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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 Covid-19 Update

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

In the interest of public health, the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders has decided that all GBAHB meetings and events will be cancelled, postponed, or continued via virtual conferencing through the month of March. Our team will also be contacting each council and committee chair directly to determine the best course of action for their upcoming meetings and will communicate once decisions are made. Thank you for your cooperation.

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

Time to Build a Single-Family Home in 2019

Sep 21st 2020 : The Survey of Construction SOC from the Census Bureau shows that the average completion time of a single-family house is around months which usually includes a little over a month from authorization to start and another months to finish the construction The average time to build a single-family home has been on an upward trend since ...
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New York Led with Employment Gains in August

Sep 21st 2020 : Nonfarm payroll employment increased in states in August compared to the previous month The largest increase came from New York which added jobs during this time According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by million over the month of August following an increase of million jobs in July Month-over-month MoM ...
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Despite Weekly Declines, Refinancing Year-over-year Gains Remain Strong

Sep 18th 2020 : For the week ending September the Mortgage Banker s Association s MBA Weekly Application Survey indicated a decrease in its Market Composite Index a measure of both purchasing and refinancing of from one week earlier on a seasonally adjusted basis The Purchasing and Refinancing Indexes decreased by and respectively The survey s tracked -year fixed-rate mortgage rate remained ...
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How Many Homes are Concrete-Framed?

Sep 18th 2020 : We know lumber prices are up more than since mid-April as of mid-September As housing has rebounded the lack of lumber has materialized as a key weak spot for housing supply With that in mind what s the market share of alternative framing methods For better or worse wood framing remains the dominant construction method for single-family homes in the ...
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Weekly Initial Jobless Claims and Continuing Claims Decrease

Sep 17th 2020 : According to the Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report released by the U S Department of Labor today weekly initial jobless claims decreased during the week ending September and continuing claims which lag initial jobless claims by one week decreased as well for the week ending September The data indicate that labor market improves modestly but the road to a ...
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Single-Family Starts Expand in August

Sep 17th 2020 : Single-family starts showed continued growth in August but overall housing production fell percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of million units due to a double-digit percentage decline in multifamily production according to data from the U S Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Departments The pace of single-family starts in August was the highest production rate since February ...
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