Master Builders Association Announces Leadership Change

Maser Home Builders AssociationBellevue, WA – The Chair Officers of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties today announced the departure of Executive Officer Sam Anderson. Anderson, whose contract was up this year, served as EO of the Association for 16 years.

Association President Brian Ross, of Yarrow Bay Holdings, said, “Sam Anderson was an innovator whose leadership will be remembered with deep appreciation. His years of dedicated service included overseeing the Association’s membership growth, the creation of the Built Green program and Master Builders Career Connection, and expanding the benefits and services offered to the membership.”

Among his many accomplishments, Anderson served on a variety of boards, including the Governor’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Puget Sound Partnership’s Ecosystem Coordination Board, HomeAid America’s Executive Committee and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, among others. He was honored with a National Association of Home Builders EOC Executive Officer of the Year Award in 2001 and a Housing Development Consortium of Seattle‐King County Pedestal Award in 2002 for his contributions to affordable housing.

A search for Anderson’s replacement began in January and a new Executive Officer will be announced by the end of the year.

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Founded in 1909, the MBA is a trade association comprised of more than 3,000 companies involved in the residential construction industry. It is the nation’s oldest and largest local home building association affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders

New-Home Sales Rise 1.5 Percent in March

National Association of Home BuildersApril 23, 2013 – Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 417,000 units in March, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.

“This is the second-best sales number we’ve seen since early 2010, and a good sign of the continued, gradual headway that our industry is making toward recovery as more buyers jump off the fence in time to take advantage of today’s low interest rates and prices,” said Rick Judson, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Charlotte, N.C.

“The latest sales report is right in line with our forecast for continued, modest increases in home prices and sales through 2013,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “At this point, we are about half-way back to what would be considered a ‘normal’ level of sales activity as challenges related to supplies of credit, building materials, lots and labor are slowing the pace at which builders can build and sell new homes.”

Regionally, new-home sales activity was mixed in March, with the Northeast and South posting double-digit increases and the Midwest and West posting corresponding declines. Sales gained 20.6 percent in the Northeast and 19.4 percent in the South, while falling 12.1 percent in the Midwest and 20.9 percent in the West.

The inventory of new homes for sale held virtually unchanged at just 151,000 units in March, which amounts to a 4.4-month supply at the current sales pace.

NAHB Recognizes Earth Day as Home Building Industry Gets Greener

National Association of Home BuildersApril 22, 2013 – The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recognizes the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, along with millions of people worldwide. Just as the Earth Day movement has grown and advanced over the years, so too has the home building industry. In many respects, what was once considered “green building” has become more commonplace and regularly incorporated into today’s new homes.

“Many building practices that were considered green just 20 years ago are now standard for a lot of home builders,” said Matt Belcher, co-chair of NAHB’s Energy & Green Building Subcommittee and a builder from Wildwood, Mo. “As consumers and the green movement have evolved through the years, it has been important for the home building industry to evolve as well.”

Energy codes prescribing specific requirements for insulation in walls, floors, ceilings and windows, and the proliferation of above-code energy programs are examples of this change. Both were non-existent until the late 1970s. Now, energy codes and above-code programs are commonplace and often extend focus beyond just insulation amounts to include whole building tightness testing, lighting, duct testing and more.

Meanwhile, toilets manufactured before 1992 often used over three gallons of water with every flush. Today, however, new toilets such as those carrying a WaterSense label reduce the amount of water used by 20 to 60 percent — which can save nearly 13,000 gallons of water in a home every year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, that can translate to a savings of more than $110 per year in water costs and $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilet for the average family.

The growth of renewable energy in the residential sector is another visible example of the trend toward greener building. It took decades for solar panels to be embraced fully, and now they can be found on single-family homes and multifamily dwellings across the country.

A 2011 survey of NAHB members predicts that green homes, which comprised as little as 2 percent of the overall market as recently as 2005, could represent as much as 38 percent of it by 2016. It was this type of market-scale change that prompted NAHB to champion the development of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), the only residential green building approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the foremost green rating system for single-family, multifamily and remodeled homes in the United States.

The latest version of that standard, the 2012 NGBS, was published earlier this year to reflect changes in updated building codes, building practices and home technologies. Among the many revisions were changes to the energy component that could result in as much as a 15 percent increase in energy efficiency and an increase in water efficiency across all four performance levels (bronze, silver, gold and emerald). Substantive changes are also found in the land development, material resource, indoor environment and owner education and maintenance sections. Finally, a major overhaul of the remodeling component was conducted to make the NGBS easier to apply for small and large remodeling projects to facilitate improving the environmental performance of older homes.

For more information on green building and the 2012 NGBS, please visit www.nahbgreen.org.

Lexar Homes Opens Idaho Office to Serve Treasure Valley’s Home Building Needs

MERIDIAN, IDAHO – April 22, 2013 – Lexar Homes, the Northwest’s leading on-your-site builder, today announced its newest location in Idaho. Lexar Homes Treasure Valley is located at 910 East Franklin Road, Suite 103 in Meridian.

Office Hours: Monday – Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Save the Date: There will be a ground breaking event in July at the construction site of a model home. Details to be announced at a later date.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to meet with property owners who are interested in new home construction,” said Lexar Homes franchise owner Bryan Keehr. “To discuss the advantages of building a new home versus purchasing an existing one.”

In addition to zero wear and tear, new homes comply with current building, safety and environmental codes and include the latest and greatest systems and components often making a new home less expensive to operate and maintain than older homes said Keehr.

Lexar Homes of Treasure Valley will build in the Idaho and Oregon cities of Baker City, Boise, Caldwell, Eagle, Emmett, Garden City, Homedale, Idaho City, Jordan Valley, Kuna, Meridian, Middleton, Mountain Home, Nampa, New Plymouth, Nyssa, Ontario, Parma, Payette, Star, Vale and Weiser.

About Lexar Homes

Lexar Homes is a leading volume builder in the Northwest. The company builds quality homes with an emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainability and healthier indoor air quality. Lexar Homes offices can be found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and North Dakota. The company’s build areas include:

  • Bismarck, ND (Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, Logan, McLean, Morton, Sheridan, Sioux and Wells Counties);
  • Burlington, WA (Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties)
  • Centralia, WA (Grays, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce and Thurston Counties); Lewiston, ID (Asotin, Beneway, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone Counties)
  • Coeur d’Alene, ID (Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties)
  • Meridian, ID (Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley and Washington Counties) plus Baker and Malheur Counties in Oregon
  • Moses Lake, WA (Grant County)
  • Olympic Peninsula (Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap annd Mason Counties)
  • Pendleton, OR (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla and Wallowa Counties)
  • Puyallup, WA (Pierce County)
  • Silverdale, Washington (Kitsap, Mason and Pierce Counties)
  • Spokane, WA (Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman Counties)
  • Tri-Cities, WA (Adams, Asotin, Benton, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Klickitat, Walla Walla and Whitman Counties)
  • Tri-Cities, OR (Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa Counties)
  • Wenatchee, WA (Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Oknagan Counties)
  • Woodland, WA (Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties)
  • Yakima, WA (Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima Counties)

For more information, visit: www.lexarhomes.com.