Home Creations wins National ENERGY STAR® Award

Posted on April 14, 2011 by Mike Means

Congratulations Home Creations for being awarded the 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)! Some information from the company:

Home Creations received this award for their continued commitment to building 100% ENERGY STAR qualified homes for home buyers throughout Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton.

Home Creations is one of the 100 award recipients out of over 17,000 ENERGY STAR Partners to claim the coveted national recognition in the mid-sized home builder category. Being one of the largest builders of ENERGY STAR qualified homes in Oklahoma, Home Creations is playing a vital role in energy-efficient construction and environmental protection.

"We've built over 2,000 homes since teaming up with ENERGY STAR in 2006," said Anita Wagoner, Marketing and Sales Director, thus making Home Creations responsible for 20% of all ENERGY STAR qualified homes built in Oklahoma (follow this link for more info: http://www.homecreations.com/energystar/). These ENERGY STAR qualified homes have resulted in almost one million dollars savings in cooling and heating cost for home owners.

Despite the slump in the housing market, Home Creations remains strong economically. The company has weathered the real estate storm without compromising quality in construction, and provided home owners with the assurance of value and comfort for their homes.

About Home Creations

Since 1981, brothers Jalal and Mohammad Farzaneh have dedicated themselves to building new homes in Oklahoma that offer the latest in amenities, design and location...all at a price that has made homeownership a reality for thousands of Oklahomans. Home Creations strives on a daily basis to reaffirm its status as Oklahoma's premiere new home builder. This mission for excellence has taken Home Creations beyond the Oklahoma City metro into the Tulsa metro area as well as the Lawton area.

A company dedicated to providing the best product in Oklahoma's new home real estate market, Home Creations also believes in giving back to the community. The company generously donates to non-profit organizations like United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cleveland County's Christmas in April, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Tinker Air Force Base and numerous schools, sports teams and religious groups.

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Buzz in the Air

Posted on March 31, 2011 by Mike Means

If you were in the COHBA building last Tuesday, you could feel the enthusiasm and vitality of the homebuilders and associates gathering together from across the state.

They were attending the OSHBA's quarterly general membership meeting. The feeling was enhanced particularly as we met in the spanking-new COHBA headquarters. The construction, under the guidance of former state president Mike Gilles, is not only beautiful, but completely built with the best practices in green building.

The main meeting room seats 300 with an airy, large-meeting setting. As an example of the building's versatility, the facility was booked for a wedding reception one night and, on another, leased for a birthday party for two 13-year-olds.

COHBA's grand opening/reception is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. May 12, so come on out.

The reports from around the state were "things are looking up." There's no denying it, some areas are suffering. Stillwater reported building permits are down 87 percent, but SHBA president Matt Keys qualified that the stats do not reflect homes built outside the city limits, where many number are being constructed.

Conversely, Tony Foust, president of Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma, and Lawton's Steve Barnes reported seeing a positive increase in association membership. Foust said he's starting to see double-digit growth numbers.

Moore homebuilders are kicking in with a new energy around activities, hosting their first-ever bowling night.

Building permits numbers are down in southern Oklahoma, but Shane Ross, the area's association president, presented an impressive list of construction projects in the Ardmore area that would make anyone in economic development smile:

-- A $7 million cancer-treatment center to be completed in May.

-- A Holiday Inn with a sports bar and an expansion of Ardmore's convention center, to be completed in September.

-- The hospital's completion of a $65 million expansion.

-- The technology park's anticipated completion in the first quarter of next year with a 5,000-square-foot business incubator facility

-- Michelin Tire's expansion.

--- And Phase 3 of Hickory Ridge starts next year. Hickory Ridge is a partnership between the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, the Ardmore Development Authority and the City of Ardmore, in an effort to increase the amount of affordable housing in the city.

There's no mistakin' it. There's a buzz in the air.

Also, Kimmi Houston, national chair of Professional Women in Building and Edmond resident, announces the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission has approved a six-elective credit class for Realtors and Builders on "Customer Service," scheduled all day April 13, and "Profitable Business through Quality Practices," all day April 14. Call Kathy Kastner at the state office at 405-843-5579 to enroll.

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Directors and Members visit State Capitol

Posted on March 30, 2011 by Mike Means

This past week Oklahoma State Home Builders Association Directors and Members visited the Oklahoma State Capitol to speak to their senators and representatives about the various issues facing the industry. Everyone reported great feedback from the legislators and that it was even fun!

The day started with an introduction in the House of Representatives gallery. We then took the opportunity to walk the halls and visit with individual legislators. Of course, members scattered over three floors as they found their senator or representative in various committee meetings throughout the halls.

We then convened for a briefing from leadership. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Senator Brian Bingman was first.




He was then followed by Speaker of the House Kris Steele. He only spoke briefly as he had a meeting with the Governor.

So pinch-hitting for the speaker was Speaker Pro Tempore Jeff Hickman. Representative Hickman is also one of the authors of our legislative initiative on Impact Fees. The group was really pleased with his presentation.

It was a good day at the Capitol. This event for our association keeps getting bigger and bigger with over 70 attending this year. Make plans to join us next year. You can rest assured that your elected official wants to hear from you.

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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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