Home Builders Association changes back to former name

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Effective January 1, the association formerly known as the Builders and Remodelers Association of Delaware has changed its name to the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE).

This change reflects our history and name recognition in Delaware’s business community, a release stated.

The group cited the following accomplishments:

  • Defeated an effort to make residential fire sprinklers mandatory in all new construction in New Castle County. Sprinklers have been required in Maryland for years and have been credited with saving lives. Homebuilders have balked at the cost of the systems, with their argument bolstered by higher interest rates.
  • Negotiated compromises for requirements related to electric vehicle charging infrastructure that would have added costs for homes.
  • Helped pass two pieces of the Ready-in-6 legislation package to speed up the government approval process.

HBADE cited the economic impact of the homebuilding industry that, according to a release, generates $1.7 billion in income for Delaware residents, $372 million in taxes and other revenue for state and local governments, and 22,000 jobs for Delawareans.

The association was founded as the Home Builders Association of Delaware in 1947. It is Delaware’s only association affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders.

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