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  • Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association

    Building BuzzBuilding the Future of Bismarck-Mandan Since 1958.

    August 2013Permit Report: June 2013

    Page 2

    Presidents Letter: Call to Nominate Outstanding

    MembersPage 3

    Committee Highlight: Government Affairs

    Committee Page 5

    Ready, Aim, Fire! Sporting Clay Shoot Aug. 29

    Page 6

    Competition Heats Up at PAC Golf Tournament

    Page 8

    City Beat: Unlawful Dumping; Duty to Clean Ordinance

    ProposedPage 10

    42,000 Reasons to Weigh in on Code Changes

    Page 13

    NDAB NewsPages 14-15

  • Page 2 August 2013BMHBA Building Buzz

    Building BuzzPublisher:

    Roxanne JacobsonEditor:

    Chelsea Gleich

    Building Buzz is a publication of the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association

    2600 Gateway Ave., Suite 1Bismarck, ND 58503

    Phone: 701.222.2400 Fax: 701.250.9730

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    Bismarck-Mandan Permit Reports Through June 2013BISMARCK - monthly/yearly permit reports can be found at www.bismarck.orgPermit Type YTD 2013 YTD 2012New Residential Single Family Detached Single Family Attached Duplex 3 or 4 Unit 5+ UnitResidential GaragesNew CommercialAlter Public

    314/$64.61M219/$39.75M80/$11.9M6/$1.05M2/$1.15M7/$10.76M46/$.378M24/$8.777M7/$9.54M

    299/$71.55M214/$38.67M65/$10.84M4/$1.32M12/$6.83M4/$13.89M33/$.287M32/$6.71M3/$.048M

    MANDAN - monthly/yearly permit reports can be found at www.cityofmandan.comPermit Type YTD 2013 YTD 2012New Residential Single Family Two Family Condos ApartmentsRemodel and AdditionsNew CommercialAlter Commercial

    129/$42.26M98/$27.2M0/$0M28/$5.8M3/$9.26M79/$1.41M8/$2.476M13/$3.03M

    Professionals building our community through promotion of home ownership, education and legislation since 1958.

    88/$25.29M81/$20.35M0/$0M4/$.862M3/$4.076M64/$1.03M10/$5.43M20/$2.98M

  • August 2013 BMHBA Building Buzz Page 3

    With over 360 members, the BMHBA has member companies spanning every inch of the building industry. We want to recognize our outstanding members this year (and every year) with our three annual awards Builder of the Year, Association of the Year and BEAM (Builders Engaging Associate Members) Award. We, at the BMHBA, know that there is no one better to tell us who our outstanding members are than you, the ones working in the trenches with them every day. That is why Im writing to encourage you to nominate those outstanding members you work with for these awards.The Builder and Associate of the Year are geared toward members who go above and beyond in their business, the community and HBA involvement. The nominated candidates will be judged on: business accomplishments, civic activity, member spirit/local association activity, and state and national activity.The BEAM award is fairly new, and was designed by the National Association of Home Builders to recognize those builders who embody the motto, its good business to do business with a member, and foster great relationships with those members. Only builder members are eligible for this award. However, both builders and associate members can nominate.

    The BEAM nominee should be a builder who strives to work with member subcontractors, builds strong relationships with those subcontractors, and uses ethical business practices. Nomination forms for these awards will be sent out soon, but feel free to contact the BMHBA office at any time to make a nomination. Also, were sending out a member survey in the next couple of weeks. The survey will ask you to verify your member information for the member directory (to be published Jan. 2014), as well as ask some questions regarding your membership preferences and demographic information. I highly encourage you to take a few minutes and fill out the survey when you receive it. Your responses can help us serve you, our members, better.Again, please consider nominating some outstanding members for each award. It is a great way to recognize those who give of their time and talent to our association and our industry.

    A Word from Our President: Call to Nominate Outstanding Members

    Eric BrendenBoard President

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    BMHBA Welcomes New Members in 2013We would like to thank our new members for joining us, and welcome them to the association. If you know any of these members, please encourage them to get involved and attend BMHBA functions with you.

    1st Choice HomesLori Doerr

    & James Michela of Bianco Realty, Inc.

    Central City RemodelersJackie Andahl, Robin Gates

    & Greg Larson of Century 21 Morrison

    City of MandanCopper Ridge Design &

    BuildersEide Bailly, LLP

    Goldstar HomesHorizon Framers

    Hot Spring Spas & Pool Tables 2

    HR ServicesHunter Hardwood Floors

    Kamrose ConstructionLexar Homes

    OM ContractingPrestige Homes & Design

    Property Resources GroupPuklich Chevrolet

    Regal Home SolutionsRHR Construction

    Rick Slavik ConstructionRusch Homes, LLC

    Spectra HomesSuper Homes, Inc.

    Timber Ridge Plumbing & Heating

    Tom Kunz, Jesse Sornsin & Kristina Schwab

    of TK HomesVenture Building Co.

    Calendar of EventsAugust 6: Membership Committee Meeting

    August 22: Events Committee Meeting

    August 27: BMHBA Board Meeting

    August 29: Annual Sporting Clay Shoot

    September 12: Construction Site Crime Prevention Lunch-n-Learn

    September 24: BMHBA Board Meeting

    September 26-29: Fall Parade of Homes

    October 3: Family Night at the Pumpkin Patch*All Board Meetings are held at the BMHBA office

    2013 Board of DirectorsPRESIDENTEric BrendenNorthwest ContractingPhone: (701) 255-7727PAST PRESIDENTChad MoldenhauerK & L Homes, Inc.Phone: (701) 258-4584SECRETARY/TREASURERGreg ZenkerFerguson EnterprisesPhone: (701) 663-2446BOARD MEMBERPaula HaiderHaider Glass SpecialtiesPhone: (701) 250-6787BOARD MEMBERMinda LloydND Guaranty & Title Co.Phone: (701) 663-5362

    1ST VICE PRESIDENTVance VetterVance Vetter HomesPhone: (701) 751-82182ND VICE PRESIDENTDrew KnutsonKnutson Homes, Inc.Phone: (701) 258-3464BOARD MEMBERScott MoranHallmark HomesPhone: (701) 471-7634BOARD MEMBERMike HopfaufHopfauf Custom BuildersPhone: (701) 663-7691BOARD MEMBERC.J. SchorschFlecks Furniture & AppliancePhone: (701) 323-0891

  • August 2013 BMHBA Building Buzz Page 5

    Committee Highlight: Government Affairs Committee

    GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    Chair: Chad Moldenhauer, K&L Homes Vance Vetter, Vance Vetter HomesEric Brenden, Northwest Contracting

    Dana Schlomer, Schlomer ConstructionDave Patience, Swenson Hagen & Co.

    Scott Duchsherer, Prairie Aire HomesJeff Sattler, Sattler Homes

    Want YOUR company to be featured asa Member Highlight next month? If you havent been featured before, email chelsea@bmhba.com and find out how your company could be next months member highlight!

    No Cost to You!

    What is Government Affairs? In order to define government affairs, we must first

    define the overall term of advocacy. Advocacy is a broad programmatic tool used by citizens to influence public policy at all levels of government. Advocacy is all encompassing and may incorporate political action, legislative, regulatory, grassroots, legal, and media strategies all for positive change in government. One of the largest components, and arguably the most important aspect, of an advocacy program is government affairs, the act of being engaged in both legislative and regulatory governmental action. Legislative affairs refer to matters that come before legislative bodies such as a city council, state legislature or the U.S. Congress. Regulatory affairs refer to issues that go before rulemaking bodies, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a city building department or perhaps a state environmental agency. To put it simply, legislative bodies make laws and policy, and regulatory bodies carry out that law or policy, often creating the rules of enforcement associated with the law/policy. Active engagement in both is crucial to an effective advocacy program.What does the Government Affairs Committee do?The BMHBA Government Affairs Committee is tasked with reviewing any industry-related ordinances or laws coming before the City and County commissions, as well as building strong relationships with local officials. The committee is currently tasked with reviewing and forming an official HBA opinion (to be approved by the Board) on the littering/job site cleanliness ordinance (#5971) in the City of Bismarck. The ordinance was emailed to builder members for comment prior to the committee meeting. A summary can be found on pg. 10.

    As election season approaches, the committee will also be tasked with requesting information from potential candidates for public office and determining which, if any, should be supported by the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association. This process is typically started by sending out a questionnaire to all candidates asking for input. The committee then reviews the responses and determines if an in-person meeting with the candidate is necessary before a final decision can be made. Official letters of support/monetary donations are then sent to the candidates who are chosen.Why is Government Affairs important?Involvement in government affairs is the most important priority for local, state and national HBAs. We are your watchdogs for the industry, and it is our job to make it easier for you to do your jobs well. You, our members, are represented in local, state and federal government through your 3-in-1 membership.If you have any input on upcoming ordinances or laws, dont hesitate to contact Roxy at the BMHBA or any committee member with your concerns.

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    Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming BMHBA Events!BMHBA News & Events

    Builders Prepare for the Fall Parade of Homes

    Set Your Sights on the Sporting Clay Shoot Aug. 29The 2013 Sporting Clay Shoot is set for August 29 at Capital City Sporting Clays. Join us for an afternoon out on the course. There will be prizes for the bud bird station, as well as door prizes and lots of fun. The day will conclude with a barbeque for all the participants. The shooter fee is $75 per person. The registration includes target fees, shells, earplugs and the barbeque to follow. Shooters can register as a member of a team or individually.Registration forms have been sent out and online registration is now open at www.bmhba.com.

    The Fall Parade of Homes is set for Thursday, September 26 through Sunday, September 29. This shorter Parade is a great way to showcase your home(s) without having to work the home for 2 weekends. Registration is still open for interested builders. The cost to participate is $500 for the first home and $375 for each additional home. Only member builders are able to showcase their homes, and only member subcontractors/suppliers are allowed to advertise within the homes. Contracts have been sent out to the builders who responded to the pre-commit. If you would like a

    contract and havent received one, contact the office or visit www.bmhba.com. The contracts with payment are due back on August 14. The home information will be due on August 28, including home photos, descriptions and directions.Advertising opportunities in the Fall Parade of Homes magazine will be available to members, as well. To find out more information about ad prices and availability, contact Deb Seminary at The Printers (255-3422).

    Verify Your Contact Information! BMHBA Member Survey Sent Out

    We will be sending out a survey to each member company in August to verify your contact

    information, business categories and get some feedback on BMHBA membership. This information

    will be used to ensure that member information in the hard copy directory (to be published Jan. 2014) and online is as accurate as possible. We

    will also take into account your membership feedback in determining future BMHBA programs and events. We highly encourage you to take the

    time to participate in this survey and make sure that your correct information is being published.

    Thank you for your help!

  • August 2013 BMHBA Building Buzz Page 7

    BMHBA News & Events

    Member Minute: BMHBA Members Making HeadlinesBianco Realty AwardsBianco Realty has named Shirley Thomas and Jim Jeromchek Associates of the Month! Shirley and Jim had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty for the month of June 2013. Shirley has been a licensed REALTOR since 2001 and Jim has been a licensed REALTOR since 1993. Great job!Quality Title to Hold Grand Opening Celebration!Quality Title would like to invite you to their Grand Opening Celebration on August 22. Come see their new office and meet the staff from noon to 7 p.m. that day. They will be grilling throughout the day with prizes and refreshments for attendees, too. Come say congratulations on the new building and new company to your fellow BMHBA member!

    Lingen to Retire From Kupper ChevroletDavid Lingen, Kupper Chevrolet new car sales manager, will retire at the end of 2013 after 33 years with the dealership. Lingen started with the dealership when it was named Gandrud Chevrolet in 1980. He worked as sales consultant until he was promoted to new car manager in 1985.Capital Credit Union & KLJ Named in Top 10

    Young Professional WorkplacesCapital Credit Union and KLJ have been named in the YP Network Top 10 Young Professional Workplaces. To be eligible, a business must employ young professionals under 40. A panel of judges anonymously evaluated nominees on categories relevant to young professionals, such as inclusion, benefits and professional development.

    Submit your company achievements to Member Minute by emailing Chelsea@bmhba.com.

    Outstanding Member Nominations Needed! Builder & Associate

    of the YearBEAM (Builders Engaging

    Associate Members) AwardThe NAHB BEAM (Builders Engaging Associate Members) Award is an honor bestowed on one builder who is chosen by a committee of associates as the one who best exemplifies the motto its good business to do business with a member. Out of the builders nominated, the local association will determine one award recipient. The local award recipients will then be judged at the state level, and the state award recipient will go on to represent the state at NAHB.

    Who should you nominate? Only builder members are eligible for this award. However, both builders and associate members can nominate. The BEAM nominee should be a builder who strives to work with member subcontractors, builds strong relationships with those subcontractors and uses ethical business practices. Nominations are due by August 23. Nomination forms will be sent out shortly, but you can email your nominations to chelsea@bmhba.com or call 222-2400.

    The Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Builder and Associate of the Year awards. Nominees should be either builder or associate members who have excelled over the past year in the areas of: Business Accomplishments Civic Activity Member Spirit & Local Association Activities State & National Association Activities This is a great way to honor and thank those builder and associate members who have helped make 2013 a success. Please submit your

    nominations to the BMHBA office by September 25. Nomination forms will be sent out shortly, but you can email your nominations to Chelsea@bmhba.com or call the office at 222-2400.Winners will be announced at the Associate GMM on November 14. They will then go on to compete against local winners across ND for the state title. Please help us recognize and reward our deserving members, nominate someone today!

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

    BEAM AWARD8-23

    BUILDER & ASSOCIATE OF

    THE YEAR9-25

  • Page 8 August 2013BMHBA Building Buzz

    BMHBA News & EventsCompetition Heated Up at the Annual PAC Golf TournamentWe had a beautiful (but hot) day for the Annual PAC Golf Tournament again this year. Thank you to everyone who played, volunteered and sponsored. It is only with your help that we can pull off this great event each year. We had 142 golfers out on Hawktree Golf Course the afternoon of July 16. They enjoyed ice cream, candy, shrimp, beer, margaritas and more great treats on the course. Congratulations to all our tournament winners! (See their pictures following this article.) If you would like copies of any of these photos, contact the BMHBA.

    SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!Platinum sponsor:

    Bismarck Title Company Dinner sponsors:

    North Dakota Guaranty & Title Company and Northwest Contracting

    Hole Sponsors: Advanced Mechanical; BNC National Bank; Capital Credit Union;

    Capital Electric Cooperative; CornerStone Bank; Dakota Community Bank; Ferguson

    Enterprises; Gate City Bank; Kirkwood Bank & Trust; Miller Insulation; Montana-Dakota

    Utilities Co.; Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air; Plains Commerce Bank; ProBuild; Quality Title; RDO Equipment;

    Rudnick Construction; SPS Companies, Inc.; Starion Financial; and Swenson, Hagen & Co.

    Congrats to our Winning Teams!

    Howard Malloy congratulates Rory Schlosser, Ryan Meschke, Dana Schlomer and Jerry Frey on winning 1st Place Net!

    Howard Malloy congratulates Vance Vetter, Keith Benz, Shawn Kessler and Dennis Simonsen on winning 2nd Place Net!

    Howard Malloy congratulates Parker Dire, Tom Welk, Reggie Stecher and Mark Giese on winning 1st Place Gross!

    Howard Malloy presents Dave Patience, Jerry Hauff, Gene Holwegner and Duane Crabbe with a prize for their last place finish!

  • August 2013 BMHBA Building Buzz Page 9

    BMHBA News & EventsAnnual PAC Golf Tournament Tees Off July 16

    Editors Note: Recently, we found this testimonial in a Homes for the 80s plan book published by the BMHBA in 1980. Despite the 33 year gap, this still rings as true today as it did back then.

    Occasionally someone asks me why I belong to the Builders Association.

    I tell them I belong because I do not think I know all that I should know about the building business.

    I belong because I want to keep up with the fast-moving developments in our industry.

    I belong because I want to attend meetings where I can learn things and

    exchange ideas with others... I belong because the public regards a

    member as an established and progressive firm.

    I belong because the Association is on the firing line every day on a twenty-four hour basis, watching over the interests of the building industry.

    I believe, as Theodore Roosevelt said, Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.

    WHY I BELONG

    We want to know why YOU belong. Email Chelsea@bmhba.com, and your reason could be published here next month.

    Congrats David Sattler - Mens Longest Drive!

    Congrats Tim Herrmann - 2nd Closest to the Pin!

    Congrats Arthur Jerome - Marshmallow Driving Contest Winner!

    Congrats Mary Lou Balerud - BMBOR Chipping Contest!

    Congrats Mark Giese - 1st Place Longest Putt!

    Congrats Justin Sackman - 1st Closest to the Pin!

  • Page 10 August 2013BMHBA Building Buzz

    City Beat: Unlawful Dumping and Littering by Contractors; Duty to Clean Bismarck Ordinance ProposedA city ordinance has been proposed in the City of Bismarck that could have a great impact on local

    contractors. Bismarck Building Official Ray Ziegler has submitted Ordinance No. 5971 Unlawful Dumping and Littering by Contractors; Duty to Clean to the BMHBA for industry comment before it is taken to the commission. The entire ordinance was emailed to member builders in late July, and the Government Affairs Committee met on July 31 to form an opinion from the HBA. Here is a summary of what the ordinance entails.1. No contractor shall allow any vehicle to operate out of any construction site, regardless of whether it is operated by the contractor, his employees or subcontractors, in a manner as to release/dump any rubbish, stones, construction waste, mud or other offensive or noxious material on any street, alley or public place. The building official/health officer shall order any contractors to take precautions to prevent foreign material from being deposited in the street. If a contractor fails to comply with the order of the building official/health officer, the official may order all construction stopped until compliance is obtained.2. Before any vehicle enters the street, alley or public place, the contractor must first do these three things: 1) clean the tires and wheels so as not to litter or soil the street, 2) remove any material on the interior or exterior of the vehicle that may fall off or be deposited on the street from normal movement of the vehicle, 3) appropriately secure any load of construction materials, debris or solid waste contained in any truck, trailer, etc. so as to prevent any of it blowing or falling out of the truck.3. All streets, alleys, sidewalks, public places or private property where construction materials/debris may have accumulated must be maintained in a clean and litter-free condition by the contractor at all times. The contractor shall take any steps necessary to secure construction materials/debris to prevent migration by wind, water or general construction activities. The contractor is responsible to clean up any property that has received a migration of their materials.4. If a street should become soiled or littered by any means outlined here, the building official/health officer may order the contractor to clean up or take precautions to secure the construction site however the officials deem necessary to prevent it from happening again. 5. The contractor is responsible for the

    compliance of all those working on his site with this ordinance. If more than one contractor or any governmental unit is involved in work which contributes to the littering of these public areas, they will be held separately and jointly responsible for compliance.6. Stop Work Order: The building official/health

    officer has the authority to issue a stop work order, ordering suspension of all work and activity at the site, upon finding that the contractor has failed to comply with the order of the building official/health officer to comply with the provisions of this ordinance. The building official/health officer may lift the stop order upon proof of compliance with the ordinance.

    7. Whenever the building official/health officer issues a stop work order and declares the situation to be an emergency, the building official/health officer shall serve the notice and order on the person performing the work personally, or by registered and certified mail. The person performing the work or permittee has the right to an informal hearing before the building official/health officer by making an appointment with them. The informal hearing must be held within 5 days of receipt of the notice and order.8. Notice and Order: Except for emergency orders as seen in section 7, whenever the building official/health officer finds that any person has violated or is violating this ordinance, the building official/health officer shall serve that person with a written notice and order stating the nature of the violation. Within 15 days of the date of the notice, the correction must be completed to the satisfaction of the official. 9/10. Appeal and Hearing: All decisions of the building official/health official dealing with violations are subject to appeal. Appeals must be filed within 15 days. Upon receiving notice of the appeal, the City Commission will set a date for a hearing within 30 days.PENALTY: Any person who fails to comply with a

  • August 2013 BMHBA Building Buzz Page 11

    final and un-stayed order of the building official/health officer or a decision of the City Commission after a hearing or who has failed to comply with any provision of this ordinance is guilty of an infraction and is subject to the provisions of Chapter 1-02 of the City Code (Penalties). Each day the violation continues constitutes a separate offense.There is also a proposed amendment to hauling restrictions included in this ordinance. The amendment boils down to: A person may not haul or transport garbage, rubbish or solid waste to the citys disposal grounds except in a vehicle that does not permit any garbage, rubbish or solid waste to seep, spill, leak, blow, drop off or fall to the streets, roads or highways leading to such disposal grounds. For a full copy of the ordinance, contact the BMHBA.

    {Continued} City Beat: Unlawful Dumping and Littering by Contractors Ordinance Proposed

    Construction Site Crime Prevention Lunch-n-Learn to be Presented by Bismarck

    Police DepartmentThe BMHBA is hosting a lunch-n-learn on September 12 presented by Officer Wanner at the Bismarck Police Department. The lunch-n-learn will cover strategies to prevent construction materials from getting stolen on the job site and how to prevent vandalism among other things. This is a great chance for our members to learn strategies for how to prevent crime from those who truly know how the criminals operate. Mark the date on your calendar and be on the lookout for more detailed information on this great educational opportunity in the near future.

  • Page 12 August 2013BMHBA Building Buzz

    Mark Your Calendars for OSHA Training This FallOSHA Presents Multi-State Fall

    Protection Training SessionFalls are the leading cause of death in construction, accounting for one third of all work-related deaths in the industry.To underscore the top priority we have of protecting workers, the OSHA regional office has partnered with HBAs and the Associated General Contractors across North Dakota to host a voluntary Stand Down for workers from industries with employees who work at heights.A voluntary Stand Down can be very helpful in focusing all workers on the importance of safe work practices. The session will be broadcast as a webinar across multiple states and there will be host sites in Fargo and Bismarck. The Falls Stand Down session will be October 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Be on the lookout for more information as the date approaches.

    NDAB Safety Training Offers Free OSHA-10 in BismarckThe OSHA-10 is a 10-hour program intended to provide instruction on construction industry safety and health topics and OSHA standards to both employee and entry level supervisors. Using OSHA standards as a guide, special emphasis is placed upon most hazardous areas of a jobsite. Topics include Material Handling, Excavation, Fall Protection, Cranes, Electrical, OSHA Act, Hearing Conservation PPE and several other subjects covered.The course will be offered in Bismarck Wednesday, October 16 (1 p.m. - 5 p.m.) and Thursday, October 17 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.). This course is free to BMHBA members. A $75 fee per person is applicable for all non-members. More information will be available as the date approaches.

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    Fall Protection: October 1 | OSHA-10: October 16 & 17

  • Why should builders be interested in participating in the codes development process? There are at least 42,000 reasons and each of them is preceded by a dollar sign.Consider this: Just a handful of the 2,065 International Code Council (ICC) code change proposals now under consideration could add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of new-home construction without any signifi-cant health or safety benefits.So it is no exaggeration to say that the outcome from the upcoming ICC Final Action Hearings on the 2015 code change proposals scheduled for Oct. 2-10 in Atlantic City, N.J. could impact the bottom of line of home builders for years to come.During the preliminary ICC Committee Action Hearings on proposals for changes to the 2015 code editions, NAHB members and staff painstakingly examined every code proposal to determine its impact on building safety and cost effectiveness.Out of 750 code change proposals on which NAHB took a stand at the preliminary hearings, the association scored a successful outcome on 596 for about an 80% success rate.

    A Call to ActionHowever, the fight is far from over. This excellent work favorably positions the association for Octobers Final Action Hearings, but the preliminary victories achieved by NAHB in the codes process could be overturned at the

    final hearings this fall.Heres whats at stake: If NAHB is successful on all the code change proposals that it supports or opposes, the total construction savings would be more than $42,000 per house.NAHB is urging all members to get involved locally in the ICC code development process. Several advocacy groups are attempting to add provisions to the interna-tional codes that will increase the cost of construction. They are also attempting to prevent the approval of cost effective measures that achieve the same results as more expensive provisions.NAHB is calling on all members to take the following actions to ensure that only code changes that are neces-sary, practical and cost-effective are approved during the ICC Final Action Hearings in Atlantic City:

    Meet regularly with your state and local building code officials and your elected officials to discuss and secure support for NAHBs positions on critical code change proposals.

    Encourage your building and fire officials to attend the Final Action Hearings in Atlantic City to vote and testify in support of NAHBs positions. If your code official is unable to attend, obtain their written endorsement of NAHBs positions for the associa-tions most critical code change proposals. NAHB members are also encouraged to attend and testify in support of our

    positions during the final action hearings in Atlan-tic City. NAHB Builds Support

    for Our PositionsLeading the charge for sensible, flexible, cost-ef-fective regulation, NAHB was successful in gaining support from the International Association of Building

    Officials, the Leading Builders of America, the National Multi-Housing Council, the Building Owners and Manag-ers Association and other groups on many of NAHBs positions regarding the proposed code changes to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the International Residential Code (IRC).July 15 was the deadline for submitting public com-ments on any of the more than 2,000 ICC code change proposals. On Aug. 28, the ICC will post all of the public comments that it has received, including NAHBs exten-sive comments and analysis of the impact of the pro-posed changes.NAHB and other organizations have also raised con-cerns that the 2012 IECC is no longer an affordable, minimum code. It has now evolved into a very expen-sive, high performance code with limited flexibility for home builders and average simple cost paybacks of over 13 years for home buyers.

    Code enforcement officials have indicated that due to the restrictiveness of the most current published code, jurisdictions are either not adopting it or are making sub-stantial amendments to justify adoption, said Tim Ryan, CEO of the International Association of Building Officials.Detailed information regarding NAHBs positions on the 2015 code change proposals, including those consid-ered most critical to the industry, may be found at nahb.org/2015codes.

    August 2013 BMHBA Building Buzz Page 13

    National News: 42,000 Reasons to Help Prevent an October Surprise for Codes

    Why should builders be interested in participating in the codes

    development process? There are at least 42,000 reasons and each of them is preceded by a dollar sign.{ {

  • Page 14 August 2013BMHBA Building Buzz

    NDAB NEWS Volume XXI, Issue 8 Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders August 2013

    Presidents Message by Jason Eid, President

    Best wishes to Doreen Riedman as she moves on to new opportunities working for AARP North Dakota. She served as the North Dakota Association of Builders executive officer for 16 years and will be missed! We extend our sincere thanks for all her efforts and commitment over the years. See a note about office staffing in the next column, and contact your local associations executive officer or me with any questions or

    concerns until we fill that position. NDAB has submitted amendments for consideration during the upcoming State Building Code Amendment process (see info below). Those amendments are as follows:

    International Residential Code amendments: N1101Conditioned Spaces N1104Lighting Equipment N1102Building Thermal Envelope Table Chapter 11Energy Efficiency N1103Systems N1103Systems Ventilation N1102Thermal Envelope

    International Energy Conservation Code amendments: R101Conditioned Spaces R404Lighting Equipment R402Building Thermal Envelope Table R403Mechanical Ventilation N402Blower Door N1103Mechanical Ventilation R403Pipe Insulation IECC DeleteDelete entire 2012 IECC

    We encourage members to take part in this process and ask you to express your thoughts on the 2012 International Codes that are set to go into effect on January 1, 2014. State Building Code Amendment Process

    The State Building Code Advisory Committee (SBCAC) is in the process of amending the new State Building Code which will take effect on January 1, 2014. More information can be found at: www.ndbuildingcodes.com. Upcoming dates:

    July 23-24, public hearing of the SBCAC to receive comments and develop recommendations on the proposed amendments.

    September 4-5, meeting of the eligible voting jurisdictions and voting individuals to vote on the proposed amendments.

    January 1, 2014, effective date of the updated State Building Code.

    Jason Eid

    New Legislation Is Now In Effect by Doreen Riedman, Executive Officer

    Many of the bills passed during the past legislative session went into effect on August 1st. Among those bills are these which affect our membership: Property Sales Price Disclosures Section 11-18-02.2 of the North Da-

    kota Century Code has been amended to remove the section that provided for the secrecy of sales price disclosures on property transfers. This is a major change that will allow sales prices to now be public information.

    Bank of North Dakota Residential Mortgage Loan Program The changes expand the program of the Bank of North Dakota and removes the $200,000 per loan limit.

    State Building Code Accessibility Standards This bill requires all new buildings over 7,500 sf to include door openers if they fall in the assembly, business, educational, instructional, or mercantile classifications. If the building is a strip mall, only those spaces in excess of 7,500 sf must have the door openers.

    Publication of Advertisements of Bids for Public Improvement Contracts The first publication of the advertisement must be at least twenty-one days before the date of the opening of bids in the official newspaper of the political subdivision. The changes here allow for electronic plan service, builders ex-change, or other industry-recognized method to be used in addition to the official newspaper.

    NDAB Office Minimally Staffed The North Dakota Association of Builders office will be

    minimally staffed during the interim until a new executive officer is named by the Board of Directors. Longtime Ex-ecutive Officer Doreen Riedman resigned effective July 19th, and has begun her new position as Associate State Director-Community Outreach for AARP North Dakota.

    Also resigning in mid-July was Stacey Lang, the NDABs new communications director. Lang has returned to The Bismarck Tribune.

    During the interim, the NDAB office will be minimally staffed. If you should need assistance, please contact your local associations executive officer or President Ja-son Eid at 701-237-0510, ext. 160, or jasoneid@eid-co.com. The email account that will be monitored for the association is info@ndbuild.com.

    Doreen Riedman

    North Dakota Association of Builders 1720 Burnt Boat Drive, Suite 207, Bismarck, ND 58503-0801 701/222-2401 or 800/326-4746 www.ndbuild.com

    NDAB NEWS Volume XXI, Issue 8 Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders August 2013

    Presidents Message by Jason Eid, President

    Best wishes to Doreen Riedman as she moves on to new opportunities working for AARP North Dakota. She served as the North Dakota Association of Builders executive officer for 16 years and will be missed! We extend our sincere thanks for all her efforts and commitment over the years. See a note about office staffing in the next column, and contact your local associations executive officer or me with any questions or

    concerns until we fill that position. NDAB has submitted amendments for consideration during the upcoming State Building Code Amendment process (see info below). Those amendments are as follows:

    International Residential Code amendments: N1101Conditioned Spaces N1104Lighting Equipment N1102Building Thermal Envelope Table Chapter 11Energy Efficiency N1103Systems N1103Systems Ventilation N1102Thermal Envelope

    International Energy Conservation Code amendments: R101Conditioned Spaces R404Lighting Equipment R402Building Thermal Envelope Table R403Mechanical Ventilation N402Blower Door N1103Mechanical Ventilation R403Pipe Insulation IECC DeleteDelete entire 2012 IECC

    We encourage members to take part in this process and ask you to express your thoughts on the 2012 International Codes that are set to go into effect on January 1, 2014. State Building Code Amendment Process

    The State Building Code Advisory Committee (SBCAC) is in the process of amending the new State Building Code which will take effect on January 1, 2014. More information can be found at: www.ndbuildingcodes.com. Upcoming dates:

    July 23-24, public hearing of the SBCAC to receive comments and develop recommendations on the proposed amendments.

    September 4-5, meeting of the eligible voting jurisdictions and voting individuals to vote on the proposed amendments.

    January 1, 2014, effective date of the updated State Building Code.

    Jason Eid

    New Legislation Is Now In Effect by Doreen Riedman, Executive Officer

    Many of the bills passed during the past legislative session went into effect on August 1st. Among those bills are these which affect our membership: Property Sales Price Disclosures Section 11-18-02.2 of the North Da-

    kota Century Code has been amended to remove the section that provided for the secrecy of sales price disclosures on property transfers. This is a major change that will allow sales prices to now be public information.

    Bank of North Dakota Residential Mortgage Loan Program The changes expand the program of the Bank of North Dakota and removes the $200,000 per loan limit.

    State Building Code Accessibility Standards This bill requires all new buildings over 7,500 sf to include door openers if they fall in the assembly, business, educational, instructional, or mercantile classifications. If the building is a strip mall, only those spaces in excess of 7,500 sf must have the door openers.

    Publication of Advertisements of Bids for Public Improvement Contracts The first publication of the advertisement must be at least twenty-one days before the date of the opening of bids in the official newspaper of the political subdivision. The changes here allow for electronic plan service, builders ex-change, or other industry-recognized method to be used in addition to the official newspaper.

    NDAB Office Minimally Staffed The North Dakota Association of Builders office will be

    minimally staffed during the interim until a new executive officer is named by the Board of Directors. Longtime Ex-ecutive Officer Doreen Riedman resigned effective July 19th, and has begun her new position as Associate State Director-Community Outreach for AARP North Dakota.

    Also resigning in mid-July was Stacey Lang, the NDABs new communications director. Lang has returned to The Bismarck Tribune.

    During the interim, the NDAB office will be minimally staffed. If you should need assistance, please contact your local associations executive officer or President Ja-son Eid at 701-237-0510, ext. 160, or jasoneid@eid-co.com. The email account that will be monitored for the association is info@ndbuild.com.

    Doreen Riedman

    North Dakota Association of Builders 1720 Burnt Boat Drive, Suite 207, Bismarck, ND 58503-0801 701/222-2401 or 800/326-4746 www.ndbuild.com

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    Williston Area Builders Association Jessica Taylor, Executive Officer 701-572-5744 willistonbuilders.com Our 1st Annual Parade of Homes

    will be held September 21-22. Goodbye to Doreen! Our EO for

    NDAB will be resigning this month and greatly missed! Good luck in future endeavors!

    Starting soon, with a due date of August 8th, Jessica will be available via email (eo@willistonbuilders.com), and will have very limited office hours.

    Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Assoc. Roxy Jacobson, Executive Officer 701-222-2400 bmhba.com

    We just wrapped up another suc-cessful PAC Golf Tournament at Hawktree Golf Club. There were 142 players who joined us for a great day out on the course on July 16. We raised $5,060 for PAC. Thanks to everyone who donated and partici-pated! Also, special thanks to all our tournament sponsors. We couldnt do it without you.

    As summer wraps up, were looking forward to one last summer fun event the Sporting Clay Shoot! The clay shoot will be held August 29 at Capital City Sporting Clays in Bis-marck. Registration forms will be out soon. If you would like to regis-ter, contact the office.

    The Fall Parade of Homes is already in the works! The Parade will be held September 26-29. The Pre-Commit forms and Home Contracts

    have already been sent out. Con-tracts are due back by August 14. If you have any questions or would like to enter a home, email Chel-sea@bmhba.com.

    Dickinson Area Builders Assoc. Irene Schafer, Executive Officer 701-483-0044 dickinsonareabuilders.com

    Events for Dickinson Area Builders in July and August will be the Golf Scramble on July 25 and the An-nual DABA Picnic on August 14.

    As usual, we invite people from the other associations around the state to come and enjoy these events.

    We received word that the new Rec Building will not be ready for Home Show 2014. So, we will go with the same plan for 2014, and will then have double the space for Home Show 2015.

    Minot Association of Builders Vicky Flagstad, Executive Officer 701-852-0496 minotab.com Annual Past Presidents Golf Tour-

    nament scheduled for Sept. 9th at the Vardon Golf Course (formerly the Minot Country Club).

    September General Membership Meeting hosted by Verendrye Elec-tric at their Minot location.

    MAB 50th Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet will be held October 15th at the Holiday Inn Riverside.

    Forx Builders Association Betty McDonald, Executive Officer 701-746-4536 forxbuilders.com A fun time was had by all at the

    July Builders after Hours hosted by Tim Sheas Nursery and Land-scaping.

    Our annual golf outing will be held at the Kings Walk Golf Course on September 5th with the Eagles Crest Grill catering the food.

    Home Builders Assoc. of Fargo-Moorhead Bryce Johnson, Executive Vice President 701-232-5846 hbafm.com The HBAs July 9 Golf Outing (the

    second of the summer) was a great success with over 140 golfers at Ox-bow Country Club.

    Due to high demand, the HBA hosted a third class for July 30 on Fargos adoption of the 2012 Inter-national Residential Code taught by Fargo Inspections Administrator Ron Strand.

    There was a Lunch & Learn July 31 titled Health Care Reform: Employ-ers Strategies for the Future taught by a representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.D.

    The Associations annual Family Picnic will be in the evening Aug. 15 at Rheault Farm with fun and games for kids, plus beer tasting and yummy eats for the adults.

    Home Builders Care Foundation will hold its 10th annual Charity Ride fundraiser Aug. 17 with a scenic trip through Minnesota lakes Country. Anyone with a motorcycle, classic car or hotrod is invited to attend!

    Around the State

    Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose six points to 57 on the National Associa-tion of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for July. This is the index's third consecutive monthly gain and its strongest reading since January of 2006.

    Today's report is particularly encouraging in that it shows improvement in builder confidence across every re-gion as well as solid gains in current sales conditions, traffic of prospective buyers and sales expectations for the next six months, noted NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. However, he cautioned that This positive momentum could be disrupted by threats on the policy side, particularly with regard to the mortgage in-terest deduction and federal support for the housing finance system.

    Builders are seeing more motivated buyers coming through their doors as the inventory of existing homes for

    sale continues to tighten, noted NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. Meanwhile, as the infrastructure that sup-plies home building returns, some previously skyrocketing building material costs have begun to soften.

    Derived from a monthly survey that NAHB has been con-ducting for 25 years, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Mar-ket Index gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months, and asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers.

    All four regions also posted gains in their HMI scores' three-month moving averages. The Northeast showed a four-point gain to 40 while the Midwest reported an eight-point gain to 54, the South posted a five-point gain to 50 and the West measured a three-point gain to 51.

    Editor's Note: The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index is strictly the product of NAHB Economics, and is not seen or influ-enced by any outside party prior to being released to the public. HMI tables can be found at www.nahb.org/hmi.

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