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Chris Collier
Executive Officer
PO Box 1272
Douglasville, GA  30133
T. 770-355-6714
rchriscollierjr@gmail.com
www.westsidehba.com
 
WESTSIDE HBA MISSION STATEMENT
"WE ARE A PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZATION COMPRISED OF BUILDING INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS WORKING TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE THROUGH THE PROMOTION OF SENSIBLE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND QUALITY CONSTRUCTION/DEVELOPMENT."
 
Link To Monthly Newsletter
Want to know more about what is going on with Westside HBA? Click on the link below to see a copy of our this month's E-Newsletter.  
E-Newsletter Link
 
August 22nd WHBA Membership Meeting
NOTE THE DATE CHANGE
Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Time:  11:30 till 1:00

LOCATION
Hudson Hickory House
6874 Broad St,
Douglasville, GA 30134

PROGRAM
This meeting will be dedicated to planning for FY2018, which begins September 1st.  We would like to invite all our members and interested parties to attend this planning session.  We will be looking at "Where We Are Today", creating a plan for FY2018, and a 3 year plan.

If you have ever wanted to get more involved in the association or just want to learn more about it, this is your opportunity.  We will be addressing "Committee Activities" and their objectives.

If you have any topics you would like to see on the agenda or items you would like to see discussed, please email them to Planning Session Input NLT August 18th.  If you would rather call with your input, the WHBA phone number is 770-355-6714.

We would like to have an idea who will be attending and have a good headcount. Please make a reservation by clicking on the link below by August 18th.


RESERVATION LINK - CLICK HERE
 
WHY BE A MEMBER OF WHBA?
It may seem counter-intuitive to say that the way you keep your competitive advantage is to collaborate with competitors. And yet, I’ve encountered many active WHBA members who find this to be true.

While you always hope to outdo the competition, one of the best ways to maintain that competitive advantage is to show up and participate in WHBA activities. Contractors and suppliers who are not active in WHBA, or don’t even belong, just don’t get it. I personally have observed what active members have told me – you stay competitive by having the latest information at your disposal. You get the latest information and advice from your fellow WHBA members – many of them competitors – as you get to know them and talk at WHBA meetings about marketing ideas, new products, government regulations, public officials and much more.

These are not imagined benefits. As I attend WHBA Board of Directors meetings and hear many of the best minds in our industry discuss the issues that they must deal with every day to remain a successful home builder. Members also make friends with whom they can commiserate as they battle the harsh economy. WHBA meetings can often almost act as your company’s informal advisory board. You are hearing ideas from others who are successful. And thanks to the WHBA staff and every WHBA member’s affiliation with the Home Builders Association of Georgia and the National Association of Home Builders, you also have access to learn what new approaches and ideas are helping builders and remodelers succeed across the country.

Suppliers and subcontractors (WHBA Associate Members) in our industry know that if builders pull permits, they will be successful too. They participate in WHBA and build relationships with builders and remodelers. Associate members include architects, bankers, land planners, marketing professionals and many more who supply products and services to builders and remodelers.

I hope by now that I have convinced you that it makes sense to show up at WHBA functions. You will learn the most by being around fellow quality contractors, suppliers and subcontractors.

All of you face hundreds of fly-by-night contractors who don’t associate with others in the industry. They are not WHBA members. They are not on top of the latest and best information. Some consumers hire them. Usually they are consumers who don’t know how to ask the right questions or don’t do a good job researching before making a decision. Through WHBA, you learn what the non-member fly-by-nighters have to mostly guess at. That allows you to run quality businesses that play by the rules and get our share of whatever business is out there.

Here’s a tip that non-members won’t hear. The nationally-renowned home sales and marketing expert Daniel Levitan wrote an article titled “Strategic Residential Marketing”. In the article, he advises that a builder should quit using the term “walk-through” and replace the term with “initial orientation.” Think about that for a moment. Who among you hasn’t commonly heard and used the term “walk-through” when going through your newly completed home with the buyers? Levitan points out that “walk-through” prejudices the process, virtually implying to the buyer that you are walking through the home with them because there obviously will be defects. By simply using the phrase “initial orientation” there no longer is a pre-conceived perception that defects obviously have occurred and need to be discovered. Sure, it’s a minor point. But as you attempt to build excitement in the minds of buyers, you want them thinking with positive anticipation, not fretting.

In the end, it is up to you to run a successful business. By participating in WHBA, you will find hundreds of reasons to help you along that path toward success.
 
Business Opportunity for WHBA Members
WHBA Member Requests Bids on RFP
Fairfield Plantation has two projects that they are soliciting proposals for and would like to  get the information out to WHBA members.

Pool/Tennis Retaining Wall Renovation – This will include demo of brick wall, steps; concrete decking followed with rebuild with drainage system.  The RFP is available with a pre-bid meeting scheduled for Friday, August 11th.

Metal Roofing Projects – We have four (4) facilities that are scheduled to be roofed this budget year.  These are to include the Administrative Office; Country Club; Recreation Center and Marina Restaurant & Patio. 

For a copy of the REP on these projects or more information contact JIM BLAIR at 770/832-2360.
 
LOOKING FOR A LICENSED BUILDER MEMBER?
All Westside HBA Member Builders are required to have a current Georgia Contractor License, have the state "Required Insurances" and meet state mandated "Minimum Financial" requirements. 

Click on the link below for a list of our Builder Members.
BUILDER MEMBER LIST
 
LOOKING FOR AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER?
Are you looking for a subcontractor?  WHBA member firms have met the minimum requirements for membership and are available to work with Builder Members. 

Please Do Business With A Member!
ASSOCIATE MEMBER LIST
 
HAVE WHBA PERFORM YOUR DET TESTING!
Get your DET Testing Done For As Little As $200 Per Home Through WHBA
DET Verification is now required on all new homes in prior to obtaining a Certification of Occupancy   Verification includes a Blower Door Test for air infiltration and Duct Blast Test on all HVAC systems outside the home's conditioned space.  The BDT results must be less than 7 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (ACH50).  When the 2012 IECC code is adopted, the requirement will drop to 3.   The DBT is performed on the ducts outside the building envelope (in unconditioned spaces) to identify excessive leakage. The Georgia energy code requires that the duct leakage outside the envelope be less than 11 cubic feet per minute per 100 square feet of conditioned floor area if tested after construction.  This will also change to 4 with the adoption of the 2012 IECC code.

This level of air tightness is not hard to achieve but home builders will need to hire a DET Verifier who is certified to perform the diagnostic testing required by the 2009 IECC Georgia amendments.  (See Link Below) Only a Certified Duct & Envelope Tightness or DET Verifier will be allowed to do this testing.  WHBA is Certified to perform this test and will be happy to assist you with any DET Verification questions you may have.

Membership in Westside HBA qualifies you for the $200 PER HOME PRICE for DET Testing done through the association where the HVAC system is contained in the conditioned space.  This represents a savings of at least $150 per home over other 3rd party verifiers. HVAC systems outside the conditioned space are tested at a cost of $50 each.  This service is offered to non-members at a price of $300.00 per house. 

As a Certified DET Tester, our WHBA Executive Officer - Chris Collier, will personally perform your required DET Verification Testing and issue you the DET Certificate necessary to obtain a CO on your home.  Call Chris at 770-355-6714 to schedule your next DET Certification.

Copy of Applicable Energy Code
 
NATIONAL GREEN BUILD CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
Westside Home Builder Associations has adopted NAHB's National Green Program.  Click on the link below for information.

NAHB GREEN LINK
 
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