NC Builder Institute Classes To Be Held March 5-7

Registration is now open for the Spring 2019 Session of the North Carolina Builder Institute.

View the complete course schedule here.

Eighteen courses will be offered over three days, including NAHB’s CAPS I,II, & III as well as popular NCBI classes such as BM110 Accounting & QuickBooks for Builders and PM107 Building Codes, which will highlight key changes in the 2018 NC Residential Building Code that became effective January 1st. We’re also offering a special HERS Associate Certification Course designed for builders, realtors, code inspectors and others who can benefit from understanding how the HERS Index is used in the construction and sale of new homes.

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2019 Legislative Long Session Gets Underway

The members of the 2019 General Assembly reconvened in Raleigh last Wednesday to kick-off the legislative “long session.” The long session is the first of a biannual legislative process that allows members to introduce legislation without restriction. Over the next several months, it is anticipated that more than a thousand bills will be introduced by 170 members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. There is no time restraint on the length of a legislative session. The last long session in 2017 lingered on throughout most of that year. There are several dynamics that make adjournment predictions difficult, and this year any prediction is uncertain since the GOP no longer holds a veto proof “supermajority” in either chamber. 

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NCHBA Announces Hurricane Florence Grants

Thanks to the generosity of our members and HBA’s from across the country, the North Carolina Home Builders Association Educational and Charitable Foundation has collected $62,410.00 for the purpose of helping our members who are recovering from the staggering impact of Hurricane Florence.

NCHBA has created an easy application for affected members to apply. Click here to download the application. The deadline is March 15, 2019.  After the deadline, the NCHBA Educational and Charitable Foundation board members will review the requests and make a determination on funding.

If you are interested in applying, please click here.  For more information, please contact tminton@nchba.org.

2019 General Assembly Convenes In Raleigh To Kick Off The Legislative “Long Session”

The members of the 2019 General Assembly reconvened in Raleigh last Wednesday to kick off the legislative “long session.” The long session is the first of a biannual legislative process that allows members to introduce legislation without restriction. Over the next several months more than 1,000 bills will be introduced by 170 members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. There is no time restraint on the length of this session. Unlike the three previous long sessions, Republicans will not hold a veto proof “super-majority.” If the Governor vetoes legislation moving forward, Republicans in the chamber will either have to have Democrats cross the aisle or alter the legislation so that the Governor does not object. There are many dynamics that make adjournment predictions difficult. No matter how long the process takes, your NCHBA legislative team will be there every step of the way looking after the best interests of our members.

The legislative process will pause over the next two weeks as legislators and staff take care of several logistical formalities. Leaders in both the House and Senate chambers will work with members on committee and office assignments. The next scheduled session will be held on Wednesday, January 30.

NCHBA, in concert with several other business organizations, held a reception for the members of the 2019 General Assembly on Tuesday night. Joining your legislative team for the event was 2019 President Phil Warrick, President-Elect Mark Martin, Legislative Committee Chair Warren Smith, Build PAC Chair Allen Oliver, and OBX member Duke Geraghty. The event was held at the North Carolina Museum of History and was a great start to the new session. Several of the newly elected members of the two chambers were in attendance along with veteran legislators of both parties. This allowed the team to start the process of building new relationships, while forging relationships with returning members.

In 2019, NCHBA’s legislative team will continue to work with legislators on behalf of our members in an effort to ease the regulatory burden on home builders across North Carolina. The last several sessions have produced extraordinary results for the home building industry, saving builders millions of dollars in taxes and regulations. With regulations touching nearly every aspect of land development and home construction, NCHBA must continue to scale back unnecessary barriers that prevent the industry from reaching its full market potential.

Once again, NCHBA will have a major pro-active agenda which is still being formulated. Your legislative team is already meeting with key legislators to discuss those items. In addition, one the most important jobs of your legislative team over the next several months will be to monitor the introduction of legislation with emphasis on bills which may have adverse consequences on the housing industry. We will also be working in conjunction with other business groups on matters of common interest.  

NCHBA Is Active During Brief Post-Election Session

The General Assembly returned for an unusual post-election session on November 27. The primary purpose of this session was to craft legislation to implement the recently-enacted constitutional amendment regarding the photo-ID requirement for voting. In addition, they took care of several other issues left over from the summer’s short session. Legislators completed their business last Thursday and sent bills to the Governor for his consideration.

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