Professional Education

Energy Star is Like a Good Chocolate Chip Recipe

I seldom meet a chocolate chip cookie I do not like. Occasionally, I come across one that is to “die for.” You know what I am talking about, the ones that are so good they should be illegal - maybe not in Colorado or Washington, but I digress. You would think that all chocolate chip ... Read More

How Will the Window Fall Protection Code Change Affect You?

Learn all about the window fall protection code change on Tuesday, November 27th at Meek’s Design Center. Learn who is affected by the code change and what the code change actually means. This is your opportunity to learn how this code change will affect the work you do. Jim Erbes (Windsor Windows), Jeremy Kessler (Andersen ... Read More

$31,000 in Scholarships to HBA Members

“As the industry emerges from recession, many HBA members are eager to compete for new business by earning, maintaining and marketing professional designations,” HBA Charitable Foundation (HBACF) President Mike DeLong said. “Unfortunately, the economic impact of the last several years has left many who have survived without available financial resources to pursue or maintain these ... Read More

Registration Process for Projects Seeking NGBS Green Certification

In light of the 2012 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) development process nearing completion, the NAHB Research Center is launching a free registration process for its green certification program on November 1, 2012. This new registration step will allow single- and multifamily builders and developers to identify which rating system they plan to use on ... Read More

HBA Event Magazine 2013 - Reserve NOW!

The HBA Event Magazine is a great way for you to promote your business or enhance your presence at the Home Show, Parade of Homes and Home Remodeling EXPO. One publication for all three of the major events, but you must reserve now (call 881.3711) or you will have to wait for 2014. To avoid ... Read More

Two Scholarship-Eligible Designation Courses Offered Locally in September

The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield  represents the highest professional standard in the residential construction and remodeling industries. Through the HBA and and HBA Professional Designations Presenting Sponsor Herrman Lumber, industry professionals can earn a variety of National Association of Home Builders Professional Designations. Thanks to generous scholarship support from the HBA Charitable Foundation, ... Read More

REGULATORY WATCH: OSHA Steps Up Enforcement of New Fall Protection Rules

The Southeast regional offices of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced this month it will increase enforcement efforts aimed at reducing an upward trend in construction-related fall fatalities. The agency's regional enforcement efforts are part of a national campaign announced in April to address deadly falls in the construction ... 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

Springfield Issues New Administrative Rulings on Residential Code

Chris Straw, City of Springfield Building Development Services Director, has issued several new administrative rulings related to the International Residential Code. Straw recently shared these rulings with the HBA and they have been reviewed by the Regulatory Advocacy Committee, chaired by Shannon Lee, Rock Solid Construction. To download the full text of the administrative ruling, ... Read More

Worker Misclassification – The Stakes Are High

NOTE: This article is part two of a two-part series on the subject of worker misclassification. To read part one of the two-part series, click here. Last week, we reviewed information from a recent NAHB presentation with expert panelists discussing recent efforts to step up enforcement and to punish worker misclassification. The potential costs of ... Read More

Government Intensifying Efforts to Combat Worker Misclassification

Determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor may be a difficult test of federal and state laws. Recently, the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and certain state agencies have stepped up investigation and enforcement of labor rules concerning the use of independent contractor status. The National Association of Home Builders ... 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