October 2016 Building Buzz

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15 REASONS TO TALK ABOUT BUILDING CODES page 5

Mandan Property Tax Proposal page 6

Sprinkler Mandates page 10

Zero Energy Homes page 12


BUILDING Buzz Building Buzz is a publication of the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association 2600 Gateway Ave., Suite 1 Bismarck, ND 58503 Phone: 701.222.2400 Fax: 701.250.9730 Like Us! www.facebook.com/bmhba Follow Us! www.twitter.com/bmhba

Publisher/Editor: Dot Frank Layout Editor: Michael L. Quinn Contributor: Tracy DeForest

New Members & Anniversaries August 2016 New Members Bianco Realty - Amber Sandness | Real Estate

Calibre Homes | Steve Herman | Single Family General Contracting | Multifamily Building (Condo/Coop Units) Century 21 Morrison Realty - Kristin Oban | Real Estate

First Western Bank & Trust | Chad Johnson | www.bankfirstwestern.com | Mortgage Banking

Future Builders Inc. | Kyle Morey | www.futurebuildersinc.com | Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Single Family General Contracting | Single Family Custom Building Knutson Homes, Inc. - Cory Knutson | www.knutsonhomes.com | Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Single Family General Contracting

Time to Renew! Members with October Anniversaries. Renew by October 31, 2016. Alliance Concrete, LLC | Ryan Wisdom Concrete Work

Apex Builders | Amy Larsen | apexbuildersnd.com Single Family Spec/Tract Building Arvig | Kami Wegner www.arvig.com | Computer Products and Services

Bismarck Heating & Air | Mike Kambeitz www.bismarckheating.com | Plumbing/Heating/Air Conditioning

Bismarck Technical Center | David Peterson Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Trade Association/ Non-Profit Camp Bros Heating & Air | Jim Camp Plumbing/Heating/Air Conditioning Capital City Welding | Ross Nathan www.capitalcitywelding.com

Coldspring | Reid Kubesh www.coldspringusa.com Remodeling-Residential | Architecture

Creative Wood Designs | Mike Ness www.creative-wood.com | Remodeling-Residential Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership)

D & M Industries | Dan Narveson www.weselldoors.com | Building Materials Lumber Design That Sells | Kari Huber www.designthatsells.net | Planner or Designer

Eide Ford Mercury Lincoln Inc. | Jesse Peterson www.eideford.com

Fabricators Unlimited | Kelli Thompson fabricatorsunlimited.com | Building Materials Lumber

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Garage Logic | Darin Martell www.garagelogicinc.com | Planner or Designer

Gietzen Construction, LLC | Sam Gietzen gietzenconstruction.com | Single Family General Contracting | Building Materials Lumber Go Gettem Construction | Jo Gettem www.bmhba.com | Real Estate

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2016 Board of Directors PRESIDENT Greg Zenker Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air Phone: (701) 222-2155 1ST VICE PRESIDENT Shannon Reichenberg Diversity Homes Phone: (701) 220-8177 2ND VICE PRESIDENT Lynn Klein Gate City Bank Phone: (701) 355-7633 Nathan Jones Tollberg Homes Phone: (763) 205-2037

Wade Vogel Premier Homes, Inc. Phone: (701) 226-1809 Brian Eiseman Stoneshire Builders Phone: (701) 471-6935

PAST PRESIDENT Drew Knutson Knutson Homes, Inc. Phone: (701) 258-3464

SECRETARY/TREASURER Susie Franklin Choice Financial Phone: (701) 250-1904 Paula Haider Haider Glass Specialties Phone: (701) 250-6787 Chad Moldenhauer K & L Homes, Inc. Phone: (701) 258-4584 Jeff Sattler Sattler Homes Phone: (701) 255-7628

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

Great Plains Insulation, Inc. | Alex Bunk Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) I. Keating | Keven Oler | Planner or Designer

Imperial Flooring, Inc. | Chris Svanes www.imperialflooringdesign.com | Planner or Designer HR Services - Kimberly Grube

Legacy Landscaping and Design LLC Tylor Doll | www.legacylandscapingnd.com Property Management Landscaping Paramount Builders, Inc. | Jarred Roloff www.paramountbuildersinc.net Single Family General Contracting Ramkota Hotel | Dave Achtenberg

Redford Signature Homes | Deborah Luptak www.redfordsignaturehomes.com | Single Family Spec/ Tract Building

FETTIG JOINS BIANCO REALTY Bianco Realty is excited to announce the newest REALTORÂŽ to join their professional Real Estate Team: BRAD FETTIG. Born & raised in Bismarck, Brad knows the Bismarck-Mandan area very well. Brad looks forward to helping his clients with their Real Estate needs, achieving their dream of home ownership and providing a Tradition of Excellence!

Spot-A-Pot | Mitch Bitz | www.spot-a-pot.net Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) Toman Eng Co. | Harvey Schneider www.tomanengineering.com | Architecture Engineering | Planner or Designer Valley Borders, LLC | Lonnie Shereck Masonry/Stone Work/Tile Setting/Plaster

Brad Fettig


Bismarck-Mandan Permit Reports

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President’s Letter

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reetings BMHBA members,

Fall is in the air and elections are right around the corner.

We have elections for local, state and national leaders. When making your selections, be sure to vote for pro-housing candidates. We also have elections for our BMHBA board, be sure to get your name in the hat if you would like to be on the board and be sure to be at the Fall Awards Mixer & Board Elections event on Oct. 25 to vote. Our Government Affairs Committee is hard at work. They are keeping tabs on residential zoning changes, infrastructure financing and statewide legislative agendas. The next few weeks will be very busy as we vet the candidates.

2017 Home Show registration is open for last year’s vendors and will open to all on November 3rd. We have a new sign up procedure - it is all online and you can choose where you want be by looking at the floor map in real time. Thanks to Terri for her hard work to get it up and running.

Finally, I need to tell you how important it is that our membership gets involved as much as possible. Our committees and board work very hard to make our association successful and we are always looking for new ideas to implement, but sometimes there are great ideas that never make it to fruition because that person with the idea never voiced it. I challenge you make your voice heard; bring your new ideas to the table and help keep our association moving forward.

Your President, Greg Zenker

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Greg Zenker Board President


15 REASONS TO TALK ABOUT BUILDING CODES Fire sprinklers. Building tightness tradeoffs. More stringent requirements to protect against natural disasters: There are thousands of IRC and energy code change proposals that officials will consider this month as the International Code Council (ICC) holds its public comment hearings in Kansas City, Mo.

two- family homes and townhouses back to the appendix of the International Residential Code, which is where they were before being moved to the main body of the code in 2009. This would mean fire sprinklers would not be required unless the state or local jurisdiction moved to adopt the appendix.

Fortunately, NAHB Construction, Codes and Standards volunteers and staff have waded through the hundreds of pages of documents and code-speak to highlight the ones we need to think about the most.

So far, only two states — Maryland and California — have mandated sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes: a reflection of their high costs and unpopularity with home buyers, as well as ongoing fire safety improvements in materials, products and practices.

The list of the 15 Most Critical Changes (https://goo.gl/qEWvTO) highlights those proposals that, because of extraordinary expense or technical problems on the negative side or better building practices on the positive, are the most important to the home building industry and to home buyers, whose interests we represent. The most controversial may be a proposal to move fire sprinkler requirements for one- and

It’s important that home builders, remodelers and their trade partners share their concerns with local building officials so they are prepared to vote in support of NAHB’s voting recommendations at the ICC Public Comment Hearings Oct. 19-25 in Kansas City, Mo. For a deeper dive into this year’s code voting, you can download the Top 40 list at https://goo. gl/344tvY.

Walkable Communities are Becoming the Latest Trend in Real Estate

79%: The percentage of respondents to the 2015 National Community and Transportation Preference Survey who believe that choosing a home “within an easy walk of other places and things in the community” is very or somewhat important. Walkable communities are becoming the latest trend in real estate. From Realtor.org

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CITY & COUNTY 2017 Budget Proposes Lower Property Tax Rate Despite Budget Shortfall The City of Mandan’s proposed 2017 budget calls for a decrease in the 2016 property tax rate for city services, despite a significant reduction in revenue from other sources. The proposed budget would cut they levy by nearly 7.5 mills, dropping to almost 59 mills compared to 66 last year. An existing home with a $250,000 value and an average valuation increase of 13 percent would see no increase in city property taxes. This excludes special assessments for approved projects such as street paving and reconstruction.

The 2017 budget reflects a difference of $1.2 million in total revenues from the 2016 budget. Total revenues are expected to be $31 million. Total expenditures are estimated at $30.1 million, a decrease of $928,000 from the 2016 budget. The City’s general fund is facing a $686,000 reduction in state aid distribution and a $396,000 reduction in highway tax distribution. The City plans to adjust for the budget shortfall by transferring $500,000 in hub city funds to the general fund. An additional $170,000 will come from the 1-percent city sales tax fund, $170,000 from the BNSF settlement fund, and $50,000 from the water and sewer utility fund. The general fund will absorb the difference. The City is expecting $4.2 million in hub city funding. The funding, which is designated to oil impact cities with a population of 12,500 or more, is determined by the percentage of oil and gas related employment above a base of 1 percent. Mandan has oil and gas employment of 8.02 percent. The latest proposal is to allocate it as follows: $1.3 million will be designated to public works facilities, $500,000 will be transferred to the general fund, $53,000 will be used to purchase a patrol car for the police department, and $10,000 will be We are excited and honored to have Shannon Coulter join our team of Real Estate Professionals. Call Shannon to answer all of your Real Estate questions. Shannon Coulter (701) 471-9594 201 West Front Avenue 701.223.6654 www.century21morrison.com

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used to purchase a mower for the cemetery. Remaining dollars will be set aside for expenditures relating to the oil and gas impact on the city. A north side fire station project has been shelved due to staffing concerns.

An existing home with a $250,000 value and an average valuation increase of 13 percent would see no increase in city property taxes.

The City’s Budget and Finance Committee is recommending a contribution of $4.7 million from property tax revenue toward a total city budget of $30.1 million. Property tax revenue is budgeted $198,000 higher with much of the additional revenue stemming from new construction entering the tax rolls and expired exemptions in 2016.

The first consideration of the budget was held on Tuesday, Sept.6 during the Mandan City Commission meeting. The second and final consideration is scheduled for an Oct. 4 meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. and following a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. All meetings take place at Mandan City Hall, 205 Second Avenue NW.

Sales tax buy-down The Mandan City Commission remains focused on lowering property taxes by fostering retail business growth. The budget committee’s recommendation for 2017 is to contribute 57 percent of projected sales tax revenue to property tax buy-down, as compared to the policy of 50 percent adopted in 2013 and contributions of 40 percent in 2012 and years prior. The sales tax contribution to the general fund budget for 2017 is pegged at $1.3 million in total. Without it, the mill levy would need to be about 17 mills higher.

Lowering mills to offset value increases The taxable valuation of Mandan property is estimated at $80.4 million in 2016, up from $68.4 million in 2015. There was a 13 percent increase in the total value of residential property. The increase to the total value of commercial property was 31 percent. Personnel impacts The 2017 budget does not allow for market or performance adjustments except for promotions, due to a reduction in revenues from the state of North Dakota. The hiring of additional employees is not included in the 2017 budget. The City will re-evaluate vacant or unfilled positions based on need, but intends to fully staff its police and fire departments. Water, sewer and garbage rates pending Water and sewer utility fund base rates

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CITY & COUNTY Budget, continued from previous page.

IT’S TIME TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE BUILDING TRADES

will be considered later in the year once city officials can better determine the level of potential cost share from the N.D. Water Commission for water treatment plant improvement projects and the timing of those projects. The water volume rate will increase by $0.10 per 100 cubic feet, and the waste water volume rate will increase by $0.05 per 100 cubic feet.

The overall impact for an existing residential property using 800 cubic feet or eight units of water per month is a $1.40 increase on the utility bill. The last time the volume rates increased was in 2013.

The solid waste utility fund which covers residential garbage collection and hauling services will see a base rate increase of $0.05 per month per living unit. The residential single-sort recycling service will see a base rate increase of $0.15 per month.

City services only a portion of local property tax bill City services account for about 24 percent of the total mill levy for Mandan property owners. School District, Morton County and Park District services account for the remainder.

At a time when countless college graduates are finding they are underemployed and saddled with crushing student debt, it is time for educators and policymakers to reexamine the widely held belief that a college degree represents the only road to success. The building trades offer a great career path. Regrettably, fewer students are seeking careers in the construction industry because many parents and guidance counselors are steering them toward a college pathway rather than a vocational route.

With the nationwide housing recovery now picking up steam, it is imperative that America trains more workers and leaders in the construction industry. The number of open construction sector jobs in March was 147,000, the third-highest monthly total since the Great Recession ended, according to the latest BLS data. There are programs available for students in the Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding areas that are focused on filling the labor void in the residential housing industry. Area high school students participate in home construction through the Bismarck Public School Career and Technical Center. Dave Peterson, Framing and Interior Carpentry Instructor, guides students in building a home

on site. From designing and drawing plans, to framing and finish work, students use handson study to build skills that will carry over to their future in the workforce.

Bismarck State College has made a significant impact on the home building industry for the past 30 years. The Residential Carpentry Program at BSC under the direction of Earl Torgerson, guides students through the complete construction of a single family home. Areas of study include methods and principles of building construction, construction math, blueprint reading, sustainable/green building, energy efficient building, materials, cabinetry, and drywall. The majority of time spent during the handson building of the home. In addition to carpentry programs, Bismarck Public Schools and BSC offer various areas of study that offer careers in the residential home building industry, including electrical, HVAC and welding. For more information about career training opportunities in Bismarck-Mandan, visit the BPS Career and Technical Center online at http://www.btc.bismarckschools. org/, or Bismarck State College at https:// bismarckstate.edu.

For more information about the 2017 city budget, contact the Finance Department, phone 667-3213. The full budget document will be posted at www. cityofmandan.com.

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BMHBA NEWS

Girl Scouts Welcome New Home Buyers

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s a prelude to Careers in Construction Month in October, BMHBA visited with a local girl Scout troop to visit with youngsters about home building and the many benefits that the many industry trades bring to community. On Sept, 18, BMHBA partnered with the Girl Scouts and the Theo Art School to decorate door mats.

The young ladies learned that there are countless career options in the building trades for men and women alike, and that the industry strengthens communities both financially and socially. In addition to the financial stability that comes with home ownership, studies have shown that home ownership has led to many benefits including increased educational achievement, civic participation, and even improved health. The positive impact that stable housing brings to a community is something to celebrate. In the spirit of the Fall Parade of Homes (POH), the decorated mats were displayed at each participating POH home and will be gifted to first time homebuyers by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency.

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NATIONAL DEFENDER OF HOUSING AWARDS PRESENTED The North Dakota Association of Builders is excited to announce the inaugural recipients of the National Association of Home Builders Defender of Housing Awards. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Sen. John Hoeven, and Rep. Kevin Cramer all have been chosen to receive this honor in thanks for their support of the housing industry during the 114th Congress. Only 130 of the 535 United States legislators will receive this award for 2016.

The goal of the award is to recognize members of Congress who go above and beyond for the housing industry and to thank our lawmakers for the level of attention paid to home building issues and to our overall industry. Congressional members are nominated for the award by our state and local associations based on a variety of important criteria, including support and leadership on housing issues, as well as accessibility to the NAHB membership.

“It is a testament to the quality of our congressional delegates representing North Dakota and NDAB is grateful for the opportunity to speak regularly with Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Senator John Hoeven, and Congressman Kevin Cramer,” says NDAB President, Arnold Karsky of Dickinson. “And the time they consistently give us to educate them on policy and issues that will most help homebuilders in their home state and nationally, make them true champions for housing,” NDAB Executive Officer Kim Schneider says.


GOT NEEDS?

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED! Businesses have many needs, fortunately membership with the BMHBA can help meet them all. If you have the following needs, give us a call at 222-2400 and we can help you out. Additionally, spread the word to businesses that the BMHBA is here to help them.

If You Need To: Increase profitability We Help By: Hosting business operations webinars, sharing news about best practices.

If You Need To: Improve business practices, become more competitive We Help By: Providing education and insight through events, e-news, newsletters, social media.

If You Need To: Increase opportunity We Help By: Hosting networking events, promoting the homeownership and remodeling, hosting public events, garnering media attention, community and business outreach.

If You Need To: Improve quality or productivity We Help By: Granting access to national studies, stories and experts through NAHB. If You Need To: Learn a skill

We Help By: Involvement on committees develops leadership skills, event planning, communication and more and access to education through us and NAHB webinars and events. If You Need To: Build a better network

We Help By: Access to 400 member peers, associations rapport with other associations, industry and government. If You Need To: Gain exposure

We Help By: Sponsor recognition at events, in print and on social media, opportunity to showcase products and services at the Parade of Homes and Home Show, advertising opportunities in the monthly newsletter.

LEAD PAINT RULE, RENOVATOR TRAINING NAHB filed comprehensive comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in September asserting that in its current form, the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule is an inefficient tool for achieving the environmental and health goals of the underlying issues. NAHB strongly encouraged EPA to perform a new economic analysis because, to date, there has yet to be a lead test kit on the market that qualifies with the rule’s standards.

Additionally, NAHB urged EPA to revise the unnecessarily complex and burdensome new renovator recertification requirements recently finalized by the agency and to ensure that certified renovators be provided the resources they need to comply with the program.

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING FUNDS AVAILABLE Job Service North Dakota has funds to help defray the training costs of hiring young adults, not attending school, between the ages of 18-24. Hiring young adults can present opportunities for you to train employees in the skills you need to meet your business needs. Employers receive a 50% reimbursement of wages for up to six months.

Whether you need an entry level position filled or a recent graduate, On-the-Job Training might be a tool to help you fill your positions.

If you interview a young adult (18-24) who lacks the skills for your job opening, yet you may be willing to train while receiving financial help with the job training costs, contact your nearest Job Service North Dakota office to see if On-the-Job training will work for you.

All On-the-Job contracts must be approved before the first day of work.

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED IN MIAMI Your NAHB Board of Directors had a busy four days in August as they met for the 2016 Midyear Meeting in Miami.

In addition to presentations from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s economic advisor Gene Sperling, the board listened to economic forecasts and discussed plans to better position NAHB for the future.

EPA expects to complete its review and issue a report by early to mid-2017. In the meantime, take advantage of lead renovator training offered by the BMHBA on November 8. Register online at bmhba.com/events. Seating is limited. Contact Tracy DeForest at 222-2400 or tracy@bmhba.com for details.

You can review videos of the presentations made on the board floor and read a summary of highlights from the various committee and council meetings that took place that week online at https://goo.gl/ RwuB3k. You must be logged in as an NAHB member to see these resources. For login support, contact the HBA at 222-2400 or email info@bmbha.com.

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NATIONAL NEWS

NEW DATA AVAILABLE ON FIRE SPRINKLER MANDATES Voting members of the International Code Council will once again consider an amendment to move the requirement to install fire sprinkler systems in one- and two-family homes from the main body of the International Residential Code – where it has been since 2009 – back to the appendix.

It makes a difference because when a requirement is part of the main body, it’s much easier for states, counties and local jurisdictions to adopt it lock, stock and barrel when it comes time to update the building codes. When it’s in the appendix, the jurisdiction has to decide to amend the model code to include the requirement.

NATIONAL NEWS

That’s not been an issue for fire sprinkler requirements, though. The overwhelming majority of states have decided that installing the systems should be an option, not a mandate, for home buyers. And the overwhelming majority of home buyers have decided that the systems are not worth the additional expense. This set of tables and maps produced by the NAHB Construction, Codes and Standards Department breaks it down: By either the code adoption process or legislative action, 44 states have rejected fire sprinkler requirements. Only two states – California and Maryland – require them for all new one- and two-family homes.

puts the average cost per system at about $6,000 – can make new homes unaffordable for many buyers.

In addition, today’s smoke alarms, coupled with recent advances in building science and in the building codes themselves – make new homes safer than ever before. Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment Newport Partners, September 2013

This report updates the report, Home Fire Sprinkler Cost Assessment (Fire Protection Research Foundation 2008). The primary purpose of this study is to review current home fire sprinkler system costs against the 2008 benchmark study to gain a better understanding of how increasingly widespread adoption of sprinkler ordinances impacts system cost. Using a larger sample size, the current study attempts to gain a better understanding of the impact of sprinkler ordinances on home fire sprinkler system cost and other factors that affect system cost. The current study examines 51 homes in 17 communities; the 2008 study examined 30 homes in 10 communities. In the 2013 update, the average cost per sprinklered square foot was $1.35. In the 2008 report, the average cost per sprinklered square foot was $1.61. Residential sprinkler system costs, 2008-2013

Delaware, Colorado, Illinois and Wyoming have not chosen to pursue statewide requirements, although Delaware builders are required to give buyers a cost estimate for sprinklers and install them if the buyer wants.

NAHB agrees that fire sprinklers should be an option for all home buyers, and it’s helped state and local HBAs create materials that their builders can use to offer that option. But the price – the Fire Protection Research Association

NATIONAL NEWS

NAHB ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESS For the first time in its 74-year history, NAHB is officially endorsing candidates for the U.S. House and Senate in the upcoming Nov. 8 elections.

“As housing goes, so goes the economy,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady. “This election could determine if the housing and economic recovery stays on track or veers off course. The incumbents and candidates from both political parties that NAHB will be endorsing have all exhibited a commitment to advance policies that will promote homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans.”

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When the 115th Congress convenes in Washington early next year, there will be plenty of unfinished housing business awaiting lawmakers. NAHB believes that Congress must focus on: • Reforming and streamlining the regulatory process.

• Ensuring that any tax reform efforts protect vital housing tax incentives that are needed to keep housing and the economy moving forward. • Easing tight credit conditions for home buyers.

• Enacting comprehensive housing finance reform.

NAHB will be working with its state and local home builders associations to coordinate announcing the endorsements. A full list will be available after all the endorsements have been finalized. NAHB does not endorse candidates for president.


Every new development project whether residential, office or commercial, places added demand for infrastructure and other public facilities such as roads, parks, schools and public transportation.

For much of the 20th century, the burden of paying for the additional infrastructure fell on the public sector, funded by state and local tax collections. Today’s development environment is different as governments routinely shift the burden of new infrastructure costs to the private sector. A series of cases out of Maryland shows just how far some public entities will go to transfer costs to private developers.

An engineering firm found that the District needed to construct a new bypass sewer main to help alleviate the overloading of the old sewer system, as well as provide additional capacity for new development. In 2004, the District decided to build the new bypass main at a cost of $3.2 million.

Around the same time, a handful of developers requested water/sewer allocations to ensure adequate capacity for new development. One of these developers estimated that his build would generate 9,400 gallons of sewage a day, or 0.27% of the 3.5 million gallon capacity of the new bypass. Rather than asking the private developers to pay for

THE NEW OVERTIME RULE

NAHB has developed several resources to help members understand the rule, including a webinar (http://goo.gl/lZSLxL) to help with compliance. For questions on the overtime rule or the resources, please contact Suzanne Beall at 800-368-5242 x8407 or Felicia Watson at x8229.

So while existing users of the sewer system were paying less than $2/front foot, some developers were stuck paying thousands of dollars per year to subsidize the entire cost of the bypass. One developer, who requested an allocation in 2004 but ultimately abandoned his project, has been assessed amounts ranging from $18,000 to $20,709 per year between 2008-2015 on land that is currently unimproved. NAHB advances the position that regardless of how the government shifts this burden, it must meet certain constitutional requirements.

From the constitutional perspective, this is referred to as Nollan/Dolan/Koontz analysis, coming from three important Supreme Court cases. These three cases provide the basic principle: There must be a nexus and rough proportionality between government demands and the impact of a development.

For example, the Constitution does not allow a locality to force the builder of a single lot to build a four-lane highway just because of the traffic impact of the single lot. It must be proportional. A number of developers have brought lawsuits claiming that the District’s actions violate constitutional principles. However, the courts in this case have so far agreed with the District, ruling that Nollan/Dolan/Koontz analysis does not apply to front foot benefit charges.

SCARCE LABOR STILL LIMITS HOUSING GROWTH

NATIONAL NEWS

With the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) having issued a final rule regarding overtime eligibility —specifically the exemption for employees serving in executive, administrative and professional capacities—many EOs running offices and members running businesses are concerned by its impact. Employers must comply with the new rules by Dec. 1, 2016.

the part of the bypass that they would utilize, the District pushed the entire $3.2 million cost onto the small group of property owners by imposing a $30.20/front foot benefit charge.

NATIONAL NEWS

In 2001, the Somerset County Sanitary District began to encounter problems with its sewer system, including frequent backup and overflow of raw sewage.

NATIONAL NEWS

DEVELOPERS PUSH BACK AGAINST BURDENSOME INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS

Despite the steadily increasing demand for housing, residential construction growth continues to be hampered by limited lots, labor and lending. Recent data suggest builder financing conditions are improving, but the larger hurdle of insufficient labor remains.

The volume of AD&C loans for residential construction – which expanded by 16% since the second quarter of 2013 – indicates easing lending conditions. However, the amount of lending is still much lower than in previous years.

In contrast, the most recent count of unfilled construction jobs (214,000) is near the post-recession high of 215,000 set earlier this year. This incessant trend suggests that lack of labor will continue to be a significant supply-side headwind into the foreseeable future.

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MAKING ZERO ENERGY EQUAL A PERFECT 10

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ero-energy homes, also known as net-zero homes, produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis, sometimes producing more energy from solar panels, wind power, or other sources. These homes are far from mainstream, but home builders like South Carolina’s Todd Usher, guest writer for this blog post, are leading the race to get them there. At Addison Homes, we’ve always been green – a progressive niche in a mostly conservative market. Our process of continuous improvement has moved us toward ever-deeper shades of efficiency.

So after a dozen years building the most energy-efficient homes in town – including our market’s first home certified by the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program — we decided to go greener still and built the first mainstream zero energy home in Greenville, S.C.

Designed to showcase zero energy as an attractive, attainable option for conventional consumers, this home combines all the smarts of next-generation high-performance with the savvy of stylish simplicity sought by today’s home owners. Call it green builder math: making zero energy equal a perfect 10 on current market trends. Here are a few lessons we learned while mastering this equation.

Base your quality system on best practices. Addison Homes is committed building homes to verifiable national standards: the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, Indoor airPLUS and WaterSense labels as well as the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program.

These programs — backed by years of building science expertise — provide wellresearched practices that ensure we meet the promises we make to home owners regarding energy savings, comfort, indoor air quality and durability. These provide a perfect complement to our own internal quality processes and procedures. Build strong partnerships with vendors. In addition to its first-in-Greenville zero energy status, this project is the Southeast’s first Active House-certified home. We’ve benefited from strong partnerships with vendors, many of whom participated, for example, in a predrywall tour we hosted for the local HBA and Sales & Marketing Council. Marketing is a must. There’s always been a niche for extreme efficiency – and our goal is to bring that market to the mainstream by building an appealing example of what’s possible with zero energy.

Education is key: We’ve focused on defining what, exactly, zero energy means, how it works and, most important, how it benefits consumers in terms of monetary savings, health and wellness, and comfort. Signs throughout the model home, for example, highlight products and processes. Our website is populated with information about high-performance building science, including an energy dashboard that allows

visitors to view our solar photovoltaic system in action. In addition, we get the message out via social media channels and our twice-monthly educational newsletter as well as interviews and articles in local news media.

The final lesson is this: The market wants solar homes. Our first zero energy home is the model in a 16-lot subdivision where, as of this writing, all but two home sites have been sold and every client has opted to add solar to their rooftop. What’s more, the project has generated interest in renewable energy from our onyour-lot clients, too. “Build it and they will come,” we like to say – this might be cliché elsewhere, but here in Greenville, we never tire of saying so – and our project certainly proves this is a winning strategy.

Build zero energy and/or zero energy ready and clients will indeed come. We’ve learned that low utility bills are high on home buyers’ wish lists, and our model home shows that zero really is a perfect 10. Todd Usher served as president of the HBA of Greenville and holds the distinction of being NAHB’s first-ever Master Certified Green Professional. See photos, descriptions and a project statement about Addison Homes zero-energy project at https://goo. gl/pCXniV.

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APARTMENT ABSORPTION RATE REMAINS STABLE By Carmel Ford

NAHB Commends Sen. Wyden’s New Middle-Income Housing Tax Credit NAHB commended Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) for introducing the MiddleIncome Housing Tax Credit Act of 2016. The legislation builds on the successful Low-Income Housing Tax Credit by creating a new tax credit to spur the development of rental homes affordable to Americans with moderate incomes. The new Middle-Income Housing Tax Credit (MIHTC) would allocate funds to states based on population. State housing authorities would then follow a competitive process to allocate the tax credits to developers for new construction or rehabilitation projects.

Recently released data from the US Census Bureau’s Survey of Market Absorption (SOMA) shows that 54,300 privately financed, non-subsidized rental apartments in buildings with 5 or more units were completed in the first quarter of 2016. Compared to the previous quarter, completions (seasonally adjusted) decreased by 19 percent. However, completions increased by 25 percent yearover-year, from 43,300 in the first quarter of 2015

It is important to note that multifamily starts (structures with 5 or more units) were also down in the first quarter of 2016,

from its peak in the second quarter of 2015. The not seasonally adjusted absorption rate (percent of units rented in 3 months after completion) increased one percentage point to 58 percent in the first quarter of 2016. The absorption rate is slightly down year-over-year from 60 percent in the first quarter of 2015. In the first quarter of 2016, 6,200 subsidized or tax credit-related apartments were completed, which represents approximately 9 percent of total apartment completions. Completions of subsidized apartments and apartments associated with tax credits increased by 27 percent year-over-year.

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“Sen. Wyden’s plan would help spur the production of much-needed affordable rental housing for working American families,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady. “The new MIHTC would serve as a great complement to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, which represents the best of public-private partnerships and is the most successful tool for financing affordable housing.” Under Wyden’s bill, rents in MIHTC properties must not exceed 30% of Area Median Gross Income (AMGI). While the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit caps the incomes of those in qualifying projects at 60% of AMGI, the MIHTC would allow households with incomes that fall between 60% and 100% of the AMGI. “Sen. Wyden’s bill would help to revitalize this existing rental housing stock and to keep housing affordable and available for moderate-income households,” said Brady. “We urge the Senate to act quickly to advance this important housing bill.”

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NDAB NEWS

Volume XXIII, Issue 10

Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders

NDAB-PAC Supports Statewide Candidates

Arnold Karsky NDAB President

This fall NDAB-PAC is putting your PAC dollars to work. Because of NDAB members' generous support, nearly $43,000 is being used to support 55 legislative candidate races across all of North Dakota. Contributions were made based on voting records supporting the housing industry in past sessions, and on candidate forums, which local HBA offices helped to host this summer.

NDAB-PAC is excited to promote pro-housing legislative work and is thankful to our members for the impact we are able to make locally and across the state. We also plan to be busy at the Capitol during the upcoming Legislative Session making sure our message continues to be heard on any and all bills that may affect the home building industry, whether positively or negatively. Be on the look out for information to be released over the coming months and watch for ways that you can get involved. To start, mark these dates on your calendar and plan to join NDAB if possible. Again, thanks to all for your support of PAC and we look forward to working your behalf! Tuesday, January 3: 65th ND Legislative session begins February 15: Chili and Oyster Feed with Legislators in partnership with the ND Board of Realtors March 16: NDAB day at the Capitol with Lunch with Legislators in the Great Hall On another note, BUILD-PAC is making an impact with national PAC funds for November Elections. To help elect pro-housing candidates in November, the BUILD-PAC Board of Trustees on Aug. 10 approved more than $500,000 in contributions to federal pro-business candidates running for office this fall. “This election year is more important than ever for the housing industry. The outcome on Nov. 8 will set the stage for the future of housing,” said BUILD-PAC chairman Eugen Graf. “We need to work together as an industry to support our champions and advocates in Congress this fall.” As NAHB’s political action committee, BUILD-PAC helps elect the most qualified pro-housing, pro-business candidates to federal office. BUILD-PAC is bipartisan, supporting both Democrats and Republicans who help promote and protect the housing industry’s agenda. BUILD-PAC’s Board of Trustees, comprised of 150 NAHB members throughout the country, determine which candidates receive support. During the 2014 election year, BUILD-PAC supported more than 370 pro-housing candidates, and 95% of these candidates won their seats in November. NAHB also will begin endorsing Congressional candidates for the first time this fall, to help members identify the pro-housing candidates in their districts – and to remind members about the importance of participating in this election. To learn more on NAHB’s BUILD-PAC page or contact Meghan Everngam at 800368-5242 x8259.

October 2016

2017 NAHB International Builders Show

Kim Schneider NDAB Executive Officer

What is IBS? Why should I attend IBS? Who attends IBS? What are the costs involved? These are often the questions we hear when discussing the International Builders Show which will be held in Orlando, FL January 10-12. We encourage our members from across ND to join the over 60,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. Plus, as an NAHB member you have the opportunity to participate in NAHB committee meetings and the Board of Directors meeting.

Below are NAHB’s Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend: Education: Access fresh content with 80% original programing in more than 130 education sessions in 8 industry tracks. Exhibits: Explore in-demand products on the industry's largest exhibit floor with 1,400+ top manufacturers and suppliers in more than 500,000 square feet of exhibits. Design & Construction Week®: Your IBS registration includes access to the exhibit floors included in Design & Construction Week—the International Builders' Show® and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show®. IBS Centrals: Network with industry leaders and focus on questions and issues unique to your niche market with access to 6 IBS Centrals—55+ Housing, Custom Building, Design, Multifamily, Remodelers and Sales. High Performance Building Zone: See live construction demos led by top building science experts featuring the latest methods, tips and tricks in high performance building. Awards Ceremonies: IBS is a great place to rub elbows with the best of the best in the building industry and is home to many awards ceremonies and events. Networking & Special Events: The entire industry will be at IBS! Special events including The Official IBS House Party and the Young Pro Party give you the opportunity to relax and unwind while networking with the business partners you need to grow your business. IBS Closing Spike Concert: This spectacular closing event will feature a private concert by 2016 Grammy Award winners for Best Country Song and Best Country Group Performance, Little Big Town! All work & no play: Not at IBS! Orlando is a fantastic destination with tons of exciting things to see and do—bring the entire family to explore and don't miss the IBS Opening Ceremonies, headlined by legendary quarterback Peyton Manning as the Keynote Speaker! The Incredible Value: You won't find another show that gives you this much access to the vital information and connections you need at such low pricing! Early registration runs now through November 11. Regular registration is November 12-January 7 and you can even register onsite. Check out http://www.buildersshow.com/Home/ to learn more!

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 1720 Burnt Boat Drive, Suite 207, Bismarck, ND 58503-0801 701/222-2401 or 800/326-4746 www.ndbuild.com

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AROUND THE STATE Around the the State State Around

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BMHBA hasofbeen busy following withFall an average 300-500 people through each Builders, SourisGaron River Designs, Anasazi inhome. scholarships to local school HBA of F-M finished a high workforce video 2016 Parade of Homes – 17, 2016 -Craftsmen will host the ordinance updates in Bismarck andwho helped, sponsored, Applegren Construction and The Builders, Heartland Developers, ArK students and college students in or We would like to thank everyone to promote the trades to youth and hosted Sept. 29 - Oct. contact Jackie@willistonbuilders.com for Mandan, Burleigh and2.Morton Counties. planning on enrolling in theevent. construction Property Investment, Future Builders, adults. donated, and participated! Wedated greatly appreciate everyone’s questions. Allassociation are reviewing and updating  The actively pursued programs. 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The event was a  Member Services Director Tracy purchase at each to home. They are valid Thank you so much our Annual a additional fantastic summer, and are looking forward to seeing our 7,786 owner-occupied homes • The MAB golf tournament hugely successful. Almost 80 into success withAssociation 75 members in attendance. DeForest launched aisnew Association for was the whole day and provide entry Forx Builders Banquet Sponsors! Your support by 2030. The HBA working on a task members at our monthly meetings. people partook in a day of golf and revelry. The Builder Ball Support Campaign to confirm all 2017  Just under 20 members attended a Lunch all homes. Betty McDonald, Executive Officer force to explore implementation of the helped us to put on a great event! We Drop raised over $2,500 for the Souris Valley AnimalisShelter Session with local building officials to talk • sponsorships. 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Platinum Builders,  WABASponsors—Kuntz has had many changes over the Irene Schafer, Executive Officer you to all ourExecutive hole and door prize Betty McDonald, Tiffaney Officer • A Dolechek, candidateExecutive social for North Dakota Legislator challenger andmost ofOfficer • all to The MAB Builders Inc. Banquet is just around theWe corner! The date and Winn Construction, Inc. sponsors and all the last several months. lost both of our 701-483-0044 dickinsonareabuilders.com 701-746-4536 forxbuilders.com 701-483-0044 incumbentsdickinsonareabuilders.com was held at the end of August. The golfers HBA of that F-M made it a fun is set for October 25th atExecutive 6 PM. Directors. Jackie moved back day. Ourgreat regular GMM was heldwas at was the Eagles had and able to meetmany candidates.   DABA’s 1stattendance Parade of Homes Silver to Sponsor—ProBuild Salt Lake City, Janna accepted the  Lumber There was good attendance at Slate has begun Mart West hosted the • Planning for the 2017 Home and Garden Show. The Club on November withand a moment September 10th and 11 11th, it was of a President of the Williston Area Chamber Interior Design’s November Builders after September Builders after Hours and • success! The HBAWe of F-M a Moorhead City Association is set to refresh thisReception oldie but goodie! Several new silence honoring ourhome veterans. had held 13 entries in theCouncil Candidate of Commerce. This all happened within NDAB-PAC Sponsor—Bosch Hours. Thank you Alissa. new have been brought forth to make it even better our than ever. Forum. There are four council seats open for theshowcased upcoming their beautifulideas with an average of 300-500  Parade Our Home Show committee is busy a 2 week period, just before Lumber Co. showroom and Builders office space.  The December after Hours will be election. people through each Show home.inWe would planning our Home April, 2nd annual golf tournament, first clay hosted by thewill Membership Committee and  October 10th be our General Williston Area Builders Association adding new likeupdating to thankand everyone whofeatures. helped, shooting event, annualWest, picnic,LLC first ever Banner Sponsor—Roers thethe Board of Directors at Keith’s Security • HBA of F-M finished a workforce video to promote trades Membership Meeting at the Ramada. 701-572-5744 | willistonbuilders.com raffle, and WABA hosting NAHB  sponsored, Our main donated, focus rightand nowparticipated! is on World. Jim Bisson owner of Keith’s Lock & We are excited to have UND’s head tothe youth and adults. everyone’s We greatly Key will be retiring the • endWABA of Decemberhad many changes Chairman Ed Brady in several Willistonmonths. where State appreciate Meeting here in Dickinson. We over the last hockey coach Berry as our has guest and will58 be Brad helping him We celebrate this of our support and are excited to make next are looking forward to making this a he gaveDirectors. his with the back to Also, Thank you“Breakfast to the NDAB 2015 • The Fall Parade of Homes and Remodeled Homespeaker. Tourwehad lostthe both Executive Jackie moved We will also announce milestone. special night for Arnold Karsky as he is year’s even better! Builders”. Partners! We appreciate SaltYear Lake City, Janna accepted thetruly President of theyour Williston homes and continued its new website and mobile app. and Associate of the installed our State President.  Builder Our Home Design and Garden Show will  Summer is as officially over which means support andFall weParade have enjoyed serving  WABA of Homes is October Area Chamber of Commerce. This all happened within a 2 Awards.  weBuilders Following wetoalso busy planning our be held April 1, 2 & 3 at the Alerus Center. are goingthat, back monthly you throughout theThe entire year! Forx Association 22nd and annual 23rd. Board of Directors week period, just before our 2nd golf tournament, first  Hot Spring Spas and Pool Tables 2 will annual Christmas Party. Newly elected membership meetings. 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We’re also 701-746-4536 hosting NAHB Chairman Ed Brady in Williston where he gave Executive Officer 17th. committee putting final touches to a areher looking forward to seeing our trying to start a Watford City Chapter as his “Breakfast Builders”. very special evening at the Elks Club. minotab.com 701-852-0496 22nd is scheduled for our 2nd with the we • members Our Annual Golfmonthly Outing meetings. was a great time had byOctober 127 golfers at our see the possibilities of many  atWe would like to take this opportunity to Annual Chili are looking • We WABA Fall for Parade of members Homes isfrom October there. 22nd and 23rd. the Country Marvin Windows was ourCook-Off.  With theGF end of the Club. year sneaking up on and  Doors We are “Holiday Open House” extend an invitation to Kim and Heather for all thehaving greatacooks in our The December Board of Directors has locked been stepping upthree to keep the us, we are looking for members to join  We’ve in our next GMM’s event sponsor. First State Bank sponsored the registration our members here at the office and other associations to attend our membership to submit their favorite chili Association moving forward. We’re also Thursday trying toUtilities start a the board, a committee, both! Wethe areregistration 15th from noon-7pm with food and they’re as followed, brats, Weber Irrigationor sponsored keg and Christmas party. Gold Partner Montana Dakota recipe. Applegren Construction willCity openChapter as we see the possibilities of many beverage. Watford to plan ourand annual Christmas September 22nd at First International Premium Waters provided bottles golfers. One for our group.  starting Merry Christmas Happywater New Year to for theup their shop Garon from there. Party and 2017 Home Show, and look members Bank and Trust. Our October GMM is Silver Partners - Bismarck-Mandan everyone! lucky, talented golfer scored a Hole in One! Congratulations Williston Area Builders Association Construction, Applegren Construction forward to both of these events. October 20th at Bakken Dickinson Contracting Home Builders Association, • host We’ve andLutz, The Craftsmen will the locked event. in our next three GMM’s they’re as followed, to Bobby Riske from Structural Materials, Inc. Thank you to Janna Executive Officer Southview Clubhouse. Home We’veBuilders locked in Area Builders Association, Thursday September 22nd at First International Bank and 701-572-5744 all Johnson, our hole Executive and door Vice prizePresident sponsors and most of all to all the willistonbuilders.com our Annual meeting at McCody Bryce Minot Association of Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, & Bryce Johnson, Executive President Trust. Our October GMMConcrete, is OctoberThursday 20th at Bakken Contracting golfers that made Vice it a fun day. November 10th. 6 hbafm.com 701-232-584 Elysha Head, Executive Northern Plumbing Supply  WABA welcomesOfficer new incoming board Clubhouse. hbafm.com 701-232-5846 Southview We’ve locked in our Annual meeting at This is where we will award the Builder 701-852-0496 members: Lance Bevier ofminotab.com Tractor and •  Lumber Mart West hosted the September Builders after McCody Concrete, Thursday November 10th. This is where we Thank you to everyone who attended our and Associate of the Year, the winners  The HBA of F-M had 120 golfers at its Bronze Partners - of Bell Bank & Equipment Co., Joan Mainwaring of Hours and showcased their beautiful new showroom andgolf  The MAB tournament wasaward hugely will the Builder and theState Year,swear the winners Awards Gala & Annual Meeting. The HBA of theAssociate Parade ofAssociation, Homes, in our September Outing and raised over American State Bank and Trust Co., and Trust, Forx Builders Minot successful. Almost 80 people partook in of Homes, office space. of F-M award the winners of Contracting. the Parade inand ourour new Board, and our newswear Board, new President $2,000 forcelebrated PAC between July and and Bob Radermacher of Bakken Association of Builders, ND Guaranty &Bob a day of golf and revelry. new The Builder scholarship recipients with over 200 of its President Bob Horab owner of McCody Concrete. Our Horab owner of McCody Concrete. Our September outings.  Mark Schneider, LJA, was sworn in as our Title Co., ND Housing Finance Agency, • October 10th will be our General the over $2,500 for the members. The awards went to ClayMembership Meeting Ball Dropatraised December social is scheduled for December 8th where we December social is scheduled for incoming WABA President at our Annual  ARamada. candidate social for North Dakota ProBuild, RDO Equipment Co., & Williston Dietrich,We Dietrich Homes, Inc., Builder of head hockey are excited to have UND’s coach Souris Valley Animal Shelter and meet MAB.with our representatives 8th where we usually meet usually and senators, (location Meeting in November. Legislator challenger and speaker. incumbents AreaDecember Builders Association the Year; Paul Krabbenhoft, Coldwell Brad Berry as our guest We will also announce the The Association looks forward to making with our representatives and senators, is not set up). Banker First Realty, Associate of the Year; was held at the end of August. The HBA Top Spikes wereand alsogolf recognized: tournament ball dropBill even Builder and Associate of Dan the Year Awards.  the (location is not set up). Heritage BEAM; Beecher, of F-M had Homes, great attendance and was Murphy and Davenext Nordenstrom became more successful year. Foam Doctor’s LLC, Extra Mile; John Life Spikes in 2015! able to meet many candidates.

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