FHBA-vertical-sigblocksizeThe Florida Home Builders Association is our state organization located right here in Tallahassee and is our advocate arm for all statewide issues and concerns regarding our industry. To learn more about the FHBA visit their site at www.fhba.com.

 

FHBA Member Benefits

Online Education for Contractors

Click here for the Online @HOMEPREP program for Florida Construction Licenses.

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Follow the Link to learn more about the Southeast Building Conference, the largest building industry trade show held each year in Orlando and sponsored by the FHBA.

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FHBA HIGHLIGHTS – April 15, 2019

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 FHB PAC Streamsong Golf & Sporting Clay Fundraiser

Join us June 12-13, 2019 at the Streamsong Resort for the FHB PAC Streamsong Golf & Sporting Clay Fundraiser benefiting the Florida Home Builders Political Action Committee (FHB PAC). Click here to register.

Click here for a details flyer on this event. Support PAC – Register today. 

 

Register for the 2019 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC)!

Registration for the 2019 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) is officially open! The 2019 SEBC is a two-day (August 1 & 2) Expo and Education Show featuring various networking opportunities, professional development, and continuing education conference for anyone and everyone working in the building industry…register today

Your Advocacy Dollars at Work

Week Seven of Legislative Session

We are at that point in session, where it is much like watching paint dry, conversations and strategy are being worked behind the scenes, and we are all scrambling to put things on other bills.

Next week, the only committee scheduled to meet is the Senate Rules Committee. All other times both chambers will be on the floor or conferencing the budget. Many of our priorities are still in play and we continue to work on bills that have provisions which give us angst. Two more weeks to go.

Highlights of the Major Issues:

Mitigation Banking (allowing credits to be purchased from local governments if/when no private are available): The House bill was approved by the full House and is in Senate Messages. Meanwhile, the Senate bill awaits to be placed on the special order calendar.

Property Development/Growth Management (inclusionary zoning, development orders and impact fee provisions): The needed procedural movement that had to happen occurred this week. The Senate bill was placed on the Rules Committee agenda (the last of session) and the House bill was placed on the Special Order calendar for Wednesday.

Transfer of Septic Program to DEP/Water Quality: The water quality bill in the House has a new number, 973H by Rep. Payne. It retains the type 1 transfer of the septic program to DEP, but requires a report by Dec. 2019 with recommendations on how to retain permitting through local health departments. The other aspects of the amendment stakeout the House’s position on water quality. We expect the Senate to use SB 1758 by Mayfield to move negotiations forward. Fortunately, a few weeks ago we successfully a potential construction moratorium from the Senate Bill.

Excess Permit Fees: The Excess Permit Fee Bill now has a new number: HB1333, by Rep. Payne (the same Rep. Payne who now has the water bill). HB133 was amended to include the Excess permit fee language (allowing carry over of 1 year operating expenses and requiring that excess fees be used to reduce or rebate fees). Any reference to excess fees being used for workforce training is now removed from both the House and Senate Bill. The Senate Bill is still in committee. We are busy strategizing how to move the issue in the Senate.

Workforce Education: The Senate workforce bill by Sen. Hutson, was amended and approved in its lasts committee of reference. Among other provisions of the bill, it provides alternative graduation pathways for career and technical education. This House companion by Rep. Mariano is on next week’s Special Order Calendar.

Click here to view the FHBA tracking chart. I hope this provides the information you are seeking. Please keep in mind, nothing in this process is a sure thing until Sine Die.

Before I sign off, our successes are not possible without a healthy PAC. All you golfers and sporting clay shooters, click here for the FHB PAC fundraising event at Streamsong, which is a fabulous facility.

FHBA Award Nominations Now Open!

FHBA is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2019 Awards listed below are open! Winners will be announced during the 2019 Summer Conference (SEBC) in August and the awards ceremony will be held during our Fall Leadership Conference (October 3-5 at the Casa Monica Resort & Spa in St. Augustine, FL).

All nominations, which are submitted electronically, are due on Friday, May 24, 2019.

  • Hall of Fame
  • Builder of the Year
  • Associate of the Year
  • Stephen D. Gidus Remodeler of the Year
  • Paul Joyal Pinnacle Builder of the Year Award
  • Woman of Distinction
  • The FBA Robert & Amy Harper Award
  • Young Building Professional

Click here to access the applications. Good luck!

 

Aurora Award Call for Entries is Now Open!

Deadline to submit your 2019 Aurora Award entries is June 7, 2019. Join us August 2, 2019 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL for the Gala Event and…learn more

  

What Is a Florida Certified Master Builder?

As Florida’s housing market continues to experience growth in new construction, great strides in remodeling, and substantial rebuilds due to recent devastating hurricanes, homeowners seek builders and remodelers they can trust. That is why the Florida Certified Master Builder (FCMB) was created.

Premiering during the 2018 Southeast Building Conference in Kissimmee, Florida, FCMB has now officially launched its services.

Florida Certified Master Builders are elite Home Builders, Remodelers and Commercial Contractors who are dedicated to excellence in building and client satisfaction. The builders who request certification hold themselves to a higher standard than required by the State of Florida for licensure.

“Florida’s housing industry remains a key factor in the State’s economic success – which continues to grow,” states FCMB Board Chairman, Jerry Linder of JL Linder Group, Inc. “This means that builders and remodelers are busy. With such a high customer demand on uncompromising construction, this certification distinguishes us in the marketplace.”

The State of Florida proudly touts the extreme difficulty with which to obtain a contractor’s license. Once received, builders and remodelers must adhere to the stringent Florida Building Code and receive 14 hours of continuing education every two years in order to maintain their license. But, Linder believes Florida’s rigorous standard for all contractors is not enough to stand out amongst the crowd.

“We always try to leverage current tools and resources available to promote our business, such as Angie’s List or Houzz. But, Florida Certified Master Builder takes us to the next level; making us go above and beyond what is asked of the everyday builder or remodeler. Here’s the payoff: homeowners immediately trust us to do whatever it takes to do a job right and outstanding the first time. Who wouldn’t want to be a Florida Certified Master Builder?”

Florida Certified Master Builders must meet strict requirements and demonstrate a proven track record of building expertise, business stability, integrity and exceptional customer service. Their education, design and product research requirements keep them in tune with the latest building practices and design trends.

FHBA Supports John Wiseman for Florida Building Commission Chair!

The Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) is in full support of Governor Ron DeSantis appointing FHBA member John Wiseman as the new Florida Building Commission Chair. Join us by sharing and retweeting our #Wiseman4Chair social media campaign. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter today to help spread the word!

Florida Building Code Training: Earn Seven FREE CEU’s!

JC Code & Construction Consultants, Inc. in partnership with the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) is offering 7.0 hours of Florida Building Code continuing education. Funding for this training is provided by a grant from the Florida Building Commission, Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), administered through Building A Safer Florida, Inc. (BASF) and is open to most DBPR licensed professionals. Certificates of completion are provided with continuing education hours uploaded electronically into the DBPR database. JC Code & Construction Consultants, Inc. is an approved continuing education provider by the CILB, BCAIB, FBAID, and FBPE. DBPR Provider #0003379, ICC Preferred Provider #1047.

Credit gained through CILB/BCAIB Reciprocity. ICC certification renewal credits are also earned. Courses have been selected to satisfy some of the professional license renewal requirements for building code officials and contractors. Some courses are also approved for design professionals. All courses are designed to provide the participants with the most up to date information regarding codes, standards, and statutes. Click here to find a location near you.