News

  • Tue, April 12, 2016 12:25 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Duke Power has new guidelines for temporary poles !   An HBA builder member was recently turned down by the Duke Power inspector for the way he had set his temporary power pole.  He was given the attached instructions. 

     

    The attached are the new guidelines. 

    Duke Power Temporary Pole changes 4-1-2016.pdf

  • Tue, December 15, 2015 4:25 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    The HBA Board met on December 15, 2015.  Much discussion took place regarding the Showcase of Homes.  Members suggested that custom builders should be able to take advantage of the Showcase event by entering their custom homes.  The Board agreed that starting with the 2016 Showcase of Homes, custom homes will be accepted as entries.  They must not be occupied and they cannot have been previously occupied.  This is also a requirement for spec homes. 

  • Tue, December 01, 2015 11:08 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Spartanburg Planning and Development Department

    NOV 2015 Subdivision Land Use.pdf

  • Mon, November 30, 2015 4:26 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     

    The HBASC Board, at their scheduled meeting on November 19, voted to assess each local Association $10 per member (Builder, Associate and Affiliate)The number of members will be based on the Oct. 31, 2015 membership role.   All of the money collected  will be directed to the HBA of SC Legal Action Fund for the continuing fight to stop school impact fees.  We know that every one of our members is still working to recover from the recent downturn so the HBA of Spartanburg Board has voted NOT to pass the $10 assessment on to our members.  Rather, the assessment will paid out of our general fund. 

    Maybe I am getting ahead of myself.  Specifically, the HBASC is fighting a court battle over an attempt to impose an impact fee in Dorchester County.  I have outlined a short synopsis of the case and its merits.  To date, they have spent more than $57,000 to present and defend the case and will probably spend another $50,000(legal fees, expert witnesses and etc.)getting ready for a trial in early 2016.  This case may also require a second trip to the S.C. Supreme Court, which will then raise the estimates higher. Filing this case and vigorously defending it has already paid off for our members. Our actions suspended the use of the “Local Legislation” to allow the impact fee from spreading to every school district in the state.  In fact, after Act 99 passed in 2009,  twelve additional school districts asked their Senator to file similar bills. Inevitably,  a majority of school districts would have followed suit.

    We have two goals. The first, and most important, is to have the courts rule the impact fee “unconstitutional” and therefore kill the use of imposing educational impact fees and stop the use of “Local Legislation” (only elected officials from the local area affected are allowed to vote) from imposing future fees on our industry.  Based on the S.C. Supreme Court’s ruling on this and similar cases we feel confident that the HBASC will win this part of the case.  Secondly, more than $9 million has been collected from impact fees,  and should be returned to those who have paid the fee. There is no legal precedence to require the school district to repay an “unconstitutional” and “illegally” collected fee, but we are working to set such precedent. While this lawsuit deals specifically with the Dorchester 2 School District I believe it is easy to foresee the statewide impact this case can and will have on our industry and state. Working together we will persevere.

    If the ability to impose this fee is not stopped, the cost of new housing will increase significantly.  This impacts every building professional….HBA members and non members alike.      There are jarring statistics that tell us that every $1,000 added to the price of a home, 317 Spartanburg families are knocked out of the market.  It is imperative that we work to slow down the creation of new regulations, taxes, and fees.   The diminished pool of buyers affects us all. 

    This is only one of many issues that your membership supports.  If you have questions about the other good work done by HBASC or NAHB, please contact Mary Speed and she will put you in touch with the resident expert. 

     

     

    If you would like to participate in the ability of the HBASC to continue fighting against onerous regulations and interference from government, please contact Mark Nix at HBASC .  He can be reached at Mnix@hbaofsc.com or 803-771-7408

    Thanks for your support of the building industry. HBA of Spartanburg is working hard to protect your ability to continue in an industry that is so very important in shaping the economy and providing affordable housing.

    IMPACT FEE

    BACKGROUND INFORMATION-11/30/2015

    In 2009, former Sen. Mike Rose, R-Summerville, passed a piece of special legislation (aka Local Legislation) Act 99  that would allow a school district to collect impact fees from developers and home builders for every new house. Former Sen. Mike Rose initially sought a $25,000 per house impact fee, but concluded for a $2,500 per house fee. This legislation was unique as state law does not allow counties and municipalities to assess impact fees for schools, but former Sen. Rose defended that the law doesn’t address whether individual school districts can. The HBA argues that taxes such as the fee should be approved statewide only. Soon after this Act passed without debate more than twelve additional school districts asked their local elected officials to file a similar bill. The HBASC immediately filed suit, which shelved the new requests. The HBASC believes that the special legislation passed to create the fee wasn’t constitutional because it bypassed existing general legislation that already governs impact fees.  A circuit judge in 2011 dismissed the lawsuit, but the S.C. Supreme Court reversed that ruling and ordered the lower court to hear further arguments in the case, stating that some issues of fact raised by the groups must be explored before determining the constitutionality of the law that allowed the fee. The Supreme Court did not rule the impact fee unconstitutional, but stated that the school district would have to show that it is unique to other “fast growing” school districts. The HBASC and its legal representation are preparing for the next court date in 2016.

  • Mon, November 09, 2015 11:45 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     The Nominations Committee has submitted their report for 2016.  The proposed slate of officers can  be viewed in the link below.  Voting will take place at the Tuesday, November 10 meeting.  Thanks to these professionals for agreeing to serve. 

     

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

    President – Mark Weizenecker

    First VP –   Buddy Womick

    Associate VP – Bill DeHass

    Secretary – Mark Autorino

    Treasurer – Len Reed

    BUILDER BOARD MEMBERS


    Alex Hudson

    Ryan Kaiser

    Allen Newman

    Todd Sill

    ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS

    Todd Lanxton

    Sammy Sanders

    Tim Smith

    Ann Staggs

  • Fri, November 06, 2015 1:15 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     The weekend of October 23, 2015  was a good one for Asheville, North Carolina.  They had the dubious honor of hosting the HBA of SC Convention.  Never has there been a group of professionals that knows how to pair business and pleasure to the point that one is not sure which it is.  Mark Nix, Matt Niehaus, Kim Atchley, and Nic Nicholson did an outstanding job planning and executing this event.  

      Most members arrived early Friday morning to attend classes in the morning and again in the afternoon.  Members attending from Spartanburg were:  Slavik Cholak, Adrian B. Homes.   Tim Snow, Avery Construction.   Buddy Womick, B.E. Womick, G.C.   Ben Womick, B.E. Womick, B.C.    Calvin Snow, CVS Construction.   Wes Kyzer,   First Rate Construction.   Mary Speed Lynch, HBA of Spartanburg.   Len Reed, Len Reed Construction.   Alex Hudson, Hudson Construction Services.   Manning Lynch, Manning Lynch, Inc.  & Mark Weizenecker, Weizenecker Homes.   Craig Doehner, Norbord.  Needless to say, Spartanburg was well represented! Another class was offered on Saturday morning.  These classes are not only important to professional development but also fulfill requirements for Master Builder Continuing Education and HBA of Spartanburg Certification (to be implemented in 2016).

       Spartanburg members had a pleasant surprise. Correction - It's not a surprise when the Snow brothers win Pinnacle awards.  Calvin Snow, CVS Construction and Tim Snow, Avery Construction both won prestigious Pinnacle Awards.  Huge congratulations to both of these great members.

       A couple of other HBA members also come home as winners.  Len Reed and Manning Lynch won the state Pitch for PAC tournament sponsored by Norbord.  These two won the local tournament in June and competed for the state championship with other local winners.  Who knew we had such talent among us.

       If you missed the convention this year, please talk to some of the people listed above before next year.  They will tell you how valuable this experience really is.

    Thanks To These Great Sponsors       

  • Mon, October 12, 2015 12:25 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    This morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ordered a nationwide stay on the agency's new definitions, which had dramatically expanded federal jurisdiction over our nation's wetlands.  The court agreed that new definitions finalized earlier this fall "dramatically alter the existing balance of federal-state collaboration in restoring and maintaining the integrity of the nation's waters," as the states contesting the new rules had charged.


     

    The EPA had said the new definitions were needed to bring clarity to the regulations. We brought our fight to the American people through the press, to EPA with real economic facts and comments, on Capitol Hill with Congressional testimony and legislation, and finally, a lawsuit – because these new rules did nothing but muddy the waters – creating confusion that would lead to costly permitting delays and hamper our nation's economic recovery.


     

    The court found a number of problems, including how the new definitions are at odds with the Supreme Court's earlier rulings and that the final rule, which went into effect Sept. 28, included definitions significantly different from the rule proposed in 2014.


    So while the federal courts figure this out, the agencies will have to use their previous definitions. For the time being, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers must prove that a water is jurisdictional before automatically sweeping it into their regulatory nets.


    Our members want to protect our nation's waters. But we need clear rules. This morning's court decision is a huge step in the right direction.

     

     

     http://nahbnow.com/2015/10/court-ruling-suspends-new-epa-water-rule/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mmb1012

  • Wed, October 07, 2015 11:59 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     

    If you have been wondering how you can donate to the flood recovery effort in Columbia, please read the memo below.  Earl McLeod, Columbia EO , shared this information today. 

     

    Many have asked who and how they can donate to our flood relief efforts. While there are many worthy organizations receiving donations, our Building Industry Charitable Foundation will accept donations to assist BIA/HBA Members and their families.

     

    Checks should be made payable to Building Industry Charitable Foundation, 625 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC 29201

    Note – Flood Relief Fund

  • Tue, October 06, 2015 12:02 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     

    First, I want to share my thoughts and prayers with all those who have been affected by the unprecedented flooding.  I want to let you know the HBA's role in the recovery efforts. We have reached out to Emergency Management Services and the Governor's office to inform them that HBA members will be available for damage assessment or other specialized needs as required. We have been asked to be on standby as they asses the scope of damage. Your HBA has sent press releases to local media and building officials on the use of legitimate contractors, and we are preparing a public service announcement for radio in this regard. As we receive additional information and request for our services, I will send it by email.

     


     

    I also want to reach out to our HBA members in need of assistance. The HBA is a family, and as a family, we are here for one another. If a member and their family is in need of resources (shelter, food, water, money, etc.),  please let us, or your local HBA Executive Officer, know so we can get you assistance right away. We are here for one another, and your HBA friends want to help.


    As we share in the recovery of our communities, I ask that each of you keep safe and prepare to lend a helping hand to your neighbors. Thank you for all you do for our Association.


    Calvin Snow

    President, HBASC

    864-809-2818


    Mark Nix

    mnix@hbaofsc.com

    803-917-4846 mobile

    803-771-7408 office


    Matt Niehaus

    mniehaus@hbaofsc.com

    803-497-8992 mobile


    Nick Nicholson

    jnicholson@hbaofsc.com


    Local HBA Contact Information


     


     

     

     

     

  • Wed, September 30, 2015 8:51 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

       A lot of information has been sent regarding the courses that are being presented on Friday at the state convention.  The information may have been a  little disjointed. Hopefully this post will provide clarification.

       The courses that are available on Friday will fulfill the continuing education requirement for the HBA of Spartanburg accreditation.  As of now, these courses are the only way to fill the requirement in time to get the accreditation before the 2016 Showcase.  You do not have to be accredited to participate in the Showcase.   But there will be some enhanced marketing surrounding that event for the accredited Builders. 

        The following courses will be available at the state convention on Friday, October 23. 

     

    Friday Classes

    Top Legal and Tax Tips for Anyone Working in the Construction Industry

    Arnold Palmer stated, “The road to success is always under construction.” Unfortunately, in the construction industry there are many legal potholes to keep you from even getting on the road. Join Fred Gertz, with more than 20 years’ experience in real estate, construction and land use law, Judith Murray, CPA, Richard “Dick” Unger, Partner with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP and other legal professionals as they share the top legal tips (tax, HOA, contracts, permitting etc.) for anyone - new or seasoned - working in the construction industry.

    Instructors: Fred Gertz, Judith Murray and Dick Unger

    What’s New in the 2015 IRC and State Modifications?

    Get an early jump and thorough review and explanation of the significant changes for the 2015 International Residential Code and the adopted South Carolina Modifications that will likely be implemented on July 1, 2016.

    Instructor: Andy Barber, Owner of Generational Homes and HBASC Building Code Committee

     

    What’s Does the Money Want?

    Most private builders learned their trade in an industry where small and regional banks made construction loans based on existing market demand and on the quality of the location of the project. In the future, private institutional investors may replace those small banks, and they will care more about projected returns. Private builders will learn how to pitch their projects to financiers as if they were traditional investments with promised internal rates of return and healthy profit margins.

    Instructor: Rick Mandell, CEO of Aspen Portfolio Strategies, Inc.

     

    Home Buyer Insights -- Getting Inside the Minds of Today’s Home Buyers

    What if you could get inside the minds of today’s home buyers to better understand what motivates them, what inspires them, and what leads them to take action? Hear about the latest home buyer research and how it will impact your approach and messaging.

    Instructor:  BDX

     

    Best Cost Effective Structural Framing Practices for Strength and Energy Efficiency

    This course will also include an optional 30-45 minute mini-course for those in High Wind Areas.

    Instructor: Norbord

     

       There will be a morning session from 9:00 to 12:00.  Lunch will be served and then the afternoon session will begin.  ALL OF THE ABOVE COURSES WILL BE OFFERED IN BOTH MORNING AND AFTERNOON SESSIONs EXCEPT THE LAST ONE  - BEST COST EFFECTIVE FRAMING.  Best Cost Effective Framing is only offered in the morning. 

       You may choose which class you would like to attend when you arrive on site.  You do not need to commit at the time of registration.  Please see the information in the links below and consider joining us on Friday in Asheville.

     

    FRIDAY CLASSES & LUNCH REGISTRATION

     

    FULL CONVENTION REGISTRATION INFORMATION

     

     


 

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