September 2020 Building Buzz

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

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

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PRESIDENT Sattler Homes 701-255-7628 jeff@bismarckbuilder.com VICE PRESIDENT Aspire Homes 701-426-8583 greg@daretoaspire.com 2ND VICE PRESIDENT Triton Homes 701-223-3030 jamie.schmidt@investcore.com

Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air 701-222-2155 greg@northernplains.net Townsquare Media 701-250-6602 bill.schmid@townsquaremedia.com

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Stoneshire Builders 701-471-6935 brian@stoneshirebuilders.com

TREASURER Boulder Homes 701-400-5554 boulderhomesnd@gmail.com Great Plains Rehab 701-400-0676 rtank@primecare.org

Hallmark Homes 701-471-7634 hallmarkhomes@outlook.com

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Dakota OutdoorScapes 701-214-1255 mckenzie@ndscapes.com

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Joe Vetter Construction 701-258-9394 joevetterjvc@gmail.com

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Apex Builders 701-527-7899 amy@apexbuildersnd.com

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

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Representing the diversity of the building industry, the BMHBA consists of building specialists from every section of the construction field and associated industries. Your membership strengthens our voice in Bismarck-Mandan construction sector as well as at a state and national level. Please renew your membership by September 30th, 2020.

Jamie Sorenson

Christine Rivinius

Lee Mitzel

Mitch Kaelberer

Amy Asche

Ardis Gloria

Kelly Royball

Terry Walch

Judy Maslowski

Jason Kerner

Ryan Hiatt

Jeff Kilber

Shaneille Ulmer

Ken Knodel

David Jensen

Mike Bohrer

Lindsey Matter

Steve Gerhardt

Chad Schumacher

Bob Lussenden

Jon Rick

Ken Knodel

Brittany Stuhlmiller

Aaron Frohlich

Aaron Lunde

Kassy Landis

Sam Foss

Jerry Eggert

Tammy Fransen


2020 September has arrived, schools are back in session and fall is on the way. Our home builder members have been hard at work this summer with custom homes and getting ready for the fall parade of Homes. This year we have 27 homes entered in the fall parade of homes. Parade of homes is September 24-27 , thank you to all the builder members who have entered a home this year and in the past. Thursday and Friday times are the same as last year – homes will be open from 5-8PM. We are continuing the use of e-tickets and paper tickets again this year. Check in on paper tickets are no longer required. th

Last month we hosted a meet and greet for our new Executive Officer, Dawn Watson and hosted a kickoff party for the Professional Women in Building group that has been started through the BMHBA. I would like to thank everyone involved in getting the PWB off the ground and established as an official council with NAHB.

Regards,

2020 PRESIDENT :: BMHBA

On Aug 20th, the BMHBA held it annual sporting clay shoot. I believe it was the hottest day of the year that day, but we still had an excellent turn out. Thank you to everyone that registered and shot in the event. This year we had huge support from our sponsors. Over 15 companies supported this year’s Sporting Clay Shoot. Thank you to each one of you for making this year’s event a huge success. I would encourage everybody to either consider a seat on the BMHBA Board or think of somebody to nominate for a board position. If you have any question on running for a board position just contact the office and they can help answer any questions. To nominate someone to serve on our board of directors. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/ r/2020Board.


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BISMARCK SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING Big River Builders Diversity Homes Diversity Homes Diversity Homes J.E. Homes J.E. Homes Joe Vetter Construction K&L Homes K&L Homes K&L Homes Legendary Homes Pinnacle Homes Prestige Homes Sattler Homes

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MANDAN SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING Diversity Homes Copper Ridge Design Diversity Homes J.E. Homes J.E. Homes J.E. Homes Premier Homes Premier Homes Premier Homes Premier Homes Verity Homes Verity Homes Verity Homes Verity Homes

404 Fields Court SE 507 Cobblestone Lp SW 404 Fields Court SE 3809 Amari Lp NW 3838 Amari Lp NW 3821 Amari Lp NW 2425 Water Park Lp SE 2427 Water Park Lp SE 2429 Water Park Lp SE 2431 Water Park Lp SE 505 Lena Ct 3718 Amity Circ SE 3710 Amity Circle SE 2006 34th Ave SE

Verity Homes Verity Homes Verity Homes Verity Homes

4520 Corvette St NW 4522 Corvette St NW 3814 Amity Circle SE 3706 Amity Circle SE


BMHBA SPORTING Thank you to our sponsors!

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CLAY SHOOT A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS AND MEMBERS FOR SUPPORTING THIS YEAR’S 2020 SPORTING CLAY SHOOT! As your new Executive Officer, my goal has been to increase attendance at all of our upcoming BMHBA events in 2020. I am happy to report that since I started April 1st, I have done just that! We have had three successful events already. Our annual Golf Tournament, PWB Council Launch Party and our annual Sporting Clay Shoot! I am currently working on our Fall Parade of Homes that is scheduled for September 24-27, 2020! I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring support from all of our members. I have enjoyed getting on the phone and introducing myself to all of you and getting to know you and your companies better.

I would like to take this time to say thank you to all of YOU! Thank you for the warm welcome and thank you

for helping me make a difference with our local association.

Thank you, BMHBA builder, associate, and affiliate members. Thank you for stepping up! We appreciate all the support you have given, and we thank you for your sponsorship and participation in 2020.

At this year’s Sporting Clay Shoot we had 15 companies that supported our association with sponsorship. We also had members that formed 6-man teams to make this event successful! Because of the generous sponsorship, I was able to provide 1st , 2nd, and 3rd place team winners with fun prizes. We also gave away a grill this year for the T-box contest that was sponsored by ACME tools and we presented the best shooter of the clay shoot with a fishing package door prize. Also, numerous door prizes were given away because of the support from all the companies involved! We ended our event with a drawing for a $450 gun from Scheels. At this time, I would like to recognize those companies below and say thank you! You are making a difference in our BMHBA association. We could not put on great events like this without your support. I have included a few photos below of our Sporting Clay Shoot. If you did not participate this year, we hope to see you next year! Dawn Watson BMHBA Executive Officer

2ND PLACE WINNERS

BEST SHOT WINNER BRAID MAIER

GUN WINNER ALEX ROEDER

3RD PLACE WINNERS

ACME GRILL WINNER CHRIS KAUTZ

1ST PLACE WINNERS


North Dakota’s very first Professional Women in Building council is officially on its way to becoming chartered! Our group had a successful launch event Aug 12th in the backyard of the BMHBA. We are thrilled to report that 34 women have completed the necessary paperwork in become founding members. This is just the beginning in creating an environment where women can come together to connect, grow leadership skills and be role models for the next generation of home building professionals. Professional Women in Building is dedicated to supporting home building and encouraging women within the industry. Join the NAHB Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council Sept. 14-18 for PWB Week 2020, recognizing and celebrating the important contributions of women in the residential construction industry. The leadership team is comprised of: • • • • •

Vicki Moran- Chair- Hallmark Homes Lori Willson - 1st Vice Chair - Northern Plains Plumbing & Heating Kelli Thompson - 2nd Vice Chair- Fabricators Unlimited Nadine Schaff - Treasurer - American Bank Center Marcie Franklund - Secretary - Front Street Millwork & Lumber

We look forward to promoting and supporting community involvement and are very excited for what the future holds for our local council. This year, PWB Week will focus on “Diversifying the Construction Industry,” where women make up just over 10 percent of the workforce. For more information about the Bismarck-Mandan Professional Women in Building Council, you can reach out to us on our Facebook page at Bismarck Mandan Professional Women in Building.

September has been designated by the National Association of Home Builders as Associate Member Appreciation Month!

industry. You truly are an invaluable member and we appreciate you!

Dawn Watson I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK BMHBA Executive Officer YOU for your membership, leadership and connections that you provide across the association. Your contributions to your local, state and national association makes a big impact on the home-building


The Lander Group is one step closer to bringing roughly 90 new options for housing to downtown Bismarck. The Group is planning two separate development projects on the north side of East Avenue A on both sides of North 2nd Street. The east side project, named "The Renaissance Lofts," will be four stories in height with approximately 65-67 units. The west side, named "The Grove" will have a more traditional design containing roughly 23 units. The designs were approved for both projects. The Group still needs to undergo a site plan review and apply for building permits before they can begin construction. "We understand that people living downtown shop downtown. There's just more life. There's more security. They're watching the streets. It's safer. So, we've been seeking this for a number of years. And so, it's very exciting that there's actually multiple projects that are underway," says Bismarck City Planner Daniel Nairn. Before they can break ground, five structures in the area would need to be demolished. Lander Group hopes to begin construction this Spring.

Mandan Commissioners are putting the water intake project on hold again, this time through October. Mandan draws some of its water from the Missouri River, but as the river changes, the current intake isn’t going to bring in enough water. The city has received bids on a new intake that came in over the engineer’s estimate so the commission is waiting to see if the State Water Commission will increase its contribution in October. “It was a split vote but as a whole they’re not comfortable with increasing the funding or funding new projects at this time,” said Justin Froseth, Mandan engineer. Staff are awaiting on the water commission to move forward.

As Burleigh County Commissioners make their budget, they may be able to cut taxes a little more for residents next year. The treasurer says they’ll receive money from the state for the 2021 uniformed law enforcement payroll in September. State staff recommend that the payment be used to reduce property taxes in the state. “That’s very good information. Again, I’d like to see us reduce that mill levy by at least one and a half, and I still think that leaves us at least a little bit to clean up some projects and whatnot,” said Jim Peluso, commissioner. They are waiting to see the first payment before finalizing decisions.


2020 NDAB PRESIDENT NATE APPLEGREN

NDAB CEO · KIM SCHNEIDER

As we say goodbye to summer and hello to Fall, it is also time to look forward to 2021 and the various positions at your local, state and national levels. Because an association can only be as effective as the members who serve, taking an active role, and volunteering on various committees is vitally important to the health and longevity of the association. Often, committee and council members set the stage for the policy agenda and other association objectives established and executed by the Board of Directors. These positions also allow you to become more engaged and active with your association, provides networking opportunities along with personal and professional growth.

On the local level, meet with your peers and Executive Officer to discuss the Board of Directors, PAC, or various committees that might have an opening for a new volunteer. At the state level, we have positions on our Board of Directors where you will represent your local association along with members from the remaining 5 locals. We have ladder positions if you are interested in stepping into a leadership role, including being State President. NDAB-PAC Trustees play an important role with fundraising for ND candidates that are vital in making rules and laws that impact our industry. Advocacy is one of the main pieces of our mission and being a part of the Government Affairs committee helps to be a voice with elected officials at the local, state and national levels. Education for our members and education to the youth about our industry is a key part of being active with the education committee. Any amount of time you can contribute is valued and appreciated as your voice matters at all levels. We have many members who have been active with the state at various levels for many years. If you have any further questions, please let me know and I can talk it through with you or connect you with a builder or associate member to share their personal experiences. Every year, NAHB invites all members in good standing to consider serving on a committee or council board of trustees. These groups meet in person during the Spring and Fall Leadership Meetings and at the International Builders’ Show to discuss legislative and regulatory news, business updates, economic and design trends and other issues of importance to the membership and to the industry. Their role is to make informed recommendations to the NAHB Board of Directors on matters of policy. If you are interested in joining an NAHB committee, the application can be found on NAHB’s website once you log in. If you have any questions, please let our office know. To all those that serve at the local, state and national levels, please know that all of us at NDAB are very grateful for your continued dedication and support. Take care, Nate Applegren, NDAB President



The recent spike in softwood lumber prices has caused the price of an average new single-family home to increase by $16,148 since April 17, according to NAHB standard estimates of lumber used to build the average home. Similarly, the market value of the average new multifamily home has increased by $6,107 over the same period due to the surge in lumber prices. According to Random Lengths, as of Aug. 21 the price of framing lumber topped $800 per thousand board feet — a 130% increase since mid-April. NAHB calculated these average home price increases based on the softwood lumber that goes into the average new home, as captured in the Builder Practices Survey conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs. Included is any softwood used in structural framing (including beams, joists, headers, rafters and trusses), sheathing, flooring and underlayment, interior wall and ceiling finishing, cabinets, doors, windows, roofing, siding, soffit and fascia, and exterior features such as garages, porches, decks, railing, fences and landscape walls. The softwood products considered include lumber of various dimensions (including any that may be appearance grade or pressure treated for outdoor use), plywood, OSB, particleboard, fiberboard, shakes and shingles — in short, any of the products sold by U.S. sawmills and tracked on a weekly basis by Random Lengths. At the prices reported by Random Lengths on April 17, 2020, the total cost to a builder for all the lumber and lumber-related products described above was $16,927 for the products in an average singlefamily home, and $5,940 for the products in an average multifamily home. But by the time Random Lengths reported prices on Aug. 21, the cost to builders had risen to $30,470 for the softwood lumber products in an average single-family home, and $11,061 for the products in an average multifamily home. This is a $13,543 (80%) and $5,122 (86%) increase respectively, in only four months. The price of the home to the ultimate buyer has gone up by even somewhat more than this, due to factors such as interest on construction loans, brokers’ fees, and margins required to attract capital to residential construction and get construction loans underwritten. For items such as lumber that are purchased and used throughout the construction process, NAHB has estimated that the buyer’s price will increase by an additional 19.2% (see the appendix to Government Regulation in the Price of a New Home for details). The bottom line is that the spike in lumber prices that occurred between April 17 and Aug. 21 caused the price of an average new single-family home to increase by $16,148, and the market value of an average new multifamily home to increase by $6,107.


Join the NAHB Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council Sept. 14-18 for PWB Week 2020, recognizing and celebrating the important contributions of women in the residential construction industry.

Contact Your Member of Congress on Soaring Lumber Costs NAHB is seeking prompt action from President Trump and the Administration regarding soaring lumber prices (80% increase since mid-April) and supply shortages that are harming the housing industry. But to support this effort, we need you to reach out to Congress for relief. Housing has been a bright spot during the pandemic and the industry can do its part to continue to create jobs and lead the economy forward, but the Administration needs to address skyrocketing lumber prices and chronic shortages. Please contact your member of congress and have them speak directly with the Administration regarding lumber prices and lumber shortages.

This year, PWB Week will focus on “Diversifying the Construction Industry,” where women make up just over 10 percent of the workforce. Follow along with daily blog posts; join an online panel event; and share our social media posts. The week is sponsored by Lowe’s Pro Services. Check out the PWB Week Toolkit at nahb.org/PWBWeek to find more ways to get the most out of the week. Tips include: •

Lead a discussion in your community focused on this year’s theme of Diversifying the Industry, or one of the daily topic themes featured throughout the week. – Monday: PWB Supports the Next Generation of Leaders – Tuesday: Jobs are Genderless: Highlighting Women in the Trades – Wednesday: Women Leaders Making an Impact on the Industry – Thursday: Diversifying the Residential Construction Industry – Friday: PWB Community Connections Engage through social media by incorporating Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Make sure to use the hashtag #PWBWeek2020 to amplify your activities and to increase visibility for your message.

Connect by hosting a virtual happy hour or after-work gathering to highlight one of the daily themes of PWB Week. Educate your members and community about PWB, your Council and local HBA’s strong base of support for women in the residential construction industry. Invite influential female representatives from home building and remodeling companies or an industry consultant or legislator that supports home building to speak at an HBA forum. Raise awareness about PWB and celebrate the women in the industry through our social media takeover on Friday, Sept. 18, during the PWB Community Connection. Through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, or on your website, help us elevate the individual women working in the industry, in your Council, or PWB members by using the hashtag #PWBProud to share their stories.

We look forward to celebrating PWB Week 2020 with you!


The Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register on Aug. 13 announcing a proposed rulemaking to change the definition of showerheads and the test procedure for multi-nozzle fixtures. These changes could result in increased water usage across the country. Builders in regions such as the Southwest may already be experiencing restrictions because of water scarcity, and these proposed changes may negatively impact their ability to do business. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that showers currently account for nearly 1.2 trillion gallons of water use each year. That’s 17% of all indoor water use in the United States and about 40 gallons per day per family.

term “showerhead.” DOE defined showerhead in 2013 as “a component or set of components distributed in commerce for attachment to a single supply fitting, for spraying water onto a bather, typically from an overhead position, excluding safety shower showerheads.” DOE now proposes to define showerhead as: “Showerhead means any showerhead (including a handheld showerhead) other than a safety shower showerhead.” This aligns with the definition in ASME A112.18.1–2018. DOE

Before 1994, showerheads typically had a flow rate of 5.5 gallons per minute (gpm). Since then, DOE has limited showerheads to 2.5 gpm to conserve not only water, but fuel for the water heater. Models that display a WaterSense label use no more than 2 gpm (a 20% savings) and must also perform as well as or better than standard models. In DOE’s current database of 12,499 showerheads, 74% use ≤ 2.0 gpm. A 2016 test of showerheads by Consumer Reports found that those with the best ratings provided satisfactory water flow and met federal standards. It is important to understand that low water pressure in a home has the potential to impact the stream from any type of showerhead. A plumber can advise whether adjusting or replacing the pressure regulator would boost the flow. Fixtures with multiple nozzles must currently meet the 2.5 gpm requirement in total (if there are three nozzles, the sum of the flows must be ≤ 2.5 gpm). In the proposed rule, each nozzle of the fixture would be allowed to spray up to 2.5 gpm, and only one of the heads in the fixture would require testing. DOE estimates this will impact about 3% of models currently on the market. DOE is also proposing to change its interpretation of the

additionally proposes to include its interpretation of the term “showerhead” to mean “an accessory to a supply fitting for spraying water onto a bather, typically from an overhead position.” This change facilitates the interpretation for multinozzle showerheads to be treated as multiple independent showerheads located within one housing, each required to meet the 2.5 gpm federal standard. Public comments are allowed until Sept. 14, 2020.

For more information about NAHB’s sustainable and green building programs, contact Program Manager Michelle Diller. And to stay current on the highperformance residential building sector, follow NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building team on Twitter.


In a sign that the housing market continues to lead the economy during the coronavirus outbreak, sales of newly built, single-family homes rose in July to its highest pace since 2006. Sales increased 13.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 901,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The July rate is 36.3% higher than the July 2019 pace. New home sales are up 8% on a year-to-date basis. “This is exactly what NAHB’s builder confidence survey has been indicating in recent months. Consumers are being driven by low interest rates, a growing focus on the importance of housing and a shift in buyers seeking homes in lower density areas,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke, a custom home builder from Tampa, Fla. “Despite these positive conditions, affordability challenges remain especially as builders are dealing with building cost increases, including a dramatic rise in lumber costs in recent months.”

construction, with that count up 34% year-over-year,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “In contrast, sales of completed, ready-to-occupy homes are down almost 24%. These measures point to continued gains for single-family construction ahead.” A new home sale occurs when a sales contract is signed or a deposit is accepted. The home can be in any stage of construction: not yet started, under construction or completed. In addition to adjusting for seasonal effects, the July reading of 901,000 units is the number of homes that would sell if this pace continued for the next 12 months. Inventory fell to a four-month supply, with 299,000 new single-family homes for sale, 8.8% lower than July 2019. The current supply is the lowest since 2013. Of the inventory total, just 61,000 are completed and ready to occupy. The median sales price was $330,600, up from $308,300 a year earlier.

Regionally, on a year-to-date basis, new home sales were up in all four regions: 21.7% in the Northeast, 20.4% in the “New home sales are benefitting from the suburban shift, Midwest, 4.8% in the South, and 8.7% in the West. as prospective buyers seek out affordable markets in order For more, visit nahb.org. to obtain more residential space. Moreover, sales are increasingly coming from homes that have not started

The United States inappropriately applied countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber, according to a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement ruling issued today.

In recent months, U.S. home builders have experienced a dramatic increase in lumber prices, as strong demand exceeds supply. Since mid-April, prices have increased more than 130%. As a result, the price of the average new singlefamily home has risen more than $16,000, and the price for an average new multifamily unit has gone up over $6,000.

The WTO report came in response to Canada’s challenge of the U.S. Commerce Department’s imposition of countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber in 2017, Since the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement after the countries failed to reach a new agreement on expired in October 2015, NAHB has been urging U.S. officials softwood lumber. to sit down with their Canadian counterparts to work out a lasting agreement on imports of Canadian softwood lumber. In its finding, the WTO is asking Commerce to reassess duties imposed on Canadian softwood lumber in a way that In recent weeks, NAHB has repeated its request that conforms with international obligations under the World Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Trade Agreement. Representative Robert Lighthizer re-engage with Canadian officials and hammer out a long-term agreement on “The WTO report could not have come at a more softwood lumber that works for both nations. NAHB is also important time,” said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke. asking the U.S. Lumber Coalition to find ways to increase “America’s home builders need a sound trade agreement to production in response to strong demand. ensure a consistent supply of reasonably priced lumber. The WTO ruling could provide the impetus for a resumption of Read more on nahb.org about how NAHB is pushing for trade talks between the United States and Canada.” lower lumber prices.


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$10 tickets are available at all parade homes, it gets you into all homes, all 4 days