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Building Buzz April 2013 Issue 4

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Join us for the Spring Parade of Homes April 12-14 & 19-21 Page 9

Bowling with the Builders Fills the Lanes First Time Out Page 8

What’s Inside: 2 Permit Report 3 President’s Letter 4 Calendar of Events & 2013 New Members 5 Committee Highlight Parade of Homes

6-9 News & Events

Strategic Planning Session Mandan Building Official Retires Member Minute

10 City Beat Celebrate Arbor Day May 3

11 National News

Study Says Price, Location & Design Key Homebuyer Concerns

12 Business Buzz

Extended Energy Tax Credits

14-15 NDAB News


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Building Buzz Publisher/Editor: Roxanne Jacobson Layout Editor/Writer: Chelsea Gleich

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Bismarck-Mandan Permit Reports Through February 2013 BISMARCK - monthly/yearly permit reports can be found at www.bismarck.org Permit Type

YTD 2013

YTD 2012

New Residential Single Family Detached Single Family Attached Duplex 3 or 4 Unit 5+ Unit Residential Garages New Commercial Alter Public

33/$5.677M 25/$4.489M 7/$.988M 0/$0M 0/$0M 1/$.200M 1/$.011M 7/$5.322M 1/$.006M

25/$6.155M 19/$3.536M 2/$.254M 0/$0M 3/$1.70M 1/$.665M 6/$.047M 11/$.390M 2/$.026M

MANDAN - monthly/yearly permit reports can be found at www.cityofmandan.com Permit Type

YTD 2013

YTD 2012

New Residential Single Family Two Family Condos Apartments Remodel and Additions New Commercial Alter Commercial

6/$1.56M 6/$1.56M 0/$0M 0/$0M 0/$0M 33/$.505M 0/$0M 3/$.137M

11/$2.96M 11/$2.96M 0/$0M 0/$0M 0/$0M 13/$.124M 5/$.333M 1/$.005M


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A Word from Our President: Celebrate Spring & New Homes Month this April Although it hasn’t felt much like spring yet, the construction season will be in full swing before we know it. It should be another very busy year for the homebuilders in the area. One of the events that helps signify that spring has arrived is the Spring Parade of Homes. There will be 30 homes in the Parade this year. The Parade of Homes is the time when the builders get to showcase their work to the Eric Brenden Board President public. If you are not directly involved in the Parade, mark your calendars to attend one of the weekends. The Parade will run over two weekends from April 12-14 and 19-21. As always, there are many beautiful new homes to look at. Once again, I would like to thank our staff and Parade of Homes committee members for their hard work to make the parade the success that it is every year. This year’s chairman of the committee is Bill Schmid of Townsquare Media. April is also New Homes month. I would like to share some statistics compiled by the National Association of Home Builders demonstrating the importance and

benefits of new home construction. The estimated one-year local impacts of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area include: • $21.1 million in local income • $2.2 million in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and • 324 local jobs. The additional, annually recurring impacts of building 100 single-family homes in a typical metro area include: • $3.1 million in local income, • $743,000 in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and • 53 local jobs. Energy costs are about 10 percent lower in new homes compared to existing homes even though new homes tend to be larger. A home buyer can pay 23 percent more to buy a new home and their first year after tax cost of owning a home will be the same as buying a home built before 1960. New homes are safer, with electrical wiring systems that can accommodate modern appliances and components such as high-definition televisions, security systems, fire alarms and complex lighting and audio setups. These are just a few of the benefits listed for newly constructed homes. If you would like to see the full list, Roxy and Chelsea have that information in the office.

Burleigh and Morton County Websites a Great, Untapped Resource

The Burleigh and Morton County websites offer a wide variety of information for businesses, citizens, and visitors. Each site has multiple homepage menu options to navigate the site, as well as a search feature to help visitors find the information they are looking for. Some of the information that can be accessed on both websites includes information such as: • County Commission agendas and minutes • County departments and contacts • Maps, road and property information • News, public announcements, and calendars • Budget information • Election information • Job openings • Permits and application forms Information courtesy of the • Township information Bismarck-Mandan Development Association • Flood information and updates If you’ve not visited the official websites for the Burleigh and Morton Counties, take a few minutes and explore them at www.co.burleigh.nd.us and www.co.morton.nd.us. You may be surprised at how much information is available.


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Calendar of Events April 12-14 & 19-21: Spring Parade of Homes April 23: BMHBA Board Meeting May 16: Spring GMM at the Seven Seas May 23: New Member BBQ at the BMHBA Office May 28: BMHBA Board Meeting June 13: Annual Picnic at The Post June 25: BMHBA Board Meeting July 16: Annual PAC Golf Tournament July 23: BMHBA Board Meeting *All Board Meetings are held at the BMHBA office

BMHBA Welcomes New Members in 2013 We would like to thank our new members for joining us, and welcome them to the association. If you know any of these members, please encourage them to get involved and attend BMHBA functions with you. 1st Choice Homes

Kamrose Construction

Lori Doerr & James Michela of Bianco Realty, Inc.

Lexar Homes

Central City Remodelers

OM Contracting Property Resources Group Puklich Chevrolet

Jackie Andahl & Robin Gates of Century 21 Morrison

Regal Home Solutions

Copper Ridge Design & Builders

Rick Slavik Construction, Inc.

Eide Bailly, LLP

Rusch Homes, LLC

Goldstar Homes

Spectra Homes

Horizon Framers

Super Homes, Inc.

Hot Spring Spas & Pool Tables 2

Timber Ridge Plumbing & Heating

HR Services

Venture Building Company

RHR Construction

April 2013

2013 Board of Directors

PRESIDENT Eric Brenden Northwest Contracting Phone: (701) 255-7727

1ST VICE PRESIDENT Vance Vetter Vance Vetter Homes Phone: (701) 751-8218

SECRETARY/TREASURER Greg Zenker Ferguson Enterprises Phone: (701) 663-2446

BOARD MEMBER Scott Moran Hallmark Homes Phone: (701) 471-7634

PAST PRESIDENT Chad Moldenhauer K & L Homes, Inc. Phone: (701) 258-4584

BOARD MEMBER Paula Haider Haider Glass Specialties Phone: (701) 250-6787 BOARD MEMBER Minda Lloyd ND Guaranty & Title Co. Phone: (701) 663-5362

2ND VICE PRESIDENT Drew Knutson Knutson Homes, Inc. Phone: (701) 258-3464

BOARD MEMBER Mike Hopfauf Hopfauf Custom Builders Phone: (701) 663-7691 BOARD MEMBER C.J. Schorsch Fleck’s Furniture & Appliance Phone: (701) 323-0891


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Committee Highlight: The Parade of Homes Committee Tackles Spring Parade 2013 Have you ever attended a BMHBA event and wondered who was working behind the scenes? Wonder no longer. In the next year we’ll be doing features on each of our five active committees - what they do, when they meet, who’s involved and how you can get involved, too (if you‘d like). First up, the Parade of Homes Committee. The Parade of Homes Committee is responsible for the decision-making and execution of the Spring and Fall Parades of Homes each year. The Committee meets about 3-5 times in the 2 months leading up to each Parade ( Mid-February through Mid-April and August through September). At these meetings, committee members are asked to weigh in on potential Parade magazine cover ideas, decide on a catchphrase for the year and review the advertising strategy for the event. They are also tasked with determining the price categories for the homes, organizing judging for the homes, and making decisions on any issues that come up between the events each year. The Parade of Homes Committee is unique in that it splits into sub-committees as the event nears. The sub-committees include the Mapping Committee, Proofing Committee and Sign Committee. The Mapping Committee is asked to drive around and double check that all the directions and map locations are correct for each home, helping to ensure that no Parade patrons get lost. The Proofing Committee, like its name says, proofs the entire Parade of Homes Magazine before it goes to print. And, the Sign Committee takes the arrow signs around town before the Parade to direct patrons to the Parade Homes, and picks them up once the Parade of Homes is over. Thank you to all our current Parade of Homes Committee members. If this committee sounds like a good fit for you, call 222-2400 to get signed up.

Want YOUR company to be featured as a Member Highlight next month? If you haven’t been featured before, email chelsea@bmhba.com and find out how your company could be next month’s member highlight!

Parade of Homes Committee Members

Chairperson: Bill Schmid, Townsquare Media

Art Goldammer, Red Door Homes Bridget Gerhardt, Bridget’s Room Colby Well, Well Built Homes Deb Luptak, Redford Signature Homes Eric Brenden, Northwest Contracting Erik Kees, Fargo Glass & Paint Geris Hopfauf, Hopfauf Custom Builders Karen Boelter, Gutter Topper of ND Kay Evenson, Kamrose Construction Kerri Burrows, Hebron Brick & Block Kevin Fischer, Kevin Fischer Construction Marc Menge, BNC National Bank Mary Kingsley, North Dakota Guaranty & Title Co. Mary Miller, Majestic Homes Meghan Aberle, Western Steel & Plumbing Natalie Friesz, BNC National Bank Scott Duchsherer, Prairie Aire Homes Sean DeVault, Armor Interactive Vicki Moran, Hallmark Homes


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BMHBA News & Events

April 2013

BMHBA Welcomes NAHB Director of Affiliate Services to Faciliatate Local Strategic Planning Session On March 19, the BMHBA Board of Directors hosted Donna Oliver, the Director of Affiliate Services at the National Association of Home Builders. Donna faciliated a strategic planning session for the association. Thanks to our successful membership drive last November/December, we were able to earn all the money necessary from NAHB to cover the cost of this great program. The morning began with a review of the roles and responsibilities of board members and staff. This was a great refresher course in what everyone’s role in the association is and how we can work together better. Donna then discussed the best-selling book, The End of Membership As We Know It, by Sarah Sladek and endorsed by ASAE, the premier resource for association leadership. HBAs across the country have been encouraged by NAHB to read this book and take the information to heart regarding upcoming changes necessary for all associations to thrive. This book highlights how niche is the new competitive advantage, why organizational culture has an enormous impact on recruitment and retention, what emerging member prospects value and want, and how to focus on member ROI. Look for more information

Do you want to list more than one contact person for your company on our website? Do multiple employees want to receive information from us?

Sign up to be an Affiliate Member for only $50 a year! Call the office at 222-2400 to find out more.

AFFILIATE SERVICES on this book on page 13. The session concluded with a group SWOT analysis and goal setting in the key areas of communications, membership, operations, non-dues revenue and government affairs. Since the meeting, Donna has provided many helpful ideas from her arsenal of tricks and also what has worked at other associations, so we can make a plan to achieve the goals set in this session. We thank Donna Oliver for making the trip to Bismarck to sit down with us for the day, and we’re looking forward to implementing some of her new ideas in our quest to always be improving your Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association.


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BMHBA News & Events

Mandan Building Official Richard Barta Retires After 36 Years The Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association would like to thank Mandan Building Official Richard Barta for his 36 years of dedicated service to the building industry in the community. Richard started as Mandan city assessor in 1977, shortly after graduating from the University of Mary, and took on the building inspection duties when the city blended the building inspection and city departments into one office in the early 1980’s. Richard plans to do private appraising after retiring. His last day at the City of Mandan was March 28. Congratulations to Richard on his 36 years of service to the City of Mandan. We appreciate his commitment to the industry and his work in facilitating the past (and continued) growth of the community.

He will be missed in the Assessing and Building Inspection Department.

Bianco Realty Awards

Bianco Realty Acknowledges

Bianco Realty would like to recognize Shirley Thomas and Monica Kirkeide, REALTORS®. Shirley received Bianco Realty’s 2012 Top Producer, 2012 Top Listings and 2012 Top Sales Awards! Monica received Bianco Realty’s 2012 Rookie of the Year Award! Congratulations ladies!

Bianco Realty has named Shirley Thomas and Heidi Hilzendeger “Associates of the Month.” Shirley & Heidi had the most closed sales for the month of February! Shirley has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2001 and Heidi has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2012. Great work ladies!

Chevrolet and GMC introduced a new commercial dealer program - Business Elite - at 469 dealerships nationwide, including Kupper Chevrolet. The Business Elite program, targets business customers, including those in Western North Dakota, who own one to 100 vehicles and is designed to provide small-to-mid-size businesses with the best sales and service experience from the time they enter the dealership through the lifecycle of their GM vehicle. “In order to meet the strict qualifications needed to be a ‘Business Elite’ dealer, our sales personnel has continuously raised the bar to improve the customer experience,” said Bob Kupper of Kupper Chevrolet. To learn more about the new Business Elite program, visit gmfleet.com/business-elite-dealers.

Starion Insurance is now proudly offering Allied Insurance. As a member of the Nationwide family of companies, Allied Insurance offers the quality insurance protection, customer service and financial strength that define an industry leader. Plus, Nationwide Agribusiness is the largest farm insurer in the U.S. Starion insurance agents are there to help customers protect the most important things in their lives - their families, property and financial futures. Starion is committed to giving customers top-quality products and services, and that’s why they’ve decided to begin offering Allied Insurance.

Photo courtesy of the Bismarck Tribune

Member Minute: BMHBA Members Making Headlines

GM Replaces ‘Business Central’ Program for Small/Midsize Businesses with ‘Business Elite’

Starion Financial Now Offering Allied Insurance

Submit your company achievements to Member Minute by emailing Chelsea@bmhba.com.


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No Gutterballs Here! Bowling with the Builders Gets Great Reviews First Time Out

Justin Schmidt (second from right) won top score for HopOn-One-Foot and Opposite Hand trick bowling!

What do you get when you put together 65 BMHBA members, 130 multi-colored shoes, a dash of competition and a whole lot of fun? A fantastic firstannual Bowling with the Builders event, that’s what! With twelve lanes of bowlers competing for the title of top team score, top score for men’s and women’s, plus top score for hopping on one foot (and more trick contests!), it was the perfect recipe for a fun night. The bowlers were treated to pizza and up to three games of bowling. Thank you to everyone who came out for the night. We’ve gotten great feedback and we’re looking forward to hosting this event again next year! Special thank you to our lane sponsors and all the members who donated prizes for the event. We couldn’t do it without you. Looking for your team picture? Check out the album on our facebook page, Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association.

Eric Brenden (second from right) won top score for Reverse Granny trick bowling!

Nadine Schaff (center) won top women’s score for the first game and tied for the second with a score of 180 and 155 respectively! Steph Zenker (center) tied for top women’s score second game with a score of 155!

Congrats to Bob, Todd, Lois, Becky and Kevin for winning top team score both games! Also, Bob won highest men’s score first game with a score of 204 and Todd won top men’s for the second game with a score of 197. Great work guys!

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Two Big Weekends, Six Days, Showcasing 30 Homes The Spring Parade of Homes April 12-14 & 19-21

In pursuit of perfection... The Spring Parade of Homes offers area residents a unique opportunity to visit 30 new homes, taking in the latest and greatest in home building and, hopefully, finding that perfect idea, color or builder to make your dreams come true. The Spring Parade of Homes is set for April 12-14 and 19-21. The Parade hours are 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets will be available for purchase at the homes and the Spring Parade of Homes magazines will be available on April 8 at local grocery stores. Thank you to our participating builders for making this year’s Spring Parade of Homes possible: 1st Choice Homes, Copper Ridge Design and Builders, Diversity Homes, Fireside Custom Homes, Goldstar Homes, J & D Construction, K & L Homes, Kevin Fischer Construction, Knutson Homes, Lexar Homes, Mitzel Homes, Odden Construction, Paramount Builders, Pinnacle Homes, Red Door Homes, RHR Construction, Rudnick Construction, Spectra Homes, Super Homes, Tollberg Homes, Triton Homes, Ultimate Construction, Inc. of USA, and Visionary Homes. We’ve got lots of new builders to the Parade, as well as multiple returning builders. We hope you’ll help make all our new and returning members feel welcome!

In pursuit of perfection…

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Showcasing 30 New Homes April 12-14 & April 19-21, 2013

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City Beat: Celebrate Arbor Day in Bismarck May 3, 2013 Submitted by Bismarck Foresty Division

The Bismarck Forestry Division will host a community recognition program and ceremonial planting on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at Dorothy Moses Elementary School, 1312 S. Columbia Drive, Bismarck. The public is welcome and invited to attend. Each year ceremonial Arbor Day trees are dedicated to local citizens whose efforts have made a significant contribution to Bismarck’s urban forest. Greg Morgenson will be recognized for his dedication and passion for producing Students visit the educational booths at the 2012 Arbor Day and marketing tree and shrub species that Celebration. Photo courtesy of Bismarck Forestry Division. are climatically adapted for the northern The City of Bismarck will receive the 36th consecutive regions. Tree City U.S.A. Award from the National Arbor The Arbor Day Ceremony will include Apple Seed Day Foundation. Informational booths will be Awards presented for 2012 landscape beautification available after the Arbor Day Celebration covering efforts on public property, and Beautification an assortment of forestry related topics. A special Awards presented to businesses and organizations ‘Thank You’ goes to the Bismarck-Mandan Home for landscaping and improving the image of their Builders Association and our many wonderful commercial properties in Bismarck. Partners in sponsors who make Bismarck’s Arbor Day event a Planting, community minded sponsors that have great one every year! partnered with the City to provide funds for a Following the program a tree planting will take matching grant to help home owners plant street place (weather permitting). For more information trees, will also be recognized during the program. visit www.bismarck.org/forestry or call 355-1733.

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National News: Price, Proximity to Work and Design are Key Concerns for Home Buyers According to Survey Analysis

NAHB - Price and proximity to work are key concerns features that costs two to three percent less. for first-time home buyers, while trade-up buyers New homes today definitely fit that description, and as a tend to be most focused on the design of the home group are the most energy- and resource-efficient homes and the neighborhood, according to "Characteristics ever built. of Home Buyers," an analysis of the recently released Increasing numbers of homes nationwide are being 2011 American Housing Survey (AHS) by the National constructed to the ICC 700 National Green Building Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Standard (NGBS), which is the only residential green The biennial survey, which is conducted in oddbuilding rating system approved by ANSI as an American numbered years by the Census Bureau, covers about National Standard. These homes have lower operating 6.8 million home sales that occurred in 2009 and 2010. costs due to cost-effective energy and water efficiency NAHB's analysis additionally compares the homes that practices and the use of lower maintenance materials. buyers purchased with Additional NAHB what they say they want analysis of information “More than half (55 percent) of the using results from "What from the 2011 AHS shows Home Buyers Really Want," that energy costs are people surveyed....said they would a new consumer preference about 10 percent lower prefer to purchase a new home survey published by the in new homes, even association. though new homes tend rather than an existing home.” "Among first-time home to be larger. The average buyers, price was the most annual cost of energy frequently cited reason for was $2,478 for all singleselecting a particular house, with a 38 percent share. At 30 family homes and $2,240 for those built after 2008, which percent, proximity to work was the most frequently cited were new when the information was compiled. Average reason for choosing a specific neighborhood," said David maintenance costs were 56 percent lower for new homes. Crowe, NAHB's chief economist. Average annual maintenance costs for homes built after "The majority of trade-up buyers (36 percent) cited the 2008 were $241 compared to $547 for all single-family design of the home as the primary reason for selecting homes. a particular house, with 28 percent citing the looks and "No matter what their preference for location or style, design of the community as the reason for choosing a financially qualified buyers are likely to find a new home specific neighborhood." with the features they most want," said Crowe. "The More than 90 percent of the sales reported in the 2011 housing market is strengthening in most areas of the AHS were existing homes, a significant increase from country, and home builders are eager to help buyers previous years. "Sales of new homes were very low in 2009 achieve or further their homeownership goals." and 2010 due to the unique circumstances surrounding The Characteristics of Home Buyers report is available to the Great Recession and the housing market crisis. We the public as a courtesy of NAHB's HousingEconomics.com, expect that situation to turn around as the housing market the online economics information source for America's recovery takes hold," said Crowe. "More than half (55 housing industry. Just search for “Characteristics of Home percent) of the people surveyed for "What Home Buyers Buyers.” Really Want," NAHB's consumer preferences study, said they would prefer to purchase a new home rather than an existing home." There's good reason for that preference. New homes provide buyers the opportunity to choose finishes, fixtures, flooring and more. And they are apt to have the other elements that buyers want including open design, up-to-the-minute kitchens and baths, and features such as a laundry room and walk-in pantry that help with organization and storage. There is also growing interest in single-story homes, and energy efficiency continues to be a concern. In fact, nine out of ten buyers surveyed would prefer to purchase a home with energy-efficient features and permanently lower utility bills rather than to buy a home without those

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Don’t Miss Out on These Extended Energy Tax Credits

By Tonya Schlaht, CPA of Eide Bailly, LLP

The New Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit was retroactively renewed though 2012 and extended through the end of 2013. Builders and developers are eligible to receive a $2,000 tax credit for the construction and sale of homes that achieve a 50% improvement in energy efficiency over the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). There is also potential for a $1000 credit if manufactured homes meet a 30% energy reduction. The building envelope components must substantiate at least 10% of the energy reduction. Homes must be built by an eligible contractor and must be considered a qualified

new energy efficient home. Currently, the ND Department of Commerce is looking for more certified providers to perform the energy audits for homebuilders. The general theme is that the cost of the audit does lend itself well to still making the most of the credit. Because the energy efficiency must be certified by a qualified software company, it is imperative to start the process today. Keep in mind that an extension of your business tax return may allow you more time to complete the audits. This will still allow you time to claim the credit and to timely file your tax return. For more information, consult your tax advisor.

Any tax advice expressed in this communication is not intended to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding penalties imposed on the taxpayer by any governmental taxing authority or agency. In addition, if any such tax advice is made available to any person or party other than the party to whom the advice was originally directed, then such advice, under IRS Circular 230, is to be considered as being delivered to support the promotion or marketing (by a person other than Eide Bailly LLP) of the transaction or matter discussed or referenced. Thus, each taxpayer should seek specific tax advice based on the taxpayer's particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

April is New Homes Month! Thank You for Helping

Build the Future of Bismarck-Mandan

One by one, piece by piece, we are building our community. Throughout April, we’ll be sharing stats on how home building impacts the community, the benefits of buying new and more on our Facebook (Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association) and Twitter (@bmhba) pages. Make sure to follow, and please share or retweet our updates (or create your own) to show your support for New Homes Month.


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The End of Membership as We Know It

Sarah Sladek, author of The End of Membership as We Know It, argues not that the membership association is dead, but that the type of membership and the type of benefits membership assocaitions need to offer is changing drastically. The main basis for this assertion is the changing of generation demographics within our membership and within our companies. Between now and 2030, 78 million Boomers (born 1946-1964) will retire which marks the beginning of the end of the workforce as we know it. From now until 2030, every eight seconds someone will turn 65 - this is the largest shift in human capital ever. The retiring Boomers will be replaced by Generation X (born 1965-1981), who will then be replaced by Generation Y/Millenials (born 1982-1995). As Generation X is only just over half the size of the Boomer Generation (48 million and 78 million respectively), it is imperative for business owners and associations to understand how to cater to this younger, growing Millenial Generation (80 million). The characteristics of each of these generations are generalized as: Boomers - Hard-working, loyal, confident, competitive Generation X - Anti-authority, self-reliant, family focused Millenial - Digital thinker, feel entitled, needy While we all know that members of these generations are much more than these short definitions, there are some important takeaways in what made them this way, how they prefer to be communicated with, and (in our case) why they join membership associations. As you can see from these very different descriptions below, membership associations (and employers) are challenged to communicate and engage members in new ways, so that they all feel welcome and are satisfied with the association.

Boomers

Born

1946-1964

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Generation X

1965-1981

Generation Y (Millenials) 1982-1995

Children of workaholics Grew up in a time of Why they are the affluence, reared to pursue and divorce, reared to be way they are self-sufficient the American Dream

Micro-managed by parents, technology savvy, reared to be high achievers

Prefer detailed dialogue Communication in person or via phone, styles believe no news is good news

Prefer frequent feedback and problem solving via technology instead of phone calls or meetings

Prefer clear, concise communication - not overexplaining - via email

Volunteer styles

Want autonomy, hate Want to lead, like to manage being micromanaged or others, hold meetings and anything that wastes their discuss strategies time

Why they join

Opportunities to leave a legacy

Opportunities to further their careers

Want structure, expect immediate feedback and increasing responsibility Opportunities to learn from others


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NDAB NEWS

Volume XXI, Issue 4

Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders

President’s Message

by Jason Eid, President

NAHB, along with other industryrelated groups, scored a big victory in court against the EPA earlier this year. The latest news is that the EPA has chosen not to appeal the ruling, meaning the victory against the EPA Jason Eid stands and becomes precedent for future cases. Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA has the power to regulate pollutants in the waters of the United States. As a way of measuring pollutants in water, the EPA regulates the total maximum daily load (“TMDL”) of each pollutant in the water. The case in question came from Virginia, and specifically a tributary of the Potomac River, called Accotink Creek. The EPA determined that the sediment in Accotink Creek was harmful to certain organisms in the creek. Rather than regulate the actual sediment which was causing the problem, the EPA established a TMDL for Accotink Creek that regulated the flow rate of storm water, which could conceivably “carry” the sediment. The EPA claimed that the storm water was a “surrogate” for the sediment. Such a regulation could have allowed the EPA to require builders to install devices that minimize flow, such as pervious pavement, and to regulate the amount of impervious surfaces in the watershed (i.e. home sizes). Fairfax County and the Virginia Dept. of Transportation sued the EPA, and NAHB intervened to join the fight against the EPA. The Virginia plaintiffs and NAHB argued that storm water is not a pollutant, and therefore the EPA had no authority to regulate its flow. The EPA’s authority is limited to regulating actual pollutants, not the “surrogates” which may transport the pollutants. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia agreed and ruled against the EPA. This case was decided in January of this year; so you may have already heard about this ruling. But on March 1, 2013, the EPA elected not to appeal this ruling. So the ruling stands. This is a big victory for NAHB and our members.

April 2013

Contact Senators on Housing Incentive Fund, Diversion Bills by Doreen Riedman, Executive Officer

Two major bills affecting the housing industry are now in the Senate, and we ask you to contact senators Doreen Riedman and ask for their support: Housing Incentive Fund: House Bill 1029 is the continuation of the Housing Incentive Fund. The House removed $30 million of the $50 million proposed by Governor Dalrymple. Please ask Senators to restore the Housing Incentive Fund to the $50 million level and support House Bill 1029. Red River Diversion Project: House Bill 1020 is the State Water Commission's budget that includes state funding for the Red River Diversion project. It was amended on the House side, and includes provisions that jeopardize permanent flood protection for that area. Please ask Senators to remove the House amendments and support House Bill 1020 and the Red River Diversion project. You can send one email message to senators and address both bills. In the subject line of your message to the senators, please include the bill numbers (House Bills 1020 and 1029) so that they may easily reference them along the way. Here is the website address for senators: www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/632013/members/senate Here’s an update on other issues affecting the membership of the NDAB:  HB 1359 One-Call Notification System: This bill was amended to not require whitelining on residential excavations, and has passed the House and Senate. It now moves to Governor Dalrymple for his signature. NDAB Supports.  SB 2151 Scrap Metal Regulation to Lessen Copper Theft: This bill has passed both the Senate and House. NDAB Supports.  HB 1225 Property Sales Price Disclosure: NDAB supports this legislation that provides the disclosure of property sales prices. The original bill disclosed this to appraisers, attorneys, and realtors, but was amended to be completely open. It received a Do Pass 5-1 by the Senate Political Subdivisions Committee and now goes to the full Senate. If you would like to receive the Legislative Watch enewsletter, please contact Doreen Riedman at doreen@ndbuild.com.

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Alert: New I-9 Form Must be Used After May 7

Federal law requires employers to verify the identity and work authorization of all new hires through completion of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 within three business days after the individual is hired. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has issued a new Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification. This form is available for immediate use, but employers may continue to use the previous version (original expiration was Aug. 31, 2012) until May 7, 2013. After May 7, 2013, all employers must use only the newly revised Form I-9 (expiration March 31,

2016) for each new employee hired, or be subject to a civil penalty if audited. Be advised that the new form requires additional data, and expands the form from one page to two. To help employers to familiarize themselves with the new format and instructions, USCIS is offering free educational webinars that highlight the new features of the form and also include a detailed overview of how to use Form I-9. Download the new form and instructions at www.uscis.gov/files/ form/i-9.pdf. For more information, email David Crump at NAHB or call him at 800-369-5242 x8491.

Around the State Williston Area Builders Association eo@willistonbuilders.com 701-572-5744 willistonbuilders.com  The 3rd Annual Home Show is April 5-6, 2013 at the Raymond Family Community Center. Registration information is available on our website.  Safety training classes will be offered on Defensive Driving on Tuesday, April 2 (rescheduled due to weather issues in early March). Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Assoc. Roxy Jacobson, Executive Officer 701-222-2400 bmhba.com  We were happy to host Donna Oliver from NAHB who conducted a Strategic Planning session for our Board members on March 19. It was a very informative day, and we look forward to putting into action some of the new ideas from the session.  That evening, we held our first-ever Bowling with the Builders event! We filled all our lanes and had a great time. Thank you to all the participants and lane sponsors!  Join us for the Spring Parade of Homes April 12-14 and 19-21. Showcasing 29 new homes throughout Bismarck-Mandan, the Spring Parade offers the inspiration and local talent to help attendees make their current or new homes perfect. Tickets are only $5 and available at all Parade Homes.  After visiting the homes, help us congratulate our Spring Parade of Homes winning builders at the Spring GMM on May 16 at the Seven Seas Hotel!  All members who’ve joined in the last two years are invited to the New Member BBQ at the BMHBA office www.ndbuild.com

on May 23. Get to know the board members and committee chairs, meet the other new members, and find out how getting involved in the BMHBA can help your business! Dickinson Area Builders Assoc. Irene Schafer, Executive Officer 701-483-0044 dickinsonareabuilders.com  Our General Membership meeting on Wednesday, March 13th featured a speaker from Blue Cross Blue Shield. Mitch Kudrna brought us up to date on what we can expect with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how is can affect some of our local businesses.  This was our Membership Night, and we added two builder members and seven affiliate members.  Our Safety Training sessions were well attended. A big ‘Thank You’ to Butler Machinery for providing their conference room for the sessions.  Our Home Show is sold out with over 80 exhibitors. The dates are April 13-14 at the Rec Center. Minot Association of Builders Vicky Flagstad, Executive Officer 701-852-0496 minotab.com  The 38th annual Home & Garden Show was well attended with an estimated 5,300 people through the doors over two days.  Minot had 62 people registered to take the First Aid/CPR course on March 25th at The Vegas Motel.  The April GMM is scheduled for the April 16th with Town & Country Credit Union and Minot Guaranty & Escrow hosting the meeting.  Our contractors/Realtors/bankers are working with the City Planning Commission to review the proposed City Zoning Ordinance Update. North Dakota Association of Builders

Forx Builders Association Betty McDonald, Executive Officer 701-746-4536 forxbuilders.com  Structural Materials hosted Builders after Hours on March 14th. It was a fun event with a very good turnout. The guys do an excellent job each year!  Sergeant Travis Jacobson gave an excellent presentation “Drugs and Society” at our General March Membership Meeting. It is an eye opening sobering topic.  April 12-14 are the dates for our Home Show at the Alerus Center.  Our annual Sporting Clay Shoot is scheduled for May 23rd at the Dakota Hunting Club. Sponsored in part by Andersen Windows & Doors. Home Builders Assoc. of Fargo-Moorhead Bryce Johnson, Executive Vice President 701-232-5846 hbafm.com  The HBA of F-M remains very involved with the codes adoption process within the city of Fargo to update from the 2009 to the 2012 International Residential Code. In late February, members also presented information to Moorhead’s City Council on the HBA’s 2012 year-end building permit report, and a decrease in the city’s residential permits.  The HBA’s Spring Parade of Homes will feature 73 homes by 41 builder members April 27 – May 5. The event is sponsored by Marvin Windows & Doors. Hours are 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. weekdays and noon – 5 p.m. weekends.  The HBA will host a blower door demonstration Lunch & Learn April 4 at a home currently being constructed in Fargo. 

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