Friday, January 20, 2017

Clemson Wins Again!

Clemson Football may have won the National Championship, but the Clemson Construction Sciences team brought home an award as well. The National Association of Home Builders Residential Construction Management Competition Team from Clemson University recently competed in the Construction Sciences Competition. With the help and guidance of some of our members, the team won 8th place overall out of 35 teams at the competition in Orlando this January. The judges were impressed with the level of detail in the proposal and how organized the team was in their presentation. Thank you to our Home Builders Association members who helped critique and guide the students before the competition, and congratulations again to the students, our future partners in the building industry!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

BALA Forecasts Design Trends for 2017 and Beyond

There were 127 single-family, multifamily, remodeling, and community projects honored at the 2016 Best in American Living Awards ceremony in January at the National Association of Home Builders' International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida.

That means there were 127 examples of the top design trends that home buyers expect to see over the next several years in your building and remodeling projects. They include:

Benches and nooks. In single-family custom and production homes, architects and designers include benches and nooks because they’re cozy, chic and practical, serving as places to snuggle up with the kids or a good book.

Big showers and tubs. Showers continue to get larger and free-standing tubs more luxurious. Walk-in showers feature wall-to-wall glass and universal design features.

Board and batten. You’ll see a lot of this siding on the exteriors of this year’s winners, and they also add a classic touch to today’s contemporary interiors. Some winners add a unique spin by adjusting the width of the boards, giving homes a more customized, one-of-a-kind feel.

Dark door and window frames.
On multifamily, custom and production homes, architects and designers are choosing dark brown or black frames around windows and doors instead of whites. Windows pop on white or light siding, and dark frames add a striking effect from the interior looking out.

Modern farmhouse.
We’re seeing farmhouse sinks, reused wood siding in interior design details and barn doors that are customized to have a more contemporary feel, incorporating glass, white tints and metal hardware.

Metal roofs.
Metal roofs are featured on custom homes across the country, from more traditional homes to modern farmhouse and distinctively modern homes.

Natural wood beams.
From remodels to new homes, wood beams left in their original state add a natural touch and create a focal point in interiors.

Natural wood ceilings. Hardwood floors have always been popular with home owners, but this year’s winners included an unusual number of homes with natural wood ceilings. These ceilings add warmth and can be used in traditional and more contemporary designs.

Shiplap inside and out.
Horizontal shiplap is increasingly chosen for exteriors and is featured in entryways, bathrooms, living rooms and more.

Under-stair storage. Architects and designers did not let spaces under the staircases go to waste. Often, these spaces include shelves for books and works of art. One winner even included an entire bar under the living room stairs.

Unique wine storage.
Wine storage is now a prominent feature in the home. Kitchens include floor-to-ceiling open or glass-enclosed wine storage, and customized wine racks appear in many of this year’s winners. Combining the under-stair-storage trend with this one, one team included an extensive wine collection under the stairs with glass doors and display lighting.

White on white.
This trend is back in 2017 and appears universally across homes. Perhaps most prominently, white on white is showcased beautifully in kitchens.

Nation’s Home Builders Elect Leadership for 2017

The National Association of Home Builders Board of Directors today elected four senior officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

With more than 700 affiliated state and local home builders associations and more than 140,000 members across the country, National Association of Home Builders represents the interests of the nation’s housing professionals through advocacy, education and research.

Taking the helm as National Association of Home Builders' Chairman of the Board of Directors this year is Granger MacDonald, a Kerrville, Texas-based builder and developer with 40 years of experience in the home building industry. MacDonald is chairman and CEO of the MacDonald Companies, a diverse development, construction, and property management enterprise with nearly 50 neighborhoods completed and managed throughout Texas.

“We will work this year to prevent expensive, pointless regulations from impeding home building and housing affordability and partner with the Trump administration and new Congress to promote policies that encourage homeownership and affordable rental opportunities for all Americans,” said MacDonald.

Also moving up on the association’s leadership ladder during National Association of Home Builders' Orlando board meeting was Randy Noel, a Louisiana-based custom home builder with more than 30 years of experience in the home building industry. He was elected as First Vice Chairman of the Board.

Noel is president of Reve Inc., a custom home building firm that has developed more than 1,000 custom homes in the greater New Orleans area.

Greg Ugalde, a Connecticut builder and developer with more than 25 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as Second Vice Chairman of the Board. Ugalde is president and chief legal officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co., Inc., one of the largest home builders in the state.

Dean Mon joined the National Association of Home Builders leadership ladder with his election as Third Vice Chairman of the Board. He is president of the D.R. Mon Group Inc., which specializes in the development and construction of classic urban living projects throughout New Jersey. Since 1985, the company has created communities throughout Morris, Hunterdon, Union, Hudson and Monmouth counties.

2016 National Association of Home Builders Chairman Ed Brady, from Bloomington, Ill., remains on the leadership ladder as Immediate Past Chairman. Brady is president of Brady Homes, a company founded in 1962 by his father, William Brady Sr.

One of the longest standing home building firms in central Illinois, Brady Homes has developed 20 residential communities throughout the state, building more than 1,800 single-family homes, 2,000 apartment units and more than 100,000 square feet of light commercial property.

Rounding out the association’s leadership is National Association of Home Builders Chief Executive Officer Jerry Howard, from Washington, D.C. Howard heads up a professional staff of more than 240 working out of the National Housing Center in Washington. He has served as the association’s CEO/EVP since February 2001. Previously, Howard was National Association of Home Builders' chief tax counsel.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Save the Date - Housing Market Forecast Will Be February 9th

The Home Builders Association of Greenville will once again partner with the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors and the Upstate Mortgage Lenders Association in order to produce the Upstate Housing Market Forecast. Save the date, February 9, for a day of educational classes and a luncheon featuring the National Association of Home Builders' Chief Economist. This event is sponsored by BNC Bank, and vendor table sponsorships are still available. Contact Crystal for more details.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Get the Recognition YOU Deserve

The Bridge Awards Gala is an annual event where your Home Builders Association of Greenville recognizes individuals and companies for their impact on the housing industry and superior craftsmanship. Members may submit their applications for craftsmanship awards, SMC, or PWB awards by filling out the packet linked here, or nominate someone for one of the outstanding individual awards. The 2016 Bridge Award Gala will take place March 30, 2017 at TD Convention Center and is sponsored by GBS Building Supply.

The Advantage
Not only will winning a Bridge Award make you stand out to other professionals within the industry, but it also ensures your professionalism and achievements to your clients. Use it in marketing, display your award in your office, and be sure to let the world know that you go above and beyond!

HBA of Greenville CEO Michael Dey Receives National Award

The National Association of Home Builders honored Home Builders Association of Greenville CEO Michael Dey with its inaugural Local Executive Officer of the Year Award during the Meeting of the Members at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando.

“Association executive officers are often the unsung heroes of the National Association of Home Builders Federation. They do yeoman’s work to serve our members and advance the needs of the housing industry,” said National Association of Home Builders CEO Jerry Howard during the award presentation.

The award recognizes the dedication, loyalty and commitment of Executive Officers who stand out for consistently promoting the value of membership and working tirelessly on behalf of their members and the Federation during the past year.

This award is unique, as the National Association of Home Builders’ staff senior management team nominated the candidates and the Senior Officers selected the winners.

Each winner received a $1,000 check, and contributions to the National Housing Endowment/Executive Officers Council Student Scholarship Fund will be made in each of their names.

Installation as 2017 Executive Officers Council Chair
Michael was also installed as the 2017 Executive Officers Council Chair at a separate meeting at the International Builders' Show. In this role, Michael will lead the executive officers of local and state Home Builders Associations as Chair to their council. The leadership and innovative thinking proven at his role in Greenville has prepared him well for this position.

Friday, January 6, 2017

NAHB Chair Details Legal Challenge to OSHA Rule

National Association of Home Builders has joined several other industry groups to file a challenge against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Department of Labor regarding OSHA’s final Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule, which National Association of Home Builders Chairman Ed Brady called “unlawful and arbitrary” in a press statement issued Thursday.

“We have vigorously opposed this rule from the start, and cannot allow this type of regulatory overreach to occur,” Brady said.

“There are significant concerns associated with Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirement of employers to submit detailed injury and illness logs to the agency for public posting. Not only does Occupational Safety and Health Administration not have the authority to do this, it also exposes a business to significant reputational harm, all without demonstrating any evidence that it would effectively reduce workplace injuries and illnesses,” he said.

“We also have serious concerns about the anti-retaliation portion of the rule, which would allow Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors to cite an employer without needing a complaint from a worker. This is a clear overreach of authority, as it goes against Congress’s carefully constructed mechanism to address retaliation that is specifically set forth in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration statute.

“Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not justified any of the rule’s requirements with any real benefits analysis and has relied entirely on anecdotal information. This is entirely insufficient and cannot be allowed to stand and potentially serve as a precedent for other agency rules. Workplace safety is of the utmost concern of our members, however this rule is unlawful and does not serve its intended purpose of improving workplace safety. The rule needs to be vacated and set aside in its entirety,” Brady said.