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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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  • 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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  • 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

GHBA Names Industry's 'Of the Year' Winners for 2015

The GHBA recently announced the 2015 "Of the Year Awards" at the GHBA's 75th Anniversary celebration and tribute to the United States military. The evening, titled 75 Years of Building the American Dream, was also the installation ceremony for the incoming GHBA president, board of directors and a tribute to retiring CEO, Toy Wood. The annual 'Of the Year' award winners are selected by industry peers. Winners are:

Bud Inscho Associate of the Year: Jennifer Wall, Bison Building Materials
Outstanding Young Professional of the Year: Megan Starnes, Allpoints Builder Surveying
Developer of the Year Award: Ed Taravella, TARACORP
Custom Builder of the Year: Brandon Lynch, Keechi Creek Builders
Remodeler of the Year: Tom Pellegrin, Third Coast Builders
Builder of the Year: Perry Homes
Presidential Citations: Toner Kersting, Snyder Energy Services; Greg Madrey, TamlynWrap®; and Beth Holman, Tri-Tech Surveying/BEC-Lin Engineering

Read more about the winners

COH Electronic Plan Review (EPR): Changes to the Requirements

Effective January 18, 2016, plans approved electronically no longer have to be printed in color. The approved plan set can be printed in black and white and must be kept at the jobsite throughout the duration of construction.

Additionally, the Plan Review Section will make modifications to the naming convention of files. Currently, drawings are named using the initial of the applicable discipline and the sheet number (e.g. A.001). To facilitate the review of plans, a description will need to be included in the file name. File names will still be limited to 70 characters, and a resubmitted file must have the exact name as the original file.

WORKSHOPS: The Houston Permitting Center is offering free Electronic Plan Review (EPR) workshops for the public. Each workshop will guide you through the residential and commercial EPR process via hands-on, instructor-led training.

To register, visit www.hpceservices.org and click on the calendar widget in the right margin. An email address is required for each attendee. The information will be used to create a practice account during the workshop. Seating is limited, so please limit tickets to a single date. Each workshop date covers the same material.

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January 29 Named "Toy Wood Day" by City of Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council recognized retiring GHBA CEO and Executive Vice President Toy Wood for her long-standing contribution to Houston's home building industry.

Mayor Turner and city council members presented Toy with a proclamation highlighting her years of service at the GHBA and leadership at GHBA's HomeAid Houston. The proclamation also marked January 29, 2016 as "Toy Wood Day." During the presentation, Toy was joined by GHBA staff, GHBA members and fellow colleagues in the Houston development community. Congratulations Toy!

GHBA's 2016 Forecast Luncheon Offers Optimistic Outlook

On Tuesday, January 12, before a sold-out crowd of nearly 1,000, three well-known economists presented their thoughts on 2016 and the home building industry. The panel, moderated by GHBA Secretary Ron Martin with M|I Homes, consisted of Scott Davis, Regional Director-Houston, with Metrostudy|A Hanley Wood Company; Kevin Gillen, Ph.D., Chief Economist for Meyers Research, LLC; and David Jarvis, Senior Vice President|Consulting with John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

The price of oil, jobs, interest rates and other topics were discussed, but the bottom line seemed to be, "Stay lean, keep some cash, but keep on building!" Following are their presentations.

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.

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.

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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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