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
Disaster Remediation — Important Statutory Requirements
In response to flooding and other weather events across Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 24 counties. Additional counties may be added to the declaration as the situation develops.
With the Disaster Declaration in many counties around Texas, Ch. 57 of the Business and Commerce Code applies to some contracts to clean up or rebuild in those areas (those contractors with offices in the affected counties or adjacent counties for over a year are exempt). This document includes a brief explanation of the implications of the act and the statute itself. We encourage you to review the statute, as ignoring these requirements could result in a deceptive trade practices violation.
The ins and outs of hiring a contractor to repair or rebuild homes damaged in recent storms. Radio interview with Toy Wood, CEO of the GHBA on The Eagle:
City of Houston Flood Recovery Information
As of June 12, the City of Houston issued the following letter to homeowners hit in some of the hardest flood areas during the Memorial Day holiday with instruction about how to repair homes located in the floodplain.
Additionally, the Houston Public Works Department has circulated the following fact sheet that provides detailed information about obtaining a Floodplain Development Permit.
Lastly, at the website below, members of the public may find more information about the flood management office; permits for flood damage repair; and obtaining a Substantial Damage determination as well as appealing a Substantial Damage determination.
The Economic Outlook for Homebuilding in Houston
Over 750 guests heard from Dr. Mark Dotzour at the 2015 GHBA Mid-Year Economic Forecast Luncheon, June 2 at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Dotzour is the chief economist for the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, and a foremost expert on the housing industry.
"Houston is definitely the place to be... Boom-shack-a-lacka!!" said Dotzour. (Yes, those were his words.)
Dr. Dotzour was in rare form for the keynote speech. He shared good news: consumer spending is up and debt is down, small businesses are planning to hire, but housing starts are still behind.
By popular request, the GHBA would like to share the slide presentation with our members. Stay tuned for a full recap of the luncheon in the July issue of Houston Builder magazine.
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
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
Gigi Lilly, account manager for Perfect Image Signs, has forged a deep path within the homebuilding industry in many ways, and especially through her involvement with the GHBA. She manages numerous builder and developer accounts, and is proud of the work the company does for its growing list of customers.
"We are known for customer service and quality and we work hard to provide products and services that attract new clients," she said. "We help brand your business and create impulse sales. Services include creating signs that are temporary, permanent, commercial, residential, exterior and interior, directional and monument or banners."
Gigi is the current SMC president, and a board member since 2009. She was awarded SMC Associate of the Year in 2011 and has been chairing the Houston's Best PRISM Judging Committee in 2011. In 2014, Gigi received a Presidential Citation, an award for outstanding contributions to the association. Read more
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