Posts by Wahlquist

All Four CBBT-Supported Candidates Advance to General Election

The HBA of Greater Springfield’s political action committee (The Coalition for Building a Better Tomorrow) supported four candidates in Tuesday’s primary election for Springfield City Council. All four candidates advance from the primary to the April general election. Following are the February 3 election results in the four city council races. CBBT-supported candidates are noted…

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National Green Building Standard Approved by ANSI

The National Green Building Standard™ for all residential construction work including single-family homes, apartments and condos, land development and remodeling and renovation was approved today by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The approval signals a new era for the nation’s builders, remodelers and developers and also provides an extra measure of reassurance for home…

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Land Distburbance Permit Program – City of Springfield

For your review and information from the City of Springfield: Please see the attached letter (downloand by clicking here) for timeline information pertaining to the City’s new Land Disturbance Permit Program. Additional information about the new Land Disturbance Permit can be found on the City’s Stormwater Services Division’s website by clicking here. Thanks and let…

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CBBT Makes Contributions to Four Springfield City Council Candidates

Your political action committee, the Coalition for Building a Better Tomorrow, made contributions to four candidates for Springfield City Council. These are also the candidates recommended by the Springfield Good Government Committee in which the HBA is a partner. The Springfield Good Government Committee was formed by a coalition of business and community leaders concerned…

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Housing Tax Credit Moving in Congress

Please call your Senators at 1-866-924-NAHB (6242) BackgroundOn Thursday, January 22nd, the House Ways and Means Committee passed H.R. 598, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This bill will make up a substantial part of the House of Representative’s economic stimulus package and contains tax provisions of interest to the housing industry. The National Association…

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BuilderLink Legislative Alert

Support Your Fellow Builders by Contacting Congress on Wednesday, January 7! Call the NAHB Legislative Hotline at 1-866-924-NAHB (6242) or visit www.capitolconnect.com/builderlink CALL TO ACTION On Wednesday, January 7, builders from across the country will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with key members of the House and Senate to discuss the Fix Housing First…

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Historic Rate Cuts Mean Low Mortgage Rates for Home Buyers

U.S. Federal Reserve officials recently slashed official interest rates to an historic low range and signaled they will keep rates “exceptionally low” for some time amid rapidly waning price pressures. Officials also signaled a new phase for policy in which lending programs financed by the Fed’s ballooning balance sheet, a process known as quantitative easing,…

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KY3: New Home Energy Audit Tax Credits

Contact KY3‘s Cara Restelli reports on the new Missouri tax credit for home energy audits and implementation of their recommendations. City Utilities home energy auditor John Smith demonstrates a home energy audit. CU Director of Energy Conservation Cara Schaefer and HBA of Greater Springfield Executive Officer Matt Morrow also provide comment on the program. You…

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KSFX-27: Economy Makes It Hard For Immigrants to Find Jobs

The slow home building economy has affected many people who work in the business, including immigrant workers. HBA member Rosales Masonry and HBA President-Elect Rusty MacLachlan are interviewed as part of this news story by Carlos Correa for KSFX-27, which aired Saturday, December 6, 2008. You can watch the video direcly from Springfieldhba.com below, or…

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Tell Congress to Fix Housing First

Visit www.capitolconnect.com/builderlink We need your help!  The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is taking decisive actions to push President-elect Barack Obama and the 111th Congress to revive the American economy by addressing the core problem to the current economic crisis…falling home values.  The Problem:  Falling home values are at the core of the current…

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No Radon Health Risks Uncovered in New Granite Countertop Study

Responding to unsubstantiated news reports raising concerns over radon radiation in granite countertops, the Marble Institute of America reported on Nov. 17 that in the largest scientific study of the product ever it did not find a single stone slab that poses a health risk. “Quantities of radon and radiation emitted by stones included in…

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