Weekly Update: October 31, 2013

Golden Nugget Iowa Code for International Builders Show

hbaiowa-builders-showWe have the details for the Iowa room block – call 800-634-3454 and tell them you are with the HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF IOWA group code: GSSHBAI 

Sun 2/2 (Superbowl Sunday)
Carson $99
Gold $119
Rush- Sold out

Mon 2/3 through Thu 2/6
Carson $69…
Gold $89
Rush $99

Fri 2/7 & Sat 2/8
Carson $99
Gold $119
Rush- $129


HBAI New Office Location Address – Begins January 2014

We will have a new HBAI office setup in mid-December with plans to move into the Capitol Center III building near the Iowa Capitol.  This will be the new address starting January 1, 2014:

Home Builders Association of Iowa

Capitol Center Office Park

400 East Court, Suite 120

Des Moines, IA  50309


New HBAI Website Online

This is still a work in progress, but check out our new HBAI website.  If you have any ideas on what to add or what we need to change, don’t hesitate to email HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson.


Biggert-Waters Act – Rates Gone Up?  We Need Documentation

Parts of Iowa are affected – there have been numerous reports of dramatic premium increases being charged for flood insurance, along with questions and concerns about the effects of the Biggert-Waters flood insurance legislation, which passed in 2012.

In discussions with Congress and FEMA, NAHB has been asked to show “quantitative proof” of drastic rate increases caused by the Biggert-Waters Act. If you, or someone you know, can share copies of old policy bills/letters and current insurance bills with increased rates it would assist our cause here in Washington.  Congress appears ready and willing to act, and NAHB needs to respond with documented rate increase information.

If you have any questions regarding this request or have information to provide, please contact Kedrin Simms Brachman at 800-368-5242 x8413.

Sponsors Needed for Iowa Night Party at IBS

Traditionally we have asked for sponsorships to subsidize the Iowa Night Party.  If your company would like to be one of those sponsors, please contact HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson.  We would like to raise at least $2k and the more we raise, the more we can party.  Thank you in advance!


HBAI Board of Directors & Annual Meeting on November 13 

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Fall Board of Directors and HBAI Annual meeting on November 13 at the Czech Museum in Cedar Rapids.  It’s going to be an exciting meeting. 


DNR Hosting Workshop on RICE Rule, Boiler MACT & Stormwater Issues

Join the Iowa DNR on November 13, 2013 for a Strategic Goals Program Workshop entitled “Q & A: RICE Rule, Boiler MACT & Stormwater.”  This workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to meet with regulators and industry experts in a small setting where questions are welcome to learn about the Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) rule, the Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), stormwater regulations.


On November 13, staff from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and the Iowa Waste Reduction Center will be providing compliance assistance on these requirements. This workshop provides an opportunity to access regulators who will answer your questions on these compliance issues.


When: November 13, 2013

Where: Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center

5000 Merle Hay Road

Des Moines, Iowa 50322

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 3:15 P.M.

Cost: $30 (includes lunch)


A workshop flyer, an agenda and registration form are attached and can also be accessed here. This workshop is the fourteenth in a series offered by the Iowa Strategic Goals Program (ISGP). The workshop is open to all Iowa manufacturers and the materials presented will apply to a broad range of industrial processes.


REMINDER: You can access the presentations from previous workshops by clinking on Pollution Prevention Workshops.

Weekly Update October 24, 2013

HBAI New Office Location


 We will have a new HBAI office setup in mid-December with plans to move into the Capitol Center III building near the Iowa Capitol.  It’s very central to our conduct of business and the idea of being neighbors with quite a few state power players is very exciting.  Our neighbors in the same hallway include the taxpayers association and the Association of Business and Industry (ABI).  There will be a cost savings compared to our current space, plenty of parking, and it’s easy to get to.  The use of ABI’s training facilities and board room will also save us money.


HBAI Board of Directors & Annual Meeting on November 13 

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Fall Board of Directors and HBAI Annual meeting on November 13 at the Czech Museum in Cedar Rapids.  It’s going to be an exciting meeting. 


Save Approximately $3,500 in Property Taxes – It Takes 10 Minutes

The Iowa legislature passed legislation in the past legislative session to make an attempt at giving some equality to the tax paid on commercial/industrial property in comparison to residential property.  In order to be able to qualify for the business property tax credit, you have to apply for the credit which should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete the form and mail it to the assessors office (or hand deliver if you are concerned that they actually get the application) in the county where the property is located.  The application has to be completed and on file by 1-15-2014 in order to apply for the credit in the first applicable period.  The credit is in place on the property, once granted, until the property is sold/transferred.

Here are two key pieces of information – one is the actual form to complete and the other is a letter/memo that was prepared by the Carney & Appleby Law Firm which does an excellent job in explaining the legislation. 

Keep in mind this business property tax credit could by applied for by you or you could pass along to your landlord if you lease (thereby helping your landlord save some money which could eventually save you money) or to other business associates you are in contact with.


Membership Campaign Ends Next Week

gift-basketThere is still time for you to recruit your builders, vendors, suppliers, and anyone else with an interest in being a part of a great organization.  Our official membership campaign ends on October 31.  Did we mention the prizes that you could win?  It’s a great collection:

  1. Riverside Casino & Golf Resort All Inclusive Stay – 2 weekend nights lodging, 2 rounds of golf, 2 massages, $100 to Ruthie’s Restaurant, and $100 cash!  A $700+ value!
  2. IPad Mini – These things are super cool – perfect to have in the field.  A 32 GB unit worth $429! 
  3. Samsung Smart TV –Clear Motion Rate 120 technology allows this Samsung UN32F5500AFXZA 32″ LED HDTV to deliver sharp 1080p visuals during fast-action scenes for thrilling entertainment. Five Smart Hub content panels let you easily browse Web content via built-in Wi-Fi.  A $425 value!
  4. Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer – Thanks to American Contract Sales Division we have an awesome Kitchen Aid professional stand mixer. A $475 value!  
  5. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel & $50 Beef Industry Certificate – A tasty 750ml bottle of JD Single Barrel Whiskey and a beef certificate from the Iowa Beef Industry Council good anywhere beef is sold.  It’s actually a check drawn on Wells Fargo, so you can use it at a restaurant or stock the freezer.  A $100 value! 
  6. Liberty Wine & $50 Beef Certificate – We will have two of these prizes (basically 5-7th place) – a bottle of 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Liberty School Vineyards and a $50 Iowa Beef certificate. 
  7. $50 Beef Industry Council Certificate

Ties will be broken through a drawing and you win the next prize category if your name is not drawn.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact HBAI EO Jay Iverson.


Nearly $5,000 Contributed to Doug Mayo Scholarship Fund

Doug Mayo’s legacy as a preeminent HBA volunteer continues on through a scholarship in the HBAI Educational Corporation.  Nearly $5k has been contributed thus far and it’s not to late to add to the collection.  Contributions can be made to:


HBAI Educational Corporation

Doug Mayo Scholarship

3072 104th Street

Urbandale, IA 50266