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Week of December 22, 2003

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President's Message

* 2003 – A Year to Remember

Housing and Economics

* Single-Family Home Starts Hit a Record High in November
* Following One of the Best Years Ever, Housing Poised for Solid 2004
* Builders Upbeat This Holiday Season
* Eye on the Economy


* FHA Multifamily Mortgage Insurance Programs Back in Business
* Index Finds Weak Rental, Strong Condo Markets


* U.S. Appeals Court Rules Against Regulation of Roadside Ditches
* Decision on Jurisdiction Over Isolated Wetlands Breeds Disappointment
* Court Rejects Endangered Species Permit Revocation Rule

State and Local

* New Jersey Builders Defang Governor’s Anti-Housing Tool with Economic Impact Study
* Legislative Group Endorses Favorable ‘Notice and Opportunity to Repair’ Amendments

Business Management

* Systematize the Selections Process to Avoid Hassles

Codes and Standards

* R-Values Excessive in Revised ASHRAE Energy Standard

Construction Safety

* OSHA Reports Increased Citations in Fiscal 2003
* Workers Should Take Precautions in Cold Weather

Seniors Housing

* Who Are Today’s Over-55 Buyers?

Legal Issues

* Ask the Lawyer – About Mechanic’s Liens

Housing Finance

* Military Housing Privatization Projects Coming Up in Florida, Oklahoma

Small Builders and Remodelers

* Why Have Your Customers Come to You?


* New NAHB Course Addresses Insurance Liability Concerns
* First Annual National Designation Month Debuts in February


* New Publication Provides Overview of Basic Construction Principles

Building Systems

* Building Systems Councils to Include Concrete Home Building

Building Products

* Local Brick Distributors Provide Home Buyers With More Choices

Housing Forum

* Mysterious Cracking

Builders' Show

* Show Activities Focus on Sales and Marketing Professionals

Building News Coast To Coast

Association News & Events

* Notice of Annual Meeting of the Members of the National Association of Home Builders
* Find the Right NAHB Staff Faster Than Ever Online
* Bob the Builder Teaches Children About Safety
* Environmental Coloring Book Goes Online
* Northern Kentucky Remodelers Provide Holiday Cheer
* Builders in Southeast Virginia Launch General Liability Company
* One Home at a Time, Mississippi Builder Putting Working Families on the Road to the American Dream
* Calendar of Events

NBN Back Issues


Notice of Annual Meeting of the Members of the National Association of Home Builders

The Annual Meeting of Members of the National Association of Home Builders will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004 in the Barron Room at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, for the purpose of electing Directors and State Representatives, and other matters as may come before the meeting.

David L. Pressly, Jr.
NAHB Vice President and Secretary

Official Meeting Notice of
The National Association of Home Builders
Board of Directors

The following schedule of events is a partial listing provided as a notice for the upcoming NAHB Board of Directors Meetings to be held at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, NV from Jan. 16 through Jan. 21, 2004.The Board of Directors Meeting will be held at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. The International Builders’ Show program will identify the exact time and place of each scheduled meeting.

Friday, Jan. 16
2003 National Vice Presidents
2003 Executive Board Meeting

Saturday, Jan. 17
Committee & Council Meetings
2003/2004 National Vice Presidents
National Representatives Networking Session
Past Presidents Council

Sunday, Jan. 18
Committee & Council Meetings
Budget & Finance Committee
Nominations Committee
Presidents Council
Resolutions Committee

Monday, Jan. 19
Opening Ceremonies
Area Caucuses

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Joint 2003 Executive Board, Budget Committee and Resolutions Committee
2003 Board of Directors Meeting
Annual Meeting of the Members
Spike Party/Directors Reception

Wednesday, Jan. 21
2003 Board of Directors Meeting
Annual Banquet/Installation Ceremony

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