What's New in Our Industry?

The BIA of Central Ohio closely follows news reports, industry trends and community information on behalf of our industry. We are also a trusted source for the media, and are frequently contacted to share our expertise for news stories.

05/02/2016

Larger Remodeling Projects Trending Up in 2016 According to NAHB Survey

Whole house remodels and additions are regaining market share according to a survey of remodelers released by NAHB Remodelers, the remodeling arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

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04/29/2016

Expanded plan now calls for 183 new units

Olentangy Valley News

A developer's plan to transform farm fields near Powell's northwest limits into a new subdivision has grown larger.

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04/29/2016

Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on DOL's Overtime Threshold Plan

Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., issued the following statement regarding a report that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing to lower its new overtime threshold from $50,440 to $47,000.

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04/28/2016

How a Mortgage Loan Officer Can Help You Build Strong Client Relationships

Utilizing the knowledge and skills of local MLOs provides opportunities to serve your clients at the highest level.

Successful custom home builders create unique luxury residences, but follow the same formula for success: keen attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, and outstanding client service.

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04/27/2016

Powell accepts judge's ruling, won't appeal

Olentangy Valley News

Powell will not appeal a judge's ruling that invalidated a charter amendment aimed at blocking the construction of apartments and condos near the city's downtown.

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04/27/2016

District treasurer: Stick with Win-Win

Grove City Record

South-Western City Schools treasurer Hugh Garside is recommending the district remain a participant in the Win-Win agreement.

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04/26/2016

More jobs coming to expanded campus

New Albany News

The city of New Albany has created an incentives package to assist in the timely development of an extension of the Water's Edge development on Walton Parkway.

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04/26/2016

USGBC's Pilot Program Renews Debate Over Lumber Qualifications for Green Building Programs

SFI, ATFS, and PEFC-certified wood all could join FSC in qualifying for LEED points.

Movement in the years-long tug-of-war over green certification for lumber is better measured in inches than in yards. This month, several groups' announcements and replies involved whether the U.S. Green Building Council is inching closer to letting any wood other than that certified by the Forest Stewardship Council become eligible for points under the LEED rating system.

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04/25/2016

New Home Sales Relatively Unchanged in March

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 1.5 percent in March from an upwardly revised February reading to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 511,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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04/21/2016

Referendum request is approved for fall ballot

Dublin Villager

The Union County Board of Elections has upheld a referendum petition seeking to put the rezoning of 60 acres on Hyland-Croy Road on the November general election ballot.

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04/19/2016

NAHB Urges Congress to Prevent New Silica Rules from Taking Effect

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today urged Congress to take action to keep the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) new silica standards from taking effect.

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04/18/2016

Miller named to oversee Delaware's green space

Delaware News

The city Friday, April 15, announced via press release Ted Miller has been hired as Delaware's director of parks and natural resources, effective May 4. Miller is the chief landscape architect for Preservation Parks of Delaware County.

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04/17/2016

The Coach Effect

Three tips to drive your team beyond managed outcomes to greater ambitions and goals.

Consider the word “manage” for a moment. Account executives “manage clients’ expectations”—that is, they make sure people aren’t hoping for too much. In football, quarterbacks with marginal talent are asked to be “game managers”—their job is to not make stupid decisions or turn the ball over. Synonyms for manage include make do, get along, and muddle through. Sounds to me like surviving, but certainly not thriving.

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04/17/2016

Builder Confidence Holds Firm in April

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained unchanged in April at a level of 58 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

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04/15/2016

New Financing Options Help Make Geothermal Affordable

Three new kinds of partnerships give builders more options for financing and installing geothermal technology.

Green is hot, at least as far as residential building is concerned. A 2016 study from Booz Allen Hamilton for the United States Green Building Council found that green building construction growth currently outpaces general construction and will continue to do so through 2018, with LEED residential at a year-over-year growth of 31.1 percent from 2015 to 2018.

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04/13/2016

New HVAC Products Meet Consumer Demand for Healthy Homes

Advanced fresh air systems improve indoor air quality and maintain comfort using the least possible energy.

Over the last 20 years, the Energy Star certified homes program has worked with builders to construct more than 1.6 million better, more energy-efficient homes. Tried-and-true strategies like air sealing and increased insulation form the core of our program, but we’re always looking for emerging technologies that will raise the bar on efficiency.

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04/12/2016

OSHA Silica Rule 'Not Based on Sound Science,' Industry Groups Say

More trade groups and associations have taken action this week following OSHA's published silica exposure rule.

Joining more industry groups with their displeasure, the National Stone, Sand, & Gravel Association (NSSGA) in conjunction with the Georgia Construction Aggregates Association (GCAA) filed a petition with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over the new silica dust rule from OSHA.

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04/12/2016

Are Gas or Electric Appliances More Eco-Friendly?

With so many appliances constantly at work in your home, it is hard to know whether gas or electric is more efficient. You may not think about it when you are cooking your favorite meal or using your dryer, but there are certainly pros and cons to each option.

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04/12/2016

Millennial Musts: Top 10 Non-Negotiables for the First-Time Set

Survey says ... what research on Millennials may do is to affirm the business opportunity that lies in acting the opposite of conventional wisdom.

Demographics trends experts I once worked with looked for a hole in the donut. The donut is where everybody looks for opportunity. The hole is where the opportunity is. Here's a grid from the National Association of Home Builders that summarizes survey findings on what home features different generations prefer.

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04/11/2016

Comfort is Measured by More than Energy Efficiency

A proposed rating system would measure and compare a home's overall ability to deliver comfort to its occupants.

Ahhh....the comforts of home. If a home is “efficient,” surely it’s “comfortable,” right? Not necessarily.

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04/11/2016

Off-the-Shelf Tiny Homes

84 Lumber offers tiny home packages direct to consumers.

In a sign that the small-home movement has gone mainstream, one of the country’s largest lumber dealers has unveiled a new line of portable tiny homes.

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04/11/2016

First-Time Buyers Will Wait For What They Want

A new survey from Bank of America finds that, for many, the first home is no longer a starter home.

The standard starter home is disappearing. On behalf of Bank of America, Braun Research recently surveyed 1,000 adults in the U.S. who want to buy a home in the future, and it turns out they’re not willing to settle for something that’s not quite right.

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04/07/2016

BIA moves Parade of Homes to September

For the second consecutive year, the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio's Parade of Homes will shift toward the fall.

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04/07/2016

Hearing for zoning referendum is April 12

The Union County Board of Elections will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the Board of Elections office, 835 E. Fifth St., Suite A, to hear arguments for and against the referendum petition seeking to put the rezoning of 60 acres on Hyland-Croy Road on the November ballot.

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04/07/2016

Postponed developments back on agenda

The Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled next week to consider two proposed developments that have generated opposition from some residents.

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04/07/2016

Are you prepared for the next steps in the new workers’ comp billing process?

True-up coming in July

Ohio private employers have adjusted well to the new way BWC charges for workers’ compensation coverage. Last year’s change to prospective billing brought a much-needed move to the standard insurance industry practice of charging premiums in advance of extending coverage.

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04/07/2016

New Budget Deal to Significantly Increase OSHA Fines for the First Time in Twenty-Five Years

Last year, OSHA assembled a work group to evaluate its penalty policies and found currently assessed penalties are too low to have an adequate deterrent effect. Based on the group's findings and recommendations, several administrative changes to the penalty calculation system are being made.

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04/07/2016

Eye on the Economy: Number of Unfilled Construction Jobs Increasing

With the national unemployment rate at low levels, the labor force participation rate becomes an ever more important gauge of labor market conditions.

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04/05/2016

Public hearing is April 6 for Northgate Center in Sunbury

The village of Sunbury will hold its first public hearing to rezone the planned Northgate Center development Wednesday, April 6.

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04/01/2016

Leading Business Groups File Lawsuit against DOL's New Union Persuader Rule

The Department of Labor's new union persuader rule violates business owners' First Amendment rights, making it nearly impossible to consult with legal counsel when facing union organizing, said the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today.

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