March 2018 Newsletter

Nick Castjohn
LHBA President
Northshore HBA
2018 LHBA President, Nick Castjohn Discusses New Leadership and Plans for This Year

"I am honored and humbled to be selected to lead the Louisiana Home Builders Association in this, our 60th year of being the voice of residential construction in Louisiana.  Of course, none of this is a singular effort.  The senior leadership team (Curtis Loftin, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Dodie Adams, 3rd Vice President, Tommy Pinion, Associate Vice President, Bobby Parks and Immediate Past President, Conrad Blanchard) brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table and I look forward to working with each of them and supporting their endeavors in future years.  Along with our staff and lobbyist, we have a dynamic team that is prepared to lead the organization and represent our membership for years to come.  In 2018, advocacy will remain our key objective, engaging our representative and public servants to ensure that the regulatory and economic environment remains favorable for those of us who are called to provide housing for the citizens of Louisiana.  Also, we will focus our efforts on doing a bit of housekeeping to better service the firms who belong to our organization, provide public outreach to increase awareness of issues critical to housing in Louisiana, and setting the table for initiatives to be rolled out in the years to come.   All of this keeping in mind our objective of providing safe, affordable housing and enriching the lives of those who call our products home."

LHBA Legislative Update

At this time, no tax bills have passed the House floor.  A vote was taken last night on one revenue raising measure garnering only 38 votes, when 70 votes were needed.  The House convenes today again at 3:00 pm.  Special Session is due to end by March 7.

HB 29 by Rep. Barras passed on the House floor.  HB 29 establishes the Louisiana Checkbook as a centralized, searchable website to provide information, to provide fiscal transparency, and allow the public to obtain fiscal information regarding the state. 

Postion:  Support

Status:  Passed the House floor, pending Senate committee referral. 

Sales Tax on Immovable Repairs and Remodeling 

HB 19 by Rep. Leger has not passed out of Ways and Means.  HB 19 expands state sales and use taxes to services.  The bill as written would include a service sales tax on residential, commercial and industrial.  If this bill were to pass, state and local sales tax on immovable renovations and repairs would be imposed.   

Position: Oppose

Status:  Heard in Ways and Means Committee, no vote taken.

Information provided by LHBA Lobbyist Michelle Shirley



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The 4th Annual Louisiana Remodeling Excellence Awards Recognizes Winners

The LREA Contest was created in 2013 by the LHBA Remodelers Council.  The entries consist of builders and remodelers throughout the state who submit projects in the following categories: Kitchen Remodel, Bath Remodel, Whole House Remodel & Outdoor Kitchen.  The 2017 Contest consisted of projects completed between October 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017.  
We look forward to continued success with this contest!
 We would like to congratulate the following winners:

2017 LREA Contest Winners
2017 LREA Contest Winners

Stay tuned for the 2018 LREA Contest Call for Entries.  This year we are going "digital." 
For your convenience, this year's entries will now be submitted digitally!

LHBA's Member Rebate Program

Free Member Benefit to Builder & Remodeler
 Members of LHBA
There are currently 50 of the country's leading Manufacturer Brands participating in the Member Rebate Program offering the same rebates as the "Top-5 Builders" receive regardless of your volume.


  • March 28- LHBA Executive Committee Meeting (LHBA Office 10:00am)


REMINDER: Residential Builders must earn 6 CEU credits each year, even with a multi-year license. 

Acadian HBA

3, 4- Acadiana Home & Design Show
 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

14, 15 & 21, 22- 55th Annual Parade of Homes
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

HBA of Central

9-Board of Directors Meeting
 2pm - Evangeline Bank

12- Membership Event - TBD
 Board of Directors Meeting
2pm - Evangeline Bank

18- HBACL Golf Tournament
 Alexandria, LA

1-CRBA Social 
1-2018 Installation & Awards Banquet
8-CRBA Executive Committee Meeting 
27-CRBA Remodelers Meeting


HBA of Northeast 

Northwest HBA

March 8th
Code Update Presentation
HBA Office, 4 pm
May 24th
Crawfish Boil
HBA Office, 5-7 pm

JUNE 2-3 AND 9-10

Northshore HBA

1 - Sip & Savor Wine Dinner * 6-9pm * The Greystone * Mandeville
*1 - Continuing Ed with Brian Dunn * 9-11am * NHBA Office * Lacombe
13 - SMC Meeting * 9-10am * State Bank * Covington
16 - Crawfish Boil * 6-9pm * Castine Center * Mandeville
21 - Board of Directors Meeting * 3pm * NHBA Office * Lacombe

Southeast HBA

 3,4- Bayou Home Show
Houma Terrebonne Civic Center
Southwest HBA

Teche HBA

Contact your local HBA for more info!

New Membership Benefit: Amazon Business

NAHB's Member Advantage Program offers members a number of discounts with brands and stores members use regularly for individual and business needs. Amazon Business is now included in the Member Advantage Program. When members create an Amazon Business account, they gain access to the NAHB Amazon store which offers recommended products tailored to your industry's needs while unlocking additional savings.

Members can sign up at
You can find all of the other listed benefits through NAHB below:
For any questions related to NAHB's Member Benefits, you can contact:
Sarah Swango
(800) 368-5242 ext: 8273

Vantage Health Plan NOW AVAILABLE to all  LHBA members

The Louisiana Home Builders Association (LHBA) and Vantage Health Plan (Vantage) have teamed up to provide quality health insurance to every hard-working member.  Vantage offers excellent plans to fit your needs, whether you're looking for coverage for your employees or your family.

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2018 Ambassador Sponsorship

By joining LHBA's Ambassador Club, you will gain meaningful exposure while supporting LHBA's efforts in the following areas:
  • Networking Opportunities- Opportunities to network with other members, and get involved in events such as our Legislative Day and Crawfish Boil, Installation Banquet and Early Bird Receptions
  • Educational Opportunities- LHBA offers educational courses for members to keep current on topics that are vital to the construction and home building industry
  • Legislative Watchdog- LHBA actively lobbies and monitors local, state, and Federal legislation and regulation to ensure that our members' business interests are well-represented and protected. 
  • Marketing- Depending on the level of sponsorship, opportunities are available to advertise at our events, and on LHBA's website, including our e-newsletter.  There is no better way to market your products or services!
There are several different club sponsorship levels available!  


  Thank you for your support!

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Thank you 2018 Ambassador Sponsors!
Our highlighted sponsors for this month:

If you would like to be featured on our newsletter and other publications as an Ambassador Sponsor, 
contact us for more info. 225-387-2714 or
2018 LHBA Senior Officers

President: Nick Castjohn
1st Vice President: Curtis M. Loftin
2nd Vice President: Dodie Adams
3rd Vice President: Tommy Pinion
Associate Vice President: Bobby Parks
Immediate Past President: Conrad Blanchard

Contact Information
Monica Walker
Public Relations/Communications

Louisiana Home Builders Association
660 Laurel St., ste. A  Baton Rouge, La 70802

Our goal is to provide Louisiana with quality housing
 that is safe and affordable.