|This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.|
here to advertise in this news brief.
Contribute to HOMEPAC today! The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) political action committee is an essential part of the advocacy program at TAB. HOMEPAC provides contributions in support of pro-housing candidates to both statewide office and the Texas Legislature. Find out more.
The Texas Builders Foundation serves as a resource to students, the residential building industry, and the citizens of the State of Texas. Its mission is to support the future construction workforce and to support the charitable activities of the residential construction industry. Donate to the Texas Builders Foundation TODAY!
ASSOCIATION HAPPENINGS AND INDUSTRY NEWS
TAB'S VOTER GUIDE FOR NOVEMBER 8 ELECTION
Early voting for the November elections begins Monday, Oct. 24. Mark your calendar and be sure to take TAB's Voter Guide with you to the polls. TAB's Voter Guide is a helpful tool to review. It lists the propositions and candidates that will be on the ballot and highlights those supported by TAB and the home building industry. [Early Voting: Oct. 24-Nov. 4 / Election Day: Nov. 8]
HOMEPAC FUNDRAISER PART OF EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP DINNER ON NOV. 18
The Texas Association of Builders will host its annual HOMEPAC Silent & Live Auction on Friday, Nov. 18. The highly coveted auction items will be on display in Austin at the Driskill Hotel starting at 7 p.m. Last year was a record setting event with outstanding auction items that benefited HOMEPAC, the non-partisan registered political action committee of TAB.
This year's auction items will make great holiday presents, birthday gifts and vacation get-a-ways. If you would like to contribute to the list of items being donated, contact Melinda Smith at Melinda@TexasBuilders.org or (512) 476-6346.
The auction is in conjunction with the Texas Housing Hall of Honor and Excellence in Leadership Dinner.
BUILD YOUR ASSOCIATION BY SIGNING UP FOR A 2017 COMMITTEE, COUNCIL OR TASK FORCE
The Texas Association of Builders relies on the leadership of its members to provide expertise and experience on the issues and challenges facing our industry. As such, we encourage all members to serve on the various committees, councils and task forces that are available.
If you wish to join a committee, please complete the online form by Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Final appointments for 2017 committee/council/task force participation will be made by Dec.31, 2016.
JOIN TAB IN AUSTIN NOVEMBER 17-18
November will be a busy month for the Texas Association of Builders. TAB will host its 2016 fall meetings, induct a pair of Texas housing icons into the Hall of Honor, install its 2017 Senior Officers and announce its 2016 "Of the Year" award winners.
Committee meetings begin on Thursday, Nov. 17, while the Board of Directors meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday. With the 2017 legislative session convening in January, many of the committee meetings will focus on TAB's legislative agenda.
Ray Tonjes and David Weekley are two Texans that have been instrumental in the state's residential housing industry for decades. The pair will be inducted into the Texas Housing Hall of Honor on Friday, Nov. 18 as part of TAB's Excellence in Leadership Celebration. The evening will also highlight the 2016 "Of the Year" award winners and the installation of the 2017 Senior Officers. The dinner gets underway at 7 p.m. inside the historic Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin.
Also, during the Excellence in Leadership Dinner, TAB will host a silent & live auction benefiting HOMEPAC.
DON'T BE SPOOKED BY OUTDATED CONTRACTS
The Texas Association of Builders continues to update the 2015–2017 contracts package. New additions include:
If you have already purchased the contracts, you can go online to download the new additions. If you still need to purchase the contracts you may do so here. The $399.99 subscription includes any updates that occur during the two year cycle.
- New Architect/Design Professional Addendum to protect the builder when the owner hires an architect or design professional.
- New landscaping warranty exclusions in all construction/remodeling contracts, and content damage provisions in all remodeling contracts.
- The addition of a new "plan design release fee" to the existing Design-Build Agreement.
GOVERNOR ABBOTT PROCLAIMS OCTOBER 2016 AS "CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION MONTH"
At the request of the Texas Association of Builders, Gov. Greg Abbott has proclaimed October 2016 as "Careers in Construction Month."
The Governor stated, "Texas needs men and women dedicating their talents to the construction industry, and as a state, we must encourage students and Texans of all ages to consider construction as a worthy career option ... I encourage all Texans to learn more about our construction industry and recognize the critical role it plays in the development of Texas and the nation."
CONGRESSMAN BILL FLORES HONORED BY HOME BUILDERS AND TOUTS VALUE OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL TRAINING
The Heart of Texas Builders Association (Waco, TX), the Greater Brazos Valley Builders Association (Bryan-College Station, TX), the Texas Association of Builders and the National Association of Home Builders honored U.S. Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas) with the "Defender of Housing Award" on October 12, 2016.
The National Association of Home Builders created the designation to acknowledge 133 federal lawmakers across the country who are forward-thinking and recognize housing's significant role within the U.S. economy. Heart of Texas BA President Scott Bland said Congressman Flores understands the key national issues facing local builders. "The unfortunate effect of too much legislation and regulation is that it drives up the cost of housing, making it more difficult for families to afford a home."
Congressman Flores was presented with the award at Waco ISD's innovative Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy (GWAMA), where campus leaders and local home builders are working to launch a Construction Sciences Academy in the fall of 2017 where over three years students will become skilled in construction trades such as plumbing, electrical, masonry, and carpentry as well as OSHA safety requirements.
In his acceptance speech Flores said, "If we really want to re-instill that American dream (of homeownership), we've got to give people the opportunity to have the home they want at an affordable price, and we’ve also got to actually have the folks who can build these things." Flores, whose district includes Waco and Bryan-College Station, spoke to an audience of more than 50 GWAMA students as well as builders from the Waco and Bryan-College Station home builders associations. "College is a great pathway, but I get frustrated when people think it's the only path to having a great economic future in this country and the only path to having a decent career."
Over the last 20 years, students were geared toward college as the only pathway to a successful career, and the construction industry is now suffering from a critical shortage of skilled trades professionals because students were not taught about professional career opportunities that do not involve a four-year degree. Area home builders strongly support the proposed Construction Sciences Academy at GWAMA and have pledged over $200,000 to get the program started.
"Jobs that pay $20, $30 and even $40 an hour exist in the field, and starting training before students graduate can play a key role in filling these positions. Jobs in our industry are every bit as complicated and require these students here (at GWAMA), students who have good heads on their shoulders and are squared away and know what they want to do," said Bland. "It is exponentially more difficult to get skilled labor to build homes now, and our industry is one that cannot be outsourced. If we can start training these young people at 14 or 15 years old, they can graduate and immediately fill that need in a well-paying position."
The school district is looking forward to the possibility of a long and productive partnership with the home builders associations, considering building a new home itself is a partnership, Waco ISD Superintendent Bonny Cain said. "It's a partnership between home builders, their crews and their clients. Owning one's home remains the American dream. As Waco ISD makes training for the home building industry more affordable and attainable, Waco's community dream broadens."
"It broadens to include homeownership, to include local, high-quality, well-paying jobs to assist families who want to buy their own homes, and it includes Waco home building industries having a much easier time hiring local workers who are trained to meet local home builder specifications. GWAMA construction students will go to work for local builders, not ready to be trained, but ready to work," Cain said.
Waco ISD Trustees will likely vote on adding the construction sciences track later this month.
NAHB AND TAB NAME SENATOR CORNYN A "DEFENDER OF HOUSING"
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) was honored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Texas Association of Builders with the "Defender of Housing Award," acknowledging him as a forward-thinking federal legislator who recognizes housing's significant role within the U.S. economy.
"Sen. Cornyn understands the key national issues facing home builders and remodelers here in Texas," said Edward Martin, President and CEO, Tilson Home Corporation, a member of the Texas Association of Builders and the Greater Houston Builders Association. "The unfortunate effect of too much legislation and regulation is that it drives up the cost of housing, making it more difficult for families to afford a home."
"Home building is by its very nature a series of productive partnerships: between the home builder and his or her client, trade contractor, banker or architect," said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady, a home builder in Bloomington, Ill. "The 'Defender of Housing Award' honors another very important partnership: our ongoing work with the lawmakers who, in many ways, create the blueprint for our businesses with their votes on legislation that define how our industry operates."
NAHB created the Defender of Housing Award on behalf of the more than 700 state and local HBAs across the country that make up the NAHB federation. These HBAs chose their nominees, and a panel of NAHB elected leaders chose the finalists.
"Each recipient represents a strong commitment to affordable housing, consumer choice and most importantly, the significant contribution that home building makes to the economy," Martin said. "Homeownership is the engine that drives this nation, and the Defender of Housing Award goes to those who enable more homes to be built."
TAB SPONSORSHIP CORNER — Build and Strengthen Your Brand
Strengthen Your Company's Brand! Get your company name in front of thousands of home builders across the state of Texas. Check out the sponsorship opportunities for upcoming Texas Association of Builders events and programs and get well deserved recognition and marketing benefits all while supporting an incredible industry.
Nov. 17–18 — Fall Committee and Board Meetings
Nov. 18 —Texas Housing Hall of Honor and Excellence in Leadership Dinner and HOMEPAC Auction
Jan. 10, 2017 — Texas Reception @ International Builders' Show® (IBS)
©2016 Texas Association of Builders. All rights reserved.
313 East 12th Street, Suite 210 | Austin, Texas 78701
T 512.476.6346 | F 512.476.6427 | TF 800.252.3625
Be sure to add us to your address book or safe sender list so our emails get to your inbox. Learn how.
This edition of TABloid was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe to TABloid, click here.
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063