November 2014
November Calendar of Events
All Events held at HBA office unless otherwise noted 

6) Remodelers Council Meeting @ 12pm
12) Education Committee Meeting @ 2:30pm
12) NOEL Board of Directors Meeting @ 3pm 
12) Executive Committee Meeting  @ 4pm
20) Parade of Homes Committee Meeting @ 1:30pm 
17) Home & Garden Show Board Meeting @ 4pm
18) HBA Board of Directors @ 4pm 
19) Day of Education (6 CE), 9am-5pm @ Holiday Inn Wesbtank, 275 Whitney Ave, Gretna
20) Advanced Building Practices Council Meeting @ 12pm
21) Associates Council & Membership Task Force Meeting, 8:30am
21) 2015 Board of Directors Installation, 6-10pm @ La Maison du Lac, 7412 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans
Featured Events
HBA Education
Earn All 6 Required CE's in 1 Day

Members: $100 for Full Day
or $50 per Class

Non-Members: $150 for Full Day or $75 per Class


How Green Might My Project Be?

Sell Green for More Green!

Lunch on Your Own

Estate & Retirement Planning


Installation of 
President-Elect Roy Olsen and the 
2015 Board of Directors

Friday, November 21, 6-10pm
La Maison du Lac
7412 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans

$25 per person
Includes Dinner, Drinks & Dancing

Save the Date

Holiday Breakfast 
at cafe noma in the New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park

Friday, December 5th, 8:30-10am
$25 per person
Jeff Parish Seal Jefferson Parish: 2015 License Renewal / Wind Load Certifications
Submitted by: Tiffany Scot Wilken, Director
Inspection and Code Enforcement

Greetings from the Department of Inspection and Code Enforcement for Jefferson Parish. Please be reminded all 2014 contractor licenses issued in Jefferson Parish expire on December 31st. License renewals for 2015 are now being accepted and processed at the Eastbank and Westbank offices of Jefferson Parish Department of Inspection and Code Enforcement. Renewal forms are available at under Inspection and Code Enforcement or at either office. Although we have been working diligently to provide you and your sub-contractors online renewal capability, we cannot be assured how soon this will "go live." All current license holders will be notified as soon as the online renewal capacity is available. Renewal forms are available at under Inspection and Code Enforcement or at either office. Fees are: $75.00 for each renewal until December 31, 2014, $105.00 January 1 - March 31, 2014, $150.00 April 1-December 31, 2015.
Also in an effort to serve you better, please know that the wind-load certification will no longer be required prior to requesting a framing inspection. Upon inspection of framing, if any deviation(s) are noted or if clarification is required, the design professional will be asked to address any such deviation(s) and/or deficiencies.
Great day on the links!
Congratulations to all our winners of the 2014 Fall Golf Tournament!

1st Place Team - A-1 Appliance, Electronics & Bedding
Brent Bates, Mick Johnson, Lynn Taylor, Wayne Murrell

2nd Place Team - LAS Enterprises
Joey Maia, Miles Lipari, Richard Maia, Mike Wibel (Not Pictured)

Three members of the A-1 Team pictured with Golf Tournament Chairman, Gene Chierici
Contest Winners
Longest Drive (Men)
Robert Donnelly, Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank
Longest Drive (Women)
Dorothy Stanich, EnviroGreen Insulation
Closest to the Pin
Lynn Taylor, A-1 Appliance, Electronics & Bedding
Best Putt
Randy Mason, Morse Homes, Inc.

THANK YOU to our Sponsors!

2-10 Home Buyers Warranty
A-1 Appliance, Electronics & Bedding
Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights
Builders Risk Insurance
Crescent City Remodeling
EnviroGreen Insulation
Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank
Fifth District Savings Bank
Healthcare & Retirement Solutions
Hoffman Custom Homes
HomeBuilders SIF
Klumb Forest Products
Landcraft Homes
LAS Enterprises
Lumber Products
Mass Mutual
Merrill Lynch - The Lovell Group
mlc works
Mr. Green Jeans
Person Huff CPA Group
Renovate, Inc.
RL Mills , Inc.
Roofing Supply Group
Supreme Ford of LaPlace
Terrebonne Insurance Agency
Forest Stewardship Council Recognizes Conservation Champions
HBAGNO Members RoyOMartin Recognized

At a time when many organizations are building strategies around environmental and social responsibility, the Forest Stewardship Council lauded a dedicated group of leaders in an awards ceremony at Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans.

Co-hosted with the World Wildlife Fund and Green Sports Alliance, the 10th Annual Design & Build with FSC Awards also added the first FSC Leadership Awards, which were given to organizations and people who have long championed forest conservation and leveraging markets to promote stewardship. 

"Like salmon swimming upstream, the award winners have worked tirelessly to protect forests and create change in the marketplace," said Corey Brinkema, president of the Forest Stewardship Council US. "They are used to being told 'it can't be done' so they know that true leadership requires resolve and determination, usually in the face of strong currents protecting the status quo," he added.Winners of the FSC Leadership Award are as follows:

* RoyOMartin for leadership in forest and land management
* Kimberly-Clark for leadership in corporate commitment
* Domtar for leadership in the paper sector
* Scholastic Inc. for leadership in the publishing sector
* C. F. Martin Guitar for leadership in the music industry
* F.D. Sterritt Lumber for leadership in building materials supply in the East
* Sustainable Northwest Wood for leadership in building materials supply in the West
* Columbia Forest Products for leadership in the building materials manufacturing sector
* WWF's Global Forest and Trade Network for leadership in the nonprofit sector
* Jameson French for strong individual leadership
* Richard Donovan and Dr. Robert Hrubes for long-standing dedication to FSC and leadership through an uncommon partnership

Winners of the 10th Annual Design & Build with FSC Awards are as follows:
* Washington State University Visitor's Center designed and built by Olson Kundig Architects and Sellen Construction, was the Commercial / Institutional Winner for Creativity and Innovation, for acting as "an advertisement for wood," according to jury member Lloyd Alter.
* Kum & Go Gas Stations was the Commercial / Institutional Winner for Market Transformation, in recognition of the fact that 95% of the wood in the stores is FSC certified, and that they expect to certify their 100th store under the US Green Building Council's LEED program by the end of 2014.
* Levi'sŪ Stadium, home of theSan Francisco 49ers, for being the first stadium home to a professional football team to earn LEED Gold certification as new construction and for using more than $1.8 million worth of FSC-certified products in the stadium.

"These award winners show that we can protect forests and still have plenty of wood and fiber to meet demand," Corey Brinkema said.

Design & Build with FSC at Greenbuild 2014 was made possible by the generous support of sponsors. The Home Depot was the Platinum Sponsor and Kimberly-Clark was the Gold Sponsor. Collins, Columbia Forest Products, F.D. Sterritt Lumber, Mendocino Redwood Company, RoyOMartin, SCS Global Services, Tork, and US Floors were Silver Sponsors. FSC sincerely appreciates their support.

FSC also wishes to thank the jury members who selected the Design & Build Award winners, including Richard Piacentini (Phipps Conservatory), Derrick Teal (Environmental Design & Construction Magazine), Leigh Ann Purvis (RoyOMartin), Lloyd Alter (, Erin Ryerson (USGBC Louisiana Greenbuild host committee), Shannon Stage (USGBC Louisiana) and Mara Baum (HOK).
Elliot Eisenberg
Unintended Consequences and Slower GDP Growth 
Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D.,
GraphsandLaughs, LLC

Over the past 60 years GDP growth has been spectacular, averaging close to 4%/year with GDP doubling every 20 years. More recently, GDP growth has been lackluster, averaging about 2%/year since 2000. As a result, GDP now doubles every 35 years. In part this slowdown is due to the recession, slowing population growth and a lack of corporate investment in plant and equipment. These are temporary problems that should not be overblown.
By contrast, those who believe in "Secular Stagnation" ascribe the recent GDP slowdown to the fact that our economy is mature, that our best days are behind us and that technology can no longer deliver like it has. While I think the notion of Secular Stagnation is bunk, our GDP growth of the last century or century and a half has been, without a doubt, artificially inflated. This is because we have ignored the "law of unintended consequences."
Every time we invent something new, more often than not, something unexpected goes wrong. Burning coal, which brought about the industrial revolution, badly fouled the air leading to the premature deaths of millions. The automobile helped usher in acid rain, gaining access to cheap sugar created tooth decay, working at computers all day is making us fat, asbestos causes lung cancer, antibiotics create super bugs, aerosol almost destroyed the ozone layer, leaded gasoline lead to lead-poisoning, chemical dumping and the burning of fossil fuels releases mercury into the air and from there, rainfall washes it into the ocean and into fish. And now we face the enormously expensive issue of global warming. (And don't even ask about Dodd-Frank).
My point is not that technological progress is bad. Quite the contrary, it's great, but it's not quite as great as we think because the negative consequences arising from it are never accounted for. The premature death of a coral reef, the rise in skin cancer rates and the eutrophication of coastal waters - to give just a few examples- are ignored when calculating GDP. And these costs, along with the costs of remedying these damages are both large and unknown. Moreover, monies spent cleaning up the messes caused by technological progress actually make GDP bigger. Now that we are more aware of "unintended consequences" we may be less optimistic about the future. And GDP growth going forward may be slower than in the past, but this is not due to Secular Stagnation. It's simply a sign of economic maturation along with a better awareness of our impact on the planet.
Moreover, this realization should not cause us to give up on technological innovation. As a matter of fact, the only way to fix the problems mentioned above is with more technology. Genetically modified food is the only way we are going to feed the fast growing population of the planet and the impact of global warming and rising sea levels will only be mitigated with new building technologies and improved energy sources, even though they will undoubtedly cause unintended consequences.
Compared to 10, 20 or 30 years ago, GDP growth appears to be slowing. Some of the reason is cyclical, but some is because our estimates of earlier GDP growth were excessive because we did not take into account the unintended consequences of new technologies. What is for sure is that if we stop designing and applying new technologies to solve problems, GDP growth will slow further.
Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is President of GraphsandLaughs, LLC and can be reached at [email protected].  His daily 70 word economics and policy blog can be seen at
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2014 Small Business Expo
Co - Hosted By: St. Charles Economic Development Dept.

River Region Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business Expo to offer area businesses a unique opportunity to maximize their visibility.  

Reasons to participate:

  • Showcase your business' products/services while networking with potential customers in the BEST one-day networking available with leads and prospects surrounding you from the River Region Parishes.
  • Great opportunity to market new products, services and technology
  • Excellent way to get your name out and let customers learn about your company.
  • Business to Business Networking
Reason to attend:
  • What's In It For You and Your Company - It will let the local business community know that you are extending your hand to them in an effort to learn what they have to offer to you and your business.
  • FREE 15 minute Business Seminars hosted by LSBDC

Thursday, October 9, 2014
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Expo
5:00 - 7:00 pm  - Networking

Edward A. Dufresne Community Center
274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway
Luling, LA

Cost: Members- $60 Table Fee(Table & 2 chairs)
(No table covers/linens provided)

Limited to 25 Business - First come basis

To RESERVE your table call 985-359-9777
or email: [email protected]

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2014 Senior Officers of the Board

President, Brian Mills
Vice President, Roy Olsen
Treasurer, Floyd Simeon
Secretary, Mike LeCorgne
Immediate Past President, Scott Morse

2014 Board of Directors

Steve Albert
John Arms
Fernando Arriola
Stacy Blair
Nick Castjohn
Ric Darling
Charlie Fontenelle
Phil Hoffman
Jo Ann Kostik
Michael Kraft
Pierre "Peter" Lanaux
Ben Laws
Bruce Layburn
Frank Morse
Helmut Mundt
Lynda Nugent Smith
Rolf Parelius
Kimberly Rooney
Zach Tyson
Kirk Williamson
Steve Wobbema
Wes Wyman
Peter Young
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