Kirkwood ACE Mentor Program
Kirkwood Community College leads with the first Eastern Iowa Chapter of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program. Over 170 high school students within Kirkwood’s seven-county area have shown an interest in being a part of the ACE Mentor Program. These students, along with 40-plus industry mentors, met last week to discuss design and building plans for a 1,500 square foot, $250,000 STEM Center for Clear Creek Amana Middle School. In addition to participating local industry mentors, Kirkwood has partnered with Shive-Hattery, Inc. and the Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association for the design and construction portions of this new STEM Center.
“The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association supports the ACE program and the STEM initiative to entice teenage students into exploring the myriad of exciting career opportunities in the home building and remodeling trades,” said Joan Tiemeyer, executive officer of the Greater Iowa City Homebuilders Association.
The Eastern Iowa Chapter of the ACE Mentor Program is open to any high school student who has the curiosity and drive to learn about a career in design and construction – from contracting and engineering to architecture and landscaping. Students will join teams of other students led by adult mentors who are local, practicing industry professionals. The ACE Mentor Program is designed to immerse students into the profession by engaging them in actual building projects.
Remodelers – Don’t Miss This: David Lupberger
Nationally known speaker David Lupberger: a founding member of the Remodelers Guild, former remodeling contractor and the author of The Turnkey Business System and Managing the Emotional Homeowner will be in the Des Moines area on November 14. All HBAI members are invited – here are the details:
Friday, November 14th, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Giovannetti Community Shelter at Walker Johnston Park
9000 Douglas Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322
Refreshments and lunch provided: $15 for HBA members/No cost for non-members
NAHB Recommended State and Local Amendments to the 2015 Editions of the International Codes
You’ll be well represented at a Build Code Workshop for Iowa on Wednesday, November 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Department of Public Safety Building, ICN Room – first floor 215 E. 7th Street in Des Moines, IA 50319
Click on the link to see NAHB’s recommended amendments to the 2015 I-Codes for use in amending the codes as they are adopted at the state or local level. Each recommended amendment is provided in a draft form that includes the code section and text to be amended, a reason statement and a staff contact. The recommendations are listed in order as they appear in the various International Code Councils publications. None of the suggested amendments are written in order of preference and each should be considered individually. Priorities can differ from region to region, and HBAs should not hesitate to consider alternative code text that may be more appropriate for their jurisdiction.
This link opens a pdf file. If you would like the suggested amendments in a Word document, please contact HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson.
Additional information and supporting documentation on other Builder Action Kits Include:
Construction Contracts and Law Class
The popular Construction Contracts and Law course will be held Nov. 4, 11 and 18 as a series of three two-hour live webinars conducted by instructor Bill Asdal. NAHB created the course to benefit smaller construction or remodeling companies looking for a primer on contract law. It features a step-by-step explanation of how contracts work and why they are a useful and important tool for developing better relationships with customers and suppliers, dispute resolution and risk management. Special emphasis is given to troubleshooting contracts to try to minimize any loopholes.
Asdal, a green builder and remodeler from Chester, N.J., is one of NAHB’s most requested course instructors and was named NAHB Educator of the Year in 2013. He’ll speak and answer questions from 1-3 p.m. ET on the three November course dates. Participants must sign in for all three sessions and complete an online test by Nov. 25 to receive credit for the course.
The course qualifies for credits for the CGA,CGB and CGR professional designations and offers continuing education credits for those designations as well as CAPS, GMB, CSP, Master CSP, CMP and MIRM.
Defining & Valuing Green Homes
Nationally acclaimed green building consultant Marc Richmond, shows builders, designers, inspectors, appraisers, lenders and real estate professionals the nuts and bolts of Green Home Building & Remodeling and how it translates into increased value in the marketplace.
Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC), in partnership with Iowa Association of Realtors (IAR), Iowa Energy Center (IEC), and Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-Renew), present full day workshops on the key components of green home building & remodeling and the resulting increased value in the marketplace.
Two full-day workshops will be offered:
at the ISU Extension Facility – 3109 Old Highway,
218 South, Iowa City, IA
at the Iowa Energy Center, Bldg 23, DMACC,
2006 S Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA
$55 for Members through Friday, November 7th
$75 for Members After November 7th
$75 for Non-Members through Friday, November 7th
$95 for Non-Members After November 7th