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The official magazine of the North Carolina Home Builders Association

Vol. 39, No. 3, April 2009

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V ol . 39, N o . 3, A pril 2009

The official magazine of the North Carolina Home Builders Association

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Dedicated to the advancement of the home building industry, North Carolina Builder (ISSN 1552-8685) is published monthly for the members of the North Carolina Home Builders Association, P.O. Box 99090, Raleigh, N.C. 27624-9090. (800) 662-7129 • Mike Carpenter Executive Vice President and General Counsel



It’s time to tee it up for education!



Check out all the details about the annual Builder Classic Golf Tournament later this month and sign up your foursome today.

NCHBA holds its first meeting of the year


More than 125 members turned out for the association’s 1st Quarter Board Meeting in Pinehurst.

Shine on


Planning has begun for NCHBA’s annual STARS Awards Gala and now is the time to sign up as a sponsor and ensure that your company shines brightly at this prestigious event.

All decked out


Lisa Martin Director of Government Affairs

To be named Director of Regulatory Affairs Robert Privott Director of Codes and Construction Jessica Hayes Director of Political Affairs

Kathryn Atkinson Director of Membership Services Deborah Alford Director of Exhibitions and Education

Tracie Garrett Director of Exhibitor Services

Kep Paylor Vocational Education

Linda Hall Controller

This issue’s product roundup takes a look at decking and affiliated products designed to make outdoor living as carefree as possible.

Erin Jones Manager of Political Operations

The greening of the building industry

Heather Crews Director of Communications and Managing Editor

More than 200 North Carolina building professionals have achieved a Certified Green Professional designation and that number is growing every day. Find out how you can join their ranks.


Wendy Spaziani Assistant Education Coordinator Beth Gray Receptionist

Advertising Sales Executive Sharon Freeman (888) 364-5271

Contents 2. President’s Message 4. Capitol Insider 6. Code Corner 7. Spike of the Month 8. Knowledge Builder 13. Build-Pac Contributors 20. NCHBA News

On the cover: Like industry professionals, many manufacturers are developing products – from deck systems to housing components – that are more environmentally sensitive than their predecessors. (Photo courtesy of Coachmen Housing & Building Group.)

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Acceptance of advertising in North Carolina Builder does not imply endorsement of the product or service by NCHBA. Opinions expressed in articles are those of the authors and people quoted and not necessarily those of NCHBA, nor does mention of specific products in editorial content imply endorsement by NCHBA. No material may be reproduced for further publication without the express permission of the association. North Carolina Builder is published for the principals and employees of all member firms of the North Carolina Home Builders Association Affiliated with the Association and its receipt is included in the membership fee. National of Home Builders. North Carolina Builder is published monthly except for January. Since the mailing list used by North Carolina Builder is compiled according to membership records, address corrections should be directed to your local association. Nonmember subscriptions are available from the publisher for $30 a year. Dues paid to NCHBA are not deductible as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. However, they may be deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses subject to restrictions imposed as a result of association lobbying activities. NCHBA estimates that the nondeductible portion of your 2009 dues — the portion that is allocable to lobbying — is 28 percent.

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President’s Message

2009 NCHBA Leadership

by Frank Wiesner, 2009 NCHBA President

President Frank Wiesner President-Elect Lyle Gardner First Vice President Bill Daleure Secretary/Treasurer Rick Shields Executive Vice President Mike Carpenter Immediate Past President & NAHB Executive Committee State Representative Ray Rhodes NAHB Executive Committee Rick Judson Vice President, Region I Patrick Mann Vice President, Region II Glenn Morrison Vice President, Region III Barry Tutor Vice President, Region IV Ralph Doggett Vice President, Region V Jackie Trinchitella Vice President, Region VI Brian Robinett Vice President, Region VII Erik Anderson Vice President, Region VIII Darrel Hamilton Vice President, Region IX Kevin Annas Vice President, Region X Zac Koenig Presidential Appointee Elizabeth Cubler Presidential Appointee Larry Howard Presidential Appointee Mike Gerber Chair, Associate Members Committee Tammie Smoot President, EO/ES Council Bunny Boyd President, Professional Women in Building Tammie Smoot

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A fight worth fighting

uring the first few months of 2009, we witnessed a series of unprecedented historical events. On Jan. 20, our country inaugurated the first man of color as President of the United States. One of President Obama’s first orders was to direct Congress to put an economic stimulus bill on his desk for signature into law in the most expeditious manner Wiesner possible. The Congress began to create, deliberate, negotiate and debate a massive stimulus package that was unlike anything ever before conceived. While the world watched, waited and hoped for a plan that would lead the global economy out of the hole it had fallen into, our housing industry continued to plummet to a depth that it had never seen before. The credit markets now faced intensifying scrutiny from regulators who had such a profound impact on all banks that they were now forced to confront builders and developers with such pressure that good and decent members of our associations have had to file for bankruptcy. As the debate in Washington, D.C. heated, our National Association of Home Builders joined with several partners to form an alliance called “Fix Housing First.”This phrase became the cry of advocates and members of the home building and real estate industries alike and hit high gear in preaching the message of FIX HOUSING FIRST! While their efforts were a crucial element, it was clear that more was needed.We, as individual members, needed to act on our own behalf. I was never more proud of our membership as when they responded to a plea from NCHBA to sign their individual names to a petition that urged our elected leaders to craft a package that would effectively address the negative impact that the decline in housing prices and production had on the overall economy. In other words, we pleaded: “Put our folks back to work, and we can lead the country out of the economic hole.” Over a span of five days, NCHBA received more than 5,000 petitions from our members. On Feb. 4, a delegation comprised of EOs and officers from two of our local HBAs drove to Washington and delivered them to our congressional delegation. Needless to say, the sheer volume of paperwork

was impressive and communicated that our members were fed up and were now personally engaged in this critical landmark legislation and, in fact, demanded immediate action. I am sorry to say the Congress failed to deliver a package that included all of the components that we had hoped for. But I hope we all learned some valuable lessons with regard to playing in the big game rather than standing on the sidelines and watching others try to win the game for us. We have a group of lobbyists who represent our interests both in Washington and in Raleigh. The incredible work these folks perform is crucial to safeguarding our way of life and the viability of the tremendous service that we all provide for our communities. However, we, as members, are a crucial and valuable part of the team, and at times the situation dictates that we must be willing and able to stand up for ourselves and for our industry. I believe in what we do and in the value we add to our communities. The assistance that our members provide helps those in need all across the broad base of society. While we did not get the result we wanted in the stimulus package, it is imperative that we not be discouraged to the point that we lose hope.We will live to fight another day and until the economic crisis is fixed, we must be willing to sacrifice and fight, because our industry and the benefits it provides are worth fighting for! I am proud that our members generated more then 5,000 petitions. At the same time I realize that our NCHBA membership is 18,000plus members strong, and the reality is had we all decided to engage in this battle, we would have seen more than 100,000 petitions sent in by our members, their employees and the families of all those affected by the downturn in housing. I encourage all of you to be ready for the next time you are called upon to act in the interests of a cause greater than yourselves. Please encourage those around you to do the same. I am proud to be serving as your NCHBA president this year and I draw great strength and inspiration from the tenacity and passion that you, our NCHBA membership, stubbornly exhibits in the face of our economic adversity. I believe we can make a difference — in fact, I know together we can do some pretty extraordinary things! So remember, let’s fight together, because we are worth fighting for!


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Capitol Insider


New federal tax credit gives eligible first-time home buyers 8,000 reasons to buy

he new economic stimulus legislation signed into law by President Obama Feb. 17 contains several provisions that will be beneficial for many HBA members – and help stimulate demand for housing. NAHB Chairman Joe Robson, a home builder from Tulsa, Okla., said, “We are certainly hopeful that the newly passed economic stimulus

bill, which includes some favorable elements for first-time home buyers and small businesses, will have a positive impact that will help get housing and the economy back on track.” The legislation created a bigger and better home buyer tax credit than the one that was enacted in July last year. A key difference is that the previous tax credit was an interest-free loan

Gov. Perdue authorizes first-time home buyer tax credit program for eligible buyers


n a move to help stimulate the economy with the sale of more than 1,500 North Carolina homes, Gov. Bev Perdue signed the authorization that will provide new financial assistance to first-time home buyers.The authorization enables the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency to expand its Mortgage Certificate Credit (MCC) program, which allows eligible home buyers to reduce their federal tax liability by 20 percent of the mortgage interest they pay annually. The program is one of a handful in the nation and could save North Carolina home buyers more than $30 million. “The MCC will help stimulate the housing market, which is integral to the recovery of our state’s economy,” Gov. Perdue said. “This is just the type of innovation from a state government agency that will help spur our economic recovery.” The MCC program enables first-time buyers to take a tax credit up to $2,000 every year they occupy their home. This Celebrating the new tax credit program are (from left) is in addition to the itemized mortgage Cady Thomas, NCAR; Joe Parker, NCHFA; Teresa Ritter, interest deduction that all homeowners BB&T; Paul Stock, NCBA; Gov. Bev Perdue; Lucius Jones, can claim. NCHFA; Lisa Martin, NCHBA; and Bob Kucab, NCHFA. “Gov. Perdue has asked that all public agencies look for ways to help our state’s economy,” said Lucius Jones, board chairman of the N.C. Housing Finance Agency, a self-supporting public agency. “The MCC not only helps home buyers get into their first home but keeps the home affordable through the life of the mortgage by increasing their monthly take-home pay.” For example, a home buyer who borrows $146,750 at 5.5 percent interest pays $8,022 in interest in the first 12 months. The 20 percent MCC means that home buyer reduces his tax liability by $1,751 for that year and allows the buyer to reduce his monthly tax withholding accordingly. Over the first 10 years of ownership, the home buyer would save $14,873 in taxes paid to the IRS. For buyers who qualify, the MCC can be even more beneficial than the home buyer tax credit in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008. The HERA tax credit has a maximum benefit of $7,500 that can be claimed in the first year of the mortgage, but which must be repaid at a rate of $500 per year for 15 years.While Congress is considering making the HERA tax credit a grant, it still expires this year while the benefit of the MCC continues throughout the life of the loan. Even if the home buyer refinances, the 20 percent MCC tax credit may be reissued with the new mortgage. To qualify for an MCC, a buyer’s income cannot exceed certain maximums, which range from $85,000 for a family of three or more in urban areas such as Raleigh down to $62,000 in more rural areas.The MCC can be used in conjunction with most mortgages, and borrowers can apply through the agency’s more than 700 participating lenders and their branches.To find a lender, go to 4   North Carolina Builder

and had to be repaid over 15 years, while the new credit is a true tax credit and does not have to be repaid.

The new tax credit: • Is for first-time home buyers only. The law defines “first-time home buyer” as a buyer who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase. For married taxpayers, the law tests the homeownership history of both the home buyer and his/her spouse. The definition of “principal residence” is identical to the one used to determine whether you may qualify for the $250,000/$500,000 capital gain tax exclusion for principal residences. • Is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price, up to a maximum of $8,000. • Is available for homes purchased between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, 2009. • Does not have to be repaid, unless the home is sold within three years. • Has income limits of $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married couples. The consumer Web site NAHB created,, which features content in English and Spanish, has been updated with the new information. The site includes basic information about the tax credit and a detailed question and answer section. It also describes other housing-related and small business measures in the legislation and a number of home-buying resources for consumers. NAHB also updated the set of online resources at that are designed to help members understand the credit and promote it to consumers. They include talking points, a fact sheet, radio spot scripts and a consumer handout that includes the credit in the “top reasons you shouldn’t wait to buy a new home.” “The new tax credit provides a great opportunity for first-time home buyers,” said Robson. “Combined with today’s near-record low interest rates, the large selection of homes on the market, and very competitive pricing, the tax credit should be the extra incentive needed to get prospective buyers who have been sitting on the fence into the market.” In addition to the tax credit, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has several other provisions that will benefit home buyers and the housing market. (See INSIDER on page 7) April 2009

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Code Corner by Robert Privott, NCHBA Director of Codes and Construction Privott

North Carolina Building Code Council update T

he North Carolina Building Code Council will meet June 8-9, 2009, at a location to be determined. The council will hold a work session at 9 a.m., Monday, June 8, followed by a public hearing at 1 p.m. The council meeting will be at 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 9. The agenda for the council meeting can be found at: Engineering/BCC/engineering_bcc_agenda.asp. Code changes to the 2009 North Carolina Residential Code will continue to be the focus for the next several issues of Code Corner.

North Carolina 2009 Residential Code changes (continued from the March issue of North Carolina Builder)

Highlights on changes between the 2006 and 2009 North Carolina Residential Code

CHAPTER 6 - Walls SECTION R602 WOOD WALL FRAMING R602.1.3 Structural log members. Stress grading of structural log members of nonrectangular shape, as typically used in log buildings, shall be in accordance with ASTM D 3957. Such structural log members shall be identified by the grade mark of an approved lumber grading or inspection agency. In lieu of a grade mark on the material, a certificate of inspection as to species and grade issued by a lum­ber-grading or inspection agency meeting the requirements of this section shall be permitted to be accepted. IRC change - This section has been added to address a standard for log homes and requirement for grade marks on materials. R602.3.2 Top plate. Wood stud walls shall be capped with a double top plate installed to provide overlapping at corners and intersections with bearing partitions. End joints in top plates shall be offset at least 24 inches (610 mm). Joints in plates need not occur over studs. Plates shall be not less than 2 inches (51 mm) nominal thickness and have a width at least equal to the width of the studs. IRC change – Added the language “Joints in plates need not occur over studs.”

IRC change - Added language to address nail length and diameter.Added Collar tie to rafter, face nail or 1 ¼ x 20 gauge ridge strap. Added ledger strip nailing.

Notes to Table R602.3(1) Fastener Schedule for Structural Members a. All nails are smooth-common, box or deformed shanks except where otherwise stated. Nails used for framing and sheathing connections shall have minimum average bending yield strengths as shown: 80 ksi for shank diameter of 0.192 inch (20d common nail), 90 ksi for shank diameters larger than 0.142 inch but not larger than 0.177 inch, and 100 ksi for shank diameters of 0.142 inch or less. b. Staples are 16 gauge wire and have a minimum 7/16-inch on diameter crown width. c. Nails shall be spaced at not more than 6 inches on center at all supports where spans are 48 inches or greater. d. Four-foot-by-8-foot or 4-foot-by-9-foot panels shall be applied vertically. e. Spacing of fasteners not included in this table shall be based on Table R602.3(2). f. For regions having basic wind speed of 110 mph or greater, 8d deformed (2 1//’ X 0.120) nails shall be used for attaching plywood and wood structural panel roof sheathing to framing within minimum 48-inch distance from gable end walls, if mean roof height is more than 25 feet, up to 35 feet maximum. g. For regions having basic wind speed of 100 mph or less, nails for attaching wood structural panel roof sheathing to gable end wall framing shall be spaced 6 inches on center. When basic wind speed is greater than 100 mph, nails for attaching panel roof sheathing to intermediate supports shall be spaced 6 inches on center for minimum 48-inch distance from ridges, eaves and gable end walls; and 4 inches on center to gable end wall framing. h. Gypsum sheathing shall conform to ASTM C 79 and shall be installed in accordance with GA 253. Fiberboard sheathing shall conform to ASTM C 2eB. I. i. Spacing of fasteners on floor sheathing panel edges applies to panel edges supported by framing members and required blocking and at all

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floor perimeters only. Spacing of fasteners on roof sheathing panel edges applies to panel edges supported by framing members and required blocking. Blocking of roof or floor sheathing panel edges perpendicular to the framing members need not be provided except as required by other provisions of this code. Floor perimeter shall be supported by framing members or solid blocking. Roof sheathing 7/16-inch or greater in thickness does not require perimeter blocking. IRC change to footnote i eliminates the requirements to provide framing and blocking at roof plane perimeters for the express purpose of providing roof-sheathing-edge nailing. Fastening at required blocking is emphasized instead. Added last sentence eliminating blocking requirements for 7/16 inches or greater roof sheathing. R602.6 Drilling and notching–studs. Drilling and notching of studs shall be in accordance with the following: Notching. Any stud in an exterior wall or bearing parti­tion may be cut or notched to a depth not exceeding 25 percent of its width. Studs in nonbearing partitions may be notched to a depth not to exceed 40 percent of a single stud width.“Notching of bearing studs shall be on one edge only and not to exceed ¼ the height of the stud. Notching shall not occur in the bottom or top 6 inches of bearing studs.” Drilling.Any stud may be bored or drilled, provided that the diameter of the resulting hole is no more than 60 percent of the stud width, the edge of the hole is no more than 5/8 inch (16 mm) to the edge of the stud, and the hole shall not be closer than 6 inches from an adjacent hole or notch. Holes not exceeding ¾ inches diameter can be as close as 1 ½ inches on center spacing.” Studs located in exterior walls or bearing partitions drilled over 40 percent and up to 60 percent shall also be doubled with no more than two successive doubled studs bored. See Figures R602.6(1) and R602.6(2). North Carolina change – Rearranged section – Specifically addresses Notching and Drilling separately. Added the last sentence to the Notching Section. In the Drilling section – Added language that holes can be no closer than 6 inches from adjacent hole or notch. If holes are not > ¾ inches in diameter, they can be as close as 1 ½ inches OC spacing. R606.1.2 Used Brick. Used materials shall not be used unless such materials conform to these requirements and have been thoroughly cleaned. IRC change - Must conform to the requirements of section R606 and have to be thoroughly cleaned. April 2009

Spike of the Month Name: Jim Holland Company: Maxell B. Hamrick Insurance Agency Inc. Position: Vice President, Commercial Holland How long in business: Too long … 35 years! Spike credits: 168 HBA: Cleveland County HBA involvement: Past Executive Officer, Secretary/Treasurer, membership chairman, board member, Hog Happnin’ Secretary/ Treasurer and Board Nickname: Jimmy Marital status: Married to Kathy for 36 wonderful years Children: Son Chris and his wife, April, and granddaughter Sophie; Daughter Suzanne and her husband, Jonathan. Favorite food: Western North Carolina BBQ and meatloaf Favorite movies: Any war movie Favorite magazine: Our State magazine Ideal vacation: Boone area and North Carolina mountains Last book read: The University of North Carolina Basketball Vault Hobbies: Gardening, Appalachian State football, Carolina basketball Pets: Jordan, part collie; died in 2005 First job: Selling watermelons; U.S. Air Force If you had 15 minutes in front of the NCHBA membership, what would you say about recruitment/retention? I would explain to them that they need to be a member and stay a member of the largest group of people who believe in you, your growth and your success. You can network, enjoy great fellowship and take advantage of quality educational opportunities, an excellent insurance program and help from the state and national organizations. You will have a voice that is heard all over North Carolina and the United States. You need to be a part of this group and we need you: your thoughts, ideas, your energy to grow and move forward and speak as one voice. We all prosper with your success. We are connected in business and need to work together. Did I mention that the workers’compensation insurance program is the best in North Carolina and it is member friendly? April 2009

Insider (continued from page 4) The legislation: • Will help home buyers in high-cost markets by extending the FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan limit of $729,750 through the end of 2009. • Allows state housing finance agencies to help buyers at closing by advancing the credit as a loan using proceeds from tax-exempt bonds. • Extends the tax code section 25C credit for energy-efficient home improvements through the end of 2010; increases the credit

rate from 10 percent to 30 percent; raises the lifetime cap from $500 to $1,500; expands the list of eligible improvements. • For 2008 operations, expands the net operating loss carryback period from two years to five years for small businesses (businesses with average gross receipts of no more than $15 million over the previous three years). • Provides a “patch” for the Alternative Minimum Tax for tax year 2009. • Increases bonus depreciation and section 179 small business expensing for business investment in 2009.

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Knowledge Builder Tips from your industry experts at Builders Mutual

Wanted: Respiratory protection


blizzard of sawdust kicks up, so you quickly turn away from the dust storm for a breath of fresh air and a clear line of sight. How do you react, though, when dangerous dust particles invade the air, and normal lighting renders them invisible to the naked eye? Welcome to your average job site. Any time you inhale, your body potentially ingests a dose of mist, fumes and dust, along with oxygen.All this airborne particulate matter may have devastating effects to your respiratory system over time. What you may think of as harmless dry dust particles may actually be two dangerous substances, crystalline silica or hexavalent chromium.

Hexavalent chromium Take hexavalent chromium, for instance. Federal OSHA established a National Emphasis Program (NEP) in 2006 to heighten awareness of its risks. Its permissible exposure limit (PEL) is 5 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3) of air, an eight-hour time-weighted average designed to quantify a hazardous level of the substance based on an eight-hour work day. In the construction industry, paints, primers and other surface coatings as well as portland cement may contain hexavalent chromium. What’s the harm? Ultimately, continuous, repeated exposure may cause lung cancer. Other health effects may develop along the respiratory pathway, too, including sores, nosebleeds, tissue perforations, and lung irritation. Construction workers who are allergic to it may experience asthma-like symptoms.

Crystalline silica When you call it quartz, crystalline silica hardly sounds as dangerous. Yet, this substance, found in the highest concentrations in sand, sandstone and granite, warranted enough concern for Federal OSHA to declare a NEP effective January 2008. With a PEL of 100 mg/ m3, rely on the rule of thumb: if dust, which contains silica, is visible in the air, you can bet it exceeds the permissible limit. Contractors see it regularly in brick and block, concrete and drywall compound, too. Inhalation of it causes silicosis — an incurable lung disease that can cause permanent disability and premature death.Acute cases can develop in as little as a few months’ time and may manifest 8   North Carolina Builder

False Alarm: Radon Prior to the EPA’s 2008 study, rumors circulated about indoor air quality resulting from dangerous levels of radon emissions from granite. The EPA put this myth to rest with its study. Yes, granite may contain naturally occurring, varying uranium levels that emit small amounts of radon gas. However, the study concluded that no reliable data provided evidence that granite significantly increased indoor radon levels, putting the issue of respiratory protection to rest.

itself through a shortness of breath. In its more serious form, silicosis may take 10-15 years before becoming evident. Silicosis develops when a construction worker inhales silica particles, which irritate the lungs. The body then creates scar tissue, called fibroids, to “repair” the damage. Ultimately, these fibroids cause oxygen deprivation by reducing the lungs’ ability to absorb oxygen from the air. Smoking further exacerbates the problem.

High-risk contractors • • • • • •

Masons Drywall finishers Remodelers (during demolition) Hard surface manufacturers and field installers Concrete finishers Painters

Plan A: Engineer it out Optimally, a risk management program focused on respiratory protection will find a way to “engineer it out,” that is, eliminate the hazard or remove the worker from the hazard. However, in a job site setting, often this can be impractical. Exhaust systems for spray paint booths or the sanding/finishing operations of a cabinet shop work well to limit hazards, since the confined space intensifies the respiratory hazard. A local exhaust ventilation, like tools fitted with a water supply for dust suppression, prove their risk management value. HEPA vacuums attached to sanders,for drywall installers,also work effectively. Wet cutting (vs. dry cutting) has become an increasingly popular solution for masons and granite installers alike. Furthermore, think of the airborne particle hazard like second-hand smoke. Reserve an area for cutting, for example, and limit the exposure to other workers.

Plan B: PPE When substances threatening your respiratory health cannot be engineered out completely using ventilation or water suppression, use a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) certified respiratory system. When wearing a basic dust mask, users often make two critical mistakes. First, users mistakenly employ one band instead of two. Without two bands securing the mask, it’s improperly sealed. Second, think of facial hair and respiratory systems like oil and water—they don’t mix. Facial hair causes small gaps in the seal of the mask, effectively allowing for unintended air entry.

The right fit Finding the right fit doesn’t always refer to the respirator; it begins with finding the right person to do the job. Although respirators filter harmful particulate matter from the air, they can also reduce oxygen intake. So, workers with high blood pressure or heart disease may be better suited to other tasks, as would claustrophobic workers, who may feel uncomfortable by the restrictive feel of the respirator. It makes sense to position someone as a master of their specific task; however, exposing one worker continuously to respiratory hazards greatly increases their risk. Operate on a rotating schedule, to give workers a break. You may want to go so far as to include baseline lung capacity testing in your risk management program. Medical professionals should test new hires’ air volume and speed using a spirometer. Annually, workers should get retested for any changes in their results. X-rays also detect evidence of silicosis, specifically. Talk with workers about the respiratory risks of working around substances that contain either hexavalent chromium or crystalline silica, and talk with them about your risk management strategy. Whether particulate matter kicks up in a sawdust storm or invisibly, workers will spot the risk.

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Friday, April 17, 2009 The Country Club of Whispering Pines Whispering Pines, N.C. Sponsored by

Tournament players will tee off with a shotgun start on Whispering Pines West Course, designed by Ellis Maples and featuring large greens, rolling fairways and strategically placed bunkers.

Annual Builder Classic Golf Tournament is a winning way to help students succeed What you need to know Date: Friday, April 17, 2009 Time: 8 a.m. (check-in) 8:30 a.m. (shotgun start) Format: Captain’s Choice Course: West Cost: $85 per player - $340 per team (includes green fee, cart fee, beverages, Thursday dinner and Friday lunch) Lunch: An awards luncheon will follow the tournament play. Pro shop gift certificates will be awarded to the first- and secondplace teams. Door prizes will be presented at this time. Dinner: A BBQ “Pig-nic” Dinner provided by Builders Mutual Insurance Co. will be held Thursday, April 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pete Mace, owner of the Sandhills Team & Carolina Real Estate Brokers, has donated a location in Pine Barrens for this event. As a special treat, Lake Norman HBA Executive Officer Larry Airey, NCHBA Past President Buddy Hughes and NCHBA Director of Codes and Construction Robert Privott will be the evening’s chefs, squaring off to see who can cook the best BBQ.

How to get there

How to enter

Contact Deborah Alford, NCHBA Director of Exhibitions and Education, at (919) 676-9090 or toll-free (800) 662-7129, or via e-mail at

Fill out and return the registration form on the facing page or log onto and download the Golf Registration form. Make checks payable to the N.C. Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation Inc.

From Southern Pines, take US 1 and NC Hwy 22 to the stoplight at the Moore County Airport intersection. Turn right onto Airport Road.  Turn left onto Hardee Lane.Take the third left onto Country Club Boulevard.The clubhouse and parking lot will be on your right. For directions from other areas call (910) 949-3000.

Where to stay A block of rooms is being held for NCHBA golfers at the Whispering Pines Villas and at the Days Inn of Southern Pines. To reserve a room at the Whispering Pines Villas call (800) 334-9536. Rates are $65 per night. A limited number of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites are also available. Call the Country Club of Whispering Pines for those rates. To reserve a room at the Days Inn of Southern Pines call (800) 262-5737. Rates are $63.75 per night.

For more information

How you can help

In addition to playing in the tournament, you can also help make it a success by becoming a sponsor. Here are some of the options available: Option 1: Hole Sponsor $250 Hole sponsorship includes: Sign at tee box, company listing in the North Carolina Builder magazine article following the tournament and the option to have a company representative at the hole (table and chair not provided). Please do not distribute company literature; business cards are acceptable.

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Option 2: Donate golf “goodies” to the gift bags Suggestions: logo golf balls, tees, ball markers, towels, koozies, hats, fans, etc. Option 3: Donate an item to be given away as a door prize Suggestions: golf umbrellas, golf bags, certificates to the pro shop, builder tools, small appliances, weekend trips, etc.

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The Builder Classic Golf Tournament Friday, April 17, 2009 Presented by the North Carolina Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation Inc. Team Entry Form Player #1 Name: First ________________________ Last_ ___________________________________ Company_ _______________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________City_______________ State_ ______ Zip________ Phone____________________________ Fax _ ___________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________________________________ Player #2 Name: First ________________________ Last_ ___________________________________ Company_ _______________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________City_______________ State_ ______ Zip________ Phone____________________________ Fax _ ___________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________________________________ Player #3 Name: First ________________________ Last_ ___________________________________ Company_ _______________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________City_______________ State_ ______ Zip________ Phone____________________________ Fax _ ___________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________________________________ Player #4 Name: First ________________________ Last_ ___________________________________ Company_ _______________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________City_______________ State_ ______ Zip________

Change a life. Nominate a student. If you know a college or technical student who needs financial aid, now is the time to nominate them for a North Carolina Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation Inc. scholarship. Now, more than ever, students are in need of financial aid to attend college . . . and the industry is in need of skilled workers to build homes for North Carolina’s citizens.

Here’s what the foundation does . . . NCHBECF awards scholarships each year based on a combination of need and merit to four-year college students entering their junior or senior year and technical school students entering their second year who have declared their major in a construction-related field.

Here’s who is eligible . . . An eligible student must: • Be nominated by a NCHBA member firm; • Be an immediate family member, related by blood (i.e. children, stepchildren or grandchildren) of an NCHBA member. Students related by marriage (i.e. son-in-law, daughter-in-law, etc.) are not eligible. • Be a full-time student, taking a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. (Immediate family members of any current trustee of the NCHB Educational & Charitable Foundation Inc. are not eligible.)

Phone____________________________ Fax _ ___________________________________

Here’s what you can do . . .


For a nomination form or an application packet, visit or call the NCHBA office at (800) 662-7129. Your nomination must be received at the NCHBA office by Friday, April 30.

Make checks payable to: N.C. Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation Inc. (NCHBECF) *** Use this form as your invoice ***

Number attending lunch Number attending dinner Team - $340, Individual - $85 Hole Sponsorship - $250/hole Total amount enclosed

_ _______________ _ _______________ $_ _______________ $_ _______________ $_ _______________

Mail to: NCHBA PO Box 99090 Raleigh, NC 27624

For NCHBA use only Date Received__________________________ Check number_________________________ Amount received ________________________ Payee________________________________

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What about students who have received previous NCHBECF scholarships? The initial awards are for one year, but scholarship winners may submit a renewal application and be considered for renewal if they make satisfactory progress in their studies. A renewal application is available online at www. For more information, call NCHBA at (800) 662-7129 or visit North Carolina Builder   11

1st Quarter Meeting draws a crowd


ore than 125 North Carolina Home Builders Association members turned out for the 1st Quarter Meeting in Pinehurst (Above) NCHBA Membership Director Kathryn Atkinson Feb. 17-18. The first day consisted of visits with Sheryl Ann Lovitt, EO of Northeastern HBA; committee meetings and an evening Meredith Sledz, EO of Moore County; and Linda Lu Myers, reception for members to network and EO of Gaston County. (At right) Nicole Goolsby of Rion relax. The Board of Directors Meeting Homes, Region VII Vice President Erik Anderson and Lake followed the next day. Norman Executive Officer Larry Airey have fun at the evening A couple of special events were held reception. (Below) Fifteen members from across the state during the quarterly meeting: joined NCHBA at a state meeting for the first time in Pinehurst. The BUILD-PAC Committee hosted a BUILD-PAC Boot Camp for anyone interested in learning about the “ins and outs” of BUILD-PAC. John McPherson led the boot camp and the turnout was outstanding. After the Board of Director’s meeting, Greg Isenhour led a new seminar, “Surviving the Storm — A Builder’s Perspective.” The seminar B:8" was a sneak-peak of a class being developed T:7.5" for NCBI that helps builders survive in tough economic times. Attendance was greater than anticipated, with about 30 people attending.

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2009 NCHBA build-pac Major Contributors (Pledges/Contributions received as of March 11, 2009)

Knights of the Round Table ($4,000/year) Tom Gipson Raleigh-Wake County HBA

Frank Wiesner Durham-Orange-Chatham Cos./Raleigh-Wake County HBAs

Capitol Club ($2,500/year) Andy Ammons Raleigh-Wake County HBA

Lyle Gardner Raleigh-Wake County HBA

Zac Koenig Jackson County HBA

Richard Van Tassel Raleigh-Wake County HBA

Harold Brewington Fayetteville HBA Kurt Burger Raleigh-Wake County HBA Mike Carpenter North Carolina HBA Elizabeth Cubler Outer Banks HBA Jim Derrickson Raleigh-Wake County HBA Nadine DiIorio Charlotte HBA

Ralph Doggett Alamance-Caswell HBA Don Fraley Raleigh-Wake County HBA Tom Granger Hickory-Catawba Valley HBA Sam Hagedon Outer Banks HBA Gary Hill Greensboro BA

Joseph Iannone Raleigh-Wake County HBA Rick Judson Charlotte HBA Lisa Martin North Carolina HBA Blake Massengill Raleigh-Wake County HBA Tim Minton Raleigh-Wake County HBA Craig Morrison Durham-Orange-Chatham Cos. HBA

Charles Mullen Rocky Mount HBA Paul Mullican Winston-Salem HBA David Pressly Iredell County HBA Brian Robinett Lake Norman HBA John Schlichenmaier Raleigh-Wake County HBA Cindy Sheldon Raleigh-Wake County HBA

Rick Shields Lake Norman HBA Grover Shugart Winston-Salem HBA Craig Stevens Wilmington-Cape Fear HBA Jim Stuart Raleigh-Wake County HBA Nick Tennyson Durham-Orange-Chatham Cos. HBA Jackie Trinchitella Fayetteville HBA

Stephen Eastman Raleigh-Wake County HBA

Darrel Hamilton Ashe County HBA

Wayne Holt Raleigh-Wake County HBA

Larry Howard Durham-Orange-Chatham Cos. HBA

Joe Tarascio Carteret County HBA

Kay Justice McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Jamie Lunsford McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Roger Maney McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA

Shelley Mitchiner Raleigh-Wake County Gene Potter McDowell, Mitchell & County HBA Lawrence Smith Raleigh-Wake County Ken Spencer McDowell, Mitchell & County HBA

B.G. French Robeson County HBA Mike Gerber Raleigh-Wake County HBA Frank Girard High Country HBA Donna Girardot Wilmington-Cape Fear HBA Harold Glazer Raleigh-Wake County HBA Brooks Gulledge Raleigh-Wake County HBA Tom Hankins Raleigh-Wake HBA Jay Hart Northeastern NC HBA Todd Haubrich Onslow County HBA Vaughn Jarrett Alamance-Caswell HBA Joseph Johnson Durham-Orange-Chatham Cos. HBA Gary Justice McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA

Phil Kaylor Craven-Pamlico HBA Robert Lloyd Vance-Granville HBA Thomas Miller Hickory-Catawba Valley HBA Don Mitchell McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Brad Moock Raleigh-Wake County HBA Craig Morgan McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Martha Nelson Raleigh-Wake County HBA Dave Parks High Country HBA Roger Pittman McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Bill Pope Craven-Pamlico HBA Michael Reiser Raleigh-Wake County HBA G.F. Rice Wilson HBA

Ron Richardson McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Edd Roberts Raleigh-Wake County HBA Linda Rollins Hickory-Catawba Valley HBA Donna Russell Craven-Pamlico HBA David Scott High Country HBA Alfred Shiver McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA John Simmons McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Tammie Smoot Raleigh-Wake County HBA Dave Stormont Outer Banks HBA Rene Sutton Hendersonville HBA David Thomas Wilmington-Cape Fear HBA

C.B. Tyson Raleigh-Wake County HBA Barry Tutor Durham-Orange-Chatham Cos./ Raleigh-Wake County HBAs Simon Vincent Durham-Orange-Chatham Cos. HBA Chad Vriesema Salisbury-Rowan HBA Jeff Wadman Wilmington-Cape Fear HBA Britney Wallace Durham-Orange-Chatham Cos. HBA Robert Weintraub Raleigh-Wake County HBA Marcus White McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Richard White Craven-Pamlico HBA Mike Wilkinson Alamance-Caswell HBA

President’s Circle ($1,000/year) Linda Lee Allan Fayetteville HBA Dent Allison Hickory-Catawba Valley HBA Jeff Ammons Raleigh-Wake County HBA Russell Ammons Raleigh-Wake County HBA Kevin Annas Caldwell County HBA Bunny Boyd Iredell County HBA

VIP ($500-$999) Jay Burke Alamance-Caswell HBA

Dollar-A-Day ($365-$499) Gary Hensley McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA

Bicentennial ($200-$364) Erik Anderson Winston-Salem HBA Jay Beaman Raleigh-Wake County HBA Dante Berini Durham-Orange-Chatham Cos. HBA Christina Clark McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA

Mitchell Clark McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA James Collins Alamance-Caswell HBA Patricia Hanchette Raleigh-Wake County HBA Vanessa Jenkins Raleigh-Wake County HBA

HBA Yancey HBA Yancey

Century Club ($100-$199) Larry Airey Lake Norman HBA James Anderson Durham-Orange-Chatham Cos. HBA Sharon Andrews Raleigh-Wake County HBA Milton Askew Craven-Pamlico HBA Judi Baker Alamance-Caswell HBA Charles Barnes Raleigh-Wake County HBA Eric Beaver Salisbury-Rowan HBA Robert Boone McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Randy Bowman Hickory-Catawba Valley HBA Katherine Brewer Raleigh-Wake County HBA Kester Brown Alamance-Caswell HBA

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Ray Burnette McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Mac Butner Salisbury-Rowan HBA Vincent Clifton Craven-Pamlico HBA Beth Collier Johnston County HBA Debbie Combos Raleigh-Wake County HBA Robert Crouch Hickory-Catawba Valley HBA Phillip Davis McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Michael Debnam Raleigh-Wake County HBA Jonathan Elliot Fayetteville HBA Charles England McDowell, Mitchell & Yancey County HBA Allison Franklin Alamance-Caswell HBA

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“ D o n’t watch it ha p p m ak e it happ e n .”e n –

An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. Jack Welch (business leader and author)

21st Century Building Expo & Conference Meet Current Challenges with a New Appr ach Exhibits: September 17-18, 2009 Conference: September 16-18, 2009 Charlotte Convention Center • Charlotte, NC • New concepts and solutions • Innovative products and trends Information and Registration: 1.800.662.7129

• Networking with industry professionals Presented by the North Carolina Home Builders Association

$10,000 Grand Prize

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Golf Tournament

STARS Awards Gala

April 2009

Shine brightly with a STARS sponsorship


each the most influential home builders and new home sales professionals in North Carolina and beyond by sponsoring the 2009 STARS Awards Gala to be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, in conjunction with the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference. Enjoy “A Night Among the Stars” as we honor achievements of members across the industry. As a STARS Awards Gala sponsor, your company’s name will be promoted to more than 18,000 leading building professionals throughout the year and during the 21CBEC, which draws 6,000 home building industry professionals to Charlotte. The sponsorship program ultimately offers you the advantage of complete, comprehensive and direct-market exposure. • • • • • • •

Sponsorship levels include: Pre-Gala Reception Sponsor Media Presentation Sponsor Theme Sponsor Mega Star Sponsorship Super Star Sponsorship Shining Star Sponsorship Shooting Star Sponsorship

The sooner you join the ranks of the 2009 STARS sponsors, the sooner your company will shine! For detailed information about STARS Awards Gala sponsorships, contact Kathryn Atkinson at (800) 662-7129 or katkinson@

Shine Brightly at the 2009 STARS Awards Gala during the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference Wednesday, September 16, 2009 For more information, contact Kathryn Atkinson at (800) 662-7129 or

Fame nominees are sought Nominations are now being sought for the 2009 North Carolina Housing Hall of Fame. NCHHF’s primary purpose is to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to housing in North Carolina, the building industry and to the North Carolina Home Builders Association. Nominees do not have to be active or a member of NCHBA. If you know someone deserving of this honor, please complete the nomination form available at and return it to the NCHBA office at P.O. Box 99090, Raleigh, NC 27624. All nominations must be postmarked by April 15. The inductee(s) will be announced at the June 2009 NCHBA 2nd Quarter Board Meeting and inducted during the Installation Dinner at the 4th Quarter Board Meeting Dec. 8. All Hall of Fame nominations will be carefully screened by the NCHHF Board of Governors. Questions? Contact Erin Jones at (800) 662-7129 or

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Product Roundup:

All decked out Optimizing space Following years of research and development, Metwood Building Solutions has launched deckSPAN™, its new pour-over system. Developed under the auspices of Metwood’s SPANtechnologies™ division, the Metwood pour-over system is practical, versatile, optimizes space and adds square feet. “Nothing compares to the solid feel and security of concrete,” says Metwood National Vice President of Sales and Marketing Al Smith. “deckSPAN accommodates any handrail or ceiling finish and is radiant ready. Based on our patented SPANtechnologies, Metwood’s ultimate deck system is pre-engineered and Metwood

s Metwood’s pour-over system, deckSpan, can be cut and installed on site, using common power tools.

PVC that won’t compress under intense heat or moisture — is designed to serve as a waterproof barrier for outdoor tile decks and roofs. The new product is similar to Duradek Ultra except it features a fabric laminated to its topside to which tiles can be bonded securely with thin-set mortar. Tiledek is covered by a 10-year waterproofing warranty and meets ICC requirements as a walkable roof deck membrane. For more information, visit www.duradek. com/Tiledek.asp or call (800) 338-3568.

Snappy tiles LifeCycle EcoShield deck tiles — one of the newest earth-friendly products from Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies — are ideal for surface applications on patios, verandas, rooftops and virtually any level concrete or gravel surface. Manufactured using AERT’s patented process that encapsulates recycled wood fibers in recycled polyethylene plastic, the 12-by-12inch deck tiles come with a grid pattern for easy layout and versatility. The tiles snap together for simple and secure installation. The tiles come in six colors. For more EcoShield information, call (866) 729-2378 or visit

Designed specifically for professional contractors, Fiberon Sensibuilt decking boards are installed with a hidden fastening system. The new composite is guaranteed not to fade for 10 years.


they can through traditional surface screwing. The installation gun can be used with the company’s hidden deck fastener for pregrooved boards. The fastener installation gun drives a UFO Ballistic Nailscrew in like a nail but it can be removed like a screw. Operators simply slip the hidden deck fastener into the nose of the gun and position it in the groove of the board. The gun automatically enables perfect positioning of fastener and screw installations with the pull of a trigger. For more information, visit www. or call (800) 928-4437.

Standing up to the sun

Duradek, a company that’s been making waterproofing sheet vinyl for more than 35 years, debuted Tiledek at the 2009 International Builders’ Show. The outdoor anti-fracture roofing membrane — made from very dense

Tiger Claw’s inventors say the company’s new gun will cut installation time in half when compared to manually inserting the hidden fasteners into grooves with your fingers.

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LifeCycle EcoShield deck tiles are environmentally responsible products for deck and roof applications recently introduced at IBS by AERT.

Bring out the big guns A new semi-automatic installation tool that will dramatically reduce the already-quick installation of Tiger Claw’s groove fasteners was debuted at the 2009 International Builders’ Show. The company maintains that by using this simple but effective tool, contractors can build a beautiful nail-free surface deck four times faster than Tiger Claw


Tiled and dry

Backed by a 10-year faderesistant warranty, Fiberon Sensibuilt is built to withstand the sun’s rays. Not only does it resist fading and chalking, but it’s designed with an infrared heat-reflective Lumenite surface to keep the decking cooler underfoot. The new composite also is highly stain, scratch and mold resistant. Besides these attributes, the lightweight decking is moisture, impact and slip resistant. It never requires painting, staining or power washing, and won’t split or rot. Sensibuilt, which is 100 percent recyclable and consists of recycled PVC, is available in four colors. It’s made by Fiber Composites out of New London, N.C. Fore more information, call (800) 573-8841 or visit

available with either truSPAN or throughSPAN beams, providing a strong, lightweight support system that installs quickly, used in conjunction with metal decking for concrete support.” The beams can be trimmed on site and installed with screws, so no welding is required. “deckSPAN can accommodate any hand railing or aesthetic floor treatment, including wood, ceramic tile, decorative concrete or wood flooring materials,” Smith explains. “In addition to being cut and installed on site using common power tools, our CFS (cold-framed steel) products can be used as a complete system or as individual components. Our products are strong, environmentally friendly, fire resistant and corrosion and pest resistant.” For more information visit

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S.Les Frye, Shugart Enterprises Craig Morrison, Cimarron Homes Sherman Perry, Out of The Woods Thomas Garcia, Southern Evergreen Builders Inc. George F. Gilleland, The Hardwood  Richard Kolarov, Specialty Builders Inc. Company Gene Glaze, Glaze Construction Co. Dan Thomas, Dan Thomas Builders David H. Goins, G Construction Danny Sides, Build & Sell Inc. Nicole Goolsby, Rion Homes Dean Huffman, BDH Construction Inc. Danny G. Gough, Energy Solutions Geoff Weatherwax, Geoff Weatherwax Laura Grear, Anderson Windows  Construction Inc. and Doors Brooke Sumner, First Class Builders Inc. Bert Gurganus, Space Builders Inc. John Sumner, First Class Builders Inc. Robin Hackney, Signature Homes of  Jennifer Sedlak, David Weekley Homes Wilmington James Pader, Winter Sun Construction Wayne Haddock, Pinehurst Homes Inc. James Farlow, The Farlow Group Inc. Jamie Hager, Southern Energy  Nicole Goolsby, Rion Homes Management William Hall, Bill Hall Builders Inc. 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Danny Alford, LaFarge Cement William B. Hall, Bill Hall Builders Inc Glen MacWilliams, Phoenix Restoration Dawn Hall, Dawn Hall Realty Darrel Hamilton, Darrel Hamilton  Ben Floyd CarlBuilder Monroe, SME & Associates Don Hamrick, Custom Homes by  Bert Gurganus, Space Builders Inc. Hamrick Brandy Sullivan, Sullbark Builders Inc. Eric Harvell, Pactiv Building Products Ernest Fifer, Fifer REI Eric Hausfeld, Haus Builders Inc. John Ring, American Building Justin L. Hawk, Hawks Nest Homes Diagnostics William Dale Helton, DH Construction Elizabeth Cubler, BC Custom Daniel Hemp, Pinnacle Construction  Builders ServicesLtd. Paul Buske, Stormont & Company Inc. John H. High, Highland Company of  Brandon Wilson, Turnkey Property Eastern NC Management Steven L. Hilliard, Hilliard Contracting  Grantland Inc Wagner, G.P. Kon Custom Enrique Tony Hirst, Builder - Tony  Builders Inc. Hirst LLC Chad Collins, CNC Construction Kevin Holdridge, KDH Residential  Nicole Robinson, Log Homes of Designs America Rob Howard, Home Energy Solutions Mark Cunningham, Davidson & Jones Dean Huffman, BDH Construction Inc. Residential Betty M. Hunnicutt, Hunnicutt Builders Bryan McGowin, Hall & Wright Gerald E. Hunnicutt, Hunnicutt  Builders BuildersLLC Danny Gough, Energy Solutions Inc. Steve E. Hurst, Hurst and Brown  Mark Wimmer, Mark Wimmer Developers Construction LLC Stephen Ingram, Ingram Construction  Erich Connell, East Carolina University Co. Jason Qutermous, America In Homes Eric S. Johnson, E.S. Johnson Builders Joel Key, Airmakers Heating & AC Martin Ritter, Covenant Construction Richard M. Kolarov, Specialty Builders  Joan Swift, Swift Creek Construction Inc. Carlton, Carlton Builders Inc. Michael Clyde W. Lackey, CW Lackey  Douglas McSpadden, McSpadden Construction Custom Homes J Chris Laine, J. . Laine Inc. LLC David Goins, GC Construction Kevin S. Lancaster, Kevin S, Lancaster  Justin Hawk, Hawks Nest Homes General Contractor Dawn Hall, Dawn Hall Realty Glenn C. Lancaster, Lancaster  Mark Schmidt, Schmidt Development Builders Inc. Don Hamrick, Custom Homes by Robert Latvala, Sawyer Homes Hamrick Eric Lazzari, Lazzari Construction Inc. Brian Robinett, LKN Properties LLC Chuck Lewis, Lewis Building  Daniel Hemp, Pinnacle Construction Company Mitch Lowrey, Mitch Lowrey  Services JohnConstruction Mooring, John Mooring Builder Amy G. Luckwaldt, J. Walton Homes  Leon Ford, Ford Custom Homes Inc. & Co. Inc. Robin Hackney, Signature Homes of David J. Mackowski, Quality Design &  Wilmington Construction James Davis, Cape Fear Engineering Peggy Ann Mackowski, Quality Design  Perry Davis, Cape Fear Engineering & Construction Donald Cannon, Providence Home Glen MacWilliams, Phoenix  Builders Restoration Kevin Annas, Providence Home Zane L. Matthews, Matthews  Builders Enterprises Billy Haire, Builders First Source Dan McFarland, Southern Energy  Terrence Erford, Appalachian Mtn Management Bryan McGowin, Hall & Wright  Home Builders DinoBuilders Viscosi, Whitney Blair Inc. Jey McMurray, Artcraft Innovative  Alex Mumford, Wolfe Homes Builders Leigh Scott, HBA of Durham, Orange, Douglas S. McSpadden, McSpadden  Chatham Cos. Custom Homes Robert Latvala, Sawyer Homes William Miller, Carolina Highland  KellyProperties Neville, Kelly Neville Builders Ron Ricci, Ricci Builders & David J. Millsaps, DLM Builders Inc. Management Inc. Leslie R. Millsaps, DLM Builders Inc. Gary Daniel, Gary Daniel Bldrs Inc. Carl Stephen Monroe, SME &  EricAssociates Hausfeld, Haus Builders Inc. Matthew Moose, Kemp Sigmon Tracy Moore, Anderson-Moore  Builders,Inc. Co. Construction John Mooring, John Mooring Builder Kemp Sigmon, Kemp Sigmon Matthew C. Moose, Kemp Sigmon  Construction Co. Construction Co. Steve Schreiner, Schreiner Custom S. Craig Morrison, Cimarron Homes Homes Justin Morrison, JCM Custom Homes Mark Murphy, Neill Grading & Grady Moseley, Segue Builders Inc. Construction M. Charles Mullen, Mullen & Co. Justin Morrison, JCM Custom Homes Alex Mumford, Wolfe Homes Mark Murphy, Neill Grading &  Chuck Lewis, Lewis Building Company Construction Jamie Hager, Southern Energy Michele Myers, M Squared Builders  Management & Designers Kent Brown, Hurst and Brown Kelly Neville, Kelly Neville Builders Larry Norris, Larry Norris  Developers Construction Steve Hurst, Hurst and Brown Albert D. Olszewski, Olszewski  Developers Construction Co.  Scott Allred, Precept Construction James Pader, Winter Sun Construction Marsha Burger, Green & Healthy Sherman P. Perry, Out of The Woods  Built Homes Builders  Thomas Garcia, Southern Evergreen Morgan Petrey, Mountaineer Sheet  Amanda Albert, Habitat for Humanity Metal Co.  David Duperault, Habitat for Humanity Winston Petrey, Mountaineer Sheet  EricMetal Co.  Harvell, Pactiv Building Products Gary Silverstein, Silverstein Greg Phillips, Mayfair Partners  Construction Corp Paul Portfilio, Builders First Source David Pressly, Pressly Development  Co.

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Danny Winters, Cimarron Homes Robert M. Pugh, Simonini Builders Jason Qutermous, America In Homes onald Barrow, RSB HomeBuilder Inc. James J. Rapin Greenville Utilities David White, White House Builders Rod Rauch, Price Brothers Inc. Eric Johnson, E.S. Johnson Builders Robert Chad Ray, Olde Heritage  Thomas Wise, D.V. Wise Inc. Builders Shannon Bolton, Shannon-Michael John S. Ray, JS Ray & Associates Homes Ron Ricci, Ricci Builders &  Laura Grear, Anderson Windows Management Inc. and Doors John H. Ring, American Building  Robert Rowland Jr., AVID Home Diagnostics Studies Martin Ritter, Covenant Construction Jarrett Davis, Structures of Integrity Brian Robinett, LKN Properties Joseph Dellinger, L.C. Dellinger Building Nicole Robinson, Log Homes of  AmyAmerica Luckwaldt, J. Walton Homes Robert K. Rowland Jr., AVID Home  & Co. Inc. AlanStudies Best, Best Built Inc. David Rushing, D.S. Rushing Inc. John Ray, JS Ray & Associates Lynn Russell, FMI Corporation Michael Bolton, Shannon-Michael Jeffrey L. Sanderson, Whitney Blair Homes David W. Schenck, Wolfe Homes Geoffrey Bowen, EFC Associates Mark Schmidt, Schmidt Development  David Rushing, D.S. Rushing Inc. Inc. E.Steve Schreiner, Schreiner Custom  Bass, Bass Built Inc. David Burris, Colony Homes of Rocky Homes Mountain Leigh Scott, HBA of Durham, Orange,  Thomas Theisen, Windjammer Chatham Properties LLC Jennifer Sedlak, David Weekley Homes Donald Thompson, Eastern Builders of Christopher Senior, the Carolinas Inc. Jonathan Sergeant  Mark Stewart, Stewart Construction & Tim Shellhammer, The Farlow Group Development Danny M. Sides, Build & Sell, Inc. Patricia Broom, Phoenix Restoration Kemp L. Sigmon, Kemp Sigmon  Darrel Hamilton, Darrel Hamilton Construction Co. Builder Gary Silverstein, Silverstein  Frederick Dean, Drucker & Falk Construction Corp Joann DeSimone, Ron DeSimone Brent Simmons, Mountain Lumber  Contracting Company Ron DeSimone, Ron DeSimone Dwight Simmons, Mountain Lumber  Contracting Co. Kevin Holdridge, KDH Residential Ronald W. Smith, RWS General  Designs Builders  Dean Snyder, Bluewater Designs Rob Howard, Home Energy Solutions Gary L. Sovel, Cygnature Construction  Betty Hunnicutt, Hunnicutt Builders & Development Gerald Hunnicutt, Hunnicutt Builders Thomas Sparks, Noel Homes Inc. Kevin Lancaster, Kevin S. Lancaster Mark R. Stewart, Stewart Construction  General Contractor & Development Glenn Lancaster, Lancaster Builders Jennifer Strimple, Home Team Builders Dan McFarland, Southern Energy Brandy Sullivan, Sullbark Builders Inc. Management Brooke Sumner, First Class Builders  KayInc. Braxton, RMB Building & Design R.John E. Sumner ,First Class Builders  Mack Braxton, RMB Building & Design Inc. LLC Tim Shellhammer, The Farlow Group Joan L. Swift, Swift Creek Construction Laurie Thompson, Eastern Builders Randy Swift, Swift Creek Construction Terry E. Taylor, Taylormade Building Troy Warner, Built Right Custom Thomas G. Theisen, Windjammer  Homes of NC Properties Christian Cardamone, Greenbuilt David P. Thomas, D.P. Thomas  Homes TonyConstruction Carrara, Stevens Fine Homes Dan Thomas, Dan Thomas Builders Eric Lazzari, Lazzari Construction Inc. Travis Thompson, T-Square Builders  Christopher Senior, Anchorage Inc. Building Donald C. Thompson, Eastern Builders  Dean Snyder, Bluewater Designs LLC of the Carolinas Inc. Tom Titlow, @ Home In Carolina Laurie Thompson, Eastern Builders Jeff Wadman, Insulating Inc. Tom Titlow, @ Home In Carolina Randy Swift, Swift Creek Construction Kevin Troyer, 444 Inc. David Schenck, Wolfe Homes Ralph Turner, Nappier & Gunnells  Construction William Helton, DH Construction Simon W. Vincen,t Vincent Building Inc. Jey McMurray, Artcraft Innovative Dino C. Viscosi, Whitney Blair Inc. Builders LLC Jeff Wadman, Insulating Inc Danny Williams, Williams Woodworks Grantland P. Wagner, G.P. Kon  & Construction Inc. Custom Builders Inc. Samuel Zimmerman, Sunny Day Homes Troy A. Warner, Built Right Custom  Chase Ambler, Headwaters Enterprises Homes of NC Terry Taylor, Taylormade Building David Warren, Mountain Lumber Co. Dwight Simmons, Mountain Lumber Co. Geoff Weatherwax, Geoff  David Warren, Mountain Lumber Co. Weatherwax Construction  Brandon Bryant, Red Tree Builders Inc. David White, White House Builders Julian Baker, D&S Developers Danny Williams, Williams Woodworks  Morgan Petrey, Mountaineer Sheet & Construction Brandon C. Wilson, Turnkey Property  Metal Co. Inc. Management J Chris Laine, J.C. Laine Inc. Mark A. Wimmer, Mark Wimmer  Winston Petrey, Mountaineer Sheet Construction Metal Co. Inc. Danny Winters, Cimarron Homes Matt Dunn, Wishon & Carter Builders Thomas Wise, D. . Wise Inc. Perry Yates, New V River Building Roger D. Worley, Roger D. Worley  Supply Inc. Construction Jonathan Sergeant Perry Yates, New River Building  Kevin Troyer, 444 Inc. Supply Inc. Jeremy Bollman, Mountain Lumber Samuel P. Zimmerman, Sunny Day  George Gilleland, The Hardwood Co. Homes

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The Green Scene A Agrowing growingnumber numberof ofNorth NorthCarolina Carolinabuilding building industry industryprofessionals professionalsare aregoing goinggreen green By ByValerie Valerie Myers Myers nn recent recent years, years,talk talk about about green green building building has has reached reached fever fever pitch pitch across across the the nation. nation.And And here here in in North North Carolina, Carolina,building building professionals professionals are are not not just just talking talking the the talk, talk,they they are are walking walking the the walk. walk. One One year year ago, ago, in in response response to to the the rapidly rapidly growing growing interest interest in in all all things things green, green,the the National National Association Association of of Home Home Builders Builders University University of of Housing Housingcreated createdthe theCertified CertifiedGreen GreenProfessional ProfessionalDesignation. Designation.The TheCGP CGP designation designation identifies identifies building building industry industry professionals professionals who who incorporate incorporate green green building building products products and and practices practices into into the the homes homes they they build. build. To To date, date,about about 200 200 people people across across North North Carolina Carolina have have obtained obtained their their CGP CGP designation designation and and have have joined joined the the ranks ranks of of home home building building industry industry professionals professionals across across the the country country who who are are serious serious about about decreasing decreasing environmental environmental impact impact and and reducing reducing energy energy costs costs for for their their customers. customers. “Anyone “Anyone interested interested in in obtaining obtaining the the CGP CGP designation designation must must have have aa minimum minimum of of two two years years building building industry industry experience experience and and complete complete two two courses courses---Green GreenBuilding Buildingfor forBuilding BuildingProfessionals Professionalsand andBusiness BusinessManagement Management for for Building Building Professionals,” Professionals,” explained explained Meredith Meredith Ellison, Ellison, Senior Senior Manager, Manager, Candidate Candidate Services Services at at NAHB. NAHB. Green Green Building Building for for Building Building Professionals Professionals isis designed designed to to educate educate industry industry members members on on the the purposes purposes of of green green building, building,which which are are to to minimize minimize the the environmental environmental impact impact of of building building aa home, home,and and to to provide provide homeowners homeowners with with lower lower energy energy and and maintenance maintenance costs costs and and better better long-term long-term home home value. value.Business Business Management Management for for Building Building Professionals Professionals teaches teaches management management skills skillsand andbusiness businesspractices practicesto toenhance enhancethe thedaily dailyoperations operationsof ofcompanies, companies, including including planning, planning,organizing, organizing,staffing staffing and and controlling. controlling. “Once “Oncethey theyhave havesuccessfully successfullycompleted completedthe the24 24hours hoursof ofcourse coursework work and and received received their their certificates certificates for for the the courses, courses,they they can can submit submit their their CGP CGP graduation graduation application application and and signed signed code code of of ethics,” ethics,” said said Ellison. Ellison. Once Once the the CGP CGP designation designation isis obtained, obtained, graduates graduates are are required required to to complete complete 12 12 hours hours of of continuing continuing education education every every three three years, years,aa portion portion of of which which must must pertain pertain to to green green building building activities. activities. Craig Craig Morrison, Morrison, President President of of Cimarron Cimarron Homes Homes in in Durham Durham and and aa member member of of the the HBA HBA of of Durham, Durham, Orange Orange and and Chatham Chatham Counties, Counties, obtained obtained his his CGP CGP designation designation this this past past January. January. Cimarron Cimarron Homes Homes has has been been in in business business for for 26 26 years years and and in in that that time, time, Morrison Morrison has has made made itit his his company’s company’s mission mission to to offer offer customers customers homes homes that that are are both both energy-efficient energy-efficient and and affordable affordable for for those those in in the the moderate moderate price price range. range. Years Years ago, ago,this this entry-level entry-level building building company company had had routinely routinely followed followed energy-efficient energy-efficient building building practices practices recommended recommended by by the the local local utility utility companies. companies. Once Once Energy Energy Star Star standards standards came came into into play, play, Cimarron Cimarron Homes Homes was was among among the the first first in in the the region region to to adopt adopt them. them.“We “We were were eager eager to to have have the the third-party third-party verification verification that that Energy Energy Star Star offers offers to to back back up up the the energy-efficiency energy-efficiency claims,” claims,”said said Morrison. Morrison. Cimarron Cimarron Homes Homes also also hosted hosted the the launch launch of of NAHB’s NAHB’s Green Green Building Building Initiative Initiative program program in in the the HBADOC HBADOC region region at at aa press press conference conference in in November November 2006 2006 at at one one of of its its green green homes. homes. “As “As aa standard standard practice,” practice,” said said Morrison, Morrison, “every “every home home we we build build isis constructed constructed under under the the guidelines guidelines set set forth forth by by the the Green Green Building Building Initiative Initiative of of NAHB NAHB and and isis Energy Energy Star Star certified, certified, no no matter matter what what the the price price range.” range.” Morrison Morrison considers considers gaining gaining his his CGP CGP designation designation through through NAHB NAHB as as taking taking his his commitment commitment to to green green building building to to the the next next level. level. (See (See GREEN GREEN SCENE SCENE on on page page 20) 20)


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Green Scene (continued from page 18) “Although our company has been a green building firm for awhile now,” said Morrison, “I was definitely able to learn a few new things from the courses and I think the continuing education requirements will help keep me abreast of new technologies in green building.” Eastern Builders of the Carolinas Inc. is another NCHBA member company that can be counted among those that hold the CGP designation. A family-owned and operated business established in 1972, Eastern Builders is a member of the Onslow County HBA and typically builds between 15 to 35 custom homes each year. After researching a good amount of information on green building, owner Donald “Chuck” Thompson and his project manager Laurie Thompson, who is also his niece, found that they were somewhat concerned about embarking on the transition to green building. “We definitely knew that we wanted to start building energy-efficient homes,” says Laurie, “but we wanted to ensure that our means of accomplishing this would be authentically green.” So when Laurie and Chuck found out

that both the required courses for the CGP designation were being offered at the NCHBA 21st Century Building Expo & Conference, they immediately jumped on it. “When we found out that NAHB had created the CGP designation, we knew that was the route to go,” says Laurie.“And to have the convenience of both classes being at the conference – it was a no-brainer.” Since receiving their designations last year, Eastern Builders of the Carolinas Inc. has already completed its first NAHB-certified green home in Sneads Ferry. “The classes really clarified the whole green building concept for us,” says Laurie. “They were very informative and we came back with a lot of good ideas that we have been able to share with the rest of the employees here.” For more information about NAHB’s Certified Green Professional designation, visit You’ll find a list of designation-holders, current as of press time, on page 18. (Myers is a free-lance writer with Association Publishing Inc.)

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NCHBA News Executive officers applauded for service


ongratulations to the following North Carolina Executive Officers who are celebrating service milestones in 2009.The length of service is calculated annually as cumulative service as a voting member of the EOC and is based on information provided by the executive officers. 10 years – Karen Breedlove, Rocky Mount HBA, and Marshall Long, Wilkes County HBA; 15 years – Mac Butner, HBA of Salisbury-Rowan; 20 years – Dawn Summerlin, Wayne County HBA; 30 years – Jean Carpenter, Rutherford County HBA.

Asheville builder selected for prestigious program


sheville builders Jim Preish and Mallory Fuller of Preish Construction Inc. have been selected for membership in the Southern Living Custom Builder Program. Preish Construction is one of 100 builders chosen for the 16th year of the exclusive Southern Living builder program. “The builder program is a natural extension of our overall homes effort, which aims at offering quality designs and new ideas to consumers across the Southeast,” said Brent Warren, Manager of the Southern Living Builder Program. Preish Construction, a member of Asheville HBA, is the only company from Asheville participating in the program, and one of less than 20 in North Carolina.

Onslow County PWB takes on Habitat project


nslow County Professional Women in Building took on its first Habitat for Humanity project in January when the group helped build a new home for Jessica Atherton and her two children in Jacksonville.The project is part of Women’s Build Day for Habitat for Humanity. The home is expected to be completed sometime this summer.

Congratulations to Legislative Pages


ohn David Privott and Alexander Privott, the sons of NCHBA’s Robert Privott, have been selected to serve as Pages this spring in the North Carolina House (John David) and Senate (Alexander). Congratulations on the honor!

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Coachmen Housing & Building Group (which is composed of Mod-U-Kraf and All American Homes) has introduced a home collection called SolarVillage.The homes are designed to generate low- to zero-energy bills, offer healthy indoor air and superior comfort, have energy-friendly floor plans, use eco-friendly construction methods and materials to protect the environment, and use low-maintenance windows, doors and siding material. Standard features in a Solar Village home include: Solar panels and solar hot water system for free solar power; high-velocity heating and cooling system; compact fluorescent light fixtures to save electricity; fiberglass windows for highefficiency, durability and insulation value; cementboard siding that will last for 50 years; exterior walls with R21 spray foam insulation; R49 roof insulation from a combination of foam and batt insulation; 5/8-inch drywall for additional thermal mass and flatter walls; no-VOC primer for healthy indoor air; low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation; and ceramic tile in most rooms for healthier indoor air. While these design elements will lower the homes’ utility bills, the most important factor is free energy from the sun. To ensure maximum performance from the solar panels, each plan has a distinct southern elevation that should be held to within 20 degrees of due south. This allows the panels that generate electricity and heat domestic hot water maximum exposure to the sun. Natural features like daily breezes, shading from native trees or hills, views of the landscape and other site conditions are considered as well. For more information about SolarVillage, visit or

ANSI approves NAHB standard


he National Green Building Standard for all residential construction work, including apartments and condos, single-family homes, land development and remodeling and renovation, was approved recently by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). As part of the stringent process required by ANSI, NAHB and the International Code Council gathered a fully inclusive and representative consensus committee composed of a broad spectrum of builders, architects, product manufacturers, regulators and environmental experts. The work of the consensus committee was administered by the NAHB Research Center, an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer. “The National Green Building Standard is now the first and only green building rating system approved by ANSI, making it the benchmark for green homes,” said Ron Jones, who chaired the consensus committee charged with developing the standard. April 2009

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