HBAG News - July 2016
Building a Better Georgia 
Special Second Lewis Cenker Scholarship Opportunity
Scholarship Deadline - October 1, 2016

There is another opportunity for qualified students seeking a career directly related to the home building industry to apply for the Lewis Cenker Scholarship! Applications are due to HBAG by October 1st, 2016 and recipients will be notified by letter before November 14th, 2016. 

The Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization created in 1977 by the Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG) in honor of the late Lewis B. Cenker, an outstanding Georgian and a national industry leader. Scholarships are awarded to qualified students seeking a career directly related to the home building industry. There are eight trustees/directors of the Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund Committee who comprise the recipient selection committee. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, career goals, letters of recommendation, financial need, and other activities related to their studies. Scholarship awards will be made in an amount established by the Trustees of the Fund. 

For more information about the Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund, please contact HBAG at 404-763-2453, kmurphy@hbag.org. Visit the  HBAG website  to view criteria, eligibility, and to download a copy of the application.
Builders Engaging Associate Members (BEAM) Award 

The HBAG Builders Engaging Associate Members (BEAM) Award has been simplified and is now available online!
The BEAM Award is bestowed on one builder or one local entity that best exemplifies the motto, "It's good business to do business with a member." This award serves to encourage builder members to use the goods and services offered by member companies and to recognize the builder or local entity that exemplifies this vitally important teamwork. 

Nominations are due to HBAG by August 12, 2016. The HBAG winner will be announced at the HBAG Fall Board Meeting in Jekyll Island on September 22nd. The state winner will then be submitted by HBAG to compete at NAHB. The winner of the NAHB BEAM award will be announced at the Associates' Awards Breakfast during the International Builders' Show (IBS).
Please pass this along to any builder members that qualify. More details and instructions are available online. Email kmurphy@hbag.org or call 404-763-2453 with any questions or concerns.

Past recipients of the HBAG BEAM Award - Wilson Design & Construction of the HBA of South GA

Get money for products you already use!

HBAG's Member Rebate Program lets builders and remodelers receive cash rebates for using certain manufacturers' products in the building and remodeling of homes. There are currently 54 participating manufacturers covering 35+ different product categories.
It's as simple as 1-2-3!
1.) Register
2.) Submit a Rebate Claim
3.) Receive a Rebate Check!

Builder & Remodeler members can claim for any completed residential addresses from April 1 - June 30, 2016 that used any of the 50+ Manufacturer brands.  The deadline to submit will be August 26thhttp://www.hbarebates.com/claimform.html

As an added convenience, for builder/remodeler members who did not submit their claim for Q1'16, the opportunity has been extended to claim for ALL their residential jobs completed between January 1 and June 30, 2016 during the Q2'16 claim period!
Deadline for submissions - August 22
The NAHB 55+ Housing Industry Council Best of 55+ Housing Awards are the industry's most prestigious and only  national awards program honoring excellence in building, design, marketing and lifestyles in housing for boomers and beyond. The industry and the media view the awards as a showcase for innovation, emerging trends and quality housing for the mature demographic.

The  NAHB 55+ Housing Industry Council provides a unique platform for finalists and winners throughout the year, offering year-long exposure on NAHB's website, national press releases and public relations and media placement support in trade magazines and industry news outlets.

Enter the competition and receive national recognition for your active-adult or service-enriched community.
A letter from HBAG President Neal Davis concerning Southern Pine Header Spans
HBAG continues to work on your behalf to address concerns caused by the downgrade in design values of No.1 grade Southern Pine.
Attached is a helpful letter from the American Wood Council which addresses footnote "b" in Tables 2308.9.5 (IBC), 2308.9.6 (IBC), R502.5(1) (IRC), and R502.5(2) (IRC). This letter offers two suggestions that designers/builders/framers may use an alternative and which building code officials may rely on as acceptable for using #2 grade southern pine in lieu of #1 grade southern pine for headers and footers.
Alternatively, other wood species as listed in the code referenced tables, such as, #2 grade Spruce-pine-fir or Doug-fir-larch or Hemp-fir dimensional lumber may be used to meet this requirement. In addition, subject to local approval, engineered wood solutions, such as, light wood trusses, I-joists, LVL, LSL or PSL stand lumber, etc. may also be used in lieu of No. 1 southern yellow pine as required by table footnote "b" for girders and headers.
By GA law, the responsibility for the administration and enforcement of the State Minimum Standard Codes ultimately lie with the local government code official, including acceptance of alternative methods or materials.  The information in the letter should be very helpful in your discussions with your local code officials. I provided this information to Coweta, Fayette and Meriwether counties and they are accepting these alternatives based on the engineering data provided by AWC.
If you need more information or the PDF chart from AWC, contact Bettie Sleeth at HBAG at bsleeth@hbag.org.  You may also contact Paul Coats, PE, AWC Southeastern Regional Manager, at (803) 980-7304 or pcoats@awc.org.
Neal Davis, President
Home Builders Association of Georgia


HBAG has a vacancy for the Vice President Secretary position for the Home Builders Association of Georgia. It is the duty of the nominating committee to qualify candidates seeking this position. The nominating committee shall oversee the election and may set such rules as it deems necessary to have an orderly election and fulfill the requirements of the bylaws.

In accordance with the HBAG bylaws, a candidate for office must make known to the nominating committee, in writing, his or her intentions to seek that office, by a specified time. Below is a list of offices and the required written notice period.

Notice Period
Vice President/Secretary
30 days prior to the annual meeting of the membership

Letters of intent should be mailed to Ted Noe, chairman, Nominating Committee, Home Builders Association of Georgia, 3015 Camp Creek Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30344.
Deadline is August 22, 2016.
REGISTER for the 2016 HBAG Fall Board Meeting - September 20 - 22
HBAG has lots of great things in the works for the 2016 Fall Meeting at the Westin Jekyll Island!  T his will be a meeting you will not want to miss! Stay tuned for details concerning continuing education, entertainment, and speakers.
Click here for a Tentative Schedule of Events  

Curious or confused about the different committees or what meetings you should attend?  Read all about the various HBAG committees!

Hotel Information
110 Ocean Way
Jekyll Island, GA 31527

Book directly  online or call 888-627-8316 and ask for the Home Builders of GA Group Rate of $169 (+fees) Island View or $199 (+fees) Ocean View.  Directions
Golf Tournament for B-PAC
B-PAC Chairman Mark King invites all HBAG members to participate in a golf tournament fundraiser at the Jekyll Island Golf Club on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The tournament will begin at 1:00 pm and will be played at Jekyll Island's Pine Lakes Course. Sponsorships are still available for individual holes and other opportunities. Golfers can sign up individually or as a foursome at a rate of $100 per golfer.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Read all about available options here!

All monies raised will go to support the statewide efforts of the Builders Political Action Committee (B-PAC) which provides campaign contributions to state and local elected officials who support the pro-housing mission of the Home Builders Association of Georgia. Questions about the golf tournament or about B-PAC can be directed to HBAG's Government Affairs Director Austin Hackney,  ahackney@hbag.org.
Big Picture Marketing Class
Carol Morgan, mRelevance managing partner, will be putting on a presentation, "Big Picture Marketing: Building a Solid Foundation for Your Business". Get ideas for improving your marketing program with dozens of real-world examples of successful and innovative marketing tactics.  Click here to register for "Big Picture Marketing"  or contact  kmurphy@hbag.org , 404-763-2453. Members should enter code HBAGMember at checkout to get the $75 reduced rate.
As 2016 Chair of NAHB's 55+ Housing Industry Council, Jim Chapman was recently profiled in the Association's online magazine, 55+ Housing: Meet the Chair.
In the article, he remarks about the 55+ market that "Homebuilding is still the tortoise in this race, but we'll be seeing smarter builders and less volatility, for slow, steady growth for the foreseeable future."
But that doesn't mean the 55+ market is slowing down. "It's now growing 4-7% a year - the fastest-growing component of the single-family sector."
To read the full story,  please click here.
In the June 2016 issue of Georgia Trend, Anna Bentley interviewed Jim extensively for her feature article, Actively Aging, Resort-style amenities, low-maintenance homes and built-in social networks: Meet the revamped retirement community.
She writes: "Jim Chapman, president of Atlanta-area active adult community firm Jim Chapman Communities, estimates that in more than half of the homes in his communities, at least one member of the household still works. He's also noticed a downward trend in the age of his homeowners, moving from 72 six to eight years ago to 62."
Jim notes: "There's this huge group of 60-85-year olds who...really very much wan tto live on their own, but they don't want to maintain their yard and they don't want to maintain their home. They want to buy a house that has maintenance free materials. They want a house that allows them to age in place."
For the full article  please click here.
About the NAHB 55+ Housing Industry Council:
Since 1989, the 55+ Housing Industry Council has served the diverse needs of NAHB members involved in all aspects of 55+ housing, including development, finance, ownership, management, design, sales and marketing. It is the fastest-growing segment of the housing industry.
The NAHB 55+ Housing Industry Council supports members by providing nationally recognized education programs, industry research, networking opportunities, exclusive news and information, awards and recognition programs, and regulatory and legislative assistance to 55+ housing professionals.

About Jim Chapman:
"Building Trust. Building Futures."
Jim Chapman, an Atlanta native, started his own custom home building firm, Jim Chapman Fine Homes, in 1998 after earning an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. In 2005, he began to also build and develop an active adult portfolio under the brand of Jim Chapman Communities. Currently, he is building under both brands throughout Buckhead, Vinings, Cobb, Forsyth, Fulton, Cherokee, Paulding and Douglas counties. His design partner, mentor and father, Jim Chapman Sr., is a well-known Atlanta architect.
James B. (Jim) Chapman, President
Jim Chapman Communities | Jim Chapman Fine Homes
770-434-3602   telephone  |  770-434-3607   fax  |  770-560-9167   cell
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