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
City of Houston Builders: Chapter 42 Changes are Here!
On July 24, 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:
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.
GHBA Wins 'Grand Award' from National: We're tops in membership recruitment!
The Greater Houston Builders Association has won the NAHB Grand Award for Numerical Increase for membership recruitment efforts in 2014. The association achieved the highest numerical increase in membership last year, more than all other local associations in Groups 1 & 2!
Every year, NAHB’s Grand Awards honor local and state HBAs that have demonstrated exceptional achievement in membership growth and retention. These awards are given to the top association from each group size in several membership categories including numerical increase, percentage increase, annual retention rate and highest increase in Affiliate members.
This achievement is a huge win for the GHBA, and just proves that our members are the best of the best! Special thanks to our super-star Membership Department, Membership & Retention Committees, and let's not forget our SPIKES, who work year-round to recruit new members to make our association stronger. To join the SPIKE membership efforts, email Lisa Pepitone.
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
Megan Starnes is the customer relations manager for Allpoints Surveying, which currently provides surveying services to 18 of the top 20 builders in Houston. Megan has been active in the GHBA for just over three years, and has quickly become a contributing force in a variety of areas, including BABA, Education, Custom Builders, and Volume Builders. She received a Presidential Citation for her work with the Sales and Marketing Council, and she has helped two different GHBA presidents plan their installation celebrations. Megan also served as the Young Professionals Committee president, and is now the Associate Council treasurer.
"Three years ago this July, I moved to Houston not knowing a single person," says Megan. "By getting involved with the GHBA, I have developed lasting relationships that have also helped me further my career. I feel lucky to be a part of such a great company in the nation's healthiest housing market, and I wouldn't be where I am today without my involvement in the GHBA."Read more
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