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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

03/04/2021

2021 GBAHB Economic Summit


Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders

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03/11/2021

Builder Appreciation Night

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04/12/2021

Sales Excellence Awards presented by Sales Council

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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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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

Pending Home Sales Dip Again in January

Feb 25th 2021 : After reaching a record high in August pending home sales slid for the fifth consecutive month as surging home prices and low inventory constrain buyers The Pending Home Sales Index PHSI reported by the National Association of Realtors NAR is a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts The PHSI fell from in December to in January a ...
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Multifamily Construction Sentiment Declines in Fourth Quarter

Feb 25th 2021 : Builder and developer confidence in multifamily markets fell in the last quarter of according to the results of the National Association of Home Builders Multifamily Market Survey MMS The MMS produces two separate indices The Multifamily Production Index MPI which fell points to and the Multifamily Vacancy Index MVI which edged down two points to with ...
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New Home Sales Edge Higher in January

Feb 24th 2021 : After a slight slowing of sales at the end of new single-family home sales edged higher in January increasing to a seasonally adjusted annual rate according to estimates from the Census Bureau and HUD Sales exceeded construction starts by a historic margin at the end of the summer which necessitated an increase in starts and some slowing ...
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Multifamily Condo Construction Starts Fell 28% in 2020

Feb 24th 2021 : According to NAHB analysis of quarterly Census data the market share of rental units of total multifamily construction starts ticked higher to near during the fourth quarter of In contrast the historical low share of was set during the third quarter of during the condo building boom An average share of was registered during the ...
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Construction Loans End 2020 Lower

Feb 23rd 2021 : Continuing a period of volume decline that began at the end of the volume of residential construction lending posted a slight decline during the fourth quarter of Overall residential construction loan volume ended the year lower due to accelerated sales growth which reduced outstand loans at a faster clip and higher interest rates for AD amp C financing The volume ...
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Home Price Appreciation Continued in December

Feb 23rd 2021 : In December national home prices not seasonally adjusted rose at the fastest pace in seven years fueled by strong demand and low inventory Among all major markets Seattle Washington DC and Cleveland reported the largest home price appreciation The S amp P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U S National Home Price Index reported by S amp P Dow Jones Indices rose at a seasonally adjusted annual ...
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