Monday Builder News


A new permitting program will begin March 3 that will allow customers to make a single payment that covers all required permits and inspections for a project. Changes to the program will include one fee for permitting and inspections, online GovNow ePortal, project coordination for complex projects, and new fee structure for one fee permitting. For any questions, contact New Hanover County Planning & Inspections at (910) 798-7165 or (910) 798-7175.
Members of the Triangle Sales & Marketing Council of North Carolina are busy preparing for the annual MAME Awards in Raleigh and are currently seeking sales and marketing professionals to judge the awards entries. Judges should have no ties to the Triangle area and will vote online between February 13- 21. On-site judging is also needed on Friday, Feb. 21 in Raleigh, NC.
Interested? Contact Lara Wilson at (919) 233-2033 or [email protected].

NAHB and BASE Applaud Passage of Senate Flood Insurance Bill 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and BASE applaud the Senate passage of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (S. 1926), legislation that would provide relief from soaring flood insurance premium rates for countless home owners across the nation.

“The bill will resolve some of the costly and unintended consequences of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, including huge premium spikes and impacts on the sale, construction and remodeling of homes across the nation,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C.  To read more click here.

NAHB Universal Design/Build Course Offered

Universal Design/Build presents a shift in the approach to residential design and construction. Comfort and convenience regardless of age, stature or ability is the hallmark of inclusive design. Designers suppliers, builders, remodelers, social and health service providers will benefit from the creative design concepts and practices presented to develop market-driven projects that have broad aesthetic appeal as well as the necessary functional attributes. Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) courses are not a pre-requisite and CAPS will find benefit by expanding into the broader spectrum of universal design that offers a much wider target audience.  Instructor: Richard Duncan

Graduates will be able to:

• Describe the significance of integrating UD concepts in residential construction
• Distinguish between accessibility solutions and UD solutions
• Describe ways that design can be both functional and attractive
• Identify and implement solutions for simple and complex scenarios that address various household compositions, budgets and changing needs of clients
• Use effective marketing and communication strategies

The course is $375 by February 18 and $400 after the 18th.

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BAR, PREP, and HCCP Exams Offered March 6

Builder Assessment Review (BAR) Exam-$95
The Builder Assessment Review is your first step towards obtaining the prestigious Certified Graduate Builder designation with NAHB. This assessment will measure your expertise in five key areas of the building industry: Building Technology, Business and Finance, Project Management, Sales and Marketing and Safety. Your results will show you the areas where your knowledge is strongest, where it is weakest, and will determine the courses required for you to obtain your CGB.

Professional Remodeler Experience Profile (PREP) Exam-$95
The PREP is the required first step in the process of becoming a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR). Results determine the course of study for CGR candidates. The 150 question assessment measures a candidate’s knowledge in five core areas of remodeling business management Marketing and Advertising; Business Management; Estimating; Contracts, Liability and Risk Management; Project Management.

 Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) Exam-$150

The HCCP designation, through the National Association of Home Builders, demonstrates your high level of knowledge, experience and education in the LIHTC industry. By taking and passing the exam, you are eligible to complete the experience profile and application to receive the designation. The HCCP exam is an SAT-style multiple-choice exam with a “best answer” format. It is designed for current LIHTC professionals and you must score at least 70%.

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Farm Bill a $1.2 Billion Boon For Members in Rural Areas

In a major victory for NAHB and housing, the House this week passed a Farm Bill that includes an important provision championed by NAHB that will help members living and working in rural areas across the nation. The Senate is expected to approve the bill as early as next week.

The legislation allows more than 900 communities nationwide to retain their status as “rural” areas where residents have access to important rural housing programs that help low- and very-low income households obtain homeownership or suitable rental housing. This will enable millions of Americans to maintain access to critical rural housing programs.

NAHB estimates that this will generate $1.2 billion more investment in housing in these areas, including new single-family and multifamily construction and remodeling.

One NAHB member summed up the legislation this way: “The Farm Bill alone will keep many small builders in business.”

The USDA redraws its maps defining rural areas following every census, and the maps drawn after the 2010 census would have removed these communities from the program due to their population.

NAHB’s action to insert the rural housing provision into the Farm Bill provides a long-term solution because the legislation keeps the current maps and extends the population definition of a rural area to 35,000 until after the 2020 census.