September 29, 2016

Shining a Spotlight on Careers in Construction

Did you know that it takes an average of 22 different subcontractors to build a home?

October is Careers in Construction Month and it’s a perfect time to recognize the contributions of all the professionals working in residential construction as well as highlight the rewarding careers available in the industry.

Indeed, a home builder relies on a number of highly trained workers to get the job done right. This includes dozens of skilled artisans and professionals, including carpenters, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians, painters and landscapers. Analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that 70% of builders typically use somewhere between 11 and 30 subcontractors to build a single-family home. 

As the housing market continues to strengthen, home builders across the country are seeking skilled workers – such as carpenters, framers and roofers – to help them build the American Dream. In fact, according to NAHB analysis of the federal government’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, the number of open construction sector jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis) rose to 214,000 in July. 

This means there is ample opportunity for motivated students seeking a rewarding career path. Residential construction workers consistently express high job satisfaction. And average salaries in remain competitive with other industries in our area.  

The building trades offer a great career path. And, the residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for new workers is rising. Parents, teachers, counselors and students must once again recognize that a vocational education can offer satisfying career paths and financial gains. New Resources to Help You Recruit Skilled Labor.

Help spread the word about quality jobs available in the residential construction industry with new resources on NAHB's website.
NAHB is partnering with educators, members and state and local HBAs to address the housing industry’s labor shortages and to develop a skilled workforce for the future.
We've added a new Building Skilled Labor Workforce page to help educators, policymakers and industry partners recruit students to the trades. Highlights include:
  • Careers in Construction Month Toolkit: October is Careers in Construction Month, an opportunity to increase public awareness about the opportunities available in residential construction trade professions. The toolkit provides easy ideas to promote construction careers in your community.
  • Promotional Materials: Use these in guidance counselor offices, career centers and community centers; distribute them at college and career fairs; and promote them in your workplace.
  • Students in Action: See how HBAs around the country are teaming up with student chapters and educational partners to recruit and train a new generation of skilled workers.
  • Videos: Show students the great career opportunities available in the residential construction industry.
Plus, our members-only Skilled Workforce Development Resources page now features lesson plans that building professionals can use to encourage interest in construction careers at the middle school level.
For more information about skilled labor resources or NAHB's Student Chapters, contact Greg Zick, NAHB Director, Student Chapters, at

September 8, 2016

The Future Looks Bright

"Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future." - William Wordsworth 

The future comes everyday at midnight, this no one can dispute. Our association. while it may seem sometimes to be timeless, really is no different. We have new members coming in and they eventually become the established members. While our existing, established members might protest my thoughts, I count myself as one of those established "veterans" who is happily watching the new "young guns" of our industry come into their own.
I remember like it was yesterday my first meeting at the ripe old age of 25. I thought I was unstoppable and yet, at that first meeting, humbled by the elders in attendance. I learned so much from those elders over the years and I have deeply valued all that I've learned. I also place that same value of the next generation and the new age we live in and the amount I have learned from them.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) also recognizes the fact that we have up and coming stars from the next generation and NAHB wants to make sure those stars are very much appreciated.

"The first-ever NAHB Young Professional Award has been established and applications are now being accepted through Oct. 21. The new national award will recognize under-45 members who have dedicated their time, effort and careers to the home building industry. Nominees and winners will be honored during a special awards ceremony to be held at the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show®in Orlando."

Please gives some thought to those in your local who you believe qualify for entry. What a great way to connect our past to the present with all eyes on the future. The future does look bright and it's our responsibility to keep shining that light.

PS: past blogs written about the next generation of HBA members can be found here, starting with the first article "Generational Shifts."


September 7, 2016

Is Your Building Industry Career Worth $25?

This note is for you, my fellow trade partner and home building industry professional. We've been through a lot together as teammates in the protection of our industry. This industry has provided both of us with careers and our livelihoods.

But we know that something more can be done to strengthen our business opportunities. Please take a moment to view the below video...

I hope you now have clearer vision of why BUILD-PAC is important to all of us as Associates. All I am asking is your Fair Share: just $25 to BUILD-PAC. That's less than 50 cents a week. You can do your Fair Share by clicking here. You'll need your NAHB identification number to access the website (you can obtain from your local executive officer).

Like I explained in the video, I've invested, and will continue to invest because I believe our industry needs to be protected from the harsh regulatory environment that keeps us from getting more homes built.

A few more reasons, from your associate member peers (click here)

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more, and welcome to the BUILD-PAC team.

Your... Associate BUILD-PAC Vice Chairman