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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

08/04/2021

Builder CE Classes - August 4 2021


Greater Birmingham AHB

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08/10/2021

PWB Craft Night


Chorus SmartSecure

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08/19/2021

Builder CE Classes - August 19 2021


Greater Birmingham AHB

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09/16/2021

Steak Cookout and Draw down presented by Remodelers Council


GBAHB Office

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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

Associate Appreciation Night

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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

Prospective Buyers Continue to Turn into Active Buyers

Jul 30th 2021 : Of the of American adults considering a future home purchase in the second quarter of have moved beyond planning and are already actively trying to find one to buy This share of active buyers has increased for six straight quarters a trend that began after the final quarter of when it stood at In the ...
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Housing Nearly 17% of GDP

Jul 29th 2021 : Thanks to a surge in residential investment during housing s share of GDP remains elevated compared to recent years Last year s market conditions involved a renewed focus on the importance of home an evolving geography of housing demand and a lack of for-sale inventory Housing will continue to expand in although as the rest of the economy recovers the ...
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GDP Back to Pre-Pandemic Level

Jul 29th 2021 : In the second quarter of real GDP surged and returned its pre-pandemic level as the economy continued to reopen This quarter s growth reflected strong gains for consumer and state and local government spending However the second quarter gain did come in below consensus estimates According to the advance estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis BEA real gross ...
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Federal Reserve and Housing: No Taper Talk Yet

Jul 28th 2021 : Today s Federal Open Market Committee announcement did not provide an explicit reference to an expected tapering of purchases of Treasury billion a month and mortgage-backed billion a month securities In addition as part of its ongoing accommodative policy stance the Fed held its benchmark target rate near zero percent In Chairman Powell s press conference remarks he stated The ...
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Perceptions of Housing Affordability Worsen

Jul 28th 2021 : In the final quarter of a series-high of of prospective buyers could afford less than half the homes available in their markets The share went on to decline throughout i e affordability perceptions improved reaching by the final quarter of that year But affordability expectations have worsened recently In the first and second quarters of the ...
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Second Quarter of 2021 Homeownership Rate at 65.4%

Jul 27th 2021 : The Census Bureau s Housing Vacancy Survey CPS HVS reported the U S homeownership rate declined to in the second quarter of Compared to prior reports the data was affected less significantly by the pandemic since in-person interviews were back in of the sample area The national homeowner vacancy rate stayed at a record low of while the rental ...
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