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Green – the New Smart Growth


hen this issue goes to print, spring will be in full bloom, and hopefully the spring selling season will be too. As I write this message in the rainy days of mid-March, many of my colleagues are saying that traffic is up, but it hasn’t translated into sales (yet). It is difficult to predict the outcome of the credit crunch and its impact on our industry. Volatility in the markets, coupled with a sustained lack of public confidence, continues to hinder our recovery. And the threat of a national recession in the second half of the year looms over us. Still, the federal government seems poised to step in to ease the credit crisis – time will tell. It also is difficult to predict what will come out of the General Assembly. What we do know is that Maryland and many local jurisdictions are facing serious budget shortfalls, and the threat of By Richard A. Sullivan, Jr. increased taxes is likely. We will continue to advocate that our industry cannot bear the burden solely on its shoulders. Not only is it unjust, but quite honestly, our industry does not produce enough units to solve the region’s infrastructure needs. Something we do know is green building. While the term “green” is the new buzzword, the building industry has been focused on green building for more than a decade. MNCBIA held its first annual Environmental Awards to recognize those builders who preserve, protect and enhance the environment back in 1994, long before the phrase “green building” found top billing on local government agendas. Many of us have been building green for years but perhaps didn’t realize it. Find out how your homes stack up with NAHB’s Green Scoring Tool ( scoringtool). This interactive tool is a way to determine how many points your project would earn using the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines. And if you do happen to be one of those builders with an environmentally friendly project you would like to show off, consider entering MNCBIA’s 2008 Environmental Awards competition. It’s a great way to gain some positive exposure. The call for entries will go out in mid-May. In light of the fact that green building practices are becoming more mainstream and new regulations and standards are being proposed, the MNCBIA created the Green Building Committee in 2007. The committee is dedicated to green building issues and getting members better educated and informed. Chaired by Vicki Davis of Mid-City Urban, LLC, the committee is working in partnership with our Environmental Committee (Chair Dusty Rood, Rodgers Consulting Inc.), Codes & Standards (Chair John Stovall, NS Architects), Dry Utilities (Chair Peggy White, christopher consultants ltd.), WSSC (Chair Steve Spano, Loiederman Soltesz Associates Inc.), Education Committee (Chair Tony Crane, Crane

Homes) and our Liaison Committees and Builders Councils on various issues including: • Evaluating NAHB’s Green Building Program, which was rolled out at the International Builders Show in February • Representing the industry on the seven global-warming bills in Montgomery County • Working with the government on drafting the guidelines for the mandatory green building requirements in Montgomery County and the District of Columbia • Hosting seminars on green topics such as Energy Star Training and Green Building for Building Professionals Thanks to all those on our committees who are fighting government regulations that would use “green” as a way to restrict development. MNCBIA will continue to advocate for incentive-based initiatives rather than government mandates, allow for a variety of green building certifications and educate the government and the public that there is a cost to “building green.” Our association could not thrive without the dedication of our members. Membership is critical to our success. And our association is very focused on creating new programs and networking opportunities for its members. Don’t miss these opportunities coming up in the next few months: • First annual Tennis Classic at Congressional Country Club on May 9 • Fishing Tournament at the Rod-N-Reel in Chesapeake Beach on May 16. And if you dare, come the night before and try your hand at the Texas Hold ‘em Tournament, with the proceeds benefiting the Home Builders Care Foundation. • 31st annual MAME Awards at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner on May 22, recognizing our sales and marketing professionals • Custom Builder Awards at the Bethesda Marriott on May 29, showcasing some of the most beautiful custom homes in the area • PROS Awards at Smokey Glen Farm on June 3, honoring our construction, development and customer service professionals at an all-you-can-eat barbecue • Summer Golf Tournament at Manor Country Club on June 16 • Shrimp Feast at Middleton Hall in Waldorf on June 26 Visit our Website at for information on all our networking events and educational seminars. Finally, as we fight through these difficult times, please consider doing business with a member. Together we will persevere. I look forward to seeing you soon. ■





The Green House Effect – What Does it Mean to Homebuilders? By Michael Fickes


omebuyers want green homes, but some homebuyers aren’t ready to pay for those green homes. Then again, homebuyers are buying green features that do not appreciably increase price tags. “The premium that buyers are willing to pay for green home construction isn’t large,” says David C. Nelson, operations manager with Artery Homes, LLC in Ijamsville, MD. “An entry-level buyer looking at a $150,000 home might pay an extra $1,500 for low-emittance (Low-E) window coatings (microscopically thin metal or metallic oxide layers deposited on a window glazing surface primarily to reduce the Ufactor by suppressing radiative heat flow). An upscale buyer willing to pay $800,000 for a home might opt for a $20,000 solar panel system.” More important, the reasons behind the budding consumer interest in green homes are growing more compelling. Costs for electricity and natural gas continue to surge. Government programs such as Energy Star are pushing homebuyers to consider green features. In some cases, government mandates, such as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) that rose from 10 to 13 last year, are forcing the issue. The higher the SEER rating of a unit, the more energy efficient it is. To be sure, the green consumer housing market has not bloomed in full just yet. But it is sprouting up here and there. And the signs point to more and more homebuyer interest in green. In response, developers and homebuilders, including many Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA) members, have begun working out an approach to green homebuilding and trying to appeal to consumers worried about global




warming. Developers are pondering macro and micro site selection and land planning issues. Builders are evaluating green building designs and green building materials, while working out the math on right-sized mechanical systems. Equally important, builders are learning about balancing green


systems into an organic whole that is more efficient and more sustainable than the sum of a lot of green parts.

Site Selection And Land Planning Selecting a site and planning for its uses involves macro and micro considerations.

Dusty Rood, a senior associate with Rodgers Consulting, a Germantown, MD-based land planning, civil engineering, and environment design firm, studies macro issues. “Any community can be developed green, but each will be a different shade of green in relation to the urban transect, a theoretical line running from an urban central business district into the suburbs and then into rural communities,” he says. In other words, a new community in Bethesda, MD will be one shade of green, while a new community in the suburbs of Laytonsville, MD will be another. In Bethesda, continues Rood, green goals will focus more on the efficiency of the building, reducing vehicle trips, providing pedestrian access, and linking up with transit opportunities. In Laytonsville, the priorities start with protecting existing resources including wetlands, forests and green land. Don’t misunderstand, cautions Rood: The idea is not to sacrifice a building’s efficiency in one case and resource protection in the other. Instead, the idea is that green priorities differ between the city and the country. Turning to the micro issues connected to specific sites, Robert Kaufman, senior vice president with Augustine Land & Development, Inc., in Washington, DC, notes that housing developers rarely obtain sites free of problems. “My business is to develop land for houses,” he says. “And not developing is not an option. If there is a difficult piece of ground that is environmentally sensitive my job is to minimize the impact and develop it in the best possible way.” Kaufman develops mostly in central Virginia, now; over the past 20 years, he has also developed parcels in Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties. Kaufman works with a landscape architect in the early stages of planning uses for a site. The first step is to commission a constraints map that identifies the flood plain, wetland areas, high and low points, soil that can be built on, bad soil, roads, and sewer and water connections. “The constraint map shows bubbles of potentially developable land,” he says. “From there, concept plans are created that account for zoning and subdivision regulations,” plotting where the different kinds of homes might go — condos, townhouses, single family homes, and commercial structures. Next, Kaufman takes up environmental considerations by producing a map that lo-

cates trees, wetlands, slopes, creeks, rivers and drainage areas. “Now a plan is devised that minimizes land disturbance and maximizes the value of the property,” Kaufman says. “I don’t want to grade in areas where it will be expensive to move all the dirt. The goal is to preserve as many trees as possible — which adds value to the community. I work out low-impact storm water management plans and produce water and sewer plans that avoid wetlands as much as possible. Buying adjacent parcels of land that will help eliminate crossing a wetland or a stream with a road is also a consideration.” Kaufman also envisions how to preserve more green areas and trees by replacing sidewalks with pedestrian paths. In one subdivision, the county code would have allowed Kaufman to lop off the tops of the hills and fill the valleys. In fact, he says, that was the least expensive option. Instead, he took off the tops and shipped the dirt out, leaving wooded valleys as a view. “I think people will pay more for this kind of development,” he says. “I also think it is environmentally sound and the right thing to do.”

Orientation And Building Design Concepts Builders that carry out urban infill work or remodeling projects cannot orient structures to take advantage of the sun in the winter and to block it in the summer. Existing streets, for example, will dictate the orientation of houses along the street: they will face the street, period. “While site conditions do constrain building orientation, you can work with overhangs and decorative trellises to shade the summer sun and let more winter sun in,” says Doug Horgan, vice president of best practices with BOWA Builders, Inc. in Tysons Corner, VA. “You can also control the placement of windows. “You don’t want many windows facing east and west, for example. During the winter, no significant sun is available on the east and west sides since the sun rises well south of east and sets well south of west. South facing glass will catch the winter sun, which moves across the low southern sky.” The size of the windows is important. Horgan notes that if the square footage of south facing glass exceeds 10 percent of the floor space inside, the room will grow too warm on a sunny winter day, and the design

will have to provide a way for the heat to move to other spaces in the house. During the summer, when the sun is high in the sky, an overhang above the south facing windows will obscure summer sun. “We also factor this information into the size of the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems we choose for the house,” adds Nelson of Artery Homes. “A house with south facing windows might be able to save energy with a smaller furnace.”

Green Materials Suppliers of green building products are generally small firms that don’t have the advertising budget to get the attention of builders. As a remedy, green building material distributors or aggregators are springing up around the country. These firms research green building products markets, vet products where certifications are important, and promote broad lines of products to builders. The Amicus Green Building Center in Kensington, MD, for instance, is a one-stop source for genuine green products. Customers include architects, building professionals, and consumers. Internet Web sites such as also provide information about green building materials. A greenbuilding. com article entitled, “Building Materials: What Makes a Product Green?” discusses five categories of green products: 1. Products that are salvaged for reuse (bricks, millwork, framing lumber); products with recycled content; and products made from agricultural waste material. 2. Products that conserve natural resources: These include items that reduce material use — like concrete pigments that make concrete into a finished floor and eliminate the need for conventional flooring materials; exceptionally durable products such as fiberglass windows and slate shingles; wood products certified by third parties such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as having come from well-managed forests; and products made from rapidly renewable materials such as linoleum, bamboo, organic cotton, wool, and sisal. 3. Products That Do Not Off-Gas Or Produce Harmful Emissions: These include natural products or products that undergo a minimum of processing and so avoid chemical releases during manufacturing; alternatives to ozone depleting





substances such as HCFCs (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons); and alternatives to products made with hazardous materials such as polyvinyl chloride or PVC. This is a large category with many more choices. 4. Products That Save Energy Or Water. Numerous building components today function to reduce heating and cooling loads or to conserve energy and manage loads. Other products use renewable energy instead of fossil fuels. And there are a host of new plumbing fixtures and equipment that conserve water. 5. Products That Maintain Indoor Environmental Quality: In recent years, numerous zero- and low-VOC paints, caulks, and adhesives have come to market. Other products filter the air to remove pollutants or introduce fresh air. There are also products that facilitate the use of natural light and control noise. Jason Holstine, president of Amicus, which also consults with builders, says there are two key components of a green building project beyond green building materials: the design and integration of building systems

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that play off of each other in beneficial ways and the quality, tightness, or craft of the work itself. “Traditional construction approaches stovepipe everything,” Holstine says. “The HVAC contract sizes out equipment. The insulation contractor handles insulation without regard to HVAC. But every component and system in a building acts and reacts with other components, and it is important for builders to study the physics behind this. “Third is the quality of the work. Is everything straight and tight? Do the building systems function properly on their own and in concert with others?”

Energy Star Homes Along those lines, Artery Homes is an example of a builder who has an Energy Star homebuilding program. To earn an Energy Star home designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), a home must be at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC). It must also include additional energy-saving features that improve effi-


ciency by 20 percent to 30 percent over standard homes. Energy efficient features may include properly installed insulation appropriate for the climate, high performance windows, tight construction, sealed ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment as well as certified Energy Star lighting and appliances. Artery builds to those specifications and hires a third party company to certify that the various green systems meet Energy Star home specifications. “For example, it doesn’t matter if you install a great furnace if the ducts in the attic leak,” Nelson says. “The third party will inspect the way we have sealed the ducts throughout the house. The third party certifies everything we do.”

It’s Not Easy Selling Green Do consumers want green houses? Yes. Will they pay the freight? Usually not. Builders Advantage, LLC in Columbia, MD, serves as a marketing department for small and medium-sized homebuilders. “Builders and developers hire us when they are planning a community as well as when

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they have built a community,” says Susan Songy, the owner of Builders Advantage. Songy has been marketing homes since the late 1970s when energy efficiency first became important. She has monitored and participated in a number of green-home marketing efforts over the years. She recalls a Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E) effort called Energy-Wise from the 1990s. “BG&E made a big push to get builders to offer their program,” Songy says. “The program included more efficient heating and airconditioning units, carefully sealed windows and doors, and an inspection when construction was complete. “The program raised the cost of a home by a couple thousand dollars. Builders that participated did so because they felt it was the right thing to do, and because they believed that consumers would buy like crazy into the concept.” But consumers didn’t bite. Some builders eventually ratcheted the program back to an option. “Consumers still didn’t buy the program,” Songy says. “Today, we’re still struggling to sell the concept of green homes to consumers.” Looking beyond the current housing slump, will consumer attitudes toward paying for green home features change — in light of rising energy prices and fears of global warming? Will green be the next great sales pitch in America’s environmental awakening? Maybe, but probably not, think many builders.

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On the other hand, homebuyers, builders, and local, state, and federal governments all believe that green buildings have become important to conserving fossil fuels as well as the environment. Sooner or later, say industry observers, government mandates will turn homes green. In fact, it is already happening. In January of 2006, the government mandated that air conditioning manufacturers would no longer make equipment with a SEER rating less than 13. The new equipment improves energy efficiency by 30 percent in a properly sealed home.

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“Builders would like to sell green features, but buyers just aren’t buying,” Songy says. “I think the way it will happen is that one by one, these features will creep into our building standards. As the International Building Code is updated, it will include more and more green features. In other cases, there will be government mandates. Buyers will pay for these features across the board, and it won’t give one builder a competitive edge over another.” While the green movement hasn’t rooted itself firmly into the mainstream just yet, the seeds have been planted. ■



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re your customers asking for green features in their kitchens and baths? “The best approach is to look at the project from a holistic angle for all the different factors, including health, energy savings, energy costs and environmental integrity,” says Jason Holstine of Amicus Green Building Center in Kensington, MD. Careful planning helps make the project most cost effective, he adds. “When you integrate all those different features, you don’t have to do a million different things to achieve a million different goals. You can do a few things to achieve multiple goals. That makes the whole process much simpler, so you can save a lot of money and a lot of headaches,” he continues. If you’re looking to install or replace a vent fan in a kitchen or bath, for example, you can get multiple benefits with an energy efficient, quiet model. “It will not only save energy, but it will also help to keep the air clean by replacing the air in the room. If you have a steamy shower, the vent fan helps clear the steam and thus prevents mold growth, so there are some health implications in there as well,” Holstine says.

Most companies today offer green alternatives to their traditional product lines, such as formaldehyde free cabinets or low VOC finishes and paints on cabinets and floors. Builders can expect to pay a premium of anywhere from one to 30 percent for them, however. “But you can find green materials that cost less; for example, cork floors cost less than ceramic,” Horgan says. In the bathroom, the biggest resource users—the toilet and the shower—have been green for some time, with low flow showerheads and toilets already standard. People who want to go green, however, should resist the latest trend of multiple showerheads, since they encourage greater water usage. “One thing we’re using more is air jet tubs instead of the whirlpool baths that circulate water around your tub,” says Bryan Whittington of Whittington Design Build in Bethesda, MD. “It’s supposedly healthier because the water doesn’t lay in the pipes around the whirlpool, and it also takes less energy to operate.” The stagnant water can

be a health risk since it can act as a breeding ground for mold, bacteria and/or mildew. When it comes to getting the water the right temperature for showers or baths, people who want to go green are often opting for on-demand hot water heaters. They cost more up front but are more environmentally friendly because water is heated only as it is needed. Looking for more green kitchen and bath ideas or for more information on specific environmentally friendly products to incorporate into your designs? There are many good resources out there today. You might want to start with Holstine at Amicus Green Building Center or try these Websites: Ecological Home Magazine (www.ecologicalhomeideas. com); Natural Home Magazine (; or Oikos Green Building Source ( A google search for “Building a Green Kitchen” or “Building a Green Bathroom” will also bring up hundreds of links to articles (great for seeing what others have done) and for suppliers of green materials. ■

Choosing Green Materials In the kitchen, the most obvious green choices are ENERGY STAR appliances. “But within that, you need to think about rightsizing; do you really need a 30 cubic foot refrigerator when a 20 cubic foot one will do?” Holstine asks. “In cabinetry and flooring, there are a lot of good options available now,” says Doug Horgan, vice president of best practices for BOWA Builders Inc. of McLean, VA. They include products made from lumber certified by the Forestry Steward Council. “What is easily available are cabinets made of character grade material. We’ve also done a lot of salvaged heart pine, as well as some bamboo and cork floors,” Horgan says. 352316_Susquehanna.indd 1



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ake great food, sprinkle in a good number of exhibits, stir in plenty of networking and socializing and top it off with championship basketball and you’ve got the makings of another successful Celebrity Chefs event. MNCBIA has been holding this event for more than a decade, and each year the number of chefs and attendees grows. This year was no exception, drawing almost 300 for this one-of-a-kind meal. Some of the builder companies serving up dishes for the evening included Rosenthal Homes, slicing up its honey-baked ham; MidAtlantic Builders Inc. and Bozzuto Homes, dishing out hotdogs with all the toppings; and Pleasants Development, serving up its everpopular shrimp cocktail. Miller & Smith and Winchester Homes each brought a taste of Tuscany with their antipasto platters, Kettler Brothers offered delicacies from the Far East with sushi and plenty of wasabi, and Covell Communities served up flavors of the Louisiana bayou with its jambalaya. The builder chefs weren’t the only attention-getters of the evening; associate table-


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tops drew numerous members with great products and tasty treats. Some of the companies displaying their products and services were Amberlea Photography, showing off its creative skills while passing out bourbon meatballs; Greenhorne & O’Mara, explaining engineering designs while taking attendees to “Taco Town,” and GE Appliances, extolling the virtues of its product lines while passing out hot pizza fresh from its oven. In other areas around the ballroom, Sears Contract Sales could be found sharing its many varieties of Spam (yes, there are varieties), Metropolitan Fire Protection educated people on fire sprinkler design as it invited oyster lovers to step up to its raw bar, Bowman Kemp demonstrated its windows while luring passersby with its baconwrapped barbecue shrimp and, sticking to tradition, Loiederman Soltesz Associates Inc. piled plates high with its award-winning barbecue as it expounded on its engineering services. For those with a sweet tooth, there was more than enough to satisfy any craving,


including Artery Homes with cakes and pies, McMillan Metro P.C.’s assortment of homemade cookies and sweets (in lovely builder-themed shapes), Griffin & Leahy also with homemade cookies that you could dunk into cappuccino from its customized coffee machine and Porten Homes, offering make-your-own ice cream sandwiches, complete with colored sprinkles. The night was topped off with college basketball on the big screen. Battling it out for a spot in the second round of the NCAA tournament were Belmont and Duke, with Duke winning by only a point. Celebrity Chefs is one of MNCBIA’s most popular events and takes months of planning and preparation. Many thanks are owed to the Celebrity Chefs Committee made up of Chair Bill Bilo of Dico Inc. and members Michael Bell, the bell company; Mike Goldstein, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Rex Reed, Amberlea Photography; Alan Schulman, Insurance Benefits & Advisors; and Eden Tullius, Loiederman Soltesz Associates, Inc. ■

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county, saying, “We rely on your work and what you do for the county. We need your industry. When you are successful, the county is successful.”

ach year the Montgomery, Prince George’s and Charles County Liaison Committees hold networking events in their respective counties to give MNCBIA members the chance to hear from, and interact with, county officials and top department staff.

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Montgomery County Liaison Breakfast On Feb. 27, almost 140 MNCBIA members and county representatives converged at the Bethesda Marriott for the Montgomery County Liaison Breakfast. Among those in attendance were Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett; County Council members Duchy Trachtenberg, George Leventhal, Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, Roger Berliner and Valerie Ervin; Planning Board Chairman Dr. Royce Hanson, Director Rollin Stanley and Commissioner John Robinson; Department of Economic Development Director Dr. Pradeep Ganguly; and Department of Community Housing & Development Director Rick Nelson, along with a number of representatives from the County Council, Park & Planning, DPS and DPW&T. Montgomery County Liaison Committee Chair Frank Bossong IV started the morning on a realistic note: “2007 was a tough year for the industry,” he said, referring to the more than 45 new legislative and regulatory initiatives/proposals that sprang up throughout the year, resulting in additional costs, longer delays and greater complexity. “The current proliferation of new legislation and how it restricts our industry’s ability to provide housing is overwhelming.” Bossong challenged the politically diverse group to “bring back the predictability and fairness in the approval process” and requested that “county leaders work with the industry to develop laws that provide incentives in lieu of mandates.” Bossong reminded the crowd that “we have a long history of working together and doing good business in the county. Let’s all move forward together in developing balanced legislation that supports smart growth, the environment and economic vitality for Montgomery County.” A highlight of the morning was the presentation of the Malcom Shaneman Quality of Life Award. This award is given to the person in the public or private sector who best reflects a gen-

Montgomery County Liaison Committee Chair Frank Bossong IV poses with Quality of Life Award winner Sarah Navid.

uine interest for the quality of life in the county and whose leadership qualities foster an atmosphere of partnership with the housing industry. This year’s honoree was Sarah Navid with the Plan Review section of the Department of Permitting Services. The award acknowledged her commitment to bringing people together, finding solutions and moving forward. “Sarah has perfected the art of finding balance to often-conflicting directives and has earned the respect of every industry member that has ever submitted plans,” said Mike Conley, chair of the Development Review Process Subcommittee of the Montgomery County Liaison Committee. “She has provided the quality of service that our industry seeks, with clear explanation, appreciation of perspectives and good humor.” The morning concluded with guest speaker Leggett, who spoke on the growth policy and the “need to continue a modest level of growth. We can’t move forward unless we are much more balanced in our approach (to growth),” he said. “My approach has always been about balance.” He also spoke about other challenging issues facing the county. “The economy is different (now). There are greater needs today in the county,” he said. Those needs include traffic mitigation, improvements to the education system and affordable housing, a hot issue of Leggett’s throughout his past year in office. “Affordable housing is one of the most urgent and challenging issues we face. I want to work with you (the industry) to provide the housing we need and give more people access to purchase homes,” he said. In conclusion, he emphasized the importance of the homebuilding industry to the

The Charles County Liaison Committee held its annual luncheon with county commissioners at Middleton Hall in Waldorf, MD, on March 19. An intimate gathering of 60 came for lunch, including Commission Vice President Edith Patterson and Commissioners Sam Graves, Gary Hodge and Reuben Collins. County Executive Paul Comfort also was in attendance, along with directors of the Department of Planning and Growth Management and the Department of Environmental Health and staff. Charles County Liaison Vice Chair Doug Meeker made welcoming remarks and noted that the building industry and the county have worked together as partners in order to meet the challenges of a growing county and establish a good quality of life for residents. Various commissioners took the opportunity to address the crowd. Patterson spoke on behalf of Commission President Wayne Cooper. She remarked that she viewed the industry as a “partner” and expressed gratitude for the industry’s input on issues and for its active participation, noting that industry representatives served on the Commissioner’s Task Force. Patterson also discussed the Rural Housing Improvement Initiative to address the quality of residential structures throughout the county. Collins noted significant initiatives by the commissioners to establish county green building standards and to address water supply issues to assure adequate water resources for citizens in the future. Graves noted that industry input in county planning efforts helps

Charles County Liaison Vice Chair Doug Meeker presents Reed Faasen with the Quality of Life Award.





balance the rights of private industry with the role of government as stewards of county resources. Hodge addressed the need for growth-management policies in order to accommodate the 70,000 new residents expected in Charles County over the next 20 years. He acknowledged that the resources generated by the building industry were “critical in addressing these needs.” The commissioners also responded to questions regarding affordable housing and said they were looking at several different approaches, including revising the MPDU program, the role of the Calvert County Housing Commission and enforcement of the livability code. A highlight of the lunch was the presentation of the Quality of Life Award. This year’s award went to Charles County native Reed Faasen, acting director of planning for the Charles County Department of Planning and Growth Management. He was chosen as the award winner because of his open and cooperative efforts to work with the industry in addressing a variety of complicated issues to improve the efficiency and organization of the development process, and for the professional and responsive service he and his team of

28 planners, technicians and administrative staff provide to the development, community and the citizens of Charles County.

Prince George’s Liaison Breakfast The 23rd annual Prince George’s Liaison Breakfast was held at the Greenbelt Marriott on March 24 and brought out almost 100 members eager for a hot breakfast and the chance to discuss issues of mutual concern with county officials and department staff. Prince George’s County Liaison Committee Chair Tom Farasy greeted the members and introduced the morning’s dignitaries. In attendance was County Councilwoman Marilyn Bland, who graciously stepped up to give comments, remarking on “how important quality development is to Prince George’s County.” Maryland State Delegate Marvin Holmes also was present, as was Sam Parker, chairman of the Prince George’s Planning Board. From the County Executive’s office were Dr. Jacqueline Brown, CAO, and Chief of Staff Mike Herman, who spoke on behalf of Jack Johnson. He thanked the industry “for all your hard work and for building and rebuilding the

county in meaningful ways and for bringing pride to Prince George’s County.” He reflected on the county’s strong growth. “This once sleepy community outside Washington, DC, is now an economic engine,” he said. And this growth is bringing more and more people into the county. “People need places to live and homes to raise their families,” he said. Through your efforts, “every Prince Georgian has a chance to own their own home.” A number of departments and groups also were well represented, including the Department of Environmental Resources, the Department of Public Works & Transportation, the Department of Housing & Community Development, the Prince George’s County Health Department, the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, the Black Chamber of Commerce, the Minority Building Industry Association Inc. and the Prince George’s Soil Conservation District. Special guest Ezekiel Bloyce, principal of Morningside Elementary School, gave the invocation. Wrapping up the morning was the presentation of the Quality of Life Award. This year, the prestigious honor went to Ruth Contee, permit supervisor of the Department of Environmental Resources Permit Information and Management Section. She was chosen as the award winner because of her dedication to top-notch customer service as well as her knowledge of all the functions of the permits and information section and her understanding of county and state codes. ■

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In Memory of Margaret Wilson


argaret Wilson was the bookkeeper and manager of financial services for MNCBIA for 11 years. She passed away from complications of a brain aneurism on March 10, 2008. During her time at MNCBIA, she was responsible for the accounting records, payables and receivables, and acted as the office computer “trouble shooter.” Besides handling her day-to-day financial responsibilities, Margaret could also be found at nearly all of MNCBIA’s events, usually behind the registration desk. She knew practically every member by name and would greet each one with her charming smile. Margaret was the mother of three children and the grandmother of seven. She retired in May 2006 and moved with Steven, her husband of nearly 50 years, to Lakeland, Florida, where she could devote her welldeserved free time doing the things she loved - spending time with family and friends, boating and fishing, and just basking in the warm Florida sunshine. Margaret also enjoyed cooking and was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast. Margaret’s co-workers held her in affection and esteem; she was an extremely devoted and dedicated employee and a good friend. She will be deeply missed. ■

Ambassador Profile


ick Schoen is a vice president with Acacia Federal Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Acacia Life Insurance Company and member of The UNIFI Mutual Holding Companies. Rick is a relationship manager, handling both residential and commercial real estate loans for many MNCBIA members. He has been a member of the MNCBIA Ambassador program for the past year. The Ambassadors Club is made up of long-time members who encourage new members to get involved with association activities and committees and who make themselves available to answer questions and help with introductions at networking events. He has also been a member of the MNCBIA Real Estate Finance Committee for the past three years. Rick earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary and holds a masters degree in real estate and urban land development from Virginia Commonwealth University. ■

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Members Enjoy a Day at the Races


ore than 140 MNCBIA members and their families and friends showed their support for the Home Builders Care Foundation by joining in on the fun at Laurel Park on March 8. Attendees were treated to a gourmet lunch, open bar, an in-room betting window, and some fun giveaway items. A few lucky attendees even walked away with cash winnings! MNCBIA member support is what makes this annual fundraiser successful year after year. Home Builders Care extends a heartfelt thank you to the following sponsors of our 2008 Day at the Races. Funds raised will be used to leverage the in-kind help and assistance the Foundation is able to provide to shelter-related projects throughout all MNCBIA jurisdictions. Thank you sponsors and attendees!

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Valet Parking Sponsors Bradford Bank Burgess Lighting & Distribution Charles P. Johnson & Associates Hallco Enterprises, Inc. Richard & Julia MacDonough Monument Construction Village Settlements, Inc. Additional thanks to Mr. Joe McKay of First Horizon Home Loans, Maryland Sign Design, Visions Marketing, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and Utility Imaging for their generous in-kind donations to our fun-filled day. And to The Palm Steakhouse in Tysons Corner and O’Donnells Seafood Restaurant in the Kentlands for donating gift certificates as prizes for our Horse Trivia Contest. ■

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or nearly five years, MNCBIA members have supported students in the regional SkillsUSA competition, held this year at the Calvert Career Center in Prince Frederick, MD and at North Point High School in Waldorf, MD, by donating money, materials, and their time as judges. Members (and their associates) sponsored students in the Carpentry, Masonry, Cabinetmaking and Teamworks categories with a total monetary contribution of $3,250, as well as gift cards for first, second, and third place winners and team members in each of the four competitions. Contributing companies included Kaine Homes, Marrick Properties, Hickory Hills East Townhomes, Brooks Run Builders, Hawthorn Rosewick Associates, Mehaffey and Associates, Norris and Dudderar, PC, NG & O Engineering, Jaklitsch Development Group, Abell and Associates, Atlas Concrete Services Inc., Stanley Martin Companies, Harkins Builders, and Nokleby Surveying. Materials and supplies were also donated for the competitions by 84 Lumber, Chesapeake Embroidery, Dean Lumber and Supply, Liberty Home Builder, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Glazed Pine – Live-Work-Play, St. Mary’s Lighting, TDE Electric, Northeastern Plumbing Supply, and Thomas Somerville Co. ■


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The Legal Pad

Montgomery County’s New Development Manual: Know the Details by Stephen P. Elmendorf, Linowes and Blocher, LLP


ith relatively little fanfare, the Montgomery County Planning Board adopted a comprehensive Manual of Development Review Procedures at the end of 2007 that establishes and formalizes administrative standards for plans submitted to the Planning Board for review and approval. Although plans that had been filed prior to the adoption of the Manual are not generally subject to its provisions, the Manual does apply to plans filed after December 4, 2007. The entire Manual can be downloaded from the Planning Board’s Website at The Manual is not just a compilation and reorganization of prior Planning Board practices regarding the submission and processing of plans submitted to its Development Review Division. The Manual includes new procedures that apply to and affect the filing of every project plan, pre-preliminary plan, preliminary plan, site plan and amendments to those plans. The Manual contains a new and comprehensive application procedure for these plans. The standard filing procedure is now a two-step process, with an initial application (and 10-working day review period) that can be made without an appointment, followed by the final application, by appointment only. Most importantly, the Manual now contains three new substantive requirements for plan applications. First, the application must include a statement of justification. This is described as a written statement listing the facts and reasons why the application should be approved. The statement should focus on the specific factual findings that the Board must make to approve the plan. This statement may also be used by staff in drafting the Board’s written decision on the plan. Second, the application must include a certificate of compliance from the applicant that the plan conforms to all conditions of previous plan approvals (as well as all ap-




plicable laws and regulations.) Finally, the application must include an application and plan certification stating that the applicant has a right to file the plan and including certification of the plan drawings by appropriate professionals. The Manual includes new and expanded noticing requirements for plan applications. For project plans, preliminary plans, site plans and full plan amendments, the applicant must conduct a pre-submission public meeting on the application prior to making the initial application. Individuals on the notice list for the plan must be mailed individual notice and notice of the meeting must be posted on the property. Verification that the meeting occurred (including names of attendees, meeting minutes and the applicant’s answers to questions asked at the meeting) must be filed with the initial application. In addition to the site-posting requirement for the pre-submission public meeting, the Manual also requires site posting for the application itself, which must be made prior to the filing of the final application. Verification of the sign posting (affidavit with dated photograph) must accompany the final application. The Manual also contains provisions governing the actual review process for a plan application, including the Website posting of staff reports on an application at least 10 calendar days prior to the Board hearing. The Manual makes clear that the legal timeframes for Board action on a plan do not start to run until staff has accepted from the applicant the final revised plan. In fact, staff will not set a tentative Board hearing date until the applicant has submitted the final revised plan and all reviewing agency recommendations have been received by staff. No final Board hearing date will be set until the staff report is complete. The Manual provides that a staff draft of a Board Resolution


for a non-controversial plan will be completed within two weeks of the Board’s hearing. The Manual established alternative procedures for record plat applications, for extension and waiver requests and for amendments to approved plans, which are less than full plan amendments. Specifically, the Manual recognizes three types of less-than full plan amendments: limited plan amendments, consent agenda amendments and Planning Director-level (administrative) amendments. Development review staff is in the process of establishing a pre-submission amendment checklist that staff will use to determine the category into which a proposed amendment would fall. The Manual provides specific requirements for each type of amendment governing application notice, sign posting and staff reports. Two of the stated purposes of the Manual are to establish a review process that is understandable and to provide timely review of plan applications by reviewing agencies. Time and experience will tell whether the Manual achieves those purposes, particularly since the Manual does not compel and is largely silent on “timely” agency review. The bottom line is that to ensure that the Planning Board review process for a plan moves as “quickly” and as “smoothly” as possible (admittedly, very relative terms) a developer in Montgomery County needs to be familiar with the Board’s new Development Manual and to follow its requirements to the letter. ■ Stephen P. Elmendorf is a partner with the Land Use/Administrative Law Practice Group at Linowes and Blocher LLP. Mr. Elmendorf’s practice area is the land development approval process in Montgomery County, Rockville and Gaithersburg. He is also the legal Counsel to MNCBIA and DGG/MC. He may be reached at

The Engineer’s Angle

The State of Stormwater Management By Andrew Der, Loiederman Soltesz Associates, Inc.


new regulatory era in Maryland ushered in the passing of the Maryland 2007 Stormwater Management (SWM) Act. If implemented equitably and in a technically sound manner, it has the potential to establish long overdue consistency in how we protect our water resources. The Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE’s) objective, to achieve water protection goals that are compatible with various existing water quality criteria, has been challenged by minimal resources and the need to define well-intended but subjective regulatory language. To this end, a state workgroup comprised of industry participants has begun to meet regularly to help establish technically achievable and sound criteria. In the past, initial efforts were thwarted by language that was incompatible with existing criteria or basic principles of technical data and scientific method. At the same time, the industry felt over-regulated since the bill targeted new development as the solution to Bay water quality preservation. To illustrate, in 2007 the region’s senators supported the Chesapeake’s Healthy and Environmentally Sound Stewardship of Energy and Agricultural Act of 2007 (CHESSEA) legislation. Concurrently, in its efforts to support the 2007 Farm Bill, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation described the bill as “a golden opportunity to save” Maryland’s waters citing their own data that the primary source of nutrient input to the Chesapeake is among other things, 10 percent Urban/ Suburban Stormwater. In actuality, a significant portion is from older development (prior to today’s SWM and buffer setback requirements), leaving the percent from new development much less. This is not to say such criteria are not needed, but it is important to remember that new development today, in most jurisdictions, is already subject to a plethora of stringent environmental controls. These controls are focused on significant stream buffering requirements and forest conservation laws that emphasize the retention and reforestation of riparian buffer areas. This is before the application of existing state and federal best management practices. The MDE is to be commended for its efforts to meet timely critical paths and for convening numerous stakeholder focus groups in the last few months to allow the public to help draft the new law and formalize Environmental Site Design (ESD). ESD implements more of the at-source and softer practices of SWM many jurisdictions already have in place. Examples include fragmenting and buffering impervious surfaces; using open-section pavement; maximizing groundwater recharge and filtration practices such as infiltration and bioretention; and utilizing more innovative devices such as pervious pavements and green roofs. The obvious challenge is the potential for ESD to be subjective due to variations in resource and site characteristics, as well as human perception. The act also requires these practices be used to the Maximum Extent Practicable (MEP). Defining MEP on a local and site level will be a major effort. MEP in Western Maryland will not be the same as MEP in central Maryland, or the Eastern Shore of Maryland, due to variations in

geology, soils, topography, water resources and vegetation. The focus groups are now complete and MDE will need to address this as they develop the first round of regulations for public comment in the fall. How the law will trickle down locally is another challenge. MDE will be faced with answering questions regarding timelines and grandfathering issues, with the goal to not retroactively impinge on projects vested in pre-approved processes. The industry needs to be proactive both with the MDE and locally, to assure the equitable drafting of these regulations by the end of this year. This will allow for a process that is less complex or redundant, and that improves stormwater management regulation. ■ Andrew Der is Associate and Director of Environmental Sciences for Loiederman Soltesz Associates, Inc. He is responsible for managing the firm’s team of environmental scientists and specialists in the assessment and inventory of onsite resources including streams, waters of the U.S., wetland, forest habitat, water quality and NPDES monitoring in order to assure environmentally compliant land development and conservation, as well as consistency with local, state and federal environmental laws, regulations and policies.

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owman Consulting promoted Justin “Cody” Francis, P.E. to director of engineering of its Winchester office. Francis joined Bowman in 2000 and has more than 12 cumulative years of civil engineering design experience. In his new role, Francis will be responsible for various operational aspects, including client satisfaction, project delivery, quality control, and financial performance. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and serves as a civil engineer corps officer for the United States Navy Reserve. Washington Smart Growth Alliance recognized two development proposals in the Washington region for their demonstration of smart growth principles. The Alliance is a partnership among six diverse regional organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Enterprise Community Partners, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Metropolitan Washington Builders’ Council and ULI Washington. These organizations have traditionally held opposing views on growth issues, but they have agreed to work together to promote

sustainable development and quality of life in the greater Washington region. Builder members Bozzuto Homes and EYA were recognized for their development proposals. Bozzuto Homes’ redevelopment project is located at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Glenbrook Road in Bethesda, MD, within a half-mile of the Bethesda Metro station. The proposal is to renovate the existing sanctuary structure and replace other existing buildings with a new four-story community center building, a new eight-story residential building and a new underground parking structure that will serve both uses. The residential building will include 17 affordable units targeting families earning 60 percent of the area median income. In addition, both new buildings will be designed and built to achieve LEED certification. Keeping the church in its current location will not only benefit the surrounding neighborhood, but also reduce the consumption of land in the outlying areas of the region. EYA’s infill project will develop 10 acres of under-utilized land on the St. Paul’s College campus on Fourth Street NE, within a

half mile of the Brookland-CUA metro station. The development will include 250 single-family townhouses architecturally designed to be compatible with both the college and existing townhouses in the area. The development will also improve pedestrian connectivity and access to transit for existing residents of the area by extending the surrounding public streets (Hamlin, Jackson, 5th and 6th Streets) into the development and opening them to public use. A new 9,000 square-foot park consisting of open lawn surrounded by shade trees, masonry seat walls, retaining walls and benches will enhance the remaining green open space on the site. A paved plaza in the southeast corner will serve as a community-gathering place, with stadium-style seating. Installation of new storm water management facilities, including innovative use of a bioswale and rain gardens, will improve the level of water quality protection even as the site is developed at a higher density. As proposed the development will provide at least 10 percent affordable units targeting income levels of 50-80 percent of the area median. ■

“What Has BIA Done Lately?” • The DC Liaison Committee, with input from Codes & Standards, submitted comments on District Bill B17-0492, “Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2007” for the hearing record. • The Prince George’s County Liaison Committee worked to defeat PG/MC 105-08, the Council’s perennial Subdivision appeal bill in the Delegation’s House Bi-County committee. • The Prince George’s County Liaison Committee helped pass PG/MC 116-08, the Agricultural Preservation Easement Program in the Delegation’s Bi-County Committee. • The Prince George’s Liaison Committee held its annual Liaison Breakfast and the Charles County Liaison Committee held its Liaison Lunch, which gave members the opportunity to discuss key issues with County officials and top-level staff. • The WSSC Liaison Committee responded via letter to WSSC’s initial presentation concerning public safety near large diameter cast iron and pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe.

• The Environmental Committee sponsored a Wetland Forum covering key issues that affect the development regulated community including emerging developments at the national level. • The Green Building Committee sponsored a seminar on Energy Star for Homes Training and held the two-day NAHB Green Building for Building Professional seminar. • The Multifamily Housing Council sponsored a site tour of Bozzuto’s mid-rise rentals– the Arbor at Arundel Preserve. • The Greater Washington 50+ Housing Council of MNCBIA and NVBIA sponsored a forum on Trends, Insights, & Opportunities for the Active Adult Market. • The Greater Washington 50+ Housing Council sponsored a site visit to Stavrou Associate’s Cameron Grove in Upper Marlboro. • MNCBIA fed and entertained more than 300 members at its annual Celebrity Chefs Meets March Madness event. Member chefs displayed their cooking talents while associate members displayed their latest products and services.

• The Home Builders Care Foundation held its annual Day at the Races, thrilling attendees with exciting track racing and countless more via simulcast, a buffet lunch, raffles for adults and kids, a horse trivia contest and a fun-filled goody bag! The event raised over $14,000 for HBCF’s community service programs. ■

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2 NAHB Spring Board of Directors meeting Prince George’s Liaison Committee meeting

3 NAHB Spring Board of Directors meeting

6 Custom & Small Builders Council meeting

7 Environmental Committee meeting Builder Banker Breakfast DRPS (Development Review Process Subcommittee) Green Building Committee meeting Calvert County Liaison Committee meeting

8 WSSC Liaison Committee meeting Executive Committee meeting

9 First Annual Tennis Classic



Codes & Standards Committee meeting

Monument Chair’s Meeting Board of Directors meeting General Membership Dinner & Custom Builder Awards

14 BAR (Builder Assessment Review): Your First Step to CGB

30 Builders Expo Committee meeting DGG-MC Screening Committee meeting DGG-MC Board of Directors meeting

15 Home Builders Care Foundation board meeting

16 Fishing Tournament & Texas Hold’em Showdown

JUNE 3 Custom & Small Builders Council meeting The PROS Awards

21 St. Mary’s County Liaison Committee meeting Montgomery County Liaison Committee meeting Charles County Liaison Committee meeting

4 Environmental Committee meeting Green Building Committee meeting Calvert County Liaison Committee meeting

22 31st Annual MAME Awards



DC Liaison Committee meeting

Record Plat Committee meeting



Prince George’s Liaison Committee meeting

Multifamily Housing Council meeting Dry Utilities Committee meeting Prince George’s Development Process Subcommittee meeting MWBC Quarterly Dinner

10 Codes & Standards Committee meeting


16 Summer Golf Tournament

17 Real Estate Finance Committee meeting

18 St. Mary’s County Liaison Committee meeting Montgomery County Liaison Committee meeting Charles County Liaison Committee meeting

19 Home Builders Care Foundation board meeting Monument Awards Committee meeting

24 Record Plat Committee meeting

25 Multifamily Housing Council meeting Dry Utilities Committee meeting

26 Board of Directors meeting General Membership Shrimp Feast

27 DGG-MC Screening Committee meeting DGG-MC Board of Directors meeting

WSSC Liaison Committee meeting Executive Committee meeting

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS APPLIANCE SALES Appliance Distributors Unlimited ..............inside back cover GE Appliances ................................ 16 ARCHITECTS BL Companies ................................ 18 Hutchinson & Associates, LLC........21 Studio Z Design Concepts, LLC ...... 11 ATTORNEYS Linowes and Blocher LLP ...............23 Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. ...............................23

GREEN BUILDING PRODUCTS Amicus Green Building Center ........ 11 INTERIOR TRIM WORK Elsroad Trim Corp...........................30 KITCHEN & BATH DEALERS Reico Distributors....inside front cover KITCHEN APPLIANCES Design House Kitchens & Appliances, L.L.C .......................4 LANDSCAPE - CONTRACTORS Arbor Landscapers, Inc. .................28

BANKS Bradford Bank ................................ 14 Susquehanna Bank ........................ 13

PHOTOGRAPHY Hadley Photography .......................27

BRICK MANUFACTURERS/ SUPPLIERS The Brick Industry Association ....... 15

PIPING SYSTEMS Flowguard Gold/FBC Building Solutions ........... outside back cover

ENGINEERING Bohler Engineering ......................... 10

SECURITY SYSTEMS Vintage Security ...............................3

FENCING Long Fence Company Inc. ..............25

SIGNS FASTSIGNS of New Carrollton ........22

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS The Columbia Bank ........................20 Provident Bank .................................6

SURVEYORS Bowman Consulting Group, Ltd ......26

FINANCIAL SERVICES Baldwin Financial, LLC ...................30 FLOOR COVERING ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings ............................28 FOREST MITIGATION CREDITS Mitchell & Best Homebuilders LLC ....28

UNIVERSAL DESIGN Louis Tenenbaum, Independent Living Strategist ..........................28 WARRANTY SERVICES Professional Warranty Service Corp. .......inside back cover ProHome ........................................22 Residential Warranty Corp..............30

ADVERTISER.COM ADVERTISER WEB SITE PAGE Amicus Green Building Center ................ .......................... 11 Appliance Distributors Unlimited ............ .................inside back cover Arbor Landscapers, Inc. ......................... N/A .........................................................28 Baldwin Financial, LLC ........................... ....................30 BL Companies ........................................ ..........................18 Bohler Engineering ................................. ..................10 Bowman Consulting Group, LTD ............. ................26 Bradford Bank ........................................ The Brick Industry Association ............... ...........................................15 The Columbia Bank ................................ ...................20 Design House Kitchens & Appliances, L.L.C ............................. ...............4 Elsroad Trim Corp................................... N/A .........................................................30 FASTSIGNS of New Carrollton ................ ................................22 Flowguard Gold/FBC Building Solutions.... ........ outside back cover GE Appliances ........................................ ..........................................16 Hadley Photography ............................... .........27 Hutchinson & Associates, LLC................ ..............21 Linowes and Blocher LLP ....................... ...........................23 Long Fence Company Inc. ...................... Louis Tenenbaum, Independent Living Strategist .................................. .....................28 Mitchell & Best Homebuilders LLC ......... N/A .........................................................28 Professional Warranty Service Corp. ...... ...............inside back cover ProHome ................................................ ................................22 ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings ..... .....................28 Provident Bank ....................................... .................................6 Reico Distributors................................... ...............inside front cover Residential Warranty Corp...................... ..........................30 Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. ....................................... Studio Z Design Concepts LLC ............... ............................... 11 Susquehanna Bank ................................ ........................... 13 Vintage Security ..................................... ........................3


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