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

Industry Leaders to Recognize Job Corps Graduates

2007 NAHB President Brian Catalde and former NAHB President Shirley McVay Wiseman will present two annual awards to Home Builders Institute (HBI) Job Corps graduates at the popular Lowe’s exhibit during the upcoming International Builders’ Show in Orlando on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 1:00 p.m.

Eric Marion, 25, an electrical helper working for Thaw’s Electrical Service, St. Simmons Island, Ga. is the winner of the NAHB President’s Award, in recognition of his ability to overcome adversity to achieve success in the home building industry.

Marion graduated from HBI’s electrical program at the Brunswick Job Corps Center (JCC) in 2006 and immediately began working at Thaw’s, a member of the Golden Isles Home Builders Association. In the one year Marion spent at Brunswick JCC, he worked as the shop foreman on several Vocational Student Training (VST) projects, received his driver’s license, earned his GED and completed the advanced level in the electrical trade.

He is the recipient of the HBI/Lowe’s Building Careers Scholarship, which helped him relocate to his job at Thaw’s from Macon, Ga., and has continued to pursue educational opportunities by pursuing certification in residential wiring technology at Coastal Georgia Community College.

“I’m proud to see Eric continue his education while pursuing a career in home building,” said HBI electrical instructor Robert Collins. “He was a great student and is a great success story for the U.S. Department of Labor, HBI, NAHB and all the organizations involved in Job Corps.”

Women Graduates Continue to Achieve Success

Ebony Shaw, 27, the winner of the Shirley McVay Wiseman Award for Exceptional Promise, came to the Golconda Job Corps Center in 1999 to receive electrical training that she could use as an electrician's mate in the U.S. Navy.

At Golconda JCC, Shaw excelled in John Gaddis’ electrical class and in mathematics and was active in extracurricular activities. She served as shop foreman, was a member of student government and mentored younger students at the center. Shaw was also on the women’s basketball team, where she unfortunately suffered a serious knee injury, forcing her to take medical leave for five-and-a-half months. She returned to the program as determined as ever and graduated in March 2001.

Shaw followed her dreams of joining the Navy, where she recently completed a six-year enlistment and left active duty as an electrician third class. While in the Navy, Shaw traveled to Dubai, Bahrain, Singapore and Portugal, among several other countries, and while her ship was stationed in San Diego she took computer science classes at the ACTI Technical School. Currently, Shaw is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer networking from the University of Phoenix.

“Job Corps helped lay the foundation for my entire career. The knowledge that I absorbed from my instructor, John Gaddis, was not only beneficial to me as a civilian, but has also been beneficial to my military training,” said Shaw.

“Ebony always had a smile on her face and liked to have fun, but she was a serious student as well,” said Gaddis. “She knew how to assert herself and I could tell she would be successful at whatever she attempted.”

For more information on the awards or HBI’s Job Corps programs, e-mail Maria McIntyre at HBI, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8912.


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