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CWIP Constitutional Amendment Info Piece

Louisiana Home Builders Association
Political Action Committee Report
Currently, the Louisiana State Constitution is silent on tax assessments concerning uncompleted construction projects.  Constitutional Amendment #1 protects taxpayers by prohibiting property tax assessments while a project is in progress.
Only when construction of a house, building or facility is complete should the assessor place the property on the rolls.  This has been established practice in Louisiana for decades, however one parish threatened to tax a major project that was under construction.
That potential action poses a significant threat to all Louisiana property owners. If the tax was implemented, construction work would be taxable for every home, barn and building under construction in Louisiana.
Constitutional Amendment #1 provides certainty to every business seeking to invest money and create jobs in Louisiana by ensuring it is not targeted with a new, arbitrary and unexpected property tax bill.
Constitutional Amendment #1 will be on the October 14 fall ballot. 

Early voting started Saturday, September 30 
and continues Monday, October 2 until Saturday, October 7. 

Your support is needed to pass this critical constitutional amendment to our industry, please vote YES on Election Day.

Information provided by: Michelle Shirley, Lobbyist


Legislative Report

Additional Plumbing Enforcement Predicted for January 1st, 2018

Enforcement is expected to increase from the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana.  Apprenticeship certification and apprentice ratios will be checked on the job site. Currently, the legal ratio is one to one for apprentices to journeymen plumbers.   Fines and penalties are anticipated with the enforcement. 




Notice to all Builders, Remodelers,and Subcontractors
An addendum to the Contractors Licensing Law and Rules and Regulations were promulgated on January 20, 2016 to require a specialty license for six sub classifications. They include:

1. Residential Pile Driving

2. Residential foundations

3. Residential Framing

4. Residential Roofing

5. Residential masonry/stucco

6. Residential swimming pools
A grace period was given by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors before enforcement began. That grace period has now expired.   As approved by the LHBA BOD on May 11th, enforcement will begin on October 1, 2017.
Any corporation, partnership, or individual who, for a price, commission, fee, wage or other compensation undertakes or offers to undertake or superintend the following work as it relates to the construction of any building or structure that is not more than 3 floors in height, to be used by another as a residence, where the value of the work exceeds $7,500, including labor and materials, is required to obtain a specialty classification for that work..
Labor Only:

In lieu of obtaining a specialty classification, a subcontractor who provides labor only and does not supply materials may obtain a subcontract-labor-only specialty classification for work performed under the direct supervision of a licensed residential building contractor.
Please share this information within your Local Associations and inform your subs in these fields to apply for their specialty license immediately.

Contact the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors for more info:
225-765-2301 or visit:


For instructions on how to apply, click here:


Vantage Health Plan NOW AVAILABLE to all
 LHBA members!

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Join us at IBS, January 9  - 11, 2018 in Orlando to experience the best-in-industry education, networking and exhibitions that will take your business to the next level and...

Come support our very own, Randy Noel as he is installed as President of the National Association of Home Builders! 


Registration for the NAHB International Builders Show (IBS) opened August 1, 2017. 

Dates: January 9-11, 2018   Orlando, Florida




NAHB Scholarships awarded to Louisiana student, Lorraine Olmo, a Delgado Architectural/Design Construction Technology Major 
Pictured to the left is Delgado Community College Chancellor, Dr. Joan Davis, Lorraine Olmo, and Professor P. Victor Mirzai.

Lorraine Olmo is a current student member and past president of the award winning Delgado's NAHB National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter organization.  

She is the recipient of the Herman J. Smith/NAHB National Housing Endowment Scholarship $5,000 Award, and also the NAHB Professional Women in Building Scholarship for $300 Award.

                                          CONGRATS LORRAINE OLMO!


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Building materials, labor in high demand after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma

The high demand for building materials in Florida and south Texas after recent hurricanes is raising the cost of those same materials here as the supply gets scarce. 

High demand for building materials in hurricane damaged areas of South Texas and Florida is having a ripple effect in the construction industry across the country. Robert Markel from Markel Lumber in New Orleans reports that plywood prices have already shot up by 25 percent.

 "Probably last week, you could buy half-inch CDX for anywhere from $14 to $15," Markel said. "It's probably up to $17 a sheet now in New Orleans." Markel admits, the price of plywood could go as high as $21 a sheet in coming weeks.

© 2017 WWL-TV Paul Murphy, WWLTV 6:57 PM. CDT September 14, 2017
4th Annual LREA Contest

Get the credit you deserve!

NOVEMBER 1, 2017


Download the new, FREE Safety Plus App!  

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

November 9:
Moisture Management in Buildings, Bulk Water, Condensation & Humidity
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (6 CEUs)  |  1-hour lunch  |  Food will be provided.
Atmos Energy (1818 Eraste Landry Road, Lafayette)
Presented by Bobby Parks, Healthy Homes of Louisiana

December 14: 
Continuing Education (6 hours)


*for a printable version, click here

                                                                                UPCOMING LOCAL ASSOCIATION EVENTS

October 9:    Annual Doug Ashy Sr. Golf Tournament - Monday, October 9th
9:30a, Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club
October 24:  Annual Governmental Affairs Luncheon - Tuesday, October 24th
11:30a-1p, River Oaks Center
Guest Speaker: To Be Announced

October 5:   CRBA Social Hosted by Holmes Building Materials
October 17:   General Membership Meeting Hosted by Holmes Building Materials

New Orleans
Friday, October 13
8:30 - 10:00 am
General Membership Meeting @ Riccobonos Peppermill, 3524 Severn Avenue, Metairie
Wednesday, October 25
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Professional Women in Building Council Meeting @ TBD Location
Thursday, November 2
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Remodelers Council Meeting @ HBA Office, 2424 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie
Thursday, November 16
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Sip & Socialize Happy Hour @ TBD Location
Friday, December 1
6:00 - 10:00 pm
Installation of 2018 Board of Directors @ English Turn Country Club
Friday, December 8
8:30 - 10:00 am
Holiday Breakfast @ café noma, New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park, New Orleans

Oct. 24-
Oktoberfest - Flying Tiger Brewery, Monroe LA  

Nov. 13-
Election of Officers & Spike Appreciation, Warehouse #1, Monroe

Dec. 1-
Installation Banquet, Christmas Party & Auction, ULM Library

Feb. 15 & 16-
Home Expo 2018, Exhibitor Set up, Monroe Civic Center

Feb. 16-
Home Expo Preview Banquet, Monroe Civic Center

Feb 17 & 18-
Home Expo 2018, Open to the public

October 2
Golf Tournament @ Southern Trace

October 6
House for Hope Early Bird Drawing

November 3
House for Hope Grand Prize Drawing

November 28
Continuing Education (6 hours)

December 7
Christmas Party
East Ridge Country Club

October 4
Annual Fish Fry
6:00 PM
$25.00 a person
SLHBA Office

Dec 6 - Installation & Awards Banquet

LHBA Upcoming Events

October 18th-20th   LHBA Fall Quarterly Meeting in Alexandria, La

               PURCHASE your tickets HERE!  *Deadline is Oct. 13th!


The Louisiana Home Builders Disaster Relief has purchased a utility trailer and has received donated cooking supplies from: Shoppers Choice, Alack Culinary Equipment & Supplies, Joey Yesso, and from the following local associations and its members: Acadian HBA, HBA of Central, HBA of Northeast and Southeast HBA.

The trailer will be used in disaster areas to assist our members with food and supplies.


We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our donors and to all of those to continue to contribute to the fund!  It wouldn't be possible without you!! 



If you would like to donate to the fund, make a check payable to Louisiana Homebuilders Disaster Relief and mail it to 
660 Laurel St., Ste. A, Baton Rouge, La 70802









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

The Louisiana Home Builders Association is comprised of Builders & Associate members which:

  • Represents the homebuilding industry before state & regulatory bodies
  • Serves as the chief advocate of private property rights

  • Educates the general public as to the advantages of utilizing licensed builders

  • Promotes professionalism in the homebuilding industry

  • Promotes economic development & quality of life in Louisiana

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LHBA Senior Officers

Conrad Blanchard,

Nick Castjohn,
1st Vice President

Curtis Loftin,
2nd Vice President

Dodie Adams,
3rd Vice President

Brandon Barton
Associate VP

Ray Kothe,
NAHB Representative

Jim Fine,
Immediate Past

Jeannie Dodd,
Executive Vice President

Louisiana Home Builders Association 

Contact Information
Monica Walker
Public Relations & Association Communications

Louisiana Home Builders Association

660 Laurel Street
Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70802


(225) 387-2714