• Thu, August 25, 2016 3:45 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    In the latest version of the S.C. Builder Journal, you will find a "Letter from the President". This piece makes the case for HBA membership seem like a no brainer.  If non member building professionals would read this and let it sink in, they would RUN to their nearest HBA and join.  We are doing the heavy lifting and the advocacy for an entire industry.  Every building professional across the country is benefitting from the work of NAHB, state associations and local associations.     


    REPRINT OF "Letter From the President", South Carolina Builder Journal 

    As a contributing member of the construction industry you are all too aware that regulations come in many forms and are imposed by many levels of government. Your business will incur both direct and indirect costs. Those costs include; business license, permit, hook-up/tap, and impact fees and establish development and construction standards that either directly increase costs to builders and developers, or cause delays that translate to higher costs. New NAHB estimates based on the latest data show that, on average, regulations imposed by government at all levels account for almost 25 percent of the final price of a new single-family home built for sale. Three-fifths of this—14.6 percent of the final house price—is due to a higher price for a finished lot resulting from regulations imposed during the lot’s development. The other two-fifths—9.7 percent of the house price—is the result of costs incurred by the builder after purchasing the finished lot.  

    In many areas across our country these regulatory costs are much higher and consequently take a much larger slice of your profitability. Not one aspect of our industry is exempt from these costs and forecasts note the trend of even higher regulatory costs. While your HBA legislative team has a record of success beating the regulatory barriers and their additional costs back we are literally plugging holes with our fingers in a regulatory dike ready to break loose. Our efforts, to date, have saved the home building industry more than $400 million in 2016 alone. This equates to more than $15,000 in additional costs on every house built in S.C., but we, as an Association, must be ready to support a more robust regulatory affairs program to defend our industry.  Your membership in the HBA is instrumental in our defense, but we will need to explore new avenues to support our Association and our member’s profitability.  

    As the HBASC ramps down from a busy and productive legislative session we start to prepare for one of my favorite HBA events…the state convention. If you have never attended in the past please consider joining us this year. The convention will assist you in profitability as well. One of the many benefits of the convention is the intensive continuing education courses available for the membership, which I will cover in more detail below, but I truly look forward to the time to meet with my peers. Many of my professional successes started from this time to meet with friends across the state to share ideas and to meet new friends who will help me build on my success. If you are looking for new business partnerships and opportunities or looking for opportunities that will affect your bottom line in a positive way then you need to be registered at this year’s state convention. Just a sample of the classes being offered at convention (below) should start you on a path of a very profitable 2017. Please be sure to thank the sponsors of our convention. Without their support of the convention and our Association opportunities like these would not be made possible. I look forward to seeing each of you in Charleston.

    • Money Making Secrets

    Learn from a panel of Builders, Energy Raters, Building Officials, Forensic/Industry Consultants, Dealers and Manufacturers in the South Carolina Home Building Industry about "Simple & Inexpensive" ideas to help you:

    • Decrease Build Time
    • Reduce Costs
    • Reduce Waste
    • Improve Energy Efficiency
    • Build Better
    • Improve your Bottom Line

    Come hear the panel of industry veterans and experts share their Money Making Secrets with you.

    • Understanding the Impact of Use Changes for Treated Wood
    • From Vacant House to Showcase Home  
    • Digital Transformation of the Customer Experience  
    • The Steps to Low Impact Development in S.C. 


  • Mon, August 22, 2016 12:43 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Housing should be a priority for Americans.  Home ownership promotes stable communities and families!



  • Mon, August 15, 2016 1:57 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    On Friday, August 12, the HBA reprised it's legacy of volunteerism.  Members gathered on Brawley Street, along with a team from Anderson Mill Baptist Church. Boom!  A house was framed!

    It was a great day.  The favorite quote of the day came from Nick Rabuski, B.E.Womick, G.C.  Nick said " I had a blast!".  It was a great day.  Thanks to Builders FirstSource, Spartanburg Water System and Sherwin Williams for keeping is fed and watered!



  • Mon, August 15, 2016 1:52 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)



    Congratulations to this great company, loyal HBA supporters, and long time building industry advocates.

  • Tue, July 26, 2016 1:24 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Grab your calendar and write this down!  The HBASC convention will be held in Charleston .  The dates are Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23.  The HBASC staff is outdoing themselves.  The weekend will include great educational opportunities, plenty of fun and games....and get this!  ... a night time ghost tour.  Join us!


  • Tue, June 28, 2016 2:37 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)


       This investigation has been the subject of so much speculation and finally the report was released today.  A press conference was held, in which Congressman Trey Gowdy answered questions from the press.  The overarching theme in his answers was , "Read the report and draw your own conclusions".


        Read the Report and Decide for Yourself  

  • Tue, June 21, 2016 2:43 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)



       It was hot.  Yes , it was!  But it's always a good time when Norbord and Square One show up on the same night.  Craig Doehner brought a washer game and let's just say that it wasn't  a washer game kind of night.  Craig also brought an excellent door prize that ended up in the hands of Michael Greene, Piedmont Concrete.  You can share that if you like, Michael!  In addition, Ty Cheek set us up to his signature smoked chicken, baked beans, and cole slaw.  I'm sorry if you missed it, but you will have another chance later this year.  We are going to see Ty in Garden and Gun sooner or later.

       We were honored to have some special guests .  Mustan Kapasi brought Sheriff Chuck Wright with him to the meeting and presented him with a campaign donation from HBA Spartanburg/SC Build Pac.  Members appreciated hearing from Sheriff Wright. 

       Parker Champion also had a special guest. Shawn Parker, H.O.P.E. Ministries of the Upstate was with us to tell a little bit about his ministry to set men free from obstacles, hurts, habits, and hang-ups.  HBA Spartanburg is planning a volunteer work day on June 12 for this fine ministry.  This will also serve as our monthly meeting.  If you are not able to help on the job site....please, please, please join us for lunch anyway.  More details will be available soon.  In the mean time check out H O P E Ministries of the Upstate   here.

       Some of our favorite people work in the Spartanburg County Permits office.  Jerry Glover and Gary Splawn facilitated a discussion earlier in the afternoon regarding the 2015 Build Codes.  Members were able to gather in an informal setting and here some of Jerry's and Gary's observations .  Jerry and Gary do everything they can to make this process as easy as possible for us. 









             What's Going to Happen



    2016 August Membership Meeting & Volunteer Day


                    Visit HOPE Ministries by Clicking Below       


    HBA Members are volunteering for this project with HOPE Ministries of the Upstate


    This group  is building a new house in the Northside area of Spartanburg

    We plan to show them what we are made of on Friday, August 12

               Please join us for great fellowship and service to the community       

    If your talent is not framing, join us anyway

    Come for lunch or take a shift  doing errands, light clean up, telling jokes, carry water, lend a hand

    Volunteers will be taken care of during the day with lunch, drinks, snacks, etc...

    Please bring work gloves, safety glasses, tools....

            Friday , August 12  8:00 A.M. 

            Rain Date:  Saturday, August 13       

    Please contact the HBA Office if you plan to volunteer

     Lunch will be catered so reservations are a must    









    Join us October 21-23 in Charleston, SC! 

    The Home Builders Association of South Carolina is pleased to announce the return of the HBASC State Convention to Charleston, SC! The convention will deliver a valuable benefit to our members and to provide a distinct advantage to anyone in the home building industry and also allow you and your family time to socialize, compete and have some fun.

    he convention will provide you the perfect platform to acquire new business strategies, while increasing your knowledge of current building industry practices. It will offer an ideal and fun environment for establishing relationships and a means for increasing business profitability. Education sessions presented by the industry's most prominent experts, coupled with relaxing social events and the possibility for personal downtime, makes the convention a unique opportunity your entire family will enjoy.

    HBASC Convention Reservation and Information


     The HBA office will be operating on Summer schedule from Thursday, June 30 - Sunday July 31

    Please contact the office, if you need anything. 

    Call before you come by as office hours are irregular during this time. 


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  • Tue, June 14, 2016 11:56 AM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

       The HBA had a great meeting last night in spite of the extremely high temperatures.  The turn out for parking lot party was amazing.  We also had some amazing guests with us.  The Codes Officials were here earlier in the afternoon to discuss the implementation of the 2015 Code.  Jerry Glover and Gary Splawn are always available to help us and answer our questions. We so appreciate these two fine men.

       Ty Cheek....Ty Cheek...and Homer...and Mark....these guys never disappoint with their "best smoked chicken you've ever had" and side dishes.  I've got a feeling this is the reason so many people were willing to brave the weather. 

       We also were honored by the presence of Sheriff Chuck Wright.  Mustan Kapasi introduced the Sheriff and presented him with a PAC check from the HBASC PAC.  Thanks to Mustan for making this happen.

       Next up was  Shawn Parker of H.O.P.E Ministries.  Parker Champion brought this Ministry to our attention as we were exploring possibilities for an August HBA volunteer day.  Please watch the

    You Tube Video  of Shawn and a couple of his residents.  You are sure to be inspired to step in and help frame a house for them on Friday, August 12. 

       Finally....and very important....our sponsor, Norbord and Craig Doehner.  Craig , at my insistence, went to great lengths to find the washer games; went out of his way to pick them up; brought a fabulour door prize; sponsored the evening; and was an all around great sport and gracious host.  Even if none of you played the washer game!  

  • Mon, June 13, 2016 12:17 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

     Filed in Codes and Regulations, Labor, Safety and Health by NAHB Now on June 7, 2016 • 6 Comments

    12 hours clock

    Despite strong opposition by NAHB and other leaders in the nation’s small business community, the Department of Labor (DOL) last month issued its final overtime rule, which will more than double the current overtime salary limit of $23,660 to $47,476.

    Set to take effect on Dec. 1, the rule will have significant ramifications for many employers, including home building firms and non-profit organizations such as local and state HBAs.

    NAHB has prepared an FAQ to help our members better understand and to comply with the rule. In addition, a webinar replay is now available to help you:

    • Learn what employers need to know before Dec. 1.
    • Find out which staff will be due overtime.
    • Assist NAHB’s advocacy efforts on this issue.

    Rule Meant to Help Workers Could Harm Them

    Most small businesses, including the vast majority of home building companies, operate under tight margins. The huge spike in the overtime threshold could force many employers to convert salaried employees to hourly workers in order to remain solvent. Many employers will be forced to scale back on pay and benefits, as well as cut workers’ hours, in order to avoid overtime requirements and remain in business.

    Though the rule is intended to help workers, many could wind up earning less money than they were making previously, and lose the workplace flexibility that comes with being a salaried employee. The rule will also reduce job-advancement opportunities and the hours of full-time construction supervisors, leading to construction delays, increased costs and less affordable housing options for consumers.

    Under the new standard, the salary threshold will be indexed to inflation and adjusted every three years, forcing employers to go through this process on an ongoing basis.

    NAHB continues to lead the effort to urge Congress to quickly pass the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (House bill H.R. 4773 and Senate bill S. 2707). The legislation would force the Department of Labor to withdraw this rule until it has considered the effects it would have on small businesses, consumers, workers and the economy.

    A Bad Rule that Could have been Worse

    The Department of Labor originally proposed to raise the annual salary level to $50,440 to determine if an employee can be exempt from overtime eligibility. NAHB lobbied intensely to get this level reduced and delayed, and in the end achieved a number of improvements in the final rule, including a relatively modest lower threshold of $47,476.

    Crunching the numbers, NAHB economists estimate that raising the overtime salary threshold to $50,440 would allow more than 116,000 construction supervisors to become overtime-eligible under this rule. The final threshold of $47,476 impacts 97,213 supervisors.

    The difference is significant. In a survey conducted by NAHB last summer, 27% of affected builders said they would respond to the change in the overtime threshold by raising the supervisor’s salary to the new threshold. Thus, an estimated 27% of the 97,213 supervisors would have their salaries raised to $47,476 instead of $50,440. This is a savings of $2,964 per worker, or $77.8 million in labor costs in 2017 because the rule does not take effect until Dec. 1.

    For more information, contact NAHB’s Suzanne Beall at 800-368-5242 x8407.

  • Wed, May 25, 2016 5:14 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    H. 3682 is a bill that the HBA of SC is watching for us.  It has to do with a nefarious activity called Patent Trolling.  Please do not fall prey to this.  Read the attached and contact your Representative to support this bill.



    Quick Facts on Patent Trolls and H3682.pdf


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