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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.

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.

COVID-19 TESTING

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.

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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

01/28/2021

Custom Builders Council Meeting - January


Greater Birmingham AHB

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02/11/2021

Builder Appreciation Night


The Hoover Met

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02/12/2021

GBAHB 2021 Home Building and Remodeling Showcase


Finley Center - Hoover Metropolitan Complex

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02/25/2021

Hall of Fame & Awards Gala


Greater Birmingham AHB

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03/04/2021

2021 GBAHB Economic Summit


Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders

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04/12/2021

Sales Excellence Awards presented by Sales Council

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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

Builder Confidence Down on Rising Material Prices, Upsurge in COVID-19 Cases

Jan 20th 2021 : Rising material costs led by a huge upsurge in lumber prices along with a resurgence of the coronavirus across much of the nation pushed builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes down three points to in January according to the latest NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Market Index HMI Despite the drop builder sentiment remains at a strong ...
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Continued Gains for November Single-Family Permits

Jan 19th 2021 : Over the first eleven months of total single-family permits issued year-to-date YTD nationwide reached On a year-over-year YoY basis this is an increase over the November level of Year-to-date ending in November single-family permits across the four regions ranged from an increase of in the South to an increase of in the Northeast ...
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U.S. Population Growth Slows: Many States See Decline

Jan 18th 2021 : According to the U S Census Bureau the Annual Resident Population of the United States as of July was estimated at million increasing by million from the previous year In the Census estimated a growth rate of on a national level making the fifth consecutive year of a decline for the population growth rate In ...
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Led by Lumber, Building Materials Prices Climb 5.4% in 2020

Jan 15th 2021 : Prices paid for goods used in residential construction ex-energy rose in December not seasonally adjusted and ended the year higher than they stood in December according to the latest Producer Price Index PPI report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Building materials i e inputs to residential construction less food and energy prices declined just twice over the ...
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Operation Costs per Dollar Value Lower for New Homes

Jan 15th 2021 : New NAHB research based on the latest American Housing Survey AHS shows that on average homeowners spend around per year to operate and maintain a single-family detached home This includes property taxes insurance maintenance and utilities with property taxes being the costliest component Annual operating costs increase consistently with household income home size and value When measured as ...
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Jobless Claims Jump to 965,000

Jan 14th 2021 : During the week ending January weekly initial jobless claims soared to the highest level since mid-August Continuing claims which lag initial jobless claims by one week rose by in the week ending January The labor market is struggling to recover from the COVID- pandemic as many states tighten business restrictions amid the resurgence of the ...
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