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, professional development, and valuable services to its members and the homebuilding industry.” Learn more
Big Changes Coming for Water Heater Efficiency. Ready?
New residential water heater energy-efficiency standards that go into effect April 16 will require changes to the installation of many residential water heaters. Most water heaters with a capacity of 55 gallons or less will require more installation space, and those larger than 55 gallons in capacity will see additional, more significant changes. However, products manufactured before April 16 can still be bought and installed after the changeover date.
These new efficiency standards will require much higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings for larger water heaters, making a huge impact, especially on how these types of water heaters are manufactured, distributed, installed and/or vented.
The more common-sized water heaters of 55 gallons or less will likely be larger by roughly 2 inches in height and diameter to account for the additional insulation needed to meet the new standard. This may require builders to account for the increased size in their design. It is expected that replacement water heaters installed in closets will present the biggest problems... Learn More
GHBA Members Rally for Homebuilding in Austin, Win Award for Top Attendance
On Wednesday, March 4, following Rally Day, GHBA leadership accepted a TAB award for best Rally Day attendance. GHBA brought the most members to Rally Day, totaling 160 members!
The next HBA to come close to GHBA's attendance only totaled 80 members. GHBA showed the greatest participation by a long shot, and we increased our attendance by over 50 members from 2013!
Thank you to our Rally Day sponsors and to all members who attended. It was a successful lobby day!
Pictured are: John Williams, K. Hovnanian Family of Builders; Parke Patterson, Parke Patterson Land Development; Casey Morgan, GHBA; Leslie King, Greymark Construction; Mike Dishberger, Sandcastle Homes Inc.; and Stephen Tobin, Paxson & Associates, P.C. Read more about GHBA's legislative priorities this Session
GHBA Names Industry's "Of the Year" Winners for 2014
The GHBA recently announced the 2014 "Of the Year Awards" for Volume Builder, Custom Builder, Developer, Remodeler, Young Professional, and the coveted Bud Inscho Associate of the Year award at the 74th Anniversary Extravaganza held at Union Station at Minute Maid Park. GHBA treasurer, John Madsen CPA, with Bentley, Bratcher and Associates, PC presented the awards. The annual 'Of the Year' award winners are selected by industry peers.
The Board Installation Celebration event also featured the installation ceremony for GHBA President Kevin Frankel and the 2015 board of directors and officers.
Mobility Issues in Montgomery County
In case you missed it, during the last Developers Council meeting on February 4, Rick Staigle, First Assistant Fort Bend County Engineer, gave a presentation to Developers Council on mobility issues in Fort Bend County. This helpful presentation is now available online.
Thanks again to Rick for a great presentation, and we look forward to seeing developers at our next scheduled Developers Council meeting on April 1st at the GHBA where we will host City of Houston Planning Department Director Pat Walsh. (At this time, a March meeting is not scheduled due to Rally Day.)
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OSHA Announces New Reporting Requirements
(NAHB Now) - The federal Occupational Safety and and Health Administration announced a final rule that requires employers to notify the agency—within 24 hours—whenever an employee has an occupational-related in-patient hospital stay, amputation, or loss of an eye.
The rule goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015, and applies to all employers—even those with fewer than 10 employees.
Previously, OHSA's regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities, and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule.
To make these requirements a little less burdensome, OSHA is developing a website for employers to report incidents electronically, in addition to the phone reporting options. You can also use NAHB's Recordkeping Toolkit to learn more about the revised regulation and what you need to do to stay in compliance. OSHA's New Website NAHB's Recordkeeping Toolkit
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
Ryko Development's vice president/general manager Lisa Clark is a trailbreaker. As GHBA's 2006 Developer of the Year, Lisa is the first female to be accorded this honor. The award recognizes Lisa's success in improving the political and economic climate for home builders and developers in the Houston area. Lisa also made history in 2009 as GHBA's first female president since its inception in 1941. With over 28 years experience in real estate development, Lisa Clark has worked in every phase of community development, and her projects have received numerous industry awards. Lisa is one of the prime movers in developing Ryko's Houston communities. Her activities cover every aspect of developing these communities, from land planning and creating MUD districts, overseeing the land development, marketing the community and managing the custom homes sales team and efforts to reach out to the Realtor community. In 2011, Lisa was appointed to the Houston Planning Commission by Mayor Parker. Read more
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