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Week of December 19
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2015 Calendar of Events is available on the HBAF website

New OSHA Recordkeeping Rules Effective January 1, 2015

Revised recordkeeping and reporting rules published in the Federal Register on September 18, 2014, require employers to notify the NC Department of Labor Division of Occupational Safety & Health when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from the record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on January 1, 2015 for workplaces in North Carolina.

Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify the NCDOL OSH Division of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA's regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees.

Employers can report these events by telephone to the NCDOL Complaint Desk by calling 1-800- NCLABOR or (919) 779-8560.

The final rule also updated the list of industries that, due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates, are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep injury and illness records.  The previous list of exempt industries was based on the old Standard Industrial Classification system and the new rule uses the North American Industry Classification System to classify establishments by industry. This new NAICS Exemption List is based on updated injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The new rule maintains the exemption for any employer with 10 or fewer employees, regardless of their industry classification, from the requirement to routinely keep records of worker injuries and illnesses.

All employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina, even those who are exempt from maintaining injury and illness records, are required to comply with OSHA's new severe injury and illness reporting requirements.

Submitted by the NC Department of Labor
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Utility Rebates Now Available!
Did you know you can receive rebates from your local utility company for the homes you are building? They are difficult to claim, always changing, and very time consuming. NOT ANYMORE! We have partnered with GreenOhm, a company that specializes in collecting utility rebates for builders, and we've negotiated a great program for our members. The utility rebates can amount to thousands of dollars per address and they do all the work! 

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NC Housing Finance Agency Introduces New 5% Down Payment Assistance

Has a client ever said they don't have the down payment needed on a new home you're building?
The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) now offers 100 percent financing for your move-up and first-time home buyers who make less than $85,000 a year. Beginning Dec. 1, FHA buyers have up to 5 percent of the original loan available to be used as down payment. Conventional loan buyers can now get 3 percent down payment. And with both types of loans offering 97 percent LTV, both are true 100 percent financing options.
Plus, eligible first-time home buyers and military veterans can get a 50-percent annual tax credit on new home purchases under $240,000 with our Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) program. (MCC income limits vary by county and household size).
For more details, go to or contact NCHFA Manager of Home Ownership Rob Rusczak at (919) 875-3777.

Submitted by the NC Housing Finance Agency

Wireless Discounts Added to Member Advantage Program

The NAHB Member Advantage program now offers you and all your members exclusive discounts on wireless solutions with the nation's best carriers including Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile.

This unique program offers a wide range of benefits to all members including: discounts averaging 35% for members, free mobile to any mobile calling, free mobile device management through an online portal, dedicated 24/7/365 helpdesk support and much more.

Members today are also relying on mobile technology for more than just phone calls. The eMemberBenefits wireless program for members helps to deliver solutions that are both powerful and simplified so that your enterprise gets the most from current available technologies at the very best prices.

All NAHB Members have the ability to receive a no-cost, no-obligation detailed assessment of their existing wireless telecom expenses, and be provided with a free side-by-side comparison of discounts available for their existing service, along with comparable options from other carriers, often with even greater discounts. Once a member selects an option, they will receive comprehensive management of the implementation process, and a dedicated representative to act as the focal point for customer service and ongoing member support. 

To learn more, please visit or call 866-430-NAHB (6242) to speak directly with a member specialist.

Up Coming

The next HBAFlash will be  
January 9

December 25

January 6

Membership Committee
11:30 am

January 8
Executive Board Meeting
8:30 am
Board of Directors Meeting
9:00 am

January 19
Membership Committee
11:30 am

January 20-22
International Builders Show
Las Vegas

January 29
New Member Reception
Highland Country Club
11:00 am
Register to attend

Member Mixer: Start Fresh. Buy New
Highland Country Club 
11:30 am
Register to attend


Construction Statistics

Local Stats: November 2014 *new

Local Stats Residential Trend: 2008-2014 *new

Absorption Report: November 2014 *new

Commercial Building Permit Index: September 2014  

The Market Edge Residential Building Permit Trend: September 2014  

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Automated Reporting and Analysis with Google Analytics 

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2-3 p.m.
Sales and Marketing series

Who has two hours per week to manually review Google data? Instead, let's spend two hours this week to automate reporting for the rest of the year. This webinar session focuses on Google Analytics, but also includes Google AdWords and Google Webmaster Tools automated reporting.

HBA of Fayetteville
910-826-0649 fax

Natalie Fryer, Executive Officer
Pamela Grierson, Communications Manager

NAHB Member Discounts
Dues Payments & Lobbying Expense 2015 Disclosure
Dues payments to the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. However, dues payments may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense, subject to exclusion for lobbying activity. Because a portion of your dues is used for lobbying by NAHB, NCHBA and HBAF, 10% of the total dues, or $ 48.22 is not deductible for income tax purposes for builder and associate members. For affiliate members, 2% of the total dues, or $2.35 is not deductible for income tax purposes. Membership Dues are non-refundable.
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