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Build My Future is Scaling Up for March 28th, 2018

Workforce development is critical – but, how do we connect with the next generation of workers? One fantastic opportunity is the Build My Future event. This event is a One Day Construction Career Day targeting high school students. The inaugural Build My Future event in the Springfield market attracted almost 800 high school students from ... Read More

Top Ten Sources of Softwood Lumber Imports

The softwood lumber trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada has sent prices significantly higher in the first seven months of 2017.  The Random Lengths Composite Price—a weighted-average measure consisting of multiple species and dimensions of softwood lumber products—increased 14% over just three weeks in February.  Certain framing lumber—such as spruce-pine-fir (S-P-F) studs—remains 40% more expensive than ... Read More

Fifty Political Pros You Need to Know - 2017

When browsing through the "50 Political Pros you Need to Know" you should recognize one Political Pro who happens to be connected to the HBA of Greater Springfield. These pros are the people behind the scenes and behind the people making history. They rarely receive any awards or accolades for their hard work, so we want ... Read More

Builders Mailed 2x4s in the 1980s - What?

Since 1942, NAHB has been committed to improving the housing industry and helping its members build communities. Walk with us down memory lane as we revisit some of NAHB’s most notable milestones, like builders mailing 2x4s to Washington DC in the 1980s, as well as other significant turning points in American history. Below are a ... Read More

New and Renewing Members - August 2017

HBA MEMBERSHIP PARTICIPATION POINTS UPDATE • See How Many Points Your Company Has - View this spreadsheet for the most current points for your company as well as other HBA members. This google spreadsheet will be updated monthly. • Participation Point System Playbook - Summary of the point system including how to acquire points and purpose of ... Read More

WARNING - HBA Poser Database SCAM

Have you received an email asking if you were interested in the “Housing & Building Association Home Show - Parade of Homes Attendees List 2017 “ ? The offer (sample below) sounds a little fishy to us, simply because the HBA of Greater Springfield does NOT ask for complete contact details from every attendee to ... Read More

FREE Copy of the National Green Building Standard - Retail $19.95

The ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard ™ is the premier rating system for sustainable construction. It provides developers, builders and remodelers with a credible definition of green building and a useful measurement of its relative environmental performance. The flexible, points-based system offers a process for building affordable green homes that accommodates varying climates, market ... Read More

Construction Run 5K UPDATE 2017 - HBACF

LOOKING FOR RUNNERS,WALKERS & SPONSORS!! The HBA Charitable Foundation (HBACF) is hard at work planning this year’s Construction Fun Run scheduled for 8am, October 14th at the Frisco Highline Trail in Willard. Early Bird Entry Fee is $25/person until September 14th. If you register after September 14th, the entry fee is $35/person. You can SIGN ... Read More

TechNotes - Best Practices for Construction

Information below is current as of July 13, 2017 from NAHB. For up-to-date TechNotes, Click Here. Also found under our "Resources" tab. TechNotes: Best Practices for Construction In recent years, building codes for energy efficiency and related standards have been amended to require greater amounts of insulation in exterior wall and roof assemblies, including continuous ... Read More

Interested in a BBQ Grilling Class? Members Only

The HBA and Countryside BBQ will be teaming up for an AWESOME BBQ event on September 19th. Planning is in the works to make this a Fall BBQ Kickoff Blast with BBQ, Beans, Chips, Water & Tea, Cornhole, Beer Tasting and a BBQ Grilling Class taught by true BBQ Grilling Experts (OPTIONAL). Click to Sign ... Read More