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February Member Advantage Update

Member Advantage Update from NAHB. Member-Only Savings via NAHB - Savings that can more than pay for your annual membership!!... Read more...

NAHB Honors Robert August as 2015 Sales and Marketing Educator of the Year
In recognition of his successful efforts to educate builders, remodelers and other industry professionals on high‐performance and sustainable construction, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has named Robert August, CSP, CMP, Master CSP, MIRM, the 2015 Sales and Marketing Educator of the Year.

August is president of North Star Synergies, an executive business development strategy firm in Centennial, Colo., and teaches a number of classes for sales professionals in the home building industry. August has served NAHB as chairman of the National Sales and Marketing Council and as president of the Institute of Residential Marketing.... Read more...

HBA Councils Kick-Start 2016 with New, Exciting and Informative Programs
Various councils within the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA) are proud to present three notable events that are slated this month. The various councils involved consist of the award-winning Sales and Marketing Council, the Remodelers Council, and the Flatirons Building Council.

The Kick-off Celebration Breakfast, “Have a great day, every day”, is sponsored by the Sales and Marketing Council (SMC), on February 8th. This educational, yet entertaining workshop will show you the importance of getting fired up every morning to improve time management, and increase sales and customer satisfaction. This program is free to SMC members. There’s still time to register to secure your spot.

The Remodelers Council will present a Lunch and Learn event, “The Best of IBS” (International Builders' Show) on February 19th... Read more...

OSHA Silica Rule Moves One Step Closer to Becoming "Law"
According to an announcement by attorneys Bradford T. Hammock and Henry Chajet, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has finally sent its comprehensive rule governing worker exposure to silica dust to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review.

Clearing the OMB is one of the the last official hurdles the "silica rule" needs before becoming, well, a "rule." Up until this point it's only been a "proposed rule." In effect, an OSHA rule is law.

The Hammmock-Chajet announcement includes an interesting brief history of the OSHA silica rule, including mention that, while silicosis (the lung disease the rule is trying to curtail) can be fatal, "data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows a steady decline in fatalities from silicosis since 1968."

OSHA has been pushing the silica rule for years, and despite... Read more...

How to Get a Premium for Your Energy-Efficient Home
While location, design and price are a home buyer’s main considerations, surveys show that buyers rank energy efficiency as one of the most desirable features – and importantly, one they are willing to pay more for.

“Eighty-five percent of properties sold is aging housing stock with high utility bills, obsolete technology and durability issues,” said Scott Robinson, president of the Appraisal Institute. “Seventy-one percent of buyers want energy-efficient homes and 58% of renters want an energy-efficient apartment,” he added. “Consumers expect it. They don’t want to do energy-efficient projects themselves.”

One of the problems with selling high-performance homes for builders, however, is that energy efficiency can be overlooked in the appraisal process.... Read more...

Local HBA Members Win Big at 2016 International Builder Show
Members of The Home Builder’s Association of Metro Denver (HBA) were recognized with top honors and brought home a total of 12 Gold Awards during the 2016 International Builder Show (IBS), last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were numerous award ceremonies featured at the 2016 IBS annual conference sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

This year, seven HBA members won national awards, including multiple awards for two members. Many of these honors were presented by the National Sales & Marketing Council (NSMC), a council of the NAHB that has been celebrating sales and marketing achievements in the homebuilding industry for 36 years with The Nationals℠ Awards ceremony. HBA member winners included... Read more...

Meet Aaron Foy | Government Affairs Committee Member in the Spotlight
Congratulations to Aaron Foy, Co-Owner | President of Development at BLVD Builders, LLC! Aaron was selected as the first Government Affairs Committee Member in the Spotlight. Once per month an HBA member is selected by a peer committee to be the Spotlight member. “Spotlight On” is our opportunity to introduce and acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions HBA members make in support of the HBA mission to promote, enhance and support home building within the industry.... Read more...

Let’s welcome our newest group of HBA members!
We’re kicking off 2016 right by spreading the wealth of knowledge that we all work so hard to attain. Earlier this month, the NAHB spoke to the value of our educational programs by honoring more than 20 HBA members. A number of our members shared their expertise by presenting at this year’s International Business Show. Plus, we’re keeping the momentum going in February with an accredited Metro Denver HBA University course on customer service.

This year is moving fast, but not too fast to forget our newest members, seven new members in all! This doesn’t include renewals and those who have chosen to rejoin, which accounted for another 62 members of our thriving organization!

New members include: Eric Eckberg, JE Home; Mike Davidson, Hartford Homes; David Reitz, HR Green, Inc.; Sandi Thomas, Newland Real Estate Group; Burk Moreland, Rainmaker Builders; Eric Seelig, Three Elements Timberworks Inc.; and John Smilanic, Zephyr Ventilation. Thank you for joining the HBA. We value your membership.

Thinking of joining or know of others who would like to join? Learn the benefits of membership at http://www.hbadenver.com/membership.html.... Read more...

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