Monday, October 1, 2018

HBA Elections and Annual Meeting

To: Home Builders Association Members
From: James Speer, APB, President and Vice Chairman, Leadership Development Committee
Bob Barreto, Immediate Past President and Chairman, Leadership Development Committee

As we approach the end of another year, your association will hold elections for our 2019 Board of Directors. Our Annual Meeting is set for Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5:30 p.m., at Elevations Cabinetry and Design by GBS. The Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual Chili Cook Off and Oyster Roast.

The Annual Meeting agenda will consist of election of the 2019 Board of Directors. We expect to convene the Annual Meeting at approximately 6:45 p.m., after the winners of the Chili Cook Off contest are announced.

As a member of your Home Builders Association, you are encouraged to exercise your privilege of voting on the slate of officers and directors who have agreed to lead your association in 2019. To do that, you can attend the annual meeting on October 25, or you can submit a proxy form to our Secretary-Treasurer, Ben Moseley, who will cast your vote for you if you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting.

A Report of Nominations and proxy card have been mailed to each member in good standing at the mailing address we have on file for you. Or you may cast a proxy online.

Voting Online
The Report of Nominations is included below.  To vote online, click this link and follow the instructions.

If you attend the annual meeting, the vote you cast there will be the vote that is counted. If you are not able to attend the Annual Meeting, please vote by proxy.

Report of Nominations

The Leadership Development Committee met July 25, 2018, and September 6, 2018, as well as informally by email. Michael Dey, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, also issued a call for nominations on behalf of the committee by publishing the call in Builder Review, the association’s newsletter. The following is a report of nominations made for the various offices of the Home Builders Association of Greenville, S.C., Inc. These nominations were reviewed and ratified by the Board of Directors at their meeting on September 11, 2018, and are recommended to the General Membership of the Home Builders Association of Greenville to be voted upon and approved in the manner provided by the Bylaws and policies of the association.
      Position                                         Member                                               Term Ends
1.      President                                       Matt Shouse, APB                            12/31/2019
LS Residential
2.      President Elect                              Bill Kane, APB                                  12/31/2019
Ryan Homes
3.      Vice President                               Ben Moseley                                       12/31/2019
The Heirloom Companies
4.      Associate Vice President              Dustin Hughes                                   12/31/2019
Jeff Lynch Appliance and TV Center
5.      Immediate Past President             James Speer, APB                            12/31/2019                 
Carson Speer Builders
6.      Secretary-Treasurer                       Scott Presley                                      12/31/2019
Oconee Federal
7.      Director                                         Will Cord, APB                                 12/31/2021
Daniel Builders
8.      Director                                         Jarrett Smith, APB                           12/31/2021
Smith and Webb, LLC
9.      Director                                         Alan Wilson                                       12/31/2020
Clark’s Termite and Pest Control
10.  Director/SMC Chairman               Lindsay Simpson, APB                    12/31/2019
Ryan Homes
11.  Director/PWB Chairman              Debra Owensby                                 12/31/2019
Blackstream LLC

Additional Directors continuing in unexpired terms:
The Leadership Development Committee also reports that the following director, who has previously been duly elected, will serve in 2019 in the following position:
Position                                         Member                                               Term Ends
1.      Director                                         Chris Bailey, APB                             12/31/2019
Stoneledge Properties
2.      Director                                         Dave Hagan, APB                             12/31/2020
Ryan Homes

Voting rules from the Bylaws:
The Designated Member of each member company, and Affiliate Members of each member company, are entitled to one vote each. Members may vote in one of the following ways:
  1. In person at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 25, 2018, 5:30 p.m., at Elevations Cabinetry and Design by GBS, 711 Congaree Road, Greenville.
  2. Authorize Secretary-Treasurer Ben Moseley to cast your vote for you by executing a proxy statement by . The deadline to submit a proxy card is Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5 p.m.
  3. Authorize Secretary-Treasurer Ben Moseley to cast your vote for you by executing a proxy online by clicking here and following the instructions. The deadline to submit a proxy is Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5 p.m.
Quorum: A quorum is 10 percent of the members in each membership category (Builder, Associate, and Affiliate).

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Your HBA supports Meals on Wheels

Did you know that your Home Builders Association supports Meals on Wheels by sponsoring a Meals on Wheels route?  Your HBA's involvement with Meals on Wheels began in 1971 when the "Women's Club," then the wives of builders, delivered the means.  The HBA continues to sponsor a route today, with HBA members continuing to deliver the meals:
  • First Tuesday of the month: Billy Dunn, Dunn Custom Builders 
  • Second Tuesday: Michael Galloway, Galloway Custom Homes, and Scott Presley, Oconee Federal
  • Third Tuesday: Richard Bernath, Southern Traditions Window Fashions
  • Fourth Tuesday: Chuck Childress, BB&T 
When you see them, thank these members for their volunteerism.

The Community Service Committee is in search of additional volunteers to fill in when these members are unable to deliver meals and to volunteer in months with a fifth Tuesday.  Perhaps we can identify enough volunteers to add a second route.

Interested?  Contact Stacey Gmitter at the HBA Office.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Top 10 Significant Modifications to the 2018 IRC

Last week the S.C. Building Codes Council met to review dozens of proposed changes to the International Series of building codes, including the International Residential Code, the building code that applies to one- and two-family dwellings in South Carolina.

Your Home Builders Association, working with your Home Builders Association of South Carolina, proposed several modifications, including one that would have removed Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters from the building code.

Below is a list of the top 10 significant changes and modifications to the 2018 IRC.  These changes, as well as dozens of others, will be presented to the General Assembly in January.  The effective date of the new building code is expected to be January 1, 2020.
  1. Sections 301.2 and 301.2.2.1-Wind & Seismic Maps. The HBA of SC supported a study to be funded by the S. C. General Assembly and produced by The Citadel to review and address the probabilistic hazard maps. This will ensure that houses in S. C. are built on the needs and hazards of our state. 
  2. Section 301.2.1.2 Protection of openings. This change replaces 2-story limit on use of wood structural panels for wind-borne debris protection with limit based on 45-foot mean roof height. 
  3. Section 302.1 Exterior Walls. This modification maintained the minimum fire separation distance for improvements constructed on a lot where the local governing authority has prior to the implementation of IRC 2012. 
  4. Section 302.5.1 Opening Protection. The existing modification was maintained to remove the use of a selfclosing device. 
  5. Section 313 One-and -Two Family Dwellings Automatic Fire Systems. This modification maintains that residential fire sprinklers continue to be an option, but are not mandated. 
  6. Section R318.1 Protection Against Subterranean Termites. This modification adds an additional method to allow treatments to be conducted under the S.C. Pesticide Control Act and enforced by the Clemson University Department of Pesticide Regulation. 
  7. Section R318.4 Foam Plastic Protection. This modification adds language to allow foam plastics to provide an inspection gap for crawlspace applications. 
  8. Section M1502.4.2 Duct Installation. Language would allow exhaust ducts to be supported at intervals not to exceed 8 feet and ducts will no longer be required to be joined with screws. 
  9. Appendix Q Tiny Houses. By adding Appendix Q builders will have more options and flexibility for small home construction. 
  10. Section E3902.16 Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter Protection. Language rolls back code to earlier version that would remove the use of AFCIs in kitchens and laundry rooms.
Be sure to thank these members, who have served on your HBA's Building Codes Committee and have actively support the work of reviewing and modifying the new building code:
  • Matt Shouse, APB, Chairman
  • Mike Freeman, APB, member of the NAHB Building Codes and Standards Committee
  • Joe Hoover, APB
  • Matt Ruth, APB
  • Rick Quinn, APB
  • Steve Carson, APB
  • James Speer, APB
  • Lee Hornbeck, APB

M. Marie Bormann

M. Marie Bormann, mother of Fritzi Bormann Barbour, passed away August 30.  She was 90 years old.

Fritzi Barbour is Broker in Charge of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, C. Dan Joyner Realtors on N. Pleasantburg Drive. 

The family has planned a private service at Arlington National Cemetery.  Ms. Bormann will be interred with her late husband, Lt. Col. Frederick E. Bormann, USAF, Retired.

New Code Enfordement Rules in Greer

The City of Greer has met twice in the last two months with Home Builders actively building in the city.  The city recently announced several new rules and procedures to help improve delivery of services to the industry.
  1. The deadline to inspect next-day inspections has been extended to 7 p.m.  Inspections for Monday or after a holiday will be accepted until 7 p.m. the night before as well.  However, to avoid a reinspection fee, cancellations of inspection requests must be made by 8:30 a.m.
  2. The city also has committed to attempt to have the same inspector perform reinspections.  However, this is not a guarantee.
The city also is working with Home Builders to review new rules announced by Greer CPW related to release of meters.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

International Builders’ Show OSHA Releases Silica Standard FAQ for Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Monday released a set of 53 frequently asked questions – and their answers – to provide guidance to employers and employees on its respirable crystalline silica standard for construction.

Through the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, NAHB was an important contributor to the formulation of this FAQ. The development stemmed from litigation filed against OSHA by numerous construction industry trade associations challenging the legality of the new silica rule.

NAHB will continue to look for ways to work with OSHA to improve the workability of this significant rule.

The FAQ is extensive and organized by topic. A short introductory paragraph is included for each group of questions; the answers appear in an expanded box when each question is clicked.

Importantly, the FAQ clarifies that many common construction tasks are likely to be outside the scope of the standard. This includes mixing small amounts of mortar; mixing small amounts of concrete; mixing bagged, silica-free drywall compound; mixing bagged exterior insulation finishing system base and finish coat; and removing concrete formwork.

In addition, tasks in which employees are working with silica products that are handled while wet are likely to generate exposures outside of the scope of the standard, including finishing and hand wiping block walls to remove excess wet mortar, pouring concrete, and grouting floor and wall tiles. The FAQ also states that many silica-generating tasks performed for 15 minutes or less a day will fall outside the scope of the standard.

Other clarifications in the FAQ highlighted by NAHB staff include:

Table 1. The requirement that employers “[o]perate and maintain” tools “in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions to minimize dust emissions,” applies only to manufacturer instructions that are related to dust control. Other information in these instructions, including recommended respiratory protection, do not have to be followed for purposes of the standard.

OSHA also has agreed to issue a Request for Information on Table 1 to revise the table to improve its utility.

Written Exposure Control Plan. The standard does not require employers to develop a new written plan for each job or worksite. It requires only that employers have a written exposure control plan applicable to each worksite. Employers may develop a single, comprehensive, written exposure-control plan that covers all required aspects of the plan for all work activities at all worksites.

Also, the standard does not preclude employees from entering work areas where silica-generating tasks are occurring when it is necessary for them to do so. Rather, the rule calls only for minimizingthe number of employees in the relevant work areas.

All home builders should carefully review the new FAQ at

Friday, July 20, 2018

Interested in serving on the HBA Board of Directors?

Dear Home Builders Association of Greenville Membership,

The Home Builders Association Leadership Committee has begun work on identifying and recommending to the membership a slate of officers and directors for 2019. Elections will be held at our Annual meeting this Fall.

The following positions on the Home Builders Association of Greenville Board of Directors are open for nominations:
  • Vice President
  • Associate Vice President
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Director, (2 positions)

In addition, the Leadership Development Committee recommends to the Board of Directors members to be elected to the Home Builders Association of South Carolina Board of Directors and the National Association of Home Builders Board of Directors. You also may contact us about serving on the boards of trustees of either the Sales and Marketing Council of the Upstate or the Professional Women in Building Council of the Upstate.

If you have an interest in serving in one of these, or know of a member we should consider, please contact Michael Dey, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Greenville, or me or a member of the Nominating Committee.  Click here to send an email to Michael Dey about nominations.

I would like to thank the members of the Nominating Committee for their participation:

  • Bob Barreto, Chairman, Falcon Development
  • James Speer, APB, Vice Chairman, CarsonSpeer Builders
  • Joe Hoover, APB, Hoover Custom Construction
  • Alan Wilson, Clark's Termite and Pest Control
  • Matt Shouse, APB, LS Residential
  • Holly May, Blackstream LLC
  • Bill Kane, APB, Ryan Homes
Bob Barreto, Immediate Past President.