September 2016
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Kick-A$$ Cook Off
Congratulations to Morse Homes, Inc. for taking home the awards for both Best Presentation AND 1st Place! 

Jefferson Joining Forces THANK YOU

NOEL would like to thank Devon Sweeney of Sweeney Restoration,LLC, for donating their time to do site inspections for the Jefferson Joining Forces program.  

The Jefferson Joining Forces program remediates code violations for elderly, low-income and/or disabled home owners.  These repairs are done at no cost to the home owner, while being fully compensated to the contractor.  For more information on how you can donate your services or products to the Jefferson Joining Forces program, contact Philip Thomas @ (504) 837-2700.


NOEL is taking monetary donations to help the flood victims. 

100% of your donations will go toward the construction supplies needed most. Our plan is to focus primarily on sheet rock and insulation. We will work with homeowners in the affected areas, as well as builders who are volunteering their time to make repairs on flood damaged homes. 

If you have any questions, please contact Philip Thomas
504.837.2700 or

Click HERE to donate through PayPal, or contact Philip to make a donation in person. 

Class A Executive Office Space Available 
on the Northshore! 
Located at the foot of the twin span in Slidell, Lakeshore Parc offers monthly & long term leasing starting at $500 p/month.

Lease includes office furnishings, hard-wired Internet, utilities, & cleaning services. Also included is access to the pavilion overlooking Lake Pontchartrain, conference rooms, furnished front lobby, reception area, full kitchen, break room & open office area that's great for training.

Visit us online at For appointments and information, contact Jaime Matthews at (985) 639-1954 or

62250 West End Blvd. Slidell, LA 70461

Phil Hoffman chairs NAHB Construction, Codes, and Standards Committee

International Code Council Board of Directors Member Donny Phipps, Government Relations Senior Vice President Sara Yerkes and Mike Wich attended the 2016 National Association of Home Builders Midyear Board of Directors Committee Meetings in Miami, Fla. The Code Council delegation provided reports to the Construction, Codes and Standards Committee, chaired by  HBAGNO member Phil Hoffman from La Place, La .
Driverless Cars
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At present there are 240 million cars and light trucks in the USA, most of which are parked 23 hours a day or more. This idleness makes owning and driving a car expensive. If cars could just be used more, automobile transportation costs would fall. That is the promise of Uber, Lyft and all the other assorted ride hailing services. But, what about the next step, driverless cars? With no driver to pay, travel becomes even cheaper. What does the promise of cheaper transportation mean for cities, commutes, sprawl, and more generally how we live? I suggest it will encourage sprawl by increasing the distance of our commutes. Here's why:

As goods and services get cheaper we generally consume more of them. For example, long distance phone calls were once prohibitively expensive and we made them rarely. Today, they are free and we make lots of them. Televisions used to be very costly; a house had just one. Now, every room has a TV. Several years ago, gasoline was $4/gallon and owning a Prius was a status symbol. Now, with gasoline at $2.25/gallon, we are buying gas guzzlers by the gross and driving more too. In short, as something gets cheaper, we generally consume more of it.

Returning our attention back to driverless cars, as new technologies and roads are built to specifically accommodate these vehicles, their transformative potential will become apparent. They will not only be safer than existing cars, but will travel faster and get much better gas mileage. And, shared self-driving cars are expected to easily take 50% of existing cars off the road. Suddenly the cost of conveying a passenger is likely to be not much more than double or triple the cost of public transit. Better yet, hailing such a vehicle from the permanent circulating fleet will take little time and no more than a swipe or two on your smart phone. As a bonus, on-street parking and most off-street parking would completely disappear.

In short, we are on the verge of faster, safer, and cheaper travel. Add to this the twin observations that people generally are willing to commute about 30 minutes to get to work, and that (possibly as a result), urban population densities have generally been declining by about 1%/year since about 1890, and you have a strong likelihood that the cost and time savings these new modes of travel promise will result in longer distance commutes, and thus continued sprawl. In short, the easier it is to get from "Here" to "There", the farther away from "There" people are apt to live. 
Moreover, this outcome is highly likely no matter how things turn out. If we enthusiastically embrace ride-sharing technology, something Americans have never done, we will all be whisked speedily to our now ever-distant places of work and sprawl continues. By contrast, if few of us ride-share and we instead use our own self-driving cars, which is probably more likely, it would mean more cars on the road and thus slightly slower speeds than what could be achieved via mass ride-sharing and thus longer commutes. But we would all be watching TV or reading so who cares!
Auctions in August


Bidding is open! 

2. Choose: New Orleans Education League from the drop-down menu 
3. Bid on some awesome prizes! 

100% of the donations made for NOEL will benefit the foundation. 
HBAGNO Advocacy in Action
At the request of Councilmember Jared Brossett of District D in Orleans Parish, the Central Planning Commission was requested to hear public comments on a formal study on Affordable Housing Impact Statements. The meeting for public comments was held on July 12, 2016. Kirk Williamson (Chester Development, LLC), Legislative Committee Chair of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans, testified at the City Planning Commission in opposition of the Affordable Housing Impact Statement study. See footage from the hearing here: (Kirk speaks at 1:56':45")

If the Affordable Housing impact statement is found to be useful tool in Orleans Parish, it would be used to collect additional information on units put on to the market for housing and add an additional step to the permitting process that could delay work for up to ten days.

Members of the HBA are urged to email their written comments about the Affordable Impact Statements directly to the City Planning Department to this email CPCINFO@NOLA.GOV. The deadline for the submission of comments is August 15, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Rita Bautista, Government Relations Representative via email or 504.837.2700.
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OSHA Fines to Increase up to 150% of August 1
On Aug. 1, monetary penalties issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for regulation infractions are slated to rise by up to 150% depending on the type of violation.

This marks the first time in 25 years that OSHA fines have gone up. Previously, OSHA was one of few federal agencies with civil penalties that do not increase with inflation.

OSHA intends to provide guidance on the implementation of the new penalties by Aug. 1. Additionally, to address the impact they may have on small businesses, the agency plans to continue providing penalty reductions based on employer size and other factors.

States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as federal OSHA's.

For more information about the budget deal or OSHA provision, please contact Alex Strong or Rob Matuga at the National Association of Home Builders. 

Member Rebate Program

Calling All Entries!
Entry Deadline: Tuesday, November 1
Member Rebate Program
The Member Rebate Program is a free member benefit of your State & Local Home Builders Association.

There are over 40 of the country's leading manufacturer brands participating in the Member Rebate Program.

Visit Member Benefits for more information, or CLICK HERE to view an online brochure with helpful information about the program.
In This Issue:
Kick-A$$ Cook Off
Editorial: Driverless Cars
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Calendar of Events

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September Calendar of Events
All Events held at HBA office unless otherwise noted 

See details below for 
"Featured Events"

5) Labor Day - Office Closed

12) Professional Women in Building Council Board of Directors Meeting @ 11:30am 

14) Executive Committee Meeting @ 12pm

20) HBA Board of Directors Meeting @ 4pm
Followed by Associates Appreciation Dinner

22) Golf Tournament Committee Meeting @ 2pm

23) Bankers Expo @ Urban League, 4640 S. Carrollton Ave, NOLA

29) Advanced Building Practices Council Meeting @ 12pm 
Associates Appreciation Dinner
to follow Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, September 20th @ 4pm

Attend this month's board meeting and stay to socialize with the board members! 

September is Associates' Apprecation Month!
Bankers' Expo
The 3rd installment of the 3-part series on DBE Certifications. 

Friday, September 23rd
Breakfast & Networking @ 9:30am

Job Postings
Goldin Metals
Harvey, LA 

or Visit:

Apply in person at Harvey facility.
Calling All Handymen
New Orleans, LA

Quick Links & Resources

Community Jobs for Bid:

* Under Compliance, click on Employers' Workers' Compensation Coverage Verification
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2016 Senior Officers of the Board

President, Floyd Simeon
Vice President, Mike LeCorgne
Treasurer, Frank Morse
Secretary, Michael Kraft
Immediate Past President, Roy Olsen

2016 Board of Directors

Steve Albert
John Arms
Alexis Brown
Nick Castjohn
Charlie Fontenelle
David Gaspard
Phil Hoffman
Kevin Katner

Jo Ann Kostik
Peter Lanaux
Bruce Layburn
Harold LeBlanc
Brian Mills
Scott Morse
Helmut Mundt
Randy Noel
Lynda Nugent Smith
Rolf Parelius
Kimberly Rooney
Dorothy Stanich
Zach Tyson
Kirk Williamson
Steve Wobbema
Wes Wyman

HBA Staff Contacts

Jon Luther , Executive Vice President
Philip Thomas, Education Director & NOEL Program Director
Lauren Galliano , Director of Membership & Industry Relations
Rita Bautista, Governmental Affairs Representative
Shane Gray , Accountant

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