Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Historic Beattie House For Sale

The Beattie House, constructed in 1834, is the third oldest structure in Greenville, and is located in the East Park Avenue Historic District in downtown Greenville. The property and house are up for sale, with the Offering Memorendum available on October 21st. Click here for more details.

Builders Get a Free Floor Pass to IBS Thanks to Progress Lighting

As a guest of Progress Lighting, builders have the chance to walk the show floor at the industry's biggest event. The 2017 International Builders' Show will once again co-locate with The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show for the fourth annual Design & Construction Week™, giving you access to two shows in one!

Your free 3-Day Floor Pass will admit you to the exhibit halls of both shows in Orlando. Take the first step and submit your free 3-day Exhibits Only Registration, compliments of Progress Lighting.

The International Builders' Show is produced by the National Association of Home Builders. This year's event will take place January 10-12 in Orlando, FL and is open to all. Regular registration can be found here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Are You Committing One of These Common Code Violations?

At a recent Builder Breakfast, speakers Buddy Skinner and Ruthie Helms spoke about the common code violations found by the respective cities builder inspectors. After the meeting, both had their inspectors each compile a list of the top five most common code violations for residential construction. Are you committing one of these mistakes?

  1. Incorrect foundation anchorage
  2. Inadequate bracing of rafters (kings and valleys)
  3. Improper span and bearing of porch beams
  4. Improper fasteners of star stringers and landings
  5. Ductwork not properly sealed

  1. Fire blocking
  2. Concrete encased electrode or 2 rods
  3. No pressure on gas lines
  4. Missing hangers
  5. 3" elevation of HVAC

  1. Wrong size breaker on condenser unit
  2. Draft stop of stairs, fireplaces, and chases
  3. Inadequate foundation anchoring
  4. No grounding electrode
  5. No or low pressure on water test supply

  1. Air trapped in lines - underground plumbing not completely filled with water
  2. Steps and chases not properly fire blocked/draft stopped
  3. Foundation straps not installed per manufactures instructions
  4. test is not on gas and water lines
  5. Outside HVAC units not 3 inches above final grade

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Join Simpsonville Now in Their Roast of Ralph Hendricks, HBA Past President

The Roast of Ralph Hendricks will take place Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Simpsonville. This event will honor a century of commitment to community from Ralph, a past president of your Home Builders Association of Greenville, and will benefit Simpsonville Now, an organization dedicated to the future of Simpsonville.

Individual tickets are $50, and $400 per table. Contact Timothy Brett for more information and to RSVP.

Reduce Liability with Online Risk Management Course

Many builders find liability insurance to be scarce, expensive and restrictive. In this environment, builders must use comprehensive risk management strategies to reduce construction risks and other exposures.

The Risk Management and Insurance for Building Professionals live online course will help companies understand and apply fundamental risk management and insurance concepts. It takes place over three consecutive Tuesdays: Nov. 1, 8 and 15, from 1-3 p.m. ET.

Participants in this course will learn how to:
  • Grasp and apply insurance terminology to their businesses
  • Use non-insurance risk management strategies
  • Recognize the basics of the types of insurance coverage needed
  • Structure company insurance and risk management programs with help from brokers and counsel

Registration is open until 3 p.m. ET, Monday, Oct. 31. Home Builders Association of Greenville members save $100 off the $299 price.

Monday, October 10, 2016

BuildPerks Deadline Reminder

BuildPerks is a loyalty rewards program designed for builders and those in the building industry that Home Builders Association of Greenville members have access to. Visit their website and create your profile today!

As a reminder for those already enrolled in the program, you have until October 15 to finish your monthly reports.

Friday, October 7, 2016

How Many Bathrooms in the Typical New Home?

The share of new single-family homes with three or four full bathrooms has increased in the last several years, according to the latest Survey of Construction data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

As National Association of Home Builders economist Carmel Ford reports in a recent Eye on Housing blog post, this trend may reflect the move by builders to focus on higher-end, larger homes in the post-recession period. However, recent data indicate that this trend started to reverse: the median square feet of new homes declined in the second quarter of 2016. Growth in the number of smaller homes, such as townhomes, may emerge going forward in response to first-time buyers returning to the market.

Of new single-family homes started in 2015, 4% have one or less full bathrooms, 59% have two full bathrooms, 27% have three full bathrooms, and 10% have four or more full bathrooms.

The Figure 1 chart below shows that from 2005 to 2015 the share of new homes with two full bathrooms or less edged downward while the percentage of new homes with three or four full bathrooms increased.

View the Eye on Housing blog post for more details.