July 2017 Building Buzz

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July 11 at Prairie West Golf Course


Builders & Postmasters Best Delivery Methods page 5

School Needs Discussion in Bismarck page 6

Kids Build Mandan Recap page 9

National Remodeling Estimates for 2017 page 10

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New Members & Anniversaries May 2017 New Members Aspire Homes, Inc.| Greg Meidinger 701-426-8583 | greg@daretoaspirend.com www.daretoaspirend.com Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Single Family General Contracting | Single Family Custom Building

Integra Realty Group | Gail Flom 701-238-7868 | gail.flom@gmail.com | www.sellbismarck.com Real Estate

Time to Renew!

Members with July Anniversaries. Renew by July 31, 2017. Active Radon Management | Steve Austin APi Distribution | Keaton Smith apidistribution.com Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) Industry Consultant BlackRidge Mortgage blackridgebank.com | Mortgage Banking

Brady Martz & Associates, P.C. Ruth Stewart | bradymartz.com | Accounting Brock White | Jon Zabolotny brockwhite.com Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) Masonry/Stone Work/Tile Setting/Plaster

CHI St Alexius Great Plains Rehab Services Randy Tank | www.gprs.com Choice Financial | Tim Karsky choicefinancialgroup.com Mortgage Banking

Dakota Fence | Doug Doerr dakotafence.com Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) Electro Watchman, Inc. | Rachelle Johnson electrowatchman.com | Computer Products and Services | Security Systems Hebron Brick & Block | Teddy Bossert mybrickstore.com | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) | Masonry/Stone Work/Tile Setting/Plaster Kendall Cabinets, Inc. | Maureen Kendall kendallcabinets.com | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership)


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Century 21 Morrison Realty - Kristin Eisenzimmer century21morrison.com | Real Estate Gate City Bank - Lynn Klein Mortgage Banking

Midwest Doors Inc. | Kurt Steiner midwestdoors.com | Planner or Designer Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) Miller Insulation Company, Inc. Todd Brady millerinsulation.com Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership)

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2017 Board of Directors PRESIDENT

Shannon Reichenberg Diversity Homes Phone: (701) 751-3999 shannon@diversityhomesnd.com


Lynn Klein Gate City Bank Phone: (701) 355-7633 lynn.klein@gatecitybank.com


Greg Zenker Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air Phone: (701) 222-2155 greg@northernplains.net

SECRETARY/TREASURER Susie Franklin Choice Financial Phone: (701) 751-7282



Chad Moldenhauer K&L Homes Inc. Phone: (701) 258-4584 chad@k-lhomes.com

Rory Anderson Verity Homes of Bismarck Phone:(701) 354-2846 rory@verityhomes.com

Jeff Sattler Sattler Homes Phone: (701)255-7628 jeff@bismarckbuilder.com

Bill Schmid Townsquare Media Phone: (701) 250-6602


Brian Eiseman Stoneshire Builders Phone: (701) 471-6935 brian@stoneshirebuilders.com

Wade Vogel Premier Homes, Inc. Phone (701)226-1809 wade@premierhomesnd.com

Marc Menge BNC National Bank Phone:(701) 250-3000 mmenge@bncbank.com

Northern Plains Equipment Co., Inc. Marc Taylor | www.npend.com | Landscaping

Prestige Homes & Design, Inc. | Josh Kuntz prestigend.com | Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Single Family General Contracting Radisson Hotel Bismarck | Lara Loritz radisson.com/bismarcknd_downtown

Rudnick Construction | Gerry Rudnick RudnickConstructionInc.com | Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Single Family General Contracting Security First Bank Of ND | Dennis Kraft securityfirstbank.com | Mortgage Banking

KOPPINGER JOINS BIANCO REALTY Bianco Realty is excited to announce the newest REALTORÂŽ to join their professional Real Estate Team: TODD KOPPINGER. Todd looks forward to helping clients with their Real Estate needs, achieving their dream of home ownership and providing a Tradition of Excellence!

The Painters Inc. | Cindy Klym thepaintersinc.com | Paint/Wall Coverings

The Printers | John Nelson theprinters.info Marketing/Advertising or Public Relations Visionary Homes, LLC | Brandon Miller Single Family Spec/Tract Building Single Family General Contracting

Todd Koppinger

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President’s Letter


reetings BMHBA Members,

This month I am going to go down a little different path with this column. I want to talk about a subject I have been spending some time reflecting on as of late. Last year I had the pleasure of watching and working with then President Greg Zenker as he implemented his platform of change. We witnessed some great changes last year that made our association stronger, more efficient and more influential when it comes to our local government and decision makers. When I first started my term as president, I was pretty sure all the changes had been made and that I basically just needed to maintain. The truth of the matter is that anyone that knows me very well knows that I’m not very content with status quo. I really don’t believe in letting off the throttle or just putting it in cruise control.

I have sat in committee meetings and have heard from members who are reluctant to change. Now let me say, that I am very proud of our members and our committee members, but too often I hear people say, “That’s not the way we’ve always done it.” I have to tell you that I love this time of year and there is not much I like more than a green, Board President fresh-cut yard, but I really don’t like mowing it. If someone was to tell me that there was a better, more efficient way to get it done rather than pushing a mower for two and a half hours, of course that is a change I’d be willing to make. I understand that we have a lot of tradition in our association and I don’t think it needs to be completely re-worked or changed, but I do also believe that if you don’t change the course you don’t change the results. I’ll give you an example, we used to have a “Bowling with Builders” event; by all accounts, this used to be a well-attended good event. As years went by we were getting less and less participation from builders and soon it became “Bowling with A Builder” and it was time for change and to replace it with something that more people were interested in.

Shannon Reichenberg

We have a very dynamic, aggressive team at our office that is consistently looking for ways to better our association, come up with more value-added benefits for our membership and develop relationships in our community. Our board is very supportive in trying to give the team the tools they need to be successful, but in order to achieve success we sometimes need to be open to change. I will wrap up with a challenge for each of you, stay involved and engaged, look for creative ways to make us even greater and embrace the changes that we need to implement to take our association to the next level. Oh, and help me figure out my mowing situation. I look forward to seeing at one of these great events!

• PAC Golf Tournament- July 11 at Prairie West • 10th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot- Aug. 3 at Capital City Sporting Clays

“All Hands on Deck!”

Your President, Shannon Reichenberg


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urbside delivery is fading fast.

The mailman is doing everything possible not to go the way of the milkman: extinction. So the U.S. Postal Service is cutting costs wherever it can just to stay afloat.

Door delivery and curbside delivery are quickly becoming things of the past to save time and money. The decision of delivery location now lies with the regional postmasters, who predominantly view cluster box units (CBUs) as the most costefficient option. But what happens when builders and postmasters don’t agree on the best delivery method? Just ask the members of the Tidewater HBA in southeastern Virginia. Shortly after a development project in Chesapeake, Va. had been approved last year, the developers received word

that the Postal Service had updated its Postal Operational Manual (POM) and was retroactively enforcing the new requirements. It gave increased authority to the regional postmaster who required CBUs in the development instead of the previously approved plans for curbside delivery.

Even though Tidewater members expressed their willingness to comply with the new policy on projects going forward, there was no practical way to incorporate CBUs within the pre-approved subdivisions — it would have required a re-allocation of land and the creation of an HOA to maintain the infrastructures associated with the CBUs. Tidewater’s initial attempts to have its members’ subdivisions grandfathered in under the previous policy were unsuccessful.

“Throughout the entire six-month process, we had to deal with five separate postmasters,” said Josh Clark, the former staff vice president with the Tidewater HBA who now serves as the executive vice president of the HBA of Greater Kansas City.

“Ultimately, our local congressman hosted a conference call with the head lobbyist [for the Postal Service] in D.C.,” Clark continued. “If not for our ability to leverage our relationships with our congressman to get the postmasters to act, we wouldn’t have achieved our goals.” Eventually, the two sides reached an agreement that all projects in the region approved prior to April 8, 2016, would be grandfathered in under the old rules.

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CITY & COUNTY Mandan Acquires Buildings on West Main The Mandan City Commission voted to enter into a purchase agreement to acquire the former Central Market property at 504 W Main Street and Thrifty White Drug property at 511 First Street NW. Mayor Tim Helbling explains that as the buildings have sat vacant since December 2013 and July 2014, respectively, the Commission has become increasingly concerned about their future and the importance of revitalization of the area to the entire downtown district and Main Street.

Efforts to secure another grocery store have gone unrewarded, but he says other options could benefit the community such as an event venue, a modern library, right-sized retail and restaurant spaces, and guaranteed parking for activities in the area. Tentative plans will be to issue a request for proposals to seek private sector ideas and investment in the redevelopment process. The City of Mandan hired Icon Architectural Group in 2017 to assist with a vision plan and estimates for property renovation and reuse of the buildings. The plan included an assessment of the buildings along with cost analysis for different repurposing options. The Commission expects to receive a report on the vision plan from Icon representatives at its July 11 meeting.

Hoffman Hired as ND Mortgage Market Manager First International Bank & Trust (FIB&T) announces the hiring of Brandon Hoffman as it’s Central and Western North Dakota Mortgage Market Manager. Hoffman’s office will be located the bank’s Bismarck office.



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Bismarck Hosts School Needs Discussion Roughly 150 residents attended the June 26 School Board meeting to express their opinions about the Elementary Facility Committee recommendations. About 25 people spoke in favor of the positive environment and educational experiences their children have in various Bismarck Public Schools. They made the following requests:

• Have an architect look at Northridge and put equity money into that school. • Remove the Northridge to Will-Moore boundary change recommendation until a plan is developed for Northridge. • Grandfather-in existing families to remain at Sunrise and have new families go to Miller under the proposed boundary change. • Preserve existing schools as anchors in neighborhoods so the central part of the city doesn’t get “hollowed out”. • Build a new school up north first to relieve pressure there, and maybe add some sections to Highland Acres, Grimsrud and Centennial. • Don’t ask north parents to drive past Liberty and Centennial to attend Grimsrud if that school is expanded. • Look at school crossing and transportation issues, particularly if Grimsrud and Centennial are expanded. • Investigate cost of portables versus adding on to schools. • Review the size-of-school efficiency rates and how the district could make up the cost difference for students who attend smaller schools versus larger, more efficient ones. • Describe which schools any future, long range growth would be assigned. • Outline a timeline for making decisions on elementary schools and boundaries.

The Board thanked the Elementary Facility Committee for its work, which can be found at www.bismarckschools.org/district/growth/. The Board did not give the committee any parameters for recommendations except to not increase property taxes or ask for another bond to build or add on to schools. President Matt Sagsveen assured the crowd that this is the beginning of a long and detailed process. Vice President Karl Lembke noted that the school district has enough room for elementary students in the next five years but the seats are not in the right spots, which provides the district with challenges and opportunities to be creative.

At its next meeting on July 10, the School Board will review and decide on plans for moving forward on boundary meetings with school communities.

Homeownership Program Limits Updated The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved updated income and acquisition cost limits for the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s (NDHFA) homeownership programs. The NDHFA assists state residents, typically first-time buyers, with the purchase of a home by providing low-cost financing and offering down payment and closing cost assistance and homebuyer education.

“Over the past 35 years, the NDHFA has helped more than 41,000 individuals and families successfully achieve homeownership,” said members of the Industrial Commission in a joint statement. “Homeownership is a dream for many families, and by working with our lending partners we are pleased to assist them in reaching that goal.” The commission, consisting of Gov. Doug Burgum as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the NDHFA. In Burleigh and Morton Counties, the maximum income limits for NDHFA’s FirstHome™ and HomeAccess programs are $88,300 for a family of less than three and $101,545 for a family of three or more.

The FirstHome and HomeAccess acquisition cost limits for Burleigh and Morton counties were set at $273,176 for a new or existing single-family home.

STATE Community Land Trust Pilot Program Approved The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved a $3 million pilot program through the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) that supports local Community Land Trusts (CLTs) efforts to create more single-family housing for low- to moderate-income households. Community Land Trusts are non-profit organizations that make homeownership more obtainable by separating the ownership of the land from the cost of the home. The NDHFA’s program will provide CLTs with access to a low-cost line of credit. Eligible uses include the acquisition, rehabilitation, demolition and/or new construction of homes on in-fill lots and in higher density neighborhoods for resale to income-qualified households.

In North Dakota, there are currently CLTs in Minot and Grand Forks. Other cities have expressed interest in developing trusts, but they have struggled to get started because they lacked the financial capacity.

Congress’ Productivity

From Congressman Cramer’s Weekly Newsletter

Despite what may be conveyed through the media, this has been the most productive Session of Congress in recent history. So far in 2017, the House of Representatives has passed 158 pieces of legislation and President Trump has signed 37 bills into law. The graphs below depict productivity levels over the past four administrations.

Through HomeAccess, special needs households who may have previously owned a home may receive the same purchase assistance as first-time buyers. Through North Dakota Roots, the NDHFA provides purchase assistance to moderateincome buyers who may have previously owned a home and first-time buyers whose income exceeds FirstHome program limits.

More information on the agency’s homeownership programs is available online, www.ndhfa.org, or by contacting the agency at (800) 292-8621.

POP QUIZ: DEMOGRAPHICS The recent population growth in North Dakota impacted the gender composition. What is the gender breakdown of North Dakota’s population (all ages)? a) More males than females b) Males and females are equal c) More females than males July 2017 | Building Buzz




MHBA and BMBOR are joining forces to host the Annual PAC Golf Tournament on July 11 at Prairie West Golf Course in Mandan. Registration begins at 11 am, carts will be available at 11:30 am with a shotgun start at noon. Eligible proceeds benefit BMHBA’s BUILD-PAC and the Bismarck Mandan Board of REALTORS RPAC or accounts to ensure effective advocacy that benefits the building and real estate industries.

Registration includes boxed lunch, driving range, 18 holes of golf with cart, and dinner. Golfers can try their hand and a hole-in-one, putting and chipping contests, and team and individual prizes.

Gateway to Science Unveils Home Building Exhibit The Gateway to Science Center in Bismarck has extended their Summer Member Night invitation to BMHBA Families for the unveiling of a new home building exhibit. The project was a partnership with the BMHBA, funded by a generous grant from the NAHB. The exhibit will include three marker tables, interactive displays featuring home design, electrical wiring and plumbing.

The Gateway to Science Center (GTS), located on the BSC Campus, provides interactive experiences to over 28,000 visitors annually. In addition to an interactive exhibits gallery, GTS offers science, STEM educational outreach programs serving people of all ages, including out-of-school time clubs and camps, free family events, Environmental Festival, Visiting Scientists Series and educator resources. The emphasis on STEM education will help to encourage learning practices that will meet the demands of the future workforce, including knowledge and skills required of the building trades.

Please join BMHBA members and their families on July 10, 5-7pm to see the new home building exhibit, try out many more hands-on activities, and taste liquid nitrogen ice cream! This event is free to BMHBA and GTS members. RSVP to lesley@gscience.org. A special thanks to Ferguson Enterprises for donating materials!


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While you are enjoying the food and golf, be sure to thank our sponsors: Bismarck Title Company, Blackridge Mortgage, BNC National Bank, Bremer Bank, Choice Financial, Coldspring, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Ferguson Enterprises, First National Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, Huntington Homes, Kirkwood Bank & Trust Co., Miller Insulation (?), Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air, Security First Bank, SPS Companies, Inc. Starion Bank, Hebron Brick & Block, and Magi-Touch Carpet One. Golfer Registration is still open, so hurry to secure your spot!

Annual Picnic Raises Scholarship Funds More than 100 valued members turned out in support of local trade students at our Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Picnic.

Thanks to our sponsors, silent auction item donors, and our enthusiastic attendees, the BMHBA raised nearly enough money for the three $1000 scholarships that are awarded to BSC trade students each year. This year’s proceeds will be added to the $33,000 that has been awarded since 2006.

A resounding THANK YOU to the following members for making our Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Picnic possible: Platinum Sponsors- Kupper Chevrolet, First International Bank & Trust, TransTrash; Gold Sponsor: Allied Building Products; Silver Sponsor: Anyleaks; Bronze Sponsors: Builders First Source, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Diversity Homes, Hopfauf Custom Builders; Brick & Mortar: Meridian Land Surveys; Raffle Item Donors: Acme Tools, D&M Industries; Silent Auction Item Donors: Advanced Mechanical, Allied Building Products, American Bank Center, Best Buy, Bill & Debbie Schmid, Bismarck title Company, BlackRidge Mortgage, Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realtors®, BNC Bank, Capital Credit Union, Choice Financial, Dakota Community Bank, Diversity Homes, First Community Credit Union, Gate City Bank, Haider Glass Specialties, Hebron Brick & Block, Katrina Mikkelson, Radisson Hotel Bismarck, Ramada Bismarck, Sattler Homes- Jeff Sattler, Scheels, Townsquare Media, and Vue Commuinity Credit Union.

2nd Annual Kids Build Mandan BMHBA and the Mandan Parks District MAC Program hosted the 2nd Annual Kids Building Mandan Day at Lewis & Clark Elementary School. Sponsored by American Bank Center and Wenck Associates, Inc, the day was dedicated to enlightening 5th and 6th grade students on how the residential building industry works by introducing them to people who represent different trades, as well as providing a hands-on learning activity to further their interests in the industry. “This is our opportunity to reach out to kids in the community and open their eyes to the many opportunities in the home building industry. We can also show them that home building leads to strong communities,” said Tracy Deforest, Member Services Representative for the BMHBA.

The field day kicked-off with a visit to Mandan City Hall, where students visited with Bob Decker, Mandan’s City Planner. Next, they stopped by Builders First Source in Mandan where Keith Doerr showed students how suppliers work with builders, and how to use drafting programs to create house plans. The last stop was the Gateway to Science Center in Bismarck, where students experienced the brand new home building exhibit, provided by the BMHBA through a generous grant from the NAHB.

EVENTS Lunch with Heroes - July 25 The BMHBA Board of Directors is showing their community support by participating in the Summer Lunch Program for kids. Board Members will join children for a building activity at the Mandan Public Library, where lunch will be served by the MSA United Way, Bismarck Public Schools, and Mandan Public Schools. The Summer Lunch Program provides meals for kids who qualify for assisted meal programs through the publics schools, and who might not otherwise receive a nutritious lunch during their summer days. Please Contact Tracy at 2222400 to see how you can contribute!

Design Innovation Using Fiber Cement - July 17

Earn 1 AIA LU/SW Credit and get a free lunch for attending this seminar, hosted by Brock White. Visit BMHBA.com/events to register, or email tracy@bmhba.com.

10th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot - August 3

They day was a success, and the BMHBA hopes to expand the program to even more students in the Bismarck-Mandan area. We thank our sponsors, American Bank Center and Wenck Associates, Inc., as well as our participants the City of Mandan, Builders First Source, and the Gateway to Science Center for their support!

A member favorite! Join us at Capital City Sporting Clays for an evening with friends. Registration includes shells, 10 shooting stations, dinner and prizes. Spots are limited- email tracy@bmhba.com, visit BMHBA.com/events or call 222-2400 to get your team signed up!

Missouri Slope Areawide United Way calls on the HBA for help!

This popular event is catching fire, and you need to be there for the next lunch when builders and associates collaborate to overcome challenges in the building industry. We might not solve the world’s problems in one hour, but we will gain a better understanding of what builders and associated need for better business practices. Call 222-2400 to participate or host the lunch!

Last year, the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way organized a record breaking Day of Caring. The annual event pulled together over 1,000 volunteers from more than 100 local businesses to donate their time and talent to complete over 150 projects for area non-profits. BMHBA members were fortunate enough to pitch-in by making improvements to two homes operated by Charles Hall Youth Services. Builders First Source and Sherwin Williams provided materials, while Diversity homes provided the skills to construct a closet. BMHBA staff and TK Homes painted offices for youth counselors to meet with residents of the homes. The MSA United Way Day of Caring typically recruits volunteers for one-day projects. This year the BMHBA is stepping it up by conquering a bathroom project for the Heaven’s Helpers Soup Kitchen. In addition to providing meals for those in need in our community, Heaven’s Helpers provides dignity to its patrons. Diners will be able to earn “Soup Bucks” by serving food and doing small jobs at the kitchen, and can exchange those buck for a hot shower.

BMHBA is calling on you to be part of this amazing community project that is sure to come full circle. We are in need of a contractor to act as general, labor and material donations, and monetary donations. We will begin construction on August 16. Please contact Tracy at 701-222-2400 to learn how you can contribute!

Box Lunch With Builders - Sept. 12

Fall Parade of Homes - Sept. 28 - Oct. 1

The Fall Parade of Homes is around the corner- a chance for builders to showcase what they have been diligently working on all summer. Email terri@bmhba.com or call 222-2400 to register your home for the Parade. If you are a spectator, don’t forget to download the BMHBA Parade Smart App., your FREE and easy-to-use Parade navigation tool, so you won’t miss a thing!

Shout-out to BMHBA Sponsors It has been an exciting year here at the BMHBA, and we want to thank our sponsors for making our events possible. We will be hosting a special lunch for 2016 and 2017 event sponsors here at the BMHBA office patio on August 30, 2017. Join us for complimentary burgers and fixin’s as we thank you for your continued support of fellow members, advocacy efforts, and community involvement. Don’t miss next year’s party! Call Tracy at 222-2400 to how to get involved with our vast array of sponsorship opportunities for 2018!

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NAHB Releases Remodeling by Zip Code Estimates for 2017 By Paul Emrath

NAHB recently released its latest projections of spending on improvements to owner-occupied housing by zip code. The projections show total spending on improvements, the number of owner-occupied homes, as well as average spending per improvement, in each of over 26,000 zip codes for calendar year 2017.

North Dakota residents are expected to spend $7,119 on improvements in 2017. That’s based on 199,211 owneroccupied homes and total improvement spending of $419 million. NAHB’s improvement spending projections for 2017 are based on a statistical model developed using data from the HUD/Census Bureau American Housing Survey and Census Bureau data for its approximation of zip-code area boundaries from the American Community Survey.



The estimates are based on a model relating improvement spending to five key variables: number of homes in the area, the share built in 1960s, share built in the 1970s, owners’ average income and level of education. Income and education, of course, tend to be correlated with each other. So it is interesting that, even after controlling for income, the model is able to tease out a separate effect showing that home owners with higher education tend to spend a bit more on home improvements.

In the average zip code, home owners who improve their homes in 2017 will spend $6,148 per remodeling projects. As you would expect in a country as large as the U.S., there is considerable variation. Across the zip codes on the list, average spending per improvement ranges from under $2,300 to over $22,000.

NAHB’S KEY ISSUES FOR THE 2017 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE NAHB’s 2017 Legislative Conference on June 14, encouraged federal policymakers to move forward on several key issues, including reducing regulations that harm small business, reforming the nation’s housing finance system, protecting tax incentives, promoting sensible energy codes and more. NAHB has developed videos and a brochure detailing these issues. Both pieces are available online for members to watch and download. Visit nahb.org/legcon for details.


Building Buzz | July 2017

Builders looking to send a message to Congress that it needs to take action to keep housing and the economy on the right track gathered at the 2017 NAHB Legislative Conference. The day-long event, which took place June 14, coincided with the NAHB Midyear Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The home building industry still faces major challenges as the housing market continues to regain its footing. Without a healthy housing market, the economy can’t flourish. The issues that are important to home builders, remodelers and others in our industry are the same issues that are key to a thriving economy and include: • Reducing regulations that harm small business; • Reforming the nation’s housing finance system;

• Creating a national flood insurance program that is predictable and affordable; • Enabling a supply of softwood lumber sufficient to meet demand;

• Providing better insurance options for small businesses, including association health plans; and • Promoting sensible energy codes.

A strong builder turnout sent a powerful message to members of Congress that housing must remain a top national priority. BMHBA Executive Officer Dot Frank attended on behalf of the association along with Past President Vance Vetter and a contingency from associations across the state.

In his remarks in the latest issue of Eye on the Economy, NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz provided the following overview of the housing market:

GDP growth continues to be slow and steady. However, despite modest economic growth, the labor market continues to be tight, risking inflation. For this reason, the Federal Reserve will continue to raise the short-term federal funds rate, with the next rate hike expected in June.

Furthermore, after years of quantitative easing (bond purchases intended to lower rates), the Fed will this year begin gradually unwinding its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, $1.8 trillion of which consists of mortgage-backed securities. While mortgage interest rates can expect a small increase due to the change, the impact on housing demand will be minor.


• Protecting middle-class tax breaks that promote homeownership;




Household debt continues to expand, returning to its pre-recession peak, but the composition of that debt has changed: Compared to the previous cycle high, consumer debt is up 35%, auto loans have grown 44% and student loans have risen 120%. These changes are net drags on housing demand. For further insights, go to the Eye on Housing blog eyeonhousing.org.


POP QUIZ ANSWER: a) Changes in population are the result of births, deaths, and migration of people into and out of a community or geographic area. Population growth or decline has implications on the job market, housing, education, and health care. Understanding population dynamics of a state can help community members, activists, business men and women, and professionals properly examine the status of the state and make pertinent decisions. Moreover, policymakers and planners can utilize population projections to gauge future demand of services, energy, and food while simultaneously projecting economic development.

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FOR PROS: 4 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR BRANDING ON MESSAGE When Josh Berghuis started his company, he had one mission: Be the go-to modern contemporary builder in his area. “There are a lot of great builders and a lot of competition where we are,” says Berghuis, owner of Berghuis Construction in Walker, Michigan. “We had to find a way to distinguish ourselves with our branding in order to show that we were unique and a little bit edgy.”

“We always ask for a review as the project is approaching completion and we ask if they could talk specifically about our design work and what it was like to work with our team. Those are two of our strengths and we want our reviews to reflect our brand,” said Colin Flavin of Flavin Architects in Boston.

Berghuis, a member of the HBA of Michigan, has since built a name for himself and his company in his area as a custom home builder whose specialty is unique, modern projects. “When people see contemporary houses in our area they ask if we’ve done them,” he says. “It starts with branding. We always go back to our goal of being the go-to modern contemporary builder for our area and we make sure all of our branding represents that well. We always keep that mission in mind and that makes our branding consistent.” Here are four areas to stay consistent in your branding:


The images you showcase in your projects are the best representation of the work you can do. Consistency in your photos can help home owners associate certain styles or looks with your company. “Photographs are the most important thing for our branding because that’s what people see first, even before they read any text,” says Cass McNinch of Aberdeen Building Group and a member of the Greater Houston Builders Association in Texas. “I have one photographer and I use her every time so the images we get are consistent.” Storytelling

How you describe yourself and your company on your website and Houzz profile is a great opportunity to define your brand for potential clients. The words you use and the story you tell contribute to a home owner’s overall perception of your business. Berghuis’ mission to stand out as a unique, modern builder lead him to create a website that deviated from the websites of other traditional builders. “We don’t have the typical ‘About Us’ page with the typical fonts and wording,” says Berghuis, whose website is a stark modern gray with block lettering and alternating bright yellow fonts.

Community The way you work with home owners online is indicative of the way you interact with potential clients offline. Spending time answering questions and sharing your expertise on forums and discussions shows homeowners you’re a business that likes to help, both online and in person.

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FROM THE 2015 UPC ILLUSTRATED TRAINING MANUAL 408.6 Shower Compartments. Shower compartments, regardless of shape, shall have a minimum finished interior of 1024 square inches (0.6606 m2) and shall also be capable of encompassing a 30 inch (762 mm) circle. The minimum required area and dimensions shall be measured at a height equal to the top of the threshold and at a point tangent to its centerline. The area and dimensions shall be maintained to a point of not less than 70 inches (1778 mm) above the shower drain outlet with no protrusions other than the fixture valve or valves, showerheads, soap dishes, shelves, and safety grab bars, or rails. Fold-down seats in accessible shower stalls shall be permitted to protrude into the 30 inch (762 mm) circle. Exceptions:

(1) Showers that are designed to be in accordance with ICC A117.1. (2) The minimum required area and dimension shall not apply for a shower receptor having overall dimensions of not less than 30 inches (762 mm) in width and 60 inches (1524 mm) in length. The shower, whether a one-piece stall or one built up on the site, is a plumbing fixture. It will be the responsibility of the plumber to ensure the shower is tested and is watertight. Install the manufactured shower per the manufacturer’s instructions as well as all the requirements set forth in Chapter 4.

Figure 408.6 illustrates how to size the area of the shower. The dimensions must be maintained to a height of 70 inches in the shower. Exception 1 to the requirements is for showers that meet ICC/ANSI A117.1, Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. Exception 2 is for the retrofit of a bathtub to a shower. This will allow the tub to be replaced with a shower in the same dimensions.

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION WEEK ‘SUCCESS STORY’ Planning for Design & Construction Week (DCW), NAHB’s successful expansion of the International Builders’ Show, is well underway as the NAHB Exhibits and Meetings team plans for the fifth annual event in Orlando Jan. 9-11, 2018. NAHB CEO Jerry Howard spoke at the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum in Washington, D.C. on May 31 about “the amazing success story” of a newly revitalized annual meeting and exhibition that launched in the wake of the Great Recession. He also noted how colocating with the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and its KBIS show have benefited both associations’ bottom lines and resulted in expanded education and exhibits targeted to the 50,000-plus builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who attended. Registration for the 2018 Show opens Aug. 1 online at buildersshow.com.

LABOR DEPARTMENT OVERTURNS OBAMA-ERA JOINT EMPLOYER, MISCLASSIFICATION GUIDANCE In a victory for NAHB members and the small business community, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on independent contractors and joint employment — two Obama-era documents that expanded the tests for what constitutes a joint employer and an independent contractor, respectively. The 2016 guidance document arguably signaled DOL’s intent to increase aggressive enforcement of joint employment status in its investigations, and NAHB is pleased that DOL is rescinding it. Likewise, NAHB commends the agency because it placed undue burdens on our members to show that the subcontractors they hire are independent contractors and not employees.


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NDAB NEWS Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders

July 2017

Presidents Message

Here it is already July and it seems like summer is flying by way too fast! I hope as you are As I sit down to write this letter, we reading this newsletter you find that you have recently finished meetings with Senator stepped back to look around, slowed down and Hoeven, Senator Heitkamp and enjoyed your days. We hope that each of you Congressman Cramer for the NAHB have a spectacular and safe 4th of July celebralegislative conferences in Washington tions! D.C. There were several topics that were "It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, discussed with our delegation. Some of bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this them included regulatory reform, the continent to the other." - John Adams on July National Flood Insurance Program, tax Eric Brenden 4th celebration Kim Schneider reform, housing finance, softwood lumber NDAB President June was the month on the move for NDAB CEO prices, and energy codes. I will go over a members as we traveled to Washington, D.C. brief description of a few of them. June 13-17 for NAHB board meetings and spent the day at the National Capitol where we had the opportunity to meet with Senator As I said a few months ago, there is optimism within NAHB of Heitkamp, Senator Hoeven and Congressman Cramer. We are always getting more things accomplished than has been possible for many grateful for the time our National Delegation gives to us when we are years. Regulatory reform is something that is badly visiting D.C. and the great experience it is to be visiting a city full of needed. Nationwide, regulation accounts for approximately 25%, such rich history! NDAB members covered topics such as regulations, or about $85,000, of the cost of a new house. There are a few national flood insurance, energy, lead paint and softwood lumbar. We different bills in the house and the senate that would provide more also took the opportunity to thank the delegation for their continued accountability to the bureaucrats who make the rules. An hard work as they represent North Dakota and the Home Building Inimportant part of the accountability is Congressional oversight of dustry! If you are ever visiting Washington, D.C. for business or perproposed regulations. sonal, please know you can always schedule time to meet with the delegation, tour the capitol, possibly the White House and other historical Another issue that we discussed is the affordability of sites. If you have any questions or would like help, please do not hesilumber. There are a couple components of the affordability that tate to contact the office. NDAB board members also meet with our we need to address. The first is increasing the domestic supply of delegation back in North Dakota throughout the year as well, and we lumber. Currently, the U.S. consumes over 14 billion more board always welcome our members to join us. When it comes to advocacy feet than it produces. We could narrow that gap by opening up the for our industry, your voice matters the most. Bringing forth your persupply from public lands. However, we still will need to rely on sonal stories, experiences and opinions matter most! Please watch your other countries, most notably Canada, for the remainder of the emails for calls to action from NAHB regarding national issues that lumber supply we need. A 20% tariff on Canadian softwood impact North Dakota. lumber has only made lumber less affordable. Therefore, we need With only one week in between our D.C. travels, the NDAB Board of Congressional support to reverse the tariff and help resolve the Directors met in Williston June 27-28 for our summer board meeting. trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada. Thank you to all of our sponsors, but especially to NDAB 2nd Vice President, Bob Horab, who graciously opened up McCody Concrete to The National Flood Insurance Program was a major topic of host our NDAB-PAC Summer Legislative Social! Working with Bob discussion as well. The first area of importance is to get a long and all of the members of the Williston Area Builders Association was term reauthorization of the NFIP to make sure that flood insurance such a pleasure and we had a very fun and successful evening! NDAB is available and affordable as well as fiscally solvent. Another Event Coordinator, Brenda Bry, knocked it out of the park once again, concern for builders is the mapping of the flood plain areas and working hard behind the scenes, yet never letting the stress show! how those areas are determined. NDAB-PAC hosted special guests from NAHB including Third Vice Chairman, Greg Ugalde, National Area Chairman, Keith Butz and ArThere is not enough space to go over every topic that was ea 10 Field Representative, Alex Martindale. We also hosted Lt. Govdiscussed. However, if anyone would like more detailed ernor Brent Sanford and ND Legislators to an evening that included a information about the topics that we discussed with our corn hole tournament, casino games and networking opportunities. congressional delegation, please let us know, and we can get it to NDAB members had an opportunity to tour an oil well site, participate you. Also, please email our representatives and ask for their in NDAB-PAC meeting and our NDAB Board of Directors meeting. support on these issues. The more they hear from their We value our board members and the time that they graciously give to constituents on these issues, the better chance we have of getting us to join us at our events and meetings. We recognize that our memsome of these things accomplished. bers have to take time away from their families and businesses and for that, we say thank you! Kim Eric Back your PAC … your PAC backs you! NDAB-PAC is the North Dakota Association of Builders’ Political Action Committee. It is a non-partisan political action committee that provides support for candidates who are friends of the building industry. Contact NDAB at (800) 326-4746, (701) 222-2401 or info@ndbuild.com to contribute or learn more! North Dakota Association of Builders ❖1701 Burnt Boat Drive, Suite 201, Bismarck, ND 58503-0801 ❖701/222-2401 or 800/326-4746 ❖www.ndbuild.com


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Club on November 11 with a moment of • The Guns ‘n’ Roses Trap Shoot is August 29th from 5-9 PM at Homes, Inc.; John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Interior Design’s November Builders after planning and organizing the event, and to WABA is pleased to announce start of a silence honoring our veterans. • Hours. Our Annual scheduled for Club.•NDAB-PAC Minot Gun Enjoy an evening on the range, a hearty Inc.; Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Inc.; Rachel Reception Sponsor—Bosch ThankGolf youOuting Alissa. isthe Dakota Community Bank for grilling for Homes, sub chapter. On June 7th,for the$20 McKenzie th at Kings Walk Golf September 7  Hanson, Our Home Show committee is busy steak dinner and then bring home a dozen roses to your McGough Construction; Ryan Hoss, Matrix Properties Lumber Co.  The December Builders after Hours will be us again this year! County Builders Association was named. Course.Inc.; planning ourBob Home Show in April, someone special! 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The golf Johnson, Executive Officer press conference with theopportunity mayors ofto Dilworth, Fargo, • ABryce We would like toChief take this Connole and Somerville won the meat scramble is scheduled for Tuesday, WABA is pleased start of a sub chapter. On June 7th, 701-232-5846 hbafm.com  We are having Open House” for to announce Moorhead West Fargo was June 5 to proclaim June astook aa “Holiday extend anand invitation to Kim andheld Heather raffle and cooler • full of meat treats August Association 29that Eaglewas Ridge Golf Course our members here at theChris office DecemberCounty Builders the Dahl, McKenzie named. and other associations home! MAB President, Homeownership Month.to attend our and our Parade of HomesDakota will be held in 15th from noon-7pm food Battle and of party. Gold Partner - Montana Utilities • Christmas Held a landscaping volunteer day for reigned supreme and with won • the The 1st Annual Playhouse Raffle drawing is scheduled for July late September. 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Homes, Inc.; Grace Backman; Lance Meyer of theofCity ofFor Minot, Aaron information Association Builders, events, ND Guaranty & Walk Golf Course. scholarship recipients with over George 200 of its willistonbuilders.com. Blank, Structural Materials, Inc.; Toby Moss of the Minot Police Department,  Mark Schneider, LJA, was sworn in as our Title Co., ND Housing Finance Agency, members. The awards went to Clay Christensen, Camrud Foss Concrete and Rodney Torgeson of the incoming WABA President at Highway our Annual ProBuild, RDO Equipment Co., & Williston Dietrich, Dietrich Homes, Inc., Builder of Const., SupplyColdwell Group; Jason Meeting Patrol. in November. 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