Weekly Update: September 21, 2017

   We had an excellent conversation with Congressman Steve King last Tuesday.  He always has an interesting insight to what is going on within the beltway.  In attendance around the table were Mary Fitch (in red); Jay Iverson, Congressman King; Rich Fitch; LaDonna Gratias; Jerry Cable; and Dan Knoup.

Lots of Exposure for Skilled Trades Event

We couldn’t be happier with the nationwide exposure to our Mike Rowe event next week.  It’s definitely the buzz and it will be a great time.  Des Moines HBA EO Dan Knoup and HBAI EO Jay Iverson were on WHO 1040 and iHeart Radio’s “Need to Know with Jeff Angelo” show last Wednesday.  You can check it out by clicking here.

The “Saturday Morning Live” show on WHO and iHeart radio with Justin and Adrianne managed to contact Mike Rowe on the phone and they all did a great job discussing our needs and the event itself.  Check out the article “Mike Rowe Sure Loves Iowa” here.  Then click on the “Listen to the full interview with Mike Rowe” to listen to it.

October is Careers in Construction Month

October is Careers in Construction Month, an opportunity to increase public awareness about the opportunities available in residential construction and related trade professions. Anything that you can do in your circles to help promote career paths in construction would be appreciated. Check out the Careers in Construction Month Toolkit for ideas to recognize the contributions of those professionals working in the field and to foster a positive image of construction careers.  Here are Downloadable Promotional Materials, brochures are available for you to print locally.

OSHA Silica Rule Starts Saturday – Good-Faith Efforts for 30 Days

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it will consider good-faith efforts by employers to comply with the new silica rule for the first 30 days following the start of enforcement on Saturday, Sept. 23.  OSHA said it will offer outreach and assistance to help ensure that covered employers are fully and properly complying with the new requirements.

Employers may be cited if it appears, upon inspection, that an employer is not making any efforts to meet the new rule.  Resources and background information for complying with the new rule can be found on NAHB’s website at nahb.org/silica.

NAHB and the Construction Industry Safety Coalition have requested that OSHA withdraw the increased crystalline silica exposure standard and work with the construction industry to develop a more feasible and economical approach to dealing with the silica hazards.

NAHB’s legal challenge on the silica rule is still pending. The case is scheduled to be argued before the court on Sept. 26.  OSHA’s memo announcing this information can be read here.

The Third Annual I BUILT THIS Video Contest Now Open

NCCER and Build Your Future’s I BUILT THIS video contest aims to give aspiring craft professionals and their instructors an opportunity to showcase outstanding construction projects and designs.  Video entries must be submitted by Oct. 23, 2017 at 8 p.m. EDT. Contest winners will be announced at the end of October in celebration of Careers in Construction Month! Apply today!

   Members of the Greater Iowa City HBA gathered at McGrath Hawkeye Harley Davidson in Coralville last week for a really fun after hours.  It was a great crowd and a fun place to gather.

Tax Reform Webcast Available

With Congress expected to take up work on tax reform legislation shortly, we’ll need you to advocate for the right bill based on our members’ priorities on some key elements.  The Sept. 18 “Tax Reform and the Housing Industry” interactive webinars kicked us much closer to the goal.
If you were not able to participate in one of these sessions, it is not too late to get an understanding of the issues at hand.  Listen to this recording of the webcast: The session discusses:
  • The mortgage interest deduction, state and local tax deductions and their effects on single-family sales
  • The home equity deduction, energy tax incentives and other issues affecting remodelers
  • Multifamily issues, including the LIHTC, 1031s, and carried interest
    General business tax issues, including the tax treatment of debt
The webcast includes a member question and answer session and a review of some of the priorities on which NAHB is seeking input. It is not too late to weigh into the discussion.  Review the webcast recordingand provide your thoughts to NAHB at boardtopics@nahb.org. Remember, the webcast recording is a member-only resource, so you must be logged into nahb.org to view it.

HBA of Iowa Leadership Nominations Due

Your application to serve your state HBA in a leadership position is due September 20.  It’s fun, low impact, and comprised of a great group of people.  If you are interested in serving on any Executive Committee position – please let HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson know by then.  The Nominating Committee will be happy to see how you can fit into our future growth and plans.

Here are the job descriptions and applications – just click on the description for more info and application:

Interested in Centerville, IA?

The City of Centerville, IA is looking for Real Estate Developers and Home Builders for the completion of housing on a developed parcel in Centerville.  The project consists of 11 remaining residential lots for single-family residences.  More information is available here or by contacting the City of Centerville at 641-437-4339.


Shop class safety with Gerry Dee.

Weekly Update: September 14, 2017

   We had a fabulous time at the NAHB BUILD PAC tailgate fundraiser prior to the Iowa vs. Iowa State football game.  Thanks Rich and Mary Fitch for putting it together and being such awesome hosts!  Great fellowship, food, drink, weather, etc. combined with a great game = awesome!

An Evening with Mike Rowe Basically Sold Out

As of yesterday, we were down to five tables left out of 150!  It’s such an overwhelming turnout – exceeding all expectations.  If you did not secure your spot, even as an individual, we may be able to place you somewhere in the mix.  Email Jay Iverson if you want to make that happen.  It’s going to be quite an event September 28 from 4-8 p.m. – we have over 400 educators and students planning to attend!

Drink Sponsors Needed

We were careful not to make the Mike Rowe night a drinking event, but we recently decided to provide drink tickets to participants.  Our sponsorships for the event have been outstanding, but if your company would be interested in being a drink sponsor, email Jay Iverson.  There will be over 1,500 people in attendance and at $5.50+++ each, that will add up fast – but it’s important to take care of our guests too.

HBA of Iowa Leadership Nominations Due

Your application to serve your state HBA in a leadership position is due September 20.  It’s fun, low impact, and comprised of a great group of people.  If you are interested in serving on any Executive Committee position – please let HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson know by then.  The Nominating Committee will be happy to see how you can fit into our future growth and plans.

Here are the job descriptions and applications – just click on the description for more info and application:

“Tax Reform and the Housing Industry” Web Briefings

The prospect of tax reform is becoming a reality, and we expect legislative action to begin this fall. Given the importance of tax reform to our members, we want to make certain that we accurately represent your concerns in this debate.

Plan to participate in an online discussion with your NAHB Leadership on what tax reform means to our industry. Bring your questions and concerns: We will cover business taxes, including the deduction for business interest, homeownership incentives such as the mortgage interest deduction, multifamily tax issues including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and provisions affecting remodelers.

We will hold three “Tax Reform and the Housing Industry” web briefings on Monday, Sept. 18. The three 60-minute briefings each cover the same information, so you only need to attend one session. The briefings will take place at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m, ET.  You must pre-register for this member-only event. Please make certain you are logged into nahb.org as this is members only content.

If you are unable to participate in the live webcasts, the recordings and staff contacts for more information will be posted to nahb.org after the sessions conclude. This is an important time for the housing industry. Tax reform will shape the course of our livelihoods for the next several decades. We must get it right. Join us at one of the briefings on Sept. 18.

There’s Still Time to Save on Builders’ Show Registration

Organizers have decided to extend those incredible August deals to all who register for the 2018 International Builders’ Show by Sept. 15. That means there is still time for current NAHB members to obtain a free expo pass to the show! Register before Friday at www.buildersshow.com.  Less than 300 tickets for both The Official IBS House Party and the IBS Closing Spike Concert with Chicago remain (for each event).  If you are interested in attending either of these events you must purchase tickets right away.  Tickets may be purchased during registration or by logging into their account and adding the ticket if they have already registered.

Professional Women in Building (PWB) Week is Sept 18 – 22nd

NAHB Professional Women in Building Week celebrates women as a visible component of the residential construction industry and provides an occasion for members across the NAHB federation to collectively raise awareness of their contributions through activities that promote, enhance and support women within the industry.  Get more ideas and resources for celebrating at nahb.org/pwbweek. Don’t forget to share your photos with us!

Stormwater Management Toolkit Available

It’s no secret that stormwater regulations are getting more complex. Are you prepared to advocate for smart, flexible and affordable requirements the next time your state permit comes up for renewal?  A new NAHB stormwater toolkit has you covered.  The online toolkit helps builders and their HBAs make the case for programs that provide a clear path to compliance, reduce redundancy, and help meet water quality goals.  Contents include:

  • “Stormwater 101” – an introduction to the topic
  • A look at EPA’s small lot template, a streamlined approach for smaller projects
  • State-by-state breakdowns of national permitting trends
  • Tips for how to make green infrastructure, also known as low-impact development, work in your community

There’s plenty more, including planning checklists and links to resources from other organizations to help you better manage your stormwater issues.  As part of the toolkit launch, check out A Developer’s Guide to Post-Construction Stormwater Regulation. This report breaks down state-by-state data on five top post-construction permitting issues affecting members in the field:

  • Maintenance responsibility
  • Flood control
  • Green infrastructure and LID requirements
  • Off-site compliance and fee-in-lieu options
  • Market-based mechanisms and incentives

Look at the new stormwater toolkit and download this brochure that describes it for your friends and colleagues, and contact Eva Birk at 202-266-8124 with questions and suggestions for additional content.

Equifax Data Breach: What Does it Mean for Your Company and Employees?

Equifax announced this past week the catastrophic data breach of 143 million identities.  Please take note of three very important things:

  1. Since children do not have credit records, this number represents almost every adult in the United States.  You can be certain that the majority, if not all of your employees, yourself included, were among those breached.
  2. Almost all of the information in this very serious data breach (driver’s license, social security number, address, phone number, email addresses) will never show on a credit record, and could have an extremely serious impact on you including handing you a criminal record, an undeserved bill from the IRS, a medical fraud, etc.
  3. MOST IMPORTANT:  Even though no credit information was compromised, Equifax has announced that it will offer a free credit monitoring service.

As a HBA member, we do have a member-only partnership with IDShield.  Did you know that identity theft protection from IDShield is tax deductible for your company?  You can protect yourself, your company, and your employees for no net cost!  Click here for more information about IRS Announcement 2016-2.  If you are interested in learning more, email LegalShield/IDShield representative Terry Ebke.