Skip to content

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

Download Flyer

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.

view calendar

Upcoming Events

04/22/2021

Remodelers & Young Professionals Fish Fry & Crawfish Boil

Learn More
05/06/2021

Young Professionals - Pedal Tour


Birmingham District Brewing

Learn More
06/17/2021

Spring Parade of Homes Kick-Off Party

Learn More
06/18/2021

Spring Parade of Homes - Weekend 1

Learn More
09/16/2021

Steak Cookout and Draw down presented by Remodelers Council


GBAHB Office

Learn More
09/28/2021

Associate Appreciation Night

Learn More

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.

read the full release

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).

read the full release

Eye On Housing

Home Building Employment across States and Congressional Districts in 2019

Apr 20th 2021 : According to the latest ACS over million people including self-employed workers worked in construction in NAHB Economics estimates that out of this total million people worked in residential construction accounting for of the US employed civilian labor force Home building in Florida Vermont and multiple states in the Mountain Division stand out for generating a ...
read full article

Employment Situation in March: State-Level Analysis

Apr 19th 2021 : Nonfarm payroll employment increased in states and the District of Columbia in March compared to the previous month while Alaska lost just jobs According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by in March following an increase of jobs in February On a month-over-month basis employment data was strong in California ...
read full article

Housing Starts Spring Forward in March

Apr 16th 2021 : Housing production jumped in March despite rising lumber and other material prices affecting the housing industry Overall housing starts increased percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of million units according to data from the U S Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U S Census Bureau This was the fastest pace for combined single-family and multifamily construction ...
read full article

Builder Confidence Edges Up as Strong Demand Offsets Supply-Side Challenges

Apr 15th 2021 : Strong buyer demand pushed builder confidence up in April even as builders continued to grapple with rising lumber prices and supply chain issues and consumers faced higher home prices due to a lack inventory The latest National Association of Home Builders NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Market Index HMI shows that builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes rose ...
read full article

Strong Single-Family Permit Gains in February

Apr 14th 2021 : Over the first two 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 February level of Year-to-date ending in February single-family permits showed increases in all four regions The relatively more affordable Midwest reported the strongest increase of followed ...
read full article

Headline Inflation Accelerates in March

Apr 13th 2021 : Both headline inflation and core inflation accelerated in March as the economy reopens from the COVID- recession The Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS reported that the Consumer Price Index CPI rose by in March on a seasonally adjusted basis after an increase of in February It marks the biggest increase since June Excluding the volatile food and ...
read full article