TAB News Briefs
Jun. 11, 2015

Star Awards tickets are priced to sell quickly, purchase yours today!
The Texas Association of Builders would like to invite you to attend the 2015 Star Awards held in conjunction with the Sunbelt Builders Show™ on Thursday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. The cocktail party and presentations will be held inside the prestigious Gaylord Texan® Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine Texas. Seating is limited and tickets are priced to sell quickly ($35 now/$50 after July 7) so don’t procrastinate, buy today. Pay $35 now till July 7 or $50 on July 8 and onsite.

Thanks to our Star Awards Sponsors: Aliana, Anderson Hanson & Blanton, Environments for Living, Friendswood Development Company, Morrison, Natural Gas Utilities of Texas, Real Manage, Schlage, StrucSure Home Warranty, Texas Home Builders Safety Group and Trane. More

Abbott: Don't expect any more special sessions
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants those whose business brings them to Austin every two years to know the Texas Legislature won't see any extra innings if he can help it. In his first in-depth interview since the regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature gaveled to a close, Abbott said he would give the 150 state representatives and 31 senators an "A" on their legislative report card. After declaring priorities at the beginning of session including early and higher education, transportation, border security, ethics and tax relief, Abbott said the legislature moved each of those items forward.More

Minorities in forefront of big city mayoral races
The Texas Tribune
As Texas' major cities continue their decades-long evolution to minority-majority populations — where there are fewer whites than blacks and Hispanics combined — tracking minority and female ascension to mayoral firsts has almost reached the complexity of a political trivia game. But the diversity of candidates is not a mere function of census numbers, political organizers and local leaders say. It's the result of years of work in the trenches as people of color have labored to accumulate political capital.More

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Our Emmy Award winning television production company is conducting a nationwide search for an upcoming show on a major television network. We're looking for experienced and knowledgeable professionals who do great work, are ready to show off their talents to America, and have some fun.

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If you think you might be right for TV, or you know someone who is, then we want to hear from you. Please email us at your full name, age, contact info and location. Also include recent photos of yourself and your projects, and a brief bio. More

Mostly, Patrick says his Texas Senate got the job done
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is thrilled with this Texas Legislature, and he doesn't understand if you're not. He came by WFAA-TV to say so, speaking to Texans both to his left and to his even-further-right. By delivering an average $125 property tax cut, more state troopers along the border and new A-F grades for public schools, "the Senate led," the Houston radio executive said after taping an Inside Texas Politics interview.More

Female custom builder takes on male-dominated industry with unique Texas homes
Houston Chronicle
It's not enough that Erin Wright is one of very few women in the home building industry, she's also among the youngest. The Tyler Junior College graduate has been involved in construction since the age of 17. At 32, she is now a Certified Green Professional, Certified Graduate Builder and Graduate Master Builder who has garnered a number of accolades, including the Texas Association of Builders Excellence Under 45 Award.More

Multimillion-dollar homes selling like haute-cakes in Dallas area
The Dallas Morning News
For the last few years there has been a flood of high-end home sales. The number of houses sold in North Texas priced at $1 million and higher has jumped by more than 50 percent. Last year, a record of more than 1,000 such properties were sold by real estate agents in the area. Dallas is one of the top 15 U.S. markets for million-dollar home purchases, according to a study by Coldwell Banker. More

Abbott signs sweeping border security legislation
Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, signed a sweeping border security bill Tuesday aimed to boost law enforcement presence in the Rio Grande Valley. "Texas is now a safer place," Abbott said after inking his name to House Bill 11 at the Texas Department of Public Safety region headquarters in Houston. Abbott characterized the measure as "the toughest, most comprehensive border security plan of any state in the United States of America."More

Builders: It's time to think differently
The most telling factor right now for residential new construction — whatever the scale, positioning, and geography of one's operation — is that catalyst of all catalysts in housing markets: urgency. Urgency only happens on a home-by-home basis in the present. Urgency's consequence is both volume and margins. To kindle it, home builders—whether a pickup truck builder or a Fortune 100 company — need to think differently about thinking differently. We tend to believe that thinking differently in home building means doing things right and doing the right things on a home-by-home basis, and that's been true up to now. But will it continue to be?More

Abbott signs E-verify mandate, tweaking Perry executive order
Houston Chronicle
Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation to require Texas state agencies to ensure all hires are American citizens using the E-verify system, fulfilling a campaign promise while tweaking a policy put in place by his predecessor, Rick Perry. The bill signed by Abbott will strengthen enforcement of an executive order issued by Perry last December, but also will limit it to agency employees, rather than including workers at private companies that contract with the state. Perry, who made his second presidential campaign official last week, has cited his order as part of a broader message about his experience of leadership on immigration and foreign policy issues.More

More evidence of positive effects of nature in built environments
By Michael J. Berens
Increased daylighting is now a common strategy for reducing energy consumption in buildings. It has the added benefit that it is also good for occupants. Exposure to sunlight and natural views have been shown to improve mood, increase productivity and enhance wellness. Several recent studies have found that providing access to nature and natural views in the built environment also promotes a number of other positive behaviors. More