Building Business News November 2022

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November 2022

A New Era of Local Building Codes



Should it be Labeled? Safety Glazing 2021 IRC & IBC December 1 | 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | 4 code credit hours One of the greatest potential sources for injuries (and the resulting lawsuits) in the built environment is glass subject to human impact loads. This course examines in detail the increasingly complex requirements from the IBC & IRC for glazing in hazardous locations.

Means of Egress for Residential Dwellings 2021 IRC December 1 | 12:30-5:00 p.m. | 4 code credit hours A complete and in-depth view of code requirements and best practices for stairways, landings, guards and handrails. Illustrations used represent everyday problems and will serve as the basis for discussion and resolution.

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December 2 | 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. | 8 code credit hours This course will address numerous provisions in Chapter 11 of the IRC and IECC addressing requirements applicable to residential construction and inspection. The course is designed for all involved in residential construction for the intended purpose of identifying and discussing challenges facing compliance.


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A New Era of Local Building Codes


14 A New Era of Local Building Codes Residential construction professionals engaged in today’s Kansas City housing market have been interacting with building codes for their entire careers. What has historically been a highly technical, non-political set of construction standards rooted in life safety requirements has, however, become a newfound target for activists pursuing a set of political goals.

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FEATURES 8 President’s Letter As his term ends as president of the KCHBA, Tommy Bickimer shares his thoughts on the past year, what he’s learned and what he looks forward to moving into 2023. 10 Meet Your Newest KCHBA Directors for 2023 Every year, the KCHBA elects members to the board of directors. Only KCHBA primaries are eligible to vote on Board candidates. Ballots for 2023 were sent in October and were due Tues., Nov. 1 at noon. Here are the results.

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20 New Members 21 Anniversaries 23 Calendar

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Patriot Homes Breaks Ground on 2023 Kansas City St. Jude Dream Home


he St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program was created in 1991. Each home sells a limited number of $100 tickets to win a brand-new, single-family home in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude families never receive a bill for any treatment, travel, housing or food related expenses. The Dream Home Giveaway is one of its largest fundraisers nationwide. Patriot Homes is building the next Kansas City St. Jude Dream Home in The Reserve at Riverstone. 7,500 tickets will be on sale in the summer, with the home giveaway happening in October 2023. “It’s truly an honor to have been chosen as the builder for the 2023 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway and we’re thrilled to welcome this incredible event back to Kansas City,” said Brian Tebbenkamp, owner and general manager of Patriot Homes. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Patriot Homes, our trade partners and our community to support the lifesaving work happening at St. Jude and improve the lives of children everywhere.”

Simulated photo of “The Taft” model, the Patriot Homes’ St. Jude Dream Home.

Shawnee Magazine Covers SCI and Natalie Hill


f you pick up the fall/winter issue of Shawnee Magazine you’ll see a familiar face on the cover: KCHBA and KCPWB member Natalie Hill. Hill, a showroom consultant at SCI Surfaces, is featured alongside Rod Savage, SCI owner. “The key to repeat business in this type of work is to provide a good customer experience,” said Savage. You can read the full story, including the history of SCI and their approach to business, at

designKC Launches Awards Program


Pictured (from left to right): Angela Kidwell, Stone Creek Midwest; Linda Ludy, ReeceNichols; Chris Egerton, Patriot Homes; Bill Arnold, SCI Surfaces; Jenni Mann, Patriot Homes; James Palmer, Patriot Homes; Travis Stoddard, Sun Lumber; Brian Tebbenkamp, Patriot Homes; Artie Lett, Northcraft Flooring; Carrie Tebbenkamp, Patriot Homes; Kyle Luetjen, Stone Creek Midwest; Darnell Blacklock, ReeceNichols; Marc Cooney, SVB Wood Floors; Corey Luetjen, Stone Creek Midwest; Kathy Varnon, Clay County Savings Bank


esignKCmagazineislaunchinganannualroundofawards to recognize outstanding projects and professionals in the home design industry. The awards process will honor projects completed since Jan. 1, 2017, within the generalized boundaries of the KC metro. Professional architects, designers, builders, remodelers, landscapers and artisans are invited to submit their work for review by our third-party jury. The categories for entries are as follows: • Custom Residence (a newly built, remodeled or redsigned home) • Model Home (built as a model for the real estate market) • Interior Project (room addition, 1-3 rooms, kitchen, bath, basement) • Detached Structure (barn, pool house, in-law quarters) • Outdoor Space or Landscape • Multifamily Housing (luxury apartment, condo, townhome, mixed-use project) • Public Place or Commercial Space (hotel, restaurant, retail) • Design Detail (for artisans/fabricators of woodwork, metalwork, lighting, etc.) A panel of design professionals will evaluate each project for excellence in design, aesthetics, creativity andfunctionality under a code of ethics. For more information, visit

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Ingrams Recognizes KCHBA Members


ngrams recently published its list of “20 in their Twenties”. Congrats to Austin Miller (commercial banking relationship manager, Commerce Bank) and Rachel Kilmer (agent, ReeceNichols) for being recognized as young leaders! Additional congratulations to the following KCHBA members who made the “250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Greater KC” list: Kevin Barth, Chairman/CEO – Commerce Bank Rob Bratcher, Kansas City, President – Commerce Bank John Dicus, President/CEO – Capitol Federal Bill Ferguson, President/CEO – Central Bank of the Midwest Mike Frazier, President/CEO – ReeceNichols Real Estate Lisa Ginter, CEO – CommunityAmerica Credit Union Brent Giles, President/CEO – Bank of Blue Valley Paul Holewinski, President/CEO – Academy Bank Jonathan Kemper, Chairman Emeritus – Commerce Bank Kevin Kramer, Market President – BOK Financial Mark Larrabee, Market President – Arvest Bank Jim Lewis, President/CEO – Security Bank of Kansas City Mike Maddox, President/CEO – CrossFirst Bankshares Ora Reynolds, President/CEO – Hunt Midwest Paul Thompson, Chairman/CEO – Country Club Bank Brian Unruh, President/CEO – nbkc bank Tom Wagers, President/CEO – North American Savings Bank

Builders Committee Officially Meets for First Time


n Mon., Oct. 24 the first organizational meeting of the newly established Builders Committee was held at the KCHBA offices. Given the volatility in the housing market, KCHBA leadership determined that a periodic gathering of builder companies could serve as a support network to help members weather challenging construction environments. The group anticipates gathering on a quarterly basis moving forward. In similar fashion to the KCHBA’s numerous committees and councils, the Builders Committee discussed topics that were relevant and specific to their part of the broader residential construction industry. These topics included current economic conditions and the outlook ahead, challenges and possible tactics to finishing homes under construction, and the political environment and the need to be engaged with policymakers. Everyone in the local industry recognizes that Kansas City is a unique housing market. As “The Voice of the Housing Industry in Kansas City,” the KCHBA will continue to strive to be a place where every business connected to residential construction feels welcome and represented.



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KC Hosts NAHB’s Fall Leadership Conference


AHB’s 2022 Fall Leadership Meetings took place in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 25-27, at the Loews Hotel. The fall leadership conference was a chance for members from across the country to learn, network and gain different perspectives from professionals from across the country. Several members attended meetings and activities held during the week. In celebration of Careers in Construction Month in October, the KCHBA hosted a teachers reception on Tues., Oct. 24 as way for NAHB leadership to meet KC area teachers and learn about their efforts and needs when promoting careers in construction.

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Additionally, NAHB and The Boys and Girls Clubs of America have a shared commitment to building stronger communities by recruiting the next generation of skilled laborers in the housing industry. The collaboration aims to build better communities at the local level by working together to promote construction career pathways and connect the industry with youth to provide career exploration and

In support of this partnership, the KCHBA hosted a workforce development event at the Boys & Girls Club of


Kansas City. Children ages five to 12 had the opportunity to build houses out of graham crackers and candy. Every child received a copy of “The House that She Built,” an activity book and a glow-in-the-dark skilled trades bracelet. On Wed., Oct. 26, the KCHBA Young Professionals Committee hosted an evening at Parlor. More than 50 YPs from across the country attended. At the start of the board meeting on Thurs., Oct. 27, the KCHBA’s Shawn Woods, Ashlar Homes, led the group in the pledge of allegiance and gave the invocation. The week ended with a Leadership Reception on Thurs., Oct. 27, hosted by the KCHBA. The Chiefs-themed event was held at the Horsefeather Social in the Loews Hotel, which is an outdoor bar on the seventh floor complete with fire pits and turf. DJ BFAME provided music while the KCHBA had a table of KC takeaways, including miniature JackStack BBQ sauces and seasoning, Charlie Hustle KC pins and stickers and KC plastic cups. Two gift baskets were also raffled away at the reception, courtesy of the KCHBA.




My Year as KCHBA President...

ix years ago, I joined the Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association. At that time, I was someone who preferred to be in the background. I did/do not like attention and the thought of talking in front of more than five people terrified me. Fast forward to today and I am wrapping up my term serving as the president of the Home Builders Association. My involvement with the KCHBA and the platforms they provide has helped me grow both professionally as well as personally. For that I owe a debt of gratitude to everyone involved.

Our staff is the best in the business. They put in countless hours to ensure we accomplish all we want to and more. I can’t thank them enough. Thank you to Will Ruder, Kari English, Dawn Allen, Kelcee Allen, Courtney Reyes, Jordan Webster, Paige Livingston, and Marcia Jurgens. I had many goals for my term, and while I feel good about what we accomplished, there is more work to be done. My main goal, that I stated at Inaugural, was to put the “builder” back in the Home Builders Association. We have a long way to go yet, but we have had a handful of Builder meetings and we formed the first Builders Council in our association’s history. It is my opinion that there is enough work out there for all 250+ builder members and that we are stronger together. I would rather support and help build up my fellow Builders than cut them down. Through the Builders Council, teaching and helping each other become better builders, we will raise up the standards of our entire industry. One of the other things that I wanted to do this year was to have honest conversations between the realtors, developers and builders about the status of our current relationship. For years we have all enjoyed a successful partnership that has benefited everyone and helped build our cities. I have concerns that unless we can all come together to discuss how to ensure another 40+ years of success, we may be vulnerable to disruptors. While we have made some progress with these discussions, we still have a long way to go. Again, I believe that we are stronger together. 8 | KCHBA.ORG | NOVEMBER ISSUE

Our industry has the second highest rate of suicides in the country. We know the toll this industry puts on our members, so we wanted to start the conversation about mental health. Mental health is something not typically talked about in the construction industry, but it is time to start. We had our first ever Mental Health Roundtable where we brought in guests to share their experiences and what can be done to bring awareness to ourselves and our employees. This roundtable was an incredible experience, and we will continue to hold these meetings to make sure that mental health stays on top of everyone’s mind. Lastly, I want to thank the Executive Committee. They are all extremely talented professionals that want the best for the Home Builders Association. Thank you to Kevin Kirtley, Brian Tebbenkamp, Dennis Shriver, Misty Hanson and Bruce Rieke. It was a great privilege to serve the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, and I look forward to seeing how we all navigate the choppy water ahead. Hopefully it’s together.

Tommy Bickimer 2022 KCHBA President President, Bickimer Homes


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Meet Your New 2023 KCHBA Board of Director Members


very year, the KCHBA elects members to the board of directors. Only KCHBA primaries are eligible to vote on Board candidates. Ballots for 2023 were sent in October and were due Tues., Nov. 1 at noon.

A position on the KCHBA Board of Directors is an investment of time and energy. The KCHBA thanks all those who have agreed to assume leadership of the association. Builder - Elected at Large Incumbent - Jeff Ashner, Ashner Construction Jeff Ashner is an award-winning builder whose decades of experience have consistently provided discriminating homeowners trusted guidance during the construction process. Jeff is a past participant of the Artisan Home Tour and member of the Artisan Committee. He is also a member of the Foundation Committee and has served as a Kansas Area Council chair. Brian Rodrock, Rodrock Homes Brian Rodrock is president and CEO of Rodrock Homes. Rodrock began building homes in 1999 before partnering with his own brothersin-law to form Rodrock Homes in 2002. In 2018, the trio expanded the business to encompass Rodrock Development. Rodrock is a KCHBA PAC trustee and participates in the Developers Council. Associate At-Large Bill Arnold, SCI Surfaces Bill Arnold works for SCI Surfaces in business development. Since joining KCHBA, he has been a very active member as part of several committees and activities including the Membership Committee, Foundation Committee, Governmental Affairs, the Clay Shoot and the KCHBA 80th anniversary celebration. His main goal as a board member is to increase membership and to help sustain the group for future members.


Incumbent - Ben Hutchinson Ferguson Ben Hutchinson has been very active with the KCHBA over the past seven years. His involvement spans many KCHBA events, including the Kansas City Home and Lifestyle Show Task Force. Hutchinson was an integral part of the SMART home for the 2019 and 2020 Kansas City Home and Lifestyle Show. He is also heavily involved in the Associates Council. Ferguson has been a longtime KCHBA sponsor, including presenting sponsor for the 2020 and 2022 Artisan Tours. Angie Ripley, Engel & Völkers As License Partner of Engel & Völkers of Kansas City, it is Angie Ripley’s basic philosophy that what she does is about the people she works for. Her business approach has earned her a reputation for integrity with clients and peers. She is a performance-driven, goal-oriented professional with over two-decades of experience. Ripley currently serves as chair of the KCHBA’s Professional Women in Building Council, which is dedicated to promoting industry professionalism, access to resources and educational opportunities and networking.

Bobby Wilson, Wilson Lighting Bobby Wilson grew up in the lighting business started by his father in 1975. Today, Wilson is owner of Wilson Lighting. A KCHBA member for more than 20 years, Wilson has served on the Parade Committee and Associates Council. Wilson has also previously been a member of the KCHBA’s Board of Directors. Wilson Lighting is a Silver sponsor of KCHBA.

Builder - Kansas Council Incumbent - Rocky Rhodes, Allure Luxury Homes A second-generation builder, Richard “Rocky” Rhodes is a respected past president of the KCHBA and is currently presiding on the board of directors. Since the company’s inception, Dusty Rhodes Homes has built over 2,000 homes spanning throughout the greater metropolitan Kansas City area and has won numerous awards over the years including more than 100 KCHBA Parade of Homes winners. In addition to sitting on the KCHBA Board of Directors, Rocky is a member of the Foundation Committee and is a past participant in the Artisan Home Tour.

Builder - Missouri North Council Kyle Freeman, Freeman Custom Homes Founded by Louie Freeman with a focus on high quality, true custom, and friendly service, Freeman Custom Homes has been building fine homes for nearly 40 years. Today, Kyle Freeman continues to provide those benefits with an added emphasis on personalized interior design and floor plans. Freeman Custom Homes is a member of the Artisan Committee and participated in the 2020 Artisan Home Tour. Builder - Missouri South Council Jason Walker, Walker Custom Homes Jason Walker founded Walker Custom Homes in 2008 and has brought quality custom homes to the Eastern Jackson County area for more than a decade. Walker and wife Heather, originally from Iowa, moved to Missouri in 2001, where they fell in love with Lake Winnebago. Walker was a builder participant during the 2022 Artisan Home Tour.

Ladder Nomination - Secretary / Treasurer Justin Pfeifer, Pfeifer Homes After graduating college in 2011, Justin Pfeifer teamed up with his father, Troy Pfeifer, to lead Pfeifer Homes. He graduated from Pittsburg State University with a construction management degree with an emphasis in residential construction. Pfeifer has been a member of the KCHBA’s Board of Directors since 2013. He is currently chair of the Parade Committee and a member of the Foundation Committee. Pfeifer is excited to lend his experience and his leadership as a member of the Executive Committee team.

Congratulations to the 2023 KCHBA Board of Director winners!


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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Gingerbread House Building Competition hosted by KCHBA Young Professionals

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Registration | 5:00 PM Competition Begins | 6:00 PM Judging | 6:45 PM Winners Announced & More Cocktails | 7:00 PM Event Ends | 8:00 PM

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Celebrate this holiday season with a little bit of friendly competition. You will be divided up into teams and provided all the delicious Christmas classics to build the ultimate gingerbread house. The winning team will not only win some fun prizes, but they will have bragging rights for a year as the best builder in town. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Home Builders Charitable Foundation.

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A New Era of Local Building Codes By Will Ruder


esidential construction professionals engaged in today’s Kansas City housing market have been interacting with building codes for their entire careers. What has historically been a highly technical, non-political set of construction standards rooted in life safety requirements has, however, become a newfound target for activists pursuing a set of political goals. Propped up by significant resources provided by national special interest groups and your own federal taxpayer dollars, these activists were successful in convincing a majority of the Kansas City, Mo., City Council to demote home ownership on the list of the city’s top priorities by adopting the 2021 IECC without incorporating a single viewpoint from local experts. Our industry has historically built and maintained relationships with local building departments and elected officials alike. Given the complexity of reading and interpreting a building code, questions and debates about code enforcement within local jurisdictions have been settled with the building officials, planning directors and inspectors of communities across the metro. These relationships with our industry overseers are typically mutually respectful and ultimately productive as we build homes in the communities they serve. And it was through these relationships that we had consistent dialogue about anticipated changes in future building codes. Our industry would ask for modifications to the model code, backed by data and reason. The KCHBA and our representatives would win some requests and lose on others. But throughout the process, we could feel good knowing that we were being heard and that we were participating in a collaborative, productive process as partners. The elected leadership in Kansas City, Mo., decided they didn’t want to be partners anymore. So they benched the Planning Department, subbed in the Office of Environmental Quality to take the lead, and adopted a building code Kansas Citians can’t afford and the city can’t enforce. As the KCHBA and its industry partners assess the path forward in KCMO, it’s important that the lessons learned there are applied in the communities surrounding it. While we do still enjoy robust and collaborative relationships 14 | KCHBA.ORG | NOVEMBER ISSUE

with city staff members across the metro, it’s critical to recognize the political forces at play. Local elected officials are under enormous pressure from those external activist interests to adopt codes as written by the ICC and without local modification.

Lessons Learned

As an organization, we engage mayors, councilmembers, and commissioners on the business of building. However, it’s important that our members do so individually as well. The enormous economic and societal benefits associated with new home construction are integral contributions to the prosperity of our communities. As the ultimate deciders of the construction standards in those communities, the local elected officials can bypass their in-house experts as was the case in KCMO. Your stories about your companies and your investment in those communities need to be heard by those decisionmakers.

Similarly, your direct engagement on the formation of the codes themselves at the ICC level can have an impact. By commenting online about the aspects of the draft building code during the series of public comment periods, you can weigh in directly with the authors of the modelcode prior to its passage and publication. The 2024 family of codes will likely begin its roll-out process in the spring of 2023. Most of the jurisdictions in the metro will be adopting a new set of codes during this cycle. Knowing that the data-driven, locally considered building code process may be different this time around, its important that all of our members take some time to learn how they can get involved. Code adoption can, and frankly should, be a painstaking process. But the baseline construction standards that the building code represents plays an important role in the methods and materials used to build a home.

Upcoming Class on 2021 IECC & IRC

If you’d like to learn more about the 2021 energy code as a way to prepare for implementation in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 2 the KCHBA is hosting a code credit class called “The Big Energy Push, 2021 IECC & IRC.” This course will cover numerous provisions in Chapter 11 of the IRC and IECC addressing requirements applicable to residential construction and inspection. The course is designed for all involved in residential construction for the intended purpose of identifying and discussing challenges facing compliance. Even if you don’t need the code credit, KCHBA members are welcome to attend. The class is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and lunch is provided. If you do not need the code credit the cost to attend is $25. Visit to register. If you have questions, contact or call 816-942-8800.

If our industry is going to continue to deliver strong, secure, safe, high-performing homes for Kansas City families, we all need to be at the table, not just KCHBA staff. Let us know if we can save you a seat.


Members Spend the Day Networking at Clay Shoot + Associate Appreciation Lunch


t was a beautiful day on Oct. 20 for two of KCHBA’s most popular annual events – the Clay Shoot tounament and Associate Appreciation Lunch. All KCHBA members were invited to join the Clay Shoot teams for an outdoor lunch after tournament play. KCHBA pint glasses were available to Associate members as a small token of appreciation. In addition to the Touring Taps beer truck, representatives from KCHBA’s Professional Women in Building Committee and Young Professionals provided signature drinks and a photo op complete with a 1948 Studebaker M5 truck and Patrick Mahomes scarecrow. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation tent, sponsored by PPG, raffled off a Samsung TV. Congratulations to Cory from Holthaus Building for winning the 55” TV. With a $100 contribution to Build-PAC, members were entered to win a shotgun. Congratulations to Scott Burchett of Rocktops for winning the Beretta A300 Ultima Shotgun. Thank you to everyone who attended the Clay Shoot and Associate Appreciation Lunch. Additional thanks to all the sponsors: • Food Truck Sponsor: Ashlar Homes • Beverage Sponsor: B.L. Rieke Custom Homes • Safety Sponsor: Kansas Gas Service • Foundation Raffle Sponsor: PPG Paints Station Sponsors: • Bovard Insurance Group • Capitol Federal • CKF • Hermes Landscaping • Kohler Company • Lumber One • Professional Women in Building • SVB Wood Floors • Teague Electric • Wilson Lighting


Congratulations to the winning teams. 2022 Clay Shoot Tournament Winners: Flight A 1st: Security Bank 2nd: Rew Materials

Flight B 1st: Academy Bank 2nd: ProSource Flight C 1st: Northland Management & Construction 2nd: Ferguson

Mark your calendars for the next one: Oct. 13, 2023!

2023 Membership Directory: Update Your Information Online


lans for the KCHBA’s 2023 Membership Directory are underway. This includes an alphabetical and categorical listing of all primary members and affiliates. If your company is a KCHBA member, be sure that you have signed up your company representatives for our Affiliate membership ($50) so they will be listed in both the print and online versions of the directory.

Deadline to submit changes is Monday, Dec. 5. If you have questions about membership, please contact


Builder information changes Name of Primary accounts holder Business name Business address Phone # Link to website (if applicable)

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Please go to and log in by clicking the green button that says “Member Login” in the upper right-hand corner. Once logged in, please verify the following information in “My Info” and “My Directory Listing(s)”:

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Planning Your Year-end Charitable Giving?


ontributing to the Home Builders Charitable Foundation offers a tax deduction and a way to support the housing industry. This year, your Foundation donated funds to non-profits such as Community Housing of Wyandotte County and Rebuilding Together Kansas City. “We strive to eliminate unsafe and substandard living conditions, and we are thankful for your help in reaching these goals,” said Clay McQuerry, executive director of Rebuilding Together Kansas City and a 2022 grant recipient. Your Foundation also supported workforce development efforts by providing scholarships and grants to students studying construction at Johnson County Community College, Pittsburgh State University and some local high schools/ career centers. “This generous gift shows your commitment to building quality homes and quality individuals to enter into the industry, which is of true integrity, and I hope to be on the other side of this letter one day,” wrote Grant Kimerer, a Johnson County Community College student and 2022 scholarship recipient. Please consider your Foundation, the Home Builders Charitable Foundation, when deciding where to direct your year-end 100 percent tax deductible donations. How to Make a Contribution The KCHBA’s Home Builders Charitable Foundation is administered by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (GKCCF). To ensure your contribution is directed to our account, you may:

• Make an online contribution: click on the Donate button on the Foundation page of the KCHBA website (kchba. org>About Us>Foundation). Use the ID home03. • Send a check made payable to GKCCF. Put home03 in the memo line and mail to 1055 Broadway Blvd, Ste. 130, Kansas City, MO 64105. • Or, mail your check (made out to the GKCCF) to the KCHBA and we’ll forward it to the GKCCF.

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The Official Publication of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City November 2022 | Volume 28 | Issue 10 Copyright 2022

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uring the month of September, single-family permits fell below recorded activity during September 2021. Permits were down 33 percent in the eight-county metropolitan area, with 309 single-family permits issued in September 2022, compared to 458 issued for the same month last year, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s (KCHBA) monthly Residential Building Permit Statistics report. Year-to-date, 3,938 single-family permits have been issued, which is a 16 percent decrease when compared to the 4,678 singlefamily permits that were issued through the first nine months of 2021. There are several factors contributing to the lower permitting activity. One component is the length of time it is taking to finish projects. Many builders are working to complete homes started earlier in the year before adding new projects to the pipeline. Supply chain disruptions have been a major factor in creating extended timelines for building a home this year. This has been compounded by the shortage of skilled labor available to keep up with demand. Another factor is seasonality. Historically, this time of year is generally slower. Kansas City, Mo., continues to lead the metropolitan area as the top-permitting city with 656 single-family permits issued year-to-date. Following behind is Olathe with 390, Overland Park with 331, Lee’s Summit with 271 and Raymore with 265 single-family permits issued during the first nine months of 2022.

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Residential Building Permit Statistics

September 2022


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 MultiS-F M-F Total Family Family Total Units Units Units % Units^ Units Units YTD YTD YTD 0 10 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 4 2 0 23

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

0 10 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 4 2 0 23

0 130 0 0 0 22 26 12 0 29 265 0 484

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 300 0 300

0 130 0 0 0 22 26 12 0 29 565 0 784

0 0 0 28 1 0 2 0 0 3 34

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 28 1 0 2 0 0 3 34

70 22 2 389 62 0 16 4 0 56 621

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 294 0 0 294

70 22 2 389 62 0 16 298 0 56 915

0 0 6 0 0 43 5 11 0 10 4 0 0 79

0 0 0 0 0 237 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 237

0 0 6 0 0 280 5 11 0 10 4 0 0 316

130 0 160 0 0 81 69 137 0 259 55 0 0 891

0 0 0 0 0 237 0 0 0 313 132 0 0 682

130 0 160 0 0 318 69 137 0 572 187 0 0 1573

3 0 0 8 1 0 0 12

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

3 0 0 8 1 0 0 12

130 12 0 109 13 0 0 264

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

130 12 0 109 13 0 0 264

5 0 0 8 5 5 18 0 0 40 27 15 0 8 9 0 140

0 0 0 24 0 0 0 0 0 241 0 0 0 0 0 0 265

5 0 0 32 5 5 18 0 0 281 27 15 0 8 9 0 405

28 0 0 103 30 23 161 0 0 390 331 68 1 101 124 0 1360

14 0 0 336 0 0 0 0 0 591 6 0 0 0 0 0 947

42 0 0 439 30 23 161 0 0 981 337 68 1 101 124 0 2307

Single MultiS-F M-F Total Family Family Total Units Units Units % Units^ Units Units YTD YTD YTD LEAVENWORTH COUNTY Basehor 6 0 59 0 6 59 Lansing 0 0 0 0 0 0 Leav. County 3 0 57 0 3 57 Leavenworth 0 0 0 0 0 0 Tonganoxie 8 0 45 0 8 45 17 0 17 161 0 161 WYANDOTTE COUNTY Bonner Springs Edwardsville KCK/Wyandotte Cty MIAMI COUNTY Louisburg Miami County Osawatomie Paola Spring Hill Totals

0 0 2 2

0 0 0 0

0 0 2 2

0 0 108 108

0 0 0 0

0 0 108 108

1 0 0 0 1 2

0 0 0 0 0 0

1 0 0 0 1 2

12 0 0 0 37 49

0 0 0 0 0 0

12 0 0 0 37 49







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 Annual Total

2015 240 260 393 437 395 438 399 425 462 459 360 432 4,700

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

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

2019 2020 234 355 234 475 357 438 411 434 391 374 387 421 471 493 429 444 396 557 500 510 410 404 434 461

2021 2022 411 440 493 406 560 445 637 434 579 447 558 540 480 439 502 478 458 309 690 524 653








Comparison of Permits By Units Issued Year to Date

2015 - 2022 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022

S-F Units 3449 4282 4644 4558 3310 3991 4678 3938

M-F Units 2521 3521 1627 2562 1929 2128 658 2223

Total Units 5970 7803 6271 7120 5239 6119 5336 6161

^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 2022 Home Builders Assoc of Greater Kansas City. All rights reserved.


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