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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."
 
NAHB WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES
Rising Price Of Lumber!
Hefty tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imports are causing lumber prices to skyrocket and making many home builders pray for a prolonged price plateau.

steel tariffsWill it be long before more builders start using alternative materials to lumber? Steel-framed homes make up a very small portion of the overall market, but that may change as prices shift.

“Steel is slightly more expensive [than softwood lumber] at this point,” says Vic DePhillips of Steel Modular Systems in Bloomsburg, Penn. “But if prices for softwoods keep going the way they are, steel might soon be the less expensive option.”

That is, only if steel doesn’t get a similar tariff treatment to that of lumber. Late last month, the Trump administration decided to delay imposing a substantial 25% tariff on imported steel until at least June 1.

While the tariffs are said to be part of a strategy to protect domestic industries, many like DePhillips don’t see it that way.

“Whatever happens with steel, it will be the same as what’s happening with the softwood market: As soon as we put a tariff on [these imports], all the domestic suppliers raise their prices, too,” DePhillips said.

“You mean to tell me that U.S. Steel is going to sell for 12-15% less just because of the tariffs on imports? That’s not going to happen. All of the prices will rise no matter where it’s coming from.”

DePhillips calls the impact of rising materials prices a “terrible downward spiral” that is driving up the cost of new homes. For many consumers, higher costs might deter them from buying a home. And for some builders, it might prevent them from selling more homes.

“Will the price increases simply lead [builders] to pass along a modest surcharge? Or will the higher prices eventually be enough to push them to the point they can’t get appraisals to satisfy a sales price? At this point, we don’t know. But it’s a serious threat to our industry,” DePhillips said.

Surmounting Higher Prices
Despite the rising costs, DePhillips has yet to see any decrease in demand. In fact, keeping up with demand is what has most of his attention — interest in modular construction has increased largely as the result of the skilled labor shortage.

“Though our prices for materials go up just like the next guy, [modular construction] is a way to build more efficiently and at a lower cost,” he said. “Plus, I know there are plants that are currently running under capacity that could help more builders build more products.”

NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz agrees that at only 3% of the new-homes market, modular construction could be looked upon as a viable solution to help ease the challenges of limited labor and rising costs.

“Building more with less requires changing how we build — and every little bit helps,” Dietz said. “Assembling more components of a home in factories and transporting them to the construction site is one way for builders to raise productivity and potentially increase profits.”
 
June 12, 2018 MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The June 12th Membership Meeting will be held at 11:30 till 1:00 at Fairfield Country Club.  Notification will be sent out June 1st. 
 
NAHB Membership Has Its Privileges
Click on the link below to learn about NAHB Membership Benefits.  Your WHBA membership includes a membership in the National Home Builders Association.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
 
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 DBT is performed on the ducts outside the building envelope (in unconditioned spaces) to identify excessive leakage.

The current level of air tightness is not hard to achieve but home builders need to hire a DET Verifier who is certified to perform the diagnostic testing required.  (See Link Below) OMembership in Westside HBA qualifies you for the $200 PER HOME PRnly a Certified Duct & Envelope Tightness or DET Verifier will be allowed to do this testing.  WHBA is Certified to perform this test as a member benefit and will be happy to assist you with any DET Verification questions you may have.

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

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LOOKING FOR A BUILDER OR CONTRACTOR?
Westside HBA has 2 membership categories
BUILDER MEMBERS are required to have a current "Georgia Contractor License", the state "Required Insurances" and meet state mandated "Minimum Financial" requirements. 
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS do not hold a Georgia builder License but are specialized contractors who work with Builder Members or with the general public directly.

Click on the link below for a list of our Builder and Associate Members.
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NATIONAL GREEN BUILD CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
Westside Home Builder Associations has adopted NAHB's National Green Program.  Click on the link below for information.

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