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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.

08/18/2020

GBAHB - Back to School - Movie Night


Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders

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08/20/2020

Insights with Dwight hosted by Young Professionals

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09/15/2020

Mastering the Market


AGC Conference Center

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09/17/2020

Steak Cookout and Draw down presented by Remodelers Council


GBAHB Office

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09/18/2020

Fishing Tournament Hosted by YP

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09/24/2020

Associate Appreciation Night

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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

Job Market Gains Continue

Aug 07th 2020 : Surpassing recent dampened expectations total payroll employment rose by million and the unemployment rate declined to in July The U S labor market continues to recover from the COVID- crisis Residential construction employment rose by in July to million Total construction industry both residential and nonresidential employment rebounded to nearly million in July It is worth ...
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Initial and Continuing Claims Decline

Aug 06th 2020 : Weekly initial jobless claims decreased in the week ending August after two weeks of increases Continuing claims which lags initial jobless claims by one week dropped by in the week ending July Although jobless claims remain at historically high levels the decreases in initial jobless claims and continuing claims indicate that labor market is recovering gradually from ...
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Housing Affordability Hits 18-Month Low on Lack of Supply, Higher Prices

Aug 06th 2020 : Despite low interest rates a supply shortage coupled with rising home prices contributed to a decline in housing affordability in the second quarter of according to the National Association of Home Builders NAHB Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index HOI In all percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and end of June were affordable ...
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Business Application Shows Growth in Q2 2020

Aug 05th 2020 : Housing creates jobs and housing in turn follows job growth from business activity Thus tracking the growth of enterprise provides a guide to future home building The Census Bureau recently released its Second Quarter Business Formation Statistics Report BFS The report provides timely and high-frequency data on business applications and employer business formations measured by applications for an Employer ...
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Treasury and Mortgage Rate Spread Widens in July

Aug 04th 2020 : The month of July witnessed a sustained downward trend in the -year U S Treasury as it dipped below Despite the downward trend of Treasuries which are a proxy measure of the risk-free rate that the government offers on debt mortgage rates through July did not decrease proportionately The spread between the -year Treasury and the -year fixed-rate mortgage rate ...
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Private Residential Construction Spending Declined in June

Aug 03rd 2020 : NAHB analysis of the Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending stood at a seasonally adjusted annual rate SAAR of billion in June It was down in June after a decline in May and a decrease in April due to the economic consequences of the COVID- lockdowns On a year-over-year basis total ...
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