C hartered in 1941, the Greater Houston Builders Association is a trade organization whose members are involved in the development, homebuilding, and remodeling industry in 11 counties. The association interacts with the government, community and general public to enhance the business climate for its members, and to provide quality obtainable housing to the community it serves. The association is also active in community outreach and charitable events.
GHBA is the largest home builders association (HBA) in Texas, and the third largest in the nation. GHBA's mission is “To provide advocacy, education and meaningful services to benefit its members and the housing industry.” Learn more
Revised Sidewalk Requirements
Attention City of Houston Builders! As many of you know, the City of Houston announced new sidewalk requirements in February as a result of the Mayor's Executive Order on Complete Streets, which was approved in November of 2013.
Following the release of the new sidewalk requirements, the City received an outpouring of criticism and questions. In particular, these questions focused on new rules banning sidewalk variances.
On Monday, the City Engineer publically provided a revised sidewalk policy that more clearly explains the City's current practice of granting sidewalk variances.
Attention Four-Story Builders
Please see the below Code Words from the City of Houston's Building Official:
The following Code Word provides clarification on the use of a NFPA 13R sprinkler system in single family residences. The Code Word states that if the design of a single family residential structure exceeds three stories, a sprinkler system must be provided to ensure additional fire protection. In Type V construction, the fourth story is only allowed when the building is equipped with the NFPA 13R system.
Additionally, the second Code Word provides information about rooftop applications that will not be considered as a fourth story. Further, this Code Word clarifies which rooftop structures are permitted in a three story residence without be considered a fourth story as it applies to the IRC. Email Casey for more information
GHBA Names 2013 "Of the Year" Award Winners
The GHBA recently announced the "Of the Year Awards" for 2013 Volume Builder, Custom Builder, Developer, Remodeler and the coveted Bud Inscho Associate of the Year award at the 73rd Anniversary Extravaganza held at the Hotel ZaZa. Dan Bawden with Legal Eagle Contractors and Toy Wood, CEO of the GHBA, presented the awards. The annual "Of the Year" award winners are selected by industry peers.
The Extravaganza event also marks the installation ceremony for the incoming GHBA president, Leslie King with Greymark Construction, and the 2014 board of directors and officers.
Attention Developers: Approval of Little Cypress Creek Service Area Guidelines
As you may recall, in August of 2013, the Developers Council hosted Scott Saenger from Jones & Carter Consulting Engineers, who provided a presentation on the interim guidelines for new development in the Little Cypress Creek service area.
Following the presentation to Developers Council, Ed Taravella submitted a letter addressed to Michael Talbott, Director of Harris County Flood Control District, in order to offer GHBA's support for the proposed interim guidelines for new development in the Little Cypress Creek service area within the Frontier Program. He also offered GHBA's support for the ultimate adoption of the guidelines by the Harris County Court of Commissioners.
The Developers Council is happy to announce that on February 11, the Harris County Court of Commissioners officially approved the guidelines. The guidelines will now establish clear responsibilities for development in the Little Cypress Creek service area in order to promote construction of flood damage reduction and cost-effective long term maintenance. Access the Adopted Guidelines
Member Benefits & Quick Links
Houston Builder Magazine
The official publication of the GHBA, Houston Builder magazine provides up-to-date information on industry trends, products and news. Covers association-related educational opportunities, special events and meetings as well as political updates in relation to the building industry.
For advertising information, email Brittany Feldmann or call 832.215.7232.
Standardized Contracts for Builders & Remodelers
Custom builders & remodelers can save thousands in legal fees by using standardized contracts offered by the association. The 2013 - 2015 Texas Residential Construction Contracts Package is a valuable member benefit, free with your membership to the Custom Builders Council and/or the Remodelers Council.
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Newsmaker of the Month
Though Larry Abbott was personally fulfilled in a career working at the Center for Criminal Adolescents in Syracuse, New York, the potential for paying his bills on his salary was always questionable. Larry left his home state in 1978 in his '73 Plymouth Duster, doling out his limited funds in D.C., South Carolina, Florida and Georgia on his journey to a more lucrative future. He ended up in Houston where, needing money, he was told "If you can swing a hammer you're hired."
Larry later set out on his own, and is now the founder and owner of Abbott Contracting. Larry joined the GHBA Remodelers Council to learn how to become more professional and to develop professional relationships. "I find the council members to be friendly and very willing to share their ideas, problems and solutions," said Larry... Read more
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