• Thu, April 27, 2017 2:58 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Be Pro Be Proud Initiative Announced

    The Associated Industries of S.C. Foundation recently announced the adoption of a statewide workforce initiative aimed at educating and inspiring more South Carolinians to consider skilled professional careers. The Foundation includes Home Builders Association of SC; SC Trucking Association; Carolina’s Associated General Contractors; Forestry Association of SC; SC Chamber of Commerce; SC Farm Bureau Federation, SC Petroleum Marketers Association; South Carolina Timber Producers Association; Palmetto Agribusiness Council; SC Motor Coach Association; Carolinas Ready-Mix Association; SC Propane Gas Association, SC Beverage Association, SC Retail Federation, SC Beer Wholesalers Association), in partnership with Governor Henry McMaster, Senator Thomas Alexander, state agencies including the S.C. Technical College System, S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce and the S.C. Department of Commerce. Tens of thousands of jobs in South Carolina are going unfilled due to a lack of interest and skilled workers trained in construction, trucking, agriculture and other specific roles. This is a critical issue to South Carolina’s economy as the state tries to succeed in a globally competitive environment.

     In announcing the initiative, home builder Jim Garman said “It is not a trade secret that a lot of people are involved in the construction of a new home. Once the plans for the new home are in place and all required permits are received, the construction phase requires a detailed project plan that involves many skilled trades. These include framers, plumbers, electricians, roofers , as well as, more than 45 other trades.”   Garman is the President of the Home Builders Association of South Carolina and President of Willow Tree Low Country Homes in Hilton Head Island. Since 2006, SC has lost 26.8% of all residential construction jobs, which totals almost 17,000 jobs which were predominantly self-employed. The need is great and growing. The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce estimates an additional 24,000 new construction workers are needed to meet the state’s current building needs. “I have been told that only one of three parents says they would encourage their children to pursue construction careers, despite the advanced skills and high pay characteristic of the existing opportunities in the construction industry. Be Pro Be Proud SC will offer South Carolinians new insight into the skilled professional workforce requires a team approach that includes employers, schools, elected officials, students and parents who recognize skilled professions for the financial and rewarding career opportunities they are. The HBA of SC will also work to provide apprenticeships in the construction field to help attract and cultivate future talent. “ South Carolina’s skilled professional workforce is aging fast, leading to a growing gap in finding South Carolinians to fill these positions.

     Information about these opportunities has not generated interest among younger generations. There are an estimated 4.6 million job openings in the U.S. today. Approximately 61,000 of these openings exist in South Carolina with many being in skilled technical fields. This gap in our state’s employment can be directly attributed to a lack of knowledge, interest and preparation. South Carolina’s future will depend of changing the perception of these career options and efforts highlighting the many opportunities available within these sectors. The initiative will be adapted for South Carolina from a model program initiated and supported by the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and a group of associated industry organizations.

     For more information, please contact Alex James at or call 843-566-3237.

  • Mon, April 24, 2017 1:57 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)
  • Fri, April 21, 2017 11:43 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    HBA Spartanburg Showcase of Homes

    Saturday and Sunday, May 6 & 7, May 13 & 14 

    Saturdays 10:00 - 5:00       Sundays 1:00 - 5:00

    HBA Spartanburg Showcase of Homes magazine is here and in racks all over town . 

     Pick one up or read the digital version below

    Showcase Magazine

  • Thu, March 09, 2017 2:17 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    EPA to Act on Waters of the United States Rule



    Contact Information:

    U.S. EPA Media Relations (

    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order at the White House today, directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review and then rescind or revise the 2015 Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States”.

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt joined the President for this announcement and afterward issued the following statement: “EPA intends to immediately implement the Executive Order and submit a Notice to the Office of the Federal Register announcing our intent to review the 2015 Rule, and then to propose a new rule that will rescind or revise that rule. The President’s action today preserves a federal role in protecting water, but it also restores the states’ important role in the regulation of water.”

    View the Executive Order and the Federal Register Notice:

  • Thu, February 23, 2017 12:09 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    R 302.1B


    I've been asked to let HBA builder members know that Spartanburg County is currently enforcing this code that requires fire protection in unfinished basement floors. Mark Weizenecker has done quite a bit of study and work on this and has some good solutions in mind if you would like to reach out to him. He did a short presentation on this at the Feb. membership meeting . In addition,Ron White with All In One Insulation provided some product information in the link below.


    Ron White, All In One Insulation has provided the attached product information 

    Faster Easier Way to Meet NFPA 13.pdf 

  • Tue, January 31, 2017 4:11 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)






    2017 HBA January Newsletter 

  • Sun, January 29, 2017 1:15 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    The following schedule is current as of January 29.  If you are planning on attending one of these events, please follow up to make sure the date has not changed. 



    Monday, January 9 - Thursday, January 12

    2017 NAHB International Builders Show

    HBASC Hospitality Suite, January 10-11

    NAHB Board Meeting, January 10-12

    Orlando, FL

    Thursday, January 19 – Friday, January 20

    HBASC Legislative Duck Hunt


    Wednesday, February 15

    Executive Committee – 1:00 p.m.



    Tuesday, March 28

    Bird Supper

    Board of Directors – 4:00 p.m.

    Seawells, Columbia



    Wednesday, May 10

    Executive Committee – 1:00 p.m.


    Wednesday, May 17

    District 3 Meeting

    Anderson – noon

    Thursday, May 18

    District 5 Meeting

    Florence – 10:30 a.m.


    Monday, June 13 – Thursday, June 17

    2017 Mid-Year Board of Directors Meeting

    Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

    Washington, DC


    Wednesday, July 19

    Executive Committee – 1:00 p.m.



    Wednesday - Saturday, August 2 -5

    NAHB Association Management Conference

    Denver, CO


    Wednesday, September 20

    Executive Committee – 1:00 p.m.



    Sunday - Tuesday,

    Southern Builders Network

    Thursday – November 16

    Legislative and Strategic Planning followed by an Oyster Roast

    1100 Key Rd, Columbia SC – next to Williams Brice Stadium – 4:00 p.m.


    Wednesday, December 6
    Executive Committee - 1:00 p.m.



    District Meetings – TBD

    HBASC Convention/Board Meeting  – TBD

    SBN - TBD

  • Mon, January 23, 2017 11:54 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     In an official statement, NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald said: “The nation’s home builders look forward to working with President Trump and bipartisan leaders of the 115th Congress to keep housing a national priority, to provide regulatory relief for the nation’s small business community and to advance policies that will expand homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans.”

      Read the entire article below.



  • Tue, December 06, 2016 9:40 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    International Builder Show - All you need to know. Click below



    HBA of SC has reserved condos at Vista Cay.

    Contact Lin



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