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HBAA Stormwater and Lead Paint Remediation Training
HBAA Stormwater and Lead Paint Remediation Training

The Home Builders Association of Alabama has announced its schedule for Stormwater and Lead Paint Renovator training. Both Initial Training and Continuing Education classes are being offered.


Entry forms and information are available by going to: 

https://hbaa.org/wp/industry-education/lead for Lead Paint Renovation classes
https://hbaa.org/wp/industry-education/stormwater for QCI Stormwater classes

Alabama State Home Builders Licensing Board Examinations Candidate Information Bulletin

The Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board has contracted with Prov, Inc. to develop, and administer their licensing examination program for state licensed home builders. This bulletin has been developed to help explain the rules and processes you will need to undertake to complete the testing requirement for your State of Alabama Home Builders License. Alabama law requires that each individual who is engaged in residential construction in the State of Alabama to be licensed. To become licensed, a company representative must demonstrate competency by passing the required exams for which licensure is being sought.

Prov is not authorized to make the determination of which examination(s) candidates must take. If a candidate is unsure which exam is needed for the license being sought, resolve this question before scheduling. If candidates have questions regarding which exam(s) to take, they must call the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board at (334) 242-2230.


Hocklander, Pitman inducted into Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame
Joe Hocklander Cliff Pitman

Montgomery— Two Baldwin County residents were among the three inductees this year into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame, the highest honor presented by the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA). The induction ceremony took place during the HBAA’s Annual Convention awards banquet on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Hilton in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.   

Joe Hocklander joined the staff of Mobile Gas in 1982, where he currently serves as the Senior Marketing Rep. He is a member of the Baldwin County Home Builders Association and Home Builders Association of Metro Mobile, and has been extremely active in both, particularly in serving on their Associates Councils and Membership Committees.

At the state level, Hocklander has served as HBAA Associate Committee Chair and the Past Associates Committee Chair. In 2011 he served as HBAA Associate Vice President. In 2009 he was named the HBAA’s Associate of the Year.

Cliff Pitman launched H.C. Pitman Builders in Fairhope in 1979 and joined the Baldwin County Home Builders Association the following year. A longtime board member for the BCHBA, he chaired its RAP Program and worked on several Habitat for Humanity projects. He served as BCHBA President in 1989.

Pitman has served on the HBAA Executive Committee since 1989 and has chaired several committees, including Membership, Land Developers and BUILDPAC. He served as HBAA President in 2010 and was President of the Alabama Home Builders Foundation in 2014. In 2001, Pitman was named the HBAA’s Builder of the Year.

For more information about the Home Builders Association of Alabama, call (800) 745-4222 or visit www.hbaa.org.

OSHA Cost Estimates for Silica Standards Woefully Low

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) has found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA)  proposed silica standards for the U.S. construction industry will cost the industry $5 billion per year—roughly $4.5 billion per year more than OSHA estimates. The coalition cautioned that the flawed cost estimates reflect deeper flaws in the rule and urged the federal agency to reconsider its approach.

OSHA’s proposed rule, intended to drastically reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the construction industry, will cost builders about $511 million a year, OSHA said. But CISC estimates that the costs to the industry will actually be approximately 10 times more. 

The CISC report estimates that about 80% of the cost  -- or $3.9 billion a year -- will be from the additional equipment, labor and record-keeping required. The remaining 20% of the cost ($1.05 billion per year) will come in the form of higher prices that the industry will have to pay for construction materials and building products such as concrete block, glass and roofing shingles. OSHA failed to take into account these additional costs, which will then be passed down to customers in the form of higher prices.

The proposed rule will also translate into significant job losses for the construction industry and the broader economy. The CISC estimates that the proposed regulation would reduce the number of jobs by more than 52,700 yearly: not just construction jobs, but those in related industries such as building material suppliers, equipment manufacturers and architects. Factoring in the many part-time or seasonal jobs, that number could increase to close to 80,000 positions lost.

“We are deeply concerned about the misguided assumptions and cost and impact errors that OSHA has relied upon in creating this proposed rule that will significantly affect our industry,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods. “This report reveals the critical need for OSHA to withdraw its proposed rule until it can put forth a technologically and economically feasible rule that also works to improve industry workers health and safety.”

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Sidewalk Construction Requirements

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)  regulations specify construction standards for accessible paths that apply to all sidewalks located on a public Right of Way (ROW). As a municipality, the City of Fairhope is required to meet these standards on all new and existing construction projects, including any development, new residence or public ROW where the streets are accepted for public use and maintenance.

ADA standards dictate a maximum cross slope of 2.0% for all sidewalks. City of Fairhope Building Inspectors have been issued digital levels and will be checking sidewalks on all Public Rights of Way (ROW) for collect slope during the final inspection prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. The reading on the inspectors digital level will govern whether the sidewalk is in compliance for the inspection.


If you have any questions, please call or email Erik Cortinas with the City of Fairhope Building Department at (251) 990-0141, or erik.cortinas@cofairhope.com

New ADEM General Permit: What You Need to Know

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management's current Construction Stormwater General Permit is set to expire on March 31.  The new general permit should go into effect on April 1.  Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about the new guidelines.

• If you have current permit coverage under the existing permit, it expires on March 31. 

- If your project is not completed and fully stabilized, you must reapply for permit coverage under the new permit before March 31.  

-  If your project is complete, then you should request a termination of permit coverage.

• If your project discharges to a Priority watershed, your CBMPP must be submitted with your NOI.

-  All NOIs must be accompanied by the required permit fee.  Once new permit coverage is granted, it will be good for the duration of the new general permit. 

• ADEM's new construction stormwater general permit will be effective for 5 years. 

- If you get a new permit from ADEM effective April 1, then it will be good for 5 years. 

- If you get permit coverage this time next year, then it will be only good for 4 years and so on.

It is recognized that this is a significant inconvenience for current permit holders, but ADEM has assured the HBAA that it will expedite the issuance of new permit coverage in order to keep projects from having to discontinue operations.  If you experience any significant delay in getting your new permit approved, please contact the HBAA at 1-800-745-4222.

Congratulations to Reyken Construction
Congratulations to Reyken Construction

We are pretty excited that in our first year to be considered, Reyken Construction received two awards at the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards (presented by the Home Builders Association of Alabama) in Montgomery this weekend. We were recognized in both the “Total House Remodel” and “Addition” categories. Not too bad for the new kids on the block! Thank you to our hardworking team, vendors and subcontractors who help us create amazing homes in and around Mobile!