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  • You're a Member Too Campaign GHBA has more than 1,600 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?
  • 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
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  • Houston's Best PRISM Awards For more than 35 years, the Houston's Best PRISM Awards have honored the industry's finest in the categories of People, Product and Promotion.
    The awards gala, themed "Bollywood Nights" will be held this Fall.
    Sponsorships available now!
  • What's Hot at the EXPO Join us at the Product EXPO! This popular annual event features the hottest new products and services from GHBA associate members. Builders, remodelers and developers are invited to attend free. The day also includes a host of classes and seminars right at the EXPO.

    Associates, reserve your booth before they sell out! Contact Donna Buenik at 281-664-1429 to learn more.
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  • 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.
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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 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.
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  • 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

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.

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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, professional development, and valuable services to its members and the homebuilding industry.” Learn more


Top Stories

OSHA Reaches Confined Spaces Litigation Settlement

OSHA confined spaces rule On May 24, 2016, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a statement regarding the settlement to the agency's Confined Spaces in Construction final rule. This settlement comes a year after issuing the rule and the subsequent opposition from the NAHB. The rule, as published, was ambiguous in its definition of a "confined space" and would have been especially onerous on the residential homebuilding industry. As part of the settlement, OSHA has published a detailed Q & A to explain how the rule applies to spaces such as attics, basements and crawl spaces in residential homes. This will clarify the scope of the standard, as well as how the standard will apply to attics, crawl spaces, basements, and other potential confined space or permit-required confined space exposures that may occur during the course of residential construction work. By and large, areas in a residential home will not typically trigger the confined spaces requirements.
Read the Q & A

Know the Law: Paths to 2015 Energy Code Compliance

2015 IRC bookHouse Bill 1736 will take effect on September 1, 2016. This legislation makes the energy provisions of the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) the minimum standard for energy efficiency all across Texas. It also ensures that the state cannot adopt another energy code for six years and amends one of the compliance tools to make it more attainable for those who choose that path of compliance.

While HB 1736 was a significant victory for the GHBA and the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) during the 2015 Legislative Session, it will change how you build and remodel. Air leakage, duct blaster tests, air barriers, whole-house ventilation, HERS, ERI, SEER, SHGC, U-Factors, R-Values, compliance methods, mandatory provisions, stickers, lighting, insulated headers, ladder tees, and more are mentioned in this new code. Are you ready for it?

To ease the transition into the state energy mandates, attend TAB 2016 Energy Code Training offered by the GHBA. The class includes: REGISTER NOW

  • Compliance Standards Overview and Who It Affects
  • Paths to 2015 Energy Code Compliance
  • Takeaway and Q & A

Construction Industry Voices Concerns With Silica Rule

OSHA silica ruleThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its final rule that aims to protect workers from exposure to silica dust. The new rule would reduce the allowed exposure to silica from 250 micrograms per cubic meter to 50 micrograms over an eight-hour period. New standards take effect on June 23 of this year, and construction companies must comply within one year.

OSHA's new rule also mandates that companies must record instances of worker exposure to silica and provide medical exams every three years for workers exposed to the substance for long enough periods to necessitate the use of a protective respirator for 30 days or more a year.

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), a consortium of 25 trade associations, has voiced concerns with the final rule. CISC estimates the new rule could cost the industry billions of dollars more than the government estimated, and predicted it will lead to the loss of more than 33,000 full-time jobs among contractors, equipment suppliers, and building products manufacturers.

"NAHB has long advocated the importance of the rule being both technologically and economically feasible," said Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). "While we're still reviewing the final rule, we're concerned that it may not adequately address these issues and take into consideration real-world application." Read more

New Developments in the TARGET Lawsuit

The EPA's "Waters of the U.S." rule dramatically expands jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act and the ramifications of the rule are enormous for business—especially for the home building, land development, construction and transportation infrastructure sectors. The rule subjects the Texas Coastal Prairie Wetlands to subjective case-by-case analyses and regulators are directed to consider them as a system. If the Texas specific part of the rule is permitted to stand, the economic vitality of our region will be severely damaged and land owners will have to forego the use of their property.

Last November, the GHBA, along with other development stakeholders (TARGET), filed a Petition for Review with the Sixth Circuit. While other lawsuits seek to take down the entire rule, our legal strategy is designed to remove the weakest, most capricious, and scientifically vulnerable portion of the rule—the Texas Coastal Prairie Wetlands provision.

On February 22, 2016, the Sixth Circuit panel decided to hear consolidated suits over EPA's water rule. The entire process could take months, possibly stretching into more than a year.

In light of this recent decision, the stakeholder members of TARGET, including the GHBA, are consulting with counsel on next steps in proceeding with the lawsuit. GHBA has already financially committed and will continue to support these lawsuits, but we need individual members to commit as well. Read more

Effective Date of 2012 IRC Extended to February, 1 2016

Late last year, the GHBA was successful in working with the City of Houston to extend the effective date of the 2012 IRC to February 1, 2016. Please see the City of Houston's most recent notice here.

During our meetings, GHBA members were also informed that there are two unenforced codes that will be enforced as of February 1, 2016. These requirements have always been in the code, but were not enforced. They are:

  • Any projection less than 3’ from the property line (ie: eaves or soffits), will have to have one-hour fire resistance material put on the face and underside and will be subject to inspection at the time of the firewall installation. In order to comply, consider the following option – eliminating the eaves (zero overhang) to remain greater than 3’ from the property line. Also, consult with your roofing and energy specialists about increasing your attic air flow to meet requirements for lower ventilators.
  • The City of Houston amendments to the IRC calls for a 32” clear path of egress to a public right of way. As a result, if you are building 3’ from the property line, be mindful about installing fences, overflows, gas meters, cleanouts, etc. which could cut into the 36” and get below 32”. Also, if using siding or stucco, be aware that they too decrease the space. At this time, there are no exceptions for projections into the clear 32” width of passage between the ground and 6’8” high.

Questions? Email Bradley Pepper or call (281) 664-1430.

Download Code Changes Above Review All 2012 IRC Amendments







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 2015 - 2017 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!

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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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