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High Impact Fees Put a Major Crimp on Housing Affordability
 
Embedded in the price of every new home and apartment built along the northern Front Range are some of the highest water infrastructure costs in the country.

Some factors behind those high costs are intractable: a scarcity of available water and the fact that most Coloradans live on one side of the Rocky Mountains and obtain their water from the other.

But another contributor is the upfront fees local utilities charge to connect water and sewer lines to homes and other buildings. In and around Denver, a chorus of developers, water-efficiency advocates and others say, those charges can add thousands of dollars in unnecessary costs to houses, apartments and condominiums.... Read more...

 Read the Story in The Denver Post by Aldo Svaldi



NAHB Targets the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Regulations
 
NAHB highlighted 10 expensive and overreaching regulatory programs in comments submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week in response to a presidential directive to “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens.”

“Residential construction is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the country. In these economic times, the decrease in production, loss of jobs within the industry, and other factors point to the need to reduce the regulatory burden on this vital industry,” NAHB said in its comment letter.

NAHB also urged continued funding for three programs facing proposed budget cuts or elimination: Energy Star, WaterSense and the Sustainable Communities programs.... Read more...


LOCAL BUILDER/REMODELER NAMED NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS REMODELER OF THE MONTH

CBRC Members Dave and Billy Jackson
Dave & Billy Jackson of Jackson Design Build were named the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers Remodeler of the Month. Jackson Design Build was selected for their leadership in craftsmanship, customer service and community involvement and exemplifies the best in the remodeling industry. Dave and Billy Jackson are active Members of the Custom Builder & Remodeler Council and repeat HBF project captains.

The purpose of the NAHB Remodeler of the Month award program is to celebrate local, active remodelers who stand out because of recent quality work, customer service, community involvement, and dedication to furthering the industry. The winner, once selected by the NAHB Remodelers, is profiled in Qualified Remodeler magazine.... Read more...


HBA of Metro Denver Promotes Toby Paioff to Accounting Manager
Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, the residential development, construction and remodeling industry trade association, today announced the promotion of Toby Paioff to Accounting Manager. She will have the primary responsibility for all HBA daily accounting functions and permit tracking/reporting, as well as the HBA/NAHB membership system management.

“Toby has given the HBA many years of good service, and is very deserving of this promotion. Those that work with her know what an incredible help she has been to our members and the organization,” said Jeff Whiton CEO... Read more...


HOME BUILDERS FOUNDATION COMPLETES STAFF EXPANSION

Pictured L to R: Brian, Liz, Lindsay, Michael Solano (HBF recipient ambassador), Beth & Chantae
The Home Builders Foundation (HBF), the charity of choice for the Home Builders Association (HBA), just completed a push to hire staff that brings them from two staff members to five staff members (four full-time and one part-time). The hiring is a direct reflection of the HBF’s efforts with a new strategic plan for implementing infrastructure and sustainability for the HBF and the individuals and families they serve.

Beth Forbes, HBF CEO, says, “This was a big undertaking, but we are so pleased with the results and the mission-driven team we have put together. With this team in place, we look forward to many impactful years collaborating with the home building industry to serve our recipients and the greater Denver community.” ... Read more...


2017 DENVER PARADE OF HOMES GROWING BY THE MINUTE WITH ENTRIES FROM BUILDERS AND DEVELOPERS
With homes in neighborhoods throughout Metro Denver from Berthoud to Castle Rock and Arvada to Aurora, and neighboring communities in Winter Park, the 2017 Parade of Homes is gearing up for a phenomenal year. We are excited to announce that 22 Denver area home builders and developers have committed to join the Parade, and entries are still coming in. Joining the 2017 Parade are... Read more...


Round 1: What the latest Canadian lumber tariffs mean for US housing
For the past several months, the industry has been reeling over speculation about impending tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber and what they might mean for the housing industry.

With the announcement of the first round of duties a few weeks ago, official answers have started coming — but there’s still plenty of uncertainty and potential for volatility left in the immediate wake.

How we got here: The flurry of activity began when the existing Softwood Lumber Agreement between the U.S. and Canada expired in October 2015, followed by the lapse of the subsequent grace period in October 2016. The deal had addressed concerns by U.S. lumber producers that, due to subsidies from their provincial governments, some Canadian mills were able to sell their products into the U.S. at below-market rates, which the U.S. producers alleged gave an unfair advantage.... Read more...

 Read the Article by Katie Katy Tomasulo  on Construction Dive



Colorado lawmakers let additional construction-defects bills die

 
Colorado legislators introduced six bills trying to address construction-defects reform this year, but because of procedural moves Monday, only one will land on the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Senate leaders allowed bills meant to reduce insurance premiums and to define construction defects die on the calendar Monday when they did not take them up for debate, ensuring they do not have enough time to make it through both the Senate and the House before the Legislature adjourns its 2017 session on Wednesday night... Read more...

Read the Article By Ed Sealover in The Denver Business Journal



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