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
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
Attention Four-Story Builders
Please see the below Code Words from the City of Houston's Building Official:
The following Code Word provides clarification on the use of a NFPA 13R sprinkler system in single family residences. The Code Word states that if the design of a single family residential structure exceeds three stories, a sprinkler system must be provided to ensure additional fire protection. In Type V construction, the fourth story is only allowed when the building is equipped with the NFPA 13R system.
Additionally, the second Code Word provides information about rooftop applications that will not be considered as a fourth story. Further, this Code Word clarifies which rooftop structures are permitted in a three story residence without be considered a fourth story as it applies to the IRC. Email Casey for more information
GHBA Names 2013 "Of the Year" Award Winners
The GHBA recently announced the "Of the Year Awards" for 2013 Volume Builder, Custom Builder, Developer, Remodeler and the coveted Bud Inscho Associate of the Year award at the 73rd Anniversary Extravaganza held at the Hotel ZaZa. Dan Bawden with Legal Eagle Contractors and Toy Wood, CEO of the GHBA, presented the awards. The annual "Of the Year" award winners are selected by industry peers.
The Extravaganza event also marks the installation ceremony for the incoming GHBA president, Leslie King with Greymark Construction, and the 2014 board of directors and officers.
House Votes to Block EPA Proposal on Clean Water Act
On September 9, the House passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which prohibits the EPA and Corps from finalizing the proposed Clean Water Act rule that unjustifiably broadens the definition of navigable waters. The legislation passed with a bi-partisan vote of 262 to 152.
The following members of the GHBA Federal Delegation voted in favor of H.R. 5078: Representatives Kevin Brady, John Culberson, Gene Green, Michael McCaul, Pete Olson, Ted Poe, Steve Stockman and Randy Weber. We appreciate their support on such a critical issue!
The next step for H.R. 5078 is for the legislation to be sent to the Senate for consideration. However, due to the fact that Congress will recess soon for the mid-term elections, the Senate is not likely to address the bill. But, despite being stalled in the Senate, H.R. 5078 sends a strong message to the EPA and Corps that their proposed rule should be re-evaluated and further reviewed. Read more on H.R. 5078
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
Though 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
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