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The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders strives to protect the American Dream in Central Alabama for housing opportunities for all, while working to promote professional success for its members who build, remodel, and maintain communities, create jobs and improve our local economy.

GBAHB's mission is to advocate for the home building industry by promoting professionalism and developing community through quality-built homes.

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GBAHB 2021 Home Building and Remodeling Showcase

Out of an abundance of caution and the utmost concern for the health and wellbeing of our guests and exhibitors, we have decided to cancel the 2021 Home Building and Remodeling Showcase. Plans for the 2022 Showcase are already underway and we look forward to welcoming our guests back to Alabama’s premier home building event next year.

COVID-19 TESTING

Many of you have expressed concerns over the growing COVID-19 crisis and what effect it will have on the home building industry. The HBAA is concerned along with you, but is taking every step possible to minimize its impact on the industry.

Get tested for COVID-19 (Coronavirus infection) if you develop any of these symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle pain
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Consider getting tested, even without symptoms, if:

  • You live or work in a place where you are in contact with a large number of people, or
  • If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Visit JCDH.org for information on test sites.

Text INFOJEFFCO to 888777 to receive information updates

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Potential for a Statewide Shelter in Place Order

Yes, there is a potential that at some point the state will consider such an effort. We have been in contact with that Governor and her staff for the past few weeks discussing the need to deem construction and related industries as essential businesses. We are continuing those discussions and are working with other construction and real estate trade associations in Alabama to create a uniform front.

As of right now, there is no such order in place and workers may continue to work as normal. We do advise that you encourage them to social distance and we urge you to heed all directives and guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

Local Shelter in Place Orders

Some communities have begun to limit social interaction and work activities. We would urge local associations to reach out to government officials in your area to ensure that those orders include construction as an essential business. NAHB has provided some guidance that can be useful in this area based around the order issued in San Francisco that specifically exempts construction. See NAHB's email on this matter here.

Governor’s Order (Dated March 19)

There has been some confusion over yesterday’s order from Governor Ivey. Among the prohibitions:

“All gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. This Order shall apply to all gatherings, events or activities that bring 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time.”

This order is intended to apply to gatherings of non-essential social events. It is not intended to apply to Alabama businesses or its workforce.

Inspections and Permitting

Many city and county governments have restricted public access to their facilities. We would encourage that each local association reach out to the permitting and inspection entities in your area to become aware of their plans. We have been approached by various communities and have suggested that they employ online services as appropriate to accommodate permit and inspection requests. For those areas without access to online services, we have suggested a drop box approach that limits face to face contact. Departments that want to ensure social distancing may want to consider inspections that restrict contact with anyone on the jobsite. This would prohibit any walk-through with the builder, but under the circumstances, it would ensure timely inspections. Local governments may consider video/distance inspections through online or cell phone technology. Each community may handle this differently, but let them know that, as an industry, home builders are willing to accommodate those steps that the government feels appropriate and that facilitates timely inspections and permitting.

HBAA Activities

Your HBAA Senior Officers and staff are conducting business as “usual” for now. At this critical time, the HBAA is focused on anything it can do to minimize any negative affects this crisis may have on you and your business. As you know, we have cancelled the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards Banquet and are postponing the basic carpentry courses until the crisis has averted. The HBAA will make decisions on other events as necessary as time moves forward.

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Upcoming Events

09/23/2021

Associate Appreciation Night

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09/27/2021

Home Builders Golf Classic Benefitting ABPAC


Greystone Golf and Country Club

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09/28/2021

Builder CE Classes - September 28 2021


Greater Birmingham AHB

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10/11/2021

Marksmanship Challenge presented by Remodelers Council


Selwood Farms & Hunting Preserve

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10/12/2021

Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) Class


Greater Birmingham AHB

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10/28/2021

PWB 3rd Annual Bowling Tournament


Bowlero

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Members in the News

Steadman Named HBAA Associate of the Year

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- Mary Steadman of Birmingham has been named the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA)’s Buddy Berry Associate of the Year for 2019.

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Taylor Burton Inducted Into Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- Taylor Burton of Birmingham has been inducted into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame, the highest honor presented by the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA).

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Eye On Housing

July Single-Family Permit Gains

Sep 17th 2021 : Over the first seven months of the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date YTD nationwide reached On a year-over-year YoY basis this is a increase over the July level of Year-to-date ending in July single-family permits increased in all four regions The Northeast region reported the strongest increase of followed by the South ...
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Custom Home Building Share Declines

Sep 16th 2021 : According to data from the Census Bureau s Survey of Construction SOC the custom home share decreased to percent of all single-family homes started in the lowest the annual custom home share has been since the re-design of the SOC The custom home market consists of contractor-built and owner-built houses homes built one at a time for owner occupancy on ...
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Mortgage Refinancing Activity Tapers in Latest Month

Sep 15th 2021 : The last four weeks mortgage purchasing and refinancing activities as reflected in the Mortgage Bankers Association s MBA latest weekly application surveys shows a general withdrawal of refinancing and a very slight increase in purchasing from the prior month The -year fixed-rate mortgage rate hovered basis points above percent consistently for the last three weeks In the latest week ...
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CPI Growth Slows in August

Sep 14th 2021 : In August consumer prices increased at its slowest pace since February Prices for several travel-related categories declined in August as the delta variant spreads The Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS reported that the Consumer Price Index CPI rose by in August on a seasonally adjusted basis following an increase of in July Excluding the volatile food and ...
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Number of Bathrooms in New Homes

Sep 13th 2021 : The Census Bureau s latest Survey of Construction SOC shows changes in the shares of the number of bathrooms and half-bathrooms of single-family homes started in the United States in The latest data show that of new single-family homes started had one bathroom or fewer had bathrooms had bathrooms and had bathrooms or ...
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Women Make Up 10.9% of the Construction Workforce

Sep 13th 2021 : The number of women employed in the construction industry grew slightly in rising to around million while the construction industry lost jobs in when the pandemic hit the economy Currently women make up a growing share of the construction employment up to in from in As the construction skilled labor shortage remains ...
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