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As the new year is now un­der­way, I wanted to make a brief an­nounce­ment and shame­less plug for a lo­cal non­profit so im­por­tant to our home and hous­ing in­dus­try. It is a great honor to stew­ard the ef­forts of the Santa Fe Area Home Builder’s As­so­ci­a­tion’s ex­cep­tional board of di­rec­tors for 2015. The good work of SFAHBA en­com­passes such a di­verse and far-reach­ing ef­fect on our lo­cal com­mu­nity. SFAHBA is rec­og­nized as one of the most pro­gres­sive and ef­fec­tive lo­cal home­build­ing as­so­ci­a­tions in the coun­try.

We are proud to be a trusted voice in Santa Fe, help­ing to shape the agenda and set the goals of for­ward-think­ing poli­cies at the city, county and state lev­els. Our com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able devel­op­ment has re­sulted in the strength­en­ing and re­fine­ment of the City of Santa Fe’s green-build­ing codes, and the devel­op­ment of a newwa­ter con­ser­va­tion rat­ing tool, the­Wa­ter Ef­fi­ciency Rat­ing Sys­tem (WERS), soon to be im­ple­mented.

Our weekly ra­dio show hosted by ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kim Shana­han airs ev­ery Mon­day at noon on KVSF 101.5 FM. Stay tuned for im­por­tant in­sights into key is­sues fac­ing our com­mu­nity and the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. We are also very ex­cited about the re-launch of our monthly newsletter, Build­ing Times, vis­i­ble at In our in­creas­ing ef­forts to reach out to the Span­ish-speak­ing por­tion of our com­mu­nity, we have be­gun a Span­ish lan­guage sec­tion of our newsletter. Es­tad aten­tos para even­tos de lengua es­paño­las más en 2015.

This year we con­tinue to sup­port state leg­is­la­tion to re-en­act the Sus­tain­able Build­ing Tax Credit and in­crease the devel­op­ment of lo­cal trades-based ed­u­ca­tion in our schools. Our monthly lun­cheons, open to the public, cover a wide range of top­ics, in­clud­ing best prac­tices in build­ing and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, and of­ten we are able to host lo­cal and na­tional politi­cians for open-fo­rum dis­cus­sions. In fact we are proud to be the go-to ex­perts for many of our po­lit­i­cal fig­ures seek­ing in­sight into leg­isla­tive is­sues per­tain­ing to hous­ing, wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, and build­ing codes.

It is a great honor and re­spon­si­bil­ity to be elected pres­i­dent of this fine lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion and I look for­ward to work­ing with all Santa Feans in­ter­ested in home-build­ing is­sues this year.

Mark Gior­getti and Les­lie Gior­getti are both prin­ci­pals at Palo Santo De­signs, a Santa Fe de­sign-build con­trac­tor spe­cial­iz­ing in high-per­for­mance homes. Mark serves as pres­i­dent of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion, and Les­lie is an as­so­ciate bro­ker with Santa Fe Prop­er­ties. Con­tact Mark at 505-670-4236, mark@palosan­tode­ and Les­lie at 505-670-7578, les­lie.gior­getti@sf­, and visit www.palosan­tode­

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