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  • Vote for Proposition 1 This November remember to vote for Proposition 1! GHBA strongly supports this constitutional amendment that would authorize annual disbursements from the state's oil and gas production tax collections to the State Highway Fund. It is estimated that $1.7 billion would be transferred to the State Highway Fund in the first year. Read more on Prop 1 and download GHBA's HOME-PAC 2014 Voter Guide
  • Plan Your 2015 Involvement Sponsorships are selling out fast! Make your 2015 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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  • 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 the Date for Rally Day 2015! On March 4, over 1,000 builders from the 31 local associations of the Texas Association of Builders will converge on Austin to visit with their state senators and representatives about legislation affecting homebuilders. Last session, over 120 GHBA members participated in Rally Day. There are still a few 2015 Rally Day sponsorships remaining; to learn more about this great opportunity to showcase your business and support GHBA's advocacy, please contact Amy Carl at acarl@ghba.org or (281) 664-1433. Find Out More
  • 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.
    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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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

Mission Complete: Houston's Best PRISM Awards

The winners of the Houston's Best PRISM Awards were announced at a black tie gala event on Saturday, October 4. With a fun James Bond "Diamonds are Forever" theme, this year's "mission" was successful, as more than 700 industry professionals and guests gathered at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for a night of mystery and intrigue.

For more than 30 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.

If you missed the show, check out all of the winners and finalists here, download the official Winner's Guide [9MB] or stop by the GHBA to pick up your copy. Want more? Click for event photos, video and a preview of next year's PRISM event.

OSHA Announces New Reporting Requirements

(NAHB Now) - The federal Occupational Safety and and Health Administration announced a final rule that requires employers to notify the agency—within 24 hours—whenever an employee has an occupational-related in-patient hospital stay, amputation, or loss of an eye.

The rule goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015, and applies to all employers—even those with fewer than 10 employees.

Previously, OHSA's regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities, and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule.

To make these requirements a little less burdensome, OSHA is developing a website for employers to report incidents electronically, in addition to the phone reporting options. You can also use NAHB's Recordkeping Toolkit to learn more about the revised regulation and what you need to do to stay in compliance. OSHA's New Website NAHB's Recordkeeping Toolkit

Updates to the COH Infrastructure Design Manual, Chapter 9 & 13

GHBA has been working with the City of Houston and Public Works Department (PWE) since last summer on changes to the City's Infrastructure Design Manual, in particular, Chapters 9 & 13, which provide guidance for city-wide stormwater detention.

Initially, PWE proposed to reduce the assumed percentage of impervious cover for single family residential lots 15,000 square feet or less from 75 percent to 50 percent. However, GHBA was successful in convincing PWE to raise their proposal to 65 percent. Additionally, the Mayor's staff proposed to allow residential builders to use porous pavement on driveways. Further, if builders choose to install porous pavers, up to 10 percent of the porous pavers would be considered as pervious.

GHBA accepted this proposal and worked with PWE in order to provide a pre-approved standard drawing of a porous paver system that builders may attach to plans. This agreement saves builders significant time and an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 as they will not be required to submit engineered site plans when choosing to use porous pavers. However, builders may elect to submit a separate signed and sealed drawing as long as it meets the minimum standards provided in PWE's pre-approved drawing. The revised regulations in Chapters 9 & 13 will go into effect on December 1, 2014. Read more

EPA's Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule

On November 14, the public comment period ends for EPA's proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule. This proposed rule broadens the EPA's regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act by expanding the definition of jurisdictional waters to include natural, man-altered or man-made tributaries.

This proposed rule will subject developers, farmers and ranchers to significantly more Clean Water Act permitting requirements, NEPA analyses, mitigation requirements and lawsuits challenging local actions.

Instead of providing helpful guidance, the EPA has created new and confusing terms in the proposed rule including "neighboring," "floodplain" and "riparian areas," thereby subjecting all such waters to new federal authority.

GHBA strongly opposes this rule and as a result, will soon circulate GHBA's comment letter as well as a draft letter for any interested GHBA members to individually submit to the EPA. Read More








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

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

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

Energy Code

GHBA 2014 Energy Code Update

On May 29, the GHBA hosted an Energy Code Update for 2014.

Provided at the update included a presentation on the Green Built Gulf Coast program, Energy Star, the 2009 IECC, the 2012 IECC and City of Houston energy code information. If you were unable to attend the update, you may access the presentation here.

Energy Code Update Presentation

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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