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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.

10/29/2020

PWB Bowling Tournament


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11/12/2020

Golf Tournament at Top Golf


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11/12/2020

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12/03/2020

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Hall of Fame Holiday Gala and 2021 Office Installation

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12/08/2020

PWB Christmas Party & 2021 Officer Installation

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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

77% of Remodelers Report A Framing Lumber Shortage

Oct 23rd 2020 : With the recent increases in the price of many residential construction materials and in particular softwood lumber NAHB wanted to get a better understanding of how these price increases are impacting remodelers In the Q Remodeling Market Index RMI remodelers were asked to report on material shortages if any as well as material price changes over the last six ...
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Share of 5,000+ Square Foot Homes Down Slightly in 2019

Oct 23rd 2020 : According to the Census Bureau s Survey of Construction the share of new homes started with square feet or more of living space stood at percent in down slightly from percent in A total of square-foot homes were started in compared to in The slight decline in square foot homes ...
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Initial Jobless Claims Fall to 787,000

Oct 22nd 2020 : Weekly initial jobless claims decreased for the week ending October and continuing claims which lag initial jobless claims by one week fell for the week ending October The decreases in initial and continuing claims partially reflect that labor market continues to recover from the COVID- pandemic albeit slowly Also as unemployment benefits are expiring claimants may move to ...
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Existing Home Sales Surge Despite Record-Low Supply

Oct 22nd 2020 : Boosted by historically low mortgage rates existing home sales as reported by the National Association of Realtors NAR rose for a fourth consecutive month in September and reached its highest level in more than years Total existing home sales including single-family homes townhomes condominiums and co-ops increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of million in ...
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COVID-19 Has Impacted Home Purchasing Plans

Oct 22nd 2020 : According to NAHB s latest Housing Trends Report the share of Americans who are considering the purchase of a home in the next months was in the third quarter of one percentage point higher than a year earlier and the first year-over-year gain in the -year history of this series The gain shows the COVID- crisis has impacted ...
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Refinancing Remains Robust

Oct 21st 2020 : The Mortgage Bankers Association s latest Weekly Application Survey shows that for the week ending October mortgage application activity decreased by from the prior week on a seasonally adjusted basis as indicated by its Market Composite Index One of its two constituent indexes the Purchasing Index decreased by from one week earlier while the other the Refinance ...
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