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“We Build Community” 270 Communication Way, #5-G Hyannis, MA. 02601 O: 774-470-2943 F: 774-470-2946 www.capecodbuilders.org

June/July 2013

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

CSL Education Stats

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Greeting members!

Permit Statistics

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HBRAMA Awards Ceremony

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Mulch Regulations

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Labor Shortage Survey Results

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Government Affairs Update from Lobbyist, Ben Fierro

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This June marks the end of my two years as your president. It has been a productive, successful and a very satisfying term. We have seen great membership growth, indicative of the direction our industry is headed and a flourishing interest in keeping it a viable leader of the Cape economy.

Call to Action: ICC Bldg Code

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Cape GMC Offer The Nice Guys

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Home Builders on the Hill (Capitol that is)

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Home & Garden Expo 9 Kitchen Inspirations planned for Fall 2013

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Offer from Arts Fdtn 40% Discount

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New and Renewed Members April & May

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Boston Marathon Survisors Accessibility Project

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The strength of HBRACC is solely dependent upon its membership. Our goal has been to provide added value and relevancy to entice new membership, and maintain our current level

fectious beyond explanation. For this we are fortunate. We look forward to many more years with her.

I am confident in our mission moving forward. We continue to fill our director and officer seats with people devoted to our mission and enthusiastic about our success. Chris Duren will continue to do what she does for us, a top notch job. Our achievements in the last two years would likely have not been possible without her. The vigor in which she carries out her vision for HBRACC is in-

NAHB’s BuilderBooks, has released a study “What Home Buyers Really Want”. This study outlines home buyers' preferences for home type and size, room layout and design, kitchen and baths, windows and doors, accessibility and outdoor features, electronics and technology, energy efficiency & choosing a community. If you wish to purchase your own copy, you can do so at www.ebooks.builderbooks.com for $49.99 for NAHB Members and $149.99 for nonmembers.

In closing, I would like to thank Cape Associates. Without their support, I would not have been able to carry out my duties as Director, V.P., President and State Director. I will continue on as Immediate Past President for the next 2 years, and continue to be involved at the state level. Thank you for your continued support, and don’t forget to “do business with a member”.


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THANK YOU TO OUR EDUCATION SPONSORS

Crane Appliance & Sound and Vision Hutker Architects Martha’s Vineyard Ins.

CO N TI N U I N G E D U C A TI O N A P P ROA C H ES 2 Y EA R AN N I VERSARY — H B RA C C REAC H ES & TEACH E S HUNDREDS OF BUILDERS! Since the continuing education requirements came into effect on July 1 2011, HBRACC has conducted CSL approved classes to over 600 CSL holders, and offered over 20 different courses.

Thank you to our Education Committee, Steve Klug, Leah Kosnack, Liz Kovach, Jim Gronski, Paula Smith, and Vinny Corsaro who worked to create a quality program!

We appreciate and consider all of the feedback we have received, and will continue to work hard to improve our offerings and bring our members practical relevant information.

Mid-Cape Home Ctrs Shepley Wood Specialty Builders’ Supply Stonewood Products

THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBER INSTRUCTORS John Bologna Paul Diggin Peter Freeman Brian Harding

Dick Hughes Garry Prevedini Warren Rutherford

ONLINE WEB-BASED EDUCATION AVAILABLE We have partnered with @HomePrep for 12-hour, 10-hour and 6-hour CSL Continuing Education approved by the Dept of Public Safety for continuing education credits. Visit www.capecodbuilders.org

Building permits issued thru April totaled 1,822 with a value of $153,779,673. New residences: 127 permits or 7% $52,427,542 or 34% Remodels; Renovations; Additions: 1,364 permits or 75% $65,913,014 or 43% Misc/Demolition/Solar Panels/Retaining Walls, Commercial, etc..: 331 permits or 18% $35,439,117 or 23%

Permits issued during the first four months show steady activity. January: 380 for $31,454,309 February: 417 for $33,951,145 March: 417 for $44,831,760

April: 608 for $43,542,459


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REMODELING 75%

OF T O TA L C AP E PE R M I T S ISSUED IN FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 2013

NUMBER J A N UA RY

OF PERMITS ISSUED THROUGH APRIL

REM AIN S ST E ADY

DURING


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J O H N B O L O G N A O F C OA S TA L E N G I N E E R I N G I N C . T O B E H O N O R E D A S L E G E N D O F T H E Y E A R A T S TA T E A S S N A W A R D S C E R E M O N Y John Bologna has volunteered countless hours of professional expertise with HBRACC while working as the CEO of Coastal Engineering Co., Inc. as well as Head of the Structural and Marine Engineering departments. John took the lead in researching and producing a Cape wide build-out survey to combat various unfair regulations and perceptions put forth by local and state agencies. He also sat on the BBRS Task Force on Hurricane Resistant Construction and was a huge help educating other members of the task force with the “facts”. John volunteers his time as a CSL Continuing Education instructor and currently serves as Technical Advisor for HBRACC. He has in-depth knowledge of building codes, engineering design, and permitting requirements. John has served as the lead design professional on many large-scale commercial and municipal projects and has directed the design of structural engineering projects ranging from residential to commercial construction projects, multi-family dwellings, schools, churches, mercantile centers, community centers, and historic preservation projects and has served as an expert witness in construction arbitration cases. He has directed the design of marine engineering projects including shorefront protection, erosion control, marinas, piers, and boat launching facilities. John will be awarded this overdue and well-deserved honor on Tuesday, June 18th at the Home Builders & Remodelers Assn of Massachusetts ceremony. Please join us in congratulating John, and make plans to attend on the 18th if you can.

New Regulation on Mulch Safety The new regulation, 527 CMR 17, took effect last September and prohibits the new application of mulch within 18” around combustible exteriors of buildings, such as wood or vinyl but not brick or concrete.

Members Get $ Back Sign-Up for Rebates

Residential buildings with six units or less are exempted from this regulation, but all homeowners may also wish to adopt these safety practices. The regulation applies to all other buildings including commercial properties. Tips for Property Managers, Building Owners & Landscapers Provide a minimum of an 18-inch clearance between landscape mulch beds and combustible building materials, such as wood, vinyl siding and decks. Use non-combustible mulch such as rock or pea stone around gas meters and combustible portions of the structure. Provide proper receptacles for smoking materials at all entrances to public buildings and in designated smoking areas. Place them at least 18" away from the building, do not mulch in these areas and remember to regularly empty smoking receptacles. Grounds and maintenance crews should be aware when conditions are favorable for mulch fires and increase surveillance of mulch beds. (provided by Steve Burke, Acorn Landscaping)

Members Take Advantage of NAHB Purchasing Power


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S URVEY OF OUR BUI LDER ME M BERS CON FI RMS TH E CAP E B U I L D I N G T R A D E S A R E E X P E R I E N C I N G L A B O R S H O R TA G E A short 6 question survey was sent to our Builder members, and the results are in with a 30% response rate. Have you or are you now experiencing a shortage of either entry level or experienced positions for your business? 69% - Need is now If yes, at what level? 54% - Both entry-level and skilled/supervisory (31% - skilled/supervisory) What positions are you looking to fill? 57% - Basic carpentry/Wood skills 43% - Fine/Trim carpentry 34% - Project mgmt./Site Supervisor 29% - Framing 26% - Door/Window Installation What methods do you use to advertise and fill a position? 89% - Word of mouth 29% - Newspaper 29% - Social media Do you provide the following? 49% - Upward mobility 43% - Continuing education 37% - Training program 37% - Health insurance 31% - Retirement Would it be of value to you if HBRACC... 54% - hosted a web based help wanted section 49% - partnered with 4C's, NAHB, VoTech, Workforce Inv Board, and other orgs to work on a short and long-term solution 23% - conducted a job fair It’s clear we have an issue and it needs our attention. If you are interested in participating on a task force to develop a plan to address this issue, please contact chris@capecodbuilders.org

CARPENTER NEEDED South Mountain Company, Inc., an employee owned architecture, building, and renewable energy firm located on Martha’s Vineyard, is looking for a qualified carpenter to join our company – a person who is passionate about carpentry and building and wants to join forces with a progressive company with a bright future. Training, skill, and experience are vital. Equally essential is the ability to work well with others. Also important are computer skills, written and verbal communication skills, and future project management potential. Does this sound like a good fit for you? If so, please write to John Abrams (jabrams@southmountain.com). Be sure to attach resumé and references. About South Mountain: Our practice is committed to ecological design, fine craft, community involvement, and great professional development oppo rtunities. We offer industry-leading benefits, profit sharing, long term ownership potential, and a workplace that was designated last year by B-Corps (http://www.bcorporation.net/) as “one of the best companies for workers in the country.” For more information see www.somoco.co.


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BEN FIERRO, LOBBYIST FOR HOME BUILDERS & REMODELERS ASSN OF MASSACHUSESTTS (HBRAMA)REPORTS ON A VERY BUSY PAST FEW WEEKS On May 22, a meeting was held in Tewksbury with members of the North East Builders Association and representatives of National Grid. That was a productive session that resulted in a memorandum from the association to National Grid recapping the issues raised and suggestions to be addressed. On May 24, comments were provided to the staff of the Joint Committee on Housing relative to legislation to establish a special commission to study the visitability of homes for handicapped persons (S.601). On May 29, the association submitted an 11-page letter commenting on the Department of Environmental Protection regulatory reform package. On May 30, a meeting was held with representatives of the Massachusetts Retail Lumber Dealers to discuss their proposed lien bill (H. 240). On June 4, a meeting was held with representatives of the Massachusetts Federation of Building Officials to discuss matters of mutual interest (building code legislation, fire service legislation, Stretch Energy Code, sprinklers in one and two-family homes, the administration of the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, and the homeowner exemption initiative). Also on June 4, I (Ben) testified at a public hearing before the Joint Committee on Consumer Affairs and Professional Licensure on several bills affecting home improvement contractors, including the HBRAMA sponsored legislation (H.237) that would allow HICs to pay their initial registration fee, their Guarantee Fund fee and their renewal fee by major credit card (rather than by certified bank check or money order). Finally, we have been attempting to schedule a meeting with the Massachusetts Forest Alliance to discuss common concerns with the zoning reform bill (s.1859) and to develop a coordinated lobbying strategy. Update submitted by: Ben Fierro, June 5, 2013

POSSIBLE PROVISION TO ICC MODEL BUILDING CODE COULD INCREASE CONSTRUCTION COSTS BY AS MUCH AS $42,000 PER HOME Advocacy groups and manufacturers are attempting to add provisions to the International Code Council’s model building codes that could increase the cost of construction by as much as $42,000 per home. To maintain the successes NAHB had during the preliminary code hearings, NAHB is calling on all members to take action to ensure only those code changes that are necessary, practical and cost-effective are approved during the ICC Final Action Hearings Oct. 2-10, 2013 in Atlantic City, N.J.

NAHB would like to work with local builders, engineers, and members to get our message out to the voting members of ICC. If interested in learning more, please contact Neil Burning, NAHB’s construction codes and standards vice president, at 800-368-5242 x8564.

For Information on becoming a Newsletter Advertiser

Contact Christine Duren chris@capecodbuilders.org 774-470-2943 Tell Your Story Sell Your Service Showcase Your Product

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SAVE THE

P A R T I C I PA T E I N G M ’ S $ 5 0 0 O F F E R F O R H B R A C C MEMBE RS - VI S I T B UI CK G M C C A DI LLAC CA PE CO D

DATE

You've probably heard the radio ads, and yes, both Gene L'Etoile, Business Manager, & Lou Mercurio, Truck Specialist ARE nice guys.

HBRACC Housing Summit II

So nice in fact that they sponsored the Hole in One Contest at our golf tournament for the 2nd year in a row. Plus, they are happy to extend NAHB's private offer of $500* toward the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles to association members. Just visit Cape GM and ask for Lou or Gene, choose an eligible vehicle and present your NAHB Proof of Membership form.

Tuesday October 22nd 8:00am Cape Codder Resort Hyannis Is Smart, Affordable, Accessible, Aesthetic, Environmental Housing possible on the Cape?

How do we address the needs of our aging and our young population and keep our housing sector vibrant and growing? Can we do it? What has to change, and how do we do it?

With the busy season upon us, you might be thinking of replacing your vehicle, give Gene & Lou a call, they'll take care of you. Buick GMC Cadillac Cape Cod 600 Yarmouth Hyannis, MA 02601 Sales: 866-612-1571

“ T H E H O ME B U I L D E R S A R E I N T OWN ” Spoken by a congressional aide watching a throng of builders marching through the corridors of Congress, that observation speaks volumes to the influence that NAHB wields when flexing its grassroots muscles. At a crucial juncture for the nation’s budding housing recovery, housing was the talk of the town June 5 as a delegation of more than 750 builders converged on Capitol Hill for NAHB’s annual Legislative Conference. In 300 meetings, representatives and senators from both sides of the political aisle sat down in their offices with builders to listen to the concerns of their home building constituents. Massachusetts home builder members were aptly represented by left to right: Ted Mahoney, Gerry-Lynn Darcy, Joe Antonelli, Andrew Chaban, and Larry Kady. They met with Reps Kennedy, Capuano, Keating, Lynch, and Tierney. Thank you for making the trip and we look forward to hearing Larry’s update at our meeting next Tuesday, June 11th.


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Reserve Your Exhibitor Booth Now!

BE PART OF THE BUILDER BLITZ-HELP US BUILD A HABITAT HOUSE IN 1 WEEK Contact Kathy Coady kcoadyblitz2013@gmail.com


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Celebrate and Congratulate our new and renewing board members

Tues, June 11th 6:00pm to 8:00pm DoubleTree, Hyannis RSVP

Fresh Garden Salad with dressings Dinner Breads & Butter New England Baked Scrod Sliced London Broil Seasonal Vegetable Wild Rice Pilaf or Rosemary Roasted Potatoes Dessert and Starbucks Coffee Station

KI TCH EN I NSP IRAT IO NS

W I L L B E T H E C OV E R AND MAJOR THEME FOR THE FALL ISSUE OF OUR “A T H O M E O N C A P E C O D ” M A G A Z I N E

Inside our magazine this fall will be a special section that features half page and full page photo/word displays for you to showcase your finest kitchen constructions or remodels. There are three options to consider: 1. Any member who purchases a $2,000 2/3 page display ad receives a $1,200 half page KITCHEN INSPIRATIONS feature space in the special section for $2,500. You will receive a PDF of your half page for your personal marketing. 2. Or, you can purchase a full page KITCHENS INSPIRATIONS space in the special section for $1,500. No display ad. You will receive a PDF of your page for your personal marketing. 3. Or, you can purchase a half page KITCHEN INSPIRATIONS space in the special section for $1,200. No display ad. You will receive a PDF of your half page for your personal marketing. The half page space will include one or two photos and 200 words, plus prominently displayed contact information. The full page space will include up to three photos and 300 words, plus prominently displayed contact information. We will be designing your full or half page for your final approval. There will be limited pages in the special section, so please get back to us by June 28th if possible. Call or email with any questions. Glenn Ritt – Ritt Communications glenn@rittcommunications.com or at 508-558-0271 REMEMBER this information, both the content and images, can be used to enter your project in our 2nd BRICC awards in 2014!

Your Ad Here Or Someone Else’s It’s Totally Up to You! (seriously, they’re on the other line right now!)

SPECIAL OFFER FROM THE ARTS FOUNDATION OF CAPE COD TO HBRACC MEMBERS For Members of the Association, the Arts Foundation is offering a 40% discount for Festival Seats, regularly priced at $50 and being offered for $30 at either show. ONLY IF WE HAVE 20 MEMBERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OFFER. PLEASE RESERVE A SPOT NOW TO HELP US REACH THE GOAL OF 20 SEATS SO YOU CAN RECEIVE THE 40% DISCOUNT, PLUS THE ASSOCIATION WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED IN THE PROGRAM. Pops by the Sea - August 11, 2013 on the Hyannis Village Green featuring the only Cape Cod appearance of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of Conductor Keith Lockhart with Celebrity Guest Conductor Blythe Danner. 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Hyannis Village Green. Pops in the Park - August 24, 2013 featuring the only summer appearance of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Jung Ho Pak. 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Eldredge Field, Orleans. Email: chris@capecodbuilders.org


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MEMBERSHIP APRIL—NEW MEMBERS Barr Building & Remodeling

Declan Patrick Barr

Cape Cod Vacuum

Robert P. Boffoli

D. Schumacher Landscaping

Mitch Harper

Ideal Concrete Block

Fred Adams

International Upright Services

Bob Doolin

Martha's Vineyard Insurance Agency, Inc.

Sarah Hughes

Mid Cape Nurseries Inc..

Peter E. Sumner

APRIL—RENEWED MEMBERS A&A Building and Remodeling LLC

Artak Sahakyan

Boston Cedar

Garry Prevedini

Cape and Islands Glass

Scott Gladish

Cleary Construction

Rick Cleary

Drywall Masonry Supply

Kristen Cronan

GC Custom Builders Inc

Glen Crafts

Hague Bldg. & Remodeling

Tom Hague III

LaBarge Homes

Todd Labarge

Mid Cape Home Centers

David Carleton

Murphy's Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing

Devin Murphy

Pella Windows Inc

Normand Fontaine

Shaw Woodworking, Inc

James R. Shaw

Talking Threads Embroidery

Carol Hayward

Tamarack Technologies, Inc.

Tom Colasanto

The Wood Lumber Company

Dana Miskell

MAY-NEW MEMBERS Electrolux Major Appliances

Steven George Mahler

South Shore Heating Cooling

Jason DeForest

MAY-RENEWED MEMBERS Cedarworks Inc.

Chris Yerkes

T H A N K Y O U !


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HOME BUILDERS ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN BOSTON MARATHON SURVIVORS ACCESSIBILITY PROJECT The Dept of Public Safety is coordinating the effort to reach out to survivors and provide the remodeling services, labor, and materials they need. We have raised our hand to be a part of the project and we are being represented by Brad Campbell, Executive Officer of the Western MA Home Builders Assn. I will keep you apprised of any new developments and needs.

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BSAA Mission The mission of the Boston Survivor Accessibility Alliance (BSAA) is to assist with recovery efforts for those affected by the marathon day bombings by helping to provide adequate access to, from, in and around their home by use of ramps or vertical transport, installation of alarms or other fire protection

devices, widening, reconfiguring and\or otherwise altering kitchens, bathrooms and other areas to accommodate life style changes. The main scope of work will focus on physical modifications to the affected party, owner occupied home. Consideration may be given to survivor-owned businesses on a case by case basis and only after further input from the group. The Participants The BSAA will be comprised of DPS employees, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Building Material Suppliers, Inspectional Officials, and others, all of whom will donate time, services and materials to help complete necessary modifications to homes and businesses as defined by the project mission and scope.

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