It is hard to believe that there are only nine days until our Holiday Celebration! We continue to share some great pictures from our past years events. These don't go that far back, only to 2013, held at White Clay Creek Country Club. Was a fun night. Do you recognize anyone? Make sure to tag them. Happy Thursday!
Two recent Legal Action Fund victories demonstrate that patience is a virtue when it comes to litigation — and that NAHB’s Legal Action Fund is here to support NAHB members for the long haul.
New York Victory Years in the MakingSeven years after the Environmental Protection Agency launched a federal lawsuit against NAHB and Buffalo Niagara Builders Association member Acquest Development for alleged
violations of the Clean Water Act, a federal district court has dismissed the action. At issue was whether Williamsville, N.Y.-based Acquest discharged stormwater and fill material into “jurisdictional” wetlands without first securing federal permits.
The federal government sought to stop all future discharge activities on the 96-acre parcel, require remediation of the impacted wetlands, and impose tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
Acquest rejected the claim, arguing that the onsite wetlands do not have a “significant nexus” with a traditionally navigable water as detailed in the U.S. Supreme Court Rapanos decision and subsequent guidelines established by the Corps and EPA.
With the Department of Justice’s realization that it would be difficult to prove EPA’s claims, all charges against Acquest were withdrawn and the case was dismissed.
The long and bitter fight, and ultimate win, secured by Acquest was made possible in part through the assistance of the New York State Builders Association, Buffalo Niagara Builders Association and financial support from NAHB’s Legal Action Fund.
Idaho Builders Finally See Relief after VictoryIdaho property owners received a favorable decision in September when the Idaho Supreme Court ruled that a portion of the city of Pocatello’s water and sewer fees were illegally collected from end users and should be refunded.
In 2011, the Building Contractors Association of Southeast Idaho (BCASI) had filed an action challenging this fee as an unlawful charge. BCASI won the case in 2013, and the city agreed to stop assessing the charge on future bills. However, it refused to refund the millions it had already collected. So in 2014, the plaintiffs filed a lawsuit seeking to recover those funds from the city.
Through NAHB’s Legal Action Fund, NAHB submitted an amicus brief to support the interests of Idaho builders. In the September 2017 decision, the Idaho Supreme Court found in favor of property owners, and the case now will move back to the Idaho District Court to determine the final costs to be paid back to customers.
The NAHB Legal Action Committee will consider Legal Action Fund applications when it next meets in January. Applications are due Dec. 4.
Both members and HBAs can apply for funding if they are or will be involved in litigation that is likely to have industry-wide implications. Sign into nahb.org to see instructions and download the application.
Home Builders Association of Delaware will be closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th for Thanksgiving. The office will reopen Monday, November 27th.
We wish all of our members, associates, and friends a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving Holiday! We are thankful for all that you do.
Its another THROWBACK THURSDAY! This week we go back to 2006 when the Leadership & Legacy Ball was held at the Sheraton in Dover. Looks like a fun time. Enjoy and have a great afternoon!
Building & Energy Codes Training
The Codes Coalition is coordinating this event
On Monday December 4th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Topics of Discussion
Training location at Insights Homes Main Office 302-337-0400
16255 Sussex Highway Bridgeville, DE 19933
Light breakfast and Lunch will be provided by Insight Homes
Site Tour at Hawthorne Community Science Center
There is no cost for the training but pre-registration is required please
RSVP to Patty Murray by November 29th 302-735-3480 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
If you still haven’t registered for our industry’s premier event — the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) — you’re in luck: but just for seven more days.
Early-bird registration deals have been extended through Nov. 17, offering seven more days to take advantage of amazing rates starting at $50 for NAHB members and $100 for non-members.
IBS is your best opportunity to access everything your business needs for 2018.
“Probably the biggest thing that I took away from attending the show is that I actually signed up with a project management software vendor that was there,” said Nathan Cooper, owner and president of River Valley Builders Inc. in Little Rock, Ark.
“Those types of vendors were conveniently grouped together on the show floor so I could easily compare products. As such, I was able to get all of my questions answered and make a decision right there.”
Here are 10 more reasons to attend:
Our Holiday Celebration is fast approaching, December 9th. We thought between now and then, we would show pictures from our past years (formerly Leadership & Legacy Ball) so you can see how much fun they are. These pictures date back to 2012!
Enjoy and happy Thursday!
When members of the NAHB Construction, Codes and Standards staff attended the recent Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Summit in Atlanta, they met a number of energy experts and building science professionals interested in advancing the practice of voluntary high-performance building: the best way to bring green practices into the mainstream.
Among them: Chrissi Antonopoulos, an energy research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Portland, Ore. Codes staff invited Antonopoulos to tell NAHBNow readers about the programs it offers, in particular, the Building America Solutions Center.
Like adding a building scientist to your staff, the Building America Solution Center gives you easy-to-access best practices for new and existing home construction. The Solution Center is a free online tool sponsored by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America program with information on hundreds of topics ranging from air sealing and insulation to HVAC, windows, indoor air quality and much more.
Bring it all Together
The BASC has nearly 250 best practice guides. Each one is packed with all the information you need for construction, training and sales. The guides are based on DOE-funded research by some of the brightest minds in building science. If you are involved in home construction, renovation, or sales, the Building America Solution Center is a necessary part of your everyday tool set. There are multiple navigation tools to help you quickly search, sort and, most importantly, find the information you need for both new construction and existing home improvements.
Get Your Homes CertifiedUse the Building America Solution Center to help you certify your homes to national labeling programs like ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program, and the EPA Indoor airPLUS and WaterSense programs. We’ve taken the checklists for each of these programs and made them interactive by linking each requirement to how-to guides to help you meet the criteria.
Train Your InstallersThe Solution Center contains more than 1,600 images, 100 CAD files, videos, case studies, presentations, and a robust library of references, all fully searchable. Download these resources as training materials to help installers and subcontractors learn about the latest innovations or to correct old habits that are holding back performance.
Solve Code IssuesEach BASC guide has information on the latest building and energy codes. The most innovative measures also include Code Briefs that give code officials the detailed information they need to review plans, conduct inspections and validate performance. Code Briefs help builders and code officials reach a common set of expectations for passing inspection.
Equip Your Sales Team
Use the BASC Sales Tool to create and customize flyers featuring your company’s logo and the building science measures specific to your homes. Turn consumers into buyers with value-based descriptions of the special features you offer.
Take the Solution Center with YouUse the Solutions mobile app to access your saved content in the field. Register for a free user account to create Field Kits of bookmarked content, and access them through the Solutions app even when you’re in locations with no internet or cell coverage.
Find it all at BASC.energy.gov.
Last week we had the opportunity to present a few brief comments to a Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing, as they work thru their Comprehensive Plan update.
The current draft plan, available at the website www.sussexplan.com., will be the overall planning tool as they move forward with future land use and growth goals for Sussex County.
In one chapter of their draft plan, they echoed the use of density bonuses for developers, in exchange for voluntary preservation of natural resources, especially in Environmentally Sensitive Developing Areas. Though our comments were not confined to these specific areas, we forwarded earlier this year our policy statement to recommend increased density for property owners for the protection of natural resources. Glad to see they saw merit to our ideas.
We also subsequently submitted the recent study that demonstrates how each new home built in Delaware produces 4.25 permanent new jobs in Delaware.
We also noted to Sussex County that our National Association of Home Builders will review the current draft comprehensive plan and offer comments and suggestions.