• News for Builders Corner

    Thursday, July 29, 2021
    Negotiating Material Escalation Clauses Published: July 27, 2021 I recently bought a new home. One thing I noticed during my house search: new homes are in low supply, and those coming on the market are often subject to contract provisions containing escalation clauses addressing construction material prices. At each development, I heard the same story; developers are unable to assign a price to ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Builders Corner, Community
    Thursday, July 29, 2021
    The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is a collaboration of the nine county governments that make up the Bay Area that works to promote healthy and energy efficient buildings. The BayREN Home+ program provides rebates and no-cost technical support to single family homeowners that make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. Rebates can reach up to $5,000 and eligible measures ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Business Tips, Green Building - Sustainability, Member News, Press Release
    Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    Capitol Connection Q&A for Contractors By Shauna Krause, President, Capitol Services, Inc.   Being halfway right is not going to help our first inquiry. That’s why getting an expert opinion first is always a ‘power’ move. The second is nearly all wrong, and I offer an out of state contractor assistance in being ‘reasonably’ sure, before you play ‘chicken’ with your CA and NV ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner
    Thursday, July 22, 2021
    What Employers Need to Do Printed by Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP - July 16, 2021 In a decision anxiously awaited by employers, the California Supreme Court ruled, on July 15, 2021, that the correct rate for paying meal and rest period premiums is one additional hour of pay at an employee’s “regular rate of pay,” which is the same method used for calculating overtime wages. The ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Builders Corner, Community
    Tuesday, July 20, 2021
    Are you a construction professional that is curious about how building materials can affect health? Information and training for contractors on hazardous chemicals in building products, their impacts on residents and installers, and healthier options is not always available and may be incomplete.    We are creating educational content about the harmful chemicals found in building products and ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Safety, Community, Business Tips
    Monday, July 19, 2021
    You probably know at least a few people who hired a friend or relative to do some work for them instead of hiring a licensed contractor. That might seem like an easy way for people to get what they want, but it’s full of problems. In fact, unlicensed contractors can make life a lot harder for reliable, honest contractors like the one you hope to be. Here are five reasons you’ll be glad you ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, Community
    Monday, July 19, 2021
    You may have heard that California has a lot in the pipeline for construction over the next decade. It’s definitely a great reason to get invested in the industry as soon as possible. Transportation may be a very big part of that growth, especially as various governments and companies try to find ways to better connect the state. Here are a few things you should know about the state of ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Member News, Builders Corner, Community
    Monday, July 19, 2021
    Reposted from California Employers Association website Posted by: Giuliana Gabriel, J.D. on Thursday, July 15, 2021 Cal/OSHA, the state agency that oversees workplace safety and health, has increasingly enforced and levied fines with respect to COVID-19 issues in the workplace. By April 2021, those fines amounted to roughly $4.6 million for approximately 200 workplaces. You don’t want to be ...read more
    Categories: Community, Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner
    Monday, July 12, 2021
    Objective: To reinforce awareness of dangerous heat illnesses, including symptoms, treatment procedures, and safety precautions. When the body is unable to cool off by sweating, heat-induced illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can occur. These illnesses are very serious, and can sometimes result in death. High temperatures, humidity, direct sun or heat, limited air movement, ...read more
    Categories: Safety, Cornerstone Partner News, Community, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Member News
    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    Objective: To provide an overview of ladder safe use principles. Ladders, used properly, can be a safe and convenient tool. When used improperly, however, they can lead to a serious injury or result in a fatality. Learn about safety guidelines when using ladders like climbing position, lifting items, protective gear, stepladder guidelines, and more. Click here to download the complete training ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Member News, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety
    Wednesday, July 07, 2021
    JEFF QUACKENBUSH THE NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL July 7, 2021 Though the cost of materials to frame houses and build cabinets appears poised to fall considerably, longtime North Bay homebuilder Keith Christopherson has yet to see it. “Lumber mills and distributors were ordering early on and buying at higher prices, so (the decreases) have not translated down to the builder yet,” Christopherson ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Builders Corner, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release
    Tuesday, July 06, 2021
    By Shauna Krause, President, Capitol Services, Inc.   Let’s start with a ‘highlight’ on solar. Point the way for an out-of-state contractor on CA fingerprinting rules, sort an ‘unlikely event’ if you don’t pass your License Exams the first, second or tenth time you go for them…   Q:  We are in discussions regarding taking on some solar projects in Southern California.  Initially, the contract ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner
    Wednesday, June 30, 2021
    Marin Builders Association members now have access to 11 recent graduates from the Education 2 Career (e2c) Construction Academy. We actively help coordinate programs to build a workforce pipeline through our collaborative efforts with community partners.  New graduates from the Education to Career (e2c) cohort with Canal Alliance and College of Marin are now ready for your review.    Members ...read more
    Categories: Community, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Member News
    Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    The longer you work in the construction industry, the more you’ll understand the changes in supply pricing. Periodically, you’ll notice a steep rise in the cost of steel, lumber or other materials you need on a regular basis. At times, you’ll need to consider raising your own prices. Here are a few factors to remember as you make a plan.Research Pricing Trends The best way to start evaluating ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Builders Corner, Member News
    Thursday, June 10, 2021
    California Reentry Program (CRP) is an 18-year-old, volunteer-based non-profit that has been inside San Quentin State prison assisting clients for the past 18 years. We research and share up-to-date information for housing, employment, education, community, and government services. Additionally, we provide assistance with parole hearing preparation including resume writing and providing outside ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Community
    Wednesday, June 09, 2021
    By WILL HOUSTON | whouston@marinij.com | PUBLISHED: June 8, 2021  After a winter of season of record-low rainfall, Corte Madera business owner Paul Burrous knew water restrictions were imminent. That’s when he decided to invest in a water truck. While it costs Burrous several thousand dollars a month to rent and insure, the 2,000-gallon truck allows his business, the Marin Wood Restoration and ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Press Release, Builders Corner, Community, Member News
    Sunday, June 06, 2021
    About the Fundraiser Corey Robinson has teamed up with Giveback Homes and Habitat for Humanity EBSV to fundraise and physically help repair a home for a family in need in Oakland.  Once we hit our goal, we will volunteer as a team to help a family in need stay in their home by making necessary repairs to keep the home up to code. Help us reach our goal by making a tax deductible donation on this ...read more
    Categories: Community, Builders Corner, Event Related, Member News
    Wednesday, June 02, 2021
    With our gratitude, we celebrate our 2021-2022 member ad partners as listed below (in alpha order).  It is because of their generosity and support, that this edition of our annual Marin Home Resource Guide is our best to date!  Thank you all – we appreciate you!    Aaero Heating & Sheetmetal    Adam's HardscapesArd Mac Electric, Inc.ARS Roofing, Gutters & SolarBob Kunst Painting, Inc.Bravo ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Member News, Community, Marin Home Resource Guide, Press Release
    Tuesday, June 01, 2021
     Why is Money such a Taboo Subject? Money is a touchy subject for many. Money brings up feelings of deep emotions, anxiety, shame, guilt, embarrassment, and much more when having to talk about income, expenses, and spending patterns. Money is also seen as a measure of status and power. By keeping money a taboo subject, we become unaware of better habits, healthier practices, and ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Business Tips, Member News
    Friday, May 28, 2021
    The Marin Builders Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose the possible Marin Municipal Water District moratorium on new water hook ups.View full letterLittle evidence has been provided regarding the projected amount of water to that may be saved by a possible water hook up moratorium. Nor are we aware of any outreach to the business or construction members of our community to ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Press Release, Advocacy and Legislation, Marin Builders Association News
    Thursday, May 06, 2021
    Since construction is so dependent on materials, the success of your contracting business depends heavily on your supply chain. As the recent delay of shipping due to a trapped ship in the Suez Canal revealed, there are a lot of issues you might face at the moment. Here are a few ways to minimize them.Update Your Estimates Issues with the supply chain can create two different problems for your ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Business Tips, Member News
    Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    North Bay Construction Corps - Class of Marin addresses the high demand for construction workers in our community. This program enables students to explore a variety of construction related careers and prepares young adults for internship positions with local Marin Builders Association firms at the end of each class cycle.  Made possible by the Mario Ghilotti Family Foundation, the program helps ...read more
    Categories: Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Scholarship, Community, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Event Related, Member News, Safety
    Monday, April 19, 2021
    Although landing a client and a new project is a great thing, sometimes it just isn’t going to work. There will be points where you’re too busy to take on the job within the time specified. There will also be clients proposing opportunities that just aren’t the right fit for your contracting business. Learning how to decline these projects is a skill, and it can be difficult to do at first. Here ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Business Tips, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training
    Wednesday, March 03, 2021
    UPDATE: Because of multiple letters on the item, the County pulled this item from the Board of Supervisors agenda to give additional time for consideration. We've reached out to the county to offer industry perspective going forward. Marin County Board of SupervisorsRE: Project Labor Agreement Policy GuidelinesVia email on March 1, 2021To BOS@marincounty.orgFull pdf. of letterDear ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Builders Corner, Member News
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Jan. 26, 2021 Certain situations like illegality or coercion can invalidate a contract in whole or in part.This feature is a part of "The Dotted Line" series, which takes an in-depth look at the complex legal landscape of the construction industry. To view the entire series, click here. Most contractors are well aware that they must abide by the ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Business Tips
    Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Member News, Business Tips, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    Marin Builders Association and Marin Economic Forum to Evaluate the Permit Customer Experience for County of Marin    Take the Survey - San Rafael, CA - The Marin Builders Association is announcing a new partnership with the County of Marin and the Marin Economic Forum. The collaboration is designed to help improve the permit process for customers and decrease the amount of non-permitted ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, CEMIP Permit Simplicity Program, Advocacy and Legislation, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release
    Thursday, October 01, 2020
    Have you ever met someone who knew exactly what they wanted to do in life from the time they were a small child? Some people are like that. They are practically born knowing where to go. For the rest of us, it’s important to find a good fit. But having a career is so much better when you know you can bring passion to your work. Here are five ways you can tell that your passion (and your future) ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Community, Member News
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    With the way that the economy has changed throughout the past 10-15 years, it’s not surprising that people are rethinking about how they consider starting a career. Getting a college degree used to be a popular option that would secure a good job. Now, not so much. Instead, you might be thinking about learning a trade that offers you a lot of upward mobility. But how soon can you start? Here’s ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Safety, Marin Builders Association News, Community, Member News
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