April 2021 Building Buzz

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BISMARCK-MANDAN HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION APRIL 2021 || WWW.BMHBA.COM


BUILDING Building Buzz is a publication of the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association.

Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association 2600 Gateway Ave, Ste 1 Bismarck, ND 58503 Phone: 701.222.2400 Fax: 701.250.9730

www.facebook.com/bmhba PROFESSIONALS BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH PROMOTION OF Aspire Homes 3313 Bayshore Bend SE Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 426-8583 greg@daretoaspirend.com

Hallmark Homes 3200 Rock Island Place, Suite 4 Bismarck, ND 58504-7717 (701) 471-7634 hallmarkhomes@outlook.com

Triton Homes 1601 N 12th St Suite 605 Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 223-3030 jamie.schmidt@investcore.com

Townsquare Media 1830 N 11th St Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 250-6602 bill.schmid@townsquaremedia.com

Boulder Homes PO Box 1421 Bismarck, ND 58502 (701) 400-5554 boulderhomesnd@gmail.com Apex Builders PO Box 652 Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 527-7899 amy@apexbuildersnd.com Sattler Homes PO Box 7218 Bismarck, ND 58507 (701) 255-7628 jeff@bismarckbuilder.com Dakota OutdoorScapes 8351 Hwy 1804 N Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 595-0890 mckenzie@ndscapes.com

Dawn Watson dawn@bmhba.com Office: 701-222-2400 Cell: 701-390-5049

www.instagram.com/bismanbuilders

SINCE 1958.

Stoneshire Builders 3208 Daytona Dr Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 471-6935 brian@stoneshirebuilders.com Joe Vetter Construction 2523 Powder Ridge Circle Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 258-9394 joevetterjvc@gmail.com Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air 2510 Vermont Ave Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 226-8810 lori@northernplains.net CAVES 1365 Tacoma Ave, Suite 1 Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 751-1162 rons@cavesnd.com

Brittney Roehrich brittney@bmhba.com Office: 701-222-2400 Cell: 701-240-3540

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Representing the diversity of the building industry, the BMHBA consists of building specialists from every section of the construction field and associated industries. Your membership strengthens our voice in Bismarck-Mandan construction sector as well as at a state and national level. If you haven’t already submitted payment, please renew your membership by April 30, 2021.

Jami Benz

Randy Selland

Ron Stotz

Wes Renner

Norman Clark

Wyatt Pollert

Jim Barnhardt

Chad Wachter

Jeran Thomson

Jamie Schmidt

Ryan Luetzen

Vance Vetter

Tyler Eiseman

Don Weisz

Terry Leabo

Tom Jones

Heidi Schumacher

Kim Klein

Please welcome our new members from March 2021 to the association!

Associate Membership (701) 390-2338 bradbiffert111@hotmail.com

Associate Membership (701) 255-6144 kristinmoch@steffesagency.com http://steffesagency.com

Thank you to our members who have helped grow our BMHBA membership over the years by recruiting new companies to join our association. If you know of a company that is interested in joining, contact Brittney Roehrich at brittney@bmhba.com or 701-222-2400. Top Recruiters as of 03/11/2021

Statesman Spike 500-999 Credits Kelly Moldenhauer (734.50) Super Spikes 250-499 Credits Todd Brady (372.50) Mike Todd (287.50) Robb Sattler (287.50) Eddy Mitzel (284.50) Lee Mitzel (265.50) Pat Marback (254.00) Royal Spikes 150-249 Credits Lori Willson (210.50) Rory Schlosser (190.00) Berna Vetter (188.50) Mike Hopfauf (187.00) Colby Well (163.00) Jack Knutson (157.50) Red Spikes 100-149 Credits Blair Ihmels (145.00) Steve Redding (123.50) Dan Sparling (120.00) Jerry Sposkwaski (103.50) Chad Moldenhauer (101.50) Dana Schlomer (100.00) Green Spikes 50-99 Credits Vance Vetter (94.50) David Patience (92.50) Mark Larson (91.00) Paula Haider (90.50) Eric Brenden (85.50) Darren Buffington (81.50) Kenneth Knodel (66.00) Art Goldammer (63.50) Scott Moran (55.50) Scott Duchscherer (52.50) Nadine Schaff (52.50) Life Spikes 25-49 Credits Marc Conrad (45.50)

Associate Membership (701) 222-0232 adam@risepropertybrokers.com http://risepropertybrokers.com

Associate Membership (701) 751-5878 bismarck@glassdoctor.com http://GlassDoctor.com

Builder Membership (701) 527-8590 insideandout.nd@gmail.com www.facebook.com/rafterpeak

Associate Membership (701) 751-1698 info@thecapitalgallery.com www.thecapitalgallery.com

Gerald Hopfauf (44.50) Gerry Rudnick (43.00) Drew Knutson (40.50) Matt Shauer (39.50) Greg Zenker (36.00) Lyle Forderer (25.00) Blue Spikes 6-24 Credits Kevin Fischer (24.50) Jason Frank (21.50) Jeff Sattler (18.50) Shane Gaffaney (16.50) Earl Torgerson (16.50) Melinda Llyod (14.50) Todd Schmidt (14.00) Bob Kupper (10.00) Wayne Solberg (10.00) Greg Meidinger (9.00) Pete Brendel (8.00) Darryl Hatzenbuhler (6.50) Mike Wolf (6.50) Joe Hillerson (6.00) Spike Candidates .50-5 Credits Rory Anderson (5.50) Brian Benz (5.00) Shannon Reichenberg (5.00) Kurt Steiner (4.50) Parker Pladson (4.00) Bill Schmid (4.00) Jason Kerner (3.50) Jarred Roloff (3.50) Roger Grendahl (3.00) Sam Gietzen (2.50) Shirley Thomas (2.50) Heidi Rue (2.50) Mark Abramson (2.00) Brian Eiseman (2.00) Jamie Schmidt (2.00) Raymond Fiske (1.00) Reid Kubesh (1.00) Terry Leabo (1.00) Wade Vogel (1.00) Travis Welle (1.00) Bryan Brendel (0.50) Jan Hoge (0.50)

Join the BMHBA in congratulating these longstanding members. Their dedication to the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association is appreciated and truly valued.

25 Years Mitzel Builders, Inc. 10 Years Zimmerman's Furniture 5 Years Platinum Plumbing, Inc.

Builder Membership (701) 260-1249 karskyhomes@yahoo.com :: www.karskyhomes.com


Happy Spring! We’ve officially sprung ahead, days are getting longer, and I think many of us feel construction season is in full swing. Not sure it really slowed this winter which has been a blessing and challenge for many of us. As we’ve been gearing up for the 2021 construction season, all of us have been dealing with the shock of material price increases. Local suppliers have been receiving what seems like continuous price increase notifications from their suppliers. Ultimately these costs end up getting passed on to the end consumer. As a builder it has become increasingly difficult to rough estimate the price of a home for prospective clients. I am not sure about my colleagues, but every time we bid a house there is some element of surprise as to where the final numbers end up. It’s not fun to talk about, but I’ve been hearing from many builders the cost to build a home from 2020 to 2021 has gone up anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000. This is when comparing the same floor plan, same finishes, etc. When GREG MEIDINGER looking at this increase alone it can be alarming and maybe even raise the 2021 BMHBA PRESIDENT question, why build when materials are so high? The conversation I’ve been having with many homeowners is that even though material prices are up, interest rates continue to be at all time lows. In many cases, the interest savings over the life of a loan are greater than what we are paying extra in material costs. In addition, existing home inventory is very low in our area. Sellers are getting more for their current homes which is also driving demand for new construction. We are in a strong market with a lot of activity. There is a lot of excitement for 2021 which is fun to see. With spring comes the Spring Parade of Homes. The Association and the Parade of Homes Committee sent out contract information a few weeks ago. If you did not receive the information, contact the office and Dawn or Brittney will get you what you need. We are expecting a strong number of entries. Good luck to all of those who are working to get their Parade homes completed in time. We look forward to excellent builder participation and a good turn out of spectators!


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FEBRUARY

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10 17

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MARCH

21 22 14

2

9

32

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4

11

6

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8

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8

0

3

0

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9

9

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APRIL

52 29 40 27 26 23

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6

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14 12

8

16 11

5

18

2

4

0

6

3

14

5

11 11 14

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MAY

31 46 29 16 28 23

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9

26 13 11 15 11

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17

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5

0

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14 16

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20 10

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JUNE

31 43 48 24 18 40

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21 20 13 13

6

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6

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1

8

11

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4

6

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JULY

40 16 60 22 17 34

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3

2

7

9

13

6

11 12 14

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5

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5

1

6

13

9

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AUGUST

20 48 16 27 19 29

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7

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17

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SEPTEMBER

28 44 26 22 23 43

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10

9

16 14 26 11 10 22

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3

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9

9

9

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10

OCTOBER

54 14 22 15 36 43

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10

9

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17 10

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297 286 270 169 201 312 22

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BISMARCK SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING Diversity Homes J.E. Homes J.E. Homes J.E. Homes J.E. Homes Joe Vetter Construction Verity Homes Verity Homes

3715 Powder Ridge Dr 5605 Iron Dr 5607 Iron Dr 5609 Iron Dr 5611 Iron Dr 4019 Cogburn Rd 105 Kenner Loop 109 Kenner Loop

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MANDAN SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING Christy Frye (Owner)

4103 Cortez Cir NW

BISMARCK ETA SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING Venture Building Company Venture Building Company

6904 Selland Loop 2705 Nicklaus Dr

SEE YOUR AD HERE! Call the BMHBA office (701-222-2400) for more information.


Bismarck Mandan PWB supported Rebuilding Together‘s 16th Annual Charity Bowling/Silent Auction Fundraiser! They collected canned food items & raised money for community service projects.

DUE TO COVID-19 ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. FOLLOW US ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS FOR UPDATES.

JANUARY 21

FEBRUARY 9-12

MARCH 26-27

APRIL 22-25

MAY 27

JULY

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AUGUST 19

SEPTEMBER 23-26

OCTOBER 21

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I was born and raised on Long Island, New York and grew up working for a family business. It was there that I built the work ethic I have today, long weekends, holidays, and summer vacations were all spent working for my uncle, from about the age of 10. As the years went on, I developed a skill for the carpentry trade and an undeniable attention for detail. I became more and more interested in the construction industry and as a framing carpenter became particularly interested in the fine tuning, the details, and decided to gear my skillset more towards finish carpentry. I polished off my skillset with a degree in construction management and relocated to Bismarck, North Dakota with my daughter. After working for several years for a general contractor I decided that I wanted to share my passion for the trade with my own clients and started this business. Today I share my passion with a team of carpenters, and many past, current, and future clients, we focus not only on selling jobs to make a living, but on making the remodeling experience as easy and as personable as possible, turning houses into homes, and creating lasting relationships with our clients. We pride ourselves on our involvement in the community and look forward to the future of the company. My passion is also shared with my family, my fiancé Jenessa who also takes on the daily responsibilities of the company, my 14year-old daughter Shianne, and my 4-year-old stepdaughter Amelia who are unconsciously affected by the dedication we have to the company, long days and nights, long weekends, and very little time off. What is an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know? The business started with one person and an unmatched vision. The name Interior Finish & Remodel is as simple as it sounds. Jay the owner is a finish carpenter by trade and thus incorporated the “Interior Finishing” into the name, and remodeling is just that. These are the key services that we offer. We have an igniting team of finish carpenters, with a combined experience of over 70 years in the residential construction industry, and an equally shared passion for carpentry. What is a typical day like for you? I wear many hats within the company, so a typical day of mine is never very typical. I usually start off at the office, build a schedule for my team, return emails, and follow up on anything that needs attention. After that, I am generally overseeing progress on jobsites, managing our team, and following up on leads & preparing bids. If I weren’t in the building industry, I’d be … I like to joke that I’m an aspiring semi-retired wood worker… although retirement is quite a way off for me, I think I’d downsize and do shop related carpentry/woodwork if the market weren’t there for the remodeling industry. What do you hope to see Interior Finish & Remodel accomplish in the coming years? To brand our company name, and to be recognized throughout the community as a top competitor in our field. What makes your business unique from other Contractors in the area? Our process to remodeling stands out because the majority of our projects are self-performed by our in-house carpenters, which gives us the ability to closely manage and guarantee quality & satisfaction. We maintain a consistent level of customer communication, giving insight and accepting feedback, making the remodeling process as easy as possible for our clients. We exist to transform uncomfortable living circumstances to highly functional, updated forever homes. What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is seeing both the ideas of our clients and our vision come together. By working closely with our clients, giving advice, and offering expert opinion during the design process it truly gives us the opportunity to put our clients best interest into the project.

@interiorfin

@interiorfinishandremodel

interiorfinishandremodel.com



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How long have you been a part of the BMHBA? I have been a member since 2012. How has the building industry changed since you first joined the association? It seems as if the homes have gotten a little larger and more expensive. I continue to see advancements and creativity with contractors stretching the limits of what can be done in their homes. In regard to Technology, clients have been more perceptive to the Smart Home and Security. More and more clients are spending more time in their homes, so they want to make sure its outfitted with entertainment and the feeling of being more secure while making the home more convenient as well. How long have you been on the board? I was lucky to be

APRIL 1, 1958

(date of newspaper article)

The BMHBA was formed in 1958 and a photo of the officers looking over the constitution of the association was captured at the organizational meeting. In the photo from left to right are Merle Kenny (Vice President), Robert Morrison (Secretary), George Jennings Jr. (Treasurer), Eddo Carlson (President).

nominated and stepped into the position this year. What has been your favorite part about being a member of the BMHBA? I would have to say the opportunity to network and get to know individuals in other parallel industries. Its also given me the opportunity to showcase what my industry is about as well. What advice would you give someone who is interested in being on the BMHBA board? Get involved in the HBA and all its events and opportunities. There are several committees that are willing to bring new members aboard to offer their insight and help on that particular committee. You can meet outstanding people and can make friends along the way. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? As a business owner you have very little time to yourself so I try to manage is as effectively as I can. My wife and I have spent the last 10 plus years chasing kids and participating in their sports and all their activities. As of late we have enjoyed our time at the lake, its our little piece of heaven where we can rejuvenate and recharge our batteries. Where would you love to travel to? I don’t have a specific destination we would like to travel to. Our focus has been on our kids and business the last 10 years. However I can see a extended island vacation in our near future..


Knife River is a full service aggregate-based construction company, providing ready-mix concrete aggregate sales and delivery and concrete construction services. We provide services throughout North Dakota for public, private and commercial construction projects.

701-580-4527

Bismarck-Mandan | Washburn | Beulah

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Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to get outside and get started on the exterior home improvement projects that you have been planning all winter long. The City of Bismarck, and the Community Development Department Building Inspections Division, would like to remind you that it is important to check with your local building inspections division to see if a building permit is required for your project. A permit is generally not required for minor repairs or maintenance projects such as painting a home, staining a deck, or replacing existing windows and doors. Constructing a fence or landscaping the yard may also not require a permit; however, if a new addition such as a deck, sunroom, shed, or garage is part of your plan, a building permit is almost always required.

is attached to the house or detached from the house and greater than 120 square feet in area. Prior to beginning a project that requires a permit, a permit application and site plan of your property showing the location of the proposed building, deck, or addition must be submitted to the local community building inspections division so a plan review can be completed. After a permit has been issued, and in order to receive final approval of your project, required inspections must be performed as various phases of construction are completed.

If your property is located in the City of Bismarck or City of Bismarck ETA and you have questions about your next spring project, please contact the City of Building Inspections Division at 355-1465, or visit the City-County Office Building at 221 N. 5th Street, Bismarck, during office For example, in the City of Bismarck and City of Bismarck hours; Monday -Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more ETA, a permit is required to construct any addition to an information visit www.bismarcknd.gov/buildinginspections. existing home, a building permit is required to construct a new shed or garage that is greater than 120 square feet in Brady Blaskowski, CBCO, CFM :: Building Official area, and a permit to construct a deck is required if the deck City of Bismarck Community Development Department

According to the latest projections, Burleigh County is expected to have a population over 136,000 by the year 2040. While growth is generally perceived as positive, there are some noteworthy concerns, specifically: the impact of rapid growth on public service costs, the ability of the any given area to grow in an efficient manner, and the skill to maintain the high quality of life enjoyed by residents today. To sustain and encourage a high quality of life we rely on both building codes and zoning. For building codes, we sum-up the true meaning of the IRC’s nine hundred plus pages into one sentence: the intent of the code is to establish minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through sanitation, structural strength, means of egress, light and ventilation. When building codes are combined with quality

workmanship and good materials- this becomes the hallmark of the intent of the code. We have an abundance of new methods and materials for new home construction, but look what’s happened to existing homes: adding insulation, window replacement, highly efficient furnaces and water heaters. The energy code is much easier to meet when the industry steps up with the product and the education on installing it the right way. When thinking of spring projects- home owners: please consider a qualified contractor first: their work typically lasts longer and looks better. Take your time to find out what the difference is between the highest and lowest price. Contact the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association. You have several months yet to do your homework, so let’s get ready for spring!

Mitch Flanagan :: Planning Director, Burleigh County, ND Builders FirstSource is your first source for great customer service and high quality building materials.

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As the weather starts to warm, roads and streets in the city of Bismarck become susceptible to damage. In an effort to minimize damage to the roadways, the city of Bismarck implements its annual spring load restriction program. The purpose of restricting the weight of the loads that trucks carry is to protect the roadway pavements.

fee can be paid to allow the load to be moved on a specified route. If the load is divisible, such as building materials, concrete, lumber, or aggregates, the load will be limited to the designated spring load restriction limit.

Roadways that are restricted by load limits are signed for that restriction. There are Spring Load Restriction maps Spring load restrictions are put into place between the available upon request or you can find them on the city of end of February and mid-March and remain in place till mid- Bismarck website at www.bismarcknd.gov. Enforcement for May or later. The implementation and removal of spring compliance to the spring load restrictions is carried out by load restrictions is strongly influenced by weather and the Bismarck Police Department. Loads that are found to be roadway conditions. The rising temperatures warm the in violation of spring restriction load limits are subject to pavement which thaws the subgrade under the pavement. fines based on weight over the This soft layer is trapped above the frozen ground and roadway load restriction. cannot support normal loads. Restricting loads that trucks The city of Bismarck’s load restriction can carry during spring load restrictions help reduce program is very similar to the load damage to pavements. restriction program that the state of The spring load restriction limits that are put in place on North Dakota has in place. roadways are based on many factors such as pavement “We understand that spring load type and thickness, subgrade thickness, age of the restriction limits can have an impact QR code for Bismarck Load pavement and condition of the pavement. Residential Restriction information. on some truckers and businesses for streets are typically restricted to the lightest load limits the time the restrictions are in place, while arterial roadways have higher limits. If a roadway is but with that being said, the financial benefit of reducing showing significant damage after spring restrictions are in maintenance costs and extending the life of our roads place, the roadway can be further restricted by reducing the before they need to be reconstructed, is a savings to all load limits. Bismarck residents,” said Mark Berg, Bismarck Traffic If there is a need to move an overweight load, there’s a Engineer. permit process in place in which this can be done. If the load Mark Berg :: Traffic Engineer is non-divisible such as a large piece of earthmoving City of Bismarck Engineering Department equipment or crane, a special permit can be issued and a


We are hoping to be able to get outside and enjoy the Spring weather soon! I am sure many of you are feeling cooped up as well. For us, seeing the outside of the Capitol will be a nice sight. Session is nearing the end with the 80-day limit coming up on May 4. It has been a remarkably busy session and we hope you are following along with the updates from our Chief Executive Officer, Kim Schneider and our Communications and Government Affairs Director, Sara Frank. We still invite our members to join us anytime and we encourage you to continue to reach out to your representatives and have conversations with them. You do not always have to be making an ask of them to reach out. Sometimes, providing them with updates of what is happening with your business, with your local issues, etc. is just as important of a bridge builder than it is always reaching out for an ask.

2021 NDAB PRESIDENT PHIL RISBRUDT

NDAB CEO · KIM SCHNEIDER

Since spring is here (according to the calendar, it should be anyways!), spring cleaning might be on your to-do list. Owning a home is a big responsibility, and that fact becomes even more obvious every year when spring rolls around. Spring cleaning for home owners typically means much more than just cleaning out the garage and washing windows. Here are several items that should be on your spring-cleaning checklist:

Inspect all windows to ensure they operate properly and that all window screens are in place. Clean the window tracks and check that the weather-stripping hasn’t cracked or torn. Preventing unwanted outside air from leaking into your home also will reduce your energy bills.

Have your air conditioning system inspected and cleaned. If your system has a filter, replace it every three months to keep your unit working efficiently.

Check the condition of the glazing compound, caulking and exterior paint. Replace or paint as needed.

Exchange glass and screens in storm doors and/or windows. Ensure the screens are clean by washing gently with soapy water.

Inspect your roof for damage caused by snow or debris. While you’re up there, clean your gutters of debris. Even though you did this last fall, winter weather often brings a mix of storms and heavy winds that can cause debris to build up.

Keep out pests and rodents by sealing any cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks, and around pipes and windows. Also, repair any holes in doors and window screens.

Check for evidence of termites such as sagging floors and ceilings or dry, brown tunnels in the ground near the home’s foundation.

Seed and feed the lawn and plant annuals, cut back perennials that need pre-growth pruning.

Remember, focusing on these small jobs now will save you time and money in the long run. For more information about home maintenance, contact your local home builder association or visit www.ndbuild.com Take care, Phil Risbrudt, 2021 NDAB President Kim Schneider, NDAB CEO


Following the cancellation of the IBSx Virtual Experience, NAHB has launched the IBSx Education & Exhibitor Showcase at BuildersShow.com. The Showcase will provide registrants with full access to the on-demand IBSx demos and education sessions, as well as a newly enhanced IBSx exhibitor directory, through June 30, 2021. Attendees will be able to: •

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Easily search and find companies by name and product category Send messages directly to companies for more specific information View videos and download product literature Visit company websites or offsite virtual showrooms Stream on-demand IBSx education and demos

should have received an email recently from the IBSx team with this information.) If you haven’t yet registered, visit BuildersShow.com to register today. Registration is free for NAHB members, and $99 for non-members. In addition to checking out top products from IBSx Platinum Exhibitors and more, attendees can also access quality education on-demand. Popular sessions include: • • • • •

To access the Showcase, attendees will need to use their registration confirmation ID and last name. (Those who were already registered for the IBSx Virtual Experience

The 2021 Housing & Economic Outlook 2021 Sales Rally: Future-Proof Your Sales Skills 60 Design Ideas in 60 Minutes 5 Steps to Improve Your Bottom Line by 5% BIM Demystified: A Look at the Future of Residential Construction

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In an effort led by NAHB, more than 35 organizations sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo urging the secretary to turn her “immediate attention to an issue threatening the economic recovery and housing affordability: the price of lumber. We respectfully request that your office examine the lumber supply chain, identify the causes for high prices and supply constraints, and seek immediate remedies that will increase production.” Adding further urgency to this matter, the letter stated that lumber prices have nearly tripled, and oriented strand board (OSB) prices are up more than 250% since last spring. “These spikes have caused the cost of building an average new single-family home to increase by more than $24,000 since mid-April 2020 according to the National Association of Home Builders standard estimates of lumber used to build the average home,” the letter stated. “Similarly, the cost of the average new multifamily unit has increased by $9,000 over the same period due to the surge in lumber prices. Additionally, lumber and engineered wood products such as OSB are a large and important component of residential and commercial remodeling projects, such as hospitals, schools, offices and restaurants.” Secretary Raimondo was told that home builders and construction firms that have signed fixed-price contracts are forced to absorb these crippling increases in materials prices and costly delays in deliveries. “There is a significant risk that many of these firms will be forced out of business,” the letter stated. “To the extent they are able to pass on their additional costs, both single- and multifamily housing becomes less affordable. Other projects will no longer be economically viable, which undercuts the availability of new housing supply and further jeopardizes affordability.” The broad business coalition urged the Commerce secretary to undertake a thorough examination of the lumber supply chain and seek remedies that will increase production. View the full letter on nahb.com


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