Louisiana Home Builders Association

SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

 
       


HURRICANE HARVEY DISASTER RELIEF
 Please help in any way you can!

In the wake of the devastating Hurricane Harvey, our neighbors in Texas and even here in parts of Louisiana will need your help please!

The  Louisiana Home Builders Disaster Relief Fund is asking for donations of cooking equipment, bottled water or any other supplies or monetary donations as the fund puts together a group to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Any donation helps!

To make a monetary donation, write a check payable to LHBA Disaster Relief Fund and send it to the LHBA office at 660 Laurel St., Ste. A, Baton Rouge, La 70802. Supply donations can also be brought to the office.


Thank you for helping us to help our neighbors!  Please help spread the word.  Look for our posts on Facebook to help share some helpful info.
 

Other Ways to Help:


VOLUNTEER TO HELP!

STAY UP TO DATE WITH EFFECTS OF HARVEY ON LOUISIANA


FOR MORE HELPFUL INFO ON WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR HOME/BUSINESS HAS FLOODED:


 

Let us keep all whom have been affecting in our thoughts and prayers. We here in Louisiana know just how devastating and heartbreaking it is to go through a horrible natural disaster like this.  We pray for the safety of all and for a quick, healthy recovery.



                                                                                                                                            

What does it mean to be LHBA Strong?

We are STRONG because of YOU, our dedicated members who are passionate professionals in the home building industry!

LHBA and Home Builders SIF are working together on a new campaign to help promote just how strong we are.


 
Help us to promote our new campaign by sharing our logo!

*LHBA Strong is owned and trademarked by LHBA*

If you are interested in using our LHBA Strong Logo, please contact Monica at monica@lhba.org to get your proper format and to sign a Usage Agreement.



                                                                                   




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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Vote Yes! on October 14th to Constitutional Amendment #1
 
 
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 were 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 14th fall ballot.  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



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ATTENTION

NEW CONTRACTORS LICENSING LAW:
ENFORCEMENT BEGINS OCTOBER 1

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:   www.lslbc.louisiana.gov



For instructions on how to apply, click here:


           


 

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 Chair Granger MacDonald today issued the following statement on Hurricane Harvey and its potential effects on lumber prices as Gulf Coast residents prepare to rebuild after the catastrophic storm.  "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of my great state of Texas and our friends in Louisiana as they suffer through the extreme flooding and other damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Yet even as they cope with the immediate effects of the disaster, many are already looking to the future and the long rebuilding process ahead.

"In the aftermath of the devastating storm, demand for softwood lumber is expected to increase dramatically as home builders and remodelers repair and replace housing in Houston and across Texas. This crisis makes it more important than ever that the United States quickly achieve a lasting trade agreement regarding U.S. imports of Canadian softwood lumber.

"NAHB applauds Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' decision to postpone application of duties on Canadian softwood lumber. The delay will give the parties time to seek a negotiated solution. This is important because tariffs - basically just a tax on consumers - will be felt most harshly by families trying to rebuild. And lumber prices will rise even more as flooding in Texas and Louisiana constrains timber harvests there.

"We need a more permanent solution. That why we're calling on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to work collaboratively to open more public lands for domestic timber production. This is the most straightforward way to diminish reliance on imported lumber and to meet demand as Texas and Louisiana look to rebuild."

Article taken from: NAHB Now

<www.nahb.org>




 
 

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

ACADIAN 
-Builder Education Course - Tuesday, September 19th 9a-4p (6 CEUs), AHBA office / Topic: "Concrete 101"
  
 

NORTHWEST
December 14: 
Continuing Education (6 hours)


SOUTHEAST
September 27:
OSHA Record Keeping Plus
9:00 AM
3 hrs CEU Earned
Presented by SIF Loss Prevention
$25 a member $50 non-member



The Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors:
2017 Livingston Parish Real Estate Forecast Conference (4hrs - BUILDER CE approved) 
Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM, 
7:30am - 8:30am Registration & Networking Breakfast
Suma Hall Community Center
28975 S Satsuma Rd
Livingston, LA 70754

contact 225-761-2000 for more info
   

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                                                                                    UPCOMING LOCAL ASSOCIATION EVENTS


ACADIAN

General Membership Meeting - Tuesday, September 12th 11:30a-1p, River Oaks Event Center / Guest Speaker: To Be Announced

Speed Networking - Wednesday, September 20th 4:30p-7p, Design Center of Acadiana

After Hours Member Mixer - Thursday, September 21st 5p-7p, Home Bank (Kaliste Saloom branch)

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


CRBA

09/13/2017 :8:00AM General Membership Meeting-Breakfast At Frank's

09/14/2017 :11:30 AM Executive Committee Meeting

09/26/2017: 6PM Remodelers Council


New Orleans
Name: Sip & Socialize Happy Hour
Date: September 21, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT
Location: We visit different locations around the Greater New Orleans area. Location TBD.
https://www.hbagno.org/events/details/sip-socialize-happy-hour-150

Name: Installation of 2018 President-Elect Frank Morse and Board of Directors
Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM CST
Location: English Turn Country Club - In the clubhouse, 2nd Floor
https://www.hbagno.org/events/details/installation-of-2018-president-elect-frank-morse-and-board-of-directors-154

Name: Holiday Breakfast
Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM CST
Location: New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124
https://www.hbagno.org/events/details/holiday-breakfast-155


Northeast
Sept. 21
-Associate Appreciation, Cheniere Lake Lodge, West Monroe

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

Northwest
September 12, 9-11 am
Licensing Board reps @ HBA to assist with sub licensing

September 14, 1-3 pm
Licensing Board reps @ HBA to assist with sub licensing

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


Southeast 
September 21
Annual Golf Tournament
8:00 AM tee off
Ellendale Country Club  
 
September 27
OSHA Record Keeping Plus
9:00 AM
3 hrs CEU Earned
Presented by SIF Loss Prevention
$25 a member $50 non-member
 
October 4
Annual Fish Fry
6:00 PM
$25.00 a person
SLHBA Office

Dec 6 - Installation & Awards Banquet

 
Southwest
Annual Joe Lanza Family Fish Fry on September 7 at 6:30





 
LHBA Upcoming Events

September:
September 7, 2017:  10:00 am 
 Executive Committee Meeting: LHBA office 


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

 

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

  • Promotes professionalism in the homebuilding industry

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2017
LHBA Senior Officers

Conrad Blanchard,
President

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
President 

Jeannie Dodd,
Executive Vice President
 
Contact Information
Monica Walker
Public Relations & Association Communications

Louisiana Home Builders Association

660 Laurel Street
Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

monica@ LHBA.org

(225) 387-2714