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Weekly Update: May 11, 2017

We finally coordinated schedules after talking about it for the past four years – most of the local HBA executive officers got together for a mini retreat last week at the Riverside Casino. It was an excellent opportunity to get to know one another a little better and coordinate efforts. From left to right: Julie Huffer (Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Association); Stacy Woodward (Ames HBA); Bob Manning (Cedar Valley HBA); Dan Knoup (HBA of Greater Des Moines); Karyl Bohnsack (Greater Iowa City HBA); and Jay Iverson (HBA of Iowa). Also participating was Melissa Olson (Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association).
Governor Signs Bills Impacting Residential Construction
We’ve discussed these bills multiple times in this newsletter, but there is still much confusion within our membership. Here is an excellent synopsis by Jodie McDougal, Attorney at the Davis Brown Law Firm from May 4, 2017:
Two bills were recently passed by the Iowa Legislature and signed into law by Governor Terry Branstad. Senate File 413 deals with the statute of repose for construction projects and House File 586 expands the contractors required to file a “Commencement of Work” notice in order to maintain their lien rights on residential construction projects. Both will …
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Weekly Update: May 4, 2017

  The Iowa Building Code Advisory Council met last Tuesday at the Iowa Department of Public Safety Building.  No major changes are on the immediate horizon, but the 2018 code set is due to be released late this Summer.  From left to right:  Rich Bolten (Iowa Building Code Commissioner), new Building Code Department staff member, new Council member Kari Sebern (Sebern Structural Services), David Kuhn (Urbandale Building Inspector), Chairman Mark Reetz (Homes by Fleetwood), Don Beal (Beal Development), Marsha Bannister (Homeworks Realty), and Ljerka Vasiljevic (Deputy Building Code Commissioner).  Participating on the phone were Scott Webster (Premier Custom Homes) and Amy Infelt (Design Engineers).  Non-members in the room were John Easter from the American Chemistry Council and HBAI EO Jay Iverson.  Thanks to the fine group of HBAI members who participate!
Member Benefit – LegalShield
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