Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

By Jason Bekebrede President, HBA of Greater Springfield For home owners, warmer weather means it’s time to get organized and tackle your spring home maintenance jobs early so you – and your home – can enjoy the change of seasons with minimal stress.  It can be daunting to take on a long list of chores ... Read More

(In)stability in Special Trade Employment

NAHB tabulations of employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that nearly 1.4 million specialty trade (or subcontractor) employees left the industry from 2006 to 2011. In spite of the significant drop in the number of specialty trade employees observed in the BLS data on companies, annual statistics for specialty trade nonemployer ... Read More

Update from HBA President Brett Godfrey

Ken Thrasher has submitted his resignation as the EO of the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield. "We wish Ken and his family the very best as they begin a new journey in their lives," said Brett Godfrey, President of the HBA Board of Directors. "Over the last year, the HBA has incrementally developed a ... Read More

CEO Blog: So Thankful for our Dear HBA Friends

Dear Friends, Rachael and I have been saying “good-bye” to friends for a little over a month now, and that part isn't getting any easier. Last night, we were blessed with a privilege that very few people are afforded: an evening with friends, designed by friends, for the sole purpose of heaping kindness on us ... Read More

Morrow Elected Secretary of NAHB Executive Officers Council

Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield CEO Matt Morrow was elected by his peers Friday to serve in the office of Secretary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Executive Officers Council (EOC). Annual election of EOC senior officers took place as a part of the NAHB Association Leadership Institute held last week in ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: How Green is Greene?

Greene County has been "green" for years.  My Grandmother decades ago told me things like, “take care of the land and it will take care of you. Waste not, want not.”  And of course, “Turn off the light when you ain't using it.”  Yes, she said "ain't" and she also had no “i-de” she was ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: The Sound of Green is Free

You have to love words that don't go together, words like "sound", "green" and "free". Placed in a sentence as in this title, they don't appear to make sense. The confusion is that you first have to know what the sound of green is to understand why it is free. If you are thinking "green" ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: Can You Hear Me Now?

Remember those old “tin can” phones connected with a string that we all played with as kids? “Can you hear me now” was always the question and the answer was seldom related to that question. Communication was mostly noise, and we all pretended that we understood. It’s a lot like “green” conversations that we hear ... Read More

President's Blog: NAHB Also Leading on Independent Contractor Issue

Note: This is part two of a two-part blog on this subject. To read part one, click here. As part of its advocacy program on your behalf, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is monitoring issues surrounding the status of independent contracting at the national level. There have been several federal developments on independent contractor status ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: 30.78 Acres of Trees

It is not too often that I get to brag about the building industry that I work in, but bragging proof came in the mail yesterday.   ENERGY STAR notified me that I had rated 38 houses that were certified as ENERGY STAR Qualified in 2011.  I knew this, but they added some information I did ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: HVAC - the Vast Unknown

We all love to untangle a mystery, and building “green” can be a mystery. But things are changing. In the last ten years Building Science and applications in the field have come together so that the buying public knows many of the right questions to ask. They know about Blower Door tests, HERS ratings, R-values, ... Read More