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ASSOCIATION HAPPENINGS AND INDUSTRY NEWS


Polls are Open for Early Voting
TAB
Early voting for Democratic and Republican primaries started Feb. 18 and ends Feb. 28. Election day is March 4. Texas voters are now required by law to provide a valid photo ID in order to vote in elections. For a list of acceptable forms of ID, visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website. Link to the HOMEPAC Primary Election Voter Guide.
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Texas House of Representative's Interim Charges
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Speaker Joe Straus released the Texas House of Representative's interim charges on Jan. 31, 2014. Link to a document highlighting some issues of interest to the Texas Association of Builders. As expected, TAB will be very busy for the next 10 months leading into the 84th Legislative Session.
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NAHB Urges OSHA to Withdraw Silica Rule
NAHB
On February 11, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) requested that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdraw a proposed rule that would drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the construction industry. The rule also requires impractical medical surveillance of construction industry workers, extensive and costly recordkeeping processes, and restrictions on certain construction site work practices, which contradict existing safety procedures. Given the many problems associated with the proposed rule, NAHB is urging OSHA to withdraw it, and instead, treat it as an advance notice of a proposed rule. Doing so will allow the agency time to collect more comprehensive data and determine how best to align the rule with current industry practices. Read the full press release.
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TAB Winter Board Meetings
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The TAB Winter Board Meetings will be on Wednesday and Thursday, February 26 and 27 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin. With a tight committee meeting schedule, we will wrap up our meetings by 5 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. To register for the meetings, link to the TAB website.

Thank you TAB Winter Board Meetings Sponsors:


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Building Industry Forum
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All members are invited to attend the Texas Association of Builders first Building Industry Forum that will be held during TAB's winter board meetings on Wednesday, February 26 from 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. at the Driskill Hotel in Austin.

The Building Industry Forum is hosted by TAB's Multifamily Council and has been designed to provide relevant information to all members of the Texas Association of Builders. A goal of the Multifamily Council is to broaden its appeal to be more inclusive of single family builder and remodeler members of the association. The forum topics are applicable to anyone who builds homes for Texans.

The opinions shared by the forum presenters are not endorsed by nor may they necessarily reflect the views of the general membership of the Texas Association of Builders. The discussion, however, will provide attendees with revolutionary ideas that should stimulate impassioned discussions and shake even the most jaded building professional from complacency.
  • "The Faces and Places of Texas: The Next 10 Years" Dr. Lloyd Potter, Texas State Demographer
  • "Urban Growth Trends: What does it look like in Austin?" Eldon Rude, Volunteer Chairman, Programs, Urban Land Institute; Principle, 360° Real Estate Analytics
  • "Reshaping Our Cities Using 'Form-Based' Zoning" Lee Einsweiler, Board Member, Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas Chapter; Principal, Code Studio
  • "Building Single Family Homes in High Density Areas: The Builder's Perspective" Mike Dishberger, CEO and Co-Owner, Sandcastle Homes, Inc.
Please register for free for the Forum and the TAB meetings.

Thank you Building Industry Forum Sponsors:


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HOMEPAC Fundraiser: Bowling — Dining — Revelry
TAB
We have planned a night of revelry on Wednesday, February 26 at The Goodnight. This vintage club and bowling alley steps right out of the 1960's and is replete with billiard tables, ping pong, shuffle board, blackjack, beverages, food and music. Transportation will be provided from The Driskill, so you can fully enjoy the evening. All proceeds will benefit HOMEPAC, so we hope you will join us. You will need to purchase your tickets for the Goodnight event on the TAB website.

Thank you HOMEPAC Fundraiser Sponsors:



Bus Beverage Sponsor:

PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company

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2014 Star Awards Call for Entries
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The Texas Association of Builders is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Star Awards. The highly-coveted Star Awards are given annually to recognize excellence in all areas of the home building industry. The statewide competition showcases the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers, and sales, marketing, and construction professionals in Texas.

Entries are judged by a distinguished panel of industry experts from across the nation. Winners will be announced and honored on stage at a special celebration on July 24 at the JW Marriott® San Antonio Hill Country Resort.

Enter by Friday, March 7 at 5 p.m. to enjoy the Early Bird fee of $125 per entry. The Final entry deadline is Friday, March 28 at 5 p.m.

View a list of the 2013 Star Awards winners or link to the Finalist catalog from last year. For all the details and to submit entries, please access the Star Awards website.

Thank you Star Awards Sponsors:


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TAB's Builder Bundled Package is now available!
TAB
Save $100 by purchasing both the TAB 2013-2015 Texas Residential Construction Contracts Package subscription and TAB's Model Construction Safety Program and Jobsite Safety Standards Package©. The bundled package is available to builder and remodeler members only. Purchase your bundled package today for only $500 (includes tax). Purchase here!
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Thank you for celebrating with Texas at IBS!
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Thank you to our sponsors and all those who attended the Texas Reception at IBS.

Thank you IBS Texas Sponsors:







Environments for Living
Delta Faucets — TAB Member Rebate Program
PPG Paints — TAB Member Rebate Program
Progress Lighting — TAB Member Rebate Program

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