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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.

09/24/2020

Steak Cookout and Draw down presented by Remodelers Council


GBAHB Office

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09/25/2020

Fishing Tournament Hosted by YP

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09/29/2020

Associate Appreciation Luncheon

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10/13/2020

Marksmanship Challenge presented by Remodelers Council


CMP Marksmanship Park

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10/29/2020

PWB Bowling Tournament Benefiting ABPAC


Bowlero Bowling Alley

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11/12/2020

Fall Parade of Homes Kick-Off Party


The Highlands Subdivision in Chelsea, AL

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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

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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Builder Confidence Soars to an All-Time High, Lumber Risks Remain

Sep 16th 2020 : In a strong signal that housing is leading the economic recovery builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes increased five points to hit an all-time high of in September according to the latest NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Market Index HMI The previous highest reading of in the -year history of the series was set last month and ...
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Single-Story Home Construction Continued to Increase in 2019

Sep 15th 2020 : Information obtained from the US Census Bureau s Survey of Construction SOC and tabulated by NAHB shows that the share of two or more stories homes started is greater than one story homes in although the share of two-story homes decreased slightly in The greatest concentrations of two-or- more story homes were in divisions along the coasts of the ...
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Strong Year-over-Year Gains for July Single-Family Permits

Sep 15th 2020 : Over the first seven months of total single-family permits issued year-to-date YTD nationwide reached On a year-over-year YoY basis this is an increase over the July level of Year-to-date ending in July single-family permits across the four regions ranged from an increase of in the South to a decline of in the Northeast ...
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Multifamily Construction Gains for Lower-Density Markets

Sep 14th 2020 : The Q NAHB Home Building Geography Index HBGI reveals a notable multifamily construction shift to the suburbs exurbs This is similar to HBGI findings reported for single-family construction A driver of this broader impact is COVID- which thus far has had larger impacts on higher density neighborhoods These geographic changes will ultimately generate market share gains for smaller multifamily structures ...
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