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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 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
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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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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

Big Changes Coming for Water Heater Efficiency. Ready?

New residential water heater energy-efficiency standards that go into effect April 16 will require 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 will 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.

The more common-sized water heaters of 55 gallons or less will likely be larger by roughly 2 inches in height and diameter to account for the additional insulation needed to meet the new standard. This may require builders to account for the increased size in their design. It is expected that replacement water heaters installed in closets will present the biggest problems... Learn More

GHBA Members Rally for Homebuilding in Austin, Win Award for Top Attendance

On Wednesday, March 4, following Rally Day, GHBA leadership accepted a TAB award for best Rally Day attendance. GHBA brought the most members to Rally Day, totaling 160 members!

The next HBA to come close to GHBA's attendance only totaled 80 members. GHBA showed the greatest participation by a long shot, and we increased our attendance by over 50 members from 2013!

Thank you to our Rally Day sponsors and to all members who attended. It was a successful lobby day!

Pictured are: John Williams, K. Hovnanian Family of Builders; Parke Patterson, Parke Patterson Land Development; Casey Morgan, GHBA; Leslie King, Greymark Construction; Mike Dishberger, Sandcastle Homes Inc.; and Stephen Tobin, Paxson & Associates, P.C. Read more about GHBA's legislative priorities this Session

GHBA Names Industry's "Of the Year" Winners for 2014

GHBA awards Builder, Remodeler, Developer and Associate of the Year for 2014 The GHBA recently announced the 2014 "Of the Year Awards" for Volume Builder, Custom Builder, Developer, Remodeler, Young Professional, and the coveted Bud Inscho Associate of the Year award at the 74th Anniversary Extravaganza held at Union Station at Minute Maid Park. GHBA treasurer, John Madsen CPA, with Bentley, Bratcher and Associates, PC presented the awards. The annual 'Of the Year' award winners are selected by industry peers.

The Board Installation Celebration event also featured the installation ceremony for GHBA President Kevin Frankel and the 2015 board of directors and officers.

Read More About the Winners

Mobility Issues in Montgomery County

In case you missed it, during the last Developers Council meeting on February 4, Rick Staigle, First Assistant Fort Bend County Engineer, gave a presentation to Developers Council on mobility issues in Fort Bend County. This helpful presentation is now available online.

Thanks again to Rick for a great presentation, and we look forward to seeing developers at our next scheduled Developers Council meeting on April 1st at the GHBA where we will host City of Houston Planning Department Director Pat Walsh. (At this time, a March meeting is not scheduled due to Rally Day.)
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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








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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Access Remodeler Contracts Access Custom Builder Contracts

 

Newsmaker of the Month

Leslie KingLeslie King, owner of the award-winning company Greymark Construction, has been working with Houstonians remodeling and designing homes and rooms for more than 20 years. Greymark has established itself as a signature presence in many of Houston's premier areas, specifically inside the Loop, and has won numerous awards over the years. This outstanding presence has been recognized by the GHBA with numerous Houston's Best awards, along with numerous state and national awards. Leslie was the 2014 GHBA president and is also active in the GHBA charity HomeAid Houston, where she chairs the HomeAid Cares Committee. She helps identify smaller projects that are typically remodels for Houston area homeless agencies. She also steps in and helps direct the construction, and her company typically donates remodeling services. She was an RMC board member from 1999 to 2002, and 2011; president of RMC 2001; board of GHBA 2001, 2012 to present and Membership chair 2002. Leslie has two children, Kelly Bemis, 26, and Casey Bemis, 24. GHBA asked Leslie to share a few more facts about herself... 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

National Electric Code NEC 2014

Attention City of Houston Builders & Remodelers — 2014 NEC Changes

At the Oct 14 Remodelers Council Luncheon, Larry Boykin with Image Electric briefly provided this presentation on new codes changes in the 2014 National Electric Code (NEC), which the City of Houston has adopted, effective September 1, 2014.

As a reminder, GHBA Government Affairs wanted all COH builders and remodelers to be aware of changes that affect residential construction and remodeling. RMC Presentation on 2014 NEC Changes More info about complying with new code changes

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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