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June 2019

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On the Cover: Cover story 11 If you built a home that has been lived in a year or less that fits the Artisan standards, enter it in the 2020 Artisan Home Tour. Don’t worry -- we’ll help you convince the homeowners!

Features Workforce Area Council

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Moving forward, the HBA’s workforce development initiative is going to focus on building a pipeline of future workers by partnering with some of the HBA’s largest events.

Patriot Homes a Founding Member of NAHB’s Connect 10 Group

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“Connect 10” is geared toward companies that may not yet be established enough to warrant a traditional membership in the NAHB 20 Clubs, yet it offers similar networking and educational benefits.

Are OSHA Drones Coming to Site Near You? With the emergence of wider drone use, OSHA has also stepped into the drone business, allowing the use of drones during worksite inspections for compliance assistance and for training purposes.

In Every Issue Calendar 4 Anniversaries 17 New Members

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Residential Permit Statistics

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Workforce Area Council Features Inspiring Story, Interactive Element At the Workforce Area Council at Jack Stack BBQ last month, guest speaker Jeff Lee shared his personal story of incarceration in multiple prisons across the country before joining Connections to Success and assisting current inmates with their transition back into society. Connections to Success is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire individuals to realize their dreams and achieve economic independence by providing hope, resources and a plan. While in prison in Leavenworth, Lee learned of Connections to Success and, once released, entered the organization’s program. Today, as a program manager with Connections to Success, Lee helps others acclimate to life outside of prison by teaching soft skills such as how to interact in a professional environment and what to expect during a job interview. Don’t Put Your Cell Phone Away The Workforce Area Council also featured an interactive element. Throughout the luncheon attendees were asked a series of workforce-related questions, which they could answer via their phones and see the results on a screen live. Most attendees answered the questions about the Construct KC program and KC MADE correctly. The hardest question: What is the web address for the HBA’s workforce website? The answer is KCHomeWork.com. This website was built specifically for students interested in the skilled trades and their parents so they can find resources and information and even get an idea of salary ranges for different trades. Continued on page 4

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Summer Calendar

Workforce Area Council Continued from page 3 If you haven’t visit KCHomeWork.com, please do!

June 4-8 NAHB Leadership Meeting/ Legislative Conference

Future Workforce Initiative

June 18 Board of Directors Meeting

Moving forward, the HBA’s workforce development initiative is going to focus on building a pipeline of future workers by partnering with some of the HBA’s largest events.

June 24 Early Bird Deadline for Fall Parade Entries

The HBA will continue to host KC MADE at the Home Show and will work to enhance the member and student experiences and grow that competition to include more schools.

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Independence Day – HBA Office Closed

In addition, the Workforce committee is considering expanding its efforts with the Parade of Homes by hosting student tours of Parade homes. This would offer these students the chance to learn about the construction industry and allow them to meet developers, builders and other skilled tradesmen.

July 8 Regular Deadline for Fall Parade Entries July 11

The tours would also assist our members in establishing relationships with area schools and generating future Parade of Homes users and potential customers.

Associate Council Meeting

July 15 Late Deadline for Fall Parade Entries

If you would like help build a pipeline of skilled laborers for the industry, contact Courtney@kchba.org.

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Building Remodel Enters Final Stretch The HBA building remodel is entering its final stretch with mechanical and electrical work beginning the first week of June and tile and cabinets going in shortly thereafter. The transformation is expected to be completed by the end of June. Thank you to all the members who have donated money, labor and/or materials to upgrade our building – there are several new names on the list! Platinum - $10,000-$24,999

Gold - $5,000-$9,999

Silver - $1,000-$4,999

Harold Phelps – Phelps Engineering

Jerry Braklow – Braklow Homes

Troy Bellah – Bellah Homes

Shawn Woods – Ashlar Homes

Jim Lambie – Lambie Custom Homes

Fred Delibero – Summit Homes

Jeff Ashner – Ashner Construction

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Tom French – Tom French Construction

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Brian Koehler – Koehler Building Co.

Samsung Appliances/Ferguson

Gary Kerns – Gary Kerns Homebuilders

Gerry Starr – Starr Homes Kirk Jones – Markirk Construction

Tom French Jeff Alpert – The Alpert Companies

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Building Remodel Continues Silver - $1,000-$4,999

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Brian Tebbenkamp Member of NAHB’s New “Connect 10” Program “Connect 10” is NAHB’s new program geared toward companies that may not yet be established enough to warrant a traditional membership in the NAHB 20 Clubs, yet it offers similar networking and educational benefits. KCHBA’s Brian Tebbenkamp of Patriot Homes is one of the original members of this new group and recently attended a meeting in Dallas last month. Modeled as a stepping stone toward membership in a 20 Club within two to three years, Connect 10 is based largely on virtual meetings. The virtual club model was developed as a convenient and appealing platform particularly for newer company owners. The only requirement for a Connect 10 membership, aside from being an NAHB member, is that the member companies are less than 10 years old. Each club comprises up to 10 members and meets quarterly for two,

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two-hour virtual meetings. In addition to a 20 Club facilitator, each club will have a dedicated mentor — a retired 20 Club veteran — to facilitate conversation and provide guidance. Congratulations, Brian, for serving as a leader and one of the founding members of this new group.


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Golf Tourny Teams, Hole Sponsors Sold Out The HBA is excited to once again host its annual golf tournament at Stone Canyon Golf Club in Blue Springs, Mo., — the only Greg Norman Signature Design Course in the Midwest. The tournament is scheduled for June 13 with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. and the tee time at 8:30 a.m. With 37 teams, the tournament is sold out. Also sold out are the hole sponsorships. If your company would like to participate in some capacity, breakfast and lunch sponsorships are still available. Presenting Sponsor: PPG Paint

Beverage Sponsors: Ferguson Enterprises and Spire Hole Sponsors:

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Atmos Energy

Bank of Blue Valley

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Kansas Builders Insurance Group

Midwest Energy Consultants, LLC

Midwest Energy Rating & Auditing

Pella Products of Kansas City

PPG Paints

ProSource of Kansas City

Samsung Home Appliances

Sprint Lumber Inc

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Thank you to this year’s golf chair Christine Hawkins of Ferguson Enterprises.

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Artisan Tour Now Open to Occupied Homes June 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21, 2020 Have you built a unique home recently that showcases your capabilities as a custom home builder? If you built a home that has been lived in a year or less that fits the Artisan standards, enter it in the 2020 Artisan Home Tour. It doesn’t have to cost $1 million to be considered “artisan” – it has to have unique features that you don’t see in an average home. How do you get the homeowners to agree? Does the homeowner know someone suffering from diabetes? Tell them the tour is partnering with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in an effort to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Knowing their efforts will potentially help find a cure may sway their thinking. Why JDRF? JDRF is not only a great cause, but its supporters are some of the most affluent people in Kansas City. As an Artisan builder, you will have several opportunities to meet JDRF donors, i.e., your potential customers.

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The EPA has released interpretive guidance on April 16 to clarify whether groundwater pollution that eventually reaches federally regulated traditional navigable waters — e.g., seas, rivers, lakes — requires a permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.

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EPA stated that discharges to groundwater are not covered by the Clean Water Act (CWA): “… releases of pollutants to groundwater are categorically excluded from the Act’s permitting requirements because Congress explicitly left regulation of discharges to groundwater to the states and EPA has other statutory authorities.” EPA’s position is consistent with NAHB comments submitted to the Agency last spring. Under the NPDES program, it is a violation of the CWA to discharge any “pollutant” into a jurisdictional water unless that discharge has been permitted. Currently, many developers and builders install low-impact development or green infrastructure practices as well as septic systems that are designed to infiltrate into groundwater.

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OSHA’s Use of Drones: What Builders Need to Know Over the last several years, the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems — commonly called drones — has grown exponentially. It is predicted that by the year 2021 commercial drone use in the United States will expand tenfold. Drone use is regulated principally by the Federal Aviation Administration, which has registration requirements and sets operational rules to ensure safe operation. With the emergence of wider drone use, OSHA has also stepped into the drone business, allowing the use of drones during worksite inspections for compliance assistance and for training purposes. The potential for OSHA to use drones in enforcement activities has raised concerns from home builders and other contractors. OSHA Memorandum on Drone Use On May 18, 2018, in a memorandum to Regional Administrators, OSHA set forth its policy related to the use of drones during inspections. The Agency stated: “[Drones] may be used to collect evidence during inspections in certain workplace settings, including in areas that are inaccessible or pose a safety risk to inspection personnel.” In addition to OSHA having to comply with FAA and other regulations regarding drone use, the memorandum establishes “Recommended Best Practices” to be followed by OSHA regions when using drones. The best practices are extensive and are designed to ensure the drones are flown safely and that employer and employee rights are protected by the use of the drones. Notably, in order for OSHA to use a drone in the course of an inspection, OSHA must receive consent by Continued on page 16

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OSHA’s Use of Drones Continued from page 15

the employer to use the drone. OSHA must also notify all affected personnel on the job site that it will be using a drone. How to Prepare In the near term, OSHA’s use of drones during inspections will likely be limited to rare circumstances where the nature of the inspections is such that compliance officers cannot safely access particular areas (e.g., emergency response inspections, or accessing work sites located at significant heights). “Home builders should still be aware that OSHA owns drones and has the capability to use them in the course of inspections, and should plan accordingly,” noted Brad Hammock, an attorney with the law firm of Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Washington, D.C. To prepare, home builders should review OSHA’s drone memorandum and Recommended Best Practices. In addition, job site supervisors should be trained in the memorandum, in particular, that: • OSHA by policy cannot use drones in the course of an inspection without employer consent. • OSHA must notify any affected employees regarding the use of drones. Home builders should determine their approach to allowing OSHA’s use of drones in advance of an inspection and ensure job site supervisors are trained and knowledgeable about the approach.

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Anniversaries 1952 Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Pacific Mutual Door & Window 1978 Tom French Construction, Inc. 1984 O’Donnell & Sons Construction 1985 MarKirk Construction, Inc. 1992 Ashner Construction, Inc. 1995 Excel Plastering, LLC 1999 Stewart Title of Kansas City 2001 Atronic Alarms, Inc. First American Title 2002 KGH Building Group, LLC

2012 D Three Framing, Inc. Northcraft Flooring and Design 2013 Clayco Electric Dan Moore Construction Douthit Frets Rouse Gentil & Rhodes Gaumats International, LLC 2014 Gregory Allen Enterprises, Inc. Miami County Economic Development Missouri Propane Education and Research Council Rocktops Granite & Stone Fabrication, LLC Rodrock and Associates, Realtors LLC Royal Seamless Gutter & Siding, Inc.

2003 Apex Engineers Inc. 2004 C & M Builders, Inc. Haynes Equipment Co., Inc. NBKC Bank Shaw Construction, Inc. 2005 Lumber One LLC Security Bank of Kansas City 2006 K & E Flatwork, LLC Tabernacle Homes LLC 2007 CrossFirst Bank Jim Larson Homes, LLC 2008 Park Ridge Homes, LLC 2009 RubinBrown, LLP 2010 Legacy Flooring Contractors

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You Deserve to be Recognized for Your Work IBS awards programs recognize the best of the best across the home-building industry — from top projects to great marketing to outstanding members. Each program highlights specific contributions to the industry through a variety of categories, so be sure to check which ones best apply to your work. Here are five great opportunities to spotlight your company’s projects and employees: Best in American Living Awards: Recognize top designs in more than 60 categories, including single-family, communities and remodeling projects. New categories this year include: accessory dwelling units (ADUs); green detached home; green one-of-a-kind custom or spec home; green entire home remodel; and green community. (The green categories had previously been awarded through NAHB’s Best in Green Awards.) Leading Suppliers Council (LSC) Spark Award: Recognizes the most innovative LSC member who demonstrates superior knowledge and expertise in developing cutting-edge building products and services. Young Professional Awards: Recognize young (under the age of 45) building industry professionals’ hard work, successes, performance, dedication and outstanding potential as they serve as leaders in the home building industry. Custom Home Builder of the Year: Recognizes custom builders for their innovative achievements, professional leadership and creativity in crafting one-of-a-kind custom homes. Global Innovation Awards: Recognize the most cutting-edge, advanced and original projects, product offerings and/or marketing strategies submitted by Global member companies that offer products in the United States, or multinational or domestic member companies that offer products outside the United States. New for 2019 is the Global Innovation Leadership category, recognizing leaders who demonstrate unique and innovative contributions moving the industry into new worlds of design, products and services to make a better global community of housing for everyone. Check individual program pages for eligibility requirements (which may include parameters for project start and finish dates), application deadlines, fees and other frequently asked questions. Award applications are available through the NAHB Awards Portal at https://awards.nahb.org/.

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Residential Building Permit Statistics

Residential Building Permit Statistics APRIL 2019 CASS COUNTY Archie Belton Cass County Cleveland Garden City Harrisonville Lake Winnebago Lee's Summit Peculiar Pleasant Hill Raymore Village of Loch Lloyd

CLAY COUNTY Clay County Excelsior Springs Gladstone Kansas City Kearney Lawson Liberty North Kansas City Pleasant Valley Smithville JACKSON COUNTY Blue Springs Buckner Grain Valley Grandview Greenwood Independence Jackson County Kansas City Lake Lotawana Lee's Summit Oak Grove Raytown Sugar Creek PLATTE COUNTY Kansas City Parkville Platte City Platte County Riverside Weatherby Lake Weston JOHNSON COUNTY De Soto Edgerton Fairway Gardner Johnson County Leawood Lenexa Merriam Mission Hills Olathe Overland Park Prairie Village Roeland Park Shawnee Spring Hill Westwood

Single MultiFamily Family Total Units^ Units% Units 0 1 6 0 0 2 8 0 0 1 6 0 24

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 1 6 0 0 2 8 0 0 1 6 0 24

S-F Units YTD

M-F Units YTD

Total Units YTD

0 20 14 0 0 3 10 7 2 1 26 0 83

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 20 14 0 0 3 10 7 2 1 26 0 83

7 1 0 35 8 0 5 0 0 2 58

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

7 1 0 35 8 0 5 0 0 2 58

10 3 0 122 24 0 10 1 0 8 178

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 240 0 0 240

10 3 0 122 24 0 10 241 0 8 418

10 0 9 0 0 6 12 6 0 42 2 0 0 87

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

10 0 9 0 0 6 12 6 0 42 2 0 0 87

82 0 47 0 0 21 26 28 0 119 3 0 0 326

0 0 0 160 0 0 0 0 0 139 0 0 0 299

82 0 47 160 0 21 26 28 0 258 3 0 0 625

18 5 0 13 0 0 0 36

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

18 5 0 13 0 0 0 36

48 13 0 31 3 0 0 95

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

48 13 0 31 3 0 0 95

3 0 0 8 3 4 29 0 0 72 18 7 0 2 12 0 158

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

3 0 0 8 3 4 29 0 0 72 18 7 0 2 12 0 158

12 0 0 29 12 12 61 0 0 149 93 28 0 6 36 3 441

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 150 0 0 0 0 0 199

12 0 0 29 12 12 61 0 0 198 243 28 0 6 36 3 640

April 2019

Single MultiFamily Family Total Units^ Units% Units LEAVENWORTH COUNTY Basehor 5 0 5 Lansing 0 0 0 Leav. County 9 0 9 Leavenworth 2 0 2 Tonganoxie 6 0 6 22 0 22 WYANDOTTE COUNTY Bonner Springs Edwardsville KCK/Wyandotte Co MIAMI COUNTY Louisburg Miami County Osawatomie Paola Spring Hill Totals

S-F Units YTD

M-F Units YTD

Total Units YTD

18 1 22 2 15 58

0 0 0 0 0 0

18 1 22 2 15 58

2 0 19 21

0 0 0 0

2 0 19 21

3 0 39 42

0 0 0 0

3 0 39 42

1 6 0 0 1 8

0 0 0 0 0 0

1 6 0 0 1 8

4 13 0 0 2 19

0 0 0 0 108 108

4 13 0 0 110 127

414

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414

1242

846

2088

Comparison of Single Family Building Units for Greater Kansas City (Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Wyandotte Counties) Month/Year January February March April May June July August September October November December

2012 188 182 270 277 294 268 288 260 379 331 283 279

2013 273 224 335 444 337 333 409 354 384 369 340 288

2014 287 216 362 439 385 364 375 352 383 468 312 328

2015 240 260 393 437 395 438 399 425 462 459 360 432

2016 274 408 542 523 503 578 494 536 424 466 417 352

2017 2018 2019 457 463 236 477 463 234 571 549 358 562 564 414 504 598 567 569 512 485 480 514 514 353 583 485 502 354 468 276

Annual Total

3,299

4,090

4,271

4,700

5,517

6,197

5,673

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Comparison of Permits By Units Issued Year to Date

2012 - 2019 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

S-F Units 917 1276 1304 1330 1747 2067 2039 1242

M-F Units 121 1281 1159 999 1348 471 203 846

Total Units 1038 2557 2463 2329 3095 2538 2242 2088

^The Single Family number is units and includes both attached and detached units. %Multi-Family units are in buildings with 5 or more units. # Not available at time of report

Permit information reflects the most recent data at time of publication. In order to ensure accurate recording of residential building permit statistics, the HBA may revise monthly and year-to-date figures when updated data is made available. Copyright 2019 Home Builders Assoc of Greater Kansas City. All rights reserved.

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Residential Permitting Gains Ground but Still Lagging 2018 In April, 414 single-family permits were issued for a total of 1,242 single-family permits year-to-date in 2019, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (HBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. Single-family permitting continues to lag behind 2018, which had 501 single-family permits issued in April 2018 and a total of 1,933 single-family permits issued at this time in 2018. “On a regional level, single-family starts are down 6.4 percent in the Midwest year-to-date,” said HBA Executive Vice President Will Ruder. “Locally, weather-related delays have resulted in a slower start to the building season, but ongoing job growth, rising wages, and a low interest rate environment continue to support solid demand for new single-family homes.” No multi-family permits were issued locally in April this year. Year-to-date, however, multi-family permits in the KC area are up 76 percent compared to April 2018. At the national level, multi-family starts are also increasing, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). In fact, multi-family permits increased 8.9 percent in April nationally – the highest since March 2018, according to NAHB. The top permitting cities in the greater Kansas City area – for both single- and multi-family – in April 2019 were Olathe (72), Lee’s Summit (42), and Kansas City, Mo., (35). Year-to-date, the top permitting cities are Lee’s Summit (258), Overland Park (243) and North Kansas City (241).

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YPs Host Volunteer Night at VCP The HBA’s young professional group has begun volunteering the last Thursday of the month at Veterans Community Project. Last month, they hung insulation on the outside of the tiny homes. While the YPs host this event, anyone is welcome to participate. If you’d like to help out, the next HBA volunteer night will be Thursday, June 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Have you built a home that has been lived in less than a year and fits the Artisan Home Tour standards? If so, enter it in the 2020 Artisan...

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