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The official magazine of the North Carolina Home Builders Association Vol. 40, No.

May/June 2010

May is
Remodeling Month

NCHBA Legislative
Builders Classic
Golf Tournament
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for the 21CBEC

In the Spotlight:
Ed and Debbie Butler
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V ol . 40, N o . 3, M ay /J une 2010
The official magazine of the
North Carolina
Home Builders Association 2005 Communicator Award Winner

Dedicated to the advancement of the home building industry,

North Carolina Builder (ISSN 1552-8685) is published
monthly for the members of the North Carolina Home Builders
Association, P.O. Box 99090, Raleigh, N.C. 27624-9090.
(800) 662-7129 •
Mike Carpenter
Executive Vice President
and General Counsel
Lisa Martin
7 Director of Government Affairs
Robert Privott
Director of Codes and Construction
Golf tournament raises funds for scholarships 7 Jessica Hayes
NCHBA hosted the Builders Classic April 9 in Whispering Pines. Proceeds from the tournament Director of Political Affairs

will be used to award scholarships to family members of NCHBA member firms who are majoring Kathryn Atkinson
Director of Membership Services
in a construction-related field.
Deborah Alford
Director of Exhibitions
STARS Awards Gala salutes work of HBA members 8 and Education

Do you need a creative way to make your product or company stand out above the Tracie Garrett
Director of Exhibitor Services
competition? If so, enter the STARS Awards and be recognized by your peers for your
Kep Paylor
outstanding professional performance. Vocational Education
Mike Elledge
13 Builders and associates receive professional designations 10 Controller
Meet the latest graduates of the North Carolina Builder Institute, the educational arm of the North Erin Jones
Manager of
Carolina Home Builders Association. Political Operations
Heather Crews
Registration opens for 21CBEC 13 Director of Communications
and Managing Editor
Make plans to attend the premier building expo and conference in the Southeast. The 21st Century
Brittany Carter
Building Expo & Conference will be held September 15-17 in Charlotte, N.C. Assistant Education Coordinator

Beth Gray
Publisher Kevin Naughton
Graphic Designer Jason Gabel
Advertising Sales Manager Brenda Poe
Advertising Sales
Jeff Pinwar: (800) 935-1592, ext. 118
4. President’s Message 12. Knowledge Builder
Marsha Suwienski: (800) 935-1592, ext. 106
6. Capitol Insider 13. NC BUILD-PAC
Brenda Poe: (800) 935-1592, ext. 115
9. In the Spotlight: 14. Code Corner

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Builder is published six times per year. Since the
May 25 September 15 mailing list used by North Carolina Builder is compiled according
National Membership Day STARS Awards Gala to membership records, address corrections should be directed to
your local association. Dues paid to NCHBA are not deductible as
charitable contributions for income tax purposes. However, they may
June 8-9 September 15-17 be deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses subject
to restrictions imposed as a result of association lobbying activities.
NCHBA Legislative Conference & 2nd Quarter 21st Century Building Expo & Conference NCHBA estimates that the nondeductible portion of your 2010 dues
Board Meeting — the portion that is allocable to lobbying — is 25 percent.

Raleigh, N.C. September 18

NCHBA 3rd Quarter Board Meeting

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President’s Message
by Lyle Gardner, 2010 NCHBA President

Making Our Voices Heard

s NCHBA President, I have had the opportunity to travel On June 8, you will hear from Lisa Martin, Robert Privott, Jessi
around the state visiting a number of our 65 local home Hayes and Mike Carpenter regarding the political issues facing our
builders associations. I have observed one thing: we are blessed industry. In the evening, we will have a reception for all of the members
with great leadership. Even though the economy is bad and our of the N.C. General Assembly at the N.C. Museum of History, where
members’ businesses are hurting, I have seen many new, creative we will have the opportunity to converse with our Senators
and energetic ideas. We are not going to let this temporary and House members in a casual atmosphere. The next day, we
slowdown defeat us as businessmen and businesswomen, nor will break into small groups and visit our representatives in
defeat us as an association.We, as a group, have too much energy their offices to talk more about state and local issues affecting
and enthusiasm to allow that to happen. our business.
Even during this slowdown, our municipal, county, state The North Carolina Home Builders Association needs your
and federal governments have continued to crank out rules and help in this year’s lobbying effort. It makes a greater impact on
regulations that have a detrimental impact on the affordability Gardner elected officials when they are answering to the people who
of house. To help combat this barrage of new regulations, we vote for them, as opposed to a staff member who works for
have organized our Legislative Conference during the Second Quarter the HBA and can only vote in Wake County. It is critical that we come
Meeting in Raleigh June 8–9. together to have our voices heard by our elected officials. As Benjamin
The two best investments you can make in your business this year are: Franklins said at the signing of the Declaration of Independence in
• Attend the Legislative Conference in June 1776, “We must hang together, or surely we will hang separately.”
• Make a contribution to NC BUILD-PAC

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Capitol Insider
Make your voice heard at the
NCHBA Legislative Conference

ecisions that affect your company’s bottom line are being • Do your part to ensure that NCHBA’s issues are heard by North
made every day the North Carolina General Assembly is in Carolina’s policymakers
session. Environmental regulations, tax policy, insurance costs, • Galvanize a united front in North Carolina’s General Assembly
labor law, building codes, contractor licensing requirements, Let’s have 100 percent participation from each of our local
and many other issues can add thousands of dollars to your annual associations. In these challenging times a strong builder turn out on
operating budget, and the North Carolina General Assembly touches June 8-9 will send a powerful message to members of the General
every one of them and more. Assembly: Housing must remain a priority.
Take advantage of this special opportunity the NCHBA Legislative
Conference offers you to educate your lawmakers on the issues that Schedule at a Glance
are impacting your business. June 8, 8:30 a.m.—NCHBA Committee Meetings begin and last
Attending the 2010 Legislative Conference will provide you an throughout the day at the North Raleigh Hilton
unparalleled opportunity to: June 8, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.—NCHBA Legislative Reception at the N.C.
• Lobby members of North Carolina General Assembly to protect Museum of History
your business June 9, 9 a.m.—NCHBA Legislative Day at the N.C. General
• Establish lasting relationships with your elected State officials Assembly
• Share builder concerns in a statewide forum in Raleigh June 9, 1 p.m.—2nd Quarter NCHBA Board Meeting
• Learn the latest policy developments on the key issues affecting Do you plan to stay overnight? Call the North Raleigh Hilton
your business and ask for the NCHBA Group Rate of $119. The cutoff date for the
• Demonstrate your industry’s commitment to responsible policies, group rate is May 17.
pragmatic reforms, effective programs and providing the resources How to attend? Just go to and sign up. There is
necessary to meet our State’s housing needs no fee to attend any Legislative Conference event.

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Exhibits: September 16-17, 2010

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• Door Prizes
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• Golf Tournament
• STARS Awards Gala
• Builder Blast
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Builders Classic Golf Tournament

s Ray Rhodes presents Buddy Hughes with the President’s Cup Trophy,
a competition among former and current local, state or national HBA
presidents. Also pictured are golf chairman Darrell Patterson (right)
and NCHBECF Chairman Frank Wiesner.

s Lyle Gardner thanks everyone for attending

the BBQ Cook-off. Buddy Hughes with his
The North Carolina Home Builders Lexington-style BBQ took home the Pig after
Association would like to thank defeating Larry Airey’s Western-style BBQ
Builders Mutual Insurance Co. for and Robert Privott’s Eastern-style BBQ at the
sponsoring the Builder Classic Golf Pig-nic Cookoff sponsored by Builders Mutual s First-place honors at the Builders Classic
Tournament. Proceeds benefit the Insurance Co. went to the team of Todd Fish, Keith Thomas,
North Carolina Home Builders
Educational and Charitable Foundation Currie Howell and Brad Cummings with a
Inc. It was through the insurance score of 59. Also pictured are golf chairman
company’s generous support that this Darrell Patterson (right) and NCHBECF
worthwhile event was made possible. Chairman Frank Wiesner.
Door prizes were donated by:
• Builders Mutual Insurance Co.
The team of Buddy Hughes, Ken

• LKN Properties
• Moen Inc. Michael, Tim Temple and Dave Wilcox came
• Progress Energy in a close second place finish. Also pictured
• Stuart Law Firm are golf chairman Darrell Patterson (right)
and NCHBECF Chairman Frank Wiesner.
Gift bag items were donated by:

• Builders Mutual Insurance Co.
• deVintage Realty espite a cloudy day, golfers hit the links April 9 at Whispering Pines Country Club to raise
• Diamond Hill Plywood money for the North Carolina Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation Inc.,
• Dominion NC Power which provides scholarships for students entering the building industry. The Builders Classic
• Piedmont Natural Gas Golf Tournament, sponsored by Builders Mutual Insurance Co., turned out to be another big
• Pella Window success this year as 80 golfers helped raise over $10,000 for the foundation.
• Residential Warranty Company LLC The foundation would like to thank the many companies that helped support this event through
contributions of door prizes, gift bag items and hole sponsorships. First- and second-place teams
Hole sponsors were:
• Carter Millwork Inc. won gift certificates to the pro-shop at WPCC.
• Custom Home Exteriors The festivities began Thursday evening with a BBQ “Pig-nic” Cook-off hosted by Pete Mace
• Dominion NC Power and sponsored by Builders Mutual Insurance Co. Robert Privott, NCHBA Director of Codes and
• HBA of Durham, Orange & Construction, prepared Eastern-style North Carolina BBQ, Larry Airey of the Lake Norman HBA
Chatham Counties cooked a western North Carolina style of BBQ, and Davidson County HBA member and NCHBA
• N.C. Professional Women in Building Past President Buddy Hughes prepared Lexington-style BBQ. Attendees cast monetary “votes” for
• PRO-Build the best BBQ, which raised an additional $571 for the scholarship program. Buddy Hughes was
voted the winner for the second consecutive year.

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Experience the
e whisked away to Italy for an evening during the 2010
STARS Awards! Enjoy a beautiful night in Venice on
Wednesday, September 15, at the Hilton Charlotte Center
City Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. No passport or
jet lag required! Join your colleagues and fellow HBA members to
honor the achievements of the industry’s best from North Carolina
and beyond.
The STARS Awards are a centerpiece
of the 21st Century Building Expo and
Conference—the premiere building expo
and conference in the Southeast. Each year,

of Venice
the gala salutes the outstanding professional
performance of HBA members throughout
the region with the presentation of the
prestigious STARS Awards. Mark your

at the 2010
calendar now for a celebration that combines
the suspense of an Oscar-style presentation with live music and an
exceptional multi-media display of the winning entries. North

STARS Awards
Carolina’s own Ulysses Long is back by popular demand with his
soulful vocals and fantastic keyboard skills.
The STARS Awards program honors the achievements of builders,
associates, realtors, media and advertising professionals, and many
others who make major contributions to the residential home building
industry. Local home builders associations are also honored for their
outstanding achievements. With 47 categories to choose from, there
is something for everyone. Category 17, Best Internet Marketing/
Advertising Project, is back in 2010 after a popular debut last year!
Do you have a great project that deserves recognition? Do you
need a creative way to make your product and company stand out
above the competition? If so, enter the STARS Awards! To be eligible
for consideration in the 2010 awards program, you must be a member
of the National Association of Home Builders. Projects must have
been completed between January 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010. Entrants
can choose between two entry deadlines this year:
• Early Bird deadline: All entries (fee and entry materials) must
be received no later than July 12, 2010 Fee: $100 per entry
• Regular deadline: All entries (fee and entry materials) must be
received no later than July 21, 2010 Fee: $150 per entry
The official 2010 Call for Entries with complete entry and event
information can be accessed at or by contacting
Kathryn Atkinson at (919) 676-9090 or

The marketing benefit of reaching for the STARS

Ever wonder why your company should enter the STARS Awards?
Are you curious as to what companies do with such an award? The
answer goes beyond the trophy and immediate recognition to include
the role that a STARS Award can play in the big picture of a company’s
overall marketing and sales strategy. Marketing programs in general are
all aimed at convincing people to try out or to keep using particular
products or services. Professional recognition such as the STARS
Awards can be a great addition to your marketing tool belt!

What can advertising your STARS Award(s)

do for your business?
• Highlight the quality and benefits of your product or service to
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• Enhance your professional reputation,
• Give you an edge over the competition,
• Encourage existing customers to buy more of what you sell, and
• Promote your business.
Don’t be left out of the 2010 STARS Awards! Enter today!

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In the Spotlight
Ed and Debbie Butler of Brickwood Builders

n 2004, Ed and Debbie Butler with and aesthetically ties in with
founded Brickwood Builders, the original structure,” said Ed.
Inc. as a result of a passion Brickwood believes that a
they share for remodeling. picture is truly worth a thousand
With other good, professional words.To address the visualization
remodeling firms already in gap that may exist, they utilize the
existence in the Greensboro, Envisioneer 3-D software from
NC area, they knew it was Cadsoft for design. Depending
necessary to incorporate upon the scope of the project,
strategies to differentiate them the whole house or just the
from their industry peers. project area can be built in the
In researching remodeling system. Once the existing space
industry surveys, they found is created on the system, various
that the paramount factor in design options can be explored
customer dissatisfaction with and presented to customers. One
remodeling was the experience of the benefits of the 3-D system
itself, followed by the inability is that it draws the client into the
to establish realistic budgets for a project. Thirdly, customers were process and allows them to see the possibilities for their project in a
dissatisfied with the quality of the workmanship. format meaningful to them. Home owners become more engaged and
With this information in hand, they set out to build their strategy, begin to have fun, making the planning experience positive.
making customer service their top goal. The first sentence of their “The 3-D system is a powerful tool,” Ed said. “It allows us to be
mission statement sums up the main guiding principle of their business: creative and think outside of the box, rather than present a design
“Provide our customers with an exceptional remodeling experience we’ve already used elsewhere. We also get to work through some
and results.” of the construction challenges in advance as we build the design
According to Debbie, “The business model that we created is a on the system.”
design/build strategy that focuses an enormous amount of energy Design is an iterative process. Sometimes home owners don’t like the
around interaction and communication with clients. Remodeling is design they originally asked Brickwood to create or their design concept
a people-business and a solutions-business— it’s not just about sticks does not address the needs they expressed in initial conversations. There
and bricks. Superior quality is an expectation in our market. Our focus are always multiple options presented and explored with homeowners.
goes beyond that to address the total remodeling experience.” To address the concern over realistic budgets, Brickwood spends
Ed adds that their business slogan, “Renovating Homes for Today’s time up-front with customers in their design center reviewing options.
Lifestyle,” is not just a marketing slogan.“It’s important that we correctly The goal is to assist clients in balancing between what they choose to
identify a customer’s needs and provide unique and functional solutions spend versus the items they want.
that address these needs. It also means incorporating the concepts of Once the design concept is created, Brickwood guides customers
aging-in-place and green building where appropriate.” through the selection process to ensure that materials/products are
consistent with both the design theme and the budget.
Design/build means many different things within the remodeling Customer Satisfaction
industry. Brickwood’s strategy includes in-house design capabilities, In providing a great customer experience for their clients,
which makes them responsible and accountable for the process from Brickwood Builders hopes to create “customers for life”.
project design through construction. If a customer prefers, however, the “We want to be the ones customers call back the next time they
process is flexible and they will coordinate on behalf of the customer have a need,” Ed said. “We get much of our business through repeat
with outside professionals such as kitchen designers, interior designers customers or referrals.”
and architects. Perhaps one of the best testimonials of the customer experience that
Home owners may have a vision of what they want, but very few Brickwood Builders provides for their clients is their nomination by a
can articulate it well. More often, there is a lack of understanding of client for the Piedmont Business Ethics Award given by the Society of
how design options flow through and affect the entire structure. Financial Service Professionals.
“You don’t have a blank piece of paper to start with.You have to work “It really means a lot to us. Craftsmanship and making sure every
with what is there. Remodeling is all about taking what exists, bringing detail has been covered are big things for us, but the thing that makes
solutions to the table and then executing in a manner that is consistent (See In the Spotlight on page 11)

Quick Facts about Brickwood Builders Inc.

Designations: Ed and Debbie are working on the Certified Graduate Remodeler
designation from NAHB; Brickwood Builders is a North Carolina Certified Lead
Renovation Firm and Ed is a North Carolina Certified Lead Renovator
Web Site:

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NCBI Graduates
Accredited Builder Graduates Ron DeSimone, CGP learning new things. Joan is an active member
Milton Askew Ron DeSimone Construction of the Greensboro Builders Association and
Bluewater Home Construction Waynesville, N.C. the Triad Green Building Council. She is also
New Bern, N.C. A native of New York, Ron a member of both the Greensboro and High
DeSimone is a custom home Point Association of Realtors.
Skip Brewer, CGP builder in Western North
Walnut Cove Builders Carolina. He enjoyed several Don Thompson
Arden, N.C. other careers before making Thompson-Rhodes Builders
Skip is a 30-year resident of the home building business Arden NC
Western North Carolina with his full-time career. DeSimone is a member Don Thompson has been a
nearly 15 years of building of the Haywood Co. HBA, serving in many member of the Sierra Club
experience. Skip focuses on capacities including two terms as president. longer than he has been a
the entire building process He built the first certified Green HealthyBuilt builder. Therefore, the rise
from concept to delivery Home in Haywood County and later the first of green building in the
of the finished home. He has built model NAHB Green certified home. DeSimone is mainstream is welcome and
homes in gated golf communities and works an ENERGY STAR® Partner, committed long overdue as far as Don is concerned. 
with the area’s top architects in design-build to building only green certified homes. He Thompson-Rhodes Builders, Inc. is located
capacities to deliver finely-crafted homes. also holds his Lead-Based Paint Renovator in the wonderful city of Asheville nestled in
Typically, Skip is personally on the jobsite certification and is a Clear Water Contractor. the beautiful mountains of Western North
every day. He enjoys continuing education Carolina. “Green” is a relative term and some
and plans to graduate with the Accredited Brien Knight of the homes we have built are greener than
Master Builder designation in 2010. Skip is Home Design Custom Builders Inc. others, but every home we build is ENERGY
a 20-year veteran of sport skydiving, with a Clayton, N.C. STAR® rated at a minimum. We work with
master skydiver license. Brien Knight graduated our custom home clients to include as many
with an associate’s degree in green features as possible without blowing
Chad Collins, CGP architectural engineering and the budget and providing the most value for
Collins Design-Build has worked in engineering, the dollar.
Durham, N.C. construction and sales for the
A licensed general contractor past 35 years. He received his Joyce Vukela-Mayer
since 1997, as well as a N.C. general contractor license in 2007 and JVM Homes, Inc
licensed home inspector, founded Home Design Custom Builders Inc, Sherrills Ford, NC
Chad Collins has been specializing in single-family homes.
transforming clients’ dreams Accredited Master Builder
into elegant, fashionable, Joan Swift, CGP, CSP, CRS, Ken Corbo
timeless homes while building a reputation ABRM, GREEN, GRI, e-PRO Corbo Custom Homes
for skilled craftsmanship, superior quality, Swift Creek Construction Currituck, N.C.
and incomparable client service. Chad’s High Point, N.C. Ken Corbo has been in the
commitment to excellence has earned Collins Joan Swift received her N.C. building industry for more than
Design-Build, Inc. numerous top industry General Contractors License 40 years, first starting out with
awards, including the coveted Triangle Sales in 2005 and co-founded his father’s business in NewYork
and Marketing Council’s MAME Building Swift Creek Construction, in the late 1960s. After serving
Company of the Year in 2007 & 2008. Collins LLC with her husband as her in the U.S.Army and U.S. Coast
is a member of the HBA of Durham, Orange, partner. She loves helping Guard, Corbo retired and started Corbo Custom
and Chatham Counties and is also involved people realize their dream of home ownership, Homes in 1998. After first building custom
with NCHBA and NAHB. whether she is helping them with the design and homes, he diversified his company and is now
building of a home or just purchasing a home. a regional Katahdin Log Home agent as well as
Chuck Dees Joan is also a REALTOR® with HomeSell a Nationwide Modular representative. Corbo
Riverbanks Construction Select, LLC. With 10 years of experience in is active on the state and local HBA levels and
New Bern, N.C. the real estate and construction industry, she has served as President of the Northeastern NC
never stops enjoying meeting new people and HBA for the past three years.

Are you interested in enhancing your professionalism and earning accreditation in your industry? Plan to attend the Fall 2010
NCBI session scheduled for September 15-17 in conjunction with the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference in Charlotte. Go to for a complete list of courses.

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Kevin Lancaster, CGP
Lancaster Construction
In the Spotlight
(continued from page 9)
Simpson, N.C.
Kevin Lancaster’s involvement this award special is that it centers around business ethics and how we serve our customers,”
in the building industry began Ed said.
in 1997 when he started his
own business doing home HBA Involvement
repairs and improvements Brickwood Builders has been a member of the Greensboro Builders Association since its
in the Rocky Mount, N.C. founding in 2004.
area. He received his license from the N.C. “We get a lot out of our membership in the GBA,” said Ed.“The educational and networking
Licensing Board for General Contractors in opportunities have helped us to focus and grow our business.”
2005. Lancaster made the move to Greenville, This year Ed serves as chair of the Remodeler’s Council. As vice chair, Ed assisted the
N.C. in 2006, focusing on residential building GBA leadership in identifying educational and business development programs for the monthly
and remodeling. He is an involved member of Remodeler’s Council meetings in order to provide the membership additional business tools
the Greenville-Pitt County HBA and served during a down economy.
on the Board of Directors for three years. He
also has served on the NCHBA Nominating
Committee for the past two years. Lancaster
is a Certified Lead-Based Paint Renovator.
the environment
Chad Vanne
Stillwater Construction is ripe for planting “green”
Hendersonville, N.C. in a homeowner's Mind!
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designed LOTO (lockout/tagout) standards such as 29 CFR such as that found in the moving parts of mechanical systems. Also
1910.147 for General Industry and 29 CFR 1910.417 and consider thermal energy, found in extreme temperatures, both high and
1910.702 for Construction to help keep workers safe. LOTO standards low. It even includes potential energy stored in devices like springs,
help companies and their employees prevent the release of hazardous pressure vessels, gas tanks, or hydraulic systems. All pose serious threats
energy during maintenance or repair of machinery and equipment. to those working around equipment or machinery.
While accidents don’t occur frequently, they generally result
Hazardous energy in severe injuries. Injuries range from small cuts in minor cases to
Hazardous energy? Sounds intense! The term might conjure fractures, amputations, and even casualties in major incidents. It can
up extreme images, like a nuclear power plant. Instead, think of take months to get survivors rehabilitated and back to work.
it as an electrical energy hazard, as in batteries and capacitors or
generated power. LOTO programs
OSHA standards describe how to develop, document, and enforce

Recessed Dryer Exhaust

a LOTO program. Each piece of machinery or equipment will have
specific procedures, and the employer then trains its employees on
the program. Periodic inspections, at least annually, serve to monitor

Finish the
that employees followed these procedures correctly and under the
right circumstances.
What might a procedure look like? Whomever maintains or repairs

Laundry Right the machinery or equipment must first isolate it from the energy source,
to make it inoperable. They turn it off at the control panel, pull the main
disconnect, lock it out using effective measures such as padlocks, chains,
line valves, and wedges, then tagout. The tag warns that the equipment
Protect Exhaust Hose should not be operated. Sometimes, lockout proves impossible and tagout
Neatly in the Wall must suffice on its own. They must also communicate to employees not
to interfere during the maintenance work.
Next, they should test the effectiveness of the lockout controls by
• Eliminate One Elbow attempting a restart and check for any other pressures, as with hydraulic
systems, for example. After servicing, only the person who installed
• Minimize Service Calls the lock and/or tag may remove it, who then communicates that the
equipment is back in service.
• Install Cleaner & Faster
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Seems straightforward, right? Think of the maintenance person
who doesn’t employ the LOTO procedure because the servicing “will
only take a minute.” Yet, it takes even less time for a horrible accident
to occur. Look out for this and other missteps:
• Failing to attempt to restart the equipment to ensure the
effectiveness of the lockout
• Leaving a key in the lockout device, so it doesn’t get lost,
Make your homes safer, roomier and more therefore giving anyone the ability to unlock it
• Attaching multiple service persons’ lockout devices to one
efficient. With a Dryerbox®, the dryer can another instead of individually to the energy-isolating device, so
be placed flush to the wall without the risk when the first lock comes off, so do all those attached to it
of crushing the hose or restricting airflow. The N.C. Department of Labor even offers free 1-hour workshops
on LOTO. Go to to register for one of their July classes
held in Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Raleigh.
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May is NC

Expo. Make plans to attend the

21st Century Building BUILD-PAC
Expo & Conference Month
egistration for the Southeast’s
premier home building tradeshow, hroughout the month of May, local associations will
the 21st Century Building Expo & be competing against each other to see who can raise
Conference, is officially open. We the most money and have the highest participation
invite builders, remodelers, subcontractors, for NC BUILD-PAC.
realtors and other industry professionals Local associations are broken down into four groups
to attend the 21CBEC in Charlotte, N.C. based on their 2009 fundraising totals. This promotes
September 15-17. friendly competition among similarly sized associations.
The 21CBEC is your chance to see a Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category in
large array of the products and services available from the industry’s each group. The categories are:
leading manufacturers and suppliers. In addition, a three-day • Highest percentage of member participation between
educational conference includes a line-up of more than 50 general May 1 – May 31
session seminars, North Carolina Builder Institute courses and NAHB • Highest percentage of goal raised between May 1 –
Education classes. May 31
“We are confident builders are beginning to see a better market • Most new contributors* between May 1 – May 31
for their products as the economy begins to recover,” said 21CBEC The winner in each of the four groups of local
Director Deborah Alford. “By taking a few hours to visit the 21CBEC associations will have the option of receiving the prize
in Charlotte, we think you will come away with something that will money to go toward their local NC BUILD-PAC reserve
improve your business and help you prepare for the recovery.” or their general fund.This is a great way to earn some extra
There are three types of registration: money for your association, especially during an election
• Expo floor only—FREE. Simply register before Sept. 14, and year when you can use the money to help support local
you can visit the exhibit hall filled with more than 200 exhibits candidates. Remember that for every dollar given to NC
showcasing products and services. The Expo floor will be open BUILD-PAC, 30 cents goes directly into the local reserve
September 16 and 17. account of your local association.
• Full Delegate—$75. Register as a full delegate and attend This year we are focused on broadening participation in
an unlimited number of our carefully selected general session NC BUILD-PAC—it is our hope to get at least $10 from
seminars. Learn about trends in home building, how to keep your each member from every association for this important
business successful, new marketing techniques, and much more advocacy program. If you have ever thought about
during these insightful seminars taught by nationally-recognized supporting NC BUILD-PAC, this is the month and the
speakers. The $75 fee also includes conference lunches on time to do it! Contact your local association to find out
Thursday and Friday and Expo floor access. Fee increases to $100 more about what they are doing to raise money for NC
after Sept. 14. BUILD-PAC and how you can help!
• NCBI/NAHB Course—Fee varies depending on course. For questions or to get a list of contributors, contact
If you are working on an NAHB or NCBI designation, the Erin Jones at
21CBEC offers three days of courses to help get you well on *A new NC BUILD-PAC contributor is defined as an
your way. Course fee includes course materials, unlimited general individual who has not given to NC BUILD-PAC in the
session seminars, conference lunches on Thursday and Friday, and previous five years (May 1, 2005 – April 30, 2010). The
the Expo floor. NC State Board of Elections reporting software will be the
source of information.
Online registration is easy. Go to and
click on Attendees.
Interested in exhibiting at 21CBEC? Get your product in front of more
than 5,000 industry professionals. Contact Tracie Garrett at tgarrett@nchba.
org or 800.662.7129 to sign up now!

May/June 2010 North Carolina Builder   13

Code Corner
by Robert Privott, Director of Codes and Construction

North Carolina Building Code Council Update Privott

he N.C. Building Code Council will meet June 14 & 15 at the 310.2 CSST Bonding. CSST Gas piping systems shall be bonded
N.C. State University McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street, to the electrical service grounding electrode system at the point where
Raleigh, NC. The council will have an appeal hearing starting the gas service enters the building. The bonding jumper shall not be
at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 14. The public hearing will be held smaller than 6 AWG copper wire or equivalent.
Tuesday, June 15, at 9 a.m. followed by the Code Council meeting at The effective date of this rule is December 1, 2009.
the conclusion of the hearing. The agenda for the Council meeting 2009 N.C. Mechanical Code
can be found at (071211 Item B2)
engineering_bcc_agenda.asp about two weeks prior to the June 14- 504.2 Exhaust penetrations. Where a clothes dryer exhaust
15, 2010 Council meeting. duct penetrates a wall or ceiling membrane, the annular space shall
be sealed with noncombustible material, approved fire caulking, or
2012 North Carolina Building Codes a noncombustible dryer exhaust duct wall receptacle. Ducts that
The North Carolina amendment packages, produced by the Ad- exhaust clothes dryers shall not penetrate or be located within
Hoc Committees, will be posted online prior to May 17, 2010 for any fireblocking, draftstopping or any wall, floor/ceiling or other
public review and comment. The written public comment period assembly required by the International Building Code to be fire-
expires July 16, 2010. The proposed North Carolina amendments for resistance rated, unless such duct is constructed of galvanized steel or
the 2012 codes can be reviewed online at aluminum of the thickness specified in Section 603.4 and the fire-
OSFM/Engineering/engineering_home.asp. resistance rating is maintained in accordance with the International
On the STATE BUILDING CODES tab, select the BUILDING Building Code. Fire dampers, combination fire/smoke dampers
CODES – 2012 EDITION – PROPOSED AMENDMENTS to and any similar devices that will obstruct the exhaust flow, shall be
review the documents. prohibited in clothes dryer exhaust ducts.
Residential sprinklers have been proposed for townhouse The delayed effective date of this rule is January 1, 2011.
construction in this North Carolina Code cycle. This proposed 2009 N.C. Plumbing Code
amendment was adopted in a residential code amendment package (081209 Item B2)
accepted by the Building Code Council as a Petition for Rulemaking 901.2.1 Venting required. Every trap and trapped fixture shall be
at the March 8, 2010 meeting. The council also accepted a separate vented in accordance with one of the venting methods specified in this
Petition for Rulemaking that removes the townhouse sprinkler chapter. All fixtures discharging downstream from a water closet shall
requirement from the residential code. NCHBA is adamantly be individually vented except as provided in Section 911.
opposed to mandating residential sprinklers in one- and two-family The delayed effective date of this Rule is January 1, 2011.
construction. We will need the support of our grassroots members at 2009 N.C. Residential Code
the Council meetings in June and September 2010 and will be calling (080909 Item B1)
on you to support this effort. R202 SUNROOM ADDITION. A one-story structure attached
There are also substantial changes proposed for the 2012 North added to an existing dwelling with a glazing area in excess of 40 percent
Carolina Energy Code to reflect a 30 percent decrease in energy of the gross area of the structure’s exterior walls and roof.
consumption for all buildings, with plans to gain a 50 percent decrease The delayed effective date of this rule is January 1, 2011.
in energy consumption in the 2015 Energy Code cycle. We will need (071211 Item B3B)
grassroots support on this proposed change as well. R302.4 Flame Spread. Vinyl Siding and vinyl soffit materials
2009 Code Changes Adopted when used in townhouse construction shall have a Flame Spread Index
by the Building Code Council of 25 or less as tested in accordance with ASTM E-84.
The following is a partial list of approved changes to the 2009 The delayed effective date of this rule is January 1, 2011.
North Carolina Building Codes. Note that these changes have gone (080909 Item B2)
through the rulemaking process and the effective date of the rules is R311.2.2 Under stair protection. Enclosed accessible space
January 1, 2011 unless otherwise noted. under stairs shall have walls, under stair surface and any soffits protected
2009 NC Fuel Gas Code on the enclosed side with ½-inch (13 mm) gypsum board.
(090310 Item B-2) The delayed effective date of this rule is January 1, 2011.

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