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
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
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.Read more
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
The 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.
Standardized Contracts for Builders & Remodelers
Custom 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 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
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