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2012 CATT/PrimeSource and USP Christmas Holiday Party and Show


ow—what a party! Was it the massive ice sculpture that set the tone for this year’s Christmas Holiday Party? Or maybe it was the photo booth where facial expressions and poses became a form of amusement all by itself? Or maybe it was the Blues Monsters rockin’ the ballroom for two hours after dinner and awards? What ever it was, the party and show delivered a good time as promised. Dinner reservations the week before the party were at 297 and by the time the party got underway on December 7, 336 dinner reservations had been made. The tables were decked out with wine and goodies from generous sponsors, the silent auction items yielded bargains galore, and the live auction was entertaining not only for the lively floor bidding but also due to the voice-activated “flashing lights” on Auctioneer Josh Root’s hat! Big thanks to PrimeSource Building Products and USP for their generous title sponsorship of this event. As fundraisers go, this was a huge success. Profitable fundraisers help keep dues low. Thanks also to our other wonderful sponsors, donors, and volunteers for their dedication and consistent support of CATT!

CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 PHOTOS (clockwise): • The good guys (L to R): CATT President Mike Pelletier, Dave Goodin (USP Regional Sales Manager), CATT Past President Tillio Olcese, Marty Torres (USP District Sales Manager), Dan Williams (PrimeSource Northern/Central California Sales Manager). • Pocket knife sponsor Mike Rasmussen (Trus Joist Engineered Wood Products) helping with setup before the party. • “Snowboard for a day with Andy Finch” silent auction winners Art & Rachelle Fink (Conco Pumping) with expert snowboarder Andy Finch.

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New California Building Codes


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CATT Calendar

2012 Holiday Party

(All meetings at the CATT office unless otherwise noted)

SPECIAL SPONSORS Title Sponsors PrimeSource Building Products and USP Structural Connectors Appetizers Bobby Jones Concrete Nor-Cal Floor Design, Inc. Mr. Steam Wine at the Table Western Nevada Supply Al Pombo, Inc. Bradford White   Entertainment Beach & O’Neill Insurance Associates, Inc.   Bars Griggs Custom Homes, Inc. Simpson Strong-Tie Loverde Builders, Inc.  

February 4 February 6 February 7 February 11 February 18 February 28 March 4 March 6 March 7 March 14 March 18 March 21 April 5 April 12

Tote Bag Ferguson Enterprises Pocket Knife Trus Joist Engineered Wood Products   Coffee Mug Meridian Concrete, Inc.   Ice Sculpture Root of Design Electric Incline Builders, Inc. Eckard Roofing   Bottle Opener Aspen Developers Corp.   Photo Booth GP Martin Photography Mr. Steam

CATT BOARD MEETINGS Monday, February 4, 5:00 PM Monday, March 4, 5:00 PM

Rooms Resort at Squaw Creek

Meeting location: CATT Office, 12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee Call the office 530-550-9999 for details or to get the agenda


Board Meeting Membership Committee Meeting Remodeling Committee Meeting Local Government Affairs Committee Meeting CATT office closed for Presidents’ Holiday Member Orientation Board Meeting Membership Committee Meeting Special LGAC Meeting w/Washoe County Commissioner -– Incline Village Workers’ Comp SIG Info Meeting Local Government Affairs Committee Meeting Remodeling Committee Meeting Deadline to recruit new member for iPad drawing Deadline to renew to be in 2013 Guide


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Holiday Party

LIVE AUCTION DONORS K.B. Foster Civil Engineering, Reno Green Landscaping, Sierra Integrated Systems, Tahoe Sands Resort, WAI Stand Up Paddleboards


RAFFLE DONORS Bill’s Rotisserie, The Bridgetender, Stella Restaurant at Cedar House Sport Hotel, Coffee And, Craig Price Plumbing, Crossfit Jibboom, El Toro Bravo, Full Belly Deli, GarWoods Grill & Pier on the Lake, Granite Electrical Supply, Root of Design Electric, Lanza’s Restaurant, Moonshine Ink, North Shore Hardware, Sierra Backflow Specialists, The Auto & Tire Doctor, Steamers Beachside Bar & Oven Pizza, Western Nevada Supply, CATT, Heller Construction, Pacific Forest Products, Truckee Community Insurance Services, Stone’s Country Tires, Las Panchitas, Starbucks Incline Village, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company, Blue Coyote Bar & Grill, Bob the Tax Guy, Allstate Insurance Company, Pure Skin, Tahoe City Lumber Company

Thank you to the Christmas Holiday Party committee:

Chairwoman Jana Lease (Incline Builders), Vice Chair Scott Eckard (Eckard Roofing), Raffle/Auction Chair Ted Reviglio (Western Nevada Supply and Showroom), MC/ Auctioneer Josh Root (Root of Design Electric), and committee members Ryan Swenson (Simpson Strong-Tie), Ken Foster (KB Foster Civil Engineering), Ami Vannoy (Nor Cal Floor Design), Brett Hill (M.T.I. Tile & Stone), Jamie Brimer (Brimer Construction & Plumbing), Kim English (PAC Wood Milling), Greg Haupert (Sierra Integrated Systems), Tally Brand (Wells Fargo of CA Insurance Services), Tillio Olcese (Olcese Construction), Rick Dyess (Sierra Heritage magazine), and Mike Short (Reno SILENT AUCTION DONORS Green Landscaping). Andy Finch, DHC Supplies, Inc., Olson-Olson Architects, Root of Design Electric, Eckard Roofing, James-Harold Galleries, Mason Thank you to our volunteers Valley Hunt Club, Hampton Inn and Suites the night of the Party: Truckee Tahoe, Washoe Steakhouse, JL’s Victoria Root (Root of Design Electric), Melissa Smoke Shop, Mountain Massage, QuickDrain Heller (Heller Construction), Carolyn Heller USA LLC, CATT (Heller Construction), Kerry Haupert (Sierra Integrated Systems), and Mike Rasmussen (Trus Joist Engineered Wood Products).

PHOTOS (top to bottom): • The happy crew from Beach & O’Neill Insurance – they sponsored The Blues Monsters. • MC and auctioneer Josh Root with his “voice-activated” hat.

New California Building Codes


alifornia is presently in the process of conducting public hearings, drafting and adopting the 2013 set of Title 24 building codes. These new codes will become effective on January 1, 2014. They are scheduled for publication on July 1, 2013. Specifically, the 2013 California Energy Code will cause buildings to become more energy efficient. California is on track to require zero net energy usage homes by 2020. The 2013 code will cause new buildings to be approximately 30% more energy efficient than the current code. Some significant new residential energy requirements in our climate zone (16) include the following. z New building energy forms will be registered with the California Energy Commission via a web server. CF-1R forms will be uploaded to the HERS provider for registration and signatures. z For new residential buildings, the prescriptive glazing U factor will be reduced from 0.40 to 0.32. The prescriptive maximum solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) will be 0.25. The prescriptive maximum west area glazing will be 5%. Both the SHGC and west area glazing prescriptive requirements will be new with this code. For additions and alterations where the amount of new glazing is less than 75 square feet, the maximum U factor will be 0.40 and SHGC is 0.35.


z Mandatory ceiling insulation increases from R-19 to R-30 and mandatory floor insulation increases from R-13 to R-19. z For new subdivisions, homes will need to be designed to accommodate solar panels, both orientation and dead load. z New and replacement furnace installations must include duct testing unless all ducts are located within conditioned space. New duct installations will require maximum 6% leakage and existing duct systems, 15% leakage or maximum 10% house leakage with blower door testing. The minimum prescriptive duct insulation is R-8. z For possible future instantaneous water heater installations, new water heater gas piping must be sized for 200,000 btu capacity. All hot water pipes 3/4 inch or larger shall be insulated. Electric resistance hot water heat will not be permitted unless natural gas is not available in the street. z For lighting, a minimum of one high efficacy light will be required in each bathroom. All other low efficacy lighting in the bathroom will be controlled by vacancy sensors. All hardwired lighting installed in garages, laundry rooms and utility rooms will be high efficacy and controlled by vacancy sensor. z Indoor air quality requirements have been clarified to include additions. All additions will require energy code compliant local ventilation. Additionally, HERS testing will be required for whole house fan systems. Please contact Plans Examiner Kim Dalbol with questions on the new energy code. Kim can be reached at 530-582-7820.

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Training/Education 2 FREE classes for CATT Members presented by Sierra Integrated Systems. Both to be held at Larkspur Hotel Truckee Tahoe, 11331 Brockway Road (near Mountain Home Center), Truckee.

“The Latest in Home Technology/Automation” Monday, February 11, 11:30 am–1 pm. Lunch is provided. This class is AIA, ASID, IIDA, IDC approved. Please join us for a fun, fast paced look into the latest in Smart Home technologies. We will cover everything from Electrostatic glass to voice controlled appliances. We will end our session with a look at tomorrow.

“Design - The Art of Hiding Technology” Monday, March 18, 11:30 am–1 pm. Lunch is provided. This class is AIA, ASID, IIDA, IDC approved. We will share real world solutions for using home automation on your projects, yet conceal it in some very creative and practical applications. This course will give you not only talking points with your clients but offer you solutions to design challenges you are facing today. RSVP REQUIRED – Contact Gayle at the CATT office to register (phone 530-550-9999 or email Questions about the classes or Sierra Integrated Systems should be directed to Greg Haupert 775-853-4800 or

True Green Roofing Solutions presents a FREE class for CATT Members:

“The Benefits of Stone Coated Steel Roofing – A Course in Profiles and Installation” Tuesday, February 12, 11 am–12 pm with 30 minutes of Q&A following. Lunch is provided. CATT Office, 12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee Participants can use this class for 1 hour of AIA Continuing Education Credit. This class is intended to inform and educate on the extensive benefits of stone coated metal roofing and why it is a superior choice for our climate. The class will address exactly what stone coated steel roofing is; energy efficiencies, cool and green properties; uplift, seismic and snow load strength properties; aesthetic value and longevity; and installation processes. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED – Contact Gayle at the CATT office to register (phone 530-550-9999 or email info@ Questions about the class or True Green Roofing Solutions should be directed to Audrey Smith 775-225-1590 or


Membership News RECRUIT A NEW MEMBER Any existing CATT member who recruits a new member by April 5 will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad mini (value $459). This model has 16 GB, 7.9 inch display, advanced ultrafast Wi-Fi, 10 hour battery life, and can access 275,000 apps. The Membership Committee structured the drawing so BOTH the new member and the recruiting member (YOU) win the iPads. You as existing members are the best promoters of CATT—your passion and dedication come through in your words—when you urge others to join, they see and hear your commitment. You believe in CATT ­that makes a strong sales pitch. And remember, this drawing is in addition to the $50 per new member recruitment incentive already in place. The more new members you bring in, the more entries you have in the iPad drawing AND your recruitment incentive $$ increases. Download the new member application and a list of benefits from the CATT website or contact the CATT office to get membership materials to use in your recruiting efforts. We’ll even help you get that recruit signed up! A MEMBER ORIENTATION has been set for Thursday, February 28, 4–6 pm, here at the CATT office. Any existing, new, or prospective member can attend to find out what a CATT membership has to offer. Light appetizers, a prize drawing, networking, some free stuff for each attendee are all part of the orientation too!  Get that prospective member to the orientation and we’ll take it from there! RENEWAL DEADLINE for the 2013 Building and Remodeling Guide is April 12. Sending in your payment is great but please remember to also send in your renewal application form and questionnaire. The renewal application form tells us what to show for your company contact info and listing categories in the guide and website. THANKS TO THE  CATT MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE for putting together a busy start to 2013: Chairman Gary Crosswhite (Meridian Concrete), Vice Chair Michael Ellis (Reno Truss), Scott Ruzich (Epic AV Automation), Norin Mack (Ferguson Enterprises), Sally Brinkerhoff (Front and Bridge), Deb Kelly (Kelly Brothers Painting), Ryan Swenson (Simpson Strong-Tie). For more information regarding  these drawings, the orientation, the Committee, your renewal form, or to get some membership packets to give to prospective members, please contact the CATT office at (530)550-9999   or  

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Q&A Resource for Contractors

By Shauna Krause & David Kalb, Capitol Services, Inc.


f you are reading this now and are unlicensed, a resolution to become a licensed contractor is a good choice in 2013. While most of us have been working to make (and keep!) New Year’s resolutions, the CSLB has been hard at work implementing new laws and regulations for contractors… First, contractors should be aware that employee-reporting laws have been strengthened by the passage of Assembly Bill 1794. The new law, which took effect January 1, 2013, authorizes the Employment Development Department (EDD) to share new-hire employee information with agencies in the state’s Joint Enforcement Strike Force on the Underground Economy (of which the CSLB is a member) and the State Compensation Insurance Fund. This new practice of information sharing among state offices will ensure that employers are accurately reporting their employee payroll to their insurance carrier for establishing their Worker’s Compensation premium. Contractors are currently required to carry adequate Worker’s Comp insurance for employees or submit an exemption or Certificate of Self-Insurance. However, a CSLB study revealed that nearly half of licensed contractors either claim an exemption based on having no employees or maintain a minimum policy under which no employees are reported to their insurance carrier. “This landmark legislation benefits consumers, contractors, and employees,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “When employers properly report and insure employees, consumers are protected by Workers’ Compensation insurance coverage if an accident occurs on their property, businesses pay less in insurance premiums, and employees are eligible for unemployment insurance when they’re properly listed on the payroll.” Next up, Assembly Bill 2237, sponsored by the CSLB, more clearly defines

CLASSIFIED ADS FOR SALE 800 SF white oak plank 5/8”x11 1/2”; S4S glue-up; Premium material – Beautiful solid floor material; $4,000; $5.00/square foot! OBO. (105) Units 4” THERMASHEATH fixed to 5/8 OSB structural roof panel (nailable base roof panel) with R Value of 25.7; $7,600. Light Fixtures: Hinkley Outdoor sconces; very good condition; size: 8”high x 12 3/4” wide; qty 6 @ $90.00 each OBO. Uttermost Marcel Light drum 12.5” high x 16.6” diameter metal mesh shade; qty 1 @ $160.00 OBO. Bruck LED Sconce; Bronze finish with white opal and mesh; qty 2 @ $80.00 each OBO. 1x10 Rough Sawn C & better Cedar 1,500 SF; make offer for all or part. Items can be seen at 10603 East River Street in Truckee or call 530-587-4000. FOR SALE Fully improved residential building lots on Timberline View Court/Mt. Rose Highway, Reno NV: APN 04907049 @ 7.34 acres, MLS# 120002275, $345,000 and APN 04907047 @ 1.90 acres, MLS# 120002276, CURRENTLY $119,000. Seller may carry & subordinate – terms negotiable. Best views in Reno. Call or email Rick Dyess 775.742.4609 or rick@sierraheritage. com. FOR SALE Hickory Hardwood Flooring. $2.99 per sf. 5” x 1/2”, hand scraped. While supply lasts. Call Tamara at 530.272.2100. FOR SALE Pettibone C 450 LIFT with 38 ft. reach. 4WD Cummins diesel. Rebuilt Boom. Excellent condition. Make offer. Call Jim at 775.831.5624. FOR SALE Lowest priced Lot in Big Springs $339,000. Level, all day sun, views of Northstar. Owner will carry on approved credit for 5% interest. Call, text, or email or 530.308.9124. FOR RENT Gradall. 45 FT reach with truss boom and 1 yard bucket. Great for backfill. For questions and rental price, please call Jude at 530.567.5150. FOR SALE Reduced price! Glenshire Lot $48,000. .41 acres in cul-de-sac, 10319 Eton Place, Truckee. Gentle upslope, HOA pool & tennis courts. Call 530.448.9874 to discuss finance options. FOR SALE #1 5/8” x 24” all heart Redwood taper-sawn shakes. Random width. 5 BND = SQ@10” exp. 239 BND available. $43.34 cost per BND + tax. Call Jim @ Washoe Building Supply 775.691.9633. FOR SALE Redwood siding. Square edged redwood siding available in 4”, 6”, 8”, 10”, or 12” widths and lengths up to 20 feet for $7–9/board foot. This full 1” thick recycled green building material is resawn from salvaged old-growth redwood logs. Contact Pam at info@ or 530.587.3700. FOR SALE Equipment, tools. Lawn tractor, snow blowers, generator, pressure washer, trash pump, underground line locator, tigersaw. Also hand tools of all descriptions, ladders rolling scaffold and aluminum plank. Office equipment and furniture. Any reasonable offer considered. Call Mike for details 530.414.1446.


the term “consultant” as it relates to building and construction work. The new law states that anyone who provides or oversees bids for construction, arranges for subcontractor work and schedules, and/or has oversight for a project is, in fact, acting in the capacity of a contractor and must be state-licensed. In California, a state contractor license is required for any project that is $500 or more in combined labor and material costs. Another CSLB-sponsored bill strengthens enforcement authority over contractors who violate state contracting laws. AB 2554 amends Business and Professions Code sections 7011.4 and 7106.5 to enable the CSLB Enforcement division and its representatives to issue notices to appear in court related to disciplinary actions against a license. Several other laws affecting consumers, contractors, and the construction industry took effect as the new calendar arrived: AB 2219 indefinitely extends the requirement that all C-39 Roofing contractors obtain workers’ compensation insurance coverage, even if they certify that they have no employees. The bill also extends, indefinitely, the requirement that insurers conduct annual audits, and requires that these audits be conducted in person to verify the accuracy of the reported number of employees. AB 2114 enacts new construction permit requirements for swimming pools, spas, or public wading pools. AB 2339 requires state regulators and those involved in the heat pump and geothermal heating and cooling industries to evaluate policies and develop infrastructure for wider use of these technologies. SB 1576 allows the CSLB to take administrative action if a licensee files a false complaint again another licensee. For a complete list of the new and revised laws affecting State Contracting Practices, please visit our website at or call with any questions. While knowledge is power, knowing where to go for the answers is half the battle. Get expert assistance immediately when you call 866-443-0657, email, or write us at Capitol Services, Inc., 1225 8th St. Ste. 580, Sacramento, CA 95814. Research past columns at

Thank you to these donors for their generous support of the CATT Remodeling Campaign: PLATINUM SPONSORS



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CATT Local Government Affairs Committee Meeting Schedule All members are encouraged and welcome to attend the monthly CATT Local Government Affairs Committee meetings, usually held the third Monday of every month, 4 pm, at the CATT office. Don’t be in the dark wondering what’s coming up next with TRPA or special districts or the Town—get informed with CATT LGAC.

Guest Speakers at February/March LGAC meetings: Feb. 11 — Phil Thompson (new NTPUD board member) and Tim Alameda (Fire Marshal for NTFire) March 7 — Special meeting with Marsha Berkbigler (new Washoe County Commissioner) – 4 pm at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village March 18 — Mike Lavallee – tentative (Truckee Chief Building Official)

Any questions, please contact CATT Executive Director Pat Davison 530-550-9999 or


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12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G Truckee, CA 96161 (Located across the street from Truckee Town Hall) Ph: 530-550-9999 | Fx: 530-550-9998 |

CATT’s MISSION: To promote a positive business environment for the building and housing industry and enhance opportunities for its members and the community


Ken Foster at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in January.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Michael Forshee, President Forshee Construction Gary Crosswhite, Vice-President Meridian Concrete, Inc. Barry Lease, Secretary Incline Builders Paul Griggs, Treasurer Griggs Custom Homes Mike Pelletier, Past President Pell Plumbing and Son DIRECTORS Mitch Clarin, Mitchell T. Clarin Andrew Cross, Truckee Tahoe Lumber Co. Ken Foster, K.B. Foster Civil Engineering Doug Gadow, Gary Davis Group Richard Loverde, Loverde Builders Michael Nethersole, M.D. Construction & Consulting Tillio Olcese, Olcese Construction Ted Reviglio, Western Nevada Supply Josh Root, Root of Design Electric Dennis Schlumpf, Dennis L. Schlumpf & Assoc. STAFF Pat Davison, Executive Director

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Official newsletter for Contractor's Association of Tahoe Truckee