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2019 RESIDENTIAL CODE OF OHIO ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF BUILDING STANDARDS (BBS)

 

After being recommended by the Residential Construction Advisory Committee (RCAC), the BBS adopted the 2019 Residential Code of Ohio (RCO), effective July 1, 2019.   OHBA ensured several amendments from prior editions remained intact, and the RCAC adhered to the statutory review and analysis in the code adoption process. 

 

OHBA PROVIDED EXPERTISE ON PROPOSED ENERGY CODE CHANGES

 

The Residential Construction Advisory Committee (RCAC) took deliberative steps to ensure the OHBA alternative prescriptive path would be maintained in the 2019 Residential Code of Ohio (RCO).  OHBA and builders from around the state put forth calculations of verifiable, practical impacts of the 2012, 2015 and 2018 IECC on housing.   The RCAC voted to maintain the option in its most recent draft of the RCO, and it was adopted by the BBS.  OHBA members provided the committee with a very detailed review of the cost of moving ahead with the 2018 IECC, and reiterated how well new homes are being built already under the current code.  They were successful in retaining the OHBA alternative path with modified 2018 IECC, as well as, making adjustments for remodeling project compliance. 

 

OHBA SUPPORTED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS

 

OHBA testified in House committees this year on legislation to restructure the state’s education departments, as well as, joined in the efforts to educate members of the legislature on higher education alternatives in the trades.

 

           

 

URGED PASSAGE OF PROPERTY TAX RELIEF LEGISLATION TO HELP ENCOURAGE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Prior to introduction of HB 371, OHBA held in depth discussions on the importance of residential development and reducing any regulatory burden to encourage more development throughout the state.  After introduction and all throughout 2018, OHBA worked closely with the sponsor as the main resource to help move the bill through the process.  As the committee held hearings on the bill, OHBA testified and worked closely with the sponsor, chairman, and members of the house to explain the practical impacts of the bill:  to encourage residential lot development in Ohio, help ease the burden of lot shortages and grant a sense of equity for property owners from unfair property valuations.

 

OHBA COMMITTEE REVIEWED AND ADOPTED THIRD EDITION OF MINIMUM QUANTIFIABLE WORKMANLIKE STANDARDS

 

The workmanlike standards committee reviewed and voted unanimously to adopt the 2018 3rd  edition of the minimum quantifiable workmanlike standards.  These standards are promulgated by the Ohio Home Builders Association, as a result of HB 383, the Home Construction Services Act.   

 

OHBA DEFENDED USE OF SUB-CONTRACTORS DURING LICENSING DEBATES

 

Discussions continued again this year on the licensure of roofers, plumbers and other specialty trades.  During efforts to extend the specialty licensing law to include those doing work on residential, OHBA defended the industry and the importance of allowing the current practice of subcontracting.  OHBA has objected to recent actions by the state licensing board requiring all licensed contractors to use employees on the job. 

 

OHBA ENGAGED IN NUMEROUS PIECES OF LICENSING LEGISLATION UNDER CONSIDERATION

 

The legislature gave OHBA plenty of licensing legislation to monitor in 2018.  Ranging from home inspectors to commercial roofing to elevator contractors, there were quite a few bills under review dealing with the topic of licensing.  OHBA closely watched and engaged in discussions on each and every one.  OHBA was able to offer amendments to be included in several of the proposed pieces of legislation.  Licenses for home improvement contractors, interior designers, commercial roofers, home inspectors, residential elevator contractors, and residential specialty contractors were brought up by the legislature in 2018.

 

AMICUS FILED IN GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGE AND HOME RULE CASES

 

Ohio N. Univ. v. Charles Constr. Servs., Inc.

 

Over the course of 2018, the Ohio Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in the Ohio N. Univ. v. Charles Constr. Servs., Inc, finding coverage did not exist for faulty work of a subcontractor under the construction general liability insurance completed operations provisions.  OHBA and NAHB filed a joint amicus urging affirmation of Appeals Court decision finding coverage under the policy.  As a result, OHBA also reached out to the construction and insurance industries to review the practical impacts of the court’s decision.

 

Gloria Wesolowski v. Planning Commission, City of Broadview Heights, Case No. 18-0711

 

OHBA also filed an amicus in support of Appellee, in which the City of Broadview Heights is taking the position that R.C. 711.09(C) does not apply to a Chartered Municipality that has its own subdivision approval regulations on the basis that the Home Rule amendment prohibits its application.  Both the trial court and appeals court ruled against the City, and the City has now appealed to the Supreme Court of Ohio. The Court accepted jurisdiction of the case in 2018 with oral arguments scheduled for March 2019. 

 

IMPORTANCE OF ALL TYPES OF RESIDENTIAL HOUSING DEFENDED TO LEGISLATURE

 

OHBA defended the industry and the economic development it provides.  In pushing for some relief in property tax assessments on undeveloped residential lots, OHBA firmly expressed the need for equity when considering such types of relief and provided members of the legislature with facts and data on the potential impact of new development, as well as, the current state of the housing industry in Ohio.

 

OHBA MEMBERS CONTINUE TO PROVIDE VALUABLE EXPERTISE FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL CODE AUTHORITIES

 

OHBA members served active and valuable roles on both the Residential Construction Advisory Committee (RCAC), as well as, the Board of Building Standards (BBS) helping to maintain reasonable codes and ensuring proper review.

 

MONITORED OEPA RULE PACKAGES AND PERMITS OUT FOR REVIEW

 

Throughout the year, several changes had been put out for review by the OEPA and Army Corp of Engineers.   OHBA submitted comments, met with staff, as well as, participated in group stakeholder meetings to offer input on changes to NPDES Storm Water rules, and Wetland Water Quality Rules.   More specifically, OHBA pointed out areas going beyond the federal requirements and questioned the state’s motives in changing numerous areas of the NPDES permit.

 

INPUT ON FINAL NPDES STORMWATER CGL ISSUED WITH MODIFICATIONS

 

The OEPA agreed to make modifications after receiving feedback from OHBA on concerns with requirements proposed in the new permit.  The changes included removal of electronic submittal of SWPPP with NOI, grandfathering modifications, removal of perpetuity language, and modifications of redevelopment permit requirements. 

 

MONITORED LEGISLATION

 

Throughout the year, OHBA tracked and monitored numerous other items receiving attention by the legislature.  Some of these included HB 602 Water Sewer Services, SB 255 Occupational Licensing, SB 308 Elevator Law, HB 271 Accessibility Laws, and HB 166 Workforce Development. 

 

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NAHB's Eye on the Economy PDF Print E-mail

 NAHB 

September 26, 2018

 

Housing's Summer Soft Patch Continues

Rising interest rates and declining housing affordability caused housing demand to weaken slightly this summer. On a seasonally adjusted annual basis, the pace of new home sales in each of the previous three months was slower than any other month so far this year. This soft data for both sales and single-family starts coincided with declines in resale activity, as some buyers pulled back from a market that saw notable increases in home prices largely driven by low inventory. The softening demand has also led to a recent deceleration of home price growth.
 
Nonetheless, the single-family and multifamily markets continue to expand. Multifamily starts are up 8% on a year-to-date basis through August. Single-family starts are up 6% and new, single-family home sales are up 7%. Home builder confidence continues to be solid, and macroeconomic conditions remain strong, with improved GDP growth and a hot labor market.
 
Looking forward, NAHB is forecasting continued, modest growth for residential construction, tempered by rising interest rates. Indeed, the Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate by 25 basis points this week — the third such rate hike of 2018. While this indicates the economy is continuing to perform well, it is also a sign that the cost of buying a home will continue to increase in the months ahead.

–NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz

Industry Insight

Lumber, OSB Prices Retreat in August

Meanwhile, gypsum prices reach a new high. 

Number of Women in Construction Rises Slightly

Employment is still below pre-recession levels. 

Builder Confidence Remains Firm

Strong demand continues to offset rising construction costs.

Vinyl and Stucco Most Common Siding on New Homes

NAHB analysis reveals regional variations of siding materials. 

Starts and Permits

Jump in Multifamily Production Gives Total Starts a Boost

Pace of single-family construction also rose, but not nearly as much. 

Permit Growth Strongest in Western and Southern States

Year-to-date totals of single-familiy permits are above those in 2017. 

Large Multifamily Sector Sees Significant Expansion

Buildings with over 50 units account for half of all multifamily construction.

Economic Indicators

Job Gains Lag in the Northeast and Midwest Regions

The West led the way in August. 

Home Price Growth Decelerated in July

It was the slowest annual growth rate since June 2014. 

Existing Sales Steady in August

Median sales prices rose yet again as inventory remains tight. 

Modest Increase for 'Core' CPI in August

Annual growth rate slowed from the previous month. 

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NAHB Membership = NASCAR Discount PDF Print E-mail

NAHB Membership

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eMemberBenefits provides discounted wireless service offerings from Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. Thisprogram offers a wide range of benefits to 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 help desk support and much more.× To learn more, please visit www.eMemberBenefits.com/nahb or call 866-430-NAHB (6242) to speak directly with a member specialist.

 


xAll carriers require a 5 line minimum for business accounts (all phones, tablets, mobile hot spots and other cellular internet connected devices count towards this minimum

General Motors extends NAHB members a private offer1 of up to $500 toward the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles. NAHB members who are business owners can now qualify for up to $1,000 and also add on incentives from the National Fleet Purchase Program2 and Business Choice3. To get this offer just visit your local dealer, choose an eligible GM vehicle, and present your NAHB proof of membership form.

 

 


How it works:

1. Get your NAHB proof of membership form at http://www.nahb.org/gm" target="_blank">www.nahb.org/gm.
2. Bring form to your GM dealer and mention this private offer.
3. At time of purchase or lease, present your NAHB proof of membership.

 

 

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