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From now until December 31st, 2023, it’s easy to make a positive impact with just a few clicks. You can help by visiting our “Amazon Wish List” linked to each classroom’s specific needs. Simply select a school you’d like to support, and when checking out, the school’s shipping address will be automatically provided by Amazon in the list of available addresses. Add the items to your cart, proceed to checkout, and the supplies will be sent directly to the school. Your generosity will go a long way in shaping the future of these aspiring builders.

To make an even more significant contribution, you can click the “DONATE” button to let the California Homebuilding Foundation determine the most urgent needs to be filled across the BITA programs. Your donation will support updated tools, extraordinary programs, and educational opportunities for our students.

By participating in this initiative, you’re not just providing materials; you’re investing in the future of BITA students, helping them gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the construction industry. Your support can make a real difference in their education and future prospects.

Thank you for considering our request to support the BITA students this holiday season. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated.

This year, through our education efforts, CBIA’s PWB was able to award financial support to applicants to help them achieve their dreams. The goal of this award is to inspire young men and women to pursue the advancement of their education in various discipline to make a career in the homebuilding and construction industry.

A total of four applicants were selected to receive the esteemed Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council’s 2023 Scholarship Award in the amount of $1,000. Each scholarship winner was also assigned the role of PWB Education Outreach Student Ambassador for the year October 2023 – 2024 with a goal to encourage aspiring individuals in the building industry to apply for future PWB scholarship opportunities.

The awards were presented on October 17th, 2023, at the Building Workforce Diversity event hosted by the California Homebuilding Foundation and CBIA Professional Women in Building in Carmel, California.

We congratulate the winners and wish them continued academic success.

Below is the list of the 2023 Professional Women in Building Scholarship Award winners:

Becky Klusnick
Pursuing Architecture at Cal Poly. Wants to solve the housing shortage with creative solutions.

“I am so honored and grateful to be awarded the Professional Women in Building Council’s 2023 Scholarship. This will contribute greatly to my education and furthering efforts towards working in the building industry. I am also excited to be a PWB student ambassador, helping other students like me reach their professional goals.”


Miranda Clark
Montana State University Preparing for her Architectural License Exams and wants to create environmentally responsible designs.

“In gratitude, I accept the CBIA PWB scholarship, an opportunity that inspires me to pursue my dreams and make a positive impact on the architectural world.”


Lydia Eger
Law and History from UC Utrecht wants to do land acquisition.

“Thank you to the Professional Women in Building Council for supporting my continuing studies with the 2023 Scholarship Award. I look forward to pursuing a career in the industry!”


Nikki Sandberg
Construction management University of CA Sacramento. A second time scholarship winner and a BITA program graduate.

“Thank you so very much for this scholarship. This will help me more than I can put into words.”

Improving students’ lives happens one step at a time through hard work and community support.

BITA’s objective is to improve and empower young people through workforce development training in the construction and homebuilding field. By participating in BITA, young people gain the knowledge, skills, qualifications, and confidence needed to take the next steps in their careers, whether that be employment or further education and training.

The California Homebuilding Foundation is the industry’s catalyst for producing scholarships, funding pertinent research studies, and supporting educational programs. Our mission is to provide students in homebuilding the opportunity to explore their potential and recognize the industry leaders who have already reached theirs. The Donald Chaiken Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) is a high school trades curriculum providing students the education, skills and confidence needed to pursue a career in the building industry. CHF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

The CBIA Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council is the voice of women in the building industry, dedicated to supporting our members at the local, state and national levels by offering networking and educational opportunities, legislative awareness and outreach, and professional and personal development.


Join us on May 2, 2024, at the Zittel Amphitheater in Downtown Folsom, CA for an evening of music and charity!

Music for a Cause Benefit Concert Series supports California Homebuilding Foundation programs, including the Donald Chaiken Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA), a project-based high school construction curriculum, and post-secondary scholarships for students in a building program.

Your participation will significantly impact the opportunities available to high school and post-secondary students passionate about the homebuilding and construction industry.

For inquiries regarding registration or to learn more about the concert, please contact Aubree Downs at

Sponsorship opportunities are available here.


Hurry, Limited Opportunities Left until 08/29/2023!

Join us on September 25th, 2023, for an exhilarating day on the greens! Your participation will significantly impact the opportunities available to high school and post-secondary students passionate about the homebuilding and construction industry. For inquiries regarding registration or to learn more about the tournament, please get in touch with Aubree Downs at

Sponsorship opportunities are available here.


The Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB) is expanding its popular summer internship program for data entry roles across multiple universities this year. Traditionally offered only to students at a single local university, CIRB is opening up data entry intern positions to students at 10 additional universities across the state. This will allow the organization to take on more interns for the intensive 12-week program and provide valuable work experience in the building industry to students with diverse backgrounds and skill sets.

With the expansion, CIRB expects to host around 50 student interns this summer for the data entry roles, which will have the students inputting and managing data on over 500+ state jurisdictions. The program has proven successful in the past, with many past interns going on to careers in data analytics after graduation. The hands-on experience of working with real-world data sets them up well for future roles in and out of the building industry. CIRB looks forward to welcoming its largest and most diverse group of interns yet this summer.

Please contact CIRB Research Director, Joe Sanchez at for more information on the CIRB and its multiple internship programs.

Column: California used to be good at building things. What happened? | Los Angeles Times

Dan Dunmoyer, president and chief executive of the California Building Industry Assn., says 71% of California is owned by federal, state and local governments and is off-limits to private development. An additional 20% is farmland. Of the remaining amount, 7% has already been developed. That leaves only roughly 2% available for new projects.

“We have 600,000 lots zoned for housing but can’t get them through government permitting,” Dunmoyer says.

“We just regulate housing to death in California. We regulate every single square inch of a home. It’s complicated, confusing, cumbersome and costs a fortune. For that reason, they can build faster with more affordability in every other state in the nation. Faster and cheaper.” READ MORE>>

Can a State Office Building Become a Home? | Comstock’s Magazine

Not everyone is convinced this is the best solution. Chief among them is Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association and a veteran of California’s public policy issues. “Taking an existing structure from commercial to residential requires changing the electrical and plumbing, and if it’s really old, retrofitting for seismic and environmental codes. That’s where the expense is really astronomical,” he says. “All of my counterparts have the same conclusion I do, in that this will be a very useful tool to build really nice, kind of funky fun, expensive housing.”

Dunmoyer cites municipalities like San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles and parts of downtown San Diego as more feasible locales. Many of the mainstream builders that Dunmoyer works with are also staying on the sidelines for now. “They don’t feel they have the expertise and don’t have the customer base,” he says. “My bottom-line point is look at your community, look at what your people can afford and then build for it.” READ MORE>>

State Farm won’t sell new home insurance in California; can the state shore up the market? | The Union Democrat

The consequences of a continued drip-drip decline of insurers from California could be far more costly in the long run, warns Dan Dunmoyer, president of the California Building Industry. 

As an illustration, he points to California history. After the 1994 Northridge Earthquake dealt roughly $42 billion in damage across Southern California, many home insurers opted to stop doing new business in California entirely.

Because home insurance is a basic requirement for most home loans, the exodus of insurers caused the state real estate industry to grind to a halt, Dunmoyer recalled.

“The whole world stopped,” he said. “That’s the worst case scenario. We’re not quite there yet.” READ MORE>>

Column: California’s population is on the decline, and high-income earners have joined the exodus | Los Angeles Times

We all know one reason for high housing costs: Demand exceeds supply. We’re building only one-third of the houses that we did 60 years ago, when the population was less than half of what it is today, said Dan Dunmoyer, president of the California Building Industry Assn.

Another reason for the steep costs and slow building is a regulatory quagmire, including lawsuits — some frivolous — aimed at blocking housing developments.

Dunmoyer says that two Texas regions — Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth area — built more housing last year than all of California. In 2022, an estimated 128,000 home-building permits were issued in California, about half what there were in 2005. READ MORE>>


For over 60 years, the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) has held PCBC—an annual trade show and conference for the residential building community that features hundreds of exhibitors, keynote speakers, and educational sessions.

Founded originally as a regional conference for home builders in California, PCBC has grown to attract attendees and exhibitors from across the country and around the world.

As registrants count down the days until the event, scheduled for May 24 and 25 in Anaheim, BUILDER caught up with CBIA president and CEO Dan Dunmoyer, who shared some insights with us. READ MORE>>

Housing developments could be delayed amid insurance struggles | The Orange County Register

Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association, said access to home insurance has been difficult to find because of the state’s devastating fires.

Dunmoyer said because of the insurance crisis, construction in less developed areas has been slowed because homebuilders can’t figure out how to insure them at a price that an entry-level customer can afford. He especially pointed out multi-family condominium projects as being affected.

“That’s obviously very problematic because this is the type of product that our entry-level buyers can afford,” Dunmoyer said. “It’s also the product that allows us to build more houses on less land, which is better for the environment and better for our climate goals. We have to find a solution here so we can in fact solve our housing crisis and solve our climate crisis and create a California that we all want to create where people can have a place to call home, at a price they can afford, in a place that’s beautiful and still environmentally friendly.” READ MORE>>

Join us on September 25th, 2023, for an exhilarating day on the greens! Your participation will significantly impact the opportunities available to high school and post-secondary students passionate about the homebuilding and construction industry. For inquiries regarding registration or to learn more about the tournament, please contact Aubree Downs at

Sponsorship opportunities are available here.

You are invited to join us on September 25, 2023, for a great day on the greens while helping create opportunities for high school and post-secondary students entering the homebuilding construction industry. For questions on registration or to learn more about this year’s tournament, contact Aubree Downs at

Sponsorship opportunities are available here.

New sweeping analysis debunks reports blaming gas stoves for respiratory illness | FOX News

“This study is really just to address the misnomer that ‘people may want it, maybe it cost less and it’s easier to get, but you’re killing people.’ That’s just not true,” Dan Dunmoyer, CBIA’s president and CEO, told Fox News Digital. “This study really just points to the fact that there really is not a health impact based on the fuel source.”

“We believe we’re a market-driven industry,” he said. “So, 87% of our customers when surveyed want to have the option of what type of fuel they have in their home, whether it’s gas or electric or hydrogen or solar or whatever they prefer. For us, it’s a market-driven world we live in and if the consumer wants an option, we think we should give it to them.” READ MORE>>

The California Homebuilding Foundation is proud to present our Music for a Cause Benefit Concert Series. These live music events feature high-energy performances by top local tribute bands, guaranteed to play all your favorite hits!

The California Homebuilding Foundation has teamed up with industry leaders to produce exclusive industry events complete with a VIP reception, local beers, great wines, savory eats, and networking with industry peers. All donations and proceeds will help the California Homebuilding Foundation and its programs benefiting California’s future leaders and the communities in which we live, work and play.

Outdoor events are a great place to market for just about any business. By focusing on your target audience, engaging participants creatively, and providing value to potential customers, these events can be the perfect supplement to your other traditional marketing. Beat the summer slump and take advantage of the great weather and niche audience to get your brand out to potential clients.

Thursday, August 17, 2023
Starring The Long Run-Experiencing The Eagles
The Grand Ritz in Escondido
Industry VIP Rooftop Reception | 6:00PM
Concert | 8:00PM
Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are limited. For more information or to purchase tickets please contact: Amy Cisneros or Mike McSweeney

Gas stoves not a major factor in air quality, report finds | The Center Square

Dan Dunmoyer, President and CEO of the California Building Industry Association, added that putting restrictions on natural gas appliances, including stoves, would make homeownership less attainable for California residents.

“Increasing access to homeownership opportunities for all Californians requires sensible policies that balance concern for the environment with the cost, as well as consumer choice,” Dunmoyer said in the release. ”Natural gas appliances continue to be the top choice among home buyers, yet restrictions on natural gas access proposed by California municipalities are removing that choice. The science shows natural gas appliances pose no credible health risk with the required ventilation, and prohibiting these popular features in a home will only raise the cost of homeownership and put greater strain on an increasingly fragile electric grid.” READ MORE>>

Tournament proceeds benefit the California Homebuilding Foundation and building programs, including high school construction training– the Donald Chaiken Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) and post-secondary scholarships for students in building programs.

Join our list of committed sponsors today– Rancho Mission Viejo, Brookfield Properties, Pulte Homes, Trumark Homes, First American FND, Tri Pointe Homes, Premier General Engineering, Horizon Lighting, MVM Environmental, and Meritage Homes.

Please join us on Monday, September 25, 2023 for a great day on the greens while helping create opportunities for high school and post-secondary students entering the homebuilding construction industry. For questions on registration or to learn more about this year’s tournament, contact Aubree Downs at

Sponsorship opportunities are available here.

#CAHOUSING: Office to Housing Conversion | Capitol Weekly

This Special Episode of the Capitol Weekly Podcast was recorded live at Capitol Weekly’s Conference on Housing, which was held in Sacramento at the California Endowment Conference Center on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

This is Panel 1: Office to Housing Conversion.

Dan Dunmoyer, president & CEO of the California Building Industry Association: “So you see a piece of land, 25 years later, we build on it, ’cause that’s how long it takes in California, on average.” READ MORE>>

Since 1985, the Hall of Fame Gala has cemented the legacy of California’s greatest homebuilders by inducting individuals into the Hall of Fame who have met a high standard of career excellence and exemplified the Foundation’s mission to foster the next generation of California homebuilders through outreach and philanthropy.

This year, five inductees will be honored at the Hall of Fame Gala. The 2023 Hall of Fame inductees are:

Adrian Foley of Brookfield Properties,
Michael Maples and Gregg Nelson of Trumark Companies,
Leonard Miller of BrightSky Residential, LLC and
John Shea of J.F. Shea Construction.

Each of these individuals have demonstrated a remarkable dedication to our industry through decades of exceptional work and generous student outreach efforts.

When asked about their endeavors to uplift the next generation of California homebuilders, the inductees had these thoughtful responses to share:

“There has been nothing more gratifying in my career than seeing some of the next generation of homebuilders grow and develop in their careers,” said Leonard Miller. “As a leader, one of your greatest responsibilities is to invest in your people.”

“When you blend a team of people from different backgrounds, giftedness, passions, and generations, you find the most creative solutions,” said Michael Maples. “The next generation is gifted and ready to contribute to this amazing business. We need them!”

“It’s a very honorable business and industry,” said Greg Nelson. “I mean, think about it – we’re creating the largest asset that a normal family will ever purchase in their lifetime. And the one that will potentially affect their families the most. It’s a pretty incredible calling. Helping younger people pursue that path is great.”

“It’s the legacy that we leave behind us, the people that we’ve affected and influenced as opposed to any personal gain. It’s the right thing to do,” said Adrian Foley.

“Without our people there is no way we’d be where we are right now. When all is said and done and you are ready to leave this world, you would rather say that you have led an honest life and you had good integrity rather than you made a lot of money.” — John F. Shea, posthumous inductee.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the 2023 Hall of Fame Gala and awards ceremony, go to or email Terri Brunson at


As California’s population continues to shrink, 2021’s “California exodus” may not be a flash in the pan.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that California’s population decreased by more than 500,000 people between April 2020 and July 2022.[1] This means that 1 out of 100 people who lived in California pre-pandemic have now left the state.1 While the pandemic is a contributor to this dip in the population, the high cost of housing is playing a larger role.

While the state has faced over 11 million cases of COVID-19 and roughly 100,000 deaths as a result of the virus, the number of children born in this time frame is larger than the number of people who died.1 Paul Ong, who is the director of the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge at UCLA, has pointed out that this population decrease has slowed since its peak during the pandemic, but nothing has offset that peak.[2]

The real concern is the large number of people who are leaving the state for nearby states that are more cost-effective. Dowel Myers, a professor of policy, planning, and demography at USC, said that young people who come to the state as renters leave soon after because, “People who are leaving are much more likely to be homeowners after they leave.”2

To combat this, the governor is continuing the push for low-income housing. Many cities, like Huntington Beach,  are pushing back against these efforts. Elected officials in Huntington Beach are vowing to resist the construction of more than 13,000 housing units in accordance with their Regional Housing Needs Assessment(RHNA).1 These officials have also pledged to draft a legal ordinance that would supposedly exempt the city from the “Builder’s Remedy.”1

The “Builder’s Remedy” comes from the Housing Accountability Act, and it requires that cities can only deny low to medium-income housing based on a set of five criteria.[3] With the number of “Builder’s Remedy” applications pouring into the suburbs of Silicon Valley, it is clear that Californians are looking for more affordable housing costs.1 The number of cities pushing back against these affordable homes is concerning, and if the cost of housing stays at such high costs the state may continue to see this trend of mass exodus.

[1] Christopher, “California’s persistently shrinking population — and the reasons why”
[2] Castleman, “California’s population dropped by 500,000 in two years as exodus continues”
[3] Association of Bay Area Governments, “The “Builder’s Remedy” and Housing Elements”

“What you do has a far greater impact than what you say” – Stephen Covey Author

HALL OF FAME SCHOLARSHIPS, started in 2012 by Michael Cortney, and his late wife Julia, has grown into an iconic, beloved tradition at California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame galas. So far, thirty-five homebuilding students have received a combined total of over $360,000.

The Cortney’s spirit of giving inspired other industry leaders like Dennis O’Brien, Charles Davidson, Kile Morgan, Joe Davis, Harry Crowell, Doug Pardee, Julie Beeman, Dan Hanson, and present Hall of Fame scholarship sponsors– Joan and Larry Webb, The Webb Group and Dave and Lori Sanson, DeNova Homes, to contribute likewise for deserving students.

Hall of Fame scholarships are awarded to post-secondary and post-graduate students attending a California college or university and majoring in a building related program. Applications are in process and the winners will be announced on or before April 25th.

Hall of Fame Scholarships allow the Foundation to turn passion into action and invite more students to go to work in the homebuilding industry. The construction industry is filled with dynamic, unique career opportunities and the California Homebuilding Foundation is committed to investing in students.

Now’s your chance, together we can  change hearts and minds, redefine homebuilding, and invest in California’s future building and construction workforce. Email for more information.

Register today for the 2023 Hall of Fame Gala on May 23rd at The Westin Anaheim Resort. Purchase your sponsorships and tickets TODAY.

Housing Predictions and Market Trends
A look at what economists are saying and why you should care.

Last year, high mortgage rates put a great deal of pressure on the housing market. Americans who bought their homes at lower rates have been holding tightly onto them, reducing supply in the face of high demand.[1] While the beginning of 2023 has come with lower rates than those of early 2022, buying a house is still out of reach for the majority of first-time buyers.1 As a result, potential buyers should be closely watching economists and their forecasts. Although the information can seem uncertain, the data can still be a vital guide for first-time buyers and current homeowners alike.

At the end of last year, many economists predicted that 2023 would follow many of the same trends as 2022. Take for instance’s Chief Economist, Danielle Hale, who predicted back in November 2022 that mortgage rates were going to hike to 7.4% at the beginning of the year and drop to 7.1% by year-end.[2] In contrast, the National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, predicted that rates will drop to a whopping 5.7% by the end of this year.[3] Yun also predicted that the price of housing should see a 0.3% increase nationwide, whereas Hale predicts a 5.7% increase. That is a 5.4% difference in their predictions, which may seem minor, but according to Hale, “every 1% change in the price of homes is a swing of more than $400 billion dollars.”2 This means there is a $2.16 trillion difference in their predictions, about the same as the combined net worth of 16 Jeff Bezoses.[4]

Yun also predicted that markets in California, specifically the Bay Area, could see a 10-15% drop in home prices.3 While we do not know if Yuns predictions will hold true, we do know how the beginning of this year has gone. According to Redfin, California home prices were down 6.7% in February 2023 in comparison to February 2022.[5] This same year-to-year comparison shows home sales were down 33.3% and the number of homes for sale decreased by 2.1%.5

Redfin also reports that between January and March of this year, saw the largest outflow from users in San Francisco compared to any other city in the nation.5 In terms of inflow, Sacramento has the sixth-largest inflow of the site’s national user base.5 This data follows a trend recently noted by researchers at Freddie Mac, which suggests renters are migrating from more expensive metropolitan areas to buy housing in less expensive ones.[6]

They estimate that Californians who were renting in San Fransisco and decide to buy in Sacramento will save around $1,200 on their monthly mortgage payments.6 According to their data, this level of savings is comparable to, or even higher than, moving states.6 When it comes to homeowners, this data is not in their favor. They expect fewer existing homeowners to migrate as a result of rising interest rates.6

All of this to say, monitoring these trends can be a challenging endeavor, but it is a crucial one. Housing is a basic necessity, if not the most vital one, and making a poor decision can have dire consequences. Housing prices and sales figures fluctuate often, and at present, properties in California are being sold within approximately two months of being put on the market. By understanding the data, both current and future homeowners can avoid making ill-timed choices and instead make informed decisions at opportune moments.

[1] See Rothstein, “Housing Market Predictions For 2023: Will Home Prices Drop?”
[2] See Hale, “2023 Housing Market Forecast and Predictions: Homebuying Costs Aren’t Coming Down”
[3] See Tracey, “2023 Real Estate Forecast: Market to Regain Normalcy”
[4] See Bloomberg Reporting, “Bloomberg Billionares Index”
[5] See Redfin, “California Housing Market”
[6] See Freddie Mac, “In Today’s Housing Market, Renters Have More Financial Incentive to Migrate to More Affordable Metros than Homeowners”

Housing and Health Addressed by Medicaid
Securing housing for Californians could improve their health, save taxpayers money, and create jobs within the industry.

Gov. Gavin Newsom hopes to join Arizona and Oregon in spending Medicaid funds on housing for Californians who lack secure housing and have complex medical issues.

This idea may sound absurd at face value. Medicaid is, of course, intended to provide healthcare for Americans, and housing is not typically considered healthcare in this nation. While this concept may not appear to be very intuitive, the proof is really in the pudding.

The California Whole Person Care pilot program was launched in 2016, and recent studies have found promise in its results. The program ended in 2021, and was focused on exploring the benefits of a holistic approach to healthcare.[1] This was done by specifically supporting individuals who frequently utilized health services at high rates, such as those who had multiple chronic health issues, issues with substance abuse, and mental illness.1

This program covered 247,887 Medi-Cal beneficiaries in 26 counties throughout the state with the help of 500 local partners.1 Many of these recipients had been in and out of hospitalization without seeing substantial results before receiving this assistance. In the second study done on the program by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, the findings showed some promising benefits. According to the study, for every 1,000 people enrolled in the program, there were 45 fewer hospitalizations and 130 fewer visits to the ER than those who were not enrolled in the program.1 This is an estimated $383 savings for California taxpayers.[2]

According to the head of the center’s Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, the baseline here is that, “Patients received more care and had improved outcomes.”1

It is due to the success of this program, and the efforts in Arizona and Oregon, that Newsom would like to adopt this approach more permanently.2 He is proposing spending more than $100 million of the state’s Medicaid program per year to pay up to six months of rent for beneficiaries.2 Much like the pilot program, this aid would be specifically given to those who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, at risk for hospitalization and ER visits, and those who are making the transition out of prison or foster care. His proposal is set to be vetted by Democratic Assemblymember and former emergency room doctor Joaquin Arambula.2

While this aid could be extremely beneficial to helping Californians get back on their feet, it is not the end all be all. The CEO of Sacramento Covered, a nonprofit organization that had partnered with the pilot program, said, “Even when you have the deposit money and you have some rental subsidy, it’s still very, very challenging to find units…”2

Ultimately, the data shows that the benefits of these programs outweigh the cost to Californians’ health due to their absence. There are still many roadblocks to plans like these, however, and the cost of housing is one of them. The construction of more affordable housing would make programs like these increasingly efficient while creating jobs in the industry.

[1] Villafuerte, “California’s Whole Person Care improved health care for high-risk Medi-Cal patients”
[2] Beam, “California looks to spend some Medicaid money on housing”

As more shoppers skip the mall each year, a new kind of tenant may be moving in. Gov. Newsom signed two pieces of legislation into effect last year that will spur housing development in spaces zoned for large retail spaces.[1]

It is no secret that malls across the US are dying out. According to the president of retail consulting at SiteWorks, there are going to be approximately 150 malls left in ten years. When compared to the 700 malls around today and the 2,500 malls that were around in the 1980s, that number is shocking. What used to be a staple of America’s youth and consumer culture is starting to disappear, leaving many to ask what is going to happen with these vacant spaces.

In areas like Orange County, these malls may be the next best thing when it comes to developing housing.[2] As the housing crisis persists, California continues to push for more affordable housing throughout the state, but areas with little available land do not have many opportunities to provide.2 However, with Assembly Bill 2011 and Senate Bill 6 going into effect in July of this year, large retail spaces like vacant malls will be more readily available to developers.[3]

Planning for these sorts of developments is already in effect. In Laguna Hills, the partly demolished mall is being remodeled to include an upscale hotel, commercial office space, a number of stores and 1,500 apartments.2 Residents in the area have voiced concerns that many in Orange County have about the changes occurring with the Village at Orange mall.2 Traffic and overcrowding could be an issue for the neighbors of these repurposed spaces.

While the consequences are yet unclear, the opportunity definitely is. The Urban Land Institute and National Multifamily Housing Council Research Foundation recently estimated that there is, “1 billion square feet of surplus and obsolete retail space,” on the table for developers.3 However, transparency is a good practice, and it may be concerning that those closest to these sites are not having their questions answered.2


[1] Levin, “The decline of the American mall has left just 700 still standing. Soon there may be just 150 left.”
[2] Fry, “O.C. malls, fading from their hip glory days, may get new lives as apartments”
[3] Fonseca, “One way to address California’s housing crisis: turn dying malls into housing”

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“The California Homebuilding Foundation is proud of our high school construction training and college scholarship programs. Through these programs, we are excited to bring awareness of the industry, provide training and skills and connect the industry with the next generation of homebuilders – it is partnerships like that of the BIA | Bay Area, their members, and the P.A.S.S Committee, that allows us to achieve our purpose of Leading, Advancing & Supporting the California Homebuilding Industry, One New Builder at a Time.” Terri Brunson, Executive Director

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This tournament is sold out. Please get in touch with California Homebuilding Foundation Event Manager Aubree Downs at if you want to be placed on a Cancelation/Waiting List.

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MT Copeland
MT Copeland will provide the Donald Chaiken BITA students with a library of industry-recognized training videos to enhance education accessibility and learning comprehension.

MT Copeland has a mission to prepare individuals for a lucrative and rewarding trades career, make them more valuable to employers and move them toward the freedom of operating a construction business of their own. They develop high-quality online courses taught by working builders which include real-world applications and best practices. There are over forty courses readily available on their website:

Building Talent Foundation (BTF)

BTF will provide high school and college students resources and job placement opportunities and career coaching through their Jobs-to-Build portal. They will also work with industry employers to announce job opportunities on their Jobs-to-Build website.

BTF is a non-profit organization founded by the Leading Builders of America, 20 of the largest residential construction companies in the United States. BTF’s mission is to advance the education, training, and career progression of young people and people from underrepresented groups, helping them develop into skilled technical workers and business owners in residential construction. For more information, visit

As the housing crisis continues, Californians continue to face the issues that it brings, but college students have been feeling the effects since before the pandemic. Back in 2017, UC Berkeley conducted a survey that found that around ten percent of students were facing homelessness, twenty percent of which were post-doctoral students. In 2019, California Community Colleges found that… [Read Full Story]

Power connection work delays local development projects |

Frustration is mounting in Kern County lately over a growing backlog of real estate development projects waiting to be hooked up to the power grid.

“This is getting a lot of political attention,” said Dave Dmohowski, executive officer of the Homebuilders Association of Kern County. “It’s a real serious issue.”

But after a meeting between PG&E executives and representatives of the California Building Industry Association, an agreement was reached in which the utility pledged to reallocate $86 million to bring back furloughed contractors. Power was to be hooked up, before the end of this year, to any home for which a buyer has locked in a mortgage rate at risk of expiration.


The ground broke in Sacramento earlier this month, signifying the beginning of construction efforts on the Del Rio Trail.  The trail spans nearly five miles across the inner city, starting near the Sacramento Zoo and connecting two sections of the Sacramento River Bike Trail.  This trail will give those in the area the chance to bike to school, work, and any number of activities. Of course, this trail is not being renovated purely out of…[Read Full Story]

Shrinking Household Size Strains California’s Housing Market | Public Policy Institute of California

The pace of new housing production has failed to keep up with the number of new households in California, leaving the market tighter and even more expensive.


The Way Los Angeles Is Trying to Solve Homelessness Is ‘Absolutely Insane’ | The New York Times (subscription may be required)

In 2016 the people of Los Angeles overwhelmingly passed Proposition HHH, a ballot measure that raised $1.2 billion through a higher property tax to create 10,000 new apartments for the homeless. “The voters of Los Angeles have radically reshaped our future,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “giving us a mandate to end street homelessness over the next decade.”

Six years later, neither the mandate nor the money has proved to be nearly enough.


L.A.’s love of sprawl made it America’s most overcrowded place. Poor people pay a deadly price | Los Angeles Times

To understand the contradiction underlying L.A.’s status as the nation’s capital of both crowding and sprawl, The Times reviewed historical archives, oral histories and newspaper accounts, analyzed decades of U.S. census data and conducted dozens of interviews with academic experts, public officials, residents of cramped apartments and people whose family legacies in the region date back more than a century. What emerged was a singular thread tying civic leaders’ decisions from the founding of modern L.A. to today’s living conditions.


California’s chronic housing shortage explained | CalMatters

California’s chronic shortage of housing is one such issue and two very recent articles, one in the Los Angeles Times and the other in the New York Times, delve into how the crisis developed and why dealing with it is extraordinarily difficult.


With the transition to green energy, many working-class Americans are wondering where their next paycheck will come from. Despite recent California climate initiatives looking to offer 4 million new jobs across the next twenty years, making a career change can be a daunting task. However, steps are being taken to ensure these workers are supported. One such step is… [Read Full Story]

2023 International Builder’s Show NAHB PWB Event Schedule

Please visit the International Builder’s Show website for more details.

Sunday, January 29
3:00 – 3:30 PM Awards and Recognition Subcommittee
3:40 – 4:10 PM Membership and Communications Subcommittee
4:20 – 5:00 PM Professional Development Subcommittee

Monday, January 30
8:00 – 10:00 AM NAHB PWB Board of Trustees and Installation Meeting
10:30 AM – Noon Local Council Orientation and Training

Tuesday, January 31 
PWB HQ (LVCC N231) opens at 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
The Nationals (ticketed event) NAHB Woman of the Year is presented 5:00-10:00 PM

Wednesday, February 1
PWB HQ (LVCC N231) 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
PWB Celebration, sponsored by InSinkErator Time and location TBD

Thursday, February 2
PWB HQ (LVCC N231) 7:30 AM at 2:00 PM

As inflation worsens and mortgage rates rise, homeowners aren’t the only ones taking hits. Last week Glenn Kelman, the CEO of RedFin, sent out a company-wide email detailing a number of layoffs and the reasoning behind them. The number of employees at RedFin has already dropped by 27 percent since April and this month the company is looking at removing another 862 positions, which is another 13 percent decrease. This comes as the company decides to close its[Read Full Story] 

ADUs are nothing new, if you have ever seen an in-law suite you have seen an ADU. Before zoning laws had restricted their construction ADUs were very popular, and there has been a large uptick in their construction in recent years.  In 2016 ADUs became legal to build in California with the passing of S.B. 1069 and A.B. 2299, and since then around 60,000 have been permitted. This number reflects a 1,421 percent increase in the number of Accessory Dwelling Units in the state between 2016 and 2021… [Read Full Story]

Governor Newsom has recently come under fire for not fulfilling his promises to effectively address the lack of housing in the state. On the campaign trail, Newsom promised he would work to have 3.5 million homes built in his time in office, but so far only a fraction of that goal has been met.[1] It seems that despite Newsom’s efforts to address this issue, California’s housing crisis has simply worsened.

According to our forecast back in May of this year, cities across the state have only allowed for the construction of around 452,000 homes.[2] This number also greatly falls short of Newsom’s new goal, which is to create 2.5 new housing units by 2030. The governor declared this new goal in a press conference in late September, where he signed a series of bills intended to accelerate the construction of new affordable housing.[3] These bills are some of the most recent steps taken to achieve his administration’s Statewide Housing Plan, which seeks to address not only the lack of housing but the issues Californians are facing in their current residences.[4] During this press conference, Governor Newsom signed into effect new zoning laws which would make it possible to build more duplexes and fourplexes, as well as build housing on land that had previously been set aside for businesses and parking lots.1 These bills are direct actions to address two of the Statewide Housing Plan’s objectives: producing more affordable, climate-conscious housing and urgently addressing housing needs.4

In addition to cutting through the red tape associated with building more homes, many of these measures are meant to ensure that housing initiatives are being properly enforced. It can be difficult for the state to ensure affordable housing is developed because the process is ultimately left up to what city governments will allow being built.1 To address this Newsom has allocated 4.65 million dollars for holding communities accountable for their Regional Housing Need Allocation requirements, ensuring that cities are planning on building.1

While the goals of the Statewide Housing Plan can provide a bit of hope, little can be said about its effectiveness at this time. Still, with Newsom’s track record many Californians do not trust that he will be able to meet his goals, and this very well may be true if urgent action is not continuously taken.


Molly Mellon // CIRB Journalism Intern

[1] See Tobias, “Newsom campaigned on building 3.5 million homes. He hasn’t gotten even close”

[2] See Construction Industry Research Board, “Housing Production in California”

[3] See California Governor Gavin Newsom, “Governor Newsom Signs Bills to Build More Housing, Faster”

[4] See California Department of Housing and Community Development, “A Home of Every Californian: 2022 Statewide Housing Plan”

Climate-Proof Towns Are Popping Up Across the U.S. But Not Everyone Can Afford To Live There | TIME

Planned communities are particularly popular as a resilience strategy in California, where the amount of land burned by wildfires each year has risen steeply over the last decade. Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) estimates that there are “40 or 50 master planned communities in process at any one time,” representing up to 40% of new homes built in the state in the last few years. ”We are trying to create communities where it’s pretty much impossible for them to burn down,” Dunmoyer says.


Newsom campaigned on building 3.5 million homes. He hasn’t gotten even close | CalMatters

“As much as the number was important, the idea of building a streamlined process of building, that was amazing, because that’s really the challenge of California,” said Dan Dunmoyer, president of the California Building Industry Association. He said that dream remains elusive.

California has some of the highest housing costs in the nation because of how little “marshaling” there is, Dunmoyer said. Land costs are prohibitive, and zoning rules limit much of what can be built. Housing must get approved at the local level, which has ample opportunity for community input. Those communities can then block unpopular projects, such as multi-family or affordable housing. Another culprit: impact fees cities charge to fund infrastructure that can exceed $150,000 a home, some of the highest in the nation.


Giving back– The tournament supports the work of the California Homebuilding Foundation in bringing awareness and opportunities for the Foundation to expand programs such as the Donald Chaiken– Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) a high school construction training program and its graduate and postgraduate scholarship program.

We are anticipating a highly successful and well-attended tournament, and are offering various levels of sponsorship opportunities. Early bird play spots are available to sponsors only. General registration opens Friday, September 30.


Tournament details:
Monday, November 14, 2022
Serrano Country Club
5005 Serrano Parkway
El Dorado Hills, CA, 95762

Check-in | 9:00am
Shotgun Start | 11:00am
19th Hole Event | Immediately after play
Format of play | Scramble

Register today to secure your sponsorship and foursome. Please contact Aubree Downs with questions at or (916) 340-3348.

The California Homebuilding Foundation is a charitable organization that connects high school construction training, scholarships for high school and college students in building programs, and industry statistical research, advocating new homebuilding in California. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Federal Tax I.D. 94-2581819.

Proliferating wildfires poison public health across the country | The Union Democrat

At a news conference in San Diego County, state Attorney General Rob Bonta released guidelines for local governments to follow when they are deciding whether to approve subdivisions in the “wildland urban interface” — places where structures and other human development meet undeveloped lands and heighten wildfire risks.

Building industry officials said Monday that the guidelines could be helpful in informing developers and local officials as they design new housing projects.

“We have a housing crisis. We aren’t building enough,” said Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association. “So we need to find a way to get to yes. Our goal is to use this guidance to get to yes. Hopefully others won’t use it as a path to keep it at no.”


L.A.-based developer to build water-saving homes in the Southwest | Orange County Register

Los Angeles-based homebuilder KB Home has announced plans to build every home in California, Arizona and Nevada to the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest “WaterSense” specifications, cutting water consumption by 30% from typical new construction.

To date, KB Home has built over 18,000 WaterSense-labeled homes and installed over 900,000 WaterSense fixtures. The company estimates that these homes and fixtures together conserve approximately 1.6 billion gallons of water annually.

In addition, state water conservation measures with have been getting progressively tougher, said Bob Raymer, a building code consultant with the California Building Industry Association. Starting in 2011, the state’s Green Building Standards required builders to install low-flow toilets, faucets and shower heads in new homes. The Department of Housing and Community Development adopted an emergency mandate in 2015 requiring all new homes to comply with a water efficiency landscape measure that cuts outdoor watering consumption by 25%.

Homebuilders and state government currently are exploring ways to implement water recycling for homes.

“In comparison to homes built prior to 1980, the California Green Building Standards have slashed indoor water consumption by 50%,” Raymer said in an email.


New building codes include climate change mandates | Sacramento Business Journal

Starting in January, most new commercial construction in California will be required to install some solar generation and battery storage, along with heat pump technology, as the state moves toward its zero-carbon goals.

The new 2022 building standards mandate, approved by the California Energy Commission, adds to the renewable solar mandate that went into effect in January 2020 for all new single-family residential construction.

“Solar as a standard feature on all new homes went pretty smooth,” said Bob Raymer, technical director with the California Building Industry Association in Sacramento.

The new mandates are not a flat requirement that the buildings need to be self-sustaining, he said. Rather, it is a mandate that designers begin to include solar and battery storage into new building plans starting in January.

“They are tipping their toe into the water,” Raymer said. “They want to make sure that designers are thinking about it when they start working on projects.”


Freddie Mac eases granny flat financing | The Orange County Register

It just got a lot easier to qualify for a mortgage covering the construction costs of an accessory dwelling unit, commonly called casitas, in-law units and granny flats.

On June 1, Freddie Mac announced ADU rental income on a single-unit primary residence can be used to qualify for a mortgage. Previously, rental income could be used only by disabled borrowers to qualify for loans to purchase, renovate or refinance ADUs for their caregivers.

ADU construction costs run about $200 per square foot in Orange and San Diego counties, compared with $329 per square foot in the Bay Area, according to Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association. The average ADU size is 700-750 square feet, and the average rent is $2,000 to $2,800 a month.

Besides stick-built ADUs, there are manufactured ADUs that are trucked in and hoisted into place with a crane. Even some homebuilders are adding ADUs as an option, Dunmoyer said.


Column: California legislators push politics aside to get a big housing deal done | Los Angeles Times

When a legislature operates the way it should, big things can happen.

Working right means: Leaders cooperate and jointly use their clout. Lawmakers pushing rival bills team up. People compromise. Pushy special interests are shoved aside.

“We didn’t go into this to have one side win at the expense of another,” Rendon said. “As a result, we have a housing victory that checks off a lot of the boxes: affordability, mixed-use, transit accessibility and labor [protections].”

Too many boxes for Dan Dunmoyer, who heads the California Building Industry Assn. He complains about all the conditions a developer must meet.

“By the time all the boxes are checked, there won’t be as much building as they think,” he says.

But he praises Wicks and Caballero: “Two courageous legislators who stepped up and got labor to the table. That’s very, very positive.”


What does a ban on natural gas appliances mean for homeowners? | The Hill

The ban, which was unanimously voted on by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), directs agencies to create a draft rule which will be put to another vote in 2025. The move was introduced to help wean Californians off of natural gas, transition to more renewable energy, and meet federal ozone standards.

“The electric heat pump water heater market penetration in [California] is currently less than 4 percent,” Christopher E. Ochoa, senior counsel at the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) told Changing America.

“PG&E and other major utilities across the state are more than a year behind in locating transformers to energize our new communities. We have finished homes in which the new owners are being housed in hotels because utilities can’t turn on the lights.”

CBIA also has yet to hear “any concrete and realistic evidence” on how CARB plans to reach its 2030 goal, Ochoa said, adding the state’s power grid may not be equipped to handle such an increased demand in electricity.

“CBIA has not seen any plans or real discussion as to how [California] plans to harden the grid to accommodate all-electric homes and electric vehicles, which will add 2-3x the current load to our existing grid. Battery storage combined with solar will need to become more standard in the coming years adding significant costs to housing as well.”


New limits recommended for building homes in high-risk wildfire areas in California | Orange County Register

California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Monday announced steps to limit how housing and other developments can be built in areas that are at the highest risk of wildfire, a move that follows a series of deadly, destructive blazes in recent years, but also comes amid the state’s persistent housing shortage.

Building industry officials said Monday that the guidelines could be helpful in informing developers and local officials as they design new housing projects.

“We have a housing crisis. We aren’t building enough,” said Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association. “So we need to find a way to get to yes. Our goal is to use this guidance to get to yes. Hopefully others won’t use it as a path to keep it at no.”


Each year, 3,000 students receive comprehensive construction training and the opportunity for a bright future from the BITA program, which is provided at no cost to high schools by the California Homebuilding Foundation.

BITA is for all students who want to pursue a career in homebuilding, including women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and students of low-income families.

Sponsoring the Workforce Diversity Mixer supports this wonderful cause and includes brand exposure to a large and influential homebuilding audience, such as CBIA Board Members, PWB members, and local industry affiliates.

  • $5,000 – Magic Potion Sponsor
  • $3,000 – Sea Witches Brew Sponsor
  • $1,000 – Pirates Punch Sponsor
  • $500 – Queens Tea Sponsor

Sponsorships include one or more tickets to the CBIA Leadership Dinner after the mixer – Click here for a full list of sponsorship benefits.

Thank you to our 2022 Workforce Diversity Mixer sponsors!

Pirates Punch

  • BIA of Southern California 
  • LJP Construction
  • Encore Capital Management
  • Boudreau Pipeline
  • Ponderosa Homes
  • LandMark Advisor

Queens Tea

  • Procopio
  • Meruelo Enterprises
  • Creative Mines
  • loanDepot
  • CDC Designs
  • David Evans and Associates, Inc
  • Elliott Homes

Wine Pull

  • Toll Brothers
  • Ponderosa Homes
  • TwinRock Partners
  • Great Western Home Loans
  • Scott Jackson
  • Family Business Association of CA

If you would like to secure one of the above sponsorship levels, please click here to pay online or email Jill Herman at

Thank you for your support and participation in the 2022 Rancho Mission Viejo and California Homebuilding Foundation Fall Charity Golf Tournament.

This event would not have been possible without the generosity of our players and sponsors.

Rancho Mission Viejo
Trumark Homes

19th Hole Event
First American Natural Hazard Disclosure
Tri Pointe Homes

Boudreau Pipeline Corporation

Bloody Mary Bar
Development Planning & Financing Group Inc.

Fusion Sign and Design
LandSea Homes

Brookfield Residential 

Contest Hole
CBC Framing

Century West Concrete
Custom Quality Finish Carpentry Inc.
KB Home Coastal, Inc.
Meritage Homes
MVM Environmental
Pulte Group
Santana Concrete Inc.
Shea Homes
Sperber Companies
True Air Mechanical

Raffle Sponsors
New Faze Development

Goodie Bag Sponsors
The Land Stewards
Southern Edge Tile, Inc

Tee Sponsors
Creative Mines
Danielian Associates
GeoKinetics/Advanced Construction Technologies
Pacific InterWest
The Jasper Companies, Inc

Tournament earnings support the California Homebuilding Foundation, a non-profit paving the way for scholastic success for the next generation of builders, through programs like the Donald Chaiken– Building Industry Technology Academy, a hands-on, project-based construction training program now running in over 50 California high schools. The California Homebuilding Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Federal Tax I.D. 94-2581819.

Helping young kids understand the extensive opportunities in the homebuilding industry and creating a clear pathway to a career in building, is a top priority for this industry to help close the labor gap and bring up the next generation of construction professionals.

CHF’s Donald Chaiken Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) high school construction trades program is for all students, including women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and students of low-income families.

Each year, 3,000 students receive comprehensive construction training and the opportunity for a bright future from the BITA program, which is provided at no cost to California high schools by CHF.

Did you know? 52% of BITA students are considered low socio-economic status; 70% are of an ethnicity other than white/Caucasian; and 15% of BITA students are female.

BITA needs your help to continue enriching our industry and the lives of students by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at every high school level.

Sponsoring the Workforce Diversity Mixer includes brand exposure to a large and influential homebuilding audience, including CBIA Board Members, PWB members, and local industry affiliates:

  • $5,000 – Magic Potion Sponsor (Exclusive!)
  • $3,000 – Sea Witches Brew Sponsor (3 spots)
  • $1,000 – Pirates Punch Sponsor (5 spots)
  • $500 – Queens Tea Sponsor (Unlimited)

Click here for a full list of sponsorship benefits.

If you would like to secure one of the above sponsorship levels, please click here to pay online or email Jill Herman at

Mark your calendars and join us at the following events supporting the California Homebuilding Foundation.

  • Thursday, October 27– Workforce Diversity Mixer

Join the Foundation and CBIA Professional Women in Building at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, for a hosted, philanthropic networking cocktail hour celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion in homebuilding.

  • November 14– Parker Development Company and California Homebuilding Foundation Golf Tournament

The Parker Development Company is excited to bring you a day on the greens of Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills, for great day of golf benefitting the Foundation and its educational programs.

When you support a California Homebuilding Foundation event, you join a community of generous donors helping the Foundation continue to guide students on the limitless potential of future careers in the homebuilding industry. Foundation events bring awareness to important topics, such as workforce development, construction education, women in building, scholarships, and research.

For Immediate Release
Brooke Armour

SACRAMENTO—The broad state and regional business community today responded to the introduction of AB 2133 (Quirk) and other end-of-session climate change proposals presented by the governor earlier this month:

“Our organizations have been actively engaged in the yearlong Air Resources Board Scoping Plan process, helping the state craft a pathway that achieves our goals of an equitable and reliable energy future. As supporters of the state’s climate goals since AB 32 was initially passed in 2006, the Legislature and all previous administrations have engaged with us and other key stakeholders – until today. Rushing policies that will impact every aspect of California’s trillion-dollar economy through the Legislature at the end of session and without time for a thorough debate addressing reliability, affordability and equity is the wrong approach. We have more than a decade of data demonstrating how lower-income Californians are paying disproportionately for our existing policies. This approach is not sustainable or equitable, and creating a better path forward will require significant feedback from business, environmental and civil rights advocates. We strongly encourage the Legislature to reject these last-minute proposals.”

Signatories to this statement include:

  • California Business Roundtable
  • California Chamber of Commerce
  • California Manufacturers and Technology Association
  • California Restaurant Association
  • California Retailers Association
  • California Business Properties Association
  • National Federation of Independent Business, California
  • California Building Industry Association
  • Los Angeles County Business Federation
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Inland Empire Economic Partnership
  • Orange County Business Council
  • Southern California Leadership Council


Column: Newsom tries to have it both ways on fighting climate change and California’s housing shortage | Los Angeles Times

Newsom is pushing hard behind the scenes for a package of ambitious proposals that would accelerate the state’s climate and energy goals.

Many lawmakers are privately perturbed that he waited until the last minute of the session, which ends Aug. 31. They justifiably complain that there isn’t adequate time to study the proposals’ impacts, including on housing. Those actions would affect housing development in at least two ways:

First, it would jack up building costs with requirements that dwellings include such climate-fighting tools as rooftop solar, heat pumps and storage batteries.

Dan Dunmoyer, who heads the California Building Industry Assn., estimates a “very conservative minimum” additional cost per house of $50,000.


How California builders and insurers are responding to wildfires | National Mortgage News

“We think communities that are well planned with defensible space with ingress and egress and the ability for the fires to burn through. And combined with the strict building codes that California has implemented since 2010; we’ve really seen the newer homes don’t burn, it’s the older homes that are burning, and we really think that these master planned communities are a way to help going forward,” stated Michael Gunning from CBIA.


Bipartisan Coalition Launches Blitz to Support State Budget Investments to Increase Ownership Housing for All | PR Newswire

With the start of National Homeownership Month today, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.), California Building Industry Association (CBIA) and Habitat for Humanity California — as part of California Homeownership Coalition — today launched a digital advocacy campaign to reinforce the need to use a small part of the State’s $98 billion budget surplus to fully fund the CalHome program that helps build affordable owner-occupied homes and existing down payment assistance programs. For years, state officials have committed to improving homeownership; now is the time for action. June 15 is the deadline for the California State Legislature to submit their budget to Gov. Gavin Newsom.


Rancho Mission Viejo and the California Homebuilding Foundation are anticipating a highly successful and sold-out golf tournament.

Please register today to secure your sponsorship and foursome.

Tournament details:
Monday, September 19th
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
26772 Avery Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA, 92692

Check-in | 11:00am
Shotgun Start | 12:00pm
19th Hole Event | Immediately after play
Format of play – Scramble

Event contact: Amy Cisneros, California Homebuilding Foundation at

To utilize your CBIA Member benefits for a discount on a foursome or playspot, please contact Beth Harris

The California Homebuilding Foundation is a charitable organization that connects high school construction training, scholarships for high school and college students in building programs, and industry statistical research, advocating new homebuilding in California. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Federal Tax I.D. 94-2581819.

The Legal Clash Over a City’s Landmark Natural Gas Ban | Route Fifty

But the controversial move ignited a legal clash with the restaurant industry and other opponents that is now playing out in a closely watched case before a federal appeals court. Central to the dispute are questions about whether Berkeley officials overstepped their authority under federal law in adopting the restrictions on gas connections.

Chris Ochoa, senior counsel for codes, regulatory and legislative affairs with the California Building Industry Association, expressed concerns about the implications of the ordinance.

“We support decarbonization overall, and we have supported the last five updated building codes in this direction. Our concern is really around moving too quickly, because it takes time to ramp up market penetration,” he said.


Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Dan Dunmoyer | Capitol Weekly

No. 46 Dan Dunmoyer
The California Building Industry Association is the principal voice in Sacramento representing home builders, contractors, architects, designers, and more, and CBIA’s head is Dan Dunmoyer, who is at the center of the high-pitched debate over housing and homelessness. It’s a case he likes to make: California is strangled by red-tape and a top-heavy bureaucracy. In Sacramento, new housing construction might cost $300 per square foot; Less than 120 miles away in Reno, Nevada, it’s $150 per square foot. That puts Dunmoyer squarely in opposition to so-called NIMBY bills, which seek to limit the incursion of more housing into some neighborhoods. Dunmoyer served for a decade as president of the Personal Insurance Federation of California was a deputy cabinet secretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2006 to 2008. Dunmoyer holds an M.A. in public administration and a B.A. in political science from USC.


Housing Coalition Praises Senate Leadership Budget Proposal that Finances Construction of Owner-Occupied Homes and Down Payment Programs | PR Newswire

“We appreciate the focus on homeownership in the Senate budget proposal,” said Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association. “This priority has the support of a growing number of leaders in both houses of the Legislature, and we urge the Governor to include adequate funding for homeownership in the May Revise. This investment is needed to address the housing crisis and help more Californians achieve the dream of homeownership.”


Higher mortgage rates could make the housing supply problem worse | Marketplace

New data from Freddie Mac shows the average rate on a 30-year mortgage is now up to 4.67% — the highest level since 2018.

In the short term, rising interest rates could cool down home prices, he said. But in the long run, they could make a big problem in the housing market — the lack of supply — even worse.

And higher financing costs come at a tough time for homebuilders, said Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association.

“Nails, fixtures, hinges, every single component has gone up in price over the past year,” Dunmoyer said.

Eventually, he said, those costs will be passed on to homebuyers.


California’s wildfire building codes make newer homes less likely to burn | Marketplace

Since 2008, the state has had rules about keeping a certain amount of space around homes clear of trees and brush, rules about what materials people can use for their roofs, “rules for siding, rules for vents, rules for decks and fences,” said Judson Boomhower, a professor of environmental economics at the University of California, San Diego.

“These codes have really clear benefits in terms of improving the probability that a home will survive a wildfire,” Boomhower said. “There’s also pretty clear benefits to your neighbors if you live in a dense area.”

Only about 1 million homes in the state have been built since those codes went into effect, though, according to Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association.

“That means that there’s approximately 13.5 to 14 million California homes that have not been built to these safety codes,” he said.



June 2022

In recent years, there have been notable increases in real estate transfer taxes, which are levied on the sale of property by local and/or state governments and are typically defined as a percentage of a property’s sales price. In California, for instance, there were 20 ballot initiatives to raise transfer taxes between 2010 and 2020, 13 of which were approved by voters. Sage Policy Group (Sage) was commissioned to examine their economic and fiscal effects in the context of a post-pandemic world.

This report makes no attempt to assail the validity of transfer taxes as instruments of public policy. It also does not seek to diminish the importance of public revenues to support the provision of key services ranging from education and public safety to park and road maintenance. Rather, this report is intended to supply insight for policymakers and other stakeholders regarding the myriad considerations that should enter assessments of appropriate transfer tax rates.


Event Information
Tuesday, August 23
8:00 PM
Moonlight Amphitheater
Vista, CA

To purchase tickets using your BIA member benefit, visit: Moonlight Amphitheatre | Moonlight Stage Productions

  • Go to home page
  • Click buy tickets
  • In the upper right-hand corner, enter promo code: MEMBER (Code automatically takes 50% off ticket price)
  • Scroll down and select preferred seating
  • Select number of tickets required

Thank You 2022 Sponsors

  • It’s Good to be King – HomeFed Corporation
  • Refugee – California West Communities
  • American Girl – Lennar
  • Free Fallin’- Brookfield Residential, Chelsea Investment Company, Reylenn Construction Company, LLC., Shea Homes
  • Here Comes My Girl – Allen Matkins, Ambient Communities, Dudek, Hale Engineering, Hallmark Communities, Pacific M Painting, Inc., Project Design Group, SLF-Moss Street, LLC., The Land Stewards, Van Dyke Landscape Architects
  • Runnin’ Down a Dream – Brightview Landscape Development, Inc., Buy New Homes San Diego, Engineering Partners, Inc., Geocon Incorporated, H.G. Fenton Company, Hunsaker & Associates San Diego, Inc., Integral Communities, LB3 Enterprises, Inc., Sheppard Mullin, Tri Pointe Homes
  • You Got Lucky – Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Cass Arrieta, Chaz & Justin – CrossCountry Mortgage, DeLorenzo International, Inc., Environmental Law Group, Fuscoe Engineering, Geo Tek, Inc., Greenhaus, Howes Weiler Landy-Planning & Engineering, JAAM Electric & Low Voltage, LandMark Advisor, Landscape Development, Inc., McSweeney Family Education Foundation, Menas HOA Management, Mission West Builders, Inc., New Pointe Communities, Inc., Rick Engineering, Rutan & Tucker LLP,  Starck Architecture + Planning, Symons Fire Protection, Terra Development, Tory R. Walker Engineering, Unique Western Homes, Wells Fargo

The California Homebuilding Foundation is registered in California as a nonprofit business, Federal Tax I.D. Number 94-2581819, and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Pre-Application Workshop – GFO-21-403 – California Electric Homes Program (CalEHP)

There will be one Pre-Application Workshop; participation in this meeting is optional but encouraged. The Pre-Application Workshop will be held remotely through Zoom, which is the Energy Commission’s online meeting service, at the date and time listed below. Please call (916) 654-4381 or refer to CEC’s website at to confirm the date and time.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Remote Access Only

Remote Attendance

Participation Through Zoom:
Zoom is the CEC’s online meeting service. When attending remotely, presentations will appear on your computer/laptop/mobile device screen, and audio may be heard via the device or telephone. Please be aware that the Zoom meeting will be recorded.

Zoom Instructions:
To join this workshop, go to Zoom at You may also access the workshop by going to the Zoom webpage at and enter the unique meeting ID and password below:

  • Meeting Number: 980 0385 7622
  • Meeting Password: 356975
  • Topic: CalEHP Grant Funding Opportunity – Pre-Application Workshop

Telephone Access Only:
Call +1 (669) 219-2599 or (888) 475-4499 (toll free). When prompted, enter the unique meeting ID number above. To comment over the telephone, dial *9 to “raise your hand” and *6 to mute/unmute your phone line.

Technical Support:
For assistance with problems or questions about joining or attending the meeting, please call Zoom Technical Support at (888) 799-9666 ext. 2, or you may contact the CEC’s Public Advisor’s Office at, or (800) 822-6228.

For more information

Along with our champion sponsors, California West Communities, HomeFed Corporation, Lennar, Shea Homes, Rayleen Construction, Shepard Mullin, Hale Engineering, The Land Stewards, Allen Matkins and Rick Engineering, we encourage you to join us for a fun evening with local libations, savory eats, and great music.

The proceeds of the concert will benefit the California Homebuilding Foundation and its programs– programs like the Donald Chaiken Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA), a very worthy program which is educating our youth about the homebuilding business and preparing them for a career in the construction industry.

The California Homebuilding Foundation is registered in California as a nonprofit business, Federal Tax I.D. Number 94-2581819, and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Event contacts Amy Cisneros and Mike McSweeney

Nancy Keenan is President of Dahlin Group Architecture Planning (DAHLIN) and a licensed architect known for thoughtful design solutions infused with the soul of design and livability that address the realities of the challenging entitlement environment and elusive housing attainability. For three decades, she has cultivated award-winning architectural design and urban plans throughout the United States and China.

Since joining DAHLIN in 1991, her career has evolved as an architect leading project design in Southern California and China, to overseeing multiple offices, and earning the role of president in 2014. Nancy believes that “leadership is a practice, not a position.” Demonstrative of her belief, one of the first mandates under her leadership was to transition the firm to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) as a means of rewarding entrepreneurship, fueling innovative thinking, and providing employee owners with a stake in the success of the company.

In the same way that she is known for thoughtful design solutions, Nancy thoughtfully guided DAHLIN into new sectors and regions. Recent market diversification has led to expansion in market sectors that play vital roles in healthy community design – education, healthcare and senior living. The expansion has allowed for a synergy of resources, talent and exceptional service that benefit the firm’s clients, and present opportunities for DAHLIN employees to develop their careers, expertise, and professional networks.

At her core, Nancy holds a passion for bringing housing to all people that extends beyond DAHLIN projects. She serves as Board Chair for the HomeAid Northern California Chapter, one of the region’s top non-profit providers of housing for the homeless and the charitable arm of the BIA Bay Area. In addition, she encourages active participation in regional BIA chapters from leadership across the firm – engaging and supporting the homebuilding industry through councils, educational programs and charitable pursuits.

Nancy is committed to development of the next generation of leaders at DAHLIN, ensuring that the firm remains at the forefront of innovative design, led by a diverse and inclusive group of people. Nancy’s primary home is in Carlsbad, California – though she lives in northern California half of her time, sharing her daughter Taryn’s home in Livermore.

To learn more about Nancy and the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 please visit our Honoree biography page.

We hope to see you on June 21, 2022 at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square, celebrating its 37th anniversary!

Please contact Terri Brunson at or 916-340-3340 for any questions regarding the Foundation’s Hall of Fame or visit to purchase tickets and sponsorship levels.

Sponsors will receive digital, print, and verbal recognition at this highly anticipated champagne brunch, which gathers over 250 industry attendees for networking, awards, and a presentation by the Utah PWB The House That SHE Built team! Levels and benefits are listed below:

Roof Sponsor – $2,000 

  • 4 event tickets
  • Large signage/screen recognition
  • Verbal recognition
  • Program recognition
  • Table recognition
  • Website & social media recognition

Finish Sponsor – $1,000 

  • 2 event tickets
  • Program recognition
  • Table recognition
  • Verbal recognition
  • Website & social media recognition

Frame Sponsor – $500 

  • 1 event ticket
  • Program recognition
  • Table recognition
  • Website & social media recognition

Foundation Sponsor – $250

  • Program recognition
  • Website & social media recognition

Click here for a Sponsor credit card authorization form. Please download/complete the form and email to

Presentations from top experts on building sciences, trends and technologies include:

  • Sam Rashkin, architect and pioneer of high-performance housing, author of Housing 2.0: A Disruption Survival Guide
  • Helena Lidelöw, CTO of Volumetric Building Companies — a global leader in modular construction, providing high-quality, sustainably produced buildings in less time
  • Stacy Smedley, executive director of Building Transparency — providing open-access data and tools to help builders evaluate embodied carbon levels in building materials
  • Greg Leung, CEO of Connect Homes — an award-winning designer, builder and installer of single-family homes that are green, modern, efficient and beautiful
  • C.R. Herro, EVP of Operations, bettr homes — builders of homes that are net-zero, all-electric, healthy, resilient, water conserving, and connected
  • Bill Rectanus, COO of Thrive Home Builders — an award-winning builder of LEED certified homes, winner of the Indoor airPLUS Leader Award 5 years in a row
  • Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki, tst ink, author of America At Home Study — a groundbreaking research project exploring post-pandemic changes in how Americans feel about home and community design
  • Jake Medcalf, founder of Firm Foundation Community Housing — a nonprofit facilitator of innovative tiny home communities to create affordable housing solutions
  • Sara Gutterman, CEO of Green Builder Media — North America’s leading green building media company, providing expertise on energy efficiency, healthy homes, connected living, and building science
  • Arch Rao, founder & CEO of SPAN — award-winning reinventor of the 100-year-old electrical panel, helping to power homes with clean, renewable energy
  • Zack Zimmerman, CRO of BamCore — a studless framing solution using timber bamboo to deliver a customized, code-compliant wall system
  • Iman Novin, founder of ProforMap — a data-driven AI platform to streamline development of affordable housing

All Innovation & Solutions Stage presentations included with your PCBC registration. Learn more and register today!

CIRB has released the 2021 Annual Building Permit Summary Report. The annual report includes historical and year-to-date statistics, housing unit forecasts, permit trends and more. Click here to purchase the report.

Email CIRB Director, Joe Sanchez, at for more information.

Hall of Fame Scholarship Program is Currently Open

This year’s California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame gathering brings together the best in homebuilding and has long been celebrated as the industry’s most prestigious celebration. Register online to purchase tickets or sponsor the 37th annual Hall of Fame gala on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco.

Hall of Fame scholarship winners are a guest of the California Homebuilding Foundation at the 2022 Hall of Fame and are provided an excellent networking and speaking opportunity.

One of the most valued aspects of this gathering is the sociability and opportunity to interact and connect as we honor homebuilding’s Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

  • Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council
  • Emile Haddad, FivePoint Holdings, LLC
  • Nancy Keenan, Dahlin Group Architecture | Planning
  • Linda Mandolini, Eden Housing
  • John W. Norman, Brookfield Properties Development

Congratulations to our accomplished and deserving honorees! For more information on the Hall of Fame gala or to reserve sponsorships, please contact CHF Executive Director, Terri Brunson at (916) 340-3340, or go to your sponsorship today to ensure your company’s presence in front of a prestigious homebuilding audience.

The Brunch is Back! Sponsor PWB’s The Power of Women in Building Event

  • Roof Sponsor – $2,000 
    • 4 event tickets
    • Large signage/screen recognition
    • Verbal recognition
    • Program recognition
    • Table recognition
    • Website & social media recognition
  • Finish Sponsor – $1,000 
    • 2 event tickets
    • Program recognition
    • Table recognition
    • Verbal recognition
    • Website & social media recognition
  • Frame Sponsor – $500 
    • 1 event ticket
    • Program recognition
    • Table recognition
    • Website & social media recognition
  • Foundation Sponsor – $250
    • Program recognition
    • Website & social media recognition

Please email for a flier with additional information and credit card authorization form.

A portion of sponsorships goes to PWB scholarship recipients! 

Can we count on your support? 

Congratulations to the Southern CA BITA Students on a Successful Design Build Competition

The California Homebuilding Foundation joins the Construction Industry Education Foundation (CIEF) in prioritizing construction workforce education training to California high school students.

Many of the participating Design Build teams spend a good part of the year planning and training for the event, and even though it becomes a competition with pride on the line, one of the most notable aspects is the enthusiasm of both students and instructors — and a definite spirit of mutual support and sharing knowledge among teams.

Participating Northern California BITA Schools: Antioch High School, Cordova High School, Galt High School, Lincoln High School, Lindhurst High School, Livingston High School, Luther Burbank, McCloud High School, Oakmont High School, River City High School-NCCT, Sutter Union High School, Whitney High School, & Woodcreek High School.

BITA Students Participate in the 2022 Design Build Competition Statewide

This year is the first year back since 2019 for in-person building for these students and this is a terrific opportunity for employers to find new talent to fill your entry-level positions.

These competitions encourage students to improve the quality of their work and Design Builds are a wonderful way to find new talented employees in a challenging labor market.

We hope you and your team will be able to attend a Design Build and visit with competing BITA teams. Employers are encouraged to bring company literature, business cards, and job applications.

California Homebuilding Foundation staff will be on-hand at SoCal and NorCal Design Builds for questions and student introductions.

Southern California Competition

April 6th & 7th
OC Fair & Event Center

Register for the industry lunch on Thursday, April 7th

Participating Southern California BITA programs:

  • Rancho Buena Vista High School
  • Sultana High School
  • Savanna High School
  • San Marcos High School
  • Estancia High School
  • Three NOCROP sites
    • Brea Olinda High School
    • Valencia High School
    • Anaheim High School

Northern California Competition

May 4th & 5th
Cosumnes River College

Register for the industry lunch on Thursday, May 5th

Participating Northern California BITA Programs:

  • Antioch High School
  • Cordova High School
  • Galt High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Lindhurst High School
  • Livingston High School
  • Luther Burbank
  • McCloud High School
  • Oakmont High School
  • River City High School-NCCT
  • Sutter Union High School
  • Whitney High School
  • Woodcreek High School

California’s rooftop solar proposal tees up conflict between agencies | POLITICO (Subscription Required)

This has startled the California Building Industry Association, the powerful developers group whose new homes must comply with the CEC’s solar mandate. CBIA earlier this month sent a letter to the CPUC, writing that the “political battleground” issue of net metering necessitates “rules that will ‘calm things down’ and move us to a place where we have reasonable, understandable, and dependable rules from which rational economic
decisions can be made.”

The agency’s draft plan “does the opposite,” CBIA’s letter continued, adding that the monthly fee on solar owners “may well place the cost-effectiveness of rooftop [photovoltaics] into question” and potentially violate state law.

“We’ve had follow-ups with folks at the Energy Commission since,” Chris Ochoa, CBIA’s senior counsel for codes, regulatory and legislative affairs, said in an interview, “and we get the feeling that they were as shocked as anybody at how harsh the proposed decision was toward the rooftop solar industry.”


“This is a marathon, and we’re still in the first quarter of the marathon race,” said CBIA President and CEO Dan Dunmoyer.


Newsom now placing priority on homelessness, affordable housing | The Porterville Recorder

After surviving last week’s recall, Governor Gavin Newsom quickly turned his attention to dealing with the state’s housing issues.

Newsom quickly signed bipartisan legislation last week designed to expand housing production, streamline housing permitting and increase housing density.

The legislation effectively allowing for more housing in smaller areas is the most controversial as Democratic State Legislators having been trying to increase housing density for years. But cities and counties have fought the effort saying that kind of effort takes away from local control.

“Most Californians can’t afford a typical single-family home and our state’s desperately limited housing stock has a lot to do with it,” said President and CEO of the California Building Industry Association Dan Dunmoyer. “This suite of bills will ease some of the obstacles to home construction and help combat the already record-high cost of housing in our state. I am grateful to Governor Newsom and legislative leaders for their courage to enact policies that support the construction of low- and middle-income homes with the goal of providing attainable, secure housing for all.”


California Is Closing the Door to Gas in New Homes | E&E News

The long-term outlook for natural gas isn’t good in California, which wants to eliminate most carbon emissions by 2045. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) injected urgency into state climate efforts this summer after wildfires scorched more than 4 million acres, a new record.

The California Building Industry Association, a trade group whose members develop 85% of new buildings in the state, is girding for ever-tougher rules over the next five years.

“The writing’s on the wall,” said Bob Raymer, technical director with the industry group. “They’re going to want electric space and water heating come 2026.”


Opinion: Green Building Mandates Will Increase the Cost of Housing in California | Times of San Diego

The regulations also demand that single-family homes must be “electric ready” for electric vehicle chargers and other appliances — to transition away from natural gas — and establishes the use of heat pumps as the energy efficiency baseline. Will Vicent, a manager at the CEC’s Building Standards Office, calls them the “star” of the new energy code. However, Bob Raymer of the California Building Industry Association, says installing heat pumps rather than ​gas appliances could increase developers’ costs.


California homes cost more than ever. What are Gov. Newsom and lawmakers doing about it? | SacBee

Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association, said some lower-profile laws are making incremental change. He pointed to legislation like a 2019 law that makes it harder for cities to restrict new development.

It’s scheduled to sunset in 2025, but Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced a new measure this year to extend that deadline until 2030.

Dunmoyer said more leadership is needed from Newsom and legislators to reduce other barriers, like development fees and regulations that make construction an expensively long process.

“We need to really look at this holistically, comprehensively,” Dunmoyer said. “We really need to make sure that we take all the necessary steps to address the housing crisis.”


Calif. aims to cut gas use in homes, stops short of ban | POLITICO (Subscription Required)

California’s energy bosses want to make it tougher to put gas appliances in new homes, but they aren’t planning to snuff out natural gas use.

A proposed California Energy Commission rewrite of the state’s building code adds new mandates to make homes “electric-ready.” It creates financial incentives for installing electric options for home heating and hot water.

The California Building Industry Association, a trade group whose members develop 85% of new buildings in the state, said the proposed code would raise costs. The state’s median home price in March was $759,000, according to the California Association of Realtors.

“CBIA is concerned with not just the current cost of a new home in [California], but the ongoing costs to the homebuyer as well,” Christopher Ochoa, senior attorney with the group, wrote in an email.

He cited data from the California Center for Jobs and the Economy that said Golden State residential electricity prices are 63% higher than the rest of the country.

“Not a good look for going all-electric,” Ochoa added.


Draft building code urges more electric, less gas |

A newly released draft of California’s 2022 building code proposes probably the most ambitious electrification policies in the country but stops short of a ban on new natural gas-burning appliances that climate activists had pushed for.

“Bottom line, these regs are putting the cart before the horse,” the California Building Industry Association’s senior counsel on codes, regulatory and legislative affairs, Christopher E. Ochoa, said by email Friday.

Ochoa at the building association said the group has stated its support toward an all-electric future “in a planned and strategic manner,” similar to the way solar requirements took effect in 2020 after almost a decade of work.

“There is always a need to ramp up market penetration of the products, educate builders and installers of the products, etc.,”he wrote.

He said concerns remain about the costs of residential electrification and whether the state’s power grid is up to the task. A report addressing these topics was due in January but hasn’t been released, he noted.


“It takes forever to get through the approval process in California — much longer than any other state,” says Dan Dunmoyer, president of the California Building Industry Assn.

“In California it can take 20 years to get a project going. In Arizona and all neighboring states, they can do it in less than 20 months. Time is money. A lot of the housing cost is built into how long it takes to develop land. Then how much in fees local government charges. No other state comes close.”

The Legislature and various governors have wrestled with the housing crisis for years without agreeing on a comprehensive long-term solution.

The pandemic has created even greater demand for single-family houses, Dunmoyer says. That’s because many employees were ordered to work from home.

“A couple living in a loft in San Francisco, stuck in a small place with a crying kid, they want to have a bigger place with a backyard,” Dunmoyer says.

“We’ve got people buying homes in Bakersfield who now can work there using Zoom for companies located in center city L.A. Sacramento is exploding with people from the Bay Area.”


Skyrocketing Lumber Prices Hit California New Home Buyers Hard

“This is a new record for us,” said Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association.

Dunmoyer says this problem on average is adding about $24,000 to the cost of building a home.

“Each thousand dollars in added cost prices out 12,300 families from being able to buy a home in California so, when you add $24,000, you’re talking about pricing out hundreds of thousands of Californians,” Dunmoyer explained.


With State VMT Law Limiting Home Building, Clovis Takes Action

A state law meant to reduce the miles people drive may be unintentionally driving up the prices of new homes. And, according to the California Building Association, the law — commonly referred to as Vehicle Miles Traveled — poses “a big pause button” for residential home construction.


Nixing Single-Family Zoning: Will It Make Housing More Affordable?

Dan Dunmoyer, president of the California Building Industry Association, said his industry welcomes the opportunity to build any new housing. He cautioned, however, that so-called missing middle homes won’t drive down California’s stratospheric home prices that much.

Dunmoyer said the same factors that make single-family homes expensive — the long regulatory process, fees and expensive environmental requirements — will make housing like duplexes and triplexes expensive, too.

There are also questions about demand, he said.

“If you’re out in a more rural or suburban community, single-family detached [homes] are going to sell better, faster, quicker,” he said. “If you’re in an urban core where you can put together some really attractive fourplexes, assuming (municipalities) don’t over-fee it, you might be able to see something pencil-out better.”


State’s VMT Law Driving Builders Away, Making Homes More Expensive, Say Valley Lawmakers

The California Building Industry Association blames a new state law implementing Vehicle Miles Traveled as an environmental metric for housing construction, for  putting the brakes on building statewide.

The CBIS says the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research ignored organizations, municipalities and local governments last year that clamored for the VMT law to be delayed until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

Boards of Supervisors from Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Madera, and Merced all unanimously passed resolutions seeking a two-year delay of the law.

The CBIA  says the OPR is now asking his association to give an assessment of how things are going.

“That’s their job,” says Dunmoyer. “They’re supposed to determine how we plan our cities and our communities and they should know how it’s working.”

Dunmoyer says since Newsom has been governor, the state has had a declining permit pulling process across the state of California.


AG Becerra Intervenes In San Diego County Housing Development Case Over Wildfire Concerns

Developers have viewed Becerra’s actions as overstepping of the state’s authority, particularly when it comes to safety and development laws.

“We think Becerra is stepping over the line, primarily because you can’t build in these areas without putting together a very sophisticated plan fully approved by the local fire chief, fully approved by all the fire officials,” California Building Industry Association CEO Dan Dunmoyer said in a statement on Wednesday. “We are building parks, we’re building entire infrastructure systems that don’t burn and can protect these communities from fires.

“California is a gorgeous state, but it has mudslides, it has fire, it has flooding, it has earthquakes. You plan accordingly. And you mitigate it, you protect it, you use tough codes, and that’s what we’ve done.”

Dunmoyer also noted that rebuilding in urban areas is often much more difficult due to local opposition and higher costs compared to more rural areas.


California AG challenges housing plans in wildfire areas

“We think (Becerra) is stepping over the line, primarily because you can’t build in these areas without putting together a very sophisticated plan fully approved by the local fire chief, fully approved by all the fire officials,” said California Building Industry Association president and CEO Dan Dunmoyer.

Aside from California’s strict building codes in wildfire areas, “we are building parks, we’re building entire infrastructure systems that don’t burn and can protect these communities from fires,” he said.

It’s often unrealistic to rebuild in urban areas, as Miller and advocates including Gov. Gavin Newsom suggest, because of community opposition and the high costs compared to rural single family homes, particularly once structures climb above three stories, Dunmoyer said.


California Cities Are Rushing to Ban Gas in New Homes. But the State Is Moving Slower

The push to ban natural gas hookups in newly constructed buildings has mushroomed in California since Berkeley passed the first prohibition in 2019.

…the California Building Industry Association, expressed concern to Cortese about potential impacts on “ratepayers, construction costs and grid reliability,” according to Christopher Ochoa, a senior attorney with the group.

“We not only have a climate crisis, we have a housing crisis as well,” he said. “Whether it’s housing inventory, affordability or homelessness. How do you balance the costs?”


Waiting for apartments where the pavement ends |

‘It doesn’t pencil’

Housing of any kind gets exponentially more expensive the higher you build, said Nick Cammarota, general counsel for the California Building Industry Association. And density housing projects of several stories with 20% set aside from very low- or low-income housing units are going to pass the costs on to tenants paying full fare.

“The reason (affordable housing) doesn’t get built is because it doesn’t pencil,” Cammarota said.

Then there’s local opposition. “Density attracts opposition,” Cammarota added, “even if it’s just the same density as what’s surrounding it.”


If You Want a Home, ‘Move to Another State’ CA Building Assoc. Says to State’s Middle Class

Dan Dunmoyer serves as the president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association. He tells GV Wire℠ since the new law took effect there’s been a dramatic slowdown in new residential construction.

“We’re seeing substantial delay because cities and regional governments were not ready for VMT,” said Dunmoyer. “We call it the big pause button, which is exactly the wrong thing we need right now in California for housing and the housing crisis.”

As for what that means for the middle class wanting to buy a home in the Golden State, Dunmoyer doesn’t mince words.

“Move. Move to another state. You really can’t do it here,” said Dunmoyer. “We can build homes. It’s just homes for millionaires.”

He points to places like Idaho, Texas and Arizona as places where builders actively pursue people looking to leave California.


Hounded by Wildfires, Californians Rethink Their Willingness to Rebuild

“Even after the Camp Fire, you’d think we would have seen a spike in the number of permits, and yet we haven’t,” said Dan Dunmoyer, president and chief executive of the California Building Industry Association. “Most big insurance companies will just cut you a big check, and you can be sitting there looking at a check for $900,000. And you talk to contractors and they say: ‘Sure, I can build you a home, but I’m backed up for a year and a half.’ So we’re seeing a lot people just cut and run.”


Kristen Miller: Santa Barbara City Council Should Focus on Economy, Not Overreach on Natural Gas Ban

In Santa Barbara, natural gas is four to six times cheaper than electricity. The California Building Industry Association estimates that swapping out natural gas appliances for all-electric alternatives costs the average Southern California household more than $877 a year in higher energy bills.


California Is Closing the Door to Gas in New Homes

The California Building Industry Association, a trade group whose members develop 85% of new buildings in the state, is girding for ever-tougher rules over the next five years. “The writing’s on the wall,” said Bob Raymer, technical director with the industry group. “They’re going to want electric space and water heating come 2026.”

The California Building Industry Association hopes to shape the timing of natural gas restrictions. Raymer argues that state officials need to allot more time for developers and heat pump manufacturers and installers to shift toward electrification of buildings.

California “has made it very clear it’s decarbonizing, and that means both the new and existing housing stock is going to go through some major changes, the same thing for the commercial stock,” Raymer said. “We get that.”


Bay Area Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Gas in New State Buildings and Schools

Whether or not the bill passes, activists hope that the California Energy Commission will ban natural gas in new construction when it updates its building code next year.

Some utilities and developers like the ones represented by the California Building Industry Association have opposed the total elimination of gas hookups. 

Morgan Morales, a spokesperson for the group, wrote in an email that “a piecemeal approach to energy usage for homes hurts consumers and jeopardizes power supply.”

“A comprehensive and incentive-based approach is needed to solve our climate problems, not mandates and restrictions,” she said.



“He’s really taken on a much more global view of housing and community that few others are even contemplating,” says Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association (FivePoint is a member of the trade organization). “The typical model is to put roads and sewers and a school or two, and then sell the land to a home builder. In Valencia, he’s creating an entire community with a commercial center and jobs and net-zero-energy homes. We do need more housing, so how do you do it and find a balance between environmental protection and social equity and the whole community component of building homes? He has the mindset and capacity to do that and is really challenging people to think more holistically.”


San Jose and Oakland Ban Gas in New Buildings

Morgan Morales, a spokesperson for the California Building Industry Association, wrote in an email that the group “believes that with housing costs soaring, and California suffering blackouts, a piecemeal approach to energy usage for homes hurts consumers and jeopardizes power supply.”

“A comprehensive and incentive based approach is needed to solve our climate problems not mandates and restrictions,” she wrote.


Newsom signs order to protect 30% of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030 | Desert Sun

Trade groups representing industries that have often been at odds with California’s environmental regulations were tentatively optimistic about the executive order. Dan Dunmoyer, president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association, told The Desert Sun in a statement that he looked forward to working with the governor to meet both this benchmark as well as goals set for increased housing across the state.

“The governor’s plan to conserve California’s beautifully diverse environment while ensuring housing for all is a step in the right direction to help solve California’s housing and homeless crisis,” Dunmoyer said.


California Will Keep Burning. But Housing Policy Is Making It Worse. | ProPublica

To date, no legislation related to wildfires — or any other climate-related hazard — impacts California’s arcane housing allocation system. (That system tells each region how much housing it’s required to build over a stretch of five or eight years.) But once wildfire risk is codified as a valid reason not to build, what’s next? Extreme heat? Nick Cammarota, with the California Building Industry Association, articulated that viewpoint when he called the bill “a housing killer.”

“We don’t want to have gentrification. We don’t want to have seismic risk. We don’t want to have sea level rise or wetlands, or ag land preservation or floods, or toxics. Or you name it,” he continued. “The entire state is covered with imperfect places to build.”


Dan Dunmoyer, CEO & President of CBIA on Matt Levin and Liam Dillon’s Gimme Shelter Podcast discussing the housing crisis in California. 

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President & CEO of CBIA, Dan Dunmoyer explains the million dollar question, How do you solve the housing crisis in CA? 

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