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TAB 2013-2015 Texas Residential Construction Contracts Package — Available in September
Beginning in September, you can purchase the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) 2013-2015 Texas Residential Construction Contracts Package. Simply contact your HBA and request the package. Available as a great member benefit, TAB's contracts package subscription is your blueprint for typical residential construction and remodeling transactions in the State of Texas. At a cost of only $299.99 plus tax, the package of contracts and related addenda is a fantastic value and can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees. As always, the subscription includes any needed updates that may occur during the two year cycle.

In addition to addressing new legislatively mandated contractor payment requirements in locally-declared disaster areas, many improvements have been made to the 2013-2015 contracts package, which include: a new construction services agreement between the builder and prospective clients; performance standard updates and numerous other changes that reflect best practices and up to date construction transactions; integration of several court decisions in the last two years that more clearly define the rights of all parties; and revised warranty and performance standards, including foundation performance to reflect current engineering practices. The end result is that the contracts are even more comprehensive than before without adding length. The contracts package was prepared by a TAB committee for exclusive use by TAB members. Contact your local HBA to purchase the contracts beginning in September.

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HOMEPAC support needed
HOMEPAC, the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) non-partisan political action committee, is the political arm of our industry that supports pro-housing candidates.

Please give to HOMEPAC today! Your contributions are crucial so that HOMEPAC can engage in important races for statewide and legislative offices during the upcoming campaign season. Help us preserve and promote a positive climate for the residential construction and development industry in Texas.

To make a contribution to HOMEPAC, please follow this link to our online form.

Political ad paid for by HOMEPAC of Texas Inc. M. Scott Norman, Jr. Treasurer. HOMEPAC represents your political interests at the state level and is prohibited by law from donating to federal campaigns. Corporate donations are not accepted. Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to the Texas Association of Builders HOMEPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes.

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'Of the Year' nominations due Sept. 16
Along with the Texas Housing Hall of Honor awards, the annual association awards will be presented at the TAB Excellence in Leadership Dinner on Nov. 21, 2013, at the Driskill Hotel in Austin during the fall board and committee meetings and the Annual Meeting of the Membership. TAB is soliciting nominations for:
  • J.B. Sandlin Builder of the Year
  • Associate of the Year
  • Developer of the Year
  • Remodeler of the Year
  • Philanthropist of the Year
  • Local Association Accomplishment of the Year
  • Presidential Distinguished Service
For the "of the Year" awards, a panel of previous winners along with TAB senior officers will judge the entries. The grading is based on state association involvement (50 percent), local association involvement (30 percent), and national association involvement (20 percent). Contributions in these categories are judged on previous years' involvement, as well as current year's activities. Each candidate is judged independently and a final tabulation of the results will determine the winner.

The "Association Accomplishment of the Year" and "Distinguished Service" awards will be based upon 2013 contributions and achievements.

Nominate a deserving member for these awards by filling out these forms. When making nominations, be aware that individuals currently serving as TAB officers are ineligible to receive these awards. The nomination forms should be completed and returned to the Texas Association of Builders, 313 E. 12th Street, Ste. 210, Austin, TX 78701 by Sept. 16, 2013. A letter of recommendation from the local association Executive Officer must accompany the forms. Award recipients will be featured in Texas Builder Magazine and a high-resolution digital photograph must accompany the nomination form.

Prior recipients are ineligible to receive consideration again for at least 5 years after their previous award. If you have any questions, please call Mary Castetter at (800) 252-3625 for assistance.

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2013 Texas Housing Hall of Honor inductee announced
The Texas Association of Builders will posthumously honor Elmo James Burke, Jr. as the sole 2013 inductee into the Texas Housing Hall of Honor. The announcement was made at the TAB Summer Board of Directors meeting. Mr. Burke will be formally inducted during the Excellence in Leadership Dinner at the Driskill Hotel in Austin on Nov. 21, 2013.

Mr. E.J. Burke, Jr. began building homes in 1946. He served as president of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, the Texas Association of Builders and the National Association of Home Builders. While serving in a leadership role at all levels of the home building industry, he became the largest home builder in south central Texas and one of the largest in the state and nation at that time. Mr. Burke's influence extended beyond the region in his contributions to the promotion of education and research in the building industry. He was instrumental in bringing about many changes to affordable homeownership finance.

Hosted by the Texas Association of Builders, the Texas Housing Hall of Honor celebrates men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the Texas housing industry. Inductees are selected annually from the categories of: builders, developers or remodelers; trades professionals and suppliers; government; and, industry-allied professionals. Sixteen legends grace the walls of the Texas Housing Hall of Honor. The contributions of these men and women have resulted in the long-term advancement of the residential construction industry in Texas. To view past honorees, click here.

Select Sponsor: As of Aug. 5, 2013

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Fall meetings and committee interest
The next meeting of the TAB Board of Directors will be in Austin on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Driskill Hotel. All members are encouraged to attend and participate in the governance of the association.

Would you like to serve on a committee? TAB is gathering interest for 2014 committee assignments. Go to our website and log in to find a list of committees and descriptions of their responsibilities. Please complete the form at the bottom of the web page to express your interest in joining a committee by Nov. 1.

Fall meeting sponsors: As of Aug. 5, 2013

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A look back at TAB summer events

Another successful Sunbelt
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 Sunbelt Builders Show™ at the JW Marriott® San Antonio Hill Country Resort June 24–25! You helped make it a first class event in every respect. The two day trade show and conference was action-packed from the Opening Session to the Sunbelt Bash.

We received glowing feedback on the location from attendees and exhibitors alike. It was the perfect place to meet colleagues from around the state and catch up with old friends face-to-face. We want to thank all our 2013 exhibitors and generous Sunbelt sponsors. Without their support, this event would not be possible.

The Texas Association of Builders also wants to thank our Sunbelt Builders Show™ Committee and Co-chairs, Beverly Koehn and Susan Wright, for their dedication to making this an event that raises the bar for our industry. Sunbelt directly provides revenue for TAB allowing it to do its primary job: to lobby for the interests of the residential construction industry at the Texas Capitol. Thanks for your "Show" of support! Join us next summer at the same amazing location (the JW Marriott® San Antonio Hill Country Resort) for the 2014 Show on July 23–24. Registration will open in February.

2013 Sunbelt presenting sponsors:

A fabulous Fandango

We could not have asked for better weather for the HOMEPAC Family Fandango, benefitting TAB’s political action committee. The event, held June 23, set the stage for a fun-filled week in San Antonio. Members and their families enjoyed live music, food and beverages, and a host of games on the lawn of the JW Marriott®. An incredible supermoon shined over the event. Family Fandango sponsors:

2013 Star Awards honors the best in the industry

The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) announced and presented the 2013 Star Awards winners in conjunction with the Sunbelt Builders Show™ on June 25, 2013 at the JW Marriott® San Antonio Hill Country Resort. The highly-coveted Star Awards are given annually to recognize excellence in all areas of the home building industry. Beverly Koehn, co-chair of the Sunbelt Builders Show™ Committee emceed the event. Susan Wright, co-chair of the Sunbelt Builders Show™ Committee, presented the Grand Award winners with their trophies. 2013 Star Awards sponsors:

Summer board meetings recap

The Texas Association of Builders Board of Directors held their summer meeting on Wednesday, June 26 at the JW Marriott® San Antonio Hill Country Resort. Representatives from 20 of the 28 local associations attended the meeting. Thank you to all of our members in attendance.

The Credentials, Nominating and Resolutions Committee reviewed and accepted the qualifications of one candidate for the Vice President/Secretary position on the TAB leadership ladder — Tim Jackson of Dallas. He will be addressing the caucuses and the board of directors at the fall board meeting.

David Miller, Chairman of the Credentials, Nominating and Resolutions Committee, presented a resolution to nominate Jean MacDonald for the National Association of Home Builders Hall of Fame. Citing her numerous accomplishments, she was recognized for rising to the highest levels in the home building and development business before her death in 2011. The TAB Board of Directors unanimously endorsed her nomination.

Please contact TAB staff at (800) 252-3625 for more information about the meeting.

Summer meeting sponsors:

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TAB Member Rebate Program
Last year, one TAB builder member received over $14,000 in rebates for one quarter using the TAB Member Rebate Program. Over 70 percent of the builders and remodelers who participated nationally received rebates totaling more than they paid in association dues!

TAB’s Member Rebate Program increases your bottom line. For the minimal effort of informing the program about the home construction products you already use and when you close on a home or project, you’ll be putting money back in your pocket. The program doesn't change the way you do business. You are not required to submit receipts and you don't have to change how you purchase products. The rebate program does the paperwork, collects the money and mails you the quarterly rebate checks directly!

Both builder and remodeler companies, no matter how large or small, qualify for the program, and you are not required to use products from every manufacturer. Participation in the program is free and easy. Register today at Note: The program is only available to current TAB members.

The top 5 manufacturers sending the most rebate dollars back to Texas:
  • Boise Cascade
  • Carrier/Bryant
  • Delta Faucets
  • Pittsburg Paints
  • Zurn

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Date Event Location
Oct. 2-3 TAB Statewide Membership Drive
Nov. 20-21 TAB Fall Board Meeting Driskill Hotel, Austin
Nov. 21 Texas Housing Hall of Honor and Excellence in Leadership Dinner Driskill Hotel, Austin

  For a complete list of upcoming events, click here.

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