How to Engage and Educate Local Home Owners about Remodeling
Join us today at 2pm E.T. for our Leadership Lowdown! Guest speaker Tom Ashley of the Capital Region Builders Association remodelers council will share how his council educates local home owners about remodeling through their successful "Remodeling 1,2,3" workshops. "Remodeling 1, 2, 3" was developed to help the public understand the remodeling process and how to reduce their risk of hiring an unscrupulous contractor. For members, it's an opportunity to promote their HBA and council, network with home owners and explain why it's a better investment to hire a remodelers council member.
NAHB Remodelers' quarterly Leadership Lowdown webcasts give you the opportunity to discuss challenges and successes with your peers, share best practices and stay in the loop on the latest national benefits and events.
"We had a local 'roundtable' meeting scheduled for the following day where we were able to bring up several of the points that were discussed during the call. These calls are a timely and helpful service to us!" -BIA Clark County, Wash.
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The landmark tax reform legislation that took effect Jan. 1 created significant changes in the tax code that will affect the housing industry and our small business members.
To help NAHB members understand how these changes could impact their business, NAHB is hosting a members-only webinar, Tax Reform and Your Bottom Line, at 1 p.m. ET on March 5.
The webinar will feature NAHB tax experts and outside tax counsel who will focus on the specific changes that will most directly impact small businesses, including the 20% pass-through deduction, limitations on the business interest deduction and new depreciation guidelines. Register for the March 5 webinar at nahb.org/taxwebinar (log-in required). If you are not able to join the webinar, a replay will be posted on nahb.org. You can learn more about the new tax law, and NAHB’s influence during the legislative process, at nahb.org/taxreform.
The Ecobee4 smart thermostat, Loxone smart home system and the QUADZilla door roller each received a 2017 NAHB Global Innovation Award and were honored at the NAHB International Builders Show in Orlando.
“These winners’ commitment to innovation really stood out,” said Roger Lyons, NAHB Global Opportunities Board chair. “It was a stiff competition, because all our entrants are pushing the home building industry forward in new and exciting ways. We are proud to provide this platform that recognizes their accomplishments.”
Anthony Innovations’ QUADzilla door rollers, made in Thomastown, Victoria, Australia, are designed around a standard rail profile that enables window and door fabricators to build larger sliding panels while delivering reduced rolling resistance and smoother and quieter operation, all within the same system extrusion.
The Ecobee4 smart thermostat, made by Ecobee of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, can be controlled through its touch screen, via a smart device or by voice — it’s the first thermostat with built-in Amazon Alexa voice service. It also delivers energy savings of up to 23% when home owners are away.
Loxone’s smart home system, made in Kollerschlag, Oberösterreich, Austria, connects the whole home: everything from the central mini-server to dimmers, multi-room audio, push buttons, video intercoms and sensors.
Global Award finalists included Hillside Software’s Digital Property Flyers, the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and Wellness Within Your Walls’ healthy kitchen design.
NAHB Global Membership connects each participant to thousands of the world’s top builders, manufacturers and suppliers. Members enjoy exclusive access to a wide range of opportunities and home building industry resources, including programs such as the Global Innovation Award.
NAHB’s Construction, Codes and Standards Committee is seeking NAHB members interested in applying to serve for 2018 on one of its three subcommittees: the Building Codes and Standards Subcommittee, the Construction Technology Research Subcommittee, and the Energy and Green Codes and Standards Subcommittee.
If you would like to apply to become a subcommittee member for 2018, please contact Gary Ehrlich and indicate which subcommittee you would like to participate on. Feel free to provide a few details about your interests and related experience.
Subcommittee members must be an NAHB Builder, Associate or Affiliate member in good standing.
Applications are due by Feb. 9. Subcommittee members will be informed of their appointments by the end of February.
We are pleased to announce the State has hired additional contract workers to perform plumbing inspections.
Earlier we reported that we were conducting discussions with the State to head off a possible economic slowdown of plumbing inspections at new home projects. As we had reported, State inspections for residential plumbing in Kent and Sussex Counties has been feared to be slowing down due to various reasons including inspector retirements, looming medical outages, etc.
The two new contract workers began making inspections early last week. Hopefully this will provide immediate relief and help alleviate any potential inspection slowdown.
HBADE early on saw this coming as a problem for our industry and initiated meetings with the State officials that oversee the inspection process in Kent and Sussex Counties. Fortunately the State has been quite responsive and will be providing immediate relief by contracting several positions, with an eye to meet with us next month to explore long term solutions.
As you can imagine, a slowdown in plumbing inspections would have significant harm to the housing industry. Work on new homes would come to a halt until the inspections are made, causing a domino effect to other trades, new home settlements, inconvenience to new home buyers, the buyer’s buyers if applicable, moving companies, etc.
In addition, HBADE has a meeting next week with State officials to further discuss this issue. We will keep our members updated; but if any plumbers or home builders with projects in Kent County or Sussex County are finding inspection slowdowns, please notify us at email@example.com
President Trump today signed into law landmark tax reform legislation.
“NAHB commends President Trump and members of Congress for their hard work and dedication in crafting this once-in-a-generation overhaul of the nation’s tax code,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “Providing tax relief for hard-working families and creating a more favorable tax climate for small business will make the economy more vibrant and competitive. In turn, this will boost the housing sector, which represents roughly one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Housing not only equals jobs, but jobs mean more demand for housing.”
Throughout the tax reform debate, NAHB and our grassroots were at the forefront of the legislative process. We held several meetings with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, along with other committee members and staff, while builders engaged with key House and Senate lawmakers in their home districts and at their offices on Capitol Hill.
Thanks to the efforts of the entire Federation, NAHB achieved significant victories on the real estate exception to the business interest deduction, second homes, private activity bonds, the capital exclusion, and many other provisions.
Under the new law, the majority of taxpayers will receive a tax cut, including working class home owners and renters, small business owners and our members who are engaged in all aspects of the residential construction sector. Lower tax rates will spur job and economic growth, and that is good for housing.
An overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, with all changes taking effect for the tax year starting Jan. 1, 2018:
New subdivisions are more likely to include both detached and attached units, shared amenities and open space, and restricted access points (for example, gated communities).
When coupled with declining revenue as it competes with private express carriers and online order delivery services, it means the United States Postal Service (USPS) now favors the installation of less-expensive cluster box units over traditional door-to-door or curbside delivery in new single-family developments.
In 2012, the USPS updated its Postal Operations Manual to reflect that preference and recommends that developers and builders plan for centralized mail delivery installations during a project’s design phase.
The first step for all developers and builders: Identify your regional coordinator by emailing Delivery.Growth@usps.gov. Contact the coordinator before finalizing plans and site plats with planning and zoning authorities.
The USPS will not begin mail delivery until the regional coordinator has approved modes of delivery and box locations. However, it will work with builders, developers and owners at any stage of development if cluster box units are not feasible.
The USPS has provided NAHB with a webpage with more details about this change — and how it can be an advantage for developers and their buyers. USPS representatives will also give a presentation to the NAHB Land Development Committee before the 2018 International Builders’ Show in Orlando and plan to have a booth during the show to answer questions about the policy.
For more information on centralized delivery, please contact Claire Worshtil.
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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.