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General Information

Look for the HBA Logo!
What does it mean when you see a builder have a Home Builders Association of Greater Southwest Illinois logo? That the business has taken an educated stand to be part of a professional trade organization to enhance their business in a positive path. A Home Builders Association (HBA) member demonstrates their commitment to the goals of the housing industry in this market.  read more...

Cautious steps to take when Inclement Weather has damaged roofs
The recent hail storms have created major roof damage throughout the area leaving homeowners exposed to unprincipled individuals. Homeowners can safeguard themselves from questionable roofing companies that have approached them with a quick fix to the damage caused by the storms by taking a few easy steps  read more....



Building a New Home Information

The "Not-So-Obvious" Benefits of Buying New
Prospective home buyers have the choice of two types of houses on the market: resale or new. Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new house often cite energy-efficiency, open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances, flooring, paint colors and other design elements as factors driving their choice. But builders say that buyers can be drawn to a new house for reasons that aren't so obvious.   read more...

Beware BeingYour Own Home Builder
Your home is likely the single largest investment you will make in your lifetime, and not hiring a professional home builder could be a costly mistake for many reasons—financial, emotional, and physical. read more....

How to Choose a Home Builder
If you're in the market for a new home, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you shop for your home. read more...



Remodeling Information

What are the Best Ways to Add Value to Your Home?
Which home remodeling projects are the best ones for those looking for a solid return on their investment - and higher profits come selling day?  read more...

What You Should Know About Hiring a Remodeler
Here are some important considerations to ensure you make the right decisions when you find, evaluate and hire a remodeler. read more...

Remodel Smart: Know the Language
An educated shopper is a smart shopper. This especially hold true in the world of hiring and working with contractors to make improvements to your home. As you interview potential contractors read more...



Green Home Information

Green Your Home

Here are a few recommendations for home owners who want to increase their home’s efficiency, decrease costs, and take advantage of the other
benefits of “greening” your home.  read more...
 
How Effective Are Your Energy-Efficient Efforts?
Are you doing the right things to get the most out of your efforts to be “green”?  read more...

Community Involvement


Professional Women in Building Council of the
Home Builders Association of Greater Southwest IL
Announces
Professional Women in Building
Scholarship Recipients for 2017


        

Left to Right: first picture.. Beth Jacob w/ Jacob Family Enterprises, Brittney Scholarship Recipient,
Andrea West w/ Fulford Homes and Jan Johnson w/ Garrett E. & Herschel E. Johnson Real Estate & Development
second picture: Tricia Buehne w/ First Mid-Illinois Bank and Erin Scholarship Recipient


        
Left to Right: first picture..Morgan Scholarship reciptient and Andrea West w/ Fulford Homes  second picture.. Cherity Freeze w/ Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Marcella Scholarship Recipient, Andrea West and Melissa Bowlin w/ Fulford Homes.

Brittney plans on earning a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management where she will then obtain her Professional Land Surveying License. Her academic awards, leadership and recognition include: Construction and Land Surveying Program, Honor Roll, along with SIUE Construction and Surveyors Club. She has participated in the ACE Mentor Program working with many Architecture, Engineering and Construction firms. Her experience has provided her with two internships that included her working as an office assistant too managing her own solo crew in the field. During her academic career she has also found time for many extracurricular activities including being Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team, Alpha Phi and Certified Animal Care Support at Metro East Humane Society just to name a few.

Erin graduated high school with a G.P.A. of 5.0 on a 4.0 scale.During her academic career she has also found time for many extracurricular activities including Student Council, School Newspaper, Interact Club, Science Olympiad, Theater Tech Crew, National Honor Society, English, German, Math and Science National Honor Society just to name a few.She also committed 250 hours of her time to the community through volunteer work at many local churches, schools and clubs.Erin plans to explore the engineering world with plans to participate in the Engineers Without Borders that combines her love of engineering and volunteering. She will travel to less fortunate countries and improve people’s everyday living conditions and quality of life.

Morgan graduated High School with a G.P.A. of 4.6 on a 4.0 scale. Morgan’s academic awards, leadership and recognition include: Saturday Scholars Program, Tiger Choice Award, Illinois State Scholar and Silver Medallion. During her academic career she has also found time for many extracurricular activities including tennis, softball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish club, Edwardsville Peer Influence Club. She also committed her time to a tennis program where she teaches tennis to children and adults with special needs as well as the Holiday Helpers Program that helped a local family in need. Morgan has shown an interest in the Architect field since 5th grade and has chosen specific courses to prepare her for her future. She will continue her path to become a Licensed Architect.

Marcella’s graduated High School with a G.P.A. of 4.0. Her academic awards, leadership and recognition include: National Honor Society, Illinois State Scholar, Silver Medallion Award Winner, St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete, Academic Letter all 4 years, High Honor Roll all four years, Class rank - 1st During her academic career she has also found time for many extracurricular activities including high school softball, select softball, volleyball, basketball and track. She also committed her time as a volunteer for Salvation Army Bell Ringer, Snack with Santa , Special Olympic, St. Michael’s Octoberfest, High School rummage sale and football clean up team. She plans to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and earn her Professional Engineering License.

Through these awards, we encourage women’s careers in the building industry, while enhancing the educational experience. Female Senior High School students or those enrolled in community college under the age of 20 interested in the home building industry and want to further their involvement and knowledge can be awarded the scholarship. Students are judged on the following criteria: academics, involvement within the building industry, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and achievements. We are honored to give recipient a $500 scholarship




Professional Women in Building Council of the
Home Builders Association of Greater Southwest IL
Announces
Professional Women in Building
Scholarship Recipients for 2016


      
Left to right: PWB Council with Scholarship Recipient Allison
Scholarship Recipient Heather standing with PWB's Cherity Freeze with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Allison is an incredible student who has a 4.127 GPA and has the following academic awards, leadership and recognition:  National Honor Society, Letter of Commendation for the National Merit Scholarship Program, Illinois State Scholar, Nomination for Student of the Month. She has also participated in many extracurricular activities including future Science Professionals, Saturday Scholars, Spanish National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Culture Mix, Wellness Club, Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club, Spanish Diploma of Merit, Commendation Toward Bi-literacy just to name a few.
Allison plans to become to a residential architect with her determination and drive there is no doubt she will reach any goal she sets.



Heather is an incredible student who has a 3.98 GPA and ranked 17th in her class.Her academic awards, leadership and recognition include: Noon Chorus Award, Student of the Quarter, Theology Award, National Honor Society for 3 years, High Honor Roll for 4 years, Placed 3rd in Engineering Graphics at the World Youth in Science & Engineering, Student Ambassador for 3 years, Student Teacher in Operation Safe Kids Program and Class Representative in Student Council and also participated in many extracurricular activities  including 4 years of Soccer and MVP her Junior year, Head Captain of Club Soccer Team, Dance Team, Future Business Leaders of America and School Choir just to name a few. Heather plans to become to a certified architect specializing in sustainability with her determination, drive and experience in rebuilding homes, being a part of the set crew for plays and musicals and designer for homecoming parade float there is no doubt she will reach any goal she sets.
 
 
Through these awards, we encourage women’s careers in the building industry, while enhancing the educational experience. Female Senior High School students or those enrolled in community college under the age of 20 interested in the home building industry and want to further their involvement and knowledge can be awarded the scholarship.  Students are judged on the following criteria: academics, involvement within the building industry, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and achievements. We are honored to give recipient a $500 scholarship

 


Professional Women in Building Council
Gives Back to the Community!

Pictured left to right: Linette Warnecke w/ TheBANK of Edwardsville, Beth Jacob w/ Jacob Sunroom & Exteriors, Andrea West w/ Fulford Homes and
Dr. Tricia Blackard w/ C.A.V.C. Director


The groundbreaking for the Collinsville Area Vocational Center -Building Trades Department was held on July 30th. Members of the council presented a check for $500 to help with the construction of their 1,200 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home located at 400 East Church Collinsville. 


Professional Women in Building Council of the
Home Builders Association of Greater Southwest IL
Announces
Professional Women in Building
Scholarship Recipients for 2015


               
Left to right: PWB's Secretary Michelle Null with Benchmark Title standing with Scholarship Recipient Morgan
Scholarship Recipient Julie standing with PWB's Chairwomen Jan Johnson with Garrett E. & Herschel E. Johnson Real Estates & Development

Morgan is an amazing student and a member of the following clubs:  National Honor Society, Spanish National Honors Society, Student Council, Principal’s Advisory Committee, Spanish Club and volunteers at many community activities. She is very active in many soccer teams in which she was the Captain her Junior and Senior year. Morgan has been on the honor roll every semester and has a 5.15 GPA making her the highest ranking female in her class. She has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Her plans are to earn a degree in Engineering.
 
Julie is an incredible student and a member of the following clubs: Science Club, National Honor Society, Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish National Honors Society, Treasurer of the Student Council, Editor-in-Chief of the School Newspaper and volunteers on many mission trips and community activities. She participated in 4 years of Soccer and 4 years in Volleyball which she was the Varsity Coach for two seasons and received two Eagle Pride Awards all while maintaining over a 4.0 GPA. Her plans are to earn a degree in Civil Engineering and in hopes to create and build a successful and useful bridge or building.
 
 
Through these awards, we encourage women’s careers in the building industry, while enhancing the educational experience. Female Senior High School students or those enrolled in community college under the age of 20 interested in the home building industry and want to further their involvement and knowledge can be awarded the scholarship.  Students are judged on the following criteria: academics, involvement within the building industry, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and achievements. We are honored to give recipient a $500 scholarship.

 



The Belleville Area Humane Society was in need of some repairs throughout their facility and the HBA-Remodelers Council was happy to help. Renovations included patching and painting walls, fixing door frames, baseboard repairs, cat condo repairs, new drywall and waterproof panels. Pictured is HBA staff, Remodelers Council members/volunteers and the Belleville Area Humane Society Board Members.






   
                                                           

 





Meet Evan, the amazing 10-year old son of Dennis & Kathy with 3 siblings; 11 year old brother -  Jessie,  7 year old sister – Isabella and 6 year old sister – Sophia.  Evan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Lymphoma last year and has gone thru the difficult stages of chemotherapy, spinal tap and bone marrow aspiration.  His cancer appears to be, by definition, in remission.  Evan enjoys life to the fullest, would like to become a Chef, takes pleasure in Mario Bros. games and is always happy to share his thankfulness for having another day with family and friends.. read more


Remodelers Council - Gives Back to the Community

July 2012 - The Remodelers Council lended their expertise in helping repair the foundation, widen doorway and replace flooring in the Faith Baptist Church Food Pantry in Belleville, IL. The food pantry serve families in the community in need of food. Many lives are touched weekly through this food pantry and we were happy to help with the renovations that have made a difference in those lives that work and attend the food pantry.


The food pantry is located at 428 East A. Street, Belleville, IL for more information call 618-235-6977.


 

Home Builder Makes a Difference with Made in America

click below for made in america product list


This ABC News story about a Montana builder who completed an entire home with 100% American made products. The domino effect on job creation looks to be quite high if everyone just increased their American made purchases by 5-10%.

Click here to view the ABC News story video



Illinois Quality Assurance Standards
These Standards, for the first time ever, provide new home buyers and remodeling customers the guidelines to measure their builder and the project against an industry approved set of standards.

The Standards create a series of performance standards that builders and customers can use to communicate and understand each other's expectations regarding building/remodeling projects.

Our HBA's concern is that many, many builders adhere to absolutely no standards, and that damages the credibility of everyone in the industry. As we promote this program, we are confident the consumer will begin asking contractors if the potential contractor is registered in the Quality Assurance Program ...and will only hire those who are. Our Contractor Members have committed to the Illinois Quality Assurance Builder Standards. Ask your Builder or Remodeler if they are a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Southwest Illinois!




 

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