Builder News Network

State Convention Website Launched
The Home Builders Association of South Carolina launched its state convention website today. The website includes information on the 2010 Convention, online payment options, as well as information on Hilton Head Island activities.

HBASC Member Seeking Support for Haiti
Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia member Wade McGuinn has invested time and effort in the Haiti Children Project and now his efforts are more important than ever.

Two SC Members Reach The Nationals Final Round
Bunting Construction Company and H2 Builders Inc., both Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association members, are Silver Award Winners in The Nationals, the NAHB’s most prestigious awards program.

It’s Easy Being Green: New Excel Homes Program Makes Earth-Friendly Building Easier for Home Buyers
In 2007, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) created the National Green Building Standard (ICC-700) – a 116-page document aimed at guiding all aspects of environmentally-friendly residential construction. In 2010, Excel Homes took that groundbreaking guide and simplified it with an online tool aptly named the Green Building Program.

A Happier New Year for the Economy and Housing, But...
This year promises to be a happier one for both the economy and housing. More pain from a battered and bruised U.S. economy may lie ahead but the general trajectory has turned from down to up.

Housing Starts Down in December But Permits Show Early Signs of Recovery
Nationwide housing production fell four percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 557,000 units, according to data released today by the U.S. Commerce Department. Meanwhile, permit issuance, which can be a future sign of housing activity, rose 10.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 653,000 units.

Pre-Requisites to NAHB Designations Being Offered at HBASC Office, Convention
Do you want to get your Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) or Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) designation from the NAHB? Your first step towards obtaining either designation is taking an assessment, and the Home Builders Association of South Carolina is offering four opportunities here in your back yard to take the assessment.

February Education Opportunities in Greenville, Charleston
Are you looking for education courses in South Carolina? Interested in saving on travel expenses? Look no further! The HBA of Greenville and the Charleston-Trident HBA are providing education courses in February.

The Home Technology Alliance Offers FREE Webinar on Builder & ESC Collaboration
Join the NAHB’s Home Technology Alliance (HTA) for a FREE webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m., EST and earn one credit towards Certified Master Builder of South Carolina continuing education.

SC State Housing Lowers Rates for First-Time Home Buyers
If a home purchase is in your plans for the new year, the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority’s (SC State Housing) new low interest rates and down payment assistance may be just the break you have been waiting for.

SC State Housing Seeks Nominations for Affordable Housing Awards
The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC State Housing) is seeking nominations for The South Carolina Housing Achievement Awards program.

Member Spotlight

Wade McGuinn, McGuinn Group
Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia member Wade McGuinn has had a hand in the Haiti Children Project for the last ten years, in addition to running his home building business and being involved in the HBA.

Meetings & Events

January 22-24
Greater Spartanburg HBA Home & Garden Show, Spartanburg

January 26
SkillsUSA Board of Directors Meeting, Columbia

January 28
HBA of Oconee GMM, Seneca

February 8
Greater Spartanburg HBA GMM, Spartanburg

Lakelands HBA GMM, Greenwood

February 9
Anderson HBA GMM, Anderson

February 11
Greater Columbia HBA GMM, Columbia

February 11-14
Upstate Home & Garden Show, Anderson

More Events

Education Calendar

February 4
OSHA Safety Course, Greenville

February 5
Multicultural Sales Techniques, Charleston

February 24
Business Management for Building Professionals, Greenville

February 25-26
Green Building for Building Professionals, Greenville

More Education Opportunities


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