Weekly Update: December 12, 2013

This stairwell at the Iowa Capitol will soon be home to many participants in the next legislative session.

This stairwell at the Iowa Capitol will soon be home to many participants in the next legislative session.

Legislative Meetings Underway – The Session Should Be Smooth…

The first HBAI legislative meeting for the 2014 session was held yesterday.  Over two dozen HBAI members participated in the call and we discussed a myriad of topics including the statute of repose, radon, mechanics liens, window fall protection, minimum wage, silica, and several other topics.  It should be a good session – both sides would like to keep it smooth and fluid as they prep for the next election cycle.  

If you would like to participate, contact your local executive officer or if you are an at large member, email HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson.  Here is the legislative calendar

Need a New Logo?

timber-rock-constructionThis is super cool – if your company is in need of a new logo, check out www.logotournament.com. For a small fee and a little information, you’ll receive potentially hundreds of logo ideas from which to choose.  You would then own that logo upon payment.  Several HBA’s and members have used it with great success.  The one to the left was just chosen yesterday.

IBS Early Registration Rates End on December 20

We’re nearing the deadline for your IBS registration – it’s next week already, so make your plans. NAHB member rates start at just $50! First time at IBS? First time IBS attendees can take advantage of a full registration for only $125. New NAHB members as well as members who have never previously registered for IBS qualify. Young Professionals @ IBS – The under 40 crowd will mix and mingle at the Young Professionals After Hours Party on Wednesday, February 5 at 8:30 p.m.at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Tickets are $35 and include an open bar, light hors d’oeuvres and a live band. Young professionals can add this event to a new registration or modify an existing registration using both their email address and password OR confirmation ID and last name. Get more information about IBS and the building industry’s best education, exhibits and networking opportunities at BuildersShow.com.

Iowa Party in Vegas on Wednesday, February 5

We’re still trying to iron out the details and lock in contracts for our Iowa Night party at IBS – but we do know that it will be on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.  We’re still looking for sponsors – nothing is inexpensive in that town for catered events, so it all helps to make it a great event.  It should be a fun time – mark it on your calendar today.

Fresh List of Which HBAI Members Take Advantage of Our Discounts

The following members will be receiving rebate checks very soon – several of them in the $2k+ range. It’s so simple to do and it’s a great member benefit. Out of 1,800 members, shouldn’t this list be so long that we would never place it in a newsletter? We recently created a Facebook page for the Member Rebate Program. Please “like” the page for all updates, deadlines, and information you need. www.facebook.com/MemberRebateProgram

  • Able Homebuilders
  • Abode Construction
  • American Homes By Dave Long
  • Anderson Group Construction
  • Aspen Homes LLC
  • Beaver Builders Inc.
  • Big Dog Construction Co.
  • Castle Pointe Homes
  • C-RDR Homes
  • Denton Homes
  • EverGreen Design Build
  • First Construction Company
  • HCS Builders
  • Jensen Construction
  • Jerry’s Homes, Inc.
  • Kohles Construction Co. Inc.
  • Mark Gudenkauf Constructon, Inc.
  • Midwest Home Builders
  • Savannah Homes, Inc.
  • SJE Ltd.
  • Tri-County Enterprises, Inc.
  • Windmill Properties, Inc.
  • Windmiller Design & Development Co.

If you have any questions, please call 866-849-8400 or via email at: info@HBArebates.com.

Weekly Update: December 5, 2013

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Iverson Meeting with Fellow HBA State Executives

HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson is in South Carolina this week to meet with his colleagues who head up other state HBA’s.  A few of the many topics on the table include:

  • Federation issues (jeapordized states): Oregon; Colorado; Montana; Washington
  • Health insurance – who’s doing what
  • EOC discussion – 2014 plan; getting a state EO into the chairs; policy/political issues around the country; tax reform; storm water and other environmental enforcement; ‘cost of growth’ and other anti-growth sentiment returning with the market recovery; OSHA related issues, particularly fall protection; Immigration; state level uses of Koontz
  • Association related – membership reports; non-dues revenue ideas; communication problems and solutions; Builder Fusion and other database issues
  • Market related – housing starts; single v multi-family trends (owned and rental); impact of national builders

 

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Newest HBAI Member – Heated Stone Products

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With the cold weather upon us, that cold feel of granite, quartz, and other stone countertops is even more of a negative for homeowners 

wanting the elegance of stone in their homes. But there is now a great solution that warms up countertops using an ultra-thin heating pad that just sticks-onto the lower surface of the counter.

The product is called FeelsWarm Technology produced by Heated Stone Products of Lakeville, MN and they produce custom sized/shaped heaters to match each unique countertop design. Using low voltage and a heating pad less than 9 sheets of paper thick, the heaters are ideal for overhangs, unsupported areas, and areas where a homeowner experiences that cold feeling when touching or leaning on the counter.

This is a fantastic solution for basement bars, kitchen islands, vanities, bathrooms, desks, and wherever people rest their arms. This is also a good option for commercial applications such as banks, automotive dealerships, health clubs, lawyer/doctor offices, and firms looking to provide customers with a comforting and elegant environment.

Furthermore, it is extremely easy to install. They can be stuck on at the fabricator or they can be installed in 5 minutes after the countertop is on the cabinet. The cabinets don’t need to be specially prepared nor does a contractor need to be involved to integrate the heater. They can also be easily installed to existing countertops/homes.

Check out their web site at www.feelswarm.com. The site shows many examples and describes the technology thoroughly. Impress your customers with this new comfort product that solves a widespread issue regarding luxury stone countertops. Interested parties can contact Jahn Stopperan at 952-898-9505 or by e-mail at jjstop@charter.net.

 

December 2013 Leading Markets Index (LMI)

The LMI compares the current levels of economic health of single-family building permits, home prices and employment to their last normal, sustainable level. A national number and a comparison of individual metropolitan market areas is calculated and scored. Your area’s score is the average of the three component’s proximity to the last period of normality. An index value above one indicates the market has advanced beyond the previous sustainable level of economic activity. An index value above the national index level indicates the market is doing better than the country as a whole, moving beyond the last period of normal economic growth.

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Employment