Congrats Preston Harris – Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist

Congrats to Preston Harris, who recently earned his Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Educational Designation

Preston Harris, General Contractor, Solid Foundation Construction

Winston-Salem – October 2018
Preston Harris, Solid Foundation Construction, is now one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying him as a General Contractor with the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the older population, disabled owners or their visitors.

The National Association of Home Builders, in partnership with the AARP and NAHB Research Center, created the CAPS program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest-growing segment of the residential remodeling industry — home modifications for aging-in-place.

Preston began his business in the Spring of 2009. He established Solid Foundation Construction LLC in the Summer of 2011. Preston prides himself on his creative and pragmatic approach to his clients’ goals to improve and customize their homes.
Preston and his remodeling team believe in listening to and visioning with their clients. Turning houses into dream homes is the foundation of SFC’s work.

CAPS graduates include remodelers, builders, designers, architects, occupational therapists and others who help homeowners remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably as they age.

In three days of coursework, the CAPS curriculum incorporates market demographics, communication techniques, marketing, common barriers and solutions, building codes and standards, product ideas and resources and business management. CAPS program graduates are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and/or participating in community service projects.

“I look forward to helping homeowners in the Triad make the changes they need to enable them to live in their homes for a long, long time,” said Preston.

For additional information about the CAPS program, visit

Government Affairs Update

Virginia Troi Hicks, Joint Government Affairs Director

Government Affairs Local Update – Oct. 30

From the Desk of Troi Hicks
Joint Government Affairs Director 


The early voting period will end on November 3. If you are not yet registered to vote or need to make updates to your voter registration, you must do so during this period. You can lookup early voting sites HERE. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. Make sure you exercise this important right!



UDO 283: This zoning text amendment will allow residential building, townhouse and residential building, multifamily in the HB and GO zoning districts. The amendment was passed at the 10/15 Winston-Salem City Council meeting.

Forsyth County Sales Tax Referendum: This November, Forsyth County residents will vote on a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase. Revenue from the sales tax will pay for the Forsyth County Hall of Justice project, and non-prepared grocery items and gasoline will be exempt from the tax. If the sales tax increase does not pass, the County has said they will have to raise property taxes 3.1 cents in 2019. If passed, the sales tax will not take effect until April 2019. The referendum will appear on the ballot in the following manner:

“[ ] FOR      [ ] AGAINST

Local sales and use tax at the rate of one-quarter percent (0.25%) in addition to all other State and local sales and use taxes.”

More information about the sales tax can be found on THIS brochure.

Winston-Salem Bond Referendum: Winston-Salem residents will vote on 5 different bond packages in the following categories: Streets and Sidewalks, Parks and Recreation, Public Safety Facilities, Economic Development, and Housing. For more information about specific projects, click here.

UDO Update: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning will be working in the next year to make updates to the Unified Development Ordinances. These updates are intended to make the UDO more user-friendly.  You can find an initial draft of the Code Assessment here, and more information about the project here.

Troi Hicks | Local Government Affairs Director
Mail:  4511 Weybridge Ln | Greensboro, NC 27407
Telephone: Office 336.808.4233 | Mobile 336.491.1316


Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund

Hurricane Florence left a wide path of destruction throughout the entire state and especially in central and eastern North Carolina.

In light of this disaster, the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation, Inc. (NCHBECF) announced the establishment of the “Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund” to aid members of the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) in recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence.

Please donate now online with a credit card or send a check addressed to:

Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 99090
Raleigh, NC 27624

“Since rivers have yet to crest and flood waters recede, accurate damage estimates are not yet possible, however, we know our members in the affected areas have suffered greatly along with our fellow citizens,” said Gary Embler, NCHBECF Chairman. “We intend to help our members so they can in turn assist their neighbors.”

“The NCHBECF is a Sec. 501 (c)(3) entity conferring federal tax deductibility to donations,” said Mike Carpenter, NCHBA Executive Vice President. “I know our members will give generously in order to make the greatest impact possible.”

“As has always been the case in past natural disasters, home builders and tradespeople will be leading the way in rebuilding our state,” added current NCHBA President Alan Banks.


Give to NCHBA Hurricane Relief Fund

NAHB Member Advantage Update

$ave with the GM Fleet Private Offer for NAHB Members

NAHB Members are eligible for a Private Offer of up to $1,000 towards the purchase or lease of select new Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicles. General Motors Fleet is offering incentives on 2017-2018 Malibu midsize sedans, select Colorado and Canyon midsize pickups, and Express and Savana full-size vans. Fleet customers purchasing from dealer inventory can receive $500 in Fleet Cash1, which can be combined with the NAHB Private Offer, National Fleet Purchase Program for Stock Units (FQV) and Business Choice Offers on qualifying vehicles. Must take delivery by October 1, 2018.

Example offer for NAHB members who are business owners and purchasing a 2018 Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van:
$1,000 Private Offer + $4,750 National Fleet Purchase Program + $1,200 Upfit Cash Allowance + $500 Fleet Cash = $7,450 Potential Value.

For Private offer details, visit

Find your local Chevrolet Business Elite dealer, visit

1Valid on 2017 and 2018 model year Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana, Chevrolet Colorado (excludes 2SA), GMC Canyon (excludes 2SA) and Chevrolet Malibu.
Only available to qualified non-CAP fleet customers who are purchasing vehicles from their dealer’s retail inventory. Take delivery by 10/1/2018. See dealer for complete details.

©2018 General Motors, LLC. All rights reserved. The marks appearing in this ad are the trademarks or service marks of GM, its subsidiaries, affiliates, or licensors.

Tax Assessment Savings – HBA Benefits

HBA Members:

Recently, I  received a property tax assessment for an inventory home we have under construction. The home will sell for $800k, so you can imagine the tax bill could be high on this one. Fortunately, we had done the proper paper work to request a lower assessment based on the builder inventory bill that the NCHBA got passed in the General Assembly.

Instead of an assessment of $588,0000, we received a correct assessment of $85,000 – Lot value. The  saving in tax is $5505 on this one house! I have paid my HBA membership for 10 years on the savings from this one house.

Be sure to share your own stories of how the HBA has benefitted you and your business when talking with other members. There is so much that we benefit from that ultimately benefits the home owner. Without the NCHBA at work in Raleigh, I would have a very different tax bill today.

Be proud of the team you are on!


Alan C. Banks, Evans Coghill Homes
2018 President – NC Home Builders Association

It’s about time! NC Licensing Board Online

It’s about time! NC Licensing Board for GC’s announces

Contractors Licensing Central (NCCLiC) for online licensing

The NC Licensing Board for General Contractors is finally moving to an online license renewal system: It’s North Carolina Contractors Licensing Central or NCCLiC.

Log on now and establish your profile – it only takes a minute: It’s fast, easy and secure.

Visit to get started.

  1. CLiC the orange button
  2. CLiC to register your existing license number
  3. Enter the requested information:
  • your license number
  • a password of your choosing then confirm your password
  • an email address then confirm the email
  • tax ID for corporations/LLCs or Social Security number for sole proprietors
  1. CLiC “I agree” to confirm agreement with terms
  2. CLiC “register”
  3. Look for an email to confirm your account. Simply click the red button.

For the 2019 renewals, you’ll be able to use NCCLiC. NO PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL BE MAILED.

Call us at 919-571-4183 if you have any questions or need assistance.



2018 Meetings, Events, Socials

2018 Meetings, Events & Socials

– Builder’s Lunch Break and Learn — 1st Tuesday Monthly, 12:00pm
– Professional Women in Building — 1st Tuesday Monthly, 5:30pm
– Spike / Membership Committee —  1st Wednesday, call for times
– Remodelers Council —  2nd Tuesday Monthly, 6pm
– Associate Members Committee  —  2nd Thursday Monthly, 4 – 5pm
– Exec Board & Board Meetings — 3rd Tuesday Monthly

August 9
Join us at Fiddlin’ Fish Brewery…

New Member Connect [3 – 4 p.m.]
[New Members invited to attend]
Committee Smash-up – Social Gathering [4 – 5:30p.m.]
[All members invited to attend]

August 15
Fall Parade of Homes – Regular Entry Deadline

August 16, 6pm
BUILD PAC Beer & Wine Social
Sponsored by BMC, Co-Sponsor: Piedmont Natural Gas
Location: Lake at Lissara
Call 336.464.8001 to learn how to get a free VIP ticket to event!


August 21, 6:30pm (Gates Open)
HBAWS Board to the Dash Game [Allegacy Suite]


August 24, 8am

2019 – 30th Annual Triad Home & Garden Show – Booth Lottery
[Must be HBAWS Member who exhibited in 2018 Show]


September 6
Member Social & Cornhole Tournament
Register your team ($25) for the Tournament:

September 11 – 13
NCHBA 21 Century Expo & 3rd Quarter Meetings, Charlotte, NC

September 25
Pints & Politics with WSRAR

October 13, 14 and 20, 21

Fall Parade of Homes – sponsored by BB&T
October 10 – Parade PreQualifying
October 11 – Parade Judging

October 16 – Fall Parade Breakfast – TBD

October 18 – Golden Home Awards Gala
o-sponsored by Pine Hall Brick & Marsh Kitchens

November 2

Buck Horn Sporting Clays Tournament – sponsored by Carter Lumber Company
Co-Sponsors Busch Insurance and Builders Mutual Insurance
Location: Hunting Creek Preserves, Harmony, NC

November 27

Membership Meeting & Wine Raffle

 December 3, 4

NCHBA 4th Quarter Meetings, Greensboro, NC

Licensed Contractors: What’s in a Name

CE Class – Licensed Contractors: What’s in a Name

HBAWS Education – Licensed Contractors: What’s in a Name

Date: Tuesday, April 24

Time: 11:30am

Location: HBAWS office

Event Description:

HBAWS CE – Licensed Contractors: What’s In a Name?
Presented by Frank Wiesner, Executive Director of the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors

It matters how you conduct your business whether you are entering into contracts with customers, advertising, applying for permits and any other matter in which you are portraying yourself as an individual or corporate entity with intent to conduct business as a North Carolina Licensed General Contractor.  Nearly 30% of all HBA Builder Members are not operating in a 100% correct manner.  Be certain that you are!  Why does this matter?  More information from the NCLBGC below…

*2 General Continuing Education Credit available towards your HABWS required credits