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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.

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

04/16/2021

Fishing Tournament Hosted by YP

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04/22/2021

Remodelers & Young Professionals Fish Fry & Crawfish Boil

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05/06/2021

Young Professionals - Pedal Tour

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06/17/2021

Spring Parade of Homes Kick-Off Party

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06/18/2021

Spring Parade of Homes - Weekend 1

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09/16/2021

Steak Cookout and Draw down presented by Remodelers 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

Building Materials Prices Rise Across the Board in March

Apr 09th 2021 : Prices paid for goods used in residential construction ex-energy rose in March not seasonally adjusted and have increased over the past months 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 have declined just twice since December The index ...
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Remodeler Confidence Up Strongly Year over Year

Apr 08th 2021 : Remodeler confidence was up strongly on a year-over-year basis according to the Remodeling Market Index RMI released today by the National Association of Home Builders NAHB In the first quarter of the RMI posted a reading of up a full points from the first quarter of The large year-over-year increase signals a very strong recovery in ...
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Buyers Are Split on Multigenerational Homes

Apr 07th 2021 : A multigenerational home is desirable to some buyers but not to all According to What Home Buyers Want Edition buyers are evenly divided when it comes to the desire for a home designed to house the buyer as well as a younger generation and an older generation would prefer such a home but would be against it ...
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Construction Job Openings Fall Back in February

Apr 06th 2021 : Job openings in construction declined in February to unfilled positions according to data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey JOLTS Hiring appeared to gain steam in February although this was perhaps just statistical noise for the monthly data However March payroll employment numbers indicate strength ahead for the JOLTS construction data Overall hiring in the construction ...
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Private Residential Spending Dips Slightly in February

Apr 05th 2021 : NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending fell in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of billion after reaching a record high in January It is in line with the slow pace of housing starts in February and recent softening of the NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Market Index Total private ...
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Residential Construction Employment Surpasses the February 2020 Level

Apr 02nd 2021 : Total payroll employment rose by and the unemployment rate declined to in March The labor market is improving as many states ease business restrictions and more people are vaccinated Residential construction employment increased by in March while non-residential construction added jobs Currently employment in residential construction surpassed the level in February while only of ...
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