Home Builders Association of Jackson County
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January 2016
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Ready, Set, SPRING!!
See that big shiny thing up in the sky? It's going to be warming up soon and before you know it, you'll feel the energy as we move from winter into spring!  Just like the trees and the flowers waking up from their sleep, the construction industry here in Southern Oregon is rising up as well and taking a biiiiig stretch before the spring crush hits.  Just like the rain and the snow that have been falling recently, construction is recovering from the Great Recession and bringing jobs and economic vitality to our region.  More than any time in recent memory, it seems like everyone is just waiting to launch that project that they have been waiting to engage.  If you are like many people, you are getting ready to renew, replace or remodel any number of things and right up at the top for many is their home.  It's amazing how much we all want to do this or that with our home from landscaping to painting the cabinets, floor coverings, doors, windows, home tech and more.  The number of products, services and technology these days is incredible!

Lucky for you, the Southern Oregon Home Show is just around the corner!  It's the one place you can go and find anything and everything you could imagine for your home, all in one convenient location.  Not only can you see the products, but you can visit with the experts to your heart's content about your ideas and how to get the outcome you're looking for.  Check out the products and services you want with the local experts at the best price and with the least hassle. Come to the "One and Only" Southern Oregon Home Show, February 19, 20 and 21 and join your neighbors in discovering all the latest products and services for your home, property care, landscaping, design, decorating, roofing, maintenance and more.  Everything from A to Z for you to see!  Interest rates are still rock bottom and there will never be a better time than now to do that project on your hit list.  Proudly presented by the Southern Oregon Builders Association, stop by and see the latest and greatest and have some fun.  I'll look forward to seeing you there!
Best to you,
Brad Bennington 
Executive Officer
Home Builders Association of Jackson County
You Are Invited! OHBA State Meeting Coming to Town!

January 29, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting 
and Installation/Awards Banquet
Inn at the Commons
200 N. Riverside Ave
Medford, OR 97501

We are very excited that this next OHBA State Meeting will be held in our own backyard. Join us in supporting Randy Jones as he is sworn in as incoming state president. Please make plans to attend if you are able. 

Stop by for the reception from 5pm-6pm
at Inn at the Commons 
We would love to see you there!
If you would like to: REGISTER FOR BANQUET:
Use the 'register here' link below to select and pay for dinner(s) at the 2016 Officer Installation and 2015 Awards Banquet January 29th, 2016.   
REGISTER HERE for Banquet 
Feel free to attend any of the meetings after 10am
Friday - Jan 29, 2016
9:00-9:45 am          Executive Committee
10-10:45 am           General Session/Orientation/Overview
11 am-12 pm          Codes and PAC
12-1:30 pm             Lunch Break
1:30-2:15 pm         Government Affairs
2:30-4 pm              Board of Directors Meeting
5-6:00 pm              Hospitality Reception for Randy Jones
6-9:00 pm              Installation/Awards Banquet

Mark Your Calendars!!!

Look for your 2016 Member Directory Feb. 14

You can find our popular member directory in the Feb. 14 Mail Tribune. We will also have plenty of copies at our booth (#28) at the Home Show - Feb. 19, 20, 21.

The Directories will be online at both our website, www.hbajc.com  and www.mailtribune.com 
Or, stop by our office and pick one up!
This Guide is used by the public and people in the industry to find the best in the business!
Big Sky Insulations 2016 Building Professional Seminar Series Coming to Medford on Feb. 11
SIPs and EPS enlightenment are waiting for you!

This two hour seminar will focus on Structural Insulated Panel Systems (SIPS), Diamond Snap-Form Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) and ACH Geofoam. An interactive session that will explore real world design challenges will be included.

February 11, 2016
11:30 - 1:30
Hampton Inn
1122 Morrow Road, Medford, OR 97504

Learn, first hand, about some very successful applications of Big Sky Insulation building products in today's building.
This luncheon earns two AIA learning credits and all designers are encouraged to invite your builder colleagues to this event as well. 

Dealing with Marijuana in the Workplace Seminar - Tuesday January 26, 8am - 10am
Please join BBSI and The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County: Helping Business Succeed-Employment Law Series, Part 2 
In 2015, the use of recreational marijuana became authorized in Oregon.  As a result, employers face new challenges and conflicting pressures on how to deal with marijuana use and its effect on the workplace.  How an employer should respond to the challenges of changing marijuana laws will depend on the workplace culture, safety concerns, customer base, and other factors.  Please join Sean Ray, an employment law attorney with Barran Liebman LLP, as he presents a seminar on what is legally required, what is legally permissible, and what drug testing is able to show about actual marijuana impairment.
Presenter: Sean P. Ray, Attorney at Barran Liebman LLP
Cost: $ 10 members, $30 non-members (breakfast included)*
Location: One West Main Street, 4th Floor
1 West Main St. Medford, OR 97501
Renowned Speaker Jim Sorensen to Appear at SOREDI's Business Conference
Jim Sorensen, master facilitator and sought after public speaker who has appeared at Tedx Rainier, will provide the keynote for SOREDI's Business Conference this year, which is set for January 28, 2016 at the Inn at the Commons. This will be the 13th Annual Southern Oregon Business Conference and will take place from 1:30-5:00 pm.
This conference routinely sells out and this year promises to be no exception, registration is currently available at www.SOREDI.org/events.  The cost to attend is $45.00 for SOREDI members and $55.00 for non-members. Read More.

We have sponsorship opportunities availabe for both the 2016 Home Show and the 2016 Tour of Homes
It's a great way to market your business by partnering with these successful events.
Call 541-773-2872 or email anita@hbajc.com for more information or a sponsorship packet.
OSHA Most Violated Rules
The written hazard communication program [1910.1200(e)] has been Oregon OSHA's most violated safety and health rule every year since 2008. Two other hazard communication rules have also stayed on Oregon OSHA's 10 most violated rules list since 2008: Safety data sheets [1910.1200(g)] and Employee information and training [1910.1200(h)]. Together, violations of these three requirements of the hazard communication standard account for nearly one-third of all the top-10 violations. Read More.
Oregon housing crunch stokes debate: land use or rent control?  
Proposals for 2016 Legislature include new revenue, renter protection and rent control laws
Taylor W. Anderson / The Bulletin
SALEM - Oregon's two parties are about to show just how much they disagree on the causes of the affordable housing crunch that's gripping much of the state.
The differences between lawmakers from rural and urban Oregon on fixing the problem came to the forefront this week, as a group of metro lawmakers proposed raising fees, offering new tax breaks and passing renter protection laws while rural Oregon lawmakers said Democrats were putting Band-Aids on the real issue.
The debate has been ongoing for years but has roared back to life as rental vacancy rates continue to plummet toward zero and housing costs climb. Republicans appear ready to support some Democratic proposals only if the majority party concedes on land use.
Rep. Knute Buehler, a Bend Republican, said again this week the root cause of affordable housing issues is a lack of land supply because of landmark laws that promote density and limit sprawl.
"It's overwhelming," Buehler said. "The root cause of the problem is the lack of buildable affordable land."  Read More.
Mortgage rates slipped as turbulent markets sparked a flight to quality that held yields down, mortgage provider Freddie Mac said. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.92 percent in the Jan. 14 week, down from 3.97 percent in the previous week. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.19 percent, down from 3.26 percent.   READ MORE
Initial Lead Based Paint Classes
8- Hour Inital Lead Based Paint Course

February 17, 2016

Cost: $175 for Members and $225 for Non-Members
Qualifies for (8) Series B Credit Hours
Please call to sign up 541-773-2872 or email anita@hbajc.com
Refresher Lead Based Paint Classes
4- Hour Lead Based Paint 
Refresher Course

March 16, 2016

Click here for Registration Form

Cost: $150 for Members and $200 for Non-Members
Qualifies for (4) Series B Credit Hours
Please call to sign up 541-773-2872 or email anita@hbajc.com
Home Builders Association of Jackson County
1006 East Jackson St., Medford, OR 97504
Phone: 541-773-2872 Fax: 541-7731189 www.hbajc.com
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January 29
OHBA State Meeting
Installation of President - Randy Jones
Inn at the Commons

Feb 19-21

June 17
HBA Golf Tournament

October 16-18 & 23-25
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NAHB consistently delivers real value for its members.

At any given time, NAHB is working on more than 100 complex issues - and doing its utmost to save members money - in areas including the tax code, federal housing programs,environmental laws, building codes, OSHA, building materials, qualified residential mortgages,residential appraisals and many others.

Such issues can severely impact our industry; a single win can save builders thousands of dollars on every home they build. Likewise, a single loss can cost builders thousands of dollars on every home they build.

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