nerdwallet.com picked Greenville County as the fourth best place in South Carolin for job seekers. Factors nerdwallet considered include:
- Is the county growing?
- Can you afford to live in the county comfortably?
- Are most people employed?
In the top 10 were four counties in the Upstate including Pickens (8th), Oconee (9th), and Anderson (10th).
The top 10 counties in South Carolina for job seekers are:
- Lexington County
- Beaufort County
- Kershaw County
- Greenville County
- Richland County
- York County
- Aiken County
- Pickens County
- Oconee County
- Anderson County
Read the complete report at nerdwallet.com by clicking here.
Markets in 54 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today. The index’s nationwide score of .86 indicates that, based on current permits, prices and employment data, the nationwide market is running at 86 percent of normal economic and housing activity.
In the Upstate, Greenville ranks 150 among the nation's housing markets. It's overall score is .87, or 87 percent of normal and better than the national average. Holding our market back is permits, which are 55 percent recovered. However, prices are 114 percent of normal, an indication that demand is now exceeding supply. Employment is at 92 percent of normal.
Spartanburg is ranked 181 with a score of .84. Permits also are 55 percent recovered, and housing prices have just exceeded normal. Employment is at 93 percent of normal.
Anderson is not ranked because housing price data is not currently available. However, permits in Anderson are at 42 percent of normal and employment is at 91 percent of normal.
Click here to view data on all 350 housing markets.
The LMI figures for November showed that 55 housing markets were operating at or above their last normal levels and the nationwide market was operating at 85 percent of normal growth.
LMI data for the two months were released simultaneously because of the delay in collecting data during the partial government shutdown in October.
“This index shows that most housing markets across the nation are continuing a slow, gradual climb back to normal levels,” said Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “Policymakers must guard against actions that could impede or even reverse the modest gains of the past year.”
Noting that smaller metros accounted for most of the 54 markets on the current LMI that are at or above normal levels, Chief Economist David Crowe said that “smaller markets are leading the way, particularly where energy is the primary economic driver. Nearly half of the markets in the top 54 are in the energy states of Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.”
“The fact that more than 125 markets on this month’s LMI are showing activity levels of at least 90 percent of previous norms bodes well for a continuing housing recovery in 2014,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Co., which co-sponsors the LMI report.
Baton Rouge, La., tops the list of major metros on the LMI, with a score of 1.42 ? or 42 percent better than its last normal market level. Other major metros at the top of the list include Honolulu, Oklahoma City, Austin and Houston, Texas, as well as Pittsburgh ? all of whose LMI scores indicate that their market activity now exceeds previous norms.
Looking at smaller metros, both Odessa and Midland, Texas, boast LMI scores of 2.0 or better, meaning that their markets are now at double their strength prior to the recession. Also at the top of the list of smaller metros are Casper, Wyo.; Bismarck, N.D.; and Grand Forks, N.D., respectively.
The LMI shifts the focus from identifying markets that have recently begun to recover, which was the aim of a previous gauge known as the Improving Markets Index, to identifying those areas that are now approaching and exceeding their previous normal levels of economic and housing activity. More than 350 metro areas are scored by taking their average permit, price and employment levels for the past 12 months and dividing each by their annual average over the last period of normal growth. For single-family permits and home prices, 2000-2003 is used as the last normal period, and for employment, 2007 is the base comparison. The three components are then averaged to provide an overall score for each market; a national score is calculated based on national measures of the three metrics. An index value above one indicates that a market has advanced beyond its previous normal level of economic activity.
Editor’s Note: In calculating the LMI, employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, house price appreciation data from Freddie Mac and single-family housing permits from the U.S. Census Bureau were used. The LMI is published on the fourth working day of each month, unless that day falls on a Friday -- in which case, it is released on the following Monday.
For historical information and charts, please go to nahb.org/lmi.
Your Home Builders Association has taken a position in opposition to a proposed tax accounting rule change, proposed in the U.S. Senate, that would negatively impact home builders whose contracts extend across two tax years. Read the full report and description of the rule, present and proposed, at Eye on Housing by clicking here.
We need your help in reaching our goal to finish renovations on Martha’s home. Martha is making great strides in recovering from a gunshot wound that left her paralyzed from the waist down and will be returning home from a rehabilitation facility in time for Christmas. Please consider a cash contribution to the Martha Childress Housing Fund as the extent of the remodels is quite expensive, including the need for an elevator. Many have already donated their time and resources to work on the home, here are several pictures of work already completed.
All proceeds not spent on her housing needs will be donated to a fund for her ongoing health needs. Checks can be made payable to HBA of Greenville Attn: Martha Childress Fund, 5 Creekside Park Court Ste. A, Greenville, SC 29615.
Did you know that the top 10 public builders have just a 25 percent share of home building, and falling? According to the National Association of Home Builders, the top 10 public builder market share over the last three years was:
- 2010: 26.3 percent
- 2011: 24.6 percent
- 2012: 24.1 percent
National data show interest rates on mortgages interrupted their upward trend. Contract mortgage interest rates decreased 0.04 percent from September to October, according to an index of new mortgage contracts.
According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders index was 4.32 percent for loans closed in late October. The index is calculated using FHFA’s Monthly Interest Rate Survey. The contract rate on the composite of all mortgage loans was 4.32 percent, down 4 basis points from 4.36 in September.
Interest rates are typically locked in 30-45 days before a loan is closed. Consequently, October data reflect market rates from mid-to-late September. The effective interest rate was 4.49 percent, down 2 basis points from 4.51 percent in September. The effective interest rate accounts for the addition of initial fees and charges over the life of the mortgage.
FHFA’s interest rate survey shows the average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages of $417,000 or less was 4.58 in October, a decrease of 5 basis points. The average loan amount for all loans was $269,000 in October down $1,100 from $270,100 in August.
Upward momentum in U.S. house prices remained strong in the third quarter, as prices rose 2.0 percent from the previous quarter, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI). This is the ninth consecutive quarterly price increase in the purchase-only, seasonally adjusted index and it marks the first time since 2009 that the national house price level is higher than it was five years ago.
“Overall, the housing market experienced another strong quarter, but price appreciation in the latter part of the quarter was relatively subdued,” said FHFA Principal Economist Andrew Leventis. “Price increases in August and September of 0.4 and 0.3 percent, respectively, were notably below appreciation rates observed earlier this year and in late 2012.”
The HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Compared with last year, house prices rose 8.4 percent from the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013. FHFA’s seasonally adjusted monthly index for September was up 0.3 percent from August.
FHFA’s expanded-data house price index, a metric introduced in August 2011 that adds transaction information from county recorder offices and the Federal Housing Administration to the HPI data sample, rose 2.2 percent over the latest quarter. Over the last four quarters, that index is up 8.8 percent. For individual states, price changes reflected in the expanded-data measure and the traditional purchase-only HPI are compared on pages 21-23 of this report.
The seasonally adjusted, purchase-only HPI rose 8.4 percent from the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013 while prices of other goods and services rose only 1.2 percent. The inflation-adjusted price of homes rose approximately 7.2 percent over the latest year.
- The seasonally adjusted, purchase-only HPI rose in 48 states and in the District of Columbia during the third quarter. Top 5 in annual appreciation: 1) Nevada 2) California 3) Arizona 4) Florida and 5) Washington.
- Of the nine census divisions, the Pacific division experienced the strongest increase in the latest quarter, posting a 4.2 percent increase and a 19.2 percent increase since last year. House prices were weakest in the East South Central division, where prices increased 0.8 percent from the prior quarter.
- As measured with purchase-only indexes for the 100 most populated metropolitan areas in the U.S., third quarter price increases were greatest in the Stockton-Lodi, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) where prices increased by 8.3 percent. Prices were weakest in the Virginia-Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA, where they fell 2.2 percent.
- Over the past year, only 1 MSA —Winston-Salem, NC — had a negative appreciation rate and 11 of the 20 MSAs with the highest appreciation rates were in California.
- The monthly seasonally adjusted purchase-only index for the U.S. has increased for the last 20 consecutive months.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that the 2014 maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will remain at $417,000 for one-unit properties in most areas of the country.
The conforming loan limit in all markets in South Carolina is $417,000.
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) establishes the maximum conforming loan limit that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are permitted to set for mortgage acquisitions. HERA also requires annual adjustments to these limits to reflect changes in the national average home price.
A description of the methodology used in determining the loan limits can be found in the attached addendum. Questions concerning the conforming loan limits can be addressed to LoanLimitQuestions@FHFA.gov.
Further information on potential future changes in the maximum size of loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee will be forthcoming.
Link to maximum conforming loan limits for 2014.
How do you improve on an International Builders’ Show education session on builder financing that last year topped 400 attendees? Rick Mandell, moderator for “How to Cash in on the New Wave of Capital,” has a plan.
This year, he’s added case studies so that panelists concentrating on both debt and equity financing can point to real-life solutions and get builders to “think like the money thinks,” he said.
While more money is beginning to become available to finance home building and development projects, home builders need a clearer understanding of how finance has changed and how to be successful in the post-Great Recession environment.
Builders who seek financing and can explain their objectives in terms that the investors can understand will find a more receptive welcome from private and equity investors looking to see how their investment will turn a profit.
The panel discussions and case studies will conclude with opportunities for individual conversations with potential investors. Even if those investors aren’t active back home in the builder’s own market, “at least [the builder] know how to speak the language” to get non-traditional investors interested in their projects, Mandell said.
Learn more about the Feb. 5 three-hour master session here.
Issuance of new building permits rose 6.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.034 million units in October due primarily to a double-digit increase on the multifamily side, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today.
This follows a 5.2 percent increase in permit issuance in September to 974,000 units.
Census figures for nationwide housing starts for September and October have been delayed until Dec. 18 as a result of last month’s partial government shutdown.
“Despite the recent government shutdown, builders feel a housing recovery is still under way,” said Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “However, this fragile recovery still faces a number of challenges, including uncertainty in Washington, tight credit conditions for home buyers and limited availability of labor and lots.”
“Permits are often a harbinger of future housing activity and the strong showing in the multifamily sector along with stable numbers on the single-family side bode well for a continuing, gradual upturn in housing over the coming months,” said senior economist Robert Denk. “But consumer and builder confidence could be seriously undermined unless policymakers make progress over looming budget, tax and economic policy issues in the weeks and months ahead.”
Multifamily permit issuance rose 15.3 percent to 414,000 units in October while the single-family side posted a 0.8 percent gain to 620,000 units.
Regionally, permits issuance in October held steady at 101,000 units in the Northeast and rose 15.4 percent in the West and 9.4 percent in the South. The Midwest posted a 9.6 percent decline.
Although stabilizing home values and modest price increases across much of the land are fueling a housing upturn, the recovery still remains tenuous in part because a flawed appraisal process continues to thwart accurate valuations on new homes.
Your Home Builders Association has made it a priority to enact major reforms so that appraisals reflect accurate home values and do not needlessly kill home sales.
Too often, due to faulty appraisal practices, home sales have come in below a contract sales price and brand-new homes with state-of-the art appliances and interior upgrades have been compared to distressed properties. In some cases, this has led to a new home getting appraised at less than the construction cost.
So how can builders fight back against low appraisals and win back sales?
Builder-members who have successfully navigated through the appraisal process offer the following suggestions:
Share data with the appraiser. Builders should provide all relevant data to appraisers, including plans and specifications of the property, information on how their product differs from their competitors, a list of energy-efficiency features in the home, details on materials that were chosen, and the buyers’ reaction to products selected. Builders cannot talk about the specific value of the home, but they can give the appraiser factual information that is verifiable.
Insist on a qualified appraiser. Use lending institutions that hire competent appraisers. If an appraisal assignment goes to an appraiser who you know is unfamiliar with your geographic area, insist that the lender switch to an appraiser who knows the area.
Request an appraiser who is familiar with new construction and/or energy-efficient construction.
Keep a detailed record of data provided to the appraiser (email, notes in calendar, etc.).
Engage with the lender and provide the facts. Nothing prevents a lender from ordering a second appraisal if the first appraisal appears flawed.
Be present during the appraisal. A builder can answer any questions the appraiser has during appraisal of the property and also point out added features, amenities and products that make the house stand out from others in the market.
Stage the property. Just like a buyer looking at an open house, an appraiser is likely to look more favorably on a home that exhibits curb appeal and is clean, clutter-free and move-in ready.
Employ the Tidewater Initiative. This little-known rule at the Department of Veterans Affairs states that if the appraiser determines that the value will come in lower than the sales price, he is required to halt the appraisal before it is completed and make the lender aware of the value coming in below the sales price. This allows any party to the transaction, including the builder, to provide additional information in support of the sales price. Since this is done at the VA, a builder can ask any lender to consider this policy without violating current regulations.
Valuing Green Homes for What They are Worth
Too many appraisals of homes with green features are being conducted by appraisers who simply aren’t trained to recognize the features and adjust valuations accordingly.
One builder and remodeler, Matt Belcher of Hibbs Homes in Wildwood, Mo., came up with a simple solution when he ran into this problem.
Belcher (who certifies his projects to the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard and other sustainability programs) developed relationships with several local lenders who all agreed to require that any appraiser assigned to his projects had undergone training, such as that offered by the Appraisal Institute, to become qualified to appraise high-performance homes.
Belcher also developed a sales contract clause for situations where the buyers prefer to select different lenders. The language, which has been reviewed and enhanced by the Appraisal Institute, states:
“This Home is being built/renovated/updated to nationally recognized standards above prevailing code. It is designed and constructed with unique features and materials and with high-efficient equipment and in accordance with high-efficiency standards. The Lender shall choose an Appraiser educated and knowledgeable in this type of valuation of these specialized Homes, preferably an appraiser who holds a professional appraisal designation that requires advanced education on such issues as the valuation of sustainable buildings (e.g., MAI or SRA designations from the Appraisal Institute). The appraiser shall provide verification of green valuation education of 14 hours or more from a qualified educational provider and knowledge to be permitted to conduct the appraisal for this project.”
The requirement seems to be working. After one recent episode in which Belcher thought the project was undervalued, he used the clause to request another appraisal from the lender, this time to be done by a person whose qualifications he could verify. The second appraisal came back reflecting a value that was much more appropriate.
Builders and remodelers who face green appraisal challenges are encouraged to refer to the NAHBGreen Toolbox: Overcoming Appraisal Challenges for additional ideas.
Your HBA Leads the Way
Your Home Builders Association has taken a leadership role on appraisal issues by bringing industry stakeholders and regulators to the table at five summit meetings that it has conducted at the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C.
Your Home Builders Association has also adopted policy on appraisals that calls for:
- Strengthening education, training and experience requirements for appraisers of new construction.
- Improving the quantity and quality of data for new construction.
- Developing new appraisal standards and best practices for conducting appraisals in distressed markets.
- Developing a process for expedited appeals of inaccurate or faulty appraisals.
- Strengthening oversight of appraisal activities.
- Streamline and coordinate the current regulatory framework and devote adequate resources to ensuring effective oversight and enforcement.
- Create a real estate data “superhighway” with a national real property registry and supporting networks.
- Reaffirm and streamline key appraisal principles contained in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.
- Establish uniform credentialing standards specific to each area of appraisal practice.
- Enact a consistent set of rules and guidelines for appraisals.
- Consider all three valuation approaches ? cost, income and sales comparison.
- Develop a dispute resolution process for expedited appeals of inaccurate or faulty appraisals.
- Establish a standard and a process to get the best appraisers for each assignment.
Your Home Builders Association has also developed excellent resources to help its members successfully navigate the appraisal process. These include:
- A two-page summary for members on how to build stronger and more productive relationships with appraisers.
- A “Builders Guide to Appraisals” webinar, which is available here. The webinar features a panel of home builder and appraisal practitioners who discuss appraisal rules and provide advice to help builders improve the accuracy of their home valuations.
- An Appraisal Primer that provides a detailed overview to help NAHB members better understand the appraiser’s role in the financing of new homes.
The NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) is the largest annual light construction show in the world, and this year, attendees will have access to the exhibit floors of two of the biggest tradeshows for design and construction professionals! Join us for IBS February 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas!
Enjoy a free 3-day exhibit pass, courtesy of 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty. IBS will be co-located with The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, launching the first annual Design & Construction Week and you won't want to miss it!
Click here to register for your free pass. For more information about the NAHB International Builders' Show, click here.
A large chunk of the credit for our improving economy belongs to multifamily construction. Since hitting a trough of 111,000 multifamily permits in October 2009, multifamily activity has quickly recovered. This past October there were 418,000 multifamily permits pulled, an amazing 73% of the permits pulled in March 2006, the single best month since the late 1980s. If single-family were doing that well, we'd be at 1.3 million SF permits.
Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D.
The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards* following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.
- 1926.501 - Fall Protection (Construction Standard)
- 1910.1200 - Hazard Communication
- 1926.451 - Scaffolding (Construction Standard)
- 1910.134 - Respiratory Protection
- 1910.305 - Electrical, Wiring Methods
- 1910.178 - Powered Industrial Trucks
- 1926.1053 - Ladders (Construction Standard)
- 1910.147 - Lockout/Tagout
- 1910.303 - Electrical, General Requirements
- 1910.212 - Machine Guarding
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have completed the first major overhaul of mortgage insurance master policy requirements in many years. FHFA’s 2013 Conservatorship Scorecard calls for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to develop aligned requirements for master policies.
Through this ongoing effort, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with FHFA oversight, have worked with the mortgage insurance industry to address and update gaps in the existing master policy framework. The new requirements will, among other things, facilitate timely and consistent claims processing.
Key improvements include:
- Loss mitigation ? requires that master policies support various loss mitigation strategies that were developed during the housing crisis to help troubled homeowners.
- Claims ? establishes specific timeframes for processing claims, including requests for
- Assurance of coverage ? sets standards for determining when, and under what circumstances, coverage under the mortgage insurance policy must be maintained and when it may be revoked. Enhanced communication ? promotes information sharing among mortgage insurers, servicers and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Mortgage insurance master policies specify the terms of business interaction between seller-servicers and mortgage insurers. Mortgage insurers will incorporate the aligned requirements into new master policies, which will be filed with state insurance regulators for their review and approval. FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac anticipate that the master policies will go into effect in 2014, pending review and approval by state insurance regulators. In the coming weeks, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will provide guidance to lenders and servicers regarding specific effective dates.
Did you know: 21 percent of all new housing is infill development?
Have you entered the HBA Bridge Awards? We want to recognize you as the best and brightest at the first annual HBA Bridge Awards Ceremony and it is not too late to submit your entry form!
If you would like to submit an entry, please click here to fill out the entry forms and follow the submission requirements accordingly. Entries will be judged January 6-10 and the winners will be recognized at the 2013 Bridge Awards Ceremony on January 30, 2014. Don't miss your opportunity to showcase the craftsmanship and professionalism you put into your projects - enter today!
Find out how to make your entry shine at the Bridge Awards Orientation at the HBA office Wednesday, December 4 at 3:30 p.m. Please contact Crystal Yanes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (864) 254-0133 if you have any questions.
|HBA of Greenville honorees at the Pinnacle Awards|
Pinnacle Award Honorees:
- Stoneledge Properties, Best Overall Green Construction
- Gabriel Builders, Best New Home Construction, more than $5 million
- John DuBonn Builders, Best Remodeling Project, more than $150,000
Statom honored as Associate Member of the Year
Jon Statom of Palmetto Exterminators was honored as the South Carolina Associate Member of the Year. Read the full report on Statom by clicking here.
About the Pinnacle Awards
The Pinnacle Awards were created to honor those in the home building industry who have achieved the highest standard of quality craftsmanship, innovative problem solving and customer satisfaction. This competition is a privilege of membership, as well as a means of challenging our members to greater levels of achievement.
Check out the Bridge Awards
HBA members will now have an opportunity to compete at the local level with the Southern Home and Garden Bridge Awards presented by GBS Building Supply. Click here for more information on entering the Bridge Awards.
HBA of Greenville Member, GBS Building Supply, based in Greenville, SC, was recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies statewide as 2013 Roaring Twenties winners were honored by SC Biz News recently.
Twenty large companies and 20 small companies from across the state were honored at a networking event and reception in Columbia. Company size was determined by gross revenue of $10 million and less for small companies, and more than $10 million for large companies.
While the companies knew they were among the top 20, the rankings were not announced until the event. Chris William, series executive producer and moderator of Carolina Business Review, was master of ceremonies.
GBS Building Supply, ranked number seven among large companies statewide, is an employee-owned company founded in 1972. Builders, remodelers, architects, and homeowners choose GBS because of their product knowledge, wide spectrum of products, prompt service, and attention to detail.
In addition to a full-service lumberyard, GBS supplies products throughout Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina such as windows, doors, decking, cabinets and countertops, roofing, siding, installed stone, insulation and house wrap, as well as locks and hardware. Their specialities include green products, cabinetry design services and commercial applications.
Roaring Twenties companies were qualified and ranked according to growth and revenue. A formula that awarded points based on both dollar and percentage increases in South Carolina revenue from years 2011-2012 was used to level the playing field between smaller and larger companies within the two categories.
For more information on GBS Building Supply, visit gbsbuilding.com.
Your Home Builders Association successfully clarified an amendment to the building code relating to window fall protection. The amendment was written improperly when it was adopted originally, which caused confusion in enforcement.
For clarification, the following code amendment is adopted:
Window Protection ? R312.2.1 as written is deleted and R312.2.2 now becomes the R312.2.1. R213.2 Window Fall Protection now reads; “Where window fall protection is provided it shall be installed in accordance with sections R312.2.1.
As a note, the get-out-of-jail-free card is R310.1.4 ? Operating Constraints. This section states, “emergency escape and rescue openings shall be operational from the inside of the room without the use of keys, tools or special knowledge.”
It was the association's position, in advocating for the amendment above, that the Window Protection section conflicted with the Operating Constraints section. The Building Codes Council agreed.
Since 1970, HBASC members and South Carolina’s legislators have been attending the Bird Supper. It is the longest standing event on the South Carolina legislative calendar.
- When: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
- Where: Seawells in Columbia, S.C.
Join us as we gather with our legislators over a delicious supper of fried quail, grits, green beans, biscuits and other fine southern cuisine.
Tickets are $35 per person. Contact the Home Builders Association of Greenville at (864) 254-0133.
EPA has issued a final guidance document regarding changes made by the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act for lead-free plumbing fittings and fixtures that take effect on Jan. 4, 2014. The guidance stipulates that all dealers, retailers and installers must not sell non-compliant products after that date even if they are part of existing inventory.
The document includes several implementation guidelines, information on the scope of the act and an FAQ to assist with compliance. The act’s amendments cover two primary areas:
- First, it lowers the maximum allowable lead content of plumbing products such as pipes and fixtures from 8% to 0.25%.
- Second, the act adds exemptions to the lead-free requirements for any pipes, pipe or plumbing fittings, or fixtures that are used in manufacturing, industrial processing, for irrigation purposes and any other uses where the water is not intended for human consumption.
Your Home Builders Association has learned that fire hydrants may be in short supply and substantially more expensive, the result of this new rule making by EPA.
EPA has reasoned that hydrants are occasionally used as an emergency source of drinking water.
Your Home Builders Association has joined various water utilities groups to call on EPA to reconsider its imposition of the lead-free mandate for fire hydrants. The new rule takes effect January 4, 2014.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of the Home Builders Association of Greenville, we extend our sincere sympathy to the family of John T. Watkins, of Columbia, SC.
John T. Watkins, a World War II veteran, became the first Director of the SC Residential Builders Commission in 1974 after more than 35 years as a residential and commercial builder. He improved the professionalism and image of the home building industry and protected the interest of homeowners in that position by establishing a consensus about the licensing of builders and specialty contractors and by fighting for various legislation.
He was named Columbia's Builder Member of the Year in 1963 and served as President of the HBA of Greater Columbia in 1964. He received the Gordon A. Harrison Award for lifetime contributions from the HBA of Greater Columbia in 1985. John served as President of the HBA of South Carolina in 1970 and in 1991 received the association's Hammer and Trowel Award which recognizes a public official for aiding the state's building industry. In 1997, he was inducted into the SC Housing Hall of Fame.
Visitation will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home on Saturday from 5 pm until 7pm, 845 Leesburg Rd, Columbia, SC 29209. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at Incarnation Lutheran Church (corner Devine & Sims) 3001 Devine Street, Columbia. Graveside services following funeral.
Watch a report about how your Home Builders Association has saved members tens of thousands of dollars with its efforts in court.
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