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A Cut Above Lake Region Builders Association

June 2013 A monthly newsletter serving beCker, ottertAil, normAn, wilkin And mAhnomen Counties

builders buZZ Greetings Everyone, This year's trap shoot was a lot of fun even though it was cold and rainy. I'd like to give a special thanks to Mike and the B & M Electric team and Perry to make the shoot possible. And of course thanks to our wonderful EO's Sharon and Brenda. Mike got the high individual score, Green's Plumbing won the team part of a very close competition, with B & M taking second and Nodsle Construction taking third. The Sprinkler mandate did not pass in the State House. We're still working on it so don't give up hope. Be sure and read the articles in the newsletter as it can affect your business. Hope everyone has a great summer ahead of them! Nick Green Green's Plumbing and Heating President, LRBA

Shooting Trap

On the shooting course

Trap Shooting works up an appetite

Those that attended the picnic & Trap Shoot

There were 7 teams shooting

Nick Green accepting 1st place for Green’s Plumbing & Heating team

Mike Eidenschink accepting 2nd place award for B & M Electric team

our meeting For the Month of May was held as a picnic in conjunction with the Trap Shoot. The Trap shoot was a great success with 7 teams shooting. The 1st place award went to Greens Plumbing and Heating, 2nd place went to B & M Electric and 3rd place went to Nodsle Construction. Sharon and Brenda worked the lunch counter and LRBA provided the grilled meat. The members that attended brought side dishes. We want to thank them for participating in the last meeting before fall.

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V iew MY Brenda Eidenschink Hello Everyone, Well I’m hoping that summer is finally here. Work is starting to pick up for our members. Last month we held a Renovate, Repair and Paint class and we had our minimum of 15 people attend. We will not be holding another one of these classes for some time. We are looking at holding an OSHA 10 Class in September. If you haven’t taken it, it is extremely important. For you and your business, to be aware of what you need to be compliant. If you are interested, please contact us. We are also checking into holding a Plumbing Expo w/Continuing Education class. Please keep this class in mind to get your continuing education credits. Our office will be open from Tues – Thurs.; 9 A.M. – 1 P.M. The LRBA office will be moving, in August, to our new location by I’ll Tile and Stone. We are very excited about this move! We will be sending more information out in the next couple of months. As a head’s up, we might be calling on you to help us move! Find some time to enjoy the sunshine! Brenda Eidenshcink, EO

This week at BAM...

As reported earlier this week, the fire sprinkler amendment added to the Senate Omnibus Jobs Bill was not accepted by the House conference committee members, and we were unceremoniously removed from the final jobs bill. Well, we have more news! In tonight's Senate Floor debate of the Omnibus Game and Fish bill (SF796), Senator Senjem (R-Rochester) - the home building industry's personal angel - once again offered the anti-sprinkler mandate amendment. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote (Senator Senjem says he heard no opposition). The bill then passed off the Senate floor with a 65-0 vote. Senator Matt Schmidt (DFL-Red Wing), the author of the Senate version of the Omnibus Game and Fish bill, voted for the sprinkler mandate prohibition amendment when it was added to Senator Tomassoni's (DFL-Chishold) Omnibus Jobs Bill. Representative Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, is the author of the House version of the Game and Fish bill, which has not yet been heard on the House floor. We will keep you updated on the amendment's progress in this bill. However, we all know that because of The Big Desk with The Red Pen (read: the Governor with a veto habit) and the fact that our amendment may not be germane to the subject matter of the bill, odds are very, very slim that we will win this latest legislative sprinkler salvo to the Gov. After five months of legislative action, the session adjourned yesterday just minutes before the midnight constitutional mandate. Overall the results for BATC were positive with one important exception. As we expected from the outset, we faced consistent waves of problematic legislation throughout the session. We were able to stop, redirect, and modify most of the proposals we opposed. The disappointment of the session undoubtedly was not being able to pass a sprinkler mandate prohibition into law. Our efforts on the sprinkler issue were strategic, thorough, and aided by hundreds of BATC members who helped carry our message to lawmakers via letters, emails, one-on-one visits and phone calls. Our message was heard, and bi-partisan support remains strong in both the House and Senate. Over the last two years, the Minnesota Senate has three times voted strongly to ban sprinklers, the Minnesota House has twice done the same and the Department of Labor Codes Advisory Committee has also twice voted to remove the mandate from the proposed code. Unfortunately, Governor Dayton remains staunchly opposed to our efforts to establish a policy which prohibits any sprinkler mandate in the code, and overcoming the Governor has been challenging. Week of May 27th Well, it's finally over! This Monday at 11:59pm marked the end of the 2013 Legislative Session in Minnesota. It came after many long days and long nights of work put in by legislators, lobbyists, and yours truly – your BAM government affairs team. BAM’s initial report on the session went out at midnight on the 20th. A full summary will be sent out as soon as the Governor has acted on the dozens of bills passed by the Legislature. Session Daily 2013 Summary - New taxes and the legalization of same-sex marriage were hallmarks of a legislative session in which DFLers wielded more power than they’ve had in a generation. The DFL controlled the House, Senate and governor’s office for the

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first time in 22 years, and it shows in the two-year budget that lawmakers wrapped up Monday night. What Grade Did the 2013 Legislature Earn? - The 2013 Minnesota legislative session is over and now it is time also to assess the performance of one-party rule in Minnesota. Republican State Rep. Steve Drazkowski, of Mazeppa, stated it well: "We had an election back in November. And yes, Minnesota, elections have consequences.” What’s In, What’s Out – the 2013 Legislature - Income tax, cigarette tax increases are in, along with $585 million for Mayo/ Rochester and all-day kindergarten. Minimum wage increase didn't happen, nor did legislators get a pay raise. What Now for all The Leftover Bills? - When the gavel came down on the legislature late Monday it didn't put an end to the business of the 88th session. Minnesota is one of several states operating on a biennium: the first year is used to set the state budget, and the second year is generally used to consider capital investment projects. Unlike the second year, when legislators adjourn sine die, which means “without a day,” in the first year a date for return is established. The 2014 session is scheduled to convene Feb. 25. Of the thousands of bills introduced in the House and Senate, only a small percentage makes it to law. So, what happens to the remaining bills? Most are sitting in limbo, waiting for possible action during the 2014 session. DMC Passage in Tax Bil - The inclusion of the Rochester Mayo Clinic expansion in the omnibus tax bill was one of the more controversial issues within the DFL party this session. The state investment of up to $327 million in state subsidies and tax credits will be triggered after Mayo Clinic crosses the $200 million threshold in its own spending; Mayo has said it plans to ultimately raise and spend about $5 billion on the expansion. The tax deal also puts some of the burden for developing new infrastructure on the City of Rochester and Olmsted County, which will have to offer up a combined $128 million through local taxes. NAHB Working on Lead Paint Bill to Help Remodelers and Consumers - Responding to concerns from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and affiliated trade groups, bipartisan legislation to make much-needed improvements to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday May 22. The Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013 (H.R. 2093) is identical to legislation introduced in the last Congress. The bill would reinstate the opt-out provision to allow home owners without small children or pregnant women residing in the home to decide whether to require LRRP compliance, allow remodelers to correct paperwork errors without facing full penalties and provide an exemption for emergency renovations. BAM's Road Show - Last week BAM had the pleasure of visiting Headwaters Builders Association, Vikingland Builders Association and Central Minnesota Builders Association. Kathe Ostrom, Minnesota's State Rep to NAHB, went to VBA and CMBA and Remi Stone, BAM EVP and Katherine Nielsen, Communications Director, went to HBA. Thank you to VBA Executive Officer, Sandy Argetsinger, and CMBA Executive Officer Bonnie Moeller for hosting Kathe at your meetings.

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Louise Genereux – Francis Genereux Construction won the $40.00 Jackpot.

But instead, for purposes of Jerry Howard, the C.E.O. of The today’s blog, I’m going to zero-in on National Association of Home Builders two crucial areas of NAHB support (NAHB), has contributed as a guest blogger in the advocacy arena that probably for Association Maximization before. deserve greater recognition at the When I asked Jerry if he would contribute local level. again he happily agreed. Jerry wanted to Local Code Adoption Process approach this article as a conversation First is the local building code to the local and state home builder adoption process, which dictates associations (HBA) and to the general the rules by which every builder membership, builder and associate. As you must construct homes, every day of read associate members will notice that everything NAHB has accomplished, and is Jerry Howard the week. Keeping building codes working towards, seems to be for builders. You would be correct in thinking that. The absolute fact is that flexible, cost-effective and product-neutral is a top this is a builders association but what you'll need to be aware NAHB priority, which is why every year, NAHB analyzes thousands of proposed codes and prevents of, so you can appreciate your membership investment, if requirements that could add tens of thousands of it affects builders it will affect associates (see late 2008 dollars to the cost of building a new home without any through 2012). I have heard it said that associates have their appreciable benefit to buyers. own associations in the form of their specific discipline, i.e. Undoubtedly, the complex and time-consuming the American Land Title Association or National Lumber and work that our volunteer members and staff put into Building Material Dealers Association. Those associations, reviewing the multitude of proposed code changes and and others, are truly specific but they are greatly diminished attending ICC hearings as part of each development without NAHB. That's why so many associates opt to cycle is something that tremendously benefits all of volunteer their time and investment dollars in NAHB and our members. what Jerry will share with you today strengthens the fact that But where the rubber really meets the road for with NAHB, as well as our local and state HBAs, our building our local HBAs is when their individual jurisdiction industry will recovery and thrive once more. sets out to update its building codes through Jerry's message, for the builders, associates and adoption of all or part of the latest national building HBAs is a 5 minute read and should be shared with your codes. That’s where NAHB’s assistance makes all membership and HBA peers. the difference at the grassroots level. (And no, you don’t have to be a builder for this to matter to you. "NAHB's Value for State and Local HBAs" Because local building code decisions affect the kind, by Jerry Howard quality and affordability of homes that are built in CEO, National Association of Home Builders a given market, they impact everyone who provides The NAHB Senior Officers and I are often asked services and products to builders.) NAHB’s code to define the value that our national association brings experts provide our HBAs with detailed toolkits full of to the table for our state and local home builders resources for amending I-Codes as they are adopted associations (HBAs). I’m grateful for the opportunity at the state or local level. To see what I’m talking to address that subject today, because the support that about, take a look at the 2012 I-Codes Adoption Kit NAHB provides to its local affiliates is really a key piece on of the equation in terms of quantifying the total value Mandated Fire Sprinklers One of the best proposition of every HBA membership. examples of how NAHB supports local HBA efforts to But where should I begin? adopt workable building codes pertains to mandated -I could focus on the hundreds of top-notch fire sprinklers. Since a requirement for residential educational programs and professional designation fire sprinklers was adopted in the 2009 and 2012 opportunities that NAHB provides to our locals International Residential Code, NAHB’s Construction, so that they can make world-class instructors and Codes and Standards staff has worked with state and courses both geographically and financially accessible local associations to ensure that fire sprinklers remain to members. voluntary elements in new homes (at the discretion of -I could talk about NAHB’s local economic forecasting, which we offer to HBAs at a steep discount the home buyer) in states across the country. In those states where sprinkler mandates have been defeated, along with the analysis of top PhD economists. the savings amounts to an average of $6,316 per -Or, I could discuss the significant support that home. Information and supporting documentation to NAHB provides for local membership recruiting amend residential sprinklers requirements in the latest efforts to ensure that every HBA represents the widest code can be found at: possible network of housing professionals. 2012 IECC Another current example of NAHB’s -Then again, I could focus on the regular support on local building codes pertains to the 2012 assistance that our media relations team provides to International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). local associations and their public spokespersons.



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Bringing the code up the 2012 version would be tremendously difficult and expensive in states that have not updated their codes in recent years. While states often amend codes to fit their specific needs, the 2012 version adds considerably to cost, is less flexible, favors certain products and produces questionable energy savings in several areas. NAHB's successful effort to amend or prevent adoption of this code in several states has been a victory for sensible, flexible, costeffective regulation, as recent research has shown that it costs $7,034 more to build a home to the 2012 IECC than to the 2006 IECC. For states that may be contemplating a switch to the 2012 IECC, NAHB has proposed several amendments that HBAs can push in order to make the code more cost effective – all of which are available via our 2012 Energy Code Adoption Action Kit. Legal Support/Local Ordinance Reviews A second area in which NAHB provides direct assistance to local and state HBAs is via our legal support programs, which include our Legal Action Fund,Amicus Brief Program and Legal Ordinance Review Program, the latter of which I’d like to tell you about here. Our affiliated HBAs frequently find themselves battling unwelcome local land use ordinances that cost our members time, money and the ability to build new projects. NAHB helps in these situations by offering free reviews of local ordinances and state legislation pertaining to planning, zoning, growth controls, development exactions, property rights and more. Specifically, our legal experts examine these ordinances’ legal sufficiency, including constitutional and statutory requirements, in order to help HBAs frame an appropriate response to their state and local governments. Square Footage Caps One example of the kind of ordinance that we’ve helped our locals combat is maximum square footage caps. While ordinances restricting large homes (in the 6,000-square-foot range) are not unusual, NAHB has received several inquiries from members who are facing much smaller caps, such as 3,000 square feet. NAHB data shows that this is not much larger than the average square footage of a typical new single-family home. While such caps on home sizes can be difficult to challenge, NAHB legal staff provides background information to help determine the source of a locality’s authority to enact the ordinance, due process and other concerns. Historic Overlay Districts Historic overlay districts are another example of zoning regulations that our locals may ask us to help combat. These are often used by a city council or county commission

to incorporate restrictions on new development, with the stated goal of preserving the historic character of a neighborhood. In such cases, NAHB legal staff can examine the ordinance for valid enabling and inherent authority, due process and spot zoning issues. NAHB Advocacy: Leveling the Playing Field for Builders and Their Associates I want to emphasize that the above examples are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to advocacy resources and assistance that NAHB routinely provides to our state and local associations. Our integrated advocacy team including lobbyists, economists, communications professionals, and legal, regulatory and housing policy experts is constantly working to level the playing field and improve the business environment on behalf of all our members. In the current Congress, there is no shortage of landmark, housing-related legislation being debated that could essentially change the DNA of home building for generations to come -- and I can’t overstate the difference that our national association’s engagement in these matters makes to home builders and their associates nationwide. For example, in the ongoing debate over immigration reform, we are leading the charge to ensure workable and fair employer verification requirements and the creation of an appropriate guest worker program that meets the needs of our industry. In negotiations regarding the future of our nation’s housing finance system, we are standing tall on the need to maintain an adequate and affordable flow of credit for home mortgages and the absolute necessity of ensuring a strong federal backstop for housing finance. And, as lawmakers float various proposals on tax reform, ours is one of the strongest voices defending the mortgage interest deduction and other housing-related incentives in the U.S. tax code. The list goes on, but the bottom line is that NAHB’s advocacy efforts – whether on the local or national front -- greatly enhance the value of your association membership, and have a very positive impact on our members’ businesses. In conclusion, I’d like to thank readers of this blog for your continued support and active participation in our national, state and local associations. Our associates are among our most active and engaged members at every level of our federation, and are an essential factor in our industry’s ongoing recovery and future success. Submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP

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Top 10 Reasons To Be a Member Are you saving money with your Builders Association of Minnesota membership? Membership delivers value for your business and bottom line, and it's a 3-for-1 deal giving your company 3 times the benefits. Check out the perks and make sure you’re getting the most value from your membership. Reasons it’s good to be a member are also reasons to become a member. We’re just sayin’. Check out these resources and more at membership. Drum roll please.... Number 10. Legislative Wins Every year the government tries to make changes to the way you do business. That's where we come in. BAM is at the State Capitol and has been for over 35 years. Together we are 3,000 member businesses, which means our voice at the Capitol is Strong. We've successfully fought countless harmful bills over the years. BAM members meet year round to decide what to fight and what to promote for business and the industry. Number 9. Code Wins Every three to six years the government gives us a new building code. Thankfully, BAM combs through the proposed codes and fights for safe, durable, and affordable housing. Your BAM membership buys you a seat at the codes table. We're there fighting for you and we're good too. Number 8. Legal Protection and Legal Wins "You can't handle the truth!" (Actually we know you can.) Court decisions impact your business, and just one can radically change your insurance rates or flip the home warranty around. Enter BAM. Your membership means we've got your back. BAM has a legal fund to fight member battles that affect the whole state. Members make decisions about which cases to take on, and we have a darn good track record. Number 7. Discounts Cha ching! A cool part of BAM membership is the discounts on stuff you use! Members have access to discounts on fuel at Holiday and office supplies at Office Depot as well as a 22% discount on your Verizon plan. You can take that savings straight to the bank! We have a rebate program that gives you money back and we haven't even talked about the perks at your local and national associations! These awesome savings can more than pay for your annual membership. Sold! Number 6. Quality, Affordable Insurance Are you covered? The residential construction industry requires special insurance coverage. As a BAM member you have access to high quality, discounted coverage from The Builders Group for workers’ comp and from Corporate Four for general liability. Number 5. Contracts Don't waste your hard earned money and your precious time creating your company contracts. BAM has it taken care of! We have six quality contract templates available for download for members-only. Drafted by attorneys that specialize in residential construction, and updated when the law changes, these contracts are available in word and pdf so you can download

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and edit the contracts right on your computer. These contracts are worth over $10,000. That'll pay for your membership for years to come! Number 4. Code Guides When the government puts out a new code, we get the language but they don't tell you HOW to build to it. BAM does. For members only we put together detailed code guides - written by experts - so you know exactly how to build to the new code. This is one of our most popular resources, downloaded the most by members. We’ve also been known to create a few alternate methods. A new set of codes will be out in 2014, so look for the new code guides. Number 3. Information, the 411, the Skinny In addition to discounts, having your back, fighting for you, and providing tools and resources you need to do your job well (wow that's a lot!) BAM membership also means information! We make sure you're in the know! Giving you the deets on what's happening in the industry, the economy, at the Capitol, and right here at BAM. We're tweeting, blogging, posting on facebook, emailing, writing white papers, and more. Like us on Facebook - Follow us on Twitter - Sign up to receive our Blog – and stay in the know! Number 2. Get Some Action Membership means being in on it. You get: Influence. Make decisions about real issues that affect your business including laws and codes that govern the industry. BAM has several working committees on which members can serve. These committees make important decisions and we want YOU! Leadership Training. In committees, on the BAM Board and the Executive Committee you get leadership training. Making decisions for 3,000 member businesses takes leadership. Interested? Political education. At the Capitol it's all about politics, and this is not a drill - it's the real deal. It's messy, and awesome, and one of the coolest parts of being an American. The question is, "What can you do for your industry?" Networking. Each year BAM holds events drawing statewide attendance. Our Day at the Capitol (free for members) during session allows you to talk with your legislators and fellow members. All BAM events give you the chance to meet some new peeps, learn something new, and grow your business - all possible with BAM membership. And the NUMBER ONE REASON to join the Builders Association of Minnesota is UNITY The residential construction industry is a huge economic driver for the State economy. We contribute $1.3 billion annually in income for Minnesota residents and more than 19,000 jobs. BAM - as the state association - is a collaboration of all 13 local associations across our great state. We exist because we know we're stronger together. Membership means being the voice of the industry at the State Capitol, the regulatory agencies, and in the courts. And membership means banding together as a collective to work for a better industry, a better economy, and a better state.

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lrbA leAdership president nick green, Green's Plumbing and Heating pAst president bryan schoenberger, Pike Creek Builders/Modern Living Concepts

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viCe president Jason Coley, Don Tietz Construction seCretAry/treAsurer Francis genereux, Genereux Construction

boArd oF direCtors scott buchholz, Scott Buchholz Construction mike hough, Hough, Inc. Jeff petersen, Water Furnace International Jayson storo, JBS Builders mike eidenschink, B & M Electric

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The monthly publication of the Lake Region Builders Association.

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