Certified Professional Builder Program Contest

Posted on March 24, 2011 by Mike Means

We're holding a contest! Help us choose the logo that best represents the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association's Certified Professional Builder Program.

This logo is not for the Association's main logo, but a specialized logo for our Certified Professional Builder program, which is a voluntary program that recognizes builders who want to establish themselves among the best. Builders who obtain this designation are truly "professional" in the way they conduct business. The logo designed here will be used by builders who have obtained this certification.

We're taking votes on our Facebook Fan page. To let us know which one you think is best, visit here and leave your comment. We'll be taking votes through Friday, March 25, 2011.

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Code Hearing drawing near

Posted on March 9, 2011 by Mike Means

Next week the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission will be holding a public hearing to discuss Oklahoma's first ever residential building code. The hearing will be held at the Francis Tuttle Technology Center on March 15 beginning at 10:00 am.

It is important for anyone interested on hearing opinions and or wanting to testify as to aspects of the code to be present. They will be finalizing the code to present to the legislature and some of the items will include residential fire sprinklers,

arc-fault circuit interrupters and tamper resistant electric receptacles. There are a few other items that will also have Oklahoma specific amendments.

If you cannot attend, please be sure to send your comments to us and we will forward them to the commission.

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Oh legislation, we hardly knew you...

Posted on March 9, 2011 by Mike Means

Last Thursday was the first legislative deadline. This particular session there were 2255 bills introduced for consideration. Only 926 made it through the deadline. The other 1329? The term used is dormant. That translates into "dead, for now, but may come alive next year."

Oh legislation, we hardly knew you...

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Homeowners shouldn't have to install sprinklers

Posted on February 28, 2011 by Mike Means

Hard-wired smoke alarm
A study done by the University
of Maryland found that
hard-wired smoke
alarms with a battery
backupoffer a much
better degree of safety
than sprinkler systems

Earlier this month, the Oklahoman published a front-page article, entitled "Home sprinkler systems are effective."

Certainly, sprinkler systems increase safety  just like a safe room or a cellar does during a tornado. The question always comes down to consumer choice and affordability. I read the story while listening to Gov. Mary Fallin give her State of the State address. She spoke of personal responsibility in many of the issues facing Oklahoma. This issue is no different.

A study done by the University of Maryland found that hard-wired smoke alarms with a battery backup offer a much better degree of safety than sprinkler systems. They were over 50 percent better than sprinklers due to their response time, sensitivity and the fact that many fires are too small to set off a sprinkler system. If people won't keep a smoke alarm working with a 99-cent battery, what are the odds they'll keep a sprinkler system properly maintained? Sprinkler systems have a downside, including having water in your attic during harsh weather conditions. Sprinkler systems can freeze and then break, causing flooding.

It all comes down to choice. Sprinklers are good for those who want them and are willing to pay for them. I found it interesting to read about the deputy fire chief who wished his house had a sprinkler system. Why doesn't he install one instead of insisting that we all do the same?

You can read the original Oklahoman article here.

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Good-bye to a Friend

Posted on February 21, 2011 by Mike Means

These days I find myself at the Capitol quite often. In fact, just about every day the legislature is in session those of us working on bills will be there. Most of the time is spent trying to catch a Senator or Representative for a moment or two to share your thought or opinion on a bill.

Last week was a little different. Thursday at the Capitol was spent in the House Chamber as I attended the funeral of former Representative John Bryant. John and I worked together on the first campaign of US Senator Don Nickles. That year was the first for many of us to be involved in the political process. John and I stayed in contact over the years. He was a State Representative during the time I was County Assessor.

John later became an independent lobbyist representing a variety of clients. When I came to work for the OSHBA, I went to John many times for advice. He will be missed.

In the meantime, the work continues. This week promises to be an exciting one as next week's deadlines loom. The list of bills to monitor will be a little shorter then. But not the time spent trying to catch a legislator's ear and tell them why your position is the right position.

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First OSHBA president from southern OK installed this month

Posted on January 23, 2011 by Brandon Perkins

Thomas Herndon, left, and brother Michael are co-owners
of Herndon Construction Inc. of Kingston. With them are
wives Roma, left, and Karen. Michael was installed Jan.
7, 2011, as president of the Oklahoma State Home
Builders Association.

The Oklahoma Home Builders Association selected Michael Herndon as president, the first president from southern Oklahoma to lead the state's homebuilders.

Herndon was installed Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 in Oklahoma City with 16 of his friends and relatives from Southern Oklahoma present.

With 120 people present, the banquet attendance was up over last year, indicating the homebuilding business in the state remains on course despite the national economy.

"Homebuilding is the largest creator of jobs and wealth in the country," said Herndon in his remarks to the group. "It's my belief that the temporary slowdown will leave a leaner and more efficient economy, and the state will understand the homebuilding industry better."

The Kingston resident is co-owner of Herndon Construction with brother Tom and enters his fourth year of leadership on the state board. Herndon represents his 2,800 peers in the statewide.

Herndon was a six-time president of Southern Oklahoma Home Builders Association, which serves the Ardmore area and is under the umbrella of the state association.

He also is among an estimated 150 in the state as a Certified Builder, one of only two Certified Builders in Southern Oklahoma. The other is current southern association president Shane Ross of Ardmore.

Herndon has been an advocate of the certification program for several years as chairman of the state committee.

The Certified Builder program ensures the consumers' interests are protected in a state that does not require licensing of builders. That means the homebuilder carries general liability and workers compensation insurance and has taken the required continuing education classes, among other stringent requirements.

As one of two Certified Green Professional builders in Southern Oklahoma, Herndon also built the first EnergyStar home and the first Positive Energy home in Marshall County.

Last year, Herndon Construction was named the Large Business of the Year by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. Being a local employer and community partner is important to Herndon, as he also is a board member on the Landmark Bank, an elder in his church and is active in the chamber.

Other than Herndon, new officers are vice president/treasurer Brandon Perkins of Tulsa and vice president/secretary is Jeff Click of Edmond.

The Oklahoma State Home Builders Association is a not-for-profit, professional trade organization which is an advocate for the state's housing industry and serves 3,300 members. The association is a corporate channel through which builders contribute time, money and services to local community service projects and education initiatives.

Members include builders, remodelers, developers, suppliers, manufacturers, architects, engineers, real estate brokers, lenders, attorneys and other industry professionals.

For more information about OSHBA or a listing of Certified Builders, go to www.okhba.org. For the Southern Association, contact www.sokba.org.

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