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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."
 
MARCH 12TH Meeting - WHBA Fun Night - SOLD OUT!
If you are looking for tickets to this event, it is SOLD OUT.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  We hope to see you at our April Membership Meeting.

WHBA's March Meeting will take on a unique format. It will be an evening meeting beginning at 6:30 PM filled with networking opportunities, good food and Carmen Ciricillo, "The Construction Comic".  Carmen Ciricillo is  a nationally touring comedian who has performed for many major construction associations and corporations across the US. He has headlined the Volvo Hardhat Comedy Tour, major comedy clubs, toured with NASCAR and at NAHB annual events. His material is based on his experience growing up and working in a construction family business in Ohio. The evening's schedule will be as follows.  

DATE:  
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
TIME: 
6:30 - 7:00    Social & Networking
6:30 - 7:45    Cash Bar Open
7:00 - 7:45    Dinner
7:45 - 9:00    Program & Entertainment
LOCATION:
Atlanta's Finest Catering & Event Center
The Old Rock Inn
7981 Hwy 78
Winston, GA 30187

View Carmen Ciricillo on YOUTUBE
 
APRIL 9TH MEMBERSHIP MEETING
TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019 MEETING INFORMATION

TIME:  11:30 - 1:00
SPONSOR:  Douglas County Water & Sewer Authority
PROGRAM:  Waters of the US and Associated Regulations
PRESENTER:  Brian Keel

CEU CREDITS: 1/2 Hour

MEETING LOCATION:
The Olive Tree - Villa Rica
150 Stone Street
Villa Rica, GA 30180
(770) 456-6456

DO NOT MAKE RESERVATIONS UNTIL AFTER MARCH 20TH!
 
NEW FOR 2019: Westside HBA Healthcare Plan
A solution to the high cost of healthcare for our members!
A quick reminder regarding the December enrollment period.  The cutoff for January 1 participation is Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  Please remind your members who are looking to participate that they need to complete their enrollments by no later than the 19th. To learn more about this exciting new membership program, please view our program summary video below.

The Westside Home Builders Association Healthcare program simplifies what has become so complex and provides a high-end, affordable healthcare solution for individuals and families, employers, employees and sole-proprietors. It is compliant with ACA regulations for essential coverage, provides a four (4) Year “Rate Lock” ensuring rate stability in a very unstable market, and can lower healthcare costs by as much as 60% or more when compared to traditional group health insurance or the state exchanges.

Participants may choose either the Apex Basic MEC Plan (HDHP) or the Advantage Plan for preventative coverage and then pair it with the Sedera Medical Cost Sharing Plan for major medical or catastrophic events. These ACA compliant packages include 100% coverage for all 18 preventative services for adults, 26 services for women, and 27 services for children. For details on these services please visit: http://www.healthcare.gov/center/regulations/prevention.html

Sedera is a non-insurance, community sharing approach to managing health care costs. Participants in the medical cost sharing plan are self-pay patients and submit their expense for sharing to Sedera when they exceed their IUA* (Ex: illness, injury, pregnancy). There are no networks and members are free to go to the provider of their choice.

To learn more click on the "Information & Enrollment Link" below.

Information & Enrollment Site Link
Sedera Cost Sharing Guide Link
 
WHBA Promotes OJT Training Program
WHBA has identified an On-the-Job (OJT) Training Program that provides reimbursement to employers to help compensate for the costs associated with skills upgrade training and loss of production for newly hired employees.  OJT can assist employers who are looking to expand their business and need additional staff trained with specialized skills. OJT employers may receive reimbursement of 50% to 75% of the wage rate of OJT trainees to help defray personnel training costs for up to six months. 

Click on the link below for more information.
 
OJT Link
 
SMALL RISE IN HOME PRICES & MORTGAGE RATES HAS BIG EFFECT ON AFFORDABILITY
It takes only a small uptick in home prices and mortgage rates to price more than 1 million potential home buyers out of the market for a median-priced home.

For example, $1,000 might sound insignificant when compared to the overall price of a new home. But that relatively small amount has a surprisingly big impact on affordability.

NAHB economists recently determined that for every $1,000 increase in the cost of today’s median U.S. home price, 127,560 American households are priced out and would no longer be able to afford it. In other words, based on their incomes, 127,560 households would be able to qualify for a mortgage to purchase the home before the price increase, but not afterward.

Those numbers are even more staggering when looking at potential interest rate increases. It takes only a quarter-point rise in the rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to price approximately 1 million households out of that segment of the market and force them to set their sights lower than a median-priced home –- or delay their home purchase altogether.
 
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) Membership in Westside HBA qualifies you for the $200 PER HOME. 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 as a member benefit 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.

Copy of Applicable Energy Code
 
LOOKING FOR A BUILDER OR CONTRACTOR?
Do Business With A Member!
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.
BUILDER MEMBER LIST
ASSOCIATE MEMBER LIST
 
   
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