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  • 21 Apr 2015 4:41 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule extending the certifications of thousands of individual renovators under the Lead: Renovation Repair and Painting Program (LRRP). This is good news for more than 200,000 certified renovators who would otherwise have been shut out of the opportunity to take advantage of online-only training included in revisions proposed by the EPA to the refresher training requirement.

    Under the final rule:

    • Individual renovators who received certification on or before March 31, 2010, now have until March 31, 2016, to get re-certified.
    • Individual renovators who received certification between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011, will have one year added to their five-year certification.
    Subsequent certifications for renovators receiving the extension will be five years.



  • 20 Apr 2015 11:49 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    Smartbuildingmn.comdoes some of the sifting for you and to deliver the best content related to smart building practices. 

    May is National Remodeling Month - here are the steps to succeed at remodeling the 'Older Home'. 

    Energy Efficient Remodeling in Central MN

    I can’t help myself.  I’m a lover of old houses – also known as ‘previously owned’.  I love the challenge of making the remodel work within the constraints of the space and architecture.  I also love the idea of taking something already built and re-vitalizing it.  Part of this revitalization is efficiency and maintenance.

    Why buy used?  If you are looking for a lot that is larger in size with more mature landscaping; a house that has added character; solid construction with old growth wood ~ then you may want to consider an existing house. click to read all


  • 20 Apr 2015 8:31 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    BAM Report from April 17, 2015

    The Spending Debate Begins…

    Spring break is over, Minnesota’s Legislators have 6 weeks to finish their 2015 work, and it’s all about the money. In the mix for the homestretch are the state’s biennial budget and a transportation package. With a projected $2 Billion surplus, Governor Dayton’s proposed budget funnels most of the surplus into government programs with a heavy emphasis on schools.

    The Governor is also proposing a gas tax of at least 16 cents per gallon and higher vehicle registration fees as part of his transportation package. House Leadership has a very different idea regarding the surplus and transportation packages, and it has been suggested that the state should possibility use the state’s nearly $1.8 billion budget surplus as well as redirect existing taxes on vehicle rentals and leases for road and bridge repairs.

    Fueling the end of session debate is the Governor’s newly unveiled $842 Million bonding proposal and includes $200 Million for college campus improvements and $78 Million for railroad safety. This proposal is facing a strong headwind. Major bonding bills are generally reserved for even-year sessions, a preference expressed by both House and Senate leadership earlier this year when they declined to include debt payments in their proposed 2015 budget outlines. If a bonding bill is to pass this year, regardless of the level of funding, it will require a three-fifths vote of both the House and Senate.

    About the Policy…

    Prior to the Legislature’s spring break, hundreds of policy related pieces of legislation, including proactive codes related bill pursued by BAM and BATC, were debated and left either dead or alive.

    BAM is happy to report the continued progress (and live status) of the codes bill.

    Representative Tama Theis and Senator John Pederson are authoring the industry’s 2015 codes process bill. The bill codifies a six-year code cycle (a practice that’s been informally in place since 2000), increases the implementation time before a new code becomes effective to be no less than 9 months, and requires the new code to be published on-line and accessible to the public prior to its effective date. Representative Vogel is spearheading a bill to clarify a performance path avenue for the energy code. Both bills are contained in the House Omnibus Jobs bill.

    To date, there have been 2,192 bills introduced in the House and 2,043 bills introduced in the Senate. Many of the bills have died. In addition to keeping the industry bills alive, our government affairs teams and lobbyists have been actively working on several dead or dying and alive bills, too.

    For the full report login to BAM’s members-only website www.bamn.org/legislation.

    Thank You!

    Many thanks to BAM’s government relations committee for all its advice and direction; we know volunteering on this committee is time consuming, but your input is priceless. Thank you to Jane DeAustin (CMBA), James Vagle (BATC), and Matt Limoges (RAB) for all their hard work. Accolades go to the industry’s contract lobbyists Brian Halloran, Pete Coyle, Larry Redmond, Andrea Perzichilli, and Forrest Cyr. BAM will prepare for all members a session wrap up soon after the close of the regular session. 


  • 16 Apr 2015 1:23 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    Summary of BAM report emailed to CMBA members 4/10/15
    "Is it Dead or Alive?" view full report here

    Gov. Mark Dayton delivered his fifth State of the State Thursday, April 9, 2015.  He use the time before a joint convention of the Legislature to promote his end of session goals for the budget, capital investment, transportation, gas tax, and education – from pre-school to community college.

    Setting the tone for the last month and a half of session, Governor Dayton tee’d up his State of the State address with this quote:  “During the remaining six weeks of this legislative session, we will face our own moments of truth: Will we do what is easy, safe and popular or will we risk our political lives to preserve this great state for future generations?” We shall see, but what we do know is that there is a lot of work to be done, including plenty of work for the residential construction industry on some very particular pieces of legislation, outlined below.

    Attorney’s Fees, Contracts, & Law Suits

    • Attorney Fees Awarded to Homeowners

    • Common Interest Communities / Notice and Opportunity to Repair / Breach of Contract or Negligence – this bill is on hold until 2016. 

    • Duty to Defend / Indemnification 

    • Point of Sale Contamination Awareness Act 

    Codes

    • Border Cities and Mille Lacs County 

    • Fire Protection Awareness Act – this bill would have required builders to show a video to prospective homebuyers about the merits of sprinklers and disclose new homes built in Minnesota do not comply with the ICC model residential code. The industry opposes this bill and it did not get a hearing prior to deadline. 

    • Single Family Home Buyers Public Safety Protection Act – this bill would have required potential homebuyers to watch a video about sprinkler systems and sign a disclosure prior to closing. The industry opposes this bill and it did not get a hearing prior to deadline. 

    • Sprinklers – Leadership and lobbyists from BAM and BATC finally met face-to-face with the Governor to educate him on the lack of reason or necessity for the sprinkler mandate. Observers report that the Governor was not moved. Legislators continue to seek ways to eliminate the mandate and we expect to see continued debate on the issue in 2015 and beyond. 

    • Responsible Contractor – small changes have been made to the 2014 law to eliminate some of the “gotcha” loopholes in the bill that would have tripped up contractors working on publicly funded projects. BAM supports the 2015 improvements and is working with AGC to keep it moving through the process. 

    • Retainage 

    Environment

    • 50’ Buffers – Governor Dayton surprised everybody when he announced his goal for a 50’ buffer for all properties that have exposed soils and non-perennial coverage. 

    • State assumption of federal wetland permitting authority (wetlands & section 404 permitting) 

    Municipal Fees & Land Development

    • Street Utilities 

    • “Safe Routes To School” Infrastructure Zoning Mandate 

    Agency Related Provisions

    • OSHA Employee Misconduct Defense 

    • Radon Remediation Contractor License 

    • DLI $75 License Fee Reduction – the Department of Labor and Industry is proposing a $75 reduction in the residential licensing fees. This is because the Contractor Recovery Fund is currently quite flush. This idea is part of an agency housekeeping bill and is moving through the legislature. The industry supports this fee reduction. 

    • Qualified Persons Sanctions 

    Workforce Housing Initiatives 

  • 15 Apr 2015 9:02 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    In 2014, the bottom fifth of Americans (incomes up to $24,200/year) earned 4.5% of income and paid -2.2% of income taxes (because of credits like EITC). The next quintile earned 9.3% of income and paid -1% of income taxes. The middle quintile earned 14.8% and paid 5.9%, while the fourth quintile earned 20% and paid 13.4%. The top quintile earned 51.3% of all income and paid 83.9% of income taxes.

    Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is President of GraphsandLaughs, LLC and can be reached at Elliot@graphsandlaughs.net.  His daily 70 word economics and policy blog can be seen at www.econ70.com.


  • 27 Mar 2015 11:15 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    As a general contractor you must make sure all your subs are registered contractors if they aren't already required to have a license. According to DLI:

    An individual or business entity that performs commercial or residential building construction or improvement services must register with DLI unless they: 

    • have a current license, certificate or registration issued by DLI;

    • have a current independent contractor exemption certificate (ICEC);

    • are an employee of a business performing construction services; or

    • hold a current residential building contractor or remodeler certificate of exemption issued by DLI; or

    • are excluded from registration requirements under Minnesota Statutes 181.723, subd. 4a.

    Contractors who hire unregistered subcontractors, misclassify workers or fail to register are in violation of the law and can be charged with civil penalties.

    Verify "Contractor Registration" with DLI's License Lookup searchable database: 

    • "License class" select "Business"

    • "Select a discipline" select "Registered Contractors"

    • "Select a classification" select "CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION"

    • Click "Search" button

    • Results will show names and status of currently registered contractors

    How to register: 
    http://www.dli.mn.gov/CCLD/register.asp

    Question: http://www.dli.mn.gov/CCLD/register_other.asp

    Contact DLI: P (651) 284-5074 | E  dli.register@state.mn.us

  • 16 Mar 2015 3:38 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    Exhibitors up 6%

    2015 - 283 booths / 175 vendors
    2014 - 271 booths / 165 vendors
    (income down due to less non-members)
    2013 - 268 booths / 167 vendors
    2012 - 243 booths / 157 vendors

    Attendance up 14.5%

    4,972 tickets collected (adults and seniors only – kids 12 and under no tickets).
    Plus 120 attended the Chamber Connection
    Plus 928 vendors
    2015 – Fri 1,313; Sat 2,551; Sun 1,294; (4,972) Chamber 120.
           Vendors 928, Last hour 30 = 6,050
    2014 – Fri 1,025; Sat 2,259; Sun 1,056; (4,340) Chamber 136;
            Vendors 880; Last hour 30 = 5,356
    2013 – Fri 1,220; Sat 1,892; Sun 1,084; (4,196) Chamber 150;
           Vendors 908; Last hour 30 = 5,284
    2015 Adults – 3,019 | Seniors 2015 – 1,953
    2014 Adults – 3,002 | Seniors 2014 – 1,338
    2013 Adults – 2,615 | Seniors 2013 – 1,581

    Admission passes used (HomeShow passes mailed to members) 1,160 in 2015; 1,023 in 2014

    Value Connection passes sold 148 returned 141 in 2015, 90 in 2014
    $1 off coupons 725 in 2015; 539 in 2014
    Fish Fry tickets 257 sold in 2013; 133 in 2014; 237 in 2015

    Budget numbers continue to be processed.

  • 23 Jan 2015 3:27 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    Starting Saturday January 24, 2015 the new 2015 Minnesota Residential Building Code is effective. Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) has prepared guides for members to help meet the new requirements. The guides include:


    • Cantilevered Foundation Wall Guide
    • Foundation Wall Support Guide
    • 2015 Minnesota Building Code
    • 2015 Minnesota Energy Code (effective Feb. 14)
    • 2015 Fire Sprinkler System Requirements
    • 2015 Radon Requirements (effective Feb. 14)
    • Top 20 Changes to the 2015 Minnesota Building Code
    • Top 20 Changes to the 2015 Minnesota Energy Code

    If you’re a member - be sure to download these resources.

    Don't know your password? Click Home and forgot password to reset.

    If you’re not a member yet - join today for access to the code guide.

  • 04 Sep 2014 9:38 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)
    posted on behalf of ~Bill Sullivan, President/CEO, Heartland Glass
    Executive Vice President, Brin Northwestern

    (excerpt from August 2014 Newsletter)

    Sold Out! That was the e-mail I received last week from one of our major suppliers. They informed us that they won't be taking any new orders for
    projects with more than twenty lites of glass until April of 2015! It's the first time that I can recall that ever happening. This news quickly spread as I received a call from an editor from one of the industry trade magazines asking me if I had heard the news and what does that mean?

    Well, it means that we are scrambling to accelerate orders that we have commitments for with this particular vendor. We, as well as many other glazing contractors across the country, are having to notify customers to change specifications on those projects that haven't been released yet. This has impacted our other glass suppliers as they are filling up on orders that are being directed away from the sold out vendor. Lead times are at levels that we haven't seen in last 10-15 years. When the recession hit, our vendors were able to offer service and deliver products in as little as 3-5 days and our customers have been conditioned to expect that. We all got a little lazy and relied on being able to place orders at the last minute and still deliver. Occasionally we had to whine a little to get products but our vendors needed the orders. Times have changed and we need to change too! Communication (we have heard this before) is more important than ever. Our sales staff are putting lead times on our bids and project managers are requesting contractors sign an opening size guarantee all in an effort to deliver a quality product within a reasonable amount of time.

    Just as we were conditioned to expect "drive thru" service, we need to condition ourselves to expect a more reasonable delivery. The silver lining on this is that it points to the fact that the economy is heating up and this should lead to increased revenues and profits. Stay tuned......

  • 20 Aug 2014 12:03 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

    Your customers want to know they are dealing with a reputable company. An important strategy to boost their confidence is to use the HBA Member logo in all of your marketing and advertising.


    Why is it Important to Use the HBA Logo? 

    • Repeated consumer surveys have shown that the HBA has a favorable impression among large sample sizes of the public
    • Creates brand identity
    • Makes your business look established
    • Gives you a competitive edge - those who don't use it lack instant credibility among buyers who are reassured by an industry affiliation designation
    • Consumers will be more likely to do business with a company who has made the decision to be a part of the official association representing the local home building industry
    • Often, it is the least informed, least trained, least innovative, least financially stable companies who choose not to join the HBA
    • The HBA becomes an even stronger voice for the housing industry
    • Provides a way to show commitment to the industry and community
    • Shows potential customers you are part of a recognized association whose members are asked to adhere to a code of ethics


    Where Should I Use the HBA Logo? 

    • Web site
    • Print ads
    • Letterhead
    • Signage
    • Signature block in emails
    • Business cards
    • Company vehicles

     

    How Do I Get the Free HBA Logo in the Format I Need?
    You can download the logo once you log in at 
    http://www.cmbaonline.org/resources-members/logos/ 

    or  we will be happy to email you the format you need, let us know if you also need the BAM and NAHB logo contact colleen@cmbaonline.org

     

    What About Free HBA Member Window/Vehicle Stickers?
    CMBA provides these upon request. 


     


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