According to Paul Moses, Spenard Builders Supply (SBS), popularly known as the SBS Prophet, another good year for building is forecast on the Kenai Peninsula, "This is probably the best year to build that we've had in ten years," Moses said Sunday, "Interest rates are down, lumber prices are down, plenty of contractors are available to do the work and we have new people moving to the area, so without a doubt this is the place to be this year and there's no question about it and maybe we'll even tap into Mt. Redoubt for a little thermo energy," he added. Moses also believes that things may be a little different this year, "We truly have a great bunch of people on the Peninsula with great skills who have always been creative, and while this year will be different from any other year it's not going to stop us. People want to invest in things they can touch and hold on to, it's one thing to have stock, it's another to have a building on land that is always going to be there, but you'll see everyone pulling together and making this a great year," forecast Moses.
The first Home Show sponsored by SBS and the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) was held upstairs at the Blazy Mall in Soldotna and Paul Moses has been at each of them for the last 30 years and did say he notices a trend toward green building materials, energy efficiency products and alternate energy sources. This year's show drew nearly 4,000 visitors and 120 vendors to the Soldotna Sports Center according to Cindy Heaverley, executive director of the KPBA. "We saw a lot of interest in the weatherization funding credits being offered by the State of Alaska Housing Foundation, the seminar we held Saturday was very well attended. Our association has always stayed on top of the latest green building trends and ways of reducing our carbon footprint and this year did draw more of those types of vendors who told us the visitors were serious about investing this summer," said Heaverley. According to Heaverley the KPBA will sponsor an Economic Impact of Housing on the Kenai Peninsula, Friday May 15th, at 6:30pm with Dr. Elliot Teisenberg, senior economist for the National Assoc. of Homebuilders. The event will be held at the Paradosis restaurant in Kenai and reservations will be required. For more information or to make reservations call Cindy Heaverley at 283-8072
This year's lucky raffle ticket holder for the SBS shed was Greg Bartlett of Soldotna, winning the $500 cash prize was Lannetta Dunham of Nikiski, the cache of prizes went to Wayne Pattison, the deck kit was won by Brittany Clift and Kade Faust won the Mountain Bike.
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