Friday, August 12, 2011
Your HBA of Greenville honored its 2010 Partners yesterday at a luncheon at Hubbell Lighting. Partners help make the association's programs and events possible. We call them Partners because they are more than just sponsors, our Partners work with your HBA to support our programs financially and the association works with our Partners to promote their businesses and their products and services.
- Greenville News
- Gallivan White & Boyd
- Piedmont Natural Gas
- The Original Gutter Guardian
- Meridian Homes
- Harold Moore Builder
- First Choice Custom Homes
- Priority One Security
- Builders First Source
- New Home Star
- Homes & Land of the Upstate
- Gateway Supply Company
- Hardie Plank
- Addison Homes
- Jeff Lynch Appliance
- J. Freeman and Associates
- Dillard-Jones Builders
- Freewood Builders
- All-Dry Basement Systems
- Palmetto Exterminators, Inc.
- Donald Gardner Architects, Inc.
- Hollison Custom Homes
- Home Team Pest Defense
- Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS®
- Homeowners Mortgage
- Capital Bank
- Clark's Services
- Yoder’s Building Supply
- Tucker Materials
- GBS Building Supply
- The Great Outdoors, Inc.
- Advanced Renovations
- Ashmore Brothers
- Gabriel Builders, Inc.
- Sadler Company, Inc., of Greenville
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
If the goal is saving lives and not selling sprinklers, the question to answer is “What’s the best way to save the largest number of lives in the most cost-effective manner?” We already know the answer to that question. Working smoke alarms are the most practical, cost-effective method of preventing home fire fatalities.
A 2008 study by the National Fire Protection Association found, “The chances of surviving a reported home fire when working smoke alarms are present are 99.45%.”
That doesn’t mean people don’t die in home fires. Over the seven-year period of 2000-2006, Michigan averaged 109 fatal residential fires a year in its 4.5 million residences. Ninety-three percent of all those fatal fires occurred in residences without working smoke alarms.
Those who want to force homeowners to install fire sprinklers say, “If those homes had both working smoke alarms and sprinklers even more lives would have been saved.” Now the question is how many, and at what cost?
Johns Hopkins University found 75 percent of residential fire deaths could have been prevented by smoke alarms. The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition says installing both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system reduces the risk of death in a home by fire by 82 percent, relative to having neither.
If smoke alarms can reduce residential fire deaths by 75 percent and if having both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system can reduce residential fire death by 82 percent over having neither, then mandatory fire sprinklers would only reduce deaths in homes with working smoke alarms by 7 percent.
Michigan averages 1.31 residential fire fatalities per 100,000 homes or 131 fatalities a year. Working smoke alarms could have saved 91 of those 131 lives. The benefit of mandated sprinklers could be the saving of an additional 8.5 lives. But at what cost?
During the seven-year period of 2000-2006, an average of 40,544 new homes were built each year in Michigan. At an average price of $6,000 per home to add fire sprinklers to homes that already have smoke alarms, the price of housing in Michigan would rise by $243,264,000 each year.
Taking away a homebuyer’s choice of how to spend more than $243 million of their money as the sprinkler mandate does, means they lose the ability to use that money in other ways they have decided would better increase the quality of life for themselves and their families. Mandatory sprinklers take away their choice to use that money for a newer, safer home, improved medical care, better insurance, a safer and more fuel-efficient car, education expenses, retirement accounts, or charitable giving.
Every fire death is a tragedy. The solution to reducing these deaths isn’t mandating expensive sprinkler systems. The solution is to make sure every home has working smoke alarms.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
- U.S. Income $2,170,000,000,000
- Federal Budget $3,820,000,000,000
- New debt $1,650,000,000,000
- national debt $14,271,000,000,000
- recent budget cut $38,500,000,000 (About 1% of the budget.)
- Total Annual Income $21,700
- Jones Family spending $38,200
- New debt added $16,500
- Current total debt owed $142,710
- Amount cut from budge $385
The Greenville-based homebuilder won a first-place Safety Award for Excellence from the National Association of Home Builders and Builders Mutual Insurance Company. Presented in the Single Family Builder Safety Program of the Year category, this top honor recognizes Addison Homes for its comprehensive efforts designed to ensure an accident-free work environment for employees, trade partners and vendors.
Addison Homes advances safety in the homebuilding industry in a number of ways. The company has established clearly-defined procedures for its office as well as worksites and provides ongoing safety training for all employees. An on-site supervisor monitors compliance of both company and OSHA guidelines at every jobsite. A commitment to research keeps Addison Homes current on the latest developments related to construction safety.
“We strive, every day and on every job, to maintain a safe, healthy work environment,” says Todd Usher, president of Addison Homes. “Our company invests significant resources to provide for the well-being of our employees, partners and clients.”
Usher notes there’s never been an incidence of “serious” physical injury on an Addison worksite. “This record is a testament to the success of our company’s safety program,” he says.
The NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company SAFE Awards are presented annually to builders and trade contractors whose high-quality safety programs make them leaders in the residential construction industry.