Builder News Network

SC Immigration Reform Act: Next Phase to Take Effect July 1
If you haven’t verified your employees’ legal status, then you have until July 1 to begin or you can be fined up to $1,000 per worker.

HBASC Announces Builder/Associate of the Year Awards
The Home Builders Association of South Carolina (HBASC) is proud to announce the first ever state Builder of the Year and Associate of the Year awards, to be presented during the Celebration of Excellence awards banquet on Wednesday, June 23.

State Awards Banquet Comes to HBASC Convention
For the first time, the Celebration of Excellence (COE) will take place at the HBASC’s Annual State Convention on Wednesday, June 23.

International Green Construction Code Draft Open for Feedback
A first draft of the International Green Construction Code was just released by the International Code Council (ICC) for public comment on March 15.

Tax Credit Expiring Soon
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) wants potential home buyers to be aware that they still have the opportunity to take advantage of the $8,000 first-time home buyer or $6,500 repeat buyer tax credits, as long as they act quickly—the credits expire on April 30, 2010.

Remodelers Only Have Less Than Two Weeks to Prepare for Lead Rule
Remodelers and other home contractors have only a week-and-a-half to prepare before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new regulation, Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting, goes into effect on April 22.

NAHB Petitions EPA to Delay Lead-Paint Work Regulations Until Agency Can Show Capacity
Citing a need for more trainers and a faster certification process, inaccurate test kits and a lack of preparedness on the part of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to delay the Lead: Repair, Renovation and Painting Program Rule.

NAHB Has Sample Contract Language for Lead Paint Rule
NAHB's legal department has produced template language that remodeling firms can use in their contracts when working in homes affected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new lead paint regulation set to go in effect on April 22.

Chinese Drywall Investigation Expands to South Carolina
The Chinese Drywall Complaint Center is expanding its investigation related to a specific type of imported Chinese drywall called Knauf Tianjin into South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.

Special Payroll Tax Exemption Form Now Available
The Internal Revenue Service released a new form that will help employers claim the special payroll tax exemption that applies to many newly-hired workers during 2010, created by the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act signed by President Obama on March 18.

Resources on Liability Issues Available to Members Online
Developed by NAHB’s Building Product Issues Committee, the Construction Liability Web page on the redesigned provides association members with exclusive content on the latest substantive technical, legal and business issues affecting the industry.

NAHB Announces New Green Building Designation; Revises Existing Green Course
NAHB Education has announced its newest designation, Master Certified Green Professional (Master CGP). Exclusively for experienced builders and remodelers, the Master CGP designation covers a more in-depth study of green building science and methods.

NAHB's Construction Forecast Conference Has New Format
Previously a day-long, in-person conference with a webcast option, the NAHB Construction Forecast Conference is now a two-hour webinar in which NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe will present and moderate.

Webinar to Present 50+ Buyers Changes in Today’s Market
Lifestyle remains paramount in the 50+ marketplace, but in today’s economic environment, for builders and their buyers, it now means smaller spaces and a fresh approach to amenities. And, of course, buyers are still expecting a great product that representes a great value.

Member Spotlight

Harry Dill, Sterling Homes
Giving back to the community and lending a helping hand seems to be a recurring mission of many Home Builders Association members, and it's true for Harry Dill of Sterling Homes.

Meetings & Events

April 14
Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament, Columbia

April 15-17
SC SkillsUSA Competition, Greenville

April 15
Horry Georgetown GMM, Myrtle Beach

April 15
Kershaw County Chapter GMM, Camden

April 16
M.C. Smith Memorial Bass Classic, Lake Murray

April 17-22
NAHB Spring Board, Washington DC

April 19
Maurice Williams Golf Tournament, Aiken

April 20
Greater Pee Dee GMM, Florence

April 22
Oconee County GMM, Seneca

More Events

Education Calendar

April 19-21
Certified New Home Sales Professional, Columbia

April 29
Customer Service, Aiken

May 5-6
IRM III, Greenville

More Education Opportunities

Convention Education Calendar

June 21
Estimating for Builders & Remodelers
BAR Exam
Construction Contracts & Legal Q&A

June 22
Social Media for Home Builders
Building Codes Update
Business Planning for Builders
Small Home, Big Impact: Maximizing Livability in a Smaller Homes
Quickbooks Contractors Edition
Green Technology

June 23
Focus Four Safety Hazards
Legal Liabilities of Green Building

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