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  • Houston's Best PRISM Awards

    Daring, over-the-top, and just plain fun. That's what's in store for the 2015 Houston's Best PRISM Awards, themed "Moulin Rouge." This black-tie gala will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Hilton Americas Hotel.

    The highly coveted PRISM Awards honor the best of the best in the home building industry, in the categories of People, Product and Promotion. Individual tickets and table packages available now.

    Order by Sept. 18 and save!

    Get Your Tickets Today
  • Sunbelt Builders Show™ The award-winning Sunbelt Builders Show draws thousands of residential construction industry professionals from the U.S., Canada and Mexico to more than 200 exhibit booths. Additionally, the Show features special networking events, keynote speakers, quality educational sessions and a solid sales and marketing atmosphere.
    Every year, more than 2,000 leaders in single and multi-family building, remodeling, land development, finance and management come together to share the latest information, exchange ideas, and foster lasting personal and professional relationships.
    Register Today
  • The Future of Green Anyone can claim to be green. GBGC homes and products are different. We adhere to the one and only national green standard and require strict compliance and third party verification procedures. There's no way around it. Only the most efficient, eco-friendly homes and products can receive the GBGC certification.
    Show your customers you are committed to providing the very best in energy efficiency and savings. Join the GBGC program today.
    Get Certified Today!
  • Save BIG on Health Insurance Association Offers NEW Member Benefit—For the first time, the association is able to offer health insurance to GHBA members as a group. With Health Care Reform, your current rates will most likely increase, and you can be penalized if you do not have health insurance. The GHBA program has been designed to insulate you from rate increases now, and in years to come. There are many plans to choose from, including additional benefits such as dental and vision plans. This is one of the most significant extra benefits that GHBA has been able to offer its members. Find Out More!
  • Builders, Market Your Homes Free GHBA builder members can list their homes and communities on GHBA.org for free. Powered by NewHomeSource, the GHBA website is another resource for shoppers specifically looking for new homes and builders in the Greater Houston area. Listings feature only new homes, so you won't be competing with re-sales, rentals and, most importantly, no foreclosures! You can easily expand your reach beyond GHBA.org to include NewHomeSource.com, AOL Real Estate, Yahoo! Real Estate, Trulia, Zillow, Homegain, Front Door and more. Sign Up Today
  • Online Career Center Matches You with Top Candidates Hiring? Reach the most qualified candidates by posting your job opening on GHBA's Online Career Center. Check out resumes and only pay for the ones that interest you. Access to some of the best professionals in the field!
    Job seekers, set up email job alerts and never let a matching opportunity pass you by. Whether you're actively or passively seeking work, your online resume is your ticket to great offers.
    Search Candidates or Post Resume
  • Education: Invest in Your Future Members with professional designations earn more money than their counterparts, according to the NAHB Builder Member Census.
    • Members holding the Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation had company revenues averaging $1,610,529 more than those without an NAHB builder designation.
    • The Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) — $990,189 more
    • The Certified Green Professional™ (CGP) — $824,124 more
    • The Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) — $506,414 more
    • The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) — $110,838 more
    Get started today!
  • You're a Member Too Campaign GHBA has more than 1,500 member firms. And every employee of those companies is a member of GHBA. Yes, that means you! As a member, you have full access to all the resources offered by the association. How can you take advantage of the many educational, networking and leadership opportunities offered by the association? Where do you fit in?
  • Model Construction Safety Program and Jobsite Safety Standards Package TAB's Model Safety Plan and training webinar will provide you with comprehensive guidelines to help you train your employees regarding their responsibilities and to help you establish good safety procedures and systems for recordkeeping required by OSHA. Info & package ordering

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Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the recent flooding and natural disasters in the Houston area. We want to offer the GHBA's support as you deal with the aftermath. As we all begin to rebuild, here are a few tips and resources to help.

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


Top Stories

City of Houston Builders: Chapter 42 Changes are Here!

On July 24, new Chapter 42 development regulations went into effect. These changes were a result of GHBA meetings with Planning Commission members and Super Neighborhood Alliance members over the past two years. The purpose of the meetings was to address remaining neighborhood concerns and builder needs not addressed in the 2013 amendments. GHBA representatives attended these meetings in order to protect the compromises made in the Chp 42 negotiations, as well as tackle a few builder-related items left out of the amendments. Additionally, these changes were presented to the In-Town Builders Task Force during an April 14 meeting and include new, builder-friendly allowances. The Houston City Council adopted these changes last month. For more information please see:

More information about the status of minimum lot size and building line applications

Disaster Remediation — Important Statutory Requirements

In response to flooding and other weather events across Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 24 counties. Additional counties may be added to the declaration as the situation develops.

With the Disaster Declaration in many counties around Texas, Ch. 57 of the Business and Commerce Code applies to some contracts to clean up or rebuild in those areas (those contractors with offices in the affected counties or adjacent counties for over a year are exempt). This document includes a brief explanation of the implications of the act and the statute itself. We encourage you to review the statute, as ignoring these requirements could result in a deceptive trade practices violation.

Helpful Links for All Texans:
Rebuilding Following a Disaster | FEMA | Red Cross | Small Business Administration | TxDOT

The ins and outs of hiring a contractor to repair or rebuild homes damaged in recent storms. Radio interview with Toy Wood, CEO of the GHBA on The Eagle:



City of Houston Flood Recovery Information

As of June 12, the City of Houston issued the following letter to homeowners hit in some of the hardest flood areas during the Memorial Day holiday with instruction about how to repair homes located in the floodplain.

Additionally, the Houston Public Works Department has circulated the following fact sheet that provides detailed information about obtaining a Floodplain Development Permit.

Lastly, at the website below, members of the public may find more information about the flood management office; permits for flood damage repair; and obtaining a Substantial Damage determination as well as appealing a Substantial Damage determination.

FAQ: Repairing Flood DamageHomeowner LetterFloodplain Development Permit

The Economic Outlook for Homebuilding in Houston

Over 750 guests heard from Dr. Mark Dotzour at the 2015 GHBA Mid-Year Economic Forecast Luncheon, June 2 at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Dotzour is the chief economist for the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, and a foremost expert on the housing industry.

"Houston is definitely the place to be... Boom-shack-a-lacka!!" said Dotzour. (Yes, those were his words.)

Dr. Dotzour was in rare form for the keynote speech. He shared good news: consumer spending is up and debt is down, small businesses are planning to hire, but housing starts are still behind.

By popular request, the GHBA would like to share the slide presentation with our members. Stay tuned for a full recap of the luncheon in the July issue of Houston Builder magazine.

Download the Presentation

GHBA Wins 'Grand Award' from National: We're tops in membership recruitment!

The Greater Houston Builders Association has won the NAHB Grand Award for Numerical Increase for membership recruitment efforts in 2014. The association achieved the highest numerical increase in membership last year, more than all other local associations in Groups 1 & 2!

Every year, NAHB’s Grand Awards honor local and state HBAs that have demonstrated exceptional achievement in membership growth and retention. These awards are given to the top association from each group size in several membership categories including numerical increase, percentage increase, annual retention rate and highest increase in Affiliate members.

This achievement is a huge win for the GHBA, and just proves that our members are the best of the best! Special thanks to our super-star Membership Department, Membership & Retention Committees, and let's not forget our SPIKES, who work year-round to recruit new members to make our association stronger. To join the SPIKE membership efforts, email Lisa Pepitone.








Member Benefits & Quick Links

Houston Builder Magazine

Houston Builder MagazineThe 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.

Read HB online

Standardized Contracts for Builders & Remodelers

Contracts for members of the custom builders council and remodelers councilCustom 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.

Not a member yet? Join today!

Access Remodeler Contracts Access Custom Builder Contracts

 

Newsmaker of the Month

Megan StarnesMegan Starnes is the customer relations manager for Allpoints Surveying, which currently provides surveying services to 18 of the top 20 builders in Houston. Megan has been active in the GHBA for just over three years, and has quickly become a contributing force in a variety of areas, including BABA, Education, Custom Builders, and Volume Builders. She received a Presidential Citation for her work with the Sales and Marketing Council, and she has helped two different GHBA presidents plan their installation celebrations. Megan also served as the Young Professionals Committee president, and is now the Associate Council treasurer.

"Three years ago this July, I moved to Houston not knowing a single person," says Megan. "By getting involved with the GHBA, I have developed lasting relationships that have also helped me further my career. I feel lucky to be a part of such a great company in the nation's healthiest housing market, and I wouldn't be where I am today without my involvement in the GHBA."

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Discounts on Products & Services You Already Use

Discounts on products and services you already use! Member advantage from the National Association of Home BuildersAs a GHBA member, you have access to discounts and savings opportunities offered by many top companies, like Hertz, Lowe's, Fedex, HP and more.

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Hot Button Issues

Water Heater ChangesNew residential water heater energy-efficiency standards went into effect April 16, requiring 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 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. Learn More

Building Green hammerAnyone who has lived in the Gulf Coast climate can tell you, it's a different world here. Choosing a Green Built Gulf Coast Home is your guarantee of an authentic green home, built with specific modifications to thrive in the Gulf Coast. Anyone can claim to be green. GBGC homes and products are different. Only the most efficient, eco-friendly homes and products can receive our certification. No need to shop around... all of the city's participating green builders are here.

Find a Green Home Become GBGC Certified

OSHA Fall protection guidelinesOSHA inspectors are in Houston for the specific purpose of inspecting new homes. It is critically important to be well informed on the Fall Protection Guidelines and other OSHA standards. Non-compliance is not an option! To help members stay in compliance, the Texas Association of Buildres has created the Texas Model Construction Safety Program and Jobsite Safety Standards Package. The plan and training webinar will provide you with comprehensive guidelines to help you train your employees regarding their responsibilities and to help you establish good safety procedures and systems for recordkeeping required by OSHA.
Safety Program Info & Package Ordering OSHA Guidelines Builder Resources from NAHB

City of Houston inspections

Improved Building Inspection Notification Feature

Beginning October 15, 2014 the City of Houston will expand its existing notification service to notify users with a two hour window. This improved service will provide the registered users with an opportunity to be notified of the inspector arriving for the inspection with more accuracy, saving you valuable time and money.

Existing users will not need to take any action to receive this added feature; however, new users will need to register for this feature. Register for Inspection Notifications


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