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October 2018
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Tools for Success
HBAV Insurance Agency is expanding! HBAV members who do business with HBAV Insurance Agency are supporting the home building industry and your association. HBAV Insurance fuels the HBAV Advocacy engine! We offer all business insurance lines as well as Employee Benefits. Click Here to contact us for more information.
New Member Discounts from NAHB
Don't leave money on the table! NAHB has added Capital One and Amazon Business to their list of member discounts. Discounts also include General Motors and Lowe's! To review the complete list of member discounts, CLICK HERE.
The 4 Best Methods to Expand your Construction Business
There are multiple strategies that today's construction business have utilized to expand their organization's initiatives. Today, the industry revolves around a large, competitive market, and only the best practices will help a construction business stay ahead of the game.  Read More!
Government and Regulatory Affairs
HBAV Legislative Committee
The HBAV Legislative Committee is comprised of HBAV members appointed from the 15 local associations in Virginia. At their meeting on September 5, the HBAV legislative committee reviewed legislative agenda recommendations submitted from local associations. At their meeting on October 4th, the HBAV Legislative Committee will prioritize the legislative recommendations and begin finalizing the 2019 HBAV legislative agenda. Once finalized the legislative agenda will be distributed to HBAV members.
Building and Fire Prevention Code Update
The new Building code took effect on September 4  th , 2018. A one-year period is in effect that provides permit applicants a choice of complying with the existing 2012 codes or the 2015 codes. The state publications are posted on the DHCD website here:  2015 Regulations  . The custom versions of the national model codes that incorporate Virginia amendments are in the process of being published by the International Code Council (ICC) and are on schedule to be available late fall. The Mandatory Code Change Training (CCT) schedule can be found here:  Code Change Training Schedule .

We are pleased to report that the BHCD voted to adopt the version of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) last month. The effective date of the new SFPC is October 16  th , 2018 – there is no “grace period” for the SFPC as it is a maintenance code. The final version of the SFPC can be found  here  .

HBAV Build-PAC:
Since the General Assembly adjourned in mid March, HBAV has attended 88 fundraisers for members and candidates of the General Assembly that are pro- housing. The HBAV Build-PAC is the vehicle that allows members to financially support the HBAV legislative efforts by supporting candidates for office that are pro-housing. Please consider a contribution to the HBAV Build- PAC. Your contribution will allow the HBAV legislative team to have your voices heard and support candidates that are supporting our industry. Click the link below to support pro-housing candidates! Every dollar helps!
Membership Survey:
HBAV is conducting a quick survey of where our members are doing most of their business.   Please consider taking two minutes to fill out the survey by clicking here  . It's very simple: enter your contact information and type of business, then select the localities where you or your firm are doing business. This survey will allow us to quickly contact our members in specific areas to solicit feedback on proposed legislation, regulation. You can click here to complete the survey!
HBAV Events
Koebig Classic Golf Tournament
Benefiting BUILD PAC
What: 15th Annual HBAV Koebig Classic Golf Tournament
When: Wendesday, October 17, 2018
Why: To support NAHB and HBAV Build PAC
How:
Team Sponsorship: $800 - Click HERE
All Sponsorship Opportunities: Click HERE
2019 HBAV Keystone Club
 HBAV allows firms the opportunity to market their services to members through sponsorships of HBAV programs. This tremendous support allows HBAV to provide additional educational opportunities, improved business networking events, and greater advocacy for our members. HBAV is now accepting 2019 Keystone Club Memberships. Click Here to view the HBAV Sponsorship Opportunities and consider being a member of the HBAV Keystone Club!
Housing Headlines
Sales of new U.S. single-family homes rebounded in August after two straight monthly declines, but the underlying trend still pointed to a weakening housing market against the backdrop of rising mortgage rates and higher home prices.

The numbers: The S&P/Case-Shiller national index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2% and was up 6.0% for the year in July. The 20-city index rose 0.1%, seasonally adjusted, and was up 5.9% compared with a year ago. 

What happened: Sales of newly-constructed homes rose 3.5% compared to July, and edged past the MarketWatch consensus of a 625,000 pace. And the pace of sales in August was 12.7% higher than a year ago. But hefty revisions to prior months were all downward, a reminder that the housing recovery remains grudgingly slow. 

They say economic and housing recoveries don't die of natural causes. They're murdered.  
Thank you for your loyalty and your support of HBAV.

Sincerely, 
Home Builders Association of Virginia
804.643.2797
707. East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA. 23219