In 2016, your Home Builders Association worked diligently to advance the issues most important to our members. The HBA was actively engaged in more than 170 bills during the 2015-16 legislative session to promote and protect the vital work of home builders and developers across South Carolina. 

Our efforts included:

  • Successfully opposed mandated residential fire sprinklers in the building code: Over $180 million in annual savings;
  • Supported a budget proviso for state-specific high wind and seismic zone mapping: Over $150 million in annual savings;
  • Passed one-year Multiple Lot Property Tax Discount extension: $1.9 million in annual savings;
  • Supported a bill that prohibits the abusive actions of entities commonly known as “patent trolls:” More than $500,000 annually.

These items along with other legislative and regulatory issues including building and energy codes, Home Owners Assocation reform, storm-water and septic tank policies and impact fees created a total savings of over $400 million for 2016 alone! That is a savings to S.C. homeowners of more than $14,285 per house in unnecessary regulatory costs. This success is is attributed to you, our members…Thank you!

Your HBA influences government on all levels. Our goal is to protect affordable housing and to stop needless regulatory costs, which ultimately trickles down and affects everyone who works in the home.

If you know someone who makes their living in the construction industry, but is not a member, ask them why. Keep our industry strong and ask that they join the HBA today to make sure they have a job tomorrow!