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Amazon’s home automation platform now standard in new Lennar homes
Photo by Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post
Photo by Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

 

Alexa, what are you doing in my house? Lennar Homes is building Amazon’s digital assistant into all its new homes, including a subdivision in Aurora
When Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, enters someone’s home, it is typically as a guest. But buyers of new Lennar homes will find her waiting for them when they walk in the door.

“Alexa, what are you doing here?”

Lennar Corp. had previously run with Siri and Apple’s smart-home technology. But the nation’s largest home builder is now married to Alexa and offering Amazon’s suite of home automation products as a standard feature in Denver and across the country.... Read more...


2018 CARE Awards Launch Party
 

Thank you to The Kohler Signature Store for hosting the 2018 CARE Awards Launch Party. Photos can be viewed here.  The annual CARE Awards celebrate the region's best architects, custom builders, interior designers, landscape designers, remodelers, and industry partners. The Kohler Signature Store is the presenting sponsor of the 2018 CARE Awards and provided a stunning backdrop for the inaugural launch party which kicked off the awards season. The CARE Awards will be held at the Halcyon Hotel on September 27th, 2018.

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HBA Recognizes OSHA Fall Stand-Down Week
The HBA of Metro Denver's JobSite Safety Committee members will participate in the 5th Annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold its annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls May 7-11. The event encourages companies and workers to pause during the workday for topical discussions, safety demonstrations, and training in hazard recognition and fall prevention.  Boulder Creek Neighborhoods to host FREE May 9th event at the Oaks at Eastlake 8:00-10:00.... Read more...

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CAN MUNICIPALITIES MAKE IT EASIER TO BUILD GREEN?
 
EEBA president shares how to get jurisdictions to open doors to better incentives.
Not only are home buyers interested in and desiring products that are not harmful to the environment, but they also want high-performance homes that are beneficial to their physical and psychological well-being.

Gene Myers, CEO of Thrive Home Builders, is an advocate for this trend. Myers, recently elected president of the board of directors of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), offers homes in the Denver area that are not only high performance, but also attainable. This has become a difficult progression for his organization, working with both suppliers and municipalities to come to the right product at the right price.... Read more...


Safe, Affordable Homes Win at Code Hearings
Nine days of hearings on proposed amendments to many of the International Code Council’s (ICC) building codes governing the construction of single- and multifamily homes have resulted in a series of victories for safe and affordable housing. NAHB Construction, Codes and Standards volunteers and staff attended the ICC board of directors meetings and testified at the Committee Action Hearings in Columbus, Ohio, April 15-23. Their arguments against the changes were quite persuasive: All 10 of the proposed changes that the association deemed most critical to home builders, developers and their customers were ultimately rejected by committee members.... Read more...


The single-family home is in danger
 
An American icon faces an uncertain future
“A man is not a whole and complete man," Walt Whitman claimed in 1856, "unless he owns a house and the ground it stands on.’’ In a little more than a century, the single-family house helped make America something new in the world: a nation of suburban homeowners. Cape or ranch, colonial or contemporary, the house — more even than the car, the skyscraper or the Hollywood movie — is the American idol. But now, demographic, political and meteorological changes are calling the future of the single-family house into question. ... Read more...


CSU Chancellor Emeritus to speak at Spring General Membership Meeting
May 15, 5:00-8:00pm Aloft - Arista in Broomfield
Join us for Member Interaction, Product Exhibitors, and Happy Hour followed by Dinner, State of the Industry by HBA President Scott Moberg and our Keynote Speaker, Joe Blake Sr.

Joe Blake is currently Chancellor Emeritus of the Colorado State University system. When he served the CSU System as the first sole chancellor he managed the System’s legislative operations, worked with the Board of Governors to support the presidents of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CSU-Pueblo and CSU Global Campus and worked to help secure a more sustainable funding commitment for higher education in Colorado.

Prior to servicing the CSU System Joe was President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce from 1999 to 2009. From 1980 to 1999 Joe was part of the Mission Viejo Company Senior Management team that created and developed the Highlands Ranch community in Douglas County, Colorado. Highlands Ranch is one of Colorado’s premier planned communities and is home today for more than 100,000 residents. During his time with Mission Viejo Company Joe was President of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver in 1987.... Read more...


Silica Safety Enforcement Ramps Up at Construction Sites
Six months into federal safety regulators enforcing a rule that protects construction workers from breathable silica, compliance is a work in progress, building industry safety professionals said.

Examples of how to reduce silica dust, which can cause a potentially fatal lung disease, are a starting point. But the construction industry continues to look at practical ways to meet the standards and educate workers and supervisors about the requirements.

When silica dust is inhaled, it can scar lung tissues, sometimes leading to the lung disease silicosis, making breathing difficult. In some cases, it can cause death. The rule, issued in March 2016, lowered the allowable exposure level to silica by 80 percent.... Read more...


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