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March 2016
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Home Show... Home Run!
March came in like a lion this year in the construction industry just like our February Southern Oregon Home Show!  From the minute we opened the Expo doors on Friday until we rang the closing bell on Sunday afternoon we were busy helping people find the products and services they needed and wanted.  Our Home Show is the one place, once a year, where folks can find everything they need for their construction projects no matter what that looks like.  Our show had great representation from every segment of construction and we had a great showing from our show sponsors, The Butler Automotive Group, who brought lots of beautiful and efficient new vehicles for us to look at.   Just up the way from Butler Automotive was our new feature, "Gasoline Alley", with every dirt moving machine you could imagine provided by our friends at Peterson Caterpillar.  Lots of yellow iron for every equipment need you could have.  The bottom line is that this year's Home Show was a record breaking Home Run by any measure!  The biggest problem we had was finding place for our visitors to park!
 Right next to Butler Automotive, our Board member, Frank Mania, was helping get the word out for our June Benefit Golf Tournament.  The beneficiary this year is Redemption Ridge, a wonderful bunch of folks who help rescue and rehabilitate girls who have been caught up in the human trafficking business.  Last year, our Tournament raised over $10,000 cash and tens of thousands more in "in kind" contributions.  Our President this year is Tim Alvarez and his father, Claudio, is donating his time to run the building project for Redemption Ridge which includes many other SOBA members.  You can be very proud of the work SOBA is doing for your community.  Whether it's taking care of the most vulnerable in our community, providing construction education to the public and professionals or doing the hard but important work of advocacy to keep housing and construction affordable, your Southern Oregon Builders Association is working for you, every day.  Spring is in full swing and most of our builders are running hard to keep up with demand.  Please let us know if we can help you in any way, we are here to serve you.  Education, advocacy and policy, it's our mission to help your business succeed.

To your success,
Brad Bennington 
Brad Bennington, Executive Officer
Southern Oregon Builders Association
Member Mixer with Banner Bank
Thank You to 
Banner Bank
for hosting our March Membership Mixer!
We had a great turnout for the evening and want to thank everyone for coming out! 
Thank you to Richard Knight and Chef Jeff Case who treated us to his fabulous BBQ (so good!) paired with wine served from Daisy Creek Vineyard in Jacksonville. To top it off, we even had a delicious homemade pound cake!   
We got to meet the amazing staff at Banner Bank and hear about great deals on Home Builder Construction Financing
Randy Jones, OHBA president, gave us the good news on the recent legislative battles that were fought in Salem. See Jon Chandler's article below for more information on that. 
If you missed it, make sure to mark your calendar for our next mixer on Thursday, April 21st. More details to come!
You're invited to the 22nd Annual Golf Tournament!
Friday June 17, 2016
at Eagle Point Golf Course 

Registration: 7:00 am
Shotgun Start: 8:30 am
Format: 4-person Scramble 

Not a golfer? Join us for the social afterwards
For more information:
Phone: (541) 773-2872  | Fax: (541) 773-1189 or
All proceeds benefit Redemption Ridge
(See more about Grace House below)
BUILDERS: Showcase your work in the 2016 Tour of Homes! September 16-18 & 23-25
Builders, this one is for you.
The Southern Oregon Tour of Homes is designed to promote builders and the incredible product you produce! This is your chance to separate yourselves from your competitors. Having your home showcased on the Tour not only adds to the value of your home - driving property value up; your subs can also showcase their products. It is an event that the general public love. What other way can you show off your work to so many people? Contact or call 541-773-2872 for more information.

Redempiton Ridge: Grace House Construction has begun
The proceeds from our Golf Tournament go to Redemption Ridge. 
Here is what they are up to:
"After nearly 5 long years of hard work and planning, Redemption Ridge is pleased and excited to announce that construction on the Grace House project has finally begun! Grace House will be the first residential safe home in Southern Oregon offering hope and healing to young female survivors of commercial sex trafficking.
 Claudio Alvarez, of Claudio Alvarez Construction, has swung things into high gear and we experienced dramatic changes to the building almost immediately.

In early March a crew of over a dozen volunteers descended on Grace House and began the tedious yet exciting job of demolition. Interior doors and cabinetry were removed and the ceiling tiles came down to expose the electrical and HVAC systems which will be upgraded or replaced.
A crew from Global Pacific Environmental began the work of asbestos abatement. This is necessary as some floor covering and most of the walls have asbestos in the wall texture or other components used previously in construction. Currently, Precision Electric is waiting in the wings to rewire the home and upgrade the electrical systems
How Can You Be Involved?
If you are interested in helping financially toward the Grace House project, please visit their website and donate online at Be sure to designate your gift to Grace House.
If you are interested in helping by volunteering your time or services, or if you would like to donate supplies that are needed for the Grace House project, please email noting how you would like to be involved.
If you have questions regarding the Grace House project, please contact Sharre Whitson, Redemption Ridge Executive Director, at 541-816-4415.
News from the State
Jon Chandler, OHBA
The 2016 legislative session was one of the most productive we've ever had.  A package of four housing-related bills passed, and in the process, we resolved several issues that had been plaguing us for decades and got ahead of a couple of others. More importantly, we were able to put some policies in place that might increase the supply of affordable housing and took several concrete steps towards elevating housing affordability as a matter of state policy.
The four bills were:
SB 1533: This bill dealt with two issues - inclusionary zoning (IZ) and construction excise taxes (CET).  
SB 1573: This bill dealt with our old friend annexation voting, and we finally succeeded in getting rid of it after 20 years of trying.  
HB 4079: One of our points about affordable housing or the lack thereof is that the land use system bears some responsibility, as you cannot restrict the supply of land and not have that reflected in higher land prices.  While many don't agree with that basic economic premise, we were able to get this bill passed even over the objections of 1000 Friends and the environmental lobby.
HB 4143: This was a bill dealing with tenant protections, and therefore not one we would have been working on absent it being part of the package, but the landlords and the housing activists agreed to its terms and we helped get it passed.
Proposed Rule Changes 
The CCB staff has been working to streamline their processes and make life a bit easier for contractors.
There are also more changes/improvements in the works. 
The CCB is proposing the following rule changes relating to pre-license testing and education, home inspectors, and continuing education requirements. 
Click here to read about the proposed rule changes.
The CCB will accept written comments on the rules until April 15 at 5 pm. Submit comments to:
CCB/Leslie Culpepper
PO Box 14140
Salem OR 97309
You can also comment by attending a public hearing from
10-11am on April 15. 
CCB offices, 6th floor
201 High St SE
Salem OR 97301
Green Building
Howard Asch, OHBA
A study by Health Canada found that 13% of all air infiltrating into houses came through the wall between the house and garage.  Another study by the Minnesota gas supplier, Minnegasco, found 25% of the air leakage in houses they assessed came through the connection to the garage.  When your customers learn this information they are going to ask what you are doing about it.
Garages have all kinds of things in them we don't want to breathe-carbon monoxide from car exhausts, lawn chemicals, insecticides, cleaners, gasoline.   Your customer will be glad when you tell them your house is built with special attention to keeping those pollutants out of their house.
It's easy to do, Read More.
The 2016 Member Directory is HERE!
Many people came to our booth at the Home Show to pick up our 2016 Building & Remodeling Directory. In fact, we gave out every single one that we brought with us!
Stop by the office to pick up your copy or we would be happy to mail you one.

The Directories are online at: and 

This directory of our proud members is used by people in the industry, as well as the public, to find the best in the business!
In a move that could have major ramifications for members of the residential construction industry, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has sent its final rule changes expanding who is covered by overtime laws to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The rule would impact employees who were previously exempt from the overtime requirements, such as construction supervisors and outside sales staff, among other administrative employees.  READ MORE

Blame owners, not builders, for housing crunch
USA Today
Gridlock in the housing market that's slowing both first-time home purchases and trade-ups to better units is the chief reason for a persistent housing shortage, according to a new study. The report by online real estate site Trulia casts doubt on the widespread belief that a scarcity of new construction is the main cause of a crunch that has driven up home prices and slowed sales.  READ MORE
Sponsorship is a great way to get A LOT of exposure at our amazing events!
We have sponsorship opportunities available for the 2016 Golf Tournament, the 2016 Tour of Homes, and the 2017 Home ShowIt's a great way to market your business by partnering with these successful events.
Call 541-773-2872 or email for more information.
Initial Lead Based Paint Classes
8- Hour Lead Based Paint 
Initial Course
For Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Training
April 13, 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
Refresher Lead Based Paint Classes
4- Hour Lead Based Paint 
Refresher Course
June 22, 2016

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
CCB Residential Construction Contract Checklist
A "checklist" is provided by the Construction Contractors Board (CCB) for use by contractors that offer services on residential structures. (The definition of "residential structures" is available on the CCB website.) It is intended to be a tool contractors may use to review their contracts for required elements. Click here for list.
Home Builders Association of Jackson County
Southern Oregon Builders Association
1006 East Jackson St., Medford, OR 97504
Phone: 541-773-2872 Fax: 541-773-1189
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Mark Your Calendars!

June 17
HBA Golf Tournament

 16-18 & 23-25
Southern Oregon Tour of Homes


for February
Chris LaVere
(541) 621-1553

Barlow Dream Homes
Mark Barlow
(541) 761-6813

Eagle Point Golf Club
Patrick Oropallo
(541) 826-8225

Swany's Gutters LLC
Paul Richard Swanson
(541) 326-8190

for February

Alpine Construction & Remodeling Inc.
Gary Blanks
(541) 772-3307

American Leak Detection
Shari Botermans
(541) 772-5325

Asher Homes, Inc.
Steven Asher
(541) 210-3027

DA Boldt Construction Co.
Darrell Boldt
(541) 482-4865

Future Tech, Inc.
Dieter Konnegen
(541) 826-7538

Housing Authority of Jackson County
Scott Foster
(541) 779-5785

Jason Nielsen Construction
Jason Nielsen
(541) 621-8417

John L. Scott of Medford
Danielle Roberts
(541) 779-3611

Kaylor Electric, LLC
Tal Kaylor
(541) 535-2600

(541) 665-5415

Leave Your Mark!
Pete Cislo
(541) 535-3445

Metal Masters, Inc.
Debra Cate
(541) 779-1049

Pacific Trend Building and Developing, LLC
Dan Mahar
(541) 773-4385

Parr Lumber Company
Mel Weeks
(541) 734-7277

Riverdell Construction, Inc.
Matthew Bryant
(541) 944-6169

Sam Sarich Construction, Inc.
Sam Sarich
(503) 810-8329

South Valley Construction, Inc
Mike Phillip Hansen
(541) 665-3310

Straus & Associates, Inc.
Jack Straus
(541) 857-8446

TerraFirma Foundation Systems
Stephanie Hanussak
1 (541) 391-3116

Umpqua Bank
Tammy Morgan
(541) 245-7134

Wesley Converse Carpet & Vinyl
Wesley Converse
(541) 734-7018
2016 Southern Oregon Home Show
We hope you were able to attend this year's Home Show. The move to February proved to be a good move indeed. The public and Vendors alike did not have to battle as many time commitments as in April. The weather was great, a little rainy, but mostly nice. Our attendance more than doubled from last year! Wow! People came in droves to see the latest products and speak with the experts. They had projects in mind and were thrilled to have a venue to go to, with people there to help them meet their needs.
Thank you to all our vendors who brought their A-game to a very excited public.
If you would like to be in next year's Home Show in Feb 2017, contact Jessica. 

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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.

Below is a list of some of the more significant advocacy victories NAHB has achieved recently in terms of monetary impact. Please note that the dollar values below are based on averages
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