Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JAN 2019

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are disproportional increases between con- struction cost and volume, which point to a labor shortage in the market. For more information go to buildfax.com. Safety OSHA releases winter weather safety guide for employers Looking for timely fodder for your next com- pany safety meeting? As outdoor tempera- tures drop and winter storms approach, em- ployers should take measures to keep their workers safe. OSHA's Winter Weather web- page (osha.gov/dts/weather/winter_weath- er/) provides information on protecting workers from hazards while working outside during severe cold and snow storms. This guidance includes information on staying safe while clearing snow from rooƁops. Housing Policy NAHB urges housing finance reform with federal backstop The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) commended House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, for working in a bi-partisan fashion to develop a legislative framework to move housing finance reform forward. "We support many aspects of the Bipartisan Housing Finance Reform Act of 2018, and are especially pleased that the draƁ legislation includes an explicit government backstop that assures market participants that the federal government will maintain sta- bility, keep credit flowing and make investors whole in catastrophic circumstances," NAHB CEO Jerry Howard said in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee. "NAHB believes an explicit federal gov- ernment guaranty is particularly important to the continued availability of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, which has been a staple of the U.S. housing finance system since the 1930s, and we appreciate that the preserva- tion of the 30-year mortgage is emphasized in this draƁ bill," Howard added. With Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lan- guishing in conservatorship for the past de- cade, NAHB has been a strong proponent of comprehensive housing finance reform. Association NARI names David Pekel CEO The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) announced late last month its current president, David Pekel, MCR, UDCP, CAPS, was appointed by the board of directors as chief executive officer of NARI, taking on the role full-time. Pekel, a remodeler from Milwaukee, had stepped in on an interim basis earlier this year to fill the CEO role aƁer the departure of former CEO Fred Ulrich. Robi Kirsic, CKBR, will assume the role of NARI President through April 2019. The President-Elect position will be vacant. "On behalf of the NARI Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that David Pekel, MCR, UDCP, CAPS, CCP, has been appoint- ed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry," said Board Chairman Tom Miller in an emailed statement. "This marks the be- ginning of a new phase for NARI as we look to the future for increased member growth, retention and engagement. Thank you for your passion and commitment to NARI." Trends Color of the year from siding manufacturer Royal Building Products says a color named Slatescape is its 2019 Exterior Color Trend of the Year. The company says it is a fresh take on the prominence of gray in exterior color trends in recent years. It is a mid-tone, blue-gray. "The Slatescape tone is a combination of blue and gray that evokes feelings of calm 12 JANUARY 2019 QR QUALIFIEDREMODELER.COM IN BRIEF FOR MORE INFO CIRCLE 54

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