NBN Online for the week of January 21, 2008

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In This Issue:

Front Page
NAHB, Administration in Sync on Housing Legislation Need
Builders: Today’s Rate Cut Is Tomorrow’s Sale
Avoid the Lines, Register Online for IBS by Friday, Jan. 25
NAHB Branding Online Survey Coming Soon
Coast to Coast
Falling Timbers: Good News for Builders, Buyers as Lumber Prices Hit Two-Year Low
Building Products
Lutron System Remotely Controls Home Lighting
Lubrizol Offers Versatile Water Distribution Manifold System
Sage Software Improves Visibility of Critical Business Data
Dow Structural Insulated Sheathing Faster to Install
Bose Entertainment System Integrates Seamlessly Into Home
Lennox Products Keep Indoor Air Clean and Comfortable
PERC Booth Shows Advantages of Propane Lifestyle
HGTVPro.com Interviews the Experts, Holds Panel on Color
Politics & Government
Green Mandate an Obstacle to HOPE VI Support
States Taking the Lead to Limit Home Foreclosures
Permit Process Remains Top Industry Concern Even in Downturn
Illegal Worker Crackdown a Threat to Businesses, Report Finds
Economics & Finance
Builders Cut Housing Starts Further in December
Builder Confidence Virtually Unchanged in January
NAHB Members Urged to Complete Economic Data Census Form
Useful Links to Monitor Economic and Housing Trends
Get Top-Level Survival Tips at ‘Executive Edge’ at IBS
Builders' Tip: Reduce Cleanup With This Paintbrush Garage
Business Management
Computer Labs at IBS Showcase Builder Technology
50Plus Housing
Madison’s Troy Gardens Builds a Sense of Community
Learn About Multifamily Forecast, Marketing at IBS
NAHB Averts End to Census Bureau Remodeling Data
Things You Can Do If the Slowdown Slowed You Down
Do You Know a Remodeler Who Deserves Recognition?
Building Systems
Quality, Not Speed, Important to Modular Home Buyers
Courses Provide Training on Proper Roof Installation
Light Commercial Offers Challenges, Opportunities
Education Calendar
Green Building
Green Building Standard Comments Due Feb. 4
Green Building Award Entries Deadline Soon
Best in American Living Awards Fete Set for Feb. 12
Rapanos Guidance Fails to End Wetlands Permit Confusion
Construction Safety
Safety Award Finalists Named, Ceremony Tickets Available
Industry Leaders to Recognize Job Corps Graduates
HGTV Giving Away $2 Million Dream Home in Florida Keys
NAHB-Produced Programs on DIY, Fine Living and HGTV
Charitable Contributions to Be Honored at Builders’ Show
Association News
Bob Moomey, Spokesperson Trainer for NAHB, Dies at 71
NAHB Board Meeting Set for Feb. 15 in Orlando
Introducing the Hertz Green Collection. Reserve and Conserve.
Dell to Give Double Discounts in February
UPS Offers Up to 30% Discount to NAHB Members on Shipping
Calendar of Events
NAHB Career Center

Safety Award Finalists Named, Ceremony Tickets Available

The finalists for the second annual SAFE Awards have been chosen, and award winners will be announced at a breakfast ceremony during the 2008 International Builders’ Show in Orlando on Feb. 13.

The SAFE awards honor the achievements of builders and trade contractors who have developed and implemented high-quality construction safety programs, as well as those government officials and NAHB-affiliated associations who have made successful efforts to advance safety in the home building industry.

The 2007 SAFE Award finalists are:

Single-Family Builder Safety Program of the Year

Less than 10 home starts per year

  • Hopper and Byrd Custom Homes
  • Mark Johnson Custom Homes

11-100 home starts per year

  • Gold Medallion Homes LC
  • Veridian Homes

Greater than 100 but less that 1,000 home starts per year

  • Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc.
  • Winchester Homes

Greater than 1,000 home starts per year

  • Centex Homes — Central Valley Division
  • Shea Homes Active Adult

Specialty Trade Contractor Safety Program of the Year

Less than 500 Employees

  • D&R Framing Contractors LLC
  • Royal Concrete
  • Side-Pro Inc.

More than 500 Employees

  • Collis Roofing, Inc.
  • WestCor Construction

Remodelor, Multifamily and Associate Safety Program of the Year

  • JDR Enterprises
  • Shigley Construction Company Inc.
  • Super Anchor Safety
  • The NRP Group
  • Trophy Homes

Innovative Safety Program/Idea of the Year

  • Trendmaker Homes
  • Wichita Area Builders Association

Home Builder Safety Professional of the Year

  • Dave Holt
  • Mary Silva

NAHB-affiliated Association Safety Program of the Year

  • HBA of Central Arizona
  • HBA of Hartford County Inc.

Federal and State Plan OSHA Official of the Year

  • John Ford
  • Bill McDonald

Tickets Available for Awards Breakfast

Tickets are now available for e for the 2nd Annual Safety Awards for Excellence Breakfast, which will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at The Peabody Orlando Hotel. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the breakfast and ceremony will take place from 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Actor Gerard Ender, who has appeared on HBO’s “The Wire” and NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street,” will host the ceremony and announce the award winners.

The keynote speaker will be Sherwood Kelly, director and senior vice president of Willis Construction, Inc.’s National Construction Practice.

Individual tickets are $50 each, and tables of 10 can be reserved for $450. Advance registration is required and ticket quantities are limited. Registration closes on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

To purchase tickets online, click here.

NAHB provides members and others in the residential construction industry — including non-English and limited English-speaking employees and trade contractors — with information, guidance and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety.

A variety of safety resources and guidebooks, including the "NAHB-OSHA Jobsite Safety Handbook: English-Spanish Edition," can be purchased through www.builderbooks.com.

For more information on the SAFE Awards or for ordering tickets for the award breakfast, e-mail Lindsay Cather at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8163.

Boost Job Site Safety With Fall Protection Training Products

In an effort to increase job site safety and reduce the chance of job related accidents, NAHB has produced the “Fall Protection Video, English-Spanish and “NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish.”

Both are available through BuilderBooks.com.

The 30-minute “Fall Protection Video, English-Spanish” can be used by builders to train workers to use safe work practices that eliminate fall hazards and comply with OSHA fall-protection standards.

The “NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, English-Spanish” provides guidelines for creating a written fall-protection plan and identifying safe work practices that can prevent costly accidents and injuries. Written with clear text, photographs and illustrations, the book serves as a user-friendly resource for promoting safety on any job site.

To purchase the handbook and video online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

Create a Safer Job Site

Four common hazards cause 90% of the injuries and fatalities on residential construction job sites.

The “Recognizing the Big-Four Safety Hazards for the Home Building Industry course from The NAHB University of Housing shows how to comply with OSHA regulations and to recognize and minimize those hazards most likely to cause accidents.

The course teaches builders to protect their workers from harm and themselves from liability. This course is also available in Spanish.

To find out where upcoming courses are being held, click here, or call 800-368-5242 x8154 for more information.


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