March 2023
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NAHB Testifies about WOTUS Rule
The Biden administration’s new WOTUS rule is so extreme that the federal government will have the authority to regulate certain roadside ditches, isolated ponds and channels that may only flow after heavy rainfall, NAHB Chairman Alicia Huey said in recent Congressional testimony. The new rule will go into effect on March 20, 2023, but could be overturned soon, depending on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA, which is focused on the legality of the regulation’s significant nexus test. 
Plan to Attend Bird Supper - April 4th
Dinner & Reception
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
6:00 - 6:30 pm Cocktail Reception
6:30 - 8:30 pm Dinner

Seawells * 1125 Rosewood Drive * Columbia SC

Hosted by Home Builders Association of South Carolina
Click here to register online, email or call 864-583-5471
New Wrinkle in Transformer Shortage
NAHB and other groups sent a letter to Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm to sound the alarm that DOE’s recent rulemaking proposal to increase the energy conservation standards for electrical transformers will worsen the current supply shortage. The rule would dictate that manufacturers increase the efficiency of transformers by a mere tenth of a percentage point. But increasing efficiency by even this nominal amount “could add months to an already lengthy order cycle.” 
OMB Proposes New Buy-American Rule
In a move that could affect single-family and multifamily affordable housing projects, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has proposed new standards to determine if construction materials for federally funded infrastructure projects are made in the United States. Construction materials covered by the new guidance, which is required under the Build America, Buy America Act, include lumber, drywall, glass and plastics. 
Markets In A Minute - A Short Overview

Here is a short overview of what's happening with rate movement, the economy and the housing market

Provided by: Gwen Cooper with Crescent Mortgage
New & Returning Members Last Month
New Members:

Altenloh, Brinck & Co/SPAX, Robert Knecht

Renewing Members:

AgSouth Farm Credit, Phil Long
Budget Blinds Annette McGinnis
Capital Waste Aaron Aho
Carter Lumber Cody Townes
CL Cannon & Sons Tad Cannon
Greer CPW Rob Rhodes
Kapasi Glass, Mustan Kapasi
Nichiha, Jim Curtain
Patterson Developers of Lyman, Mark Patterson Weizenecker, Mark Mark Weizenecker

Helpful Links
Spartanburg Association of REALTORS®
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Spartanburg County Information Building Codes Information
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South Carolina Legislature
March Business Hours
The HBA Spartanburg Business Hours are open Monday - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. However, the office may not be open even though business is being conducted (i.e. meetings, classes, remote work, etc.). If you plan to visit the office, please call us at 864-583-5471 so that we can ensure the office is open when you arrive.
The HBA office will be closed the following days:

March 13-17 - EO on Vacation
March 28-31 - EO Attending Training at NAHB

The office may be closed at other times as needed. Please phone ahead if you plan to visit the office. Payments, Registration Forms, etc. may be dropped in the mail slot in the front door when the office is closed.