Friday, August 19, 2016

Call for Nominations: HBA of Greenville Board of Directors

Dear Home Builders Association of Greenville Membership,

The Home Builders Association Nominating Committee has begun work on identifying and recommending to the membership a slate of officers and directors for 2017. Elections will be held at our Annual meeting in November.

If you have an interest in serving in one of the following positions, 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.

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, Builder Member (3-year term) (1 vacancy)

In addition, the Nominating 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. If you have an interest in serving in one of these capacities, please contact Michael Dey, or me or one of the members 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:

  • Susan Vernon, APB, Chairman, Dillard-Jones Builders
  • Joe Hoover, APB, Vice Chairman, Hoover Custom Construction
  • Robert Markel, APR, CGR, Hadrian Construction Company
  • Bob Barreto, GBS Building Supply
  • Jon Statom, Palmetto Exterminators
  • Matt Vaughn, Brand Mortgage
  • James Speer, APB, Carson-Speer

Susan Vernon, APB, Immediate Past President

HBA of Raleigh-Wake County Needs Judges

Do you want to be a part of the largest judged Parade of Homes on the east coast? The Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County is busy planning its 51st Parade of Homes and would like to invite you to participate as a member of their judging team so that you can see the best of new home building in the area.

The 51st Annual Parade of Homes is scheduled for October 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 2016, with judging on one day only: Friday September 30, 2016. Judges may receive one night complimentary lodging (Thursday, September 29th) at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cary, North Carolina. The Home Builders Association will cover the cost of your hotel room and lunch will be provided on judging day. Spouses and significant others are welcome to join you in your hotel room, but they may not accompany you in the car on judging day. A "Welcome to Raleigh" dinner will be provided on Thursday night at a local restaurant, Shucker’s Oyster Bar & Grill.

Judging on Friday begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Home Builders Association office and should be completed by 5:00 p.m.

If you are interested in judging this year, contact Jaclyn Parks at the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County at (919) 232-5884 or email

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Register for the International Builders' Show Now and Save

The National Association of Home Builders International Builders' Show® is the largest annual light construction show in the world, attracting more than 60,000 visitors from more than 100 countries every year. The industry's premier event gives you the tools you need to gain the competitive edge by connecting you with key business partners, improving your expertise and allowing you to experience the latest products from top manufacturers and suppliers first-hand.

If you register in August, you will save up to $175 on your various passes. See below for details:

Explore the products and services of more than 1,400 top industry suppliers on the IBS exhibit floor and meet with business partners to get your questions answered.

Member – FREE                [Increases to $50 on 9/1]
Non-Members – $50          [Increases to $100 on 9/1]

Explore the products and services of more than 1,400 top industry suppliers on the International Builders' Show exhibit floor and choose from 130+ International Builders' Show education sessions covering 8 industry tracks to strengthen your knowledge and improve your business. PLUS, enjoy a year of streaming access to ALL recorded sessions with International Builders' Show Education On Demand and learn at your own pace!

Member – $275                           [Increases to $375 on 9/1]
Non-Members – $400                 [Increases to $500 on 9/1]

All spouse registrations receive the same access to International Builders' Show as the primary registrant.

Bring your spouse for FREE in August!        [Increases to $25 on 9/1]

New Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks, Trailers

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in an effort to improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution.

The standards, which apply to trucks built in model years 2021-2027, are expected to lower carbon dioxide emissions by 1.1 billion metric tons, save vehicle owners $170 billion in fuel, and reduce oil consumption by up to 2 billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles sold.

Heavy-duty trucks account for about 20% of greenhouse gas emissions and oil use in the transportation sector, according to Environmental Protection Agency.

The standards apply to semi-trucks, large pickup trucks and vans, and all types and sizes of buses and work trucks.

And for the first time, the agencies are finalizing fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for trailers. Cost-effective technologies for trailers – including aerodynamic devices, lightweight construction and self-inflating tires – can significantly reduce total fuel consumption by tractor-trailers, while paying back the owners in less than two years due to the fuel saved.

Recognizing that many trailer manufacturers are small businesses, Environmental Protection Agency has included provisions that reduce burden, such as a one-year delay in initial standards for small businesses and simplified certification requirements.

Today’s final rulemaking builds on the fuel efficiency and emissions standards already in place for model years 2014-2018, which are expected to result in carbon dioxide emission reductions of 270 million metric tons and save vehicle owners more than $50 billion in fuel costs, according to Environmental Protection Agency. Truck sales were up in model years 2014 and 2015, the years covered under the first round of truck standards.

For more details on the new standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, visit the EPA website.