Lynn M. Hannaman, Attaway, Denise | 4/29/2007 6:41:05 PM
As many Louisiana residents struggle to rebuild their homes and their lives in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav, homeowners, builders and code officials need help building safer, stronger homes that will resist hurricane damage and meet the requirments of the residential building code, which went into effect statewide Jan. 1, 2007. The Capital Region Builders Association (CRBA) has been at the forefront of educational efforts.
CRBA’s commitment to builder education has been exemplified by efforts to coordinate and conduct code training for the CRBA members. The first of these courses took place in Fall 2006, beginning in October and extending through late November. Topics covered included design, framing and a two-day course on code changes. Interest in these courses, which carry continuing education credit with the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors, exceeded capacity. The courses were well-received by builders throughout the region.
Several members of the CRBA Education Committee are building model code homes and staging the construction so the homes can be used in CRBA training efforts. Education Committee Chair for 2007, Roy Domangue, built a pair of homes that were used for Code Training Workshops in the fall of 2006. His up-scale home in Oaks on the Bluff in Ascension Parish was featured in the 2007 Parade of Homes (see Related Article - Oak Park Drive).
CRBA's annual Parade of Homes brings together almost 1,000 professional contractors, tradesmen and vendors to showcase a variety of homes built to the highest standards by licensed contractors.
The Capital Region Builders Association was chartered in 1953 and is dedicated to protecting and encouraging the "American Dream" of home ownership. Representing and serving its members engaged in home building and related industries, the Capital Region Builders Association is committed to the following: