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  • 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 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 to include, 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
  • Houston's Best PRISM Awards The GHBA Sales & Marketing Council has been honoring the building industry's finest for more than 30 years with its elegant dinner and awards gala—the Houston's Best PRISM Awards. The PRISM distinction (Professional Results in Sales & Marketing) has long been synonymous with the industry's highest caliber of excellence. This iconic night recognized the pinnacle of excellence in homebuilding on October 5, 2013 at the Marriott Sugar Land Town Square.    Congratulations to the Winners
  • Plan Your 2014 Involvement Sponsorships are selling out fast! Make your 2014 commitments today before all the best opportunities are gone.

    Are you looking to target custom home builders? Remodelers? Would you like to be present at large formal events such as Extravaganza or the Houston's Best PRISM Awards? Do you prefer to network in a more casual setting, such as one of our golf tournaments, a young professionals event, or a cook-off? Sponsorships to fit any budget.
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  • 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 Professionalâ„¢ (CGP) — $824,124 more
    • The Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) — $506,414 more
    • The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) — $110,838 more
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  • 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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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

Top Stories

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.

Variance Request Form City's Revised Requirements

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.

Read More About the Winners

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

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.

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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.

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Newsmaker of the Month

Larry AbbottThough 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

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


Flood Insurance Legislation: Over $1 Billion in Savings Due to NAHB's Hard Work

The numbers are in on The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. Championed by NAHB, this recently enacted legislation will provide a significant boost to home building and remodeling as well as certainty and financial stability to the National Flood Insurance Program. NAHB's experts estimate that in 2014, the new law will result in a total of more than $1 billion of housing market activity, including: $755 million in new home construction, and $361 million in additional remodeling activity.

FEMA's Statement of Implementation    Read NAHB's Press Release

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

OSHA Fall protection guidelines New design values for ALL sizes and grades of visually graded Southern Pine dimension lumber were published in the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau's (SPIB) Supplement No.13 to the 2002 Standard Grading Rules for Southern Pine Lumber in February. New design values become effective June 1, 2013 and apply only to new construction; the integrity of existing structures designed and built using design values meeting applicable building codes at the time of permitting does not change. Southern Pine design values, Q&As and span tables

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