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 seven 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
Show Congress the Power of Housing—At Home!
This year you can participate in NAHB's legislative conference—without going to Washington! The legislative conference is normally held in conjunction with NAHB's Spring Board of Directors Meeting, but Congress won't be in session when the board meets this year in June. As a result, all home builder associations across the country will host, "Bringing Housing Home," during the week of March 17. "Bringing Housing Home" will be an opportunity for house delegation members to meet with builders, developers, remodelers and trade associates – their constituents –hile working in their districts.
On March 18 and 19, the GHBA will individually host Houston-area House Congressional Delegation members at GHBA headquarters. During the meetings, we will discuss pressing home building-related issues such as labor shortages, comprehensive immigration reform, implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act/reforming the flood insurance program, GSE reform and tax reform.
If you would like to participate in these congressional meetings, you must attend the Government Affairs Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 12, at 2 p.m. at the GHBA. Email Casey to find out more!
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
City of Houston Proposed Addressing Ordinance
On November 6, 2013, the City of Houston's Planning Department provided a presentation to the Developers Council on the City's proposed Addressing Ordinance. The main objectives of the ordinance will be to streamline the addressing process; to have the capability to daily update data electronically; to establish uniform addressing standards; and to establish a central agency for addressing.
The Planning Commission has opened a 30 day public comment period and established a public hearing date of Thursday, February 6, 2014 regarding the Department's proposal to create a consolidated addressing ordinance. To view the draft ordinance, go to: www.HoustonPlanning.com. See the Address Ordinance heading under “Notices.”
For questions about the proposed ordinance, the public may contact Assistant Director for the Planning Department, Michael Kramer, at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-837-7781. View the Draft Ordinance
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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