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April 2017
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Brad Bennington   
CIGAR is good    
My dad was a really smart and talented guy. There wasn't much he couldn't do, and do pretty well. His main difficulty for most of his early life, however, was that he didn't have many resources to work with. Growing up during the Great Depression taught Dad to be resilient, clever and resourceful. Once he joined the US Army Air Corps, his resource problems got a lot easier. The Gov't. had all kinds of neat stuff that a kid who grew up in logging camps could only dream of. Like airplanes. Dad loved airplanes and flying and he taught me to love them too. Some of the best memories I have are of Dad and me flying somewhere even if it was just to get a hamburger and slice of pie. So, the Gov't. taught Dad to fly and Dad taught me, for which I'll always be grateful. But flying requires a whole different approach than driving because you can't just "pull over" when something goes haywire.
For instance, pilots always do a "preflight" inspection. You give the plane a good going over and check your fuel. Skip ahead to where you've got the engine going and you do checklist "CIGAR" C is for Controls; I is for Instruments; G is for Gas; A is for Aircraft and R is for Run-up. Now, you're (hopefully) ready to fly. What does this have to do with construction, you ask? Flying and building are activities where failure can get really expensive. A CIGAR-like checklist for your project is critically important. Successful construction needs planning, preparation, confirmation of resources (both financial and physical), proper execution, communication and process management. Flying and construction are also both team endeavors and the folks you have on your team can make the difference between success and failure. A good contractor, like a good pilot, is most likely to bring your project in safely. These days, you might have a harder time getting the services of a contractor than a pilot! If you have any questions about construction (or just want to talk flying) give us a call. We're happy to visit with you anytime.

To your success,

Brad Bennington,  Executive Officer
Builders Association Southern Oregon
BASO Poker Tournament - May 26th
poker tournament
1st Annual Poker Tournament!
Texas Hold 'Em Style
MAY 26th
at Lippert's Carpet One
Cost: $60 per player
Reserve your space today!
Sponsor a table for your business!
The Golf Tournament - June 16 at Eagle Point Golf Club
The Builders Classic Golf Tournament
June 16th
at Eagle Point Golf Club 

Members, you have been working hard!  
Take a day off to hang out with your crew  
and friends and play some golf!
This is a favorite tournament for many,
and it benefits Redemption Ridge!
Redemption Ridge is dedicated to bringing hope and healing to young women devastated by the effects of commercial domestic sex trafficking. Partner with us as those willing to take a stand against the sexual exploitation of vulnerable young women.
Call or email Jessica for more information: 541-773-2872

Thank you to our sponsors! 
Parr lumber  
Umqua bank 
Norman Dist  Evergreen Federal Bank  Ferguson 
Hoffbuhr  SO Subaru  
 Knife River 
  Banner Bank    US Bank Home Mortgage  
County's Kelly Madding is new Medford deputy city manager
downtown Medford
Mail Tribune
After reviewing 147 applicants, the city of Medford announced Tuesday it has selected Kelly Madding, who was development services director for Jackson County, as its new deputy city manager.
Madding will replace Bill Hoke, who was terminated in December.
Madding has been development services director for the county since 2006. She also served as the economic and special development director for Jackson County, director of Talent Urban Renewal, and was city manager for Talent and Rogue River.  
Read More.
Oregon Update
Jon Chandler and Howard Asch, OHBA
News From the State 
If you've been following our legislative emails and website posts, you know that there's a fair amount of unpleasant stuff being done this session. Not a lot that singles us out directly, but a whole lot that affects business generally - and if you check our website, you'll find a report giving you all the details. At the time of this writing, the legislature is heading at a dead run towards the first of several internal deadlines, so we won't know for sure which bills are still alive for another week or so.
But for this month's column, I thought I'd talk about some of the good things that have happened so far.
   The two bills that would have repealed our no-voting-on-annexation bill from last session have both died. Hearings were held, but no action taken - there was simply no appetite for revisiting that issue.
   We were successful in derailing a couple of very bad bills - one that would have allowed SDCs for disaster resilience and one that would have reopened the old school SDC fight.
   Our bill to set up a task force to revisit SDC law moved out of committee unanimously, which is always a good sign.
But the most important bill we've been working on is HB 2007; this is one of the Speaker's priority bills, Read More. 

Green Building: A Matter of Balance and Comfort 
According to the National Comfort Institute around half of the new HVAC systems being installed have comfort issues or don't operate as efficiently as they should. The Energy Star program says that incorrect installation of HVAC systems can reduce efficiency savings by up to 30 percent.
Complaints range from temperature variations from room to room, inconsistent air flow from registers, condensation from high humidity or excessive dust in some areas. These all occur because the system is not correctly balanced. Read More.

Codes Update: New Alternate Construction Standards
Some builders and developers have had the local fire department insist that residential sprinkler systems be installed when a building site did not meet fire code standards for access or water supply. A Uniform Alternate Construction Standard issued by Building Codes Division has removed the decision for what to do when access and supply is not adequate from the fire department and placed the responsibility with the local building official and provided specific alternatives to be allowed. Read More.

OHBA Open House: Thursday, May 11 in Salem 
OHBA Open House  
Ferguson's Invites you to Monte Carlo Night - April 28

Monte Carlo Night
Ferguson's invites you to join them
at their Medford showroom for a  
Monte Carlo fundraiser! 

Friday, April 28th 
from 6:00 - 9:00 
1130 Helicopter Way, Central Point, OR 9750 
Take part in a fun evening of delicious food and beverages while enjoying Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, Slots, and more.  
$50 per ticket
Click here to register!

Proceeds from the event will support Sparrow
Clubs of Southern Oregon.
sparrow club  
Remember when Copeland Lumber was located on Southwest 31st near Capitol Highway?
Copeland Lumber
Tim Lyman, Southwest Portland Post
Joseph W. Copeland was born at Sumner, Iowa, on Aug. 31, 1886. His father, Joseph, taught him the lumber business in yards acquired or opened in Cresco, Perry, Toledo and Gardiner, Iowa. Copeland graduated from high school at Cresco, Iowa, and then matriculated to the University of Minnesota, fully intending to become a lawyer, but that never happened - his father got the urge to go west. The Copeland family moved to Hood River, Ore., to enter the fruit growing business in 1908. It was at Hood River that young Joe, then 22, worked in the Hood River Bank and Trust Company. He also became an officer. Lee A. Copeland, Joe's older brother, got the family back in the lumber business with purchase of retail yards at Meridian, Kuna, Star and McKermit. Read More
Farmworker housing operations tax credit progresses
Housing farm workers
Capital Press
A proposed tax credit to compensate farmers for half the operational costs of providing worker housing has made some headway in the Oregon Legislature. Senate Bill 1, which is supported by a coalition of agriculture and housing groups, has moved out of the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue. The impacts to Oregon's revenues and budget from SB 1 have yet to be determined. While the bill will now move to the Joint Committee on Tax Credits, which includes members of both the House and Senate, it was referred out of the committee without recommendation as to its passage.  Read More.
Fixing housing could bring $300 billion back to US economy, new data show
Feeble U.S. economic growth since the Great Recession is due almost entirely to a plunge in homeownership to more-than-50-year lows, according to new data released Monday. A return to more normal homeownership levels could have added more than $300 billion, or an additional 1.8 percent in growth, to the economy last year, a Rosen Consulting Group study found.  Read More.
Member Benefits: Lowe's for Pros

Next Lead Based Paint Classes:
8-hr INITIAL Lead Based Paint Class
Need to become RRP Certified?
Do you work on structures,pre 1978, where you would be disturbing paint? If so, sign up now for this EPA-Certified class!
8-Hr INITIAL Course:
Date: May 17
Time: 8am-5pm
Location: Medford Library, Carpenter Room
Click here for May 17 Registration Form or call 541-773-2872
Space is limited to register today!

Next Class: June 21

Cost: $225 for Members and $299 for Non-Members
Qualifies for (8) Series B Credit Hours
4-hr REFRESHER RRP Lead Based Paint Class
Need to renew your RRP Certified?
Original Certificate is good for 5 years. Take the refresher class before your certificate expires.
4-Hr REFRESHER Course:
June 7
Cost: $200 for Members and $275 for Non-Members
Qualifies for (4) Series B Credit Hours
Click here for Registration Form or call 541-773-2872
We must obtain a minimum number of students in order to hold the class.
Get a $500 Cash Allowance on many FCA US LLC vehicles.
Affinity program
Unlock The Value of Membership: NAHB
The National Association of Home Builders
exists to serve its members.

NAHB strives to protect the American Dream of housing opportunities for all, while working to achieve professional success for its members who build communities, create jobs and strengthen the nation's economy.
Fighting for housing on major policy issues, providing excellent educational programming, and creating outstanding networking opportunities are just some of the ways that NAHB fulfills that mandate.
And the proof of its success is in the numbers. 
NAHB members will save a total of about $5,950 per housing start in 2017 due to NAHB's advocacy efforts in 2016 and other member benefits.
NAHB urges members to take full advantage of the many resources that it offers. They are designed to help members build a better home, build a better business and work in a positive business environment.
  NAHB's Mission, Value Proposition and Vision Statements.
NAHB Member Discounts
As a benefit of being a member, you have access to discounts and savings opportunities offered by many top companies. All programs, rates and prices are subject to change without notice.
NAHB members can access each program by  downloading an overview of all NAHB discounts including phone numbers and program codes.
Builders Association
We are Southern Oregon's primary resource for  
for the Building Industry
*Provide education to our community & professionals
 *Advocate for Southern Oregon's construction industry
*Motivate public policy for a strong & sustainable community
*We provide comprehensive community outreach services
*We stimulate the economy with industry-leading events
*We support our community by creating policy that keeps construction safe, affordable and sustainable
Contact Us

Community Outreach and Governmental Affairs

Brad Bennington

Education, Communications and Member Services
Anita Wright

Tour of Homes, Home Show,
Golf Tournament, Events

Jessica Bennington

Quick Links 
OSHA:  Safety Pages
Building Permits Issued

Member Benefits


Save the Dates!

Building Industry/Legislative Update with Jon Chandler

Date & Location TBA

BASO Poker Tournament 
May 26th 

2017 Golf Tournament
June 16th

Foster Parent's BBQ
July 8th
Saying "Thanks!" to our Foster Families in Jackson County

Give us a call if you have questions about any of our events
Builders Association  

for March

Dennis Lane
(541) 245-3100

Craig Reeves
(541) 535-2790
Heritage Builders, LLC
Noah Gephart
(541) 973-2945

for March

Ashland Remodeling/
Stokes Built Inc.
Walter Stokes 
(541) 488-0815

Avista Utilities
Brian Taylor
(541) 858-4757 

Ben the Builder
Ben Treiger
(541) 621-7862

Cascade Design Studio
Jeff Mayfield
(541) 772-1411

Kevin Gill
(541) 476-7795

Economy Plumbing
Gerard Fowler
(541) 482-4733

Dennis Rawls
(541) 826-4969

Mark Ivers
(541) 773-7663 

James R Morgan Excavating
James R. Morgan
(541) 944-8235

Danielle Roberts
(541) 779-3611

Jed Hart
(541) 479-1465

Knouff, Inc.
Mark Knouff
(541) 855-9661

Karen Terpening-Ferguson
(541) 773-7311

Debra Cate
(541) 779-1049

Mel Weeks
(541) 734-7277

Mike Davis, Sr.
(541) 535-5063

Penny Brennan
(541) 773-5733

Sixkiller's Cleaning Service
Chris Sixkiller
(541) 779-8956

Kenn Conger
(541) 482-2964

Wayne Van Wey
(541) 601-8036
Featured Company for April
Airport Chevy 
There are numerous reasons why drivers choose Airport Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac. Proudly serving Medford, Central Point, Eagle Point, Grants Pass and Ashland OR, our sales members, service techs and financing experts are trained with a single purpose: to address each of your needs with absolute respect, care and attention to detail.
Our Central Point area Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, CADILLAC dealership has a great selection of new and used Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and CADILLAC cars. If you're searching for a new car,. Browse our inventory for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500/2500HD, Tahoe, Camaro, Malibu, Spark, Cadillac XTS, ATS or GMC Sierra 2500HD. If, instead, you're looking for a used car in Medford OR, we can help you there too. Browse our large selection of used cars as well as vehicles from other top manufacturers to find the right car for you.

At Airport Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, our commitment to excellence does not end with the sale, though. In order to ensure a positive ownership experience, we staff an onsite auto service and repair department. And for those of you who prefer to perform their own work, we also maintain a vast collection of auto parts for sale in Medford.
To take advantage of any one (or more) of our services, be sure to contact us today.

Local Contact Information:
Airport Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac
3001 Biddle Road
Medford, OR 97504
Phone: 541.622.2004

2017 Watch List:
Ferguson shares 3 Kitchen
& Bath Predictions

Farmhouse Modern
Thompson Traders Haven apron front sink. Image courtesy of Thompson Traders.
As the kitchen and bath industry heads into trade show season and manufacturers prepare to unveil their latest innovations, the product experts at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery share three trends they expect to have a major moment in 2017.
Read More
Fall Protection Guide - (OR-OSHA) Changes in Oregon
fall protection safety
Oregon OSHA has changed their Fall Protection rules in construction as required by Federal OSHA (OSHA). As you know the trigger height has changed from 10 feet to 6 feet. In addition, the use of slide guards (toe boards) will not be allowed as your only fall protection measure; it can however be used in connection with additional measures such as a Fall Restraint System. You have always been faced with challenges regarding proper fall protection, however these changes will increase that challenge. Thus, the purpose of this informational sheet is to outline what is required regarding fall protection and to offer additional information that will be useful in addressing specific building and project needs. Click here for Guide.
Member Rebate Program 
2016 4th Quarter Update
OHBA Totals:
116 registered Builder & Remodeler members

64 have participated
(sent in a rebate claim)
Of the 64 that have participated, $91,914.50
has been cumulatively
paid to them!

Cumulative average per member = $1,436.16!

This is a Free Member Benefit to Builder & Remodeler members of the Oregon HBA

Members, don't leave money on the table!

Online Education FREE to Members!!
Home Builders University  features online courses designed to help professionals in the residential building trades receive industry-specific training, meet continuing education requirements and improve building and business skills.
Read More


NEWS from the CCB: 

Exemptions from continuing education
ccb logo
As of July 1, this is a summary of all contractors that are now exempt from continuing education. 
This list applies to both residential and commercial contractors.
* Architects (if an owner or officer is a licensed architect)
* Developers
* Engineers (if an owner or officer is a licensed engineer)
* Electricians (if an owner, officer or employee is a licensed electrician)
* Plumbers (if an owner, officer or employee is a licensed plumber)
* Boiler contractors
* Elevator contractors
* Renewable energy contractor
* Pump installation contractors
* Limited sign contractors
* Landscape contractors who are construction contractors
* Home inspectors (must still complete continuing education for the home inspector certification but no longer for the CCB license) `
* Master builders (if actively licensed as such through the Building Codes Division)
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