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Emergency Order – Contractors to Repair and Install Roofs

An executed emergency order by Governor Scott and DBPR Secretary, Johnathan Zachem, has been released allowing general, residential or building contractors to repair and install roofs.

This temporary order provides that certified or registered general, building or residential contractors are not required to subcontract roofing repairs or installation. It further provides that local jurisdictions may provide for a specialty licensure to repair or install roofs without adopting further ordinances.

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SEBC, The Original Regional Industry Trade Show Continues To Grow

With over 20% more of everything – exhibitors, attendees, educational offerings, and networking events – this year’s Southeast Building Conference (SEBC), held on July 27-28, 2017 in Kissimmee, Florida continues to be the place to grow the building industry.

“This year’s show has been sold out with an exhibitor waiting list since the beginning of July,” says Bill Smock, SEBC Committee Chairman and Owner of Gator Plumbing in Bradenton, Florida. “SEBC’s growth is indicative of its ability to gauge the industry; anticipating and capitalizing on the shifts in trends and interests among builders and trade partners.”

During the two-day expo, builders and members of the industry experienced a sold-out trade show that showcased regional and international distributors such as Bosch, PGT Industries, JELD-WEN, Panda Kitchen and Bath, Boral Roofing, and more. Attendees had access to a higher quantity of exhibitors and exceptional quality of engagement.

“There is a reason why SEBC is one of the longest running industry trade shows in the nation,” says Kimberly Scott, SEBC Director. “We remain laser focused on what builders, trade partners, and exhibitors need to make their businesses successful.”

In addition to a sold out expo hall, attendees had access to over 60 hours of education provided by industry leaders. Students learned the latest in design trends, innovative building technology, and marketing developments. Keynote speakers hailed from Builders Design, MetroStudy of Hanley Wood, The Wall Street Journal, and Products Magazine/Professional Builder Magazine (SGC Horizon).

In 2018, SEBC will celebrate 40 years of being the original regional trade show on August 16-17, returning to the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee. For more information on SEBC go to www.sebcshow.com

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Mortgage Tax Breaks are Gateway to Owning Homes for Middle-Income Families

As Congress works to advance tax reform, lawmakers should think twice before taking action to undermine the nation’s existing and longstanding support for homeownership by eliminating or diminishing the effectiveness of the mortgage-interest deduction.

Going down this path would harm the interests of tens of millions of homeowners and those who aspire to own a home. It would also result in severe economic repercussions by reducing the value of the largest asset held by most American families. According to the latest Federal Reserve data, household ownership in real estate currently stands at $23.1 trillion. It only takes a 5 percent drop in home values to wipe out $1 trillion in household wealth. The housing sector is still recovering from the devastation brought about when home values plummeted less than a decade ago and the economy teetered on the edge of a second Depression…read more

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Blower Door Testing FAQs!

Starting July 1, 2017, new home construction will be required to adhere to the recent Blower Door Testing requirements. Thankfully, SkyeTec, FHBA’s Preferred Energy Service Provider, can get you ready now. Click here to check out their helpful FAQs. If you have further questions on the new Blower Door Testing requirements, contact SkyeTec at 866.759.3832.

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Reply to unfortunate comment by CFO Candidate

Local Presidents, Area VP’s and Local EO’s:

In today’s Tampa Bay Times, former State Senator and Announced CFO candidate Jeremy Ring made a statement which can arguably be interpreted to discourage the inclusion of home building trades education in schools. To put the statements in context, he was speaking about the need to invest in education which spurs innovation. Unfortunately, he also included a statement advocating for  “…a school system that builds a future where our kids don’t grow up wanting to be a home builder or a land-use attorney, but the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg like the kids growing up in Silicon Valley.” To read the article containing the quote in full context, click here.

Given the construction workforce crisis in Florida, we could not let such a statement to unchallenged. As such, the following reply by me was issued to the Tampa Bay Times on behalf of the Florida Home Builders Association.

The Florida Home Builders Association applauds former state Sen. Jeremy Ring for the ten years he served in the Florida Senate, where he supported and voted for legislation that provided education and training opportunities for the construction industry.  However, his recent comments in the Tampa Bay Times that “…a school system that builds a future where our kids don’t grow up wanting to be a home builder or a land-use attorney, but the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg like the kids growing up in Silicon Valley,” are regretful.

Considering that Florida’s population is expected to grow an average of 1.52% annually between 2015 and 2020, according to the 2017 Economic Overview by the Florida Legislature Office of Economic and Demographic Research, we would be remiss not to encourage career paths of home builders.  With the rate of our growth, where Florida is the third most populous state, the construction industry is currently plagued by a significant workforce shortage. Costs overruns and significant delays often result from the inability to find craftsmen to lay block, run electric wiring, install an HVAC unit or lay plumbing in a house.

FHBA agrees with former Senator Ring, where focusing on an innovative economy is good for Florida. In fact, innovation like 3-D printing technology and robotics may one day alleviate the construction workforce shortage. However, to suggest that schools not focus on trade education is shortsighted. Home building and its associated trades are honorable, worthwhile, and in-demand careers.

In our zeal to prepare the next generation for success, let’s not overlook the value and necessity of home building and its associated trades.

Feel free to post and/or distribute to membership. Thanks!

Rusty Payton, Florida Home Builders Association

CEO/Chief Lobbyist

E-mail: rpayton@fhba.com

Office Number: (850) 402-1841

Cell Number: (850) 567-1073

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President’s Report: Take Action Now – Don’t Let Our Priority Be Vetoed

As you have probably heard by now, the FHBA enjoyed a very successful 2017 Legislative Session. More details will follow on successes with Estopple Fee Caps, repealing the automatic sunset of the Condo Bulk Buyer liability issue, Pollution Notification Legislation and others. Right now, we need your help to communicate with Governor Scott the importance of signing into law CS/CS/HB 1021, the Building Code Process/Construction Workforce Bill. Click the button below to send Governor Scott a message asking him to support FHBA’s priority legislation.

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