Monday, September 15, 2014

Lots of Fun at this Years Chili and Politics Event last Thursday!

The rain and bad weather held out for The Chili and Politics event held this past Thursday evening. It was a great event with with great food and fun. While the judges of the Cook- Off had a hard decision to make the winners of the Best Chili and Dessert contest are as follows:
1st Place Chili- "OOO Wee"- GBS Building Supply
2nd Place Chili- "Wild Chicken Chili"- Howard Custom Builders
3rd Place Chili- "Smokin Hot"- The Cook's Station
Best Dessert was awarded to The Cook's Station for their Sweet Potato Bread Pudding.

There were also some great prizes including a  KBRS Tileable Shower worth over $700, eligible for Builder or Remodeler, won by Trey Cole of Trey Cole Design Group. A Cook's Station gift basket went to Alan Boone of Advanced Renovations, and Bill Fitz of Gateway Supply won the raffle for some cold hard cash. 
The HBA of Greenville would like to thank our event sponsors for helping to make this event a success!

Enjoying some Oysters


GBS Team with their 1st Place Chili.


Oyster Roast courtesy of Clark's 








Todd Usher featured by NAHB

We told you last week that Todd Usher is mentoring construction students at Clemson University.  He serves as the HBA's professional adviser to the NAHB Student Chapter at Clemson and also serves as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for Clemson's Construction Science and Management program.

Read last week's article by clicking here.

This week NAHB featured Todd's efforts on NAHBNow.com, the national blog.  Among Todd's efforts is to mentor the competition team at Clemson that will be competing in the student competition at the International Builders Show.   

“The Residential Construction Management Competition provides the most real-world experience these students are likely to have prior to graduation,” said Usher, who is using his green building experience ( he was named NAHB Green Advocate of the Year in 2011) to prep the Clemson team on sustainable construction methods and materials. “It’s a hands-on opportunity to put theory into practice,” he said.

Having industry professionals mentor the Clemson team takes students well beyond their reference books, said Jason Lucas, assistant professor in Clemson’s department of Construction Science and Management.

“Having Todd come in and discuss his experiences provides students with a current market view and practical application of the theories we discuss in class,” Lucas says. “By going over the National Green Building Standard and ICC 700 worksheet, he took something that was abstract to them and put it into practical terms. This gives the students a real head start getting into the RCMC project.”

Friday, September 12, 2014

Upstate: a luxury home market?

According to the morereport, Greenville/Spartanburg is a strong market for luxury homes.  Check out these statistics of home closings by price range:
  • July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014: 34 homes closed for more than $1 million
  • July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014: 82 homes closed for $750,000 to $999,999
  • July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013: 24 homes closed for more than $1 million
  • July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013: 49 homes closed for $750,000 to $999,999
These numbers are supported by The Market Edge, which found that 18 percent of all homes permitted in the Upstate were over 4,000 square feet in size or more than $400,000 in permitted value.  By comparison, Asheville is similar at about 19 percent, Charlotte is 16 percent, Raleigh is 22 percent, and Columbia is 13 percent.

Sources: morereport.com and themarketedge.com

SEER Standard for Residential HVAC Standards Will Change in 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) minimum efficiency standards for residential HVAC systems will change in January.  The change specifically affects Southern states, including South Carolina.  For Southern states, the new standard applies to all systems while in Northern states a split system will still be allowed at 13 SEER.

Effective January 1, 2015, manufacturers will only manufacture 14 SEER or higher for use in Southern states.  Existing inventory of 13 SEER systems may still be installed as long as they are available on the market.

According to an analysis of 13 SEER and 14 SEER systems currently available on the market, the new standard will add about $200 to $300, depending on the size of the system, to the cost of a new HVAC system, plus installation costs.  However, cost for the higher-efficiency systems should ease over time.

The current minimum standard, 13 SEER, was set in 2006 when.  Prior to that the minimum standard was 10 SEER.

To read more about the minimum efficiency standards at energy.gov, click here.

Members Save $ on your IBS registration in September


September is the only chance for members to take advantage of the best pricing on registration to the building industry’s biggest event! And this year, an IBS expo pass also gives access to the four other exhibit floors of Design & Construction Week™ – KBIS, IWCE, Las Vegas Market and TISE.

Top 4 reasons to register in September:
  1. FREE IBS expo pass – See more than 500,000 net square feet of exhibits and 1,300 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest and most in-demand products and services.
  2. Save $100 off IBS full registration – IBS education is in demand! The number of attendees getting full registrations (with access to all education sessions) has grown 40% over the past two years and speaker ratings are at an all-time high! With more than 100+ education sessions in 10 tracks attendees are sure to gain the knowledge to improve their business.
  3. HBA housing block – Take advantage of great hotel properties at discounted rates and complimentary shuttle service to/from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  4. Spouse registration – Registration for spouses is FREE during the month of September!
Register at BuildersShow.com/september

Builder Tailgate Event! Friday, September 19th 5-9pm at the Southern Home and Garden Show!




This event is open to all HBA of Greenville Members. Please call the HBA office at 864-254-0133 for more information.

GBS' Nick Campbell is a Best and Brightest 35 and Under

Nick Campbell
Greenville Business Magazine has named Nick Campbell, Director of Sales at GBS Building Supply, one of its 36 Best and Brightest 35 and Under.  To read Nick's profile, click here and scroll to page 54.