Active governmental involvement from HBAG ensures home building issues are addressed in the Georgia legislature. Below are a few of the ways HBAG has helped to defeat excessive regulations and defend affordable housing initiatives in Georgia and in your communities. HBAG works hard on your behalf to put time and money back in your pocket.

Sprinklers – $5,500 savings per house – average cost of residential fire sprinkler. In more rural areas not served by water systems, that figures swells to over $8,000 per house. When fire sprinklers were mandated in the 2009 International Residential Code, HBAG embarked on both a regulatory and legislative approach. Successfully passed House Bill 1196 (2010) which prohibits both the state and local governments from mandating fire sprinklers in one and two family dwellings.

Townhouse Definition – $3,000. Clarified that fire sprinklers are not required if there is a 2-hour fire wall separation between units. Removed language that unfairly targeted rental property.

Delay and change Code Adoption Process – $2,000. By skipping the adoption of the majority of the 2009 I-Codes for construction, HBAG members are able to save not only on code books and training, but this allowed more time for review of the 2012 codes to identify concerns so that amendments can be made.

Deleted Fire Protection of Floors – $2,700 (minimum). Amendment to 2012 IRC to delete section requiring fire protection underneath floors as unnecessary and cost prohibitive. Cost varies depending on size and type of construction.

New Deck Construction Guidelines – Priceless. The New Guidelines are optional but put all the requirements in one place in an easy to understand document. While not providing specific cost savings, the guidelines provide peace of mind and protection from liability to the builder that a safe and secure deck has been provided.

Skip 2012 Energy Code – $3,500 -Persuaded DCA and the State Codes Advisory Committee to skip the adoption of the 2012 IECC (Energy Code) that contains requirements that would have raised the price of a home by at least $3,500 without offsetting energy savings to the consumer. Worked with NAHB to get many of these requirements stripped or modified from the 2015 IECC.

Delayed Implementation of new span tables in IRC and IBC for floor and ceiling joists, trusses until 2016 – $2,000. Caused a downgrade in design strength for Southern Pine, delay in implementation gave manufacturers and suppliers time to get correct material in stock.

Developed Cost-Effective Prescriptive Method for Wind-Resistant Standards for Wood Frame Construction in DBRC – $2,500. These are optional appendices containing increased construction requirements (code plus) for disaster resilience that may be adopted in whole or part and are available for adoption by local jurisdictions to mitigate effects of winds, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. Grant from HUD (Department of Housing & Urban Development) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

Reduced NPDES requirements for Tertiary Permittees – $2,000. For sites 5 acres or less where there is no longer a Primary Permittee. Builders can no longer be a secondary in these situations; become tertiary or primary.

Septic systems (on-site waste management) as a viable part of our state water and wastewater plan – $5,000. Developed statewide regulations for installation of various types of systems. Fight attempts at labeling as “consumptive use” – not based on sound science. Successfully challenged Health Department over arbitrary rules and failure to follow state administrative procedures for proper notice.

“Not Right for Georgia” – Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Code – $$$$ Potential to stop development in designated areas. HBAG successfully lobbied The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to recommend against adding the WUI codes as a Permissive Code for local governments to adopt. HBAG continues to work with state and local fire and forestry officials to demonstrate the WUI code is not the way to reduce wildfires in Georgia and could arbitrarily stop growth.

Stopped Expansion of Water of the US (Clean Water Act) – $$$$ Worked with NAHB and other businesses and agricultural partners to lobby against changes that couldn’t have made ditches subject to stringent and time-consuming review process. Despite overwhelming objections, USEPA issued new Rule. Currently US District Court has issued an injunction to prevent implementation. HBAG continues to work with NAHB and our partners on legislation to prevent overreach by EPA.

The most important benefit of membership is our involvement in the government and regulatory arenas. By representing you at the local, state and national levels, the association keeps you in business! Members are continually kept up to date regarding industry impacting laws and regulations.

For more information about membership or to find the local in your area, please contact the HBAG at 404.763.2453. Find the local home builders association in your area.


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