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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.


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 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


Builder CE Classes - May 2021

Greater Birmingham AHB

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Spring Parade of Homes Kick-Off Party

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Spring Parade of Homes - Weekend 1

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Steak Cookout and Draw down presented by Remodelers Council

GBAHB Office

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Associate Appreciation Night

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Marksmanship Challenge presented by Remodelers Council

Selwood Farms & Hunting Preserve

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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

Strong Single-Family Permit Gains in March

May 14th 2021 : Over the three months of the total number of single-family permits issued year-to-date YTD nationwide reached On a year-over-year YoY basis this is a increase over the March level of Year-to-date ending in March single-family permits reported increases in all four regions The relatively more affordable Midwest reported the strongest increase of followed by ...
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Building Materials Prices Continue to Set Record Highs

May 13th 2021 : Prices paid for goods used in residential construction ex-energy rose in April 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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Inflation from Economic Reopening is Here

May 12th 2021 : Both headline inflation and core inflation jumped in April reflecting strong consumer demand for products and services as the economy reopens from the COVID- recession The Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS reported that the Consumer Price Index CPI rose by in April on a seasonally adjusted basis after an increase of in March It marks the largest increase ...
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Jump for Open Construction Sector Jobs in March

May 11th 2021 : Job openings in construction increased in March to unfilled positions according to data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey JOLTS The housing market remains hot and requires additional labor lots and lumber and building materials to add inventory Overall hiring in the construction sector increased in March rising to a rate The peak rate of ...
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47% of Home Buyers Want an Exercise Room

May 11th 2021 : NAHB s latest survey on consumer preferences What Home Buyers Really Want asked recent and prospective buyers about the desirability of an exercise room in the home Results show that of buyers rate an exercise room essential or desirable The arrival of the COVID- pandemic in the spring of likely accelerated the long-term rising popularity of exercise ...
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Revolving Credit Rises in the First Quarter

May 10th 2021 : In the first quarter of consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate by with revolving debt increasing by and nonrevolving debt increasing by Consumer credit totaled trillion on a seasonally adjusted annual basis with billion comprised of revolving debt and trillion in nonrevolving debt This outstanding level marks a total increase of billion ...
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