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Building on the popularity of last year’s playhouse project, Homearama 2012 will debut not one, but two playhouses this year. Positioned at both sites, Rock Springs and Shakes Run, the playhouses will demonstrate HBAL’s commitment to the community through its Building Industry Charitable Foundation (BICF) and the resourceful and generosity of its members.

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I have noticed throughout the Association I am seeing many more smiling faces and hearing stories of increased sales, consumer interest and an overall positive outlook. My friends, I believe we are on our way back to a ‘new normal’ in the building business. I share this positive outlook for our Association and it’s shaping our focus for 2012. You’ve heard the HBAL staff say numerous times that our Association is unique because “We connect members with customers.” This statement is more than our tagline – it’s our business philosophy. This philosophy is why I believe we will be successful in growing our membership during the comeback. I believe we are nearing the end of membership loss, if we have not done so already. The Executive Committee, Membership Committee and staff are all intently focused on growing membership in 2012. There are many reasons to strengthen membership for the Association’s benefit, but we are more focused on the benefits our member customers receive. As a member of the Home Builders Association of Louisville businesses are afforded opportunities to reach their targeted buying public, whether that is another business within the Association or the general public. Through events like Homearama, the Home, Garden & Remodeling Show, the Home Product Expo, Table Top Night, Day at the Downs, and General Membership Meetings, the Association provides a platform for product showcasing that reaches thousands of potential customers. Your ability to participate in these unique showcases comes to members at reduced rates and with added value opportunities. Today more than ever the ability to build relationships with people you may conduct business with is paramount. The Home Builders Association of Louisville offers numerous ways to meet industry representatives and participate in meaningful leads-generating networking. Although our residential and commercial builder/developer membership is fairly industry specialized, many of our associate members offer a broad spectrum of products and services. We are diverse in that we have members in residential new construction, remodeling and a multitude of suppliers, as well as commercial and industrial building and development. Members have the ability to increase their professional networks to include the top industry leaders in Louisville through their involvement with the Association. Members also receive the benefit of our collective

health insurance and workers compensation rates if they choose to participate in group programs. HBAL member volunteers and staff are constantly engaged in advocacy efforts to reduce operating costs and regulation that would hinder your ability to conduct business in the building industry through our governmental affairs, codes oversight, and land development initiatives. These benefits and more are why we want to seek new members this year. As the building business returns, we want to ensure that we work together and on the behalf of industry representatives to create the best possible chance for success in the “new economy”. Our ability to effectively lobby and continue to generate economies of scale that we can share with members comes from a large and growing membership. Additionally, there is increased incentive to grow membership this year. For the first time ever that National Association of Home Builders is focusing on membership! The “Beat 2011” program from NAHB is offering monetary compensation to local HBAs that are able to beat their net new membership number from last year (2011). If our association succeeds we will receive half of the national dues paid for each new member over last year’s number. The Home Builders Association of Kentucky is following National’s lead and will also refund half the dues paid to them for net new members over last year as well. This means that we can increase our operating budget to further serve our local members and continue to provide benefit to our membership. We have a large group of member volunteers working diligently on membership recruitment and retention this year, as well as some incentives for new and existing members to participate. This year when you’re considering with whom to do business, please “Do Business with a Member” first and encourage those who aren’t to become a member of HBAL.

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Left to Right, Front to Back: Todd & Robin Corbett ( Josh & Nicholas’s parents) Jennifer & Greg Bromley (Elizabeth’s parents) Vicky Weber (Kosair Charities), Pat Durham (playhouse builder), Lisa Lynn Knight (playhouse designer). Forest Aalderink (YouthBuild), Karen Ernspiker (Kosair Charities), Tim Winters (playhouse architect) and Davis Boland. (BICF), David Mikels (BICF), Teresa Morgan (BICF) and Jon Steimel (playhouse builder).

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Homearama 2012 to Debut Two Playhouse Projects for Deserving Families By Stacy Smith Rogers, Grace Communications, LLC

Building on the popularity of last year’s playhouse project, Homearama 2012 will debut not one, but two playhouses this year. Positioned at both sites, Rock Springs and Shakes Run, the playhouses will demonstrate HBAL’s commitment to the community through its Building Industry Charitable Foundation (BICF) and the resourcefulness and generosity of its members. The projects offer unique perspectives to home building that most adults have long forgotten. Through the eyes of three children, Homearama-goers will no doubt spend time reliving their own childhood fantasies of the perfect dream home – long before energy efficiency, smart technology and mortgages came into play. The kids involved will 6 louisville builder •

have a chance to work with architects, builders, interior designers and area youth on creating a backyard retreat like no other. Each will be consulted throughout the planning and building process for input on what will allow them to escape their everyday challenges in exchange for imaginary play and entertainment that inspires, enlightens and strengthens their developing skills. While the playhouse projects add a whimsical atmosphere to Homearama, they also tug at heart strings, inspiring parents of healthy children to count their blessings and those who have children with special needs to appreciate this different combination of part play/part therapy. Selected by Kosair Charities, two deserving families will ben-

Home Building Through the Eyes of a Child efit from this year’s event. HBAL Secretary Pat Durham, Pat Durham Builder, and Brandon Bailey, Bailey Remodeling and Construction, will mentor YouthBuild students, aged 16-24, throughout the building process for each of the playhouses. The motivation to participate and make a difference in a child’s life was apparent in both Durham and Bailey’s discussions about the project. “Our company has always had the desire to be involved in the community. If we can use our talents in the building industry to do something that is bigger than us, then that’s even better. The playhouse project was the perfect fit for us,” Bailey said.

“Our company has always had the desire to be involved in the community. If we can use our talents in the building industry to do something that is bigger than us, then that’s even better. The playhouse project was the perfect fit for us,” - Brandon Bailey

Durham said that he was so impressed by last year’s project, which was overseen by HBAL Present Rob Eberenz, Robert L. Eberenz, Jr. Builder, that he knew he had to participate this year. “The simple fact of bringing a smile to a special needs child was enough to get me motivated. I was there when little Addie saw her playhouse for the first time last year, and that’s what drove me to be involved this year,” he said, noting that he’s excited to invite the children to be a part of the building process. Durham gave his young “clients” his business card when they began the process because he wanted them to feel like this was their project and they could call anytime they had questions. About the Families The Corbett Family Robin and Todd have been married for 10 years. When they decided to adopt twin Ukranian boys nearly eight years ago, they knew there were going to be challenges ahead. The boys had been born premature and were malnourished, weighing just over three pounds each. “We just wanted to be parents,” Robin said. The Corbetts became “Mom” and “Dad” when the boys were 18 months old. Josh and Nicholas were developmentally behind schedule, and today, they each appear to be younger than they are. “People often mistake them for being much younger. Then, when they realize they are nine years old, they figure out that something is different,” Robin said. According to Robin, both boys have been diagnosed with autism and cerebral palsy. Josh walks without assistance, while Nicholas normally uses a walker. “Sometimes Nicholas just crawls, because it’s easier for him,” she added. The boys’ weekly routine includes speech, occupational, physical and behavioral therapy, in addition to what they do in their special needs classroom at school. Robin is a nurse and Todd is a computer technician. They have recently decided to build a home that allows their children the adaptable environment they need to develop and strengthen their skills. Ironically, the call from Kosair Charities inviting them to participate in the playhouse project came at the same time they decided to build a home on a one-acre lot. “I think we would have had to turn them down if we hadn’t decided to build because our yard at the current house wouldn’t be big enough. The way it’s working out now is that the playhouse will be built before our new house will, so we’ll just need to come visit it until we can move in,” she said, adding that their home builder, Mike

About YouthBuild YouthBuild’s mission is to capitalize on the positive energy of young adults by helping them rebuild their communities and their own lives with a commitment to work, education, responsibility and family. YouthBuild aides unemployed and undereducated young people, ages 16 to 24, build affordable housing for homeless and low-income families in their own communities. They split their time between the construction site and the classroom, where they earn their GED or high school diploma, learn to be community leaders and prepare for jobs or college. To learn more about YouthBuild Louisville, visit Sanders, Mike Sanders Builders, has volunteered to assist Durham with the project as well by working with sub-contractors on pouring a concrete slab and running electric and water to the playhouse. Their project will be on display at Rock Springs, and Durham noted that architect Timothy R. Winters is on board to design it. Interior designer Lisa Lynn Knight, Lisa Lynn Design Services, is working with Josh and Nicholas on decorating the playhouse to create a fun place that will grow with them as they get older. Each of the Corbett boys are unique in their interests and appearances, but they both share a passion for music and sing in the children’s choir at church. Nicholas’ favorite song is “Run for the Roses” by Dan Folgelberg, sparked by an interest in Churchill Downs and the Derby. Josh recently performed, “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey at a talent show. His mother said that despite being twins and sharing a lot of interests, they are uniquely different. “Josh is very social. In fact, we call him “the greeter” in church because he goes around saying, ‘peace’ to every single person during the greeting. He’s very theatrical in the classroom as well and is constantly acting out stories. They both are most engaged when music is involved, whether it’s learning or just having fun,” Robin elaborated.

“We’re working on teaching Nicholas to use crutches, which is another reason we’re building the new home – to offer him more incentives to use his walker. We think the playhouse might also offer him ways to work on those skills,” - Todd Corbett

The Corbetts say that the Kids Center (associated with Kosair Charities) has been an instrumental part of the boys lives and they are thankful for having such a valuable resource nearby. They are looking forward to the playhouse being a special place where the boys can develop their skills mentally, physically and socially. “We’re working on teaching Nicholas to use crutches, which is another reason we’re building the new home – to offer him more incentives to use his walker. We think the playhouse might also offer him ways to work on those skills,” Todd said. Right now, she or Todd has to accompany him outside to play and physically lift him on the swings and stay nearby the entire time he plays. “If we can make the playhouse adaptable, I think Nicholas will gain some independence and self-confidence of being able to april 2012 7

Home Building Through the Eyes of a Child play on his own,” she said, adding that she hopes the new playhouse will help break the ice with other neighbor kids and enable both boys to make friends and develop their social skills as well. The Bromley Family The Bromley family is the recipient for the home to be showcased at Shakes Run. Parents Jennifer and Greg were thrilled to get the call from Kosair Charities that their seven-year-old daughter Elizabeth had been selected to participate. Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom and Greg is in commercial lending. Bailey is their lead builder. Elizabeth was born with several abnormalities, including a heart condition and troubles with swallowing and breathing. She just recently began eating without a tracheal feeding tube. She goes to speech, occupational and physical therapy sessions regularly. Although she can walk without assistance, her mother said that balance is still an issue for her when it comes to physical activities. “She wants to jump rope. It’s challenging for her right now, but she’s working on it,” Jennifer said. Currently, Elizabeth is testing her developing skills in soccer through Kicks for Kids, which she had previously tried before a long hospital stay prevented her from finishing the last season. In addition, Elizabeth has cheered with “The Firecrackers” cheerleading squad through the Kids Center. “Between therapy, soccer, school and girl scouts, we stay pretty busy, but that’s Elizabeth. She wants to stay active,” Jennifer added.

“She wants to jump rope. It’s challenging for her right now, but she’s working on it,” - Jennifer Bromley Like many first graders, Elizabeth is learning to read and write, and she enjoys school. While her physical challenges are many, her parents are thankful that her mental abilities are developmentally appropriate. Elizabeth tells her mother that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. “I think that’s because she’s had so many doctors helping her through the years. She understands how much of a role they’ve played in her life ever since she can remember,” Jennifer said. The Bromleys connected with Kosair when Elizabeth was three years old, and they value the guidance and help they’ve received from them. “They’ve been absolutely wonderful.” Like Nicholas and Josh, Elizabeth shares a passion for music and would like to learn how to play piano someday. As a huge Scooby Doo fan, Elizabeth’s imagination is as adventurous as her personality. Her parents are often told how remarkable she is with others. “We call her ‘our little politician.’ She really knows how to work a crowd,” Jennifer said. Jennifer explained that she’s known about the possibility of getting the playhouse since February, but didn’t want to tell Elizabeth until she and Greg were sure it was going to be a reality and their homeowners

About Kosair Charities Since its founding in 1923, Kosair Charities has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children by providing quality health care for those who had no where else to turn. Through support from generous donors, children who have no other source of help receive the medical attention they desperately need and deserve. Embracing the theory that no child deserves a broken heart and no child deserves to be sick, Kosair Charities’ success is evident in their support of a national network of hospitals, local convalescent homes, research centers and many other agencies dedicated to helping children. For more information on Kosair Charities, visit association approved it. “She was so excited when we told her. On one hand, you don’t want to be in the position to qualify for certain things like this, but then you’re offered it and you are blessed. Elizabeth knows Addie, the little girl who received the playhouse last year and she has played in hers before, so she was able to imagine what kind of special project this really is,” Jennifer said, adding that it will also serve as Elizabeth’s own private retreat and a venue for spending time with new friends. “She’s never really had a lot of play dates before. We’re hoping that this new playhouse offer more social opportunities as well.” Bailey is overseeing Elizabeth’s project and is planning to incorporate some areas that will allow her to improve her balance and eating skills. If Elizabeth gets her way, the entire playhouse could be pink inside and out, however her parents as well as her designer believe they can satisfy her passion for pink without getting too carried away. Liz Wilson, Liz at Home, is working with Elizabeth to decorate the playhouse and create a fun, active environment that she and her fouryear-old brother, Parker, will enjoy. Despite the challenges that Elizabeth has faced in her seven years, her outlook on life is a positive one. “We think she’s the happiest child we’ve ever seen. Of course we’re a little biased,” Jennifer said. Whichever path Elizabeth chooses, whether that’s politics or medicine, she will no doubt always have her own cheering section that extends well beyond her family of four. And, it’s a sure thing that she’ll remember the experience of working with HBAL on building the playhouse of her dreams.

About BICF The mission of the Building Industry Charitable Foundation (BICF) is to integrate the charitable needs of the community with the philanthropic goals of the HBAL and its members. In 2009, HBAL’s social responsibility committee was granted 501 (c)(3) status, which enabled the association to formally create a non-profit foundation to which tax-deductible charitable contributions can be made and endowments and grants can be accepted. Charitable gifts made to BICF are donated to deserving local organizations and charities, typically related to the building industry. The foundation is exploring additional opportunities to provide funding, including the possibility of creating a scholarship program. Each dollar donated to BICF is used to support the mission of the foundation. For more information, visit 8 louisville builder •


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2012 Table Top Night

Kicking off the “Do Business with a Member” Campaign

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New Homes Month Welcomes Signs of Improvements in Market How are HBAL members marketing new homes to today’s buyers? By Stacy Smith Rogers, Grace Communications, LLC

April is officially “New Homes Month,” and while most local builders remain cautious about the slowly improving housing market, there is a shared optimism among local industry experts that this might just be the year that things start to improve. The last several years have been a test for most HBAL members who have been affected by the ailing job market, low consumer confidence and lack of activity in purchasing new homes. Realtors and builders alike have had to be patient with potential buyers who have been holding off on building until they feel the economy stabilizes. The evolution of the new home buyer has brought with it a shift in how HBAL members are conducting business and attracting those reluctant consumers to embrace home 14 louisville builder •

ownership once again and realize the value that a new home plays in today’s housing market. The “sit on the sidelines and wait” strategy of recent years has been substituted for a “fresh leg” approach. HBAL members aren’t being passive about waiting for the market to change. Many of them are helping create the change that could have a big impact on just how fast the Louisville area market rallies. On the heels of March Madness, members have developed game plans that are focused on offensive strategies designed to score contracts for builders and help the local market rebound.

New Homes Month

“Achieving confidence about the long-term cost of ownership is the most prominent factor for buyers in our market segments,” - Rocco Pigneri A New Game Plan What are HBAL members doing to help sell new homes that’s different than before? Teresa Morgan, Semonin Realtors, said she and other SMC members have been thinking outside the box to get buyers interested (and possibly excited enough to make an offer) about new homes. “It’s working,” Morgan said excitedly. “Pat Durham, Buddy Kittle, Paul Miele, Rodney Davidson and myself got a class approved for continuing education for Realtors on the nuts and bolts of new construction. What I tried to explain to the agents is that it is our responsibility as agents to ask our clients if they have considered building. I think in the last three years very few agents have been even asking that question,” she said. Prior to the new year, Morgan and several others created a direct mail piece that was sent to 100 clients, asking if they knew of anyone who wanted to take advantage of $30-$40,000 worth of amenities that came along with building a Homearama home. Morgan was happy to report they received a buyer from that project. She also said a successful strategy to educate Realtors on the construction process is hosting sales meetings at developers sites instead of the Semonin office. According to Morgan, the SMC is hosting a meeting this month on the site of a new construction home to teach agents building terminology and explain more about the building process. “I have been selling real estate in the Louisville market for 33 years and the marketing of real estate has changed more in the last three years than it has in the previous 30,” said Joe Simms, Re/Max Associates. Simms attributes many of the changes to technology. “An agent today must not be afraid of technology. You have buyers who now shop for homes by many different means and you must have your properties accessible by those means.” Simms said that Re/MAX has incorporated property specific websites, mobile websites, QR (quick response) codes into their communication strategy as well as offering information by text. They’ve also conducted email campaigns to other Realtors and builders and have syndicated listings with, and Simms elaborated on recent marketing strategies that have resulted in sales of new homes. “Something new that we have started and have had great success with is inviting the general public to Sunday open house luncheons. We usually have sandwiches, chips, fruit trays and drinks. Open houses are now more of a social function and much more relaxed for the clients. Recently, we had a luncheon open house at Notting Hill Villas and had 25 couples attend. As a result, we sold a patio home,” he said. From a builder perspective, Rocco Pigneri, Ball Homes, said the newest difference his company has embraced is to provide more of a custom experience at a value-driven price. “We now have the capability to satisfy a greater array of specific changes and individually defined features requested by our customers outside of regularly offered options and finishes.  To a great degree, we have become a custom builder, while maintaining the value pricing and schedule timeliness of our production builder roots.”

Dave Ernst, Prestige Builders, says that Prestige has invited input from Realtors on house plans. “As we get into the design process, we’ll ask Realtors to give us their feedback on layout and dimensions of a home. It’s important to involve them at the beginning of the process so they are more familiar with your product and they’ll feel more comfortable selling that plan to someone else,” he explained. Ernst noted that it’s human nature for someone to appreciate being asked for their input, especially if it results in a more consumer-friendly product for mutual clients. In addition to advice, Ernst said that Broker open houses and targeted events, especially ones with giveaways, such as iPads, have been successful for his company. “We’ve conducted Realtor focus groups for our development where we seek advice on our perceived position in the marketplace and how we stand as far as price points,” he explained. What is the deciding factor today for buyers weighing the purchase of a newly built home compared to an existing home? “Buyers have been choosing existing homes over the new builds simply because of price,” Morgan said. “I think many of us are realizing that we have to get them excited about the dream of creating and owning a new home.  We have to make sure they know they have options.  They may not get quite as good of a ‘deal’ with a new home, but they are getting exactly what they want,” she explained. Morgan elaborated on specific ways to communicate that to clients. “They don’t have to have a home that has a dining room if they don’t need one.  They have the option of building and getting the exact type of counters, cabinets, flooring and colors they want. Buyers of new homes will only be purchasing the square footage they choose, not what comes with the house. I think when you communicate it like that, it makes a difference.” Another point of emphasis Morgan urged was explaining to buyers that a deal is only a deal if it is what they want.  “An existing home may need lots of updating and repairs.  Plus, you don’t have all of the energy savings you would have if you bought a new home.” “Achieving confidence about the long-term cost of ownership is the most prominent factor for buyers in our market segments,” Pigneri explained. He credits energy efficiency and low maintenance as major decision makers for clients as well as the fact that they don’t have to remodel the home to fit their tastes as they might have to do if they purchased an existing home. Simms said that there is not just one deciding factor, but a combination of them. “Consumers get exactly what the want in a new home. They realize that the home is much more energy efficient and safer than existing homes, with new HVAC systems and plumbing,” he said. Simms explained that a big decision maker is the realization that the clients aren’t buying someone else’s problems. Ernst also emphasized the popularity of energy efficiency with today’s buyers. He noted that being faithful to particular design styles has been an important element in the recent success at Prestige Builders. “Buyers are more sophisticated in choosing styles, and the design bar has been raised. I think they have had more exposure to higher design. We’re really embracing an architectural style and sticking to it. april 2012 15

New Homes Month This generation of consumers expects sophisticated designs instead of a patchwork of styles. If they request an English revival or Euro style or craftsman design, that’s what they want throughout,” he explained. Delivering on something buyers don’t have in their current living situations, whether that’s increased functionality, multi-generational living, energy efficiency or new technologies is what Ernst recommends builders and Realtors promote to potential consumers. Nationally Speaking ... IBS Shows Signs of Optimism More than 51,000 builders, remodelers and other members of the home building industry attended NAHB’s International Builders’ Show (IBS) in February. The 2012 IBS featured exhibits from more than 900 suppliers representing all facets of the home building industry. Builders and remodelers also attended more than 165 educational sessions on design trends, green building, marketing, remodeling and other building industry topics. According to NAHB, signs of optimism for the industry’s recovery could be felt throughout the show, as exhibitors noted increased booth traffic and solid sales leads. Builder Confidence Increases for Fifth Consecutive Month in February NAHB reported that home builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes increased for the fifth consecutive month in February, rising from 25 to 29 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) - the highest level the index has reached in more than four years. According to NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe, this is the

longest period of sustained improvement since 2007, however, he said it’s important to remember that the HMI is still very low and several factors continue to constrain the market. “Foreclosures are still competing with new home sales, and many builders are seeing appraisals come in at less than the cost of construction. Additionally, prospective home buyers are finding it difficult to qualify for a mortgage.” New Homes Month Spotlights the Value of Home Building Housing = Jobs NAHB analysis of the broad impact of new construction shows that building 100 average single-family homes generates: • 305 jobs • $23.1 million in wage and business income • $8.9 million in taxes and revenue for state, local and federal governments The employment impact of new home construction and remodeling extends far beyond the physical structure. According to NAHB, approximately half of the jobs created by building new homes are in construction; the rest are in housing-related industries that produce building materials and provide services to both home builders and homebuyers.

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HBAL Day at the Downs Reserve your tickets early before they sell out!

Don’t wait to make your ‘Day at the Downs’ reservations – we sold out quickly last year! This annual HBAL event is a favorite for many and is a great way to start your derby week festivities with friends and colleagues. HBAL’s Day at the Downs is Wednesday, May 2nd. We have reserved Skye Terrace 5 once again which provides plenty of open seating, food and drinks. Some of the best networking can come from relaxed events like this one. There is always a great mix of members – from builders to suppliers, remodelers to affiliate members. If you have recruited a new member this year, consider inviting them to attend with you and introduce them to one of the most fun traditions of the Association!

When you attend, be sure to bring your two “Why Join HBAL” postcards! We’ll be randomly asking guests if you have them and will hand out $10 bills to those who have two postcards on them – that could be free betting money! There are a limited number of tickets for this festive event. Be sure to make your reservations early! Tickets for the event are only $65 per person and include a full buffet, program, and your gate ticket. Sponsorships for Day at the Downs are available now - call Melissa Mattingly or Kimberly Greenwell if you are interested. To reserve tickets please call Robin Durham at 429-6000. sponsored by:

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HBAL members Mike Isaac & Larry Link at last years Day at the Downs.

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codescorner By Stacy Smith Rogers, Grace Communications, LLC

HBAL strives to keep members informed of important updates, including codes and standards that affect the building industry. HBAL Treasurer and Codes and Standards Committee Chair Perry Lyons shared recent updates that members will want to take note of now and in the coming months. Standards Online Submission of Permits Through IPL The Metro Louisville Department of Inspections, Permits & Licenses (IPL) is working toward being able to accept online building permits from builders by mid-summer. “We’ve been working with IPL for some time on this and look forward to being able to simplify the permit process for builders.,” Lyons said. Builders are already able to submit HVAC and electrical permits online. According to George Pate, IPL, the department is requesting that builders currently submit building permits electronically in an effort to test the online process and ensure that it is successful when the switch is made. Builders are still required, however, to submit hard copies until the new online submission system has been approved. Pate explained the process, “The electronic plan set is either emailed to the plan reviewer assigned or to me, or it is saved on a CD and mailed. We will have a file transfer (FTP) site in the near future, but it is not presently established. Presently, we can accept a copy of the plans in electronic PDF format.” According to Pate, applications may be scanned in and submitted electronically with the plans. He outlined several requests to HBAL members in regard to electronic submission: • Plans that are less than 10 megs can be emailed; plans bigger than that need to be provided on a CD •  Plans should be saved electronically in PDF format, NOT TIF files • Stamped plans still need to be available on site at all times -- those are considered to be the “master” plan, not the electronic version •  Any truss drawings that are submitted along with a plan should be electrically sent to the IPL office if possible (or on a CD) •  Physical copies of printed plans are currently still required with submission of the digital versions until the process has been approved

“We’ve been working with IPL for some time on this and look forward to being able to simplify the permit process for builders.,” - Perry Lyons

Pate acknowledged that actual permits are not issued online. The person pulling the permit may still need to visit the IPL office. He noted, however, that once the plans are received electronically, the time spent in the IPL office to obtain a permit should be reduced. For more information, visit If builders have questions, they are advised to email Pate at 18 louisville builder •

Low Appraisals Several HBAL members met with Larry Disney, executive director of the Kentucky Real Estate Appraisers Board, to discuss the appraisal process and how to overcome the issue of houses being appraised lower than the contracted price. This has been a major issue of concern in both the local and national housing markets and Disney reported that his office is addressing concerns. He offered some insight into why the appraisals are coming in lower than they should and explained that there are some allowable situations where appraisers can go outside the comp area to determine the value of future homes.

“while immediate changes in how homes are appraised are not expected just yet, more answers are anticipated in the near future that might help the situation.” - Perry Lyons

According to Lyons, low appraisals are costing some builders contracts. He cited a recent personal example of losing a contract to build a home because the appraisal came in significantly lower that the cost to build it. A recent commercial project of Lyons’ also came in low, but Lyons was able to explain that all medical offices were not created equal and the appraiser re-evaluated it considering that specific requirements of that particular construction. Although the appraisal process has been daunting for many builders of late, efforts by HBAL members to bring awareness of how low appraisals are affecting the industry are going strong. Lyons said that while immediate changes in how homes are appraised are not expected just yet, more answers are anticipated in the near future that might help the situation. He encouraged fellow builders to share examples with him on appraisal problems in the future. Codes 2011 Electrical Code Changes Went into Effect March 6, 2012 Builders are reminded that the 2011 electrical code changes became effective March 6, 2012. For more information, visit Reminder on Acceptable Side Slant on Sidewalks According to federal ADA requirements, the acceptable side slant on sidewalks is 1/4 inch per foot for all subdivisions. This requirement is being strictly enforced in Metro Louisville and could affect whether builders are granted certificates of occupancy. New 2009 Energy Code Goes into Effect Oct. 2012 The new 2009 International Residential Code for one and twofamily dwellings will go into effect October of this year. Among the changes, are the ways that heat supply lines are run on exterior walls

Codes Corner on second floors. With the new code, there is an R-value requirement that prohibits heat supply lines to run on the outside of a 2 x 4 wall as has been previously installed in the Louisville market area. According to Lyons, the new code has many changes that builders will need to be aware of. In particular, he said that many two-story homes will now require two heating systems so builders need to be educated before they bid on a job to make sure the home they are building meets the new requirements. Also of note is a new fireplace code requirement that prohibits using foam insulation. Lyons advised builders and subcontractors to be aware of the new regulation on fire proofing fireplaces as well as insulating crawl spaces. Builders currently have the option to build under the 2006 code, but beginning October 1, all houses are to be built under the 2009 code. Potential Changes in Yellow Pine Lumber Grading Builders should be aware of potential changes in the grading system of yellow pine lumber and are advised to consult the websites listed below to confirm whether any design value changes are being proposed. This is especially important if builders purchase the lumber in bulk and store it. HBAL lumber vendors are keeping abreast of the potential changes, however, builders are advised to be aware of how these changes could effect future projects.

HBAL members who have questions about the changes are encouraged to contact Paula Wahl, interim county engineer at 574-5810. CSST Gas Piping LG&E is now requiring CSST gas piping have a direct ground system implemented. The reason for this is the possibility of explosions associated with lighting strikes. Jeff Carlisle, Donahauer Plumbing, said his company is using black iron instead of CSST gas piping. Fire Sprinkler Issue For several years, the issue of installing fire sprinklers in residential homes has been on the table. According to Lyons, only two states in the U.S. currently require them (Maryland and Califorinia). However, he noted that HBAL is keeping abreast of this issue. There are some districts and developers in Metro Louisville who have voluntarily committed to installing sprinklers in homes. Some of those have chosen to do so because of location near possible flooding areas, which would prohibit dispatching fire engines in the event of a flood. Lyons emphasized, however, this is not a current state requirement. While the issue of safety is a concern for HBAL, it is widely believed within the building industry that the installation of fire sprinklers isn’t feasible for all areas, with many districts not having the ability to supply enough water to support it. In addition, Lyons added that property damage and cost are factors in the opposition of the issue.


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Mirabelle Faucet

Energy, Water and Dollar Conversation

Spur Plumbing Advances By Nancy Miller

According to Charlie Jackey, general manager for Meyer Plumbing, two of the most recent developments affecting the plumbing industry are still resonating in importance. “MSD has gone through the backwater stuff for awhile and switched over a couple of years ago. However, we’re still doing a few MSD back flow preventers to keep basements from flooding when MSD gets overloaded in the street,” he says. He believes the most significant change in plumbing related to the move from copper piping to CPVC or PEX. There has been a lot of repiping old brass and galvanized water lines. The need for replacements has usually occurred because of low flow water lines, a lot of calcium buildup and small drips. Once it all starts to go, it goes. The new CPVC and PEX have good warranties and are working out really well,” says Jackey. “A national trend that is surfacing here involves fire sprinklers. The Kentucky Board of Housing, Buildings and Construction is currently debating the adoption of the 2012 Building Code. If it’s adopted in the way it is now presented, it would require fire sprinklers on single and multi family homes that don’t have them now,” says 20 louisville builder •

Greg Wilson, operations manager at Marvin Maeser Plumbing. Accessibility and aging-in-place are having major impact throughout new construction and remodeling. Builders and homeowners are planning for the future by incorporating state-of-the-art technology and design. Plumbing isn’t an afterthought in this movement, but can be integral to the process. There are a myriad of aging-in-place products that affect, or are affected by, plumbing. Lindsay Jarboe, office manager and kitchen and bathroom manager at Jarboe’s Plumbing, points to curbless shower pans, such as those offered by Kohler, as one of the most popular. Kohler’s acrylic rising wall bath is another product geared toward aging-in-place. The side wall can be lifted with fewer than 5 pounds of force. An extra wide opening, chair-height seat and grab bar contribute to the bath’s accessibility from a standing, chair or wheelchair position. Dual drain and enhanced fill systems enable water to rapidly flow into and out of the bath. Water temperature may be tested by a footwell that also invites reclining. Leak proof seals are backed by a lifetime limited warranty when installed by an approved installer.

Plumbing Advances “Something new and exclusive to Ferguson is a full line of products by Mirabelle. Its china products include sinks and toilets, and the tubs are soaker, whirlpool and air. They are all very well made. The icing on the cake is that they are competitively priced. They’re a great deal across the entire line,” says Mischell Hutto, outside sales representative for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery. Mirabelle has eight collections of faucets, accessories and lighting. Brushed nickel, polished nickel, polished chrome and oil rubbed bronze are available in traditional and transitional styles ranging from the traditional St. Augustine to the tapered lines and curves of Boca Raton and Key West. Finely sculpted geometric lines of Bridgehurst and Cordoba reflect a link between transitional and contemporary. Edenton, Milzazzo and Winter Haven have clean lines that will complement a contemporary setting. Selections of faucets, fixtures and bathing products may be blended from the various selections for a distinctive look. Lavatory faucets, single handle tub and shower trims, vessel faucets, Roman tub faucets and hand sprays are shown in the traditional-transitional collections, while the more contemporary collections display single handle faucets and a complete shower system. All collections include accessories such as towel bars, towel rings, robe hooks and tissue holders. The look is completed with flush mount ceiling lights, wall sconces and light bath brackets. Six collections of bath fixtures complement the faucets, and there are a variety of kitchen sinks and faucets. According to the National Association of Home Builders, about 14% of a home’s energy budget can be attributed to water heating. Tankless water heaters can reduce a home’s water heating bill by 10 to 20%. Tankless water heaters can be used for supplementary heat, such as a booster to a solar hot water system, or to meet all the hot water needs. They have an electric, gas or propane heating device that’s activated by the flow of water. Once activated, the heater provides a constant supply of hot water. The maximum flow rate at a desired temperature will be determined by the capacity of the heater. Gas tankless water heaters typically have larger capacities than electric tankless water heaters. Jarboe thinks there have been many there are many improvements in tankless water heaters, spurred by the interest in energy efficiency and cost savings. He particularly likes those manufactured by GE and Ruud. Ruud’s new gas tankless water heaters are designed for low cost operation and are about the size of a medicine cabinet. They feature a precise temperature control and a self diagnostic inbuilt system that displays easy to read maintenance codes. Two or more units can be connected for high demand applications. The GE GeoSpring provides the same amount of hot water as a traditional standard 50 gallon hot water heater. Its tank portion includes two electric heating elements, a pressure relief valve, an internal porcelain lined tank, and an anode rod. A compressor and evaporator are integrated into the water heater unit and the evaporator draws in ambient heat from surrounding air using two variable speed fans. Condenser coils wrap the tank from the bottom to transfer heat into the tank and heat the water. Multiple settings include the eHeat mode which allows maximum savings, hybrid mode which is the default mode, high demand mode, standard mode which allows for operations in which heat pump functionality wouldn’t be ideal, and a vacation setting which lowers the temperature set point to save energy but also prevents water from freezing. Toilets are key in the water conservation movement. New low flow toilets consume 20% less water than conventional standard toilets. Federal law mandates that any new manufactured toilets must not use

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more than 1.6 gpf. According to the EPA, toilets are the main source of water use in a home, accounting for 30% of indoor water consumption. They are also a major source of wasted water due to leaks and/ or inefficiency. The agency purports that existing toilets that are replaced with WaterSense models can save 4,000 gallons of water a year. A family of four that replaces a home’s older toilets with WaterSense models will, on average, save more than $90 per year and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets on reduced water utility bills. If you’re worried that you’ll be disappointed with the performance april 2012 21

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of low flow toilets, you might be surprised that you can replace that concern with product satisfaction. Low flow doesn’t have to equate with flushing power. Numerous innovations have led to a market replete with different types of toilets. The gravity fed single flush toilet operates the same as a standard toilet, but uses less capacity per flush. Typical flush capacities for these models are 1.1 and 1.28 gallons. Dual-flush toilets are designed for light and heavy flush toilets and meet the high efficiency toilet criteria of 1.28 gpf or less. They average less than 1.2 gallons per flush. Pressure assist, or pressurized tank, toilets are high performance and low consumption. They use either water line pressure or a device in the tank to create additional force from air pressure to flush the toilet, and average 1.1 to 1.2 gpf. Power assist toilets use a pump to force water down at a higher velocity than gravity toilets. They require a 120V power source to operate the small fractional horsepower pump. Flush volumes are between 1 and 1.3 gpf. Power assist toilets are available in dual flush models. “We’ve been using many Niagara 1.28 toilets,” says Jackey. The EcoLogic Niagara Flapperless toilet features tip bucket technology, creating a high performance flush at 1.28 gpf. Its technology means the need to replace flappers, chains and levers is a thing of the past. The refill noise is eliminated and there’s usually no need to double flush. EPA WaterSense certified, the toilet uses 60% less water than a 3.5 gallon toilet. The 11” x 20” replacement footprint will fit either 10” or 12” rough-ins. Another new toilet is the Cimarron with AquaPiston technology. The AquaPiston is a flush engine for gravity fed toilets that has a canister design for a fast flush. Although traditional flappers operate on a hinge, only partially opening up on actuation, this canister lifts completely off the outlet valve, releasing water from 360 degrees around it into the system. 22 louisville builder •

EPA data show that faucets account for more than 15% of indoor household water use—more than 1 trillion gallons of water in the United States each year. Using WaterSense bathroom sink faucets or faucet accessories, an average household can save more than 500 gallons of water every year. The reduced demand on water heaters may result in even more energy savings. Jackey reports increased interest in low flow shower faucets that use less water. That’s positive news since showering accounts for approximately 17% of residential indoor water use in the United States. Jackey adds that he prefers those by Delta, Moen or Kohler. Kohler’s recently introduced HydroRail will be welcome news to shower lovers. Utilizing existing valving outside the wall, it’s an external shower column that combines shower upgrades---a rain shower and a handshower---in one product. Several of Delta’s newest bath suites feature the company’s H 2Okinetic showerhead that flows at 1.5gpm while giving the feel of the flow of a 2.5gpm. Moen’s Eco-Performance showerhead allows an individual to use up to 30% less water, and its new bath faucets have a 1.5gpm flow rate which use up to 32% less water while maintaining high performance levels. Its kitchen faucets that have a multi function spray wand with water saving settings also reach high performance and use the same 32% less water as do the bathroom faucets. Conventional faucet aerators don’t compensate for changes in inlet pressure, so the greater the water pressure, the more water that is used. New technology compensates for pressure and provides the same flow regardless of pressure. Aerators are also available that allow water to be turned off at the aerator itself. Showerheads use similar aerator technology and multiple flow settings to save water, reports NAHB. Reflecting recent technological developments, in addition to delivering rinsing efficiency, the Moen Eco-Performance aerators restrict flow from the standard 2.2gpm to 1.5 gpf. The simple add-ons can facilitate any faucet being compliant with many program certification standards. As energy and resource conservation transcend from buzz words to tenets of everyday living, consumers and buildings are taking to heart energy programs and designations such as WaterSense. For a product to be given the WaterSense label it must perform as well or better than less efficient products in the category and be 20% more water efficient than average products in the category, realize water savings on a national level, provide measurable water savings results, achieve water efficiency through several technology options, and obtain independent, third party certification. New products are making a big difference in dollar, water and energy savings. But the experts also say common sense is important when it comes to plumbing. “The more you have, the more it will cost in plumbing. In the past, a lot of people would go ahead and finish out a basement bath, but now they’re choosing to just put in piping for a future bath. It’s always wise to put plumbing under the concrete floor rather than having to come back and bust the floor to add plumbing. Adding the plumbing later can cost three times as much as if it had been roughed in. That’s an expensive addition,” says Wilson or Marvin Maeser Plumbing. What’s a key piece of advice from Jackey? “For any kind of remodeling, get a good plumber in to look at the space before you start ripping out walls and pipes. We’ve seen it all and can prevent a lot of problems from happening. If you start cutting out water lines and replacing them on your own, they’re going to stop up further down the line.”

HBAL Registered Builder Walt Schumm Running for Congress For the first time, the Home Builders Association of Louisville has one of its own Registered Builders running for Congress. Walt Schumm, Registered Builder and Remodelor and Oldham County resident, is running for Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District. This seat is being vacated by Geoff Davis who has served honorably for four consecutive terms in the House of Representatives. Due to recent redistricting of the Congressional Districts, the 4th District now includes newly-added portions of eastern Jefferson County, and Spencer County and all of Shelby County. Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties remain part of this large 20-county area jurisdiction which borders Indiana, Ohio, and West Virginia. Walt Schumm has been active in the Home Builders Association for many years. He first became a member in 2006 and has been active on committees, the Oldham County Council, and recently was approved as a Registered Remodelor in addition to his Registered Builder status. Walt is not new to civic service. He has served on the Oldham County School Board for ten years and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board. In addition to his civic service, his business ventures include work as a Real Estate Developer, Contractor, and Licensed Realtor; he also owns and operates an Oldham County farm. He and his wife Jean are co-founders of, which is a non-profit dedicated to educating parents on today’s challenging teen culture.

In Congress, Walt pledges to focus on the following:

• Roll back and reform regulations

• Protect the Constitution – Teach the Constitution

• Promote a viable Domestic Energy Policy

•.Repeal Obamacare and institute meaningful and cost-efficient free-market insurance programs

• Shrink the size of government • Reduce spending and balance the budget • Reform the tax code

• Balance interests of businesses and environmental groups

• Build the bridges and improve interstate roadways. Walt believes that our industry and many others are over-regulated, causing increased operating costs and eliminating opportunities for some businesses altogether. He believes that we must reduce entitlements and our nation’s debt burden, while also providing people with meaningful employment opportunities through a free-market economy. He holds conservative beliefs about family values and upholding our Constitutional rights as citizens. Walt Schumm is competing against six other candidates in the primary election that will be held on May 22, 2012. april 2012 23



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You or your customer can sit back and enjoy the comforts of a warm fireplace at the convenience of your fingertips. With the ease of a remote you can control the flame and when you have to leave the house or go to sleep, you can simply turn it off. To see how you can transform your house or your clients visit Fireplace Distributors at 5810 Fern Valley Road or call 502-964-5996. For more information visit our website;


Legacy by Phantom Screens is the only retractable door screen with an integrated Latch & Release handle making it easy to use, quiet to operate and secure from unintended openings. Legacy provides superior insect protection and enhanced natural ventilation for your home while maintaining your view and dĂŠcor. Legacy fits all door types including in-swing, out-swing, single, double and patio slider doors. Our wide range of color and finish choices allow Legacy to blend seamlessly with your doorways while improving indoor air quality, enhancing home functionality and reducing cooling costs. We ensure your complete satisfaction by customizing our screens to each home, which are expertly installed by experienced Phantom professionals. Our Limited Lifetime Warranty provides you additional peace of mind. Contact Screens of Kentucky, your Authorized Distributor, to choose the best screen option depending on your door type and budget, go to or contact Marie or Casper Resch at 502-895-4348,

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membermeetings Oldham County Council Meeting

Special thanks to these 2012 Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor:

Jeremy Esposito-Oldham County Council Chairman; Pat Stoehr-Affordable Building Design (Sponsor); Larry Disney (Speaker); Buddy Kittle-Oldham Council Co-Chairman;Gary Hardy-Farmers Bank of Milton (Sponsor); Niel Bryan-Farmers Bank of Milton (Sponsor)

2/27/12 Speaker: Larry Disney Executive Director of Real Estate Appraisals (Presentation on website)


Sponsors: Affordable Building Design, represented by Pat Stoehr and Farmers Bank of Milton, represented by Gary Hardy and Niel Bryan Larry Disney opened his presentation by explaining that an appraisal report is simply a story about how the appraiser arrived at their estimation of a property’s value. Since it is subjective in nature, it is not uncommon to have vastly different opinions and conclusions. The past several years have caused issues within the appraisal industry. Significant rule changes, foreclosures, and wild fluctuations in home values are all complicating factors. Larry and his state agency exist to help mediate problems that exist. He encourages builders to share as much information about the unique value-contributing features of homes with appraisers. He urges that builders should particularly provide information about energy efficiency products and building techniques other homes – likely those being used as comparable properties – do not include. Despite what some may still believe, builders are allowed to talk to appraisers. Larry concluded that we must work together as an industry to fix economic conditions in order to improve market conditions on which appraisals are based. He’s willing to help and encouraged any person with a question or issue to call him. He even provided his cell phone number, which is 859-200-2912. The Bank of Oldham County Cash Drawing winners: 1. John Miranda 2. David Lurding 3. Sharon Shelton 4. Steph Horne 5. Kevin Passanissi


Visit our Facebook page to watch highlights of Larry’s presentation. FACEBOOK

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Disc-Connected K-9’s Stage Sponsor:

Balloon Garden & Photo Booth Sponsor:

membernews Rob Peterson shares his carving talents and passion with HBAL members Rob Peterson shared his carving talents with Grabers Insealators and the attendees of the Home, Garden & Remodeling Show last month. He even donated a turtle carving to the Building Industry Charitable Foundation auction that was held during the Home Show event. As Rob describes, “I have always had an appreciation for art and have collected wood carvings and particularly chainsaw carvings for some years. Through my travels I have had the opportunity to see carvers at work and have marveled at their skills. The big Louisville ice storm and my daughter’s wedding in June 2010 gave me the opportunity and the incentive to try chainsaw carving myself. After carving my first eagle in a stump in our yard I was hooked. Since that time I have produced over 100 carvings, studied the craft, and attended festivals to learn from more experienced carvers. I plan to continue carving and one day make this my retirement career.” K-I Lumber Celebrates 80 Years in Business From selling carloads of lumber to customers in Louisville and Southern Indiana to exporting products around the world, K-I Lumber has grown from a small, one-man operation, started by Walter Freeman, Sr. in 1932, to become the region’s largest independent lumber supplier 80 years later. In February 2012, the company’s more than 200 employees celebrated its achievements as a locally-owned success story that attributes it growth to the hard work and dedication of its employees and the loyalty of its long-time customers.

Shelby County Junior Home Builders Place 5th at IBS Congratulations to Walt Wilson and his team from Shelby County High School who competed in the High School Building Competition at IBS in Orlando, Fla. The group placed fifth in their competition and plans to return to compete again next year. The students attended the Shelby County Council meeting in March to share about their experiences.

CORRECTION In last month’s issue of Louisville Builder magazine we misrepresented a member’s company in the “Digging Deep for the Latest News About Landscaping” article. David Dornick who was quoted works for Frank Otte Landscape and Design Group, not the company listed in the article.


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newmembers Associates Approved 2/12 Limestone Farm Lawn Worksite Ryan English Type of Business: Sales, parts, service for John Deere & Stihl Sponsor: Tom Raver Economy Maintenance, Inc. Stephen Thomas Type of Business: Home Improvement/Handyman Sponsor: Bob Marrett Buena Vista Group, LLC Marcos Mendoza Type of Business: Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling Sponsor: Jeremy Esposito

Atlas Contracting Weston Marcum Type of Business: Development/Rehabbing Multifamily Res. Communities Sponsor: John Hollenbach Kentuckiana Outdoor Living Denny Massie Type of Business: Garage doors, retractable garage screen doors Sponsor: Derek Smothers Solis Masonry Hilario Solis Type of Business: Masonry Sponsor: Perry Lyons Affiliates Approved 2/12

Raindrop Gutter Guard Systems Steve Nitch Type of Business: Manufacturing Sponsor: Jeremy Esposito Reflections of You, by Amy Amy Wagner Type of Business: Interior Design/Staging Sponsor: Bob Thieneman, Jr. Cornerstone Landscape Management, Inc. Joe Yackey Type of Business: Lawn & Landscape Sponsor: Ryan Miranda The Brickman Group Ryan Capito Type of Business: Landscape Maintenance Sponsor: Ryan Miranda Miles Fence Company, LLC Donald Miles Type of Business: Wholesale & Installation Sponsor: Derek Smothers The Simple Stager Natalie Officer Type of Business: Interior Design/Staging Sponsor: Pat Durham Habitat For Humanity of Shelby County Amy Nation Type of Business: Non-Profit Sponsor: Dave Mikels 1st Choice Protection, Inc. (ADT Authorized Dealer) Shaun George Type of Business: Security equipment & monitoring Sponsor: David Weis

Jeremy Stull River City Bank Sponsor: Pat Durham Mark Johnson Key Homes Sponsor: Jeanette White Emilee Dover VIA Studio Sponsor: Kim Clark Amber Glisson VIA Studio Sponsor: Kim Clark Eric Ruckriegel Graber Insealators, Inc, Sponsor: Dave Mikels

Custom Mail Boxes • Street Signs Cluster Box Units • Condos • Multi-Units

DON DUGGINS | GREG DUGGINS 1116 Ulrich Avenue Louisville, KY 40219

502-966-5774 FAX 502-966-5462 email:

For an up to date Spike Club list please visit HBAL.COM

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Builders: Blacketer Company

Clifford Thieneman Co., LLC Associates: A&G Drywall, Inc Bachman Commercial Sales Bardenwerper, Talbott & Roberts BB&T Boland Maloney Lumber Bonnycastle Appliance & TV Boral Bricks Century Mortgage Chenoweth Appliances Corrigan Electric and Home Systems Cunningham Door & Window

As of March 1, 2012

Deville Homes

Dominion Homes

Quarry Bluff Estates The Door Store and Windows Fifth Third Bank Frost Brown Todd, LLC K-I Lumber & Building Materials L & N Federal Credit Union L.E. Hobbs Contruction Logan Lavelle Hunt Insurance Louis E. Hobbs Construction Co. Inc. McDonald Marble & Stone Inc. MetLife Home Loans Paragon Management Group PPG Porter Paints

Pro-Build Republic Bank R.J. Thieneman Realty Group Sam Kinnaird’s Flooring Screens of Kentucky Sonne Steel Surburban Steel The Trend Companies of Kentucky United Residential Lending Corp Wells Fargo Home Mortgage VanZandt, Emrich, & Cary

A special thanks to all Honor Roll Members! For more information on how you can be listed on the HBAL Honor Roll, please call Melissa or Kimberly at 429-6000.


Congratulations to these Milestone Members: These members have reached a milestone mark in their membership with their renewal in February 40 Years Louisville Gas and Electric – Dave French

Boyd Consulting Servies – Peggy Boyd Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling – Charles Horn, Registered Remodeler

20 Years Underwriters Safety & Claims, Inc. – Bruce Ferguson Irving Materials, Inc. – Ronald Wibbels Habitat Restore – Habitat for Humanity – Dale Douthat Tracy Cox Construction Inc. – Tracy Cox, Registered Builder

5 Years Cutting Edge Construction Services – Thomas Francis Al Allgeier & Sons, Inc. – Charles Allgeier Louisville Realty Group – Paula Thieneman Bates Perfect Painting – Chris Crowe Middletown Equipment Rental – Chip Platt Geothermal By Design, LLC – Martin Madden CertaPro Painters of Louisville – Dean Tatum- Johns E & M West Construction – Earl Melvin West Farmers Bank of Milton – Gary Hardy

15 Years Okolona Glass Co., Inc. – Daryl Gibson Hosler Excavating – Randy Hosler Sunlight Systems Inc. – Cindy Hendricks Wholesale Hardwood Interiors – Douglas C. Mueller Sam Duke Drywall – Vera Duke Colyer Construction Co. – Ronald Colyer, Registered Builder/Remodeler 10 Years Jet Mechanical, Inc. – Joseph Tabor Bohn Services, Inc – Larry Bohns T.H. Construction, Inc. – Todd Hoene Coit Cleaning & Restoration – Robert Pledger A-1 Concrete Leveling – Dave Taflinger

1 Year VIA Internet Studio, Inc. – Jason Clark DF Development – Brandon Denton, Associate Builder Remodeler Metro Drywall, LLC – Pat Church Henderson Property, Inc. – Rodney Henderson Harrison Enterprises, Inc. – Robert Harrison Bryant Nicoson & Associates Inc. – Bryant Nicoson

corporatesponsors Special thanks to these 2012 HBAL corporate sponsors:

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April 2

General Membership Luncheon Meeting - Featuring Elliot Eisenberg 11:30 a.m., The Olmsted


Membership Committee 10:30 a.m., HBAL


Land Development Meeting 10:00 a.m., HBAL


SMC Meeting 9:00 a.m., Rock Springs


Shelby County Meeting: speaker Scotty Davenport 11:30 a.m., Persimmon Ridge


Executive Committee 11:30 a.m., HBAL


Commercial Council Agency Leaders Breakfast 8:00 a.m., Faulkner Real Estate, Ormsby III

May 2

HBAL Day at the Downs Sky Terrace


Land Development 10:00 a.m.


HBAK Summer Board Meeting, Downtown Louisville – Hyatt Regency


Codes & Standards 11:00 a.m., HBAL


Oldham County Council Meeting: speaker Jim Urban 11:30 a.m., John W. Black Community Center


Registered Builder Committee 10:00 a.m., HBAL


Commercial Council Quarterly Meeting 8:30 a.m., HBAL


Memorial Day HBAL Office Closed


Executive Committee 1:00 p.m., HBAL


Board of Directors 3:00 p.m., HBAL

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advertiserindex Back Alley Ornamental Iron......................... 27

Bobcat Enterprises........................................ 19

Boland Maloney........................................... ibc

Bonnycastle Appliance & TV.........................obc

Century Entertainment.................................. 9

Duggins Co., Inc........................................... 28

Fireplace Distributors, Inc............................. 24

K-I Lumber & Building Materials................ifc

Kentuckiana Re-bath...................................... 4

L&N Federal Credit Union............................ 4

Landscape Lighting...................................... 19

Logan Lavelle Hunt....................................... 4

PPG Porter Paints.......................................... 9

Screens of Kentucky....................................... 24

Walt Schumm for Congress............................ 11



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