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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.

12/08/2020

PWB Christmas Party & 2021 Officer Installation

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12/10/2020

Custom Builders Council Meeting - December


Greater Birmingham AHB

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12/11/2020

Remodelers Christmas Party and 2021 Officer Installation


Chorus Smart Secure

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01/26/2021

Hall of Fame Holiday Gala and Officer Installation


Greater Birmingham AHB

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02/11/2021

Builder Appreciation Night


The Hoover Met

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02/12/2021

GBAHB 2021 Home Building and Remodeling Showcase


Finley Center - Hoover Metropolitan Complex

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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

Garages in New Homes: 2019 Data

Nov 20th 2020 : A majority of new homes that completed construction in included two-car garages according to NAHB analysis of Census Bureau Survey of Construction data There is clear uniformity for parking options in new homes completed across the Census divisions the -car garage was the most popular parking option for completed homes in all divisions The option for three or ...
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Townhouse Construction Decline Continues

Nov 20th 2020 : According to NAHB analysis of the most recent Census data of Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design townhouse construction declined during the third quarter As housing demand has shifted to more suburban and exurban areas and housing affordability headwinds persist medium-density construction has lagged During the third quarter of single-family attached starts totaled which was lower than the ...
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Existing Home Sales Continue Upward Trend

Nov 19th 2020 : Fueled by record-low mortgage rates and strong demand existing home sales as reported by the National Association of Realtors NAR rose for a fifth consecutive month in October and reached its highest level in almost years Total existing home sales including single-family homes townhomes condominiums and co-ops rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of million in ...
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Jobless Claims Rise After Four Consecutive Declines

Nov 19th 2020 : For the week ending November weekly initial jobless claims rose for the first time since early October Continuing claims which lag initial jobless claims by one week continued a downward trend for the week ending November The labor market has been recovering from the COVID- pandemic gradually for the past seven months Looking forward the path to recovery ...
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Multifamily Market Sentiment Improves in the Third Quarter

Nov 19th 2020 : Confidence in the multifamily housing market continued to recover from its st quarter trough with the Multifamily Production Index MPI rising to in the third quarter up from in the second quarter and in the first quarter according to the National Association of Homebuilders Multifamily Market Survey MMS Figure Meanwhile the Multifamily Vacancy Index MVI decreased ...
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New Single-Family Home Size Leveling Off Before Rising

Nov 19th 2020 : An expected impact of the virus crisis is a need for more space as people use their homes for more purposes And while this measure has not increased significantly yet new home size appears to be leveling off after years of decline According to third quarter data from the Census Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design and ...
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