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
Industry's Best Honored at Annual PRISM Awards
The winners of the Houston's Best PRISM Awards were announced at a black tie gala event on Saturday, October 3. With a fun Moulin Rouge theme, this year's event was a spectacular success, as more than 800 industry professionals and guests gathered at the Hilton Americas for a night of Parisian intrigue.
For nearly 40 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.
See the full list of winners:
Official Winner's Guide [7MB]
Revisions to Historic Preservation Ordinance in effect Nov 6
Over the last year, GHBA remodelers and builders have participated in stakeholder meetings with the City of Houston in order to make minor revisions to the Historic Preservation Ordinance. After many discussions and negotiations, the Houston City Council approved the revisions on October 7, 2015.
In addition to these revisions, two changes were offered at the council table. The first change was rejected thanks to the efforts of the GHBA, HAR and Houstonians for Responsible Growth. The rejected amendment proposed to lower the 67% voter threshold required for neighborhoods to establish a historic district. Thankfully, the majority of city council agreed with the GHBA and opposed the amendment.
However, the second amendment was approved. It establishes a new appeals board that will include five members: two former members of the Planning Commission; two former members of the Historic Preservation Commission and one citizen representative. All members must be appointed by the mayor and approved by city council. See the amendment text here.
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Residential Electronic Plan Review (ERP) Now in Effect
Residential construction building permit applications and plans now have the option of being uploaded for review online. The Electronic Plan Review System (EPR) allows the customer to submit applications from anywhere without having to visit the Permit Office.
Residential Electronic Plan Review will allow all the steps currently handled in the Permitting Office to be completed online — from submitting the application, to generating a project number, uploading the plans, paying plan review deposit fees, and obtaining notification of results. Electronic Plan Review is available for new construction projects and projects that do not qualify for One Stop Plan Review.
The Houston Permitting Center will be holding a presentation on this new system specifically for GHBA members on Wednesday, September 23, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at their offices (1002 Washington Ave, 77002). To attend this presentation, please RSVP here.
If you are unable to attend this session, Permitting will conducting hands-on, instructor-led training in the Electronic Plan Review System throughout September. Visit www.houstonpermittingcenter.org and click on the calendar widget in the right margin for available dates and times.
City of Houston Builders: Chapter 42 Changes are Here!
On July 24, 2015 new Chapter 42 development regulations went into effect. These changes were a result of GHBA meetings with Planning Commission members and Super Neighborhood Alliance members over the past two years. The purpose of the meetings was to address remaining neighborhood concerns and builder needs not addressed in the 2013 amendments. GHBA representatives attended these meetings in order to protect the compromises made in the Chp 42 negotiations, as well as tackle a few builder-related items left out of the amendments. Additionally, these changes were presented to the In-Town Builders Task Force during an April 14 meeting and include new, builder-friendly allowances. The Houston City Council adopted these changes last month. For more information please see:
- Summary of the Ordinance Changes
- COH provided drawing demonstrating compliance for the new basic garbage collection eligibility requirements
- April 14 COH Presentation to the In Town Builders Task Force
- Adopted Ordinance with new Chp 42 changes
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:
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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