HBAs and Member Companies Participate in Safety Stand Down
KABA's May General Membership Meeting is CANCELLED
KABA has cancelled the May 19 General Membership Meeting that was to be held at Kearney Concrete Co. Our speaker, National Association of Home Builders Field Rep Justin Reyes, is rescheduled for September 15. Stay well everyone! Please visit our website at buildkearney.com for more information.
Home building job sites all over the country stopped work on Thursday, April 16 to educate workers and subcontractors on proper coronavirus safety measures.
Hundreds of NAHB member companies and HBAs participated in the national COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down.
The hashtags assoc- iated with the stand down were used more than 500 times on social media and generated more than 3.5 million impressions.
The safety stand
down came out of discussions between the steering members of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition. The Associated General Contractors of America held their stand down on April 9, NAHB on April 16, and Associated Builders and Contractors held theirs on April 23.
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Building 1,000 Homes Packs an Economic Punch
A new study from NAHB shows that housing stands poised to lead the economic rebound once social distancing and other virus mitigation efforts show success in containing the coronavirus pandemic.
Building 1,000 average single-family homes creates 2,900 full-time jobs and generates $110.96 million in taxes and fees for all levels of government to support police, firefighters and schools, according to NAHB’s National Impact of Home Building and Remodeling report. Similarly, building 1,000 average rental apartments generates 1,250 jobs and $55.91 million in taxes and revenue for local, state and federal government. Moreover, $10 million in remodeling expenditures creates 75 jobs and nearly $3 million in taxes.
“Before the coronavirus pummeled the U.S. economy, housing was on the rise, with January and February new home sales numbers posting their highest reading since the Great Recession,” said NAHB Chairman Dean Mon. “The demand is clearly there, and as this study shows, we expect that housing will play its traditional role of helping to lead the economy out of recession later in 2020 when the pandemic subsides.”
IN THIS EDITION
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS p.3
MAX AWARDS p.4
GROW YOUR OWN p. 5
NEWS ACROSS THE NATION p.6-7
NAHB SAVINGS p.8
FIND YOUR ANSWERS p. 9
Our homes have never been more important. They are our offices, our schools, our playgrounds and our sanctuaries. Through this time of uncertainty, rest assured that the building industry will continue to provide jobs, support manufacturing and bolster our economy because we are all in this together.
KABA Board of Directors
Calendar of Events
General Membership Meeting
General Membership Meeting
Mayor Stan Clouse
Kearney Concrete Co.
NSHBA (State) Golf Outing
Kearney Country Club
General Membership Meeting
NAHB (National) Field Rep
Kearney Concrete Co.
MAX Award/Christmas Banquet
Younes Convention Center
AWARD WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED
KABA's MAX Awards
6 Categories | 20 Awards | 1 MAX Award
The MAX Awards were created in recognition of KABA Members who show superior Marketing and Advertising eXcellence. The prestigious MAX Award is given to Builders, Developers, Remodelers, and Associate Members who made significant and creative contributions in residential and commericial marketing through specific achievements during the current year.
The MAX Awards would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors. We are in the process of putting together sponsorship packages for this event. If interested in becoming a sponsor, email KABA and they will let you know the levels of sponsorship when they are complete.
MAX AWARDS BANQUET
Award winners will be announced and honored at the MAX Awards Banquet in December.
APPLICATION FOR THE MAX AWARDS
Only those materials or products marketed or constructed within the jurisdiction of the Kearney Area Builders Association (which includes Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Furnas, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, Phelps and Sherman Counties) during the current calendar year are eligible for competition.No entry will be judged without payment of entry fee. All entries must adhere to the exact entry requirements and judging criteria. Failure to comply with these specifications will result in disqualification of entry and forfeiture of the entry fees.Categories with fewer than three entries may be excluded from award consideration and entry fees refunded.
Projects completed within 2019-2020 are eligible for the MAX Awards. Applications accepted March 1 – October 31, 2020. $25 per entry. APPLY HERE.
Judges are selected from KABA’s jurisdiction and are among the most creative and successful individuals within the home building industry while also representing the many disciplines contributing to new home sales and marketing. Judges are ineligible for entry. Judges reserve the right to eliminate any category where the quality of work does not warrant a winner. All decisions of the judges are final.
NAHB’s NATIONALS AWARDS
To give you the maximum exposure and recognition and to save you time and money, winners of the MAX Awards can elect to “roll over” their winning materials to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Nationals Awards. To participate, simply select the appropriate box when completing your entry application. A separate entry fee will be collected directly from The National Sales & Marketing Awards.
Must be a member to participate.JOIN NOW.
Grow Your Own
Each year, KABA awards one scholarship to an area high school graduate that plans on majoring in construction at CCC. The scholarship recipient is mentored by a KABA Builder Member beginning the summer immediately following graduation of high school and continuing through one year following graduation from CCC.
The Scholarship winner is awarded up to $1500 per semester for 4 semesters.
In addition, KABA Builder Members raise funds throughout the year (which is matched by Kearney Concrete Co.) to place a second student in the same scholarship program.
Builder members, you have complained about the lack of skilled labor. Here is your chance to Grow Your Own!
Sign up to mentor a scholarship recipient.
Serve on the Scholarship/Education Committee.
Volunteer to help during a scholarship fundraiser.
Donate to the Grow Your Own Scholarship Fund (matched by Kearney Concrete Co).
In the Program
Mike Rowe is a host and narrator known for his work on Dirty Jobs, Somebody’s Gotta Do It, The Way I Heard It Podcast, and Returning the Favor. He is also now an author, and his first book, The Way I Heard It, is out now.
Cameron Claussen: KHS 2019
Mentors: Gene and Julie Knaggs
Knaggs Construction Inc.
HBI Extends Free Online Learning
The Home Builders Institute (HBI) has extended free online learning alternatives for local schools and training programs through May 31, in response to continued requests for K-12 Career Technical Education (CTE) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Flexible Instruction Day materials do not require textbooks or workbooks to accommodate self-paced learning.
The IRS has significantly broadened its tax return filing and payment relief in response to COVID-19. According to Notice 2020-23, nearly all taxpayers with a filing or payment deadline falling on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020, will now have until July 15, 2020 to file returns and make payments without penalties or interest.
The expanded relief applies to individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, and other non-corporate tax filers.
New Home Sales
Fall 15.4% in March
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 15.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 627,000 units in March, coming off a downward revision in February, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The March rate is 9.5% lower than the March 2019 pace.
HUD's Carson Joins NAHB Webinar
In an exclusive webinar for NAHB members, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery recently outlined specific measures the agency has implemented to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and lauded the efforts of NAHB during this outbreak. The two housing policy experts also answered detailed questions from NAHB members.
A replay of the webinar is available to NAHB members in the Webinars and Town Halls section of nahb.org/coronavirus.
Congress Approves $484 Billion Stimulus
Congress has approved a $484 billion relief measure to combat the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation provides $380 billion in funding for two key small-business loan programs that ran out of money under the CARES Act.
Businesses applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan may request an advance of up to $10,000 to be delivered within three days of the request.
Under the Paycheck Protection Program, small businesses can take out loans equal to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll, up to $10 million.
A recent NAHB survey of professional remodelers shows the negative effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on the decision to remodel. More than 90% of remodelers in the survey reported a slowdown in both the rate at which inquiries are coming in, and in the general willingness of home owners to remodel at this time.
Roughly 96% of remodelers said the virus was hurting the rate at which inquiries are coming in, and a full 70% characterized the negative impact on inquiries as major rather than minor.
The survey listed eight impacts of the coronavirus on the remodeling market. More than 80% of respondents said the virus was having a noticeable effect on:
Homeowner concerns about inter-
acting with remodeling crews (86%);
Supply of N95 face masks (84%);
Cancellations or delays of existing
The pandemic is having significant adverse effects on the remodeling market, but the strongest ones are the negative impacts on the behavior of potential customers.
2020 NGBS Now Available
The 2020 edition of the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is available for public use. As of April 2020, more than 216,000 homes have been NGBS Green certified.
The 2020 edition is the fourth edition
of the standard. It reflects significant changes based on evolving market conditions and feedback received over
the past decade from those using the standard.
The NGBS includes high-performance practices in six areas: Lot Design and Development, Resource Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Building Operation & Maintenance.
States Start Reopening to Building
Thanks to efforts by NAHB and state home builder associations, the few remaining states that have halted residential construction activity due the COVID-19 pandemic — Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington and Vermont — are taking steps to allow home building to resume production.
In a critical win for NAHB and the residential construction sector, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on March 28 designated construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an “Essential Infrastructure Business.” Although this designation was not binding for individual states, most states followed the federal guidelines.
Access NAHB’s updated map showing where construction can continue.
Survey Finds Remodelers Seeing Fewer Customer Inquiries
Nissan and Infiniti of North America is excited to extend NAHB member business exclusive incentives towards a purchase or lease of your next Nissan or Infiniti vehicle. These incentives are available on 2019 and 2020 model year sedans, crossovers, SUVs, sports car, luxury models, pickup trucks and cargo vans.*
You can save thousands on your next purchase of any Nissan or Infiniti model.** View a list of price incentives for all eligible Nissan and Infiniti models.
As a member of your local Home Builder’s Association, you can gain access to Amazon Business’ vast selection, competitive pricing and shipping options to meet your needs.
Amazon Business features
When you create a business account, you can access the NAHB Amazon store which offers recommended products tailored to your industry’s needs while unlocking additional business savings.
Flat Rate Discounts on Shipping
NAHB and UPS took the guesswork out and put the easy in. Members now have access to new and improved flat discount pricing with savings of:
50% on Domestic Next Day/Deferred
30% on Ground Commercial / Residential and
up to 50% on additional services
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Find Your Answers Through Your HBA's
Nebraska State Home Builders
We all must be diligent in what is recommended by our leaders and communities. Listed below are some valuable resources.
Legislature approves emergency coronavirus funding
Tax Credits Available
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Nebraska Department of Labor – Rapid Response
Ideas for Safety and Health Protocols – Here is a video about protocols on the job site
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
National Association of Home Builders
NAHB is dedicated to mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on the residential construction sector.
Coronavirus Preparedness and Response
Senate Approves $2.2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Package
Construction Exemptions Map
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
US Small Business Administration COVID-19 Guidance & Loan Resources
Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
SBA Disaster Assistance
We will continue to assess upcoming events and look at the recommendations from the leaders in our community, state and national.
NAHB will be providing additional updates with some of the relief they are trying to help provide to members. This is an unprecedented time and our association will do what we can for our members and the community.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the KABA.
Important information for you:
Buffalo County Government
Planning and Zoning Department
Buffalo County Economic Developement
Kearney Hub Business page
FREE listing for your business
Construction Industry Safety Coalition Recommendations: CISC COVID-19 Exposure Prevention Preparedness and Response Plan