Weekly Update: November 7, 2013

Sprinkler Systems in Dubuque?

HBAI Executive Director Jay Iverson and four HBAI presidents –  Mike Farr (2002), Tari Dailey (2011), Glenn Siders (2012), and Drew Retz (2014) attended the membership meeting of the independent Dubuque Homebuilders and Associates meeting Tuesday night.  The Dubuque fire marshall was present to talk about residential sprinkler systems. 


The Dubuque Homebuilders group has a very cohesive and loyal membership.  Over 70 members gathered for this particular monthly membership meeting.  Only a handful of them are members of HBAI and NAHB – so if you do business with any of them please encourage the non-believers to bring their talents to our table as well as their local group.  It only makes sense.


2002 HBAI President Mike Farr (Cascade Manufacturing) visits with Dubuque Fire Chief Dan Brown.  Standing in the background is Dubuque Fire Marshal Mark Ludescher who gave an excellent talk on the benefits of sprinkler systems.  When all was said and done, both leaders do not see mandated sprinkler systems in the foreseeable future.


Office Furniture and Goodies for Sale

As we work on moving into our new office location, we have a number of items for sale.  We would rather they go to our members if needed and after that opportunity we’ll put them on Craigslist.  Photos will be available shortly, but for the purpose of this article we have:

A complete oak office set which includes a pair of four drawer file cabinets, a hutch with a desk and plenty of storage, and two sofa tables that match.  It’s pretty nice, we paid $1,500 for it back in the day.  We also have a couple of nice sofa tables, wall hangings, three black metal file cabinets, two yellow lateral file cabinets, and a bunch of other desks and file cabinets which will be more towards the free level.  Email Jay Iverson if any of that sounds of interest at this time.

Quarter 3 HBAI Member Rebates Due November 20

Don’t forget to turn in your member rebate forms by November 20.  It’s such a simple process and your dues can be paid for with just a few minutes worth of work.  If you buy product from Delta, Carrier, Bryant, Heatilator, Boise Cascade, Bilco, Dirt Devil, Climate Master, Glidden or dozens of other companies then you can get money back as a result of your membership.  Here is the complete packet of information – click here

Golden Nugget Iowa Code for International Builders Show

We 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 

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.