program Produces Budding Builders Filed in Construction Industry, Education by NAHB Now on October 6, 2016 • 0 Comments Members of the Greater Iowa City Area HBA know that to get kids interested in home building careers, they’ve got to start early. The good news is that with the help of Clear Creek Amana Middle School, they’ve got a program tailor-made for curious sixth- to eighth-graders – leading them to consider this great career path. The Summer STEM Construction Camp launched this summer and featured hands-on projects and presentations from engineers, trade partners to give these kids a taste of the business. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.) HBA members and other sponsors provided building materials and underwrote the $100-per-student cost of the two one-week camp sessions, which both filled up quickly. Led by a shop and a STEM teacher, the students got an introduction to workplace safety before getting instruction on tools – from using a tape measure properly to handling hammers, drills and saws. The students learned about the coursework they should follow to get a good grounding in construction education. They talked about the range of jobs available and heard from the people who have those jobs. And of course, the students went to work – building birdhouses, toolboxes and sets of park benches and raised bed planters. “They were amazingly well built,” said Clear Creek Amana teacher Reagan Boeset, who worked to put the camps together. The benches were given to sponsors or sold – putting money into the pot for next year’s summer camp. Next year, Boeset wants to add field trips to the mix so students can visit a job site and talk to the builder and subs working there. “I think really the idea is to get them out in the community a little more,” she said. “We want them to see real projects and be able to ask the workers questions, like what kind of training do you have, and how long did it take. And I want to do a project that the community has requested – maybe the city wants more benches, maybe the Little League or a community group wants something. If we can complete a project like that, there’s a little more authenticity” for the students at the camp. “I think we will have a lot of kids who will come back” and attend the camp next year, too. “They had a lot of fun with it,” Boeset said. “I really hope that it is a model that takes off. I think this is critical,” she added. “Kids have to start caring about opportunities that are out them, and a four-year college isn’t for everyone. Opportunities like this help take the stigma away that [working in the] trades is something other than a critical experience. These kids learned real- life applicable skills in just a...

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BUILD-PAC Flexes Its Political Muscle

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in News

BUILD-PAC Flexes Its Political Muscle Filed in Capitol Hill by NAHB Now on September 30, 2016 • 1 Comment There is no doubt that the outcome of the Nov. 8 elections will set the stage for the future of housing. That’s why the work of BUILD-PAC, NAHB’s political action committee, is more important than ever. BUILD-PAC helps elect the most qualified pro-housing, pro-business candidates to federal office. This election cycle, BUILD-PAC is spending nearly $3 million on candidates and committees who understand and support home building priorities. In this video, Eugen Graf, the 2016 BUILD-PAC Chairman and home builder from Bozeman, Mont., explains why NAHB members from across the country invest in BUILD-PAC to make housing’s voice in Washington strong. As Eugen reminds us, “Being a small-town home builder isn’t an easy job,” due to the overwhelming number of government regulations that impact the housing industry. Recognizing the importance of this year’s elections, NAHB is officially endorsing candidates for the U.S. House and Senate for the first time in its 74-year history. The incumbents and candidates that NAHB endorses have demonstrated a commitment to advancing pro-housing policies. Learn more on NAHB’s BUILD-PAC page or contact Meghan Everngam at 800-368-5242...

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