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FHBA HIGHLIGHTS – February 4, 2019


Home Building Issues Highlighted at Capital

Not only are we in “pre-session” mode – analyzing bills for impact on the construction industry, working to get our priorities sponsored and filed, and meeting policymakers with construction concerns – home building issues are being highlighted at multiple venues. Here are three examples:


House Commerce Committee Tackles Root Causes of the Affordability Crisis


The House Commerce Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Mike La Rosa, conducted a panel discussion focusing on lowering the costs of construction through efficient and uniform building code enforcement. Of the ten panelists presenting at to the House Committee, three were active FHBA Members:


  • Brian Walsh, a member of the Polk County Builders Association and an active member of the FHBA Volume Builders Council;
  • Jeff Schnellman, a member of the Greater Orlando Builders Association and Chair of the FHBA Governmental Affairs Committee; and
  • Bill Truex, a member of the Charlotte Desoto Building Industry Association and FHBA President.

Some of the takeaways for policymakers included:


  • The use of private inspectors work in terms of efficiencies. However, in some cases costs escalate due to local governments requiring many privately inspected sites to be audited, local governments charge the full amount even though they are conducting less work on the site, and they employ other methods making the use of private providers less attractive;
  • Different jurisdictions interpret codes differently, which may result in construction delays and increasing the costs of homes;
  • Information required for permitting differs across jurisdictional lines as do the permit application forms, which results in increasing costs and time delays;
  • Impact fees, excessive permit fees, construction delays, workforce challenges, and local regulations create an environment hostile to the concept of affordable housing.
  • FHBA lobbyists continue working with Chair La Rosa encouraging the development of legislation addressing some of these topics. Stay tuned for more details as they become available. Thanks to all three FHBA members for traveling to Tallahassee and educating the Committee.


The CILB Explores Deregulation Options


Governor Ron DeSantis hosted an all-day “Florida Deregathon” on January 31, 2019, at Valencia College in Orlando. Each professional licensing board was tasked with recommending change to licensing laws that could reduce unnecessary barriers and create more employment opportunities. The Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) participated in the exercise and proffered the following recommendations:


  • Revise the contractor application to remove unnecessary questions;
  • Reduce the size of the licensing board;
  • Work on license reciprocity with other states;
  • Work to refine all contractor application requirements to reduce experience requirements while maintaining financial requirements;
  • Reduce costs of exam prep by eliminating some of the required textbooks for the licensing exam. Provide online resources or reduce required books;
  • Allow BCN graduates to apply for Division 1 licensure without passing the certified examination. Determine additional degrees that could qualify this exemption for all license types; and
  • Allow Division 2 to subcontract out work as long as they supervise contractors, i.e., eliminate Swimming Pool subcontractor specialty licensure.
  • These are just recommendations by the CLIB that will now go to DBPR and through additional processes to determine which, if any, of these recommendations will find their way into a legislative proposal. FHBA lobbyists will monitor the progress of these recommendations and work with FHBA Leadership to develop further where appropriate.


Governor DeSantis Recommends Full Funding for Sadowski


On Friday afternoon, February 1, 2019 Governor DeSantis released his first budget, delivering a campaign promise. Those of you who attended the FHB PAC Statewide Candidate Interviews recall when then Candidate DeSantis expressed support for Sadowski funding and his desire to fully fund the program. FHBA is pleased to report that Governor DeSantis translated support into action. His proposed budget fully funds the Sadowski affordable housing trust. Thank you Governor DeSantis!



Register for the 2019 FHBA Legislative Conference!

Join us as FHBA hosts the 2019 Legislative Conference, March 11-13, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida, where members and leaders in Florida residential construction and remodeling industry participate in legislative training, engage with elected officials, and meet to address organizational agendas. Legislators and Capitol observers use this event as a barometer of FHBA member intensity regarding our legislative initiatives. Be sure to join us as we firmly support the building industry in Florida. Click here to register.



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.



Reserve Your 2019 SEBC Booth Space & Save!

Reserve your 2019 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) booth space before April 30, 2019 and receive the Early Bird Discount! Join us August 1-2, 2019 in Kissimmee, FL at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention…learn more



Join Our Evolution and Order Certified Energy Ratings Certificates Today!

The Certified Ratings Program, sponsored by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA), provides certified energy ratings certificates for new single-family homes, energy rating certificates for homes that are already built, and certified Water Star™ and Water Efficiency Rating System (WERS) rating certificates for buildings. Single-family home builders can directly support their industry when they order independent energy ratings based on Florida’s Energy Code or above Code.


Our trusted partners, UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and Intertek, provide world class third-party quality assurance. Participants can choose to work with one or both of these internationally recognized leaders in the industry. Building departments around the state and country already receive millions of certification and evaluation reports from UL and Intertek to prove compliance. The Program makes energy ratings and energy code compliance easy for the builder, energy inspector and the building department.


Make our Program yours. We operate in Florida, but there is demand in other states for similar services. Whether it’s certified code calculations, a certified blower door test, an Energy Rating Index (ERI) rating or a standalone validated energy inspection, your state HBA too could have our trusted partners provide certificates. For more information about a Program in your state, please click the “Learn More” button below. You will be directed to our Program Administrator, Triconic, who can help your HBA launch a Program in your area. Click here to learn more.



CBIA Member Highlight

Ryan Benson, principal with A. Vernon Allen Builder, has been named president of the Collier Building Industry Association.


The CBIA is a not -for-profit professional association of dedicated industry professionals who are inspired to make a difference in the community through advocacy, education, networking and philanthropy. The Association represents the collective voice of the Collier County building industry and serves as a thoroughly engaged and effective advocate for its members. As it represents the interests of the building industry, CBIA provides its members pathways for continuing education, relationship building and opportunities to be of service to the community.


Benson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., and his Master of Business Administration degree from Florida International University in Miami. He has been in the construction industry for over 15 years, and was a finalist for the National Association of Home Builders Young Professional’s Award for two consecutive years. In 2017 Benson was named as one of Gulfshore Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 recipients, and one of Business Observers 40 under 40 in 2018. He was also recently named Builder of the Year by the Collier Building Industry Association.


Benson is involved in a number of building organizations, including serving as President of the Collier Building Industry Association, a delegate on both the Board of Directors of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders for 2018 and as Vice-Chairman of FHBA’s Local President’s Council. Additionally, Benson is a Trustee for Canterbury School, past president of Naples Gulfshore Rotary, and vice chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County.


In 1951, A Vernon Allen established the company, which became one of the first homebuilders in Port Royal and is the largest builder in the Port Royal Community today, as well as one of the most established and finest custom homebuilders in Naples. Benson and his business partner, Andy Bringardner, completed their acquisition of the firm in 2015 after almost a decade working as managers of the firm. For more information about A. Vernon Allen Builder, call 239-261-5300 or email info@avabuilder.com.