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  • City of Houston Runoff Election GHBA's political action committee has endorsed Bill King in the run-off election for Houston mayor, citing the businessman's "great experience" and ability to help grow the local economy.
    HOME-PAC Trustees also endorsed Amanda Edwards in the At-Large Position 4 runoff and pledged more financial support to three incumbent council members: Mike Laster, District J; David Robinson, At Large Position 2; and Jack Christie, At Large Position 3.
    Early voting in the city run-off is Dec 2-8, and election day is Dec 12.
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  • International Builders Show Improve your business in just 3 days at IBS 2016!
    At the 2016 NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS), you'll learn from some of the industry's best speakers, see live construction demos by leading experts and explore top manufacturers and suppliers — all at the building industry's biggest event. Take advantage of this opportunity to invest in your future and get the tools you need to become an industry leader.
    NAHB members get exclusive registration discounts. Join us January 19–21, 2016 in Las Vegas!
    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 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
  • 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
    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

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GHBA HOME-PAC Endorses Businessman Bill King for Mayor

The political action committee of the GHBA has endorsed Bill King in the run-off election for Houston mayor. "Mr. King will bring great business experience to the mayor's office, and we believe, is best suited to foster a sound fiscal environment that will spur more economic growth in our city," said Mike Moody, GHBA HOME-PAC Vice Chair and President of Newmark Homes.

GHBA HOME-PAC directs financial support of the homebuilding industry and is committed to protecting housing affordability and consumer choices.

"This strong endorsement of our 'back to basics' message comes from one of Houston's leading business groups, a group that fully understands the importance of fiscally responsible leadership at City Hall," said King. "In a very real sense, Houston's voters face the same clear choice that GHBA HOME-PAC did — and after seeing their taxes and fees explode by a billion dollars over the last six years, I want city voters to know a vote for our campaign is vote to make City Hall start living within its means once again."

Early voting in the city run-off is Dec 2-8, and election day is Dec 12. For more information about Bill King and his campaign, please go to:

Industry's Best Honored at Annual PRISM Awards

The winners of the Houston's Best PRISM Awards were announced at a black tie gala event on Saturday, October 3. With a fun Moulin Rouge theme, this year's event was a spectacular success, as more than 800 industry professionals and guests gathered at the Hilton Americas for a night of Parisian intrigue.

For nearly 40 years, the coveted PRISM Awards have recognized the best of the finest homebuilding industry professionals in the categories of People, Product and Promotion.

Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners and a huge 'thank you' to all of the entrants, sponsors, SMC board members, judges and volunteer drivers for making the entire event joyful and memorable.

See the full list of winners: Official Winner's Guide [7MB]

Event Photos & Video, courtesy of RREA Media Photo Downloads

Revisions to Historic Preservation Ordinance in effect Nov 6

Over the last year, GHBA remodelers and builders have participated in stakeholder meetings with the City of Houston in order to make minor revisions to the Historic Preservation Ordinance. After many discussions and negotiations, the Houston City Council approved the revisions on October 7, 2015.

In addition to these revisions, two changes were offered at the council table. The first change was rejected thanks to the efforts of the GHBA, HAR and Houstonians for Responsible Growth. The rejected amendment proposed to lower the 67% voter threshold required for neighborhoods to establish a historic district. Thankfully, the majority of city council agreed with the GHBA and opposed the amendment.

However, the second amendment was approved. It establishes a new appeals board that will include five members: two former members of the Planning Commission; two former members of the Historic Preservation Commission and one citizen representative. All members must be appointed by the mayor and approved by city council. See the amendment text here.

For more information, contact

City of Houston Builders: Chapter 42 Changes are Here!

On July 24, 2015 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:

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

Will HolderWill Holder, president of Trendmaker Homes, has been a GHBA leader and a visionary. Will's involvement with the GHBA has been deep with a broad range of commitments. He has been an active board member and was board president in 2012. He initiated the You're a Member Too program, an outreach to encourage employee members to participate in the GHBA at all levels. Will wanted to remove the idea that only "executives" can participate in GHBA events and boards.

Will also appreciates the value of engaging young voices and perspectives within the industry. The GHBA Young Professionals (YP) was created during his term as president, and he continues to mentor the program. Will is also a huge advocate of the association's Government Affairs program, green building, education and charitable efforts. He also frequently serves as an industry spokesperson when the media comes calling for comments. His depth of knowledge and experience and his thoughtful commentary, have helped maintain the GHBA as a respected source. 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

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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