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NAHB’s Government Affairs Team Posts Key Wins for Members in 2023

In a year of hyper-partisan gridlock that produced less than two dozen bills enacted into law (the fewest number in decades), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) was able to establish a formidable presence on Capitol Hill and move the ball forward on a number of high-priority legislative objectives.

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Join us for the inaugural HBA Pub Crawl!

Join us in exploring some of downtown Salem's unique bars while networking with fellow members at the HBA's inaugural Pub Crawl on Thursday, February 22nd! Presented by MANN Mortgage, the Pub Crawl will see us visiting three unique downtown Salem bars, each offering a unique ambiance and an assortment of tasty drinks and bites.

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HBA Offers Building Code Update Class on March 19th

Oregon's building code changes April 1st. Are you ready? Beginning April 1st, all permit applications will have to comply with the new 2023 Oregon Residential Specialty Code, which contains a number of significant changes over the previous code. Attend the HBA's Code Update Class on Tuesday, March 19th to get the information you'll need to avoid costly errors and corrections.

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Don’t Get Scammed by Email List Vendors

A number of HBA members have reported receiving emails from rogue list brokers in recent weeks, with fraudulent offers to sell HBA member lists and emails. Unfortunately, some members have paid money to these spammers, only to find that they're not getting the lists they were promised. Please be aware that the Home Builders Association does not authorize any third parties to sell lists of members or their emails.

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Independence Proposes Massive SDC Hike

The City of Independence has proposed a massive $21,000 increase in their water System Development Charge (SDC), increasing Independence's total SDCs to nearly $54,000. If adopted at the Independence City Council's February 27th meeting, Independence's SDCs would be the most expensive in the state of Oregon.

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Andrew Wheeler Installed as 2024 HBA President

The HBA celebrated its annual change in elected leadership on December 13th, as Andrew Wheeler of T. Wheeler Homes was installed as 2024 President of the Association. The installation took place during the HBA's annual Holiday & Installation Banquet held at the Salem Convention Center. The event also marked the installation of the other officers and members of the Board of Directors.

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Santiago Sarmiento Named 2023 Associate of the Year

Santiago Sarmiento of Sarmiento's LLC has been named the Home Builders Association’s 2023 Associate of the Year. The award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the HBA, the building industry and the local community. Santiago Sarmiento's involvement with the HBA has been noteworthy. In the previous year, he served as the HBA's Associate Vice-President, showing leadership and dedication to the association's growth. However, Santiago's impact goes beyond his official role. He's been actively engaged in industry and community initiatives.

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Nolan Fridley Receives 2023 Builder of the Year Award

Congratulations to Nolan Fridley of Fridley Custom Homes, named the 2023 Builder of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Marion & Polk Counties at the annual Holiday & Installation Banquet at the Salem Convention Center in mid-December. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding craftsmanship and individuals who leave a lasting impact on the association, the home building industry, and the greater community. 

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Time is Running Out to Register for Tuesday’s HBA Holiday & Installation Banquet

Join us next Tuesday evening, December 12th for the HBA's Holiday & Installation Banquet at the Salem Convention Center as we install incoming President Andrew Wheeler and the 2024 Board of Directors, as well as present the annual Builder of the Year and Associate of the Year awards.  This festive banquet is a great opportunity to celebrate the holidays with friends and colleagues alike.

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Advertise in the 2024 Tour of Homes magazine

The 2024 Tour of Homes takes place July 13th - 21st of next year, and work on the Tour of Homes magazine has begun.  Again this year, the HBA has partnered with E&M Consulting, Inc. to produce the Tour of Homes Magazine which will be available in both print and digital formats. To advertise, please contact E&M at 800-572-0011 ext. 8005 or [email protected]

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Energy Trust of Oregon Offers Upcoming Webinar on New Energy Code

With Oregon's energy codes changing April 1st, 2024, many builders, building designers, HVAC contractors and others will be needing to learn about the changes needed to meet the new code requirements. To assist contractors with the change, Energy Trust of Oregon is hosting a webinar on "How to Meet or Exceed the 2023 Oregon Energy Code" on Wednesday, November 29th from 8am - 9am.

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PWB Offering Two Great Networking Events

The HBA's Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is offering two excellent networking events for Council members (and prospective PWB Council members too!) this month - a 'Coffee & Pie' social at 8:30am on Thursday, Nov. 16th and their Holly Jolly Cooking Decorating Party at 5:00pm on Thursday, Nov. 30th.

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Nominations open for Builder of the Year & Associate of the Year awards

Nominations are now open for the HBA's 2023 Builder of the Year and Associate of the Year awards. The awards honor individual members for their outstanding contributions to the association, to the building industry and/or the community, and are are designed to recognize those who exemplify service to their industry and community, and inspire others towards similar efforts.

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Learn About New Oregon Energy Code at Nov. 15th Member Luncheon

Join us at the monthly HBA member luncheon on Wednesday, November 15th for a presentation on Oregon's new energy codes from Greg Lasher of Energy Trust of Oregon. The new code becomes mandatory on April 1st of next year, and will impact builders, trade contractors and material suppliers.

2024 Board of Directors to be elected

Members attending the HBA's monthly luncheon on Wednesday, November 15th will be casting ballots for the association's 2024 Board of Directors. Andrew Wheeler of T. Wheeler Homes has been nominated for the President position, with Beth Rhoades of C&R Remodeling & Design nominated for the incoming Secretary/Treasurer position.

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HBA Member Gas Prices Drop to $3.30 per Gallon

Association members enrolled in the HBA's group fuel purchasing program are paying only $3.30 per gallon for unleaded and $4.13 per gallon for diesel as of Thursday, October 26th, savings of nearly $1 per gallon. If you'd like information on enrolling in the program, contact Kathy Temple at Ed Staub Petroleum at 541-408-5155.

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Register for Tuesday’s Member Luncheon on Salem’s Proposed Payroll Tax

Join us over the noon hour next Tuesday, October 24th for the monthly HBA member luncheon where we’ll delve into one of the most controversial and discussed topics in Salem today: the proposed payroll tax on next month’s ballot. [READ MORE]

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Oregon’s Building Codes to Change

Oregon's residential building codes will be changing in 2024, and both builders and trade contractors will want to pay close attention to when the new code changes will be required. While the new 2023 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (2023 ORSC) has been adopted, contractors may choose to build under either the existing or new code until April 1st, 2024. [READ MORE]

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Register to Attend HBA’s Oct. 17th Trade Show Night

Registration is now open for Trade Show Night - one of the HBA's most popular events of the year! Mingle with nearly 200 other HBA members and more than three dozen vendors while enjoying heavy appetizers and beverages while thousands of dollars in cash and prizes are given away.

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HBA Contributes $10,000 to Defeat Payroll Tax

The Home Builders Association of Marion & Polk Counties has contributed $10,000 to the campaign to defeat the employee-paid payroll tax that will be before Salem voters on the November 7th ballot.  The association's Board of Directors voted in late September to oppose the tax and contribute funds from the organization's political action committee to help ensure the tax's defeat.  

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Free Registration for International Builders Show Through End of September

Thinking about joining 125 - 150 other HBA members from the Salem areas attending the NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas next February 27th - 29th?  If so, you'll want to register by the end of September and take advantage of free expo pass registration for the show.

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Construction Community Liaison Sought for Santiam Canyon Fire Recovery

The Santiam Canyon Long-Term Recovery Group (SCLTRG) is seeking a Community Construction Liaison to act as the primary point of contact between the SCLTRG and individual survivors working on home rebuilds.

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Oregon OSHA Issues Emergency Heat Rules

Reacting to Oregon’s recent heat waves and the unfortunate deaths that came with it, Governor Brown earlier this week ordered Oregon OSHA to adopt emergency rules relating to working outdoors or indoors during high heat.

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Oregon OSHA drops requirements for masks, social distancing on jobsites

Oregon's Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OR-OSHA) announced today that masks and social distancing requirements would no longer

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Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases Again July 1st

Oregon's minimum wage rates increase again July 1st, 2021, the latest in a multi-year series of increases adopted by the Oregon legislature in 2016.

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NAHB Chairman Urges Congress to Boost Lumber Production from Federal Lands

To help resolve lumber supply shortages and rein in elevated prices, NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke today called on Congress to increase domestic lumber production from federal

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HBA Offers Building Code Update Class on March 19th

Oregon's building code changes April 1st. Are you ready? Beginning April 1st, all permit applications will have to comply with the new 2023 Oregon Residential Specialty Code, which contains a number of significant changes over the previous code. Attend the HBA's Code Update Class on Tuesday, March 19th to get the information you'll need to avoid costly errors and corrections.

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Energy Trust of Oregon Offers Upcoming Webinar on New Energy Code

With Oregon's energy codes changing April 1st, 2024, many builders, building designers, HVAC contractors and others will be needing to learn about the changes needed to meet the new code requirements. To assist contractors with the change, Energy Trust of Oregon is hosting a webinar on "How to Meet or Exceed the 2023 Oregon Energy Code" on Wednesday, November 29th from 8am - 9am.

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Learn About New Oregon Energy Code at Nov. 15th Member Luncheon

Join us at the monthly HBA member luncheon on Wednesday, November 15th for a presentation on Oregon's new energy codes from Greg Lasher of Energy Trust of Oregon. The new code becomes mandatory on April 1st of next year, and will impact builders, trade contractors and material suppliers.

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Oregon’s Building Codes to Change

Oregon's residential building codes will be changing in 2024, and both builders and trade contractors will want to pay close attention to when the new code changes will be required. While the new 2023 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (2023 ORSC) has been adopted, contractors may choose to build under either the existing or new code until April 1st, 2024. [READ MORE]

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HBA Offers Building Code Update Class on March 19th

Oregon's building code changes April 1st. Are you ready? Beginning April 1st, all permit applications will have to comply with the new 2023 Oregon Residential Specialty Code, which contains a number of significant changes over the previous code. Attend the HBA's Code Update Class on Tuesday, March 19th to get the information you'll need to avoid costly errors and corrections.

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Time is Running Out to Register for Tuesday’s HBA Holiday & Installation Banquet

Join us next Tuesday evening, December 12th for the HBA's Holiday & Installation Banquet at the Salem Convention Center as we install incoming President Andrew Wheeler and the 2024 Board of Directors, as well as present the annual Builder of the Year and Associate of the Year awards.  This festive banquet is a great opportunity to celebrate the holidays with friends and colleagues alike.

Picture of PWBbanner on Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties 8 November, 2023

PWB Offering Two Great Networking Events

The HBA's Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is offering two excellent networking events for Council members (and prospective PWB Council members too!) this month - a 'Coffee & Pie' social at 8:30am on Thursday, Nov. 16th and their Holly Jolly Cooking Decorating Party at 5:00pm on Thursday, Nov. 30th.

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Learn About New Oregon Energy Code at Nov. 15th Member Luncheon

Join us at the monthly HBA member luncheon on Wednesday, November 15th for a presentation on Oregon's new energy codes from Greg Lasher of Energy Trust of Oregon. The new code becomes mandatory on April 1st of next year, and will impact builders, trade contractors and material suppliers.

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Register for Tuesday’s Member Luncheon on Salem’s Proposed Payroll Tax

Join us over the noon hour next Tuesday, October 24th for the monthly HBA member luncheon where we’ll delve into one of the most controversial and discussed topics in Salem today: the proposed payroll tax on next month’s ballot. [READ MORE]

Picture of NAHB logo color on Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties 12 February, 2024

NAHB’s Government Affairs Team Posts Key Wins for Members in 2023

In a year of hyper-partisan gridlock that produced less than two dozen bills enacted into law (the fewest number in decades), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) was able to establish a formidable presence on Capitol Hill and move the ball forward on a number of high-priority legislative objectives.

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Don’t Get Scammed by Email List Vendors

A number of HBA members have reported receiving emails from rogue list brokers in recent weeks, with fraudulent offers to sell HBA member lists and emails. Unfortunately, some members have paid money to these spammers, only to find that they're not getting the lists they were promised. Please be aware that the Home Builders Association does not authorize any third parties to sell lists of members or their emails.

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Independence Proposes Massive SDC Hike

The City of Independence has proposed a massive $21,000 increase in their water System Development Charge (SDC), increasing Independence's total SDCs to nearly $54,000. If adopted at the Independence City Council's February 27th meeting, Independence's SDCs would be the most expensive in the state of Oregon.

8 November, 2023

2024 Board of Directors to be elected

Members attending the HBA's monthly luncheon on Wednesday, November 15th will be casting ballots for the association's 2024 Board of Directors. Andrew Wheeler of T. Wheeler Homes has been nominated for the President position, with Beth Rhoades of C&R Remodeling & Design nominated for the incoming Secretary/Treasurer position.

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Register to Attend HBA’s Oct. 17th Trade Show Night

Registration is now open for Trade Show Night - one of the HBA's most popular events of the year! Mingle with nearly 200 other HBA members and more than three dozen vendors while enjoying heavy appetizers and beverages while thousands of dollars in cash and prizes are given away.

Picture of heat on Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties 8 July, 2021

Oregon OSHA Issues Emergency Heat Rules

Reacting to Oregon’s recent heat waves and the unfortunate deaths that came with it, Governor Brown earlier this week ordered Oregon OSHA to adopt emergency rules relating to working outdoors or indoors during high heat.

Picture of NEWS Social Distancing on Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties 1 July, 2021

Oregon OSHA drops requirements for masks, social distancing on jobsites

Oregon's Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OR-OSHA) announced today that masks and social distancing requirements would no longer

Picture of Min Wage on Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties 30 June, 2021

Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases Again July 1st

Oregon's minimum wage rates increase again July 1st, 2021, the latest in a multi-year series of increases adopted by the Oregon legislature in 2016.

Picture of NEWS lumber on Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties 29 June, 2021

NAHB Chairman Urges Congress to Boost Lumber Production from Federal Lands

To help resolve lumber supply shortages and rein in elevated prices, NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke today called on Congress to increase domestic lumber production from federal

Picture of PWBbanner on Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties 8 November, 2023

PWB Offering Two Great Networking Events

The HBA's Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is offering two excellent networking events for Council members (and prospective PWB Council members too!) this month - a 'Coffee & Pie' social at 8:30am on Thursday, Nov. 16th and their Holly Jolly Cooking Decorating Party at 5:00pm on Thursday, Nov. 30th.

Picture of NAHB logo color on Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties 12 February, 2024

NAHB’s Government Affairs Team Posts Key Wins for Members in 2023

In a year of hyper-partisan gridlock that produced less than two dozen bills enacted into law (the fewest number in decades), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) was able to establish a formidable presence on Capitol Hill and move the ball forward on a number of high-priority legislative objectives.

Picture of Independence on Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties 16 January, 2024

Independence Proposes Massive SDC Hike

The City of Independence has proposed a massive $21,000 increase in their water System Development Charge (SDC), increasing Independence's total SDCs to nearly $54,000. If adopted at the Independence City Council's February 27th meeting, Independence's SDCs would be the most expensive in the state of Oregon.

Picture of heat on Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties 8 July, 2021

Oregon OSHA Issues Emergency Heat Rules

Reacting to Oregon’s recent heat waves and the unfortunate deaths that came with it, Governor Brown earlier this week ordered Oregon OSHA to adopt emergency rules relating to working outdoors or indoors during high heat.

Picture of NEWS Social Distancing on Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties 1 July, 2021

Oregon OSHA drops requirements for masks, social distancing on jobsites

Oregon's Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OR-OSHA) announced today that masks and social distancing requirements would no longer

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