February 2016 2016 Winter Trade Showcase 2016 International Builders Show Congratulations! NAHB Third Vice-Chairman Greg Ugalde Stephen Gidley 2015 NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler of the Year February 3rd - Norwalk Inn

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HBRA Board of Directors 2015-16 Officers President Sr. Vice-President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Immediate Past President Peter Battaglio Max Bender Steve Berko Ken DeLeo Gary Fanali John Hertz Alex Shook Michael Wood Joanne Carroll Jerry Effren Peter Fusaro Andrew La Sala Jr. John Murren Michael Palumbo Nick Yanicelli Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s Kim DiMatteo The DiMatteo Group Maureen Hanley-Bellitto United Bank 2015-16 Directors Hocon Gas Bender Supply FourSquare Build & Design Doherty & DeLeo City Carting Hertz Construction Pella Commercial Wood Builders Life Directors JMC Resources The Greyrock Companies Preferred Builders Cannondale Building & Design Murren-Kane Construction ERI Building & Design Susquehanna Enterprises HBRA Staff Gina Calabro Executive Officer Deanna Hiller Executive Assistant HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Want to advertise? Contact the office for more information and rates. 22-23 24 Page: 4 5 12-13, 15 25-26 14 21 21 23 24 27 Back Cover 16-17 18 19 20 Page: 6 6 7 8 9-11 2016 International Builders Show Greg Ugalde, NAHB Third Vice Chairman NAHB Honors Stephen Gidley as 2015 CGR Buddy Ontra Elected to Marble Institute Board HBRA Training The Good, Bad & Ugly of IECC Code Testing OSHA 10 Construction Business Succession Planning 2016 Home Show 2016 Legislative Agenda HBRA Builder Day at the Capitol Builder News: Labor is Top Chalkenge for Builders Features Most Likely to Show up in Typical Single Family Home in 2016 Enduring Business Success in the Digital Technogoly Era NAHB, Houzz Form Alliance Builders & Developers Turn to Propane Regular Features Executive Officers Message Upcoming Events What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield Member Benefits Updates Sponsors/Advertisers 2 Please visit our Sponsors Ridgefield Supply Hocon Gas Interstate Lakeland+Lumber East Haven Builders Supply The DiMatteo Group United Bank Ring’s End February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 3 Inside this issue...

A Message from the Executive Officer Dear HBRA Members, I attended my first IBS event in Las Vegas last month - The Executive Officer session track with EO’s from all over the US (including Hawaii) was an excellent source of new ideas and opportunities. Congratulations to Greg Ugalde, our new NAHB Third Vice Chairman. A sea of blue shirts bearing Greg’s name joined him as he spoke at all of the state caucauses. Connecticut as well as all of the Northeast is proud to have Greg representing us. I was also happy to be in attendance to represent Fairfield CT when Stephen Gidley received his NAHB CGR of the Year award. The FREE event for Builder Members was held on February 3rd at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center. Thanks to Bill Ethier for speaking to the group of what is on the horizon for CT Builders. All of the builders that attended gave us a thumbs up! See pages 12 & 13 for pictures of the event. The HBRA of Fairfield County Home Show was February 13 & 14 at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. We had quite a few members exhibit. See pages 16 & 17 for some of the highlights. There’s some great upcoming Fairfield County educational events to take note in February and March: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of IECC Code Testing on the 25th at Rings’ End. OSHA 10 Hour Construction on March 3rd and 4th in l-r: Deanna Hiller, Albert Annunziata, Executive Dir. Building Institiute of Westchester County, Gina Calabro, Connie Cooper & Andrew La Sala Westport at Symphony Workplaces, and Business Succession Planning at Ring’s End on March 15th. If you haven’t already been to the new HBRA website, please visit and check out the new features. As always, if you have any questions, please call the office or email us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com! Best, Gina Calabro gina@buildfairfieldcounty.com 4 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016

February 25, 2016 The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of IECC Code Testing Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT 5:30pm-8:00pm $25 - Members March 2, 2016 General Membership Meeting County TV & Appliance Stamford 6:00pm - 9:00pm $20 - Members March 3 & 4, 2016 OSHA 10 55 Green Farms Road Westport, CT 7:45am - 2:00pm $25/HBRA Members March 3, 2016 Building Code Workshop The Tile Shop 18 Federal Road, Brookfield, CT 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. FREE to Members Contact HBRA of Central CT @ 860.563.4212 March 10, 2016 Attract and Sell Profitable Projects Best Western Plus North Haven Hotel 201 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT 7:30am-4:00pm $50 - Members Contact HBRA of Central CT @ 860.563.4212 Sponsored by: Contact the HBRA Office with any questions at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com Sponsored by: April 6, 2016 General Membership Meeting Bender Supply Norwalk 6:00pm - 9:00pm $20 - Members April 7, 2016 Builder Breakfast Contracts, Arbitration, Mediation & Dispute Resolution Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT 8:00am - Noon FREE to Members Sponsored by: March 15, 2016 Sponsored by: Business Succession Planning Rings End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street, Stratford, CT 8:00am - 11:00am FREE to Members March 31, 2016 HBID at the Capitol Old Judiciary Rm, Hartford, CT 8:00am - 12:30pm Sponsored by: February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County |5

2016 International Builders Show International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) and The International Surface Event (TISE). This megaevent brought together more than 110,000 builders, general contractors, remodelers, designers, flooring professionals, as well as product specifiers from around the globe. Here are just a few of the many highlights: • Jay Leno kicked off the festivities to a packed house. Discover the Building Universe was the theme to the NAHB’s International Builders’ Show® (IBS),held in Las Vegas, January 19th - 21st. The Builders’ Show, as part of Design & Construction Week® (DCW), featured the co-location of IBS and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS). This year, DCW also included two partner events – the • Thousands of building professionals attended more than 120+ education sessions from 8 tracks that covered the breadth of the entire building industry. • The IBS Spike Concert Presented by GEICO featured the number one selling duo, Daryl Hall & John Oates. The International Builders’ Show® will be in Orlando January 10-12, 2017. Greg Ugalde Elected as NAHB Third Chairman Greg Ugalde joined the NAHB leadership ladder with his election as Third Vice Chairman of the NAHB Board. President and CLO of T&M, Connecticut-based builder/developers (est. 1962), Greg is also Managing Member of GFU Investments LLC, a minority builder/developer with a focus on urban development since 2003. Greg is currently in his 10th year of service on the NAHB Executive Board, which includes five years as the Connecticut State Representative (one as Moderator, and one as Assistant Moderator) and two years as the Area 1 NAC. Not only is he the first CT builder to become a Vice Chairman of NAHB, he is also the first for the Northeast. 6 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016 We congratulate Greg and wish him well on his newly elected position. At the 2016 IBS as the newly elected Third Vice Chairman of NAHB

NAHB Honors Stephen Gidley as the 2015 CGR of the Year Stephen C. Gidley, CAPS, CGB, CGP, CGR, GMB an awardwinning builder and remodeler in Fairfield County, Conn., has been named the 2015 Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. We asked Stephen his thoughts on this prestigious award. On January 18th, 2016 I received the prestigious NAHB 2015 CGR Designee of the year award in Las Vegas, Nevada at the international Builders show (IBS). In 1993 I achieved my Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR designation from the Hartford, Connecticut Chapter of the NAHB. Since then I have achieved graduate certification in the Certified Aging In Place (CAPS), Certified Green Professional (CGP) and in the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), and in 1999 I achieved Graduate Master Builder (GMB) all within the past (23) years. The significance of these professional certifications and designations lies in the important fact that they distinguish us from our competition. In other words, Classroom education can be put into practical application in the field. This ability gives the holder of the designations a distinct advantage in the fiercely competitive home improvement and remodeling industry; by creating a better brand name and educating prospective clients to the benefits of hiring a Certified Remodeler to alter or remodel their homes. Through education and hands on experience we employ the best industry practices and implement the best building science technologies which are learned in the classroom. The end result is a superior Construction project and very satisfied client. In conclusion, I strongly recommend all remodelers who already differentiate themselves as members of the HBRA further elevate their professional identity through taking courses offered by the NAHB itself (www.nahb.org/education) or the local chapter. By doing this sales will increase, businesses will grow and the overall good reputation of the building and remodeling industry will be elevated. February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 7

Buddy Ontra Elected to the Board of Marble Institute of America The Marble Institute of America (MIA) is pleased to announce that Buddy Ontra of Ontra Stone has been elected to the thirteen-person Board of Directors. Buddy Ontra, owner of Ontra Stone Concepts, a familyowned fabrication/ installation company located in Bridgeport, CT, will represent Zone 1 (Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Ontra currently serves on the steering committee for MIA’s NY Metro Chapter and has been a frequent speaker at StonExpo and Coverings. He has also contributed articles to Stone World magazine and is active in his local chapter of the National Home Builders Association. Ontra replaces David Castellucci, Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, who will remain on the board as 2016 board president. About MIA For over seventy years, the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has served as the authoritative source of information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice and the suitable application of natural stone products. Membership in the association is worldwide and includes nearly 2,000 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers — all committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics. Let the HBRA office know & we will be sure to include you in future issues! Contact us at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com Encourage your local building official to become a Governmental Member of the International Code Council (ICC) NAHB requests that you to talk to your local code official and encourage them to participate in the ICC Code Development Process. The first step is for your county, city or town to become a Governmental Member of the International Code Council (ICC) no later than March 17, 2016. Jurisdictions can join ICC as a Governmental Member by filling out this application: http://www. iccsafe.org/Membership/Documents/Government_ Membership_App.pdf 8 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016 If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Gary Lampella, Director Construction, Codes & Standards at (800) 368-5242 x8303.

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What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield The Winter Trade Showcase The Winter Trade Showcase was held February 3rd at the Norwalk Inn and Convention Center spotlighting 24 vendors. Thanks to Bill Ethier, CEO of HBRA CT who gave a legislative update on what the HBRA will be watching and lobbying during the 2016 session. Special discounts, prizes, raffles and food were part of the evening for the 40+ builder attendees. Thanks to the Associate Council and to the Members who sponsored the event & tables. • BA Staging & Interiors • Closet & Storage Concepts • Connie Cooper Designs • County TV & Appliance • CT Appliance & Fireplace Distributors • Cyclone Home Systems • DiMatteo Group • EcoBuilding Bargains • Elevator Service Company • Everest Marble • First Niagara Risk Management • Gault Energy • Gault Stone • Hocon Gas • IQuarters • Leigh Overland Architect • Marlin Electric LLC • Oxford Lumber • Pella Windows • Rings End Millwork Division • Riverside Fence • Shoreline Painting • Tile America • Torrco The Evening Sponsors: 12 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016

Evening Highlights More photos online at www.buildfairfieldcounty.com Photo Gallery February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 13

Stocking Dealer: 29 Prospect Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 203.438.2626 www.ridgefieldsupply.com lumber F building materials F millwork F moulding F hardware F paint 14 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016

What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield The NEW Fairfield County HBRA website The new interactive HBRA site launched February 1st at www.buildfairfieldcounty.com. Events, scrolling news, and a list of new members grace the front page. The new online directory is business card listings with logos and additional profile information. Members can now manage their profile information, register for meetings, and even pay their dues online. All activity is posted in your account so you can see your meeting and event registrations, as well as payments. You can even print out an HBRA of Fairfield County Membership Card. Committee information, government affairs updates, press releases, and even this magazine is available on the site. Be on the lookout for new features in the coming months that will include consumer info and Member to Member deals and discounts. Contact the office with any questions at hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com Click on the Member Manage link at the top of the page or on the Members tab under the HBRA logo. All active members just use your email address as your username and request a temporary password to get started. March 2nd - General Membership Meeting at County TV & Appliance The first General Membership meeting of 2016 will be held in Stamford at County TV & Appliance from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Join us for food, drink and prizes, plus a night full of networking. We kick-off the 2016 Membership raffle that night as well so be sure to be in attendance for your chance to win $250. All active members names are in the drawing - you have to be present to win! Click here to REGISTER or contact the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 15

What’s Happening at the HBRA Fairfield The 2016 Home Show The 2016 Home show was a great success! For two days the exhibitors saw a steady stream of attendees looking for home improvements and ideas. Thanks to Chris Steiner, Home Show Committee Chair and the volunteers who helped the staff man the HBRA booth: • Nick Yanicelli • Anthony DeRosa • John Murren • Gary Fanali • Andrew La Sala • Connie Cooper 16 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016

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2016 HBRA Legislative Agenda The residential construction industry in Connecticut continues to face a very slow market for new single family homes and a regulatory and tax environment that depresses new home construction. Despite being burdened by numerous specific issues, however, we are not at this time proposing corrective legislation in 2016. Rather, we anticipate – unfortunately – that we will have to mount extensive defensive efforts to defeat legislation that would make it even worse for the housing industry. These defensive efforts may have to be applied to the following possible legislation: • A repeat of labor bills that will add more costs to businesses and make it more difficult or expensive to hire employees; • Mandated radon mitigation construction practices in all new homes; • Mandated fire sprinkler installation in all new 1&2 family homes; • Home improvement contractor licensing that will not help consumers; WE CAN HELP TURN THINGS AROUND! But we need gov’t to recognize that CT’s business regulations, land use approval processes and tax & fee policies severely constrain new home production. 18 | HBRA of Fairfield County |February 2016 • Changes to how storm water is regulated on construction sites or gravel and stone mining operations; • Municipally-sought changes to the land use performance bond/financial guarantee improvements we obtained in 2012; and • Adverse tax changes. These and potentially many more bills that add more regulations, fees and taxes and make it harder to survive as small business people in Connecticut should never get out of the gate. Yet, history guides us. We know many bad business bills will have public hearings, and many will be passed by committees. For some, it will be a fight to the end of the session, sending yet another message to the business community that CT is not a friendly place to establish or continue a business. In short, it’s difficult to go on offense when you can’t get your defense off the field. Our basic message to legislators is, please stop trying to fix things, stop getting in our way. Let builders build CT’s economy, communities and better lives for all. Pay attention to the economic and job growth benefits of building homes and set the conditions that allow us to build freely without interference and with only reasonable regulations and codes. Contact Bill Ethier at bethier@hbact.org

March 31, 2016 8:00am to 12:30pm On behalf of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Fairfield County Board of Directors, we invite you to join us at Building Industry Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 8:00am - 12:30pm. The HBRA CT hosts the Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol to create visibility for the building industry and helps builders connect with policy makers. Whether you’re a builder, remodeler, contractor, or trades person—it allows residents and business owners from all over Connecticut, to come together and voice their opinions on key issues that are affecting today’s industry. We encourage you mark your calendars and join us in representing Fairfield County and all of the HBRA’s members. The annual event provides an opportunity to educate state government officials and network with builders from across the state of Connecticut. Activities will include a continental breakfast, welcome and legislative update, and meetings with legislators. Register online or call the HBRA office at 203-335-7008 to register. 2016 NAHB BUILD-PAC payment forms and golf tournament information coming soon. Questions call George at 860-632-7863 February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 19

Builder News Labor is Top Challenge for Builders NAHB | February 8, 2016 Topping the list of problems builders faced in 2015 and expect to face in 2016 is the Cost/Availability of Labor, an issue for 76% of builders who expect it to increase in 2016 and which has increased in importance the past three years. In 2013, 53% of builders rated labor as a significant problem, followed by 61% in 2014 and 71% in 2015. An expected skilled labor shortage can constrain an improving housing market. Read more Features Most Likely to Show up in Typical Single-family Home in 2016 NAHB | February 2, 2016 • Walk-in closet in the master bedroom (avg. rating 4.9) • Laundry room (4.8) • Great room (4.7) On the other hand, builders reported the following features as the least likely to appear in homes in 2016: • Cork flooring in the living areas of the main level (1.3) Successful businesses stay on top of what their competitors are doing. For home builders, this involves knowing what features other builders are putting in their new homes. In December 2015, a nationwide survey asked builders about the likelihood that a number of features would be included in the typical single-family home they will build in 2016. Using a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 meant not at all likely to be included in typical home and 5 meant very likely, builders reported the following as the most likely features to show up in the typical 2016 home: 20 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016 • Pet washing station (1.6) • Laminate countertops in the kitchen (1.7) • Outdoor kitchen (1.9) Two-story spaces (family room and foyer) also seem to be unlikely features, as well as an outdoor fireplace, a sunroom and a media room.

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Builder News Enduring Business Success in the Digital Technology Era Stephen C. Gidley | HBRA of Fairfield County Member First and foremost you have to reinvent yourself. You don’t have to destroy the mold and begin from scratch, but you must add the following essentials to those parts of your business that work. Become the most visible contractor in your target area and field of expertise on the Internet and Worid wide Web. For example, Optimize your search ability by enhancing Google ad words or by joining lead generation performance groups like ServiceMagicPros. com, Quinstreet.com, QualitySmith.com, etc. Search me Fairfield County under roofing, remodeling or kitchen and bathroom remodels at Scgabc.com. Create and maintain your brand as better than the rest by entering local, State and national awards. We won four awards last year: Silver Whole House Remodeling award from Qualified Remodeler, HOBI (State of Connecticut HBA award for Outstanding North Stamford Home Remodel, Connecticut Better Business Bureau award for Excellence in Website Marketing Message, and Top 200 Exterior Grossing firms and Top 500 Remodeling Firms by Qualified Remodeler in 2011. Good press gets your name out. You can put it in your local newspapers, tell potential clients, etc. Keep all your professional designations and certifications up to date. It is most important to differentiate your name brand from everyone else; that is why I have seven certifications and 22 initials after my name-not to impress as much as to pre-qualify my higher level of expertise and specialization in the complex and diversified field of general building science and construction. Create a diversified business model that combines the ability to build large or small projects, provide turn-key or a la carte remodeling and maintenance repair services and consider developing different brands within your original organization. In addition to Stephen C. Gidley Inc. & Associated Building Contractors, which concentrates primarily on home improvement projects involving the design-remodel of residential additions and alterations, I opened another company named 1-800-Paint-Job of Fairfield County LLC. I also have a seIf-governed thriving house painting enterprise and started Affordable Handyman.Com LLC to handle my customer’s smaller routine handyman needs at a lower hourly rate than I charge for crews of lead master carpenters. Finally, leverage social media with emphasis on posting business updates to your business page on Facebook, Tweet regularly about your ongoing business events on Twitter and, if relevant, join LinkedIn for professional networking. There is no limit to effectively creating, utilizing and maintaining your market presence in today’s technological era where searches on smart phones can find your company. You want to be there on top when the buyer goes Iooking. Good luck and enjoy your business growth as you change to meet the times. 22 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016

Builder News NAHB, Houzz Form Alliance NAHB | NAHB has formed a strategic alliance with Houzz Inc., the online platform for home building, renovation and design, to help NAHB members use Houzz’s technology and marketing capabilities to connect with a community of 35 million users interested in building or renovating their homes As part of the alliance, NAHB members in good standing can have membership badges added to their Houzz profiles. Houzz visitors can identify that they are working with NAHB members who have specialized expertise, many of whom have received additional education or professional designations from NAHB to further their proficiency. “This strategic alliance will give our members more exposure as well as access to the technology and tools they need to succeed in the 21st century,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods in announcing the agreement. NAHB members can visit the Houzz NAHB member portal to create or update their free professional profiles, which include their verified NAHB badge, as well as state and local association badges if those HBAs also have a Houzz page. Members can also access the Houzz concierge for assistance and read this NAHBNow post for additional ideas. ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 23

Builder News Builders & Developers Turn to Propane Pete “Propane Pete” Battaglio | HBRA of Fairfield County Member Builders and Developers are turning to propane in the creation of new homes due to its dependability and efficiency in today’s construction. Did you know that if you had a conventional oil furnace you would be limited to heat & hotwater? All of your other needs, cooking & drying would be supplied by electricity, which can be costly depending on location. With propane gas you can add the other necessities and leave the lights to the electric company. With propane running your furnace, there is no need for the frequent cleanings that oil demands. Propane gas is CLEAN BURNING and easier on the homeowners wallet. In addition propane has an efficiency rate of 96% over oil’s 85%. Clean burning, efficient and cost effective makes propane the best choice for the future of home energy. Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com 24 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016

New Member Benefits Members Eligible for $500 New Vehicle Allowance from FCA US LLC NAHB is pleased to announce a new Affinity program with automaker FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group LLC). Members, their employees and household family members are eligible for a $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram or FIAT brand vehicle. A longtime supporter of the skilled trades, FCA US LLC offers highly capable, built-for-work vehicles like the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Ram 3500 Chassis Cab. Members of NAHB can now leverage their memberships into significant savings on the Ram Commercial lineup and other vehicles from FCA US, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Durango. Even family members and employees are eligble for the $500 incentive. The $500 member, employee and family incentives are stackable with most other national and local offers, further increasing your ability to save. Visit the FCA page nahb.org/fca to learn more about this program and to access your Proof of Membership Form. Please note that only named NAHB members of record are able to access and print eligibility forms for their employees and family. Don’t Miss These Great Discounts from Dell! Save an extra 5% Use coupon code STACK5% and save an extra 5% on Dell electronics and accessories 35% Off OptiPlex & Latitude PCs 35% off the list price on select OptiPlex desktops & Latitude laptops purchased through Dell S mall Business. Use coupon code SAVE35%. Save on select XPS & Inspiron PCs Get an additional 10% off select XPS & Inspiron PCs. Use coupon code SAVE10%PC. 40% Off Select PowerEdge Servers Get an additional 40% off select PowerEdge servers $1,299 & up. Use coupon code SAVE40%SERVERS. 40% Off Dell Precision Workstations Get an additional 40% off Dell Precision Workstations. Use coupon code SAVE40%WKS. To learn more about your membership benefits visit www.Dell.com/NAHB or call 800-757-8442 to speak to a Dell representative. Offers valid 1/31–4/29. February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 25

New Member Benefits DISCOUNT PRICING for HBRA of Fairfield County MEMBERS HBRA of Fairfield County and NPP partner to offer discount pricing on the things you need from the companies you trust. NPP negotiates the rates and makes them available to HBRA of Fairfield County members. Available products include wireless service, travel, office & maintenance supplies and more. How to Sign up Visit www.mynpp.com, select Company then Construction then Residential. Select HB & RA - Home Builders and Remodeling Associations from the dropdown menu and complete enrollment. Effective January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016 (unless otherwise indicated), the following promotional offers are available to National Purchasing Partners corporate subscribers across the country. 4G LTE Smartphone Devices: New 2-yr. activation or renewal on $24.99 or higher plan req’d. BlackBerry® Classic Motorola DROID TURBO 32 GB Samsung Galaxy® S5 16 GB 4G Kyocera Brigadier Motorola DROID TURBO 64 GB LG G4 Motorola DROID TURBO 2 32 GB Samsung Galaxy S6 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Note 4 32 GB Samsung Galaxy Note 5 32 GB $0 $0 $0 $49.99 $49.99 $49.99 $99.99 $99.99 $149.99 $249.99 Internet and Tablet Devices: New 2-yr. activation or renewal on $24.99 or higher plan req’d. Novatel 6620 LG G Pad X8.3 16 GB Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 E9.6 $0 $99.99 $199.99 $150 Bill credit when you activate a 4G LTE smartphone. New 2-yr. activation on $34.99 or higher plan req’d. Offer expires 1/31/2016. 800.810.3909 26 | HBRA of Fairfield County | February 2016 www.mynpp.com

Rings End and the Remodelers Council of HBRA of Central Connecticut Presents Attract and Sell Profitable Projects NO MORE BIDDING! Discover How to Attract and Sell Profitable Projects to the Right Customers Thursday, March 10, 2016 Best Western Plus North Haven Hotel 201 Washington Avenue North Haven, CT Registration: 7:30 am Seminar: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Lunch Provided Cost: HBRA Members $50 Non Members $75 Don’t delay register today! You may register by... Fax: 860.563.3709 Email: sheila@hbracentralct.com Phone: 860.563.4212. Online: hbahartford.com/events Mail: The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut 2189 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 8 Rocky Hill, CT 06067 s For more information: Call: Sheila Leach at 860-563-4212 February 2016 | HBRA of Fairfield County | 27

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