Industry News

Getting Started on the Build: The Basics of a Custom-Built Home
Buying a house is an exciting time—and also stressful. Building a house can be even more exciting—and certainly more stressful. But there is also a powerful sense of home when you move into a house built to your specifications—and, as a homeowner, it’s natural to be drawn to that. To ensure things are done properly so you’ll be truly happy takes time and effort, though.

There are many different ways to build a home—some much more complex than others. Here is a general overview of what you need to know before you make a decision.

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SBA and Treasury Release PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

Article from NAHB

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S Department of the Treasury, has released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.

The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the CARES Act. SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.

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"NY Forward Reopening" Plan Guidlines
The Governor’s Office has yesterday evening published detailed interim guidance for construction as part of phase one of the “NY Forward” Reopening Plan.  You can view the guidelines and related documents at this link, including the summary guidelines and detailed guidelines. Click here for a sign created by NYSBA that can be used on residential sites.
Businesses will be required to affirm with the State their adherence to the guidelines and requirements through completion of an online form.
The State has also provided a safety plan template. This plan does not need to be submitted to for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.

2020 Residential Code of NYS - Discounted PDF
NYSBA has discounted purchasing for the 2020 Residential Code of NYS – (PDF format).  If members would like to purchase a discounted PDF copy of the new code book, the cost will be $62.00. Members must contact  Vicki Miller at izvyyre@alfon.pbz to arrange payment and delivery. Unfortunately due to the cost of shipping, they cannot provide this material in book form at a reduced price.

OSHA Guidance
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has provided guidance on recording COVID-19 cases in the workplace.

OSHA has confirmed that COVID-19 can be a recordable work-related illness that must be documented on an employer’s OSHA 300 log in certain circumstances. OSHA advised employers to consider the following three factors in making that determination:

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NAHB - COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Stand Down

Stand Down for Coronavirus Safety on April 16, 2020 - NAHB takes safety seriously. On Thursday, April 16, we are urging members, and all residential construction companies, to halt work for at least 10 minutes for a COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down to educate workers on what they should do to keep themselves safe from coronavirus and to help “flatten the curve” for everyone.

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New York to Require Prevailing Wage for Private Construction
The NYS Budget, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 3, 2020, expands prevailing wage laws, extending them to cover workers on certain private construction projects.  The act takes effect on January 1, 2022.

The legislation (S.7508-B/A.9508-B) amends the Labor Law by adding a new section 224-a. which would apply to projects that are worth more than $5 million and get at least 30% of their financing from public funds, such as certain types of loans, tax credits, and other tax incentives that promote construction.

The law excludes certain projects, such as small residential (“one or two family dwellings where the property is the owner's primary residence, or construction  work performed on property where the owner of the property owns no more than four dwelling units”), school construction, affordable housing, nonprofit projects, brownfields rehabilitation under the state program, work performed pursuant to a PLA, projects receiving 421-A benefits and others. Click here to continue reading.

This Guidance responds to questions raised by Code Enforcement Personnel regarding whether building departments should remain open and operating during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This Guidance also provides helpful information for Code Enforcement Officials regarding the recently issued Executive Orders. In this Guidance, the term “Code Enforcement Personnel” includes any person responsible for administering and enforcing the Uniform Code and Energy Code, including but not limited to certified code enforcement officials and building safety inspectors of local building departments, as well as code coordinators and code compliance managers working in State agencies. Click here to continue reading.

NAHB - How to Obtain an SBA Loan and Have it Forgiven
In recent weeks, Congress has adopted three bills aimed at stabilizing the economy, with more to come. The most notable of these was the $2.2 stimulus package (the CARES Act) that President Trump signed into law on March 27. This law contains a nearly $350 billion federal small business loan protection program called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that will provide significant loan forgiveness for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees if employers meet certain criteria. Click here to continue reading.

NAHB Publishes Construction Job Site Guidance for Coronavirus
The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) today published guidance for construction employers, employees and contractors on coronavirus exposure prevention, preparedness and response. NAHB is a key member of CISC.
The guidance describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job site, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes sick. The documents are specifically tailored to construction job sites. Click here to continue reading.

MTACD COVID-19 Exposure Protocols
The MTA has published an updated protocols sheet with corrected flowcharts for contractor/consultant exposure scenarios. Please replace the previous versions with the new document. This document can be adapted for use in anyone’s business.

Letter for Employees Template
As per Governor Cuomo's Executive Order, the construction industry, including contractors, consultants, construction management services and material suppliers are considered exempt from reduction in workforce requirements. Click here for a sample letter that employers can give to employees as they are travelling to work. Please remind employees that, along with this letter, they must carry ID (driver's license, etc.) with them.

Construction Exempt from Governor Cuomo's Executive Order
Last night, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.6 which provides for workforce reduction, among other things, beginning tomorrow (March 20, 2020). However, in that executive order he listed Construction as an essential business. What this means is that our industry is exempt from these restrictions going forward.

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We Need Your Help - Imminent Closure of HVBRA
After nearly forty years in existence I am sad to announce the closure of the Hudson Valley Builders and Remodelers Association.

I would hate for my last act as President of the Association to be to write a letter like that. Unfortunately, it is written only half in jest.  Since our high watermark of over 700 members our numbers have dwindled. We have been operating at a financial loss while our Board carries the yeoman load to keep the Association operational. 

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NYSBA Voter Voice Alert: Oppose the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act

Urge your Representative to Oppose the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act!

This organized labor "wish list" bill resurrects bad policies that have previously been rejected by Congress and courts alike, including:
- Stripping employer and employee free choice and privacy in union elections
- Curbing opportunities for independent work and subcontracting
- Eliminating Right-to-Work protections nationwide
- The housing affordability crisis will only worsen if Congress promotes misguided policies that force the labor market to contract and inflate the costs of home construction.

Click here to contact your Member of Congress!

March 2020 Membership Meeting & Speed Networking
The Hudson Valley Builders & Remodelers Association will be hosting a Membership Meeting on March 24th at the Courtyard Middletown. Lew Dubuque, Executive Vice President of the New York State Builders Association will be joining us to discuss crucial legislative topics such as Prevailing Wage Expansion, Wetlands Overregulation, and Condo Tax Equalization. We will also be introducing a Speed Networking component to the meeting! Click here to register for the meeting!

NYSBA & NYSBA REF December 2019

2020 Budget Passes - The NYSBA board recently passed its budget for 2020 by a vote of 72% — 24%. This budget process was one of the most difficult in the last several years. This is because NYSBA’s 2020 budget includes a $10 dues increase. This is the first increase to NYSBA’s dues in over seven years. 

The Executive Committee did not take this increase lightly. We continue to look for ways to cut costs. NYSBA has cut expenses 8 percent over the 2019 budget, and over 20 percent from 2018. We continue to do more with less.

Click here to continue reading the December 2019 Edition of the NYSBA Newsletter.

Local Builders Seeking Skilled Workers to Meet Rising Demand
With many residential construction workers having left the industry in search of other work during the housing downturn, home builders in the Hudson Valley and in many other areas of the country are increasingly voicing concerns about the supply of workers in key trades now that demand for new homes is ramping up in many markets.

Indeed, many skilled workers – such as carpenters, framers and roofers – were forced to seek employment elsewhere during the Great Recession, when more than 1.4 million jobs were lost as builders were forced to lay off workers or even close their businesses. Several trades retrained their construction workers and today many of them are no longer available to build houses. The latest government statistics bear this out: The number of open construction sector jobs in March was 147,000, the third-highest monthly total since the Great Recession ended.

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New Member Benefit Added!

Luminary Media is offering a discount to all HVBRA members on all Luminary products and services. They publish the quarterly magazine, Upstate House, which features a unique mix of property listings and editorials on progressive design, building practices, eco-friendly products and services.

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NYSBA Voter Voice Alert and Breaking News
Since the first day of the 2019 legislative session, labor unions have been at the New York State Capitol pushing to apply prevailing wage laws to many residential construction and improvement projects which were previously not within the definition of public work.

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Major Home Repairs Can Blow Up Your Bank Account — Here’s How to Avoid a Catastrophe

A homeowner is never truly finished with home repairs. As soon as you get one thing fixed or under control, another problem often springs up. Some home projects are under your control — these are the fun ones that you plan for. Many home projects are thrust upon the homeowner, however. Major home repairs like fixing a foundation, redoing a roof, or replacing an entire HVAC system can be bank-breakers. Here’s how to ensure your next major project doesn’t hurt you too badly — physically, emotionally, and financially.

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2019 New York State Builders Association Research and Education William Morehouse Scholarship Application
Know a high school or college student studying residential construction? They may qualify to apply for the William Morehouse Scholarship, a matching funds scholarship facilitated by NYSBA's Research and Education Foundation and NYSBA's 14 local affiliates. 2019 applications are now being accepted and must be received at NYSBA REF by March 1, 2019! Please click here for more information.

President's Message - February 2019
It is with great pride that I assume the role of President of the Hudson Valley Builders and Remodelers Association for the next two years. We have come far – with strong leadership and dedicated, persistent talent. We are a strong and growing Association but we still have much to do. I welcome the challenge. Home construction has not yet been recognized by the general population with the import we know it deserves. It’s time to take the Association to the next level. 

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