Posts by Wahlquist

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act Signed By President

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 was given final approval by the House today, 263 to 171 vote, and signed into law by President Bush. Some of the changes in this legislation, of particular interest to the residential construction industry, from the original version which failed earlier in the week include:-FDIC Insurance: the bill…

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NAHB BuilderLink: URGE CONGRESS TO PASS A FINANCIAL RESCUE PACKAGE!

National Association of Home Builders Urges Members: Email your Senators and Representative at www.capitolconnect.com/builderlink  or call their offices using the NAHB toll-free legislative hotline at 1-866-924-6242. On Monday, September 29 the House of Representatives failed to pass the bipartisan, carefully-crafted “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008” by a vote of 205-228 (View the Final Vote…

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SBJ: HBA’s Morrow Among Panelists at Annual Economic Outlook Conference

This week’s edition of the Springfield Business Journal offered extensive coverage of the Springfield Business & Development Corporation’s annual Economic Outlook Conference. Rebecca Ryan was the keynote speaker. Panel discussions also were featured on “sustainability and green building” and “the local real estate market.” HBA Executive Officer Matt Morrow was among the panelists on the…

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KY3: Mandated Residential Fire Sprinklers Impact Affordability

On tonight’s (September 23, 2008) KY3 10pm News, Contact KY3’s Cara Restelli reported on the International Code Council’s recent move to mandate fire sprinkler systems in new homes as a part of the building code. HBA of Greater Springfield President-Elect Rusty MacLachlan outlines the impact the decision will have on the American Dream of Homeownership.…

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Fire Official Surge Sweeps Sprinkler Mandate to Victory

– From National Association of Home Builders News Services Fire sprinkler mandates will be part of the 2009 International Residential Code and will be required in all one- and two-family homes and townhouses that build to the code as of Jan. 1, 2011. The sudden — and controversial — arrival on Saturday of 900 fire officials eligible…

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Call for Grassroots Action from National Association

Congress Adjourns in Two Weeks…. Help pass Seller-Funded Downpayment Assistance and Energy Efficiency Tax Credits!Call Congress Toll Free at 1-866-924-NAHB (6242) Two weeks remain for Congress to consider legislation before breaking to campaign for the November elections. Legislation addressing seller-funded downpayment assistance and energy efficiency has the potential to be addressed before Congress adjourns. Energy…

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Results of the 2008 CBBT Sporting Clays Tournament!

It was a great tournament! Thanks to our presenting sponsors: Conco Companies and Meek’s – The Builder’s Choice. This was our first year with both a morning and afternoon flight and we had a great turnout of more than 100 shooters. Top shooter in the afternoon was George Postma with an 84 out of 100.…

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Legislation removes contribution limits

On August 28th, 2008, Senate Bill 1038 became law in Missouri. This act repeals the campaign contribution limits for certain candidates running for office in Missouri as well as making a number of other changes with respect to candidate and continuing committee campaign finance reporting. To download a more specific summary of the changes and…

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What is “Greenwashing”?

By Cara Shaefer, City Utilities of Springfield Director of Energy Management & Conservation “I’ve heard the word “green” so much lately…” is how one of the new Focus on Green spots starts out – and isn’t it true? Daily we get bombarded with green messages, but how do we know which ones we can trust?…

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Tougher Penalties for Metal Theft: New Law Takes Effect Thursday

In 2008 the Missouri state legislature passed, and Governor Matt Blunt signed, legislation increasing penalties against those who steal commodity metals. Metal theft has become a growing problem on residential construction sites as the price of copper and other commodity metals has increased.  For a summary of the bill history and contents, click here. The…

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Update from HBA I&E Committee Meeting with Greene County

After meeting with the HBA I&E committee several times, the County is now providing a uniform engineered design requirement for roof covered single level decks. The goal was to prevent builders/homeowners from having to incur the additional cost of getting an engineered design for this each time they chose to build a roof-covered deck of…

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Morrow Receives Executive Officer of the Year Award at Annual National Gala Honoring HBAs

HBA of Greater Springfield also Honored with Record Five Association Excellence Awards at Ceremonies in Providence SPRINGFIELD – The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield announced today that Executive Officer Matt Morrow has been recognized as the top Executive Officer in the country by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Executive Officers Council (EOC). The…

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The Truth About Granite and Radon

There’s been a lot of talk in the press recently about granite emitting radiation and being a potential health hazard in the home. The truth of the matter is that granite is a safe product. There are numerous independent studies documenting its safety. For more information, click here to download an informational brochure or visit…

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