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
Residential Building Code Standards Applicable to Unincorporated Areas of Certain Counties
As a reminder, Harris County requires all home builders to conduct third party inspections for all new homes built after September 1, 2009 in order to ensure compliance with either the 2006 International Residential Code or the version of the IRC that is applicable in the county seat (in the case of Harris County, Houston complies with the 2006 IRC.) This order adopts the provisions of Subchapter F of Chapter 233 of the Texas Local Government Code as enacted by HB 2833 in the 81st Texas State Legislature.
Additionally, the law requires that the results of the third party inspection be posted on a website maintained by the county. For Harris County, please see hcpid.org/permits/bldgcodes/ to become an account holder in order to provide the required inspection information.
HB 2833 was adopted by the Harris Court of Commissioners on August 25, 2009. Memo to the Harris County Commissioners Court & Text of HB 2833
Meeting the 15% Energy Efficiency Improvement Requirement
In 2011, GHBA participated in negotiations with the Code Enforcement Office and, along with other stakeholders, agreed to achieve a 15 percent improvement in energy efficiency above the minimum provisions of the code over the course of three years. In November, GHBA met with the Assistant Director for the City of Houston's Code Enforcement Office to discuss future code changes and requested that builders be allowed to demonstrate improved efficiency by complying with Sec. R405 of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code as published by the ICC. The Code Enforcement Office agreed and added the change as an additional method for builders to select when showing compliance to the 15 percent energy efficiency requirement. This new method will be listed in Section 110 of the energy code under 110.2.4 Performance Approach.
The Code Enforcement Office expects City Council to consider the code change this month, allowing the new method to become available to builders in January. GHBA will continue to keep you updated as this helpful code change is finalized. Code Enforcement Office Presentation
Houston's Best PRISM Award Winners Honored
The best of the best in Houston's homebuilding industry were honored at the Houston's Best PRISM Awards. More than 700 were in attendance for the extravagant Gatsby-themed affair held Saturday, October 5 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. A record-setting 667 entries were received this year. Entries in the categories of People, Project and Promotion were judged by 34 independent industry professionals from across the U.S. Said one judge, "The Houston PRISM judging was fabulous! I find it fascinating to see how incredibly busy the market is in Houston. It's reassuring to know that this industry is on the upswing and I believe Houston is one of the leaders in new home construction."Watch the PRISM Video Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!
GHBA Benefit Homes Project Contributes to Cancer Center for 25 Years
Twenty-five years ago GHBA made an important decision, a decision that has saved the lives of countless children. Thanks to the hard work and open hearts of the participants in the Benefit Homes Project, Texas Children's has been the recipient of more than $1.2 million in philanthropic support since 1988. The generous gifts from you—the GHBA members—have helped propel Texas Children's Cancer Center to breakthroughs in pediatric care that have benefited patients here and around the world for nearly three decades. Play the video to hear a short message of appreciation from the Texas Children's Cancer Center leadership and view a story about one of their special patients—the kind of story your gifts help make possible.
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.
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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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